Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's January (05) split has been rated the most fascinating break-up of 2005 in a new survey.

Pitt and Aniston stunned fans when they announced that they were separating after five years of marriage.

And while their divorce was finalised in October (05), the fascination with the details surrounding their split continues, prompting USA Today to name it the year's most fascinating break-up.

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's recent split also ranked highly in the survey, as well as Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards' short separation.

A surprise addition to the survey was demise of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton's friendship.

The top 10 is as follows:

1. BRAD PITT and JENNIFER ANISTON

2. CHARLIE SHEEN and DENISE RICHARDS

3. NICK LACHEY and JESSICA SIMPSON

4. Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney

5. Eddie Murphy and Nicole Murphy

6. PARIS HILTON and NICOLE RICHIE

7. Katie Holmes and Chris Klein

8. Jude Law and Sienna Miller

9. Sophia Bush and CHAD MURPHY

10. PARIS HILTON and PARIS LATSIS