While being famous obviously has its perks, there are also downsides to being a star. For example, you are always watched by the public and the media. The world is watching you go through breakups and other difficult life experiences and is always waiting for you to say something new, embark on a new romantic venture, and see if it lasts for a long time. That kind of pressure can really get to a person. Many celebrities go through a breakup and come out looking unrecognizable.
Whether it’s a new haircut or color, a change in weight, or a new fashion sense, reinventing yourself after a relationship ends can feel like a rebirth, and no one knows that better than celebrities. Here are the most shocking celebrity transformations after a breakup.
1. Khloe Kardashian
Khloe has been married to Lamar Odom since 2013, but when she filed for divorce, it was just the beginning of a drama-filled split. First, the Kardashian sisters reversed their decision in 2015 when Lamar Odom overdosed in a Nevada brothel. She then filed a second time in 2016, and her post-breakup glow was seriously stunning. Chloe lost a lot of weight, changed her hair color and started going to the gym. Fitness helped her de-stress and also helped her look amazing.
2. Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Russell Brand only lasted two years before Brand decided to file for divorce. Following the tragic news, Perry stepped out with a bright blue hairstyle, which was a much lighter alternative to the blonde look she had previously rocked. According to Perry, she learned her ex wanted to break up via text message, but she still felt responsible for how things ended. Ultimately, she believed that things ended due to the nature of fame, as many relationships do.
3. Zayn Malik
In 2015, Malik called off his engagement to Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards. He finished with a text, and the decision came shortly after the announcement that the star was leaving One Direction. Just a week after the split, Malik debuted a shorter haircut that was a silver color, along with a new lotus flower arm tattoo. Then, a year later, he removed some tattoos that were dedicated to Edward.
4. Sarah Hyland
Hyland’s separation was sad news for society, but it was life-saving for her. After filing a restraining order against her ex, Matthew Prokop, who verbally and physically abused her. After the two broke up, Hyland cut all her hair into a bob, completely changing her look. She also came out with a more refined fashion style and the feeling that she has grown up a lot.
5. Blake Shelton
When Blake Shelton divorced Miranda Lambert after a decade of marriage, he experienced major weight loss as a result. Along with choosing some edgier outfits, he looked like a whole new man. Although he called it a “divorce diet,” his rep explained that he has a new dedication to diet and exercise.
6. Hilary Duff
In 2015, TMZ broke the news that Duff had filed for divorce from Mike Comrie. Shortly after, she released her new look on Instagram, teal hair that looks completely different from her previous blonde style, saying that the style has turned her into a mermaid. Fortunately, the couple got through the divorce with love and are still good friends.
7. Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney took a similar path to her sister Khloe when she went through her breakup with Scott Disick. In contrast to her more conservative appearance, she adopted a much sexier style that showed some skin, lost weight and started working out more often. Kardashian opened up about the fact that the breakup is causing her anxiety and working out is a great coping mechanism.
8. Gwen Stefani
Sometimes going back to your roots after a breakup is the only way to find yourself. After ending her 13-year marriage to Gavin Rossdale, she stepped out in a bright blue dyed bob reminiscent of her No Doubt days. We still don’t know exactly what happened with her and Ross, but she called it “months and months of torture” in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
Rapper Saweetie was gorgeous from day one and changed her style often. However, she’s never suffered a breakup as radical as when she split from Migos rapper Quavo after two years of dating. After announcing the split on Twitter, she elevated her look with a platinum blonde hairdo reminiscent of celebrities such as Amber Rose.
10. Pete Davidson
This edgy comedian often experiments with his looks, so we weren’t too surprised when he stepped out after his breakup with Ariana Grande looking different. The couple moved quickly, getting engaged just five months after being publicly linked; they never actually got married. After the news broke, Instagram saw Davidson showing off a new blue hairstyle on Instagram to her hairstylist.