For many people, following the lives of celebrities isn’t really something that’s on their radar. However, there’s one guilty pleasure that many people have that seems to be becoming more and more common when it comes to celebrities: following celebrity love triangles. Whenever our love lives start to feel complicated, we can stumble across news of any celebrity’s messed up romantic relationship with another celebrity and be thankful that we’re not making any major relationship decisions in the public eye. Not only do celebrities deal with relationship issues that are remarkably like our own, some of them live more exciting love lives than the characters they play.
While some of these love triangles have long been put to rest, others are just gearing up and are still being talked about. Some of the celebrities in these love triangles will only show up in one triangle and end up under the radar for the rest of their career. Meanwhile, other celebrities have such eventful love lives that not only will you see their names pop up more than once, you’re going to be able to create shapes more complicated than triangles with the connections they make. Some of the triangles deal with issues that many normal people deal with every day, while others are filled with pettiness and drama…and people who follow them wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are 15 crazy celebrity love triangles and the dirty secrets you may have missed.
15. Chris Brown/Rihanna/Drake
Chris Brown and Drake seem to have started off as friends, only to become mortal enemies for awhile, and it seems like they’re friends again. Their common link is Rihanna, who they’ve both made music with and who they’re both romantically linked to. Chris Brown dated her for awhile before that ended thanks to Brown physically assaulting her. While Brown was dealing with the legal ramifications of his actions and trying to get Rihanna back, she was playing the field, and one of the people she did that with was Drake. Drake and Brown were friends at the time, but Drake’s longtime love for Rihanna definitely got in the way of that. That eventually fizzles out, but rumors that Rihanna got back with Chris Brown while he was dating model Karruche Tran were flying all over the place, which definitely wasn’t helped by the two women taking shots at each other on Twitter. None of that stopped Drake from still being into her and even professing his love for her publicly, and he got into a fight with Brown that was recorded and posted onto the Internet. Brown also weighed in on Drake’s beef with Meek Mill when the two were feuding over ghostwriters and yet another woman. From what we can tell, Chris Brown and Rihanna are definitely done at this point, but Rihanna and Drake might still be a thing. Either way, Drake needs to rethink his life before falling head over heels for a completely different pop star who won’t give him the time of day.
14. Niall Horan/Ellie Goulding/Ed Sheeran
Meet Niall, Ellie, and Ed. Ellie’s relationship with Niall Horan, one fifth of the now broken up One Direction, has been well documented. However, according to Sheeran’s song “Don’t,” Ellie Goulding was talking to him in a romantic way before leaving him to go hang out with Niall. According to Ellie Goulding, Ed might have been reading too much into things if he wrote the song about her. “We’ve known each other for a few years,” she said about Ed. “I think he’s a really nice guy and a brilliant musician. We’ve bumped into each other and we’ve hung out and stuff, but the thing is if I hang out with someone, it’s instantly like I’m ‘dating’ them. We were never in a relationship.” As for Niall? “We’re still friends,” she shared. “We went on a few dates, and it was really fun. He’s a really, really lovely guy. He’s got the biggest sense of humor, he’s very caring, and I see him as a genuine friend in the industry.” She’s also been linked to McFly bassist Dougie Poynter and she appears done with both of these guys, so this love triangle is basically resolved. However, the fact that all three parties have three different stories about this, it might lend credence to the theory that these three aren’t quite as nice as their public personas may seem.
13. Justin Bieber/Miranda Kerr/Orlando Bloom/Selena Gomez
Orlando Bloom was married to Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr for awhile, but they eventually got divorced. Everything was fine until Justin Bieber was linked to her through flirty texts and his then girlfriend Selena Gomez broke up with him, presumably over that. Back in July 2014, a video surfaced of Bloom throwing punches at Bieber, with multiple sources on both sides alleging that the fight was about Kerr. After that, Bieber went on dating a series of women who became his ex-girlfriends and Bloom went on to date Katy Perry.
Everything was fine… until photos surfaced of Bloom making out with Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend and Taylor Swift’s best friend. Bloom and Perry stayed together after that, only breaking up in early 2017. “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand, we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time,” the couple said in a joint statement to PEOPLE. This is yet another example of Selena Gomez’s shadiness in relationships and just the tip of the iceberg about sordid stories about Bieber.
12. Amber Rose/Kanye West/Kim Kardashian
Before Kanye West settled down with wife Kim Kardashian, he was dating Amber Rose, and they seemed to have a decent relationship before splitting up back in 2010. However, since then, their relationship has only gotten worse. Amber Rose got with rapper Wiz Khalifa after they broke up, and they have a son named Sebastian together. Kanye went on record saying that Wiz was dumb to “let a stripper trap him,” that he had to take 30 showers before Kim would even consider dating him, and that she wouldn’t have her child if it weren’t for him. Amber fired back by saying that Kanye was “mad I’m not around to play in ur a*****e anymore,” causing Kanye to freak out.
Kanye has also said that the only reason he was dating Amber was that Kim hadn’t been available yet. As for Amber, she maintains that the split went badly because Kanye cheated on her with Kim while she was dating Reggie Bush. She told America’s Star magazine: ‘They were both cheating. They were both cheating on me and Reggie with each other. She was sending pictures, and I was like, ‘Kim, just stop. Don’t be that person.'” As for Kim, she hasn’t commented on Rose, perhaps making her the most mature person in this triangle, ironically enough. However, that doesn’t excuse the fact that she was an active homewrecker in Amber and Kanye’s situation.
11. Demi Moore/Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher appeared to have one of the more stable relationships in Hollywood, but that all changed when they announced they were getting a divorce. He had a very public cheating scandal and with that, their marriage was over. To add insult to injury, Ashton got with longtime friend and That 70’s Show castmate Mila Kunis, who he eventually married and had a child with. Unlike some others on this list, when Ashton Kutcher met Mila Kunis when they were teenagers, he wasn’t attracted to her at all, primarily because she was underage and he thought it was creepy.
However, that’s certainly not the case now. “We started dating with the idea we’re both never going to get married,” Mila confessed. “[Ashton] just got out of a marriage. I got out of a long relationship. I was single and having the best time ever. I was totally dating, having a great time, and I was like, ‘I’m never getting married.’ He’s like, ‘Great, neither am I!’ And we’re like shaking hands on it and we’re like, ‘Life is great!’ A year later, we’re like, ‘Tomorrow, let’s get married.'” Moore was frustrated with the situation but appears to be doing much better now. While the timeline between Kutcher’s divorce and his marriage doesn’t overlap, everything did happen a bit fast and public stories are often very different from private ones.
10. Hilary Duff/Aaron Carter/Lindsay Lohan
Back in 2004, things were a lot more simple. Social media wasn’t as big of a deal, so major celebrity breakups don’t play out the way they do now. Among the major young stars of that year were singer Aaron Carter, singer/actress Hilary Duff, and actress/singer Lindsay Lohan. Duff and Lohan were basically in a full-scale war over Aaron Carter. “I started dating Hilary [Duff] on my 13th birthday. I was dating her for like a year and a half and then I just got a little bored so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay [Lohan], dating Lindsay,” Aaron Carter explained.
That would have been fine, except Carter went back to Duff after breaking up with Lohan after a few months. They would show up to each other’s premieres as part of their war, but things escalated when Lohan called Hilary’s co-stars to spread lies about her. Even Tina Fey confessed that the subject of Hilary Duff was a weird one when they were filming Mean Girls. “I remember 17-year-old Lindsay was on a mission to find pink Uggs. That was, like, what she was working on. And there was one day where she tried to explain to Amy and me her beef with Hilary Duff, but we couldn’t crack it. But we were pretending we could follow it,” she said. Weirdly enough, while Lohan and Duff have let Carter go, Carter never let Duff go and was actively courting her as recently as last year, which is incredibly creepy behavior, his current troubles aside.
9. Kylie Jenner/Tyga/Blac Chyna
One of the biggest love triangles in recent memory would have to be the one between Blac Chyna, Tyga, and Kylie Jenner. Tyga had been with Blac Chyna (real name Angela White) for four years, and they had a son named King Cairo during that time. However, that all changed when he left Chyna for a 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. They’d tried to keep it quiet but between obvious social media posts and people like Amber Rose commenting, that wasn’t going to fly for long. “Tyga should be ashamed of himself. For sure. He has a beautiful woman and a baby and left that for a 16-year-old who just turned 17,” Amber said of the relationship. Meanwhile, Tyga was texting Blac Chyna like he wanted her back and buying Kylie a Ferrari when she turned 18.
They had an on and off relationship that’s finally over now thanks to rumors of cheating on Tyga’s part. One particularly gross accusation came from a fourteen-year-old girl who said Tyga made her uncomfortable on Instagram. “He asked me to FaceTime three times, but I did not do it,” she said at a press conference, according to Us Magazine. “Because of my discomfort with why he wanted to communicate with me, I quickly stopped responding to him. It’s crazy how so much can come out of nothing.”
8. Tyga/Blac Chyna/Rob Kardashian
While the Tyga/Kylie Jenner situation was going on, Blac Chyna was making her own moves. Instead of getting upset that the father of her child had run off with a teenage girl, she decided to upgrade her own situation by getting with Kylie Jenner’s only brother, Rob Kardashian. Everyone was shocked by this, and a lot of people were grossed out by the possibility that Kylie and Rob’s kids could be half siblings and cousins. However, Kylie and Tyga broke up, making it so that wouldn’t happen.
Unfortunately, Rob and Chyna broke up in disastrous fashion after having their daughter Dream Kardashian, and the whole thing culminated in accusations of cheating and Rob posting Chyna’s nude photos on the Internet as revenge porn. As for Tyga, he said he warned Rob about Chyna, saying that he didn’t think he’d be able to handle being with a woman like her. I knew a [guy] like him wasn’t going to be able to handle a girl like that. He’s coming from a whole different world. He don’t know how she moves and how she thinks. When you’re in love and when you don’t care what nobody else thinks, love blinds you.”
7. Bella Hadid/The Weeknd/Selena Gomez
For those who are unaware, Bella Hadid is a supermodel and the daughter of a Real Housewives cast member. She used to date The Weeknd, but they broke up due to “scheduling conflicts.” “Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album,” a source admitted shortly after the breakup. “They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends.” However, no matter how friendly you are with your ex, it still doesn’t feel great to see him move on so fast with Selena Gomez.
There’s a lot of speculation here since Selena and Bella seemed to be following each other on social media before Bella unfollowed her on Instagram when the news hit. We don’t know if they were actually friends before all of this, either, we just know that both are in Taylor Swift’s friend circle. Some sources insist Bella’s fine with this turn of events, while others have said she envies what they have. However, this doesn’t look good for the way Selena Gomez handles her friendships because her romance with the Weeknd appears to be a blatant violation of the bro code. Perhaps her true colors are showing?
6. Jennifer Aniston/Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie
This particular love triangle has been discussed to death since Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston publicly for his more recent ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. Despite the couple’s rocky beginning from the end of Pitt’s marriage to Aniston, it didn’t take long for the world to fall in love with Brangelina. They were together for eleven years, and during that time, Angelina became a humanitarian and director and Brad became a father to six kids. However, that all ended with a fateful interaction with their oldest son on a plane that resulted in Brangelina’s prompt divorce.
With their divorce, a ton of questions were raised, from the methods used to raise the Jolie-Pitt kids to Pitt’s possible affair with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard (which has been denied by all parties involved). To the surprise of the entire world, they were actually separated for a full year before the fateful incident where she took their kids, so who knows what’s really going on there. As for Aniston, she spent a long time dating different actors (and getting featured in tabloids for more pregnancy stories than any woman alive) before marrying Justin Theroux, so thankfully her story ends happily.
5. 21 Savage/Kylie Jenner/22 Savage
Blac Chyna wasn’t the only one of Tyga’s exes doing her own thing after leaving Thim. Kylie Jenner managed to get herself involved in yet another love triangle after breaking up with Tyga, this time with two rappers that are both named Savage. 21 and 22 Savage aren’t just rappers, they’re literally moral enemies that are apparently both in love with her. 22 Savage said this in his rap on the song “Daddy Issues.” In it, he says “I’m 22 Savage, and I love me some Kylie. I love me some Kylie like that white girl like Miley. Tyga fall back, cause I’m finna be her Daddy. I’m a young savage, AKA Kylie’s daddy… Should I call her Mrs. Savage? Her booty’s so big it make a n– wanna grab it. If she was mine I’d probably get her name tatted.” As for 21 Savage, he simply told reporters that he wanted to “tear that a** up.” Lovely. Unfortunately for these two loverboys, Kylie Jenner is currently dating Travis Scott, yet another older rapper, so that’s all she wrote for this love triangle. However, these two really need to think before going after Kylie: not only are they eroticizing a teenager, that teenager is part of what could essentially be America’s royal family.
4. Drake/Nicki Minaj/Meek Mill
With all of the drama celebrities deal with, it’s almost comical how they’re involved in so much drama with so many different people. While Drake’s been professing his love for Rihanna, he’s also