Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson haven't even officially broken up yet, but with Pattinson reportedly telling Stewart to move out of their shared Los Feliz, Calif., home, all signs point to the end of their four-year relationship.
Drama has unfolded daily since Stewart admitted to cheating on Pattinson with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director, Rupert Sanders, and things could get messier as RadarOnline claims a bitter custody battle is already brewing.
The couple have no children, but they do have pets. According to the website, the 22-year-old actress will keep her cat, Max, but Pattinson wants his dog, Bear, the mixed mutt he adopted from a high-kill shelter in New Orleans.
"After Rob moved his things out of their Los Angeles apartment, he then told Kristen he wanted Bear,” a source told RadarOnline, adding that Stewart won't give up the dog without a fight, because "they adopted Bear together and she always felt that he was their little baby."
It sounds ridiculous, but custody battles over shared pets happen all the time. In February, Santa Monica-based divorce attorney David Pisarra told the Associated Press that pet custody cases have grown as much as 15 percent in his office over the past five years.
It's a growing issue for civilians and celebrities alike. When Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and ex-fiancee Crystal Harris split last year, they fought over who would get permanent ownership of Charlie, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
So while a bitter custody dispute is possible, Gossip Cop is denying reports the couple is fighting over Bear.
According to the website, Bear is Pattinson's dog, and though Stewart helped care for Bear while she and Pattinson lived together, the 26-year-old actor is Bear's real owner. Sources close to the pair also told the website that a looming custody battle is "complete b.s."
Pattinson spoke about adopting Bear from a Louisiana shelter while he was filming "Breaking Dawn" in 2011. He told the U.K. paper the Daily Record that he got the puppy to save him from the lonesome life of living in hotels.
“I know it’s sad. A lot of actors have a bunch of people who kind of just go up and stay with them for like two months, like an entourage. But my friends, their egos are too big. They’d be like, ‘I’m not part of your entourage. I’ll stay in a free hotel for a bit if it’s in New York or L.A. but I’m not going to come out to some random town in the sticks.’”
He then added, “But that’s kind of why I adopted the puppy. It’s from a shelter and he was going to be put down. I only got him two or three days ago and they only keep them for 10 days.”
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline fought for custody of their dogs after Spears lost custody of their two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, in September 2007. Animal rights activists urged Spears to relinquish custody of her dogs, and PETA even wrote an open letter to Federline encouraging him to file for custody of their pets. "For the sake of your children and the animals who are at risk while in Ms. Spears' custody, we hope that you will do the right and best thing for all involved and pursue a custody order for the animals so that your sons can continue to have the company of the animals they've grown to adore," wrote PETA president Ingrid E. Newkirk. According to The Telegraph, Spears was voted the worst celebrity dog owner in a poll conducted by The New York Dog and The Hollywood Dog magazines.
Socialite and reality TV star Tinsley Mortimer shares joint custody of her two Chihuahuas, Bella and BeBe, with her ex-husband Topper. "We do month to month," she told People magazine in March 2010. "If I get a chance to have nothing to do, I'll ... just hang around at home with my dogs."
Despite Jennifer Love Hewitt and ex fiancée Ross McCall's "amicable" split in January 2009, the pair became embroiled in a bitter custody battle over her dog, Mona. A source told the New York Daily News that Hewitt resorted to dirty tricks to win the dog's loyaly, including "attempting to change Mona's name so that when Ross calls, the dog won't come," the source said.
Drew Barrymore and Tom Green divorced in 2001 after less than six months of marriage. The couple reportedly fought for custody of Barrymore's yellow Labrador Flossie in the divorce proceedings, which Barrymore ultimately won. The dog saved hers and Green's lives in May 1998 when their Beverly Hills home caught on fire. "Flossie barked and literally banged on (Drew and Tom's) bedroom door. She was really the main alert," Barrymore's publicist told People magazine. Flossie passed away in July 2010, and Barrymore spread her ashes across the Ganges river in India.
In addition for fighting for custody of their eight children, exes Jon and Kate Gosselin reportedly argued about the fate of their two German shepherds, Shoka and Nala, which they purchased in a February 2009 episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8. In September 2009, Jon returned the dogs to their breeder, telling E! News that Kate refused to care for them in his absence. "It's not fair to the dogs to not be wanted in their own home," Jon said. Kate decided to bring back one of the dogs in November 2010, much to the delight of their kids.
One day after Tiger Wood's fateful November 2009 car accident that triggered revelations about his infidelity, his ex-wife Elin Nordegren left their family home with at least three of their dogs. During their divorce proceedings, both Woods and Nordegren reportedly wanted custody of the family dogs. Nordegren is said to have received $110 million and joint custody of their two children in the settlement, though it's unclear who was awarded custody of their furry friends. Tiger was photographed with two of their dogs, Taz and Yogi, while Elin was away with the kids in Sweden in April 2010.