Relationships are tough under any circumstances. But maintaining a celebrity relationship in the glare of the public eye and paparazzi’s lens can prove very nearly impossible.
Celebrity marriages are especially doomed. According to a recent study by the American Marriage Foundation, they fail at a rate double that of the American national average. But, to be fair, many celebrity couples who split inevitably hook up again – if not again, and again. And of course, it’s a reunion usually filmed, posted and debated on all manner of social media.
We love following these on-again, off-again, back-on-again celebrity pairings. They show us that even the rich, famous and beautiful can also be fickle and romantically messed up – just like us. The following are just a few of our most-loved celebrity couples who couldn’t ever quite uncouple.
14. Pamela Anderson & Rick Salomon
These two may be better known for their sex tapes – though strangely not with each other. Anderson first married the card-playing producer, who famously dated Paris Hilton, back in 2007. It lasted just one year. But that wasn’t the end of their relationship. The two hooked up again in 2013, marrying for a second time just this January. In July, Anderson filed for divorce, then withdrew the papers in August. As of today, they are still together.
13. Eminem & Kim Mathers
This tempestuous couple date back to high school. According to the rapper, their relationship began in 1989, though they didn’t marry until 1999. A divorce followed in 2001, followed by lots of attacks in the press, lawsuits, and a song, ‘Kim’, in which Eminem described his ex’s bloody murder. All that didn’t stop them from marrying yet again in 2006, followed immediately by another divorce. Rumours sprang up in 2013 that the couple – who have a teen daughter together – had reconciled yet again, but there has been no confirmation from them that they are anything but ‘friends’.
12. Billy Ray Cyrus & Tish Cyrus
Married in 1993, this couple were the model of stability – even as daughter Miley grew into a superstar. But in 2010, theses parents filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. However, that wasn’t the end of their achy-breaky tale.
The divorce application was withdrawn in 2011, only to have Tish refile in June, 2013. One month later, the couple had reconciled yet again for another romantic go-around.
11. Chris Brown & Rihanna
A lot of people are appalled that his couple keep getting back together. What began as a ‘platonic’ relationship between two youngsters turned into a full-blown (media acknowledged) love affair in 2008. But then came the pre-Grammy incident in which Brown punched Rihanna in the face. He was eventually convicted of assault but did no time.
Brown’s move in 2011 to have the restraining order reduced so he could talk to Rihanna fueled the tabloid fire. They started being seen together, and even kissing, though no reunion was ever admitted. Their relationship appears to have cooled since then, with Brown tweeting just recently of his love for girlfriend Karrueche Tran. He said that Rihanna was ‘nothing compared’ to Tran. Classy.
10. Sonny & Cher
This was an early example of a celebrity couple whose break-up became a tabloid feeding frenzy. The married musical duo had a few hits in the 1960s but were doing Las Vegas when they were spotted by TV executives in 1971. Their singing and stage banter (Sonny was the idiot, Cher was the sexy, sarcastic, stoic one) proved perfect for a TV variety show.
But after three successful seasons, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour was cancelled when the couple divorced. It was a messy, very public uncoupling, full of accusations of abuse and infidelity.
Both tried TV shows on their own. Both failed. Then came the reconciliation show in 1976. Suddenly, Cher’s scripted putdowns of Sonny just seemed mean. Following that final show’s cancellation, they pretty much kept to themselves. Oh, there were some appearances together that fueled public speculation and hopes of a reunion, but it never happened. No one cried harder than Cher at Sonny’s funeral in 1998.
9. Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor
Between them, the couple had 13 marriages. Yet most folks only know of their marriage to each other. And divorce. And remarriage. And divorce. Their whole relationship began with a public scandal during the filming of the epic 1963 film Cleopatra. This off-screen affair led to dual divorces from their respective spouses, and their eventual marriage to each other. That would last ten tempestuous years as the high-maintenance couple became known for their loud fights and drunken, tabloid-friendly antics.
Their first divorce didn’t last, resulting in a second marriage that survived just one year. Even though both Taylor and Burton immediately married others, the public always clamoured for a reunion. That came, sort of, in 1983 when they worked together in a Broadway revival of Private Lives. But a romantic recoupling did not follow, as Burton died a year later.
