Though summer usually just means barbeques and sun-filled vacations, this summer has been filled with celebrity splits.
Is summer the preferred time for couples to split and part separate ways? Fox News Contributor and psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow told to FOX411 summertime can lead couples to reconsider their relationships.
“Summer, as a time of rebirth, may, strangely, signal to vulnerable couples that their relationships are in a perpetual frost. They don't thaw,” Dr. Ablow explained. “They seem especially chilly in spring and summer, as our moods increase and our sexuality blossoms. It's easy to hibernate with someone you have little passion for- it is much harder to frolic with someone you have little passion for.”
Relationship expert, Audrey Hope explained that summer may also be the best time for a family to split in order to make things easier on the kids.
“It gives the kids’ time to process what is going on without the pressure of school, friends and homework,” Hope said. “Sit them down in the calmness of summer and tell them exactly what is going on. You have the luxury of time and space and fun activities to soften the blow.”
Let's take a look at the celebs who have called it quits so far this summer:
1. Kermit and Miss Piggy
Also in August, the lovable Kermit and Miss Piggy terminated their relationship of almost 40 years. Both released similar statements via social media stating that they would continue to work with each other but see other “people, pigs, frogs, et al.”
2. Zayn and Perrie Edwards
One Direction heartthrob Zayn Malik called off his engagement to Perrie Edwards. The couple got engaged in August of 2013 and Edwards stood by Malik when he made the decision to quit the mega famous boy band.
3. Reba and Narvel
Reba McEntire and her husband and manager of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, announced their separation after 26 years of marriage in August. The couple stated that they have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. The two share one son, Shelby, 25, a race car driver.
4. Miranda and Blake
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert rocked country fans to the core as they announced their split in July. The couple, who married in 2011, met while Shelton was married to his first wife, Kaynette Gern, however the two maintain they didn’t start dating until Shelton’s marriage with Gern ended.
5. Gwen and Gavin
Superstar Gwen Stefani and rocker husband Gavin Rossdale end their nearly 13-year marriage in August. According to court documents, Stefani filed for irreconcilable differences and Rossdale filed shortly after. The couple released in a joint statement that they will continue to raise their three sons together.
6. Kourntey and Scott
Kourntey Kardashian and Scott Disick’s bumpy nine year relationship came to an end in July. Rumors of infidelity have circulated for years and the two have been on-and-off in the past, however this split is shaping up to be the most serious. The two have three young children together.
7. Ben and Jen
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner released a joint statement in July confirming their split after 10 years of marriage. The couple has three children, ages 10, 6 and 3. Since the divorce announcement, rumors have been swirling that Affleck had an affair with the family's nanny, Christine Ouzounian.
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