When Mike Tyson Divorced The ‘Most Hated Woman In America’

A whirlwind romance and eight-month marriage between the world heavyweight champion and an actress set the media aflame in the late 80s. Described as ‘the Lady and the Champ’ by People Magazine, Mike Tyson and Robin Givens met in 1987 and became engaged within months. But after one of the most controversial celebrity couple interviews ever broadcast, the couple divorced – with Givens claiming she suffered physical and emotional abuse from Tyson, and Tyson deriding Givens as an ambitious gold-digger.

The media overwhelmingly sided with Tyson, dubbing Givens ‘the most hated woman in America’. The couple’s conflicting accounts of each other’s behaviour – not to mention financial settlements – fuelled the acrimony. Rumours of an affair between givens and Brad Pitt added further to public curiosity about the divorce. Today we’re taking a closer look at one of the most high-profile celebrity splits of all time.