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Divorced Bandmates Whose Music Outlasted Their Marriages

Sonic Youth

First Posted: 10/26/11 02:18 PM ET Updated: 12/26/11 05:12 AM ET

Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, who recently split after 27 years of marriage, shocked the indie rock world, leaving many fans wondering about the band's future.

They may be the most recent bandmates to split, but they certainly aren't the first. These other five couples also had trouble sustaining marriages in the spotlight.

Click through our picks and weigh in: Does a successful band make for a successful marriage?

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  • Ike and Tina Turner

    Ike and Tina Turner were together for 16 years before <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/arts/music/13turner.html" target="_hplink">they split in 1975</a> due to Ike's drug use and physical abuse. Before their divorce, the talented couple won a Grammy for their cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary" in 1972.

  • Fleetwood Mac

    Five members of Fleetwood Mac were at one point romantically linked. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were <a href="http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/music/40692517.html" target="_hplink">high school sweethearts</a> before they broke up in the 1970s. John McVie and Christine Perfect were married for <a href="http://www.fmlegacy.com/articles/article_rs235.html" target="_hplink">nearly eight years</a> before their divorce in 1977. And although drummer Mick Fleetwood was married at the time, he <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/john-walsh/john-walsh-fleetwood-mac-survived-42-years-of-madness-sex-drugs-failure-and-success-1813588.html" target="_hplink">had an affair</a> with singer Stevie Nicks in 1977 as well. <strong>CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that the original members of Fleetwood Mac were Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Christine Perfect. The band's original members were actually <a href="http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/content/band-bio" target="_hplink">Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer</a>.</strong>

  • ABBA

    ABBA's global popularity ultimately took its toll on the pop stars' marriages. Bandmates Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1034466/Is-Abbas-Agnetha-Faltskog-finally-ready-forgive-bandmates-years-misery.html" target="_hplink">divorced after nine years</a> in 1979, and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad divorced after three years in 1981. The band broke up in 1983.

  • Sonny and Cher

    Sonny and Cher first found fame with their 1965 hits "Baby Don't Go" and "I Got You Babe." The couple starred in two successful TV comedy series before they divorced in 1975 amid <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1998/01/07/us/sonny-bono-62-dies-in-skiing-accident.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm" target="_hplink">cheating allegations</a> after six years of marriage.

  • The White Stripes

    Jack and Meg White once claimed they were <a href="http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,130930,00.html" target="_hplink">brother and sister</a>, but the odd couple were actually married for a <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1612151/white-stripes-drummer-meg-white-marries-jack-whites-backyard.jhtml" target="_hplink">little less than four years</a> before The White Stripes became popular. Although the band has since <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12351234" target="_hplink">broken up</a>, they had a successful 13-year run, winning five Grammys despite their divorce in 2000.

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