Being a celebrity means that your life is lived in the public eye. Along with fame and fortune comes an extreme lack of privacy. The public that follows celebrities think they know everything about them, from their favorite food, their best friends, what project they’re working on at the moment, their enemies and of course who they’re dating. Celebrity relationships are constantly being scrutinized by the public. Causing the average Hollywood enthusiast to question whether or not the couple will make it, to judge if he or she thinks the couple is right for each other, and to rally for celebrity couples that they want to see together. Because of their investment in the love lives of celebrities, they think know everything about them. Surprisingly enough, celebrities have a past just like the rest of us, maybe even a past that they’re not so proud of. Lucky for us, the internet can provide the public with all sorts of juicy gossip about celebrity’s past love lives. Some of these couples fizzled out quickly, while others seemed like they were in it for the long haul. Here are ten celebrity couples that will make you say, “those two dated!?”
10. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
David Cross, best known for his role on Arrested Development and Amber Tamblyn, one of the stars of House, tied the knot back in 2012 after several years of dating. The two may seem like an odd couple because of their huge age difference, Cross being nineteen years older than Tamblyn. Cross popped the question in London after carrying around an engagement ring for six months in his pocket. He has admitted that his proposal wasn’t very romantic and told People that he popped the question one night when he was drunk. However badly their engagement started, it seems to be working out well for the happy couple. The two have been in wedded bliss for nearly a year and a half.
9. Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong
Ashley Olsen and Lance Armstrong’s whirlwind romance started in 2007, just weeks after Armstrong broke up with the designer, Tory Burch. Apparently, Armstrong had been warned by his friends not to start a relationship with Olsen because of their fifteen year age difference. Armstrong’s friends believed that his relationship with Olsen would damage his image. The warnings didn’t seem to slow the couple down. The two were reportedly seen together at restaurants and hotels and they were even caught making out at the Rose Bar in the Gramercy Park Hotel. However, after a few months the relationship fizzled out and Armstrong broke it off with Olsen to the delight of his friends.
8. Julie Bowen and David Spade
Julie Bowen is just one of the beautiful blonde bombshells that Spade has on his dating resume. The two began their unlikely relationship in 2002. When they first started dating, Bowen was a relatively unknown actress, while Spade was starring on the popular sitcom Just Shoot Me! The two had a long distance relationship for one year. Spade seemed quite smitten with Bowen. For her birthday, he even got Stevie Nicks to sing “Landslide,” on Bowen’s voicemail. But obviously there was some trouble in paradise and in 2003 the couple called it quits. Today, Bowen stars on the popular show Modern Family while Spade recently starred in the sequel to Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2.
7. Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra
Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra dated briefly from December 2012 to February 2013, after meeting while Electra was a judge on Britain’s Got Talent. That is until a cheating scandal tore them apart. According to insiders, Electra caught Cowell in a pretty compromising position with Lauren Silverman. The couple broke it off directly after, but it was probably for the best. Cowell is now married to Silverman and the two have a child together. On the bright side, Electra doesn’t seem to have any bad blood for Cowell or his wife. She’s said that while her relationship with Cowell was fun she has no regrets with how it ended. She has also expressed her happiness for Cowell and Silverman and wishes the couple luck.
6. Kristen Bell and Matthew Morrison
Once upon a time, the Frozen star, Kristen Bell had a thing with the Glee star, Matthew Morrison. The two met when they were both students at NYU. They both studied at the Tisch school of arts until Morrison dropped out after two years to join a Broadway adaptation of Footloose. Bell told US magazine this about her previous flame, “I actually went to college with Matty Morrison, we actually dated very briefly, so I’ll have to say maybe Matty Morrison is my favorite part of Glee for various reasons.” Kristen Bell is now married to Dax Shepard while Morrison is engaged to model, Renee Puente.
5. Collin Farell and Britney Spears
Back in 2003, Collin Farrell and Britney Spears had a brief fling. The ‘one time’ couple walked the red carpet together for the premier of Collin Farrell’s movie, The Recruit. They were even reportedly caught making out on a balcony, in Farrell’s hotel room that very same night. Farrell, however, has denied that they were ever a thing, claiming that he was just a 26 year old guy trying to have a good time. Spears has remained quiet about her brief relationship with the bad boy actor.
4. Tom Cruise and Cher
Tom Cruise and Cher dated back in the mid 80’s, when Cruise was just a celebrity trying to get used to his new found star power. Cher has said this about her previous relationship, “It could have been a great romance because I was crazy for him.” In an interview with Andy Cohen, Cher has even said that Cruise is on her list of top five lovers. Apparently, the two had quite the steamy relationship. So who knows, after Cruise’s divorce from Katie Holmes maybe Cher and Cruise still have a fighting chance. Surely, many would love to see the reunion of this truly odd couple.
3. Justin Timberlake and Fergie
This musical couple dated when Fergie was 23 years old and Timberlake was just 16. At this time in their careers, Fergie was still going by the name Stacy Ferguson and was part of the pop trio, Wild Orchard, while Timberlake was on his way to becoming a musical sensation. Obviously the couple was a little too young to be too serious, and soon, they went their separate ways. Timberlake went on to date Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Scarlet Johanssen, Cameron Diaz and finally Jessica Biel who is now his fiance. On the other hand Fergie, is married to Josh Duhamel. The happy couple have a son together.
2. Naomi Campbell and Leonardo Dicaprio
Leonardo Dicaprio obviously has a type, and that type is beyond gorgeous supermodels. But the acclaimed actor didn’t just start dating supermodels yesterday. Back in 1995, Naomi Campbell and Dicaprio had a brief fling before they decided that they were better off as friends. The two hit it off just before Dicaprio’s career took off, but parted shortly after. Today the pair remain close friends. They can even be spotted partying on each others yachts from time to time.
1. Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. were the it couple of the 80’s. The famous pair dated for seven years, from 1984-1991. In 1991, Parker broke it off with Downey. Downey said this about his relationship with Parker to Parade, “I was in love with Sarah Jessica, and love clearly was not enough. I was meant to move on. And after some heartache, she was meant to find her home with a great star. He is a lot more gifted and grounded than I ever was. They have a great kid.” Downey also admitted that the reason for their break-up was because he couldn’t kick his drug and alcohol problem. Everything seems to have worked out well for both parties. Parker is happily married to Matthew Broderick and Downey is happily married to Susan Downey.