8. Katy Perry & John Mayer
Talk about a hook-up in fast-forward. This musical relationship covers barely 18 months, yet contain enough ups-and-downs for several marriages. First there was the Are-They-A-Couple? stage in the fall of 2012 when they began appearing together. Their relationship became ‘official’ with a Hawaiian vacation that Christmas. Then came the rumoured break-up in March of 2013, followed by the reconciliation in June and the inevitable duet single ‘Who You Love’.
They gushed about how serious their relationship was, with Perry even seen sporting a diamond ring on the correct finger. It all ended abruptly in February of 2014. Some blamed cheating. Others blamed their busy schedules. As for Katy and John, they dissed each other in the press for a few weeks. They now seem to have made up with Perry recently telling People Magazine there was ‘no bad blood’. The couple were reported to have spent time together over Christmas 2014, although it’s unconfirmed whether this was a ‘more than friends’ meeting.
7. Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
Their relationship began in the tabloids, as these two had an affair while shooting a movie in Ottawa in 2006. Unfortunately, McDermott was married at the time to TV cook Mary Jo Eustace, so the press wasn’t good. Tori and Dean managed to eventually turn the tabloids in their favour with four kids and no less than four reality shows chronicling their lives.
That took a darker turn this year when Tori and Dean used the reality show True Tori to talk about Dean’s recent infidelity. Once a cad, always a cad. They appeared on the brink of breaking up. Tori even appeared on TV with Dean’s ex Mary Jo – which is never a good sign. But just this month, Tori was back in the press claiming that ‘things are now really good’ with her marriage. Stay tuned.
6. Pink & Carey Hart
You wouldn’t think a singer and an X-Games enthusiast would be able to hang around with each other for 13 years. Still, it hasn’t been easy. Pink first met Carey at the 2001 X Games, when he famously attempted a backflip on his motorcycle, sustaining multiple broken bones. Apparently, Pink found that sexy. After dating for years, Pink proposed to Hart in 2006. The marriage lasted two years before the pair separated, with Pink releasing her hubbie-ain’t-nuthin’ ode ‘So What?’.
But by the next year, they were dating again and getting marriage counselling. They welcomed their first child in 2011.
5. Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber
No one really knows what this pair are up to. Just when you think they’ve broken up, they appear together, canoodling at some celebrity event. In most cases, it’s the Biebs himself who is posting (then deleting) pics of the couple together, only to deny a relationship.
The couple – who have known each other since 2010 – were seen dating and vacationing in Fall 2014. But by the time Christmas rolled around, the Biebs was posting pics of models, and Selena was dating others while posting cryptic tweets about her new-found female empowerment.
4. Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman
To be fair, DeVito and Perlman have only broken up once in their lengthy marriage. It was just really shocking when they announced their separation in 2012. Afterall, the pair seemed perfect for each other – sharing a love of comedy and a diminuitive size. Plus they had been living together for more than 40 years, married for 30 and had 3 kids together. Fortunately, the separation didn’t stick. They reconciled the following year and seem to be doing alright since.
3. Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee
Credit where credit’s due, Pamela doesn’t like to give up on a guy – especially one who fathered two of her kids. It’s been reported that Pamela and Tommy married after knowing each other for only 4 days. That’s not strictly true. They first met in 1994 at a bar. Pam gave Tommy her number. But when she failed to make a date with him for a week, he followed her to Cancun and, after four days, they married.
The marriage lasted till 1998, ending with Tommy Lee going to jail for spousal assault. They would reconcile in 2001, and again in 2008. Even this year, when Pamela was having trouble with husband Rick Salomon, Pam was seen out on the town with Tommy Lee. Just talking kids? Or something else?
2. Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
Fans of the Twilight movies really wanted this romantic screen coupling to work in. And it did – for a year or so. The ‘It Couple’ eventually moved in together in Hollywood. But it all crashed and burned in 2012 when Kristen Stewart was caught cheating, apologizing in the press for her mistake.
It didn’t help. The couple busted up, only to reunite for the release of the final Twilight movie. That didn’t last either. Still, the desire of fans to see them together means they still rarely get mentioned in the press separately. Various third-hand tabloid reports just this week delighted in an alleged ‘feud’ between ex Stewart and Pattinson‘s latest girlfriend.
1. Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin
Will this be the celebrity couple of 2015? Maybe, though so far the Oscar-winning actress and the Coldplay front man have kept it mostly on the down low – with only a few blurry tabloid photos of them together.
Martin – who only split from Gwyneth Paltrow in March – is said to have started dating Lawrence in June. They allegedly split in October, though were recently snapped sharing some holiday sushi in a Hollywood restaurant.