Hollywood’s Thanksgiving Curse: Celebrities Break Up, Fight, Get Arrested, and Suffer Devastating Tragedies While on Vacation
Thanksgiving turned out to be a bad day for many celebrities, with divorces, deaths and arrests of some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.
Although Thanksgiving was created to bring together and give thanks, many celebrities have suffered tragedy during the extravaganza of American feasts.
From messy divorces to shocking arrests, the gluttonous party has developed a damning reputation for leaders.
Legends of pop stars Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were the quintessential early 2000s couple.
The singing duo got married in 2002 their life after marriage he was heavily followed on the MTV reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.
However, disaster struck on Thanksgiving 2005 when the Dukes of Hazzard star announced in a statement that they would diverge.
Fans were left heartbroken when Jessica announced: “This is a mutual decision between two people who have a lot of respect and admiration for each other.”
Another infamous turkey day that made headlines was November 27, 2009, when golf pro Tiger Woods’ cheating scandal came to light.
Two days earlier, the National Enquirer published a story claiming the golfer had an affair with New York nightclub manager Rachel Uchitel.
Then, on Thanksgiving morning, the PGA winner crashed his Cadillac Escalade into a fire hydrant and a neighbor’s tree after taking a dangerous mix of Ambien, Vicodin and THC.
Tiger’s accident happened just minutes from his home in Florida, which allows his wife, Elin Nordegrentime to arrive on the scene and smash his rear window with a golf club in a fit of rage.
However, the athlete was lying on the front seat unconscious and completely unconscious.
The former couple finalized their divorce in 2010 after he spent a short stint in rehab for sex addiction.
Tragedy struck on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981 when the body of Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Wood was found washed ashore on Catalina Island in California.
The West Side Story star was vacationing on a yacht with her husband Robert [RJ] Wagner, friend Christopher Walken and boat captain Dennis Davern.
Although Natalie’s death was initially ruled an accidental drowning, the case was reopened years later in 2009 after Davern told police new details.
R. J. Wagner was eventually listed as a “person of interest” in Natalie’s death after the captain recalled a heated argument between the two shortly before the incident.
The actor, now 91, has never stood trial for the murder, despite the case being deemed “suspicious” nearly 40 years after the fact.
After a tumultuous marriage that lasted just nine months, Pamela Anderson and singer Kid Rock filed for divorce on Thanksgiving Day 2006.
Just weeks before their split was announced, the blonde bombshell starred in Borat: A Cultural Study of America for the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, where she ran away from a hysterical Borat who tried to kidnap her in a hilarious scene.
According to the creator of the film, Baron Cohen, the film was the downfall of their marriage, because after watching the picture, Kid Rock asked the actress for a divorce.
Turkey Day 2000 was a difficult time for the actor Robert Downey Jrwho was arrested for drug possession at a Palm Springs hotel.
Police reportedly found him alone in a hotel room with 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Robert’s booking came just three months after he was released from a California state prison for a similar crime.
In April 2001, the actor was caught again before he made his big comeback as the star of Iron Man.
In 2012, Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey was arrested on charges of assaulting her then-fiancé Olivier Martinez.
The altercation took place outside the couple’s Los Angeles home on Thanksgiving after Aubrey dropped off their four-year-old daughter, Nala.
Both men were hospitalized with cuts, bruises and broken ribs after the fight.
On America’s national holiday in 2018, Hollywood couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott got heated.
After a nasty fight over the 90210 star’s acting career, the argument ended with her kicking her husband out of the house.
At the time, a source told Radar Online, “Tori and Dean are in serious trouble.
“It got so bad that she kicked him out and he was sleeping in a hotel.”
The couple had a complex relationship following Dean’s affair with Emily Goodhand in 2013 while they were in Canada promoting his show Chopped Canada.
Thanksgiving 2016 turned out to be a busy time for the Kardashian clan, as rapper Kanye West was hospitalized for “exhaustion and dehydration” that year.
The Yeezy founder was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric hospital after days of erratic behavior and the sudden cancellation of the 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour.
Kim Kardashian reportedly rushed to be by his side during the crisis, though their marriage was short-lived as she filed for divorce in February of this year.
While many Americans cherish the Thanksgiving holiday when they surround themselves with family and delicious food, for many celebrities the indulgent day ends up being a disaster.
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