THANKS turned out to be an unlucky day for many celebrities, with disaster hitting divorces, deaths and arrests of some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
Although Thanksgiving was created for the purpose of unity and appreciation, many celebrities have instead suffered tragedy during America’s grand feast.
From messy divorces to shocking arrests, the gluttonous celebration has earned A-listers a cursed reputation.
Popstar legends Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey were the quintessential couple of the early 2000s.
The singing duo tied the knot in 2002, and their post-marriage life was heavily featured on the MTV reality series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.
But disaster struck on Thanksgiving Day 2005, when the Dukes of Hazzard star revealed in a statement that they would be parting ways.
Fans were left heartbroken when Jessica announced: “This is a mutual decision between two people with enormous respect and admiration for each other.”
Another infamous headline-grabbing day in Turkey was November 27, 2009, when golf pro Tiger Woods’ massive cheating scandal came to light.
Two days ago, the National Enquirer published a story that claimed 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, allowing his wife, Elin Nordegren, to arrive at the scene and smash his back window with a golf club in a fit of rage.
However, the athlete was lying unconscious and completely unconscious in the front seat.
The former couple finalized their divorce in 2010 after spending a brief stint in rehab for sex addiction.
Tragedy struck on Thanksgiving weekend in 1981 when the body of Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Wood was found floating off the coast of Catalina Island, California.
The West Side Story star was vacationing on a yacht with her husband Robert [RJ] Wagner, friend Christopher Walken and ship captain Dennis Davern.
Although Natalie’s death was initially ruled an accidental drowning, the case resurfaced years later in 2009 after Davern provided police with new details.
RJ Wagner was eventually named a “person of interest” in Natalie’s death after the captain recalled a tense argument between the two shortly before the incident occurred.
The now 91-year-old actor has never faced trial for murder, despite the case being labeled “suspicious” nearly 40 years after the crime.
After a tumultuous marriage that lasted just nine months, Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson and singer-songwriter Kid Rock filed for divorce on Thanksgiving Day 2006.
Just weeks before announcing their split, the blonde bombshell starred in Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, where she escaped a hysterical Borat who tried to kidnap her in a hilarious scene.
According to the film’s creator, Baron Cohen, the film was the downfall of their marriage because Kid Rock asked the actress for a divorce after watching the film.
Turkey Day 2000 was a rough time for actor Robert Downey Jr., who was arrested for drug possession at a Palm Springs hotel.
Police reportedly found him alone in his hotel room with 4.5 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine.
Robert’s booking came just three months after he checked himself out of a California state prison for a similar offense.
The actor was arrested again in April 2001 before returning as an Ironman star.
In 2012, Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested for allegedly assaulting her then-fiance Olivier Martinez.
The argument happened outside the couple’s LA home on Thanksgiving Day after Aubrey abandoned their four-year-old daughter Nahla.
Both men were hospitalized after the fight, suffering cuts, bruises and broken ribs.
On the American national holiday in 2018, there was tension between Hollywood couple Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott.
After a nasty argument 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 having serious issues.
“It got so bad that she kicked him out and he slept in a hotel.
The couple have had a rocky relationship since Dean’s romance with Emily Goodhand in 2013 while they were in Canada promoting his show Chopped Canada.
Thanksgiving 2016 proved to be a stressful time for the Kardashian clan, as rapper Kanye West was hospitalized that year due to “exhaustion and dehydration.”
The Yeezy founder was taken by ambulance to a psychiatric hospital after days of erratic behavior and the sudden cancellation of 21 dates on his Saint Pablo tour.
Kim Kardashian reportedly rushed to be by his side during the breakdown, though their marriage didn’t last long as she filed for divorce in February this year.
Although many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving because they surround themselves with family and delicious food, for many celebrities the indulgent day ends in disaster.
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