Countless high-profile celebrity couples break up every year. Love is tough for those who spend their entire life in front of a camera lens. For us normal people who don’t live in the celebrity spotlight, break-ups can be carried out quickly, if not painlessly, and can be forgotten about in months. Huge stars don’t have this level of luxury, because there will always be an endless stream of photographs online reminding them of the love that they have lost.
In the press, new celeb relationships are announced as frequently as the breakups – and everyone knows that the chances of it lasting longer than a year are minimal. Often we forget that celebrities are only human too and they can also have a hard time moving on after a relationship. Hearts get broken, fights become public and with special thanks to the internet we get to see the whole event played out in all it’s gritty glory. Even when some of these big stars have moved on to someone else – they just can’t seem to shake off the past.
Everyone can relate to a star who has an old flame that won’t leave them alone and no matter how much these guys try – they just can’t shake off the ex. Here are ten stars who suffer from a bad case of the lingering ex.
10. Katy Perry – Russell Brand
The Super Bowl halftime show of 2015 was the biggest night of Katy Perry‘s career. Moments before she was due to go on stage the man who was responsible for breaking her heart, Russell Brand, tweeted – “‘Super Bowl may be baffling to Brits but half time show will be amazing. Good luck KP”. His good luck message was retweeted over 8,000 times and soon made its way onto the Roar singer’s news feed.
The pair who filed for divorce just 14 months after their nuptials had not spoken since Perry received the news (via text message) that her comedian husband wanted to split. She suffered with depression and revealed she also had suicidal thoughts after the break-up. A spokesperson for Perry’s camp said of the night, “The last person she wanted to hear from before such a big performance was the man who ripped her heart out”. Perry showed the world that although her ex is still clinging on she was able to really let go on stage.
9. Harry Styles – Taylor Swift
When you break up with your partner and they write a vicious song about you that becomes a global hit, it’s probably quite hard to not be constantly reminded things didn’t end too well. Taylor Swift wrote the unsubtly titled ‘Style’ about One Direction’s Harry Styles and his cheating ways, as well as – it’s suspected – a number of other tunes. Styles was caught kissing an Australian model in October 2013 which led to the pair ending their relationship immediately.
The poor guy began dreading award shows, as every time Swift would perform the cameras would pan straight onto him for a reaction shot. The Story Of My Life singer would be seen trying to stay as poker-faced as possible but he probably just wanted to scream, “get that camera out my face – we finished two years ago”.
8. Macaulay Culkin – Mila Kunis
Macaulay Culkin retired from acting aged 14. He then spent the remainder of his career becoming a tabloid dream as he battled in court to legally divorce his parents and suffered with drug problems. He was in a serious long-term relationship with actress Mila Kunis for nine years. The break up hit the Home Alone actor hard and it must have been tough seeing his ex pictured on magazines everywhere discussing how happy she is with her new family life.
In 2011, the couple decided to split. Fortunately for Kunis she has managed to move on with Ashton Kutcher and together they both have a baby daughter, Wyatt. Her successful television and movie career now has created an estimated worth of $30 million. Unfortunately for her ex-boyfriend the only press he appears to get is his name mentioned as “the ex-boyfriend of Mila Kunis”. Time to move on with your life, Culkin?
7. Robert Pattinson – Kristen Stewart
If your girlfriend was caught by the paparazzi cheating on you with a married man – the last thing you would want is to ever see their face again. So here’s hoping that Robert Pattinson never reads any of his own press as he rarely gets reported without Kristen Stewart‘s name also getting a mention. The couple who starred in the Twilight movies together were an item for four years until the shocking cheating scandal emerged in 2012.
Pattinson began dating London-based singer FKA Twigs last year. They confirmed the relationship with red carpet appearances together and it sent Twitter into overdrive. Twilight fans began comparing FKA Twigs and Stewart in side-by-side pictures, sizing up who he really loves more between the two. Pattinson clearly just wants to move on but he has a fanbase that won’t let him forget they will always be Team K-Stew – no matter what.
6. Naomi Campbell – Leonardo Di Caprio
If you’re Leonardo DiCaprio‘s girlfriend there are a lot of problems you will have to put up with. His acting career always keeps him on a tight schedule when he’s shooting new movies around the globe. The 40-year-old also has a well-known fear of commitment. Partners also have to be tolerant of the fact that on his downtime he will no doubt be in the company of his ex-girlfriend, supermodel Naomi Campbell, everytime.
