In 2015, when celebrity break-ups were plentiful and constant, it seemed to be proof that real Hollywood romances were dead. Big named power couples with more than a few years of marriage under their belt, like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, all “irreconcilable differenced” themselves out of their seemingly happy union recently and shocked the frozen pizzas right out of our hands when we read about their break ups at the grocery line.
It’s enough to make you just want to completely give up on love. But don’t delete that Tinder account just yet because love is making a serious comeback in 2016. Not only with new couples but also some epic, jaw-dropping reunions and hook-ups that we’ve only dreamed would happen.
But are we setting ourselves up again for heartbreak? Will this be another year where love will be broken and stomped on by a few horny nannies? Who can say? What we do know is that we’re rooting for these 10 couples to fight against the Hollywood norm and stay together so our shattered faith in sparkly celebrity love will be made whole again.
10. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
This is a celebrity relationship that keeps our fantasies of true Hollywood love alive. EVERYONE is always rooting for them and this year is no exception. In the turbulent sea of celebrity affairs, scandals and divorces, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson‘s relationship is like the love boat that just keeps cruising steadily past the unstable waters, undeterred. So we start this list off with a sure thing that’s been going on for 38 YEARS! Tom and Rita are serious celebrity relationship goals that we hope some of the other relationships on this list can achieve.
9. Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch
Who says funny girls don’t get hot guys? Contrary to what the quarterback of the football team told me a long time ago, funny girls CAN and DO score hot guys all the time! Just look at Amy Schumer, whose career took off by making everybody laugh in 2015, topped off her fire year with a cool drink of handsome new man for 2016. Furniture creator Ben Hanisch, who is not only a good looking dude but apparently the kind of guy you take home to meet the family. It’s been said Amy’s sister already gives Ben the big thumbs up. Amy is reportedly ‘in love’ and Ben hasn’t been hiding his feelings for her on social media, calling himself lucky to have found Amy who he describes as “the smartest, funniest, most beautiful woman.” Awwww. #getaroom
8. Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Please inform Justin Timberlake that he didn’t need to bring sexy back because as it turns out, sexy never left. It was just being hogged up by Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, who by themselves, are almost too much sexy to handle. But when news came that these two were dating, it kind of scared us. Isn’t that just a bit too much hotness happening in one room? When hotness and hotness hook up their tight asses and abs, does the world implode with #canteven? Thankfully, it didn’t and hasn’t, but with Instagram posts of them lounging around in hot tubs, it almost did. Good looking, rich, famous, in love and as of November 22, 2015, happily married! We hope their relationship lasts until they get really old and finally start looking like normal people.
7. Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama
This is one of the relationships we’re rooting for because these two seem genuinely in love. They started dating when Demi Lovato was just 18 but had a break up during the time she had a relapse. Wilmer Valderrama has been known in the past to be a serial dater of Hollywood starlets and has gone out with Mandy Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Minka Kelly, just to name a few. So it was sort of a surprise when he reunited with Demi after she got out of rehab the second time. It sounds like even Demi was surprised that Wilmer came back, telling People Magazine that Wilmer stayed despite people advising him to leave so he wouldn’t be sucked in by Demi’s downward spiral. Thankfully, Demi skipped out on the spiral ride and five years later, Demi and Wilmer’s relationship is still going strong. May the force of Tom and Rita be with them.
6. Madonna and Sean Penn
Hello 2016, 1985 called and said it wants Sean Penn and Madonna back. And rumor has it, that’s exactly what’s happening. It’s a rumor that’s been going around since 2013, when Madonna and son, Rocco, accompanied Sean to Haiti to support Sean’s Haitian relief organization. But the rumor was short-lived because Sean Penn was dating Charlize Theron at the time and was engaged to her in 2014. However, after they called off their engagement in June 2015, the Madonna/Sean Penn reunion rumor started to gain steam yet again when he was spotted in the audience twice, cheering on his ex-wife, during Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. The hashtag #SeanDonna was spotted in abundance on social media sites when Madonna showed up hand in hand with Sean at his celebrity fundraiser. The Queen of Pop performed a French song on her ukulele at the event after she declared her love for Sean on stage, quote, “I love you. From the moment I laid eyes on you. And I still love you just the same.” SQUEEE!! Is it time to put on our fingerless gloves and rubber bracelets yet?
