Breaking up is traumatic enough, but living in the digital age seems to have made it easier to accomplish than ever. These days, you can break up with someone via cell phone, email, text, or, God forbid, Facebook. Sure, it’s far less personal than breaking up in person, but what a time saver. Even celebrities are doing it. Check out six of the most epic breakups of recent times, many of them via text message:

lindsey1. Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

This is definitely one of the first and biggest celebrity splits of the digital age. In 2006, backup dancer Kevin Federline received a text that Britney Spears, his wife of two years, was filing for divorce. To add salt to the wound, video footage of Federline receiving the text went viral on the Internet moments afterward — he had been in the middle of a taping an interview. Not the sort of press coverage celebrities aspire to.

2. Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Much to the dismay of the public as well as Katy Perry herself, Russell Brand ended their 14 month union via text message. Perry revealed this fact to Rolling Stone magazine in a recent interview. She hasn’t heard from Brand since receiving his breakup text on New Year’s Eve, 2011. Despite rumors that their divorce was drama-free, clearly Katy Perry and fans were blindsided by the split.

3. Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson

The same-sex couple had a good run, but reports have stated that Ronson dumped Lindsay via text message in 2009 due to the troubled star’s personal issues. Fans of Lindsay are still rooting for her to find serenity, family harmony and true love instead of being weekly fodder for Internet trolls who love to make fun of her often sad, sometimes funny pictures that dominate the celebrity gossip sites.

4. Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

This was definitely one of the most epic and ugly celebrity breakups of our time. But while Elin didn’t ask Tiger for a divorce via text, his longtime golf coach Hank Haney did. The coach revealed in his tell-all book “The Big Miss” that he “dumped” Tiger as a client via text message in 2010 after all of those nasty cheating allegations came out.

5. Charlie Sheen and “Goddess” Bree Olsen

Remember that bizzarre series of events involving Charlie Sheen, the show “Two and a Half Men,” something about tiger’s blood and Adonis DNA, and two “goddesses”? Well, eventually there was a moment of sanity when one of said goddesses, Bree Olsen, finally broke up with Charlie via text message. For Olson, new cell phones are useful for getting rid of an old flame quickly — Sheen, however, wasn’t “winning” on that day.

6. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

No celeb breakup list would be complete without a mention of these two. At one time, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were Hollywood’s golden couple. Successful, good-looking and likeable, they seemed to have their life planned out. That is, until Angelina Jolie entered the picture. Pitt and Aniston spent seven years together until Pitt and Jolie fell for one another on the set of the movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2005. While there was no word of a text message involved, the whole world is still talking about the infamous love triangle.

Breaking up is never pleasant, and some might say doing so via digital media lacks class. However, since people can meet online and via social media, perhaps it’s fair game to be able to break up just as easily. While it will remain a matter of personal preference, clearly many celebrities don’t have a problem with it.

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