Whenever DiCaprio is ready to set sail and have a party with the boys, Campbell always jumps aboard too. Leo’s current flames needn’t fear too much, though, as a couple of years ago hilarious paparazzi shots showed the pair together – DiCaprio appearing bored to death by the supermodel just off the coast of Miami. The pair who dated for just a few months in the 90s have remained friends since, but it appears DiCaprio is ready to let this one go overboard.
5. Chris Brown – Karrueche Tran
Falling out of love is never as easy thing to do. Despite the horrific physical abuse Chris Brown put Rihanna through – she still appears to love him very much. Friends close to the star said that she only began dating fellow singer Drake as he reminded her of the ex. When Brown tried to move on after the relationship by dating Karrueche Tran he found himself on the end of a hate campaign from his ex.
In 2013, a party was held for Tran in Hollywood to celebrate her cover shoot for Rolling Out Magazine. According to eyewitnesses Rihanna turned up with full entourage and approached Tran to hurl some verbal abuse at her. Then when Tran and Brown split up late last year after it was revealed he had a baby daughter with another woman, RiRi was apparently in hysterics over the news. It appears if she can’t get close to her ex then no other woman can.
4. Liam Hemsworth – Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth ended their engagement in late 2013. The pair have been known to still be “social” together which appears to their fans that one of the two is more than willing to keep this companionship still alive. Cyrus recently split with her boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger after a whirlwind five months together. Rumours are she has been using photo opportunities with her ex-fiancée as a revenge attack.
Hemsworth ended their relationship after he could no longer deal with the ongoing paparazzi attention Cyrus would always bring. He said in an interview with Nylon Guys last year:
“You never get used to it because you get followed and you get chased and it’s never a fun experience. I think when people see photos of you out and about in your personal life, they assume that you’ve asked for it or that you want that attention, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind asks for that kind of thing”.
Well, too bad; the cameras are back more than ever as the world is waiting to see if the two reunite.
3. Kim Kardashian – Ray J
Kim Kardashian will never, ever be able to forget her relationship with Ray-J as it became an internet phenomenon and was responsible for making her famous. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star dated the singer in 2003 and the couple made an intimate sex tape together. Four years later the tape was “leaked” to the media and overnight Kim began her reign of taking over the internet. She is now worth an estimated $64 million.
Kim is married to rapper Kanye West and together the couple are expecting their second child at Christmas. There will be some sensitive explaining to do to their young children when they are old enough to use a computer because it might not be Daddy’s face that they are seeing on the screen with their mother. Awkward.
2. Jennifer Aniston – Brad Pitt
Jennifer Aniston has been given the role in the media as the “poor ex-girlfriend” everyone has been made to feel sorry for. Her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, re-married to screen vixen Angelina Jolie last year and the pair have a family of six children together. Aniston who then went on to have a string of failed relationships with Vince Vaughn, John Mayer and Gerard Butler. Even though she divorced Pitt ten years ago, she still can’t avoid having her name associated constantly with the Pitt-Jolie union.
The Horrible Bosses actress issues interviewers a strict “No Brad” rule when it comes to asking her questions – as they are constantly looking for a quote about the split. Earlier this year when a reporter over stepped the line and bought up the B-word she put them straight and replied, “If the world only could just stop with the stupid, soap-opera bulls**t”. Sorry Jen, we won’t mention him again.
1. Kanye West – Amber Rose
Amber Rose clearly is not over her split with Kanye West. She has engaged in ongoing Twitter battles with the Kardashian family after she blasted Kim on Twitter over her sex tape. West did not take kindly to his wife being attacked online and he replied that he needed to take “30 showers” after having sex with Rose. Ouch.
Most embarrassing of all, the model got drunk at an L.A party last week and began verbally bashing West down the microphone in front of hundreds of guests. Her excuse the next day? Her drink was spiked. She told L.A radio station 92.3:
“Can I be honest with you guys? I really feel like someone put something in my drink that night. Because for one, I don’t talk like that, and two, I had two cocktails and it was Crown and Coke, and I always drink Crown and Coke. And I had a couple sips of champagne… I woke up in my bed naked with no clothes on”.
Look Amber, just admit you aren’t over your ex and your true emotions came out when you were drunk – we’ve all been there!