5. Monica and Chandler (Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry)
This was a rumor that started to float around towards the end of 2015 and made every Friends fan say, “NO. FREAKIN. WAY!” (Complete with the Chandler-y pauses because, duh. Do you even watch Friends, bruh?) Courtney Cox‘s relationship with rocker Johnny McDaid was one of the many to suffer the great 2015 Celebrity Break Up Bonanza, calling off their engagement towards the end of last year. A few weeks after the news of Courtney’s split, the Friends fandom squealed in unison when rumor started going around that Courtney had moved on to …MATTHEW PERRY? Like, Monica and Chandler for reals, FOR REALS?? It seemed almost too good to be true and might be, according to ‘sources’ who tried to stop the rumor as fast as it started. And yes, it’s true, there’s absolutely no evidence that these two are dating BUT there’s also no evidence that they’re NOT dating, so our hopes that the Bings will actually happen in real life are still high.
4. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Long gone are the days where Taylor would write a bitter song about all the wrongs her exes had done to her. 2015 was a career transformation for Taylor Swift who came out of the gates as a strong, single woman who didn’t need no man. It was also the same time her infamous girl #Squad was formed. Much like the Rat Pack, except instead of dudes swilling cocktails, she had supermodel and actress friends wielding swords in her videos and posting selfies on her Instagram. Top that with an amazing album and sold out tour, it seemed like taking a break from relationships was a good choice for Taylor. But then Calvin Harris and those abs came along around March and Taylor put her single ways on pause because, well, who wouldn’t? We hope Taylor has finally found the one guy who can make her write a really smooshy love song because it’s been long overdue.
3. Selena Gomez and ANYONE BUT BIEBER
They’re together, they’re not together, he serenades her at a restaurant, then she’s with that guy from One Direction, and he’s going on vacation with Hailey Baldwin. It’s a relationship that just needs to just die already and we’re rooting for Selena. Sorry Beliebers, you and Hailey Baldwin can have this guy and those weird diaper pants he insists on wearing because #Jelena needs to be done and over with. While Selena has grown into a beautiful woman, Justin is driving to manchild city in his leopard lamborghini and oversized trucker hat, it’s clear not a great fit for each other anymore. We think it’s high time for Selena to strive for bigger and better than the Biebs in 2016. Don’t look back to that mess girl! Move on and look forward to meeting a better man who’s probably just around the corner NOT wearing a pair of pants that looks like he took a giant crap in it.
2. Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
Two of the biggest breakups in 2015 was Blake Shelton‘s divorce with Miranda Lambert and Gwen Stefani‘s divorce with Gavin Rossdale (Miranda and Gavin were both rumored to have been cheating). But before fans could even squeeze out a tear for them, an unlikely union between The Voice judges seem to materialize out of nowhere. Could it be? A ska-punk-pop star and a younger, country singer dude hooking up?? People lost their freakin’ minds when paparazzi snapped a picture of Gwen and Blake getting close at a Halloween party. It was only a few weeks later they were confirmed to be dating and fans have been treated to a front row seat of their honeymoon period via every magazine, website and on their personal Instagram accounts. So far, their PDA-heavy union has been surprisingly sweet and hasn’t triggered our gag reflex once! We’re glad they found love because these two deserve it!
1. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Reunited and it feels so good?? Not only is that a great song (YouTube it, kids) but it’s also the perfect soundtrack to what’s happening between Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, who have apparently rekindled their love. It all comes as a pleasant surprise to everyone because it seemed as if these two had moved on after they broke off their engagement in 2013. He kept making movies and, for the most part, stayed mum about their 5-year relationship and Miley sang about it on a wrecking ball before hooking up with a sledgehammer then Patrick Schwarzenegger for a few months. But recently, Miley and Liam were spotted together in Australia ringing in the new year together. Even more recently, the engagement ring made a comeback on Miley’s finger and a U-Haul was seen parked in front of Liam’s house and the driver looks suspiciously like Miley. It’s still too soon to say what the real story is, but we sincerely hope she’s back to twerking on his down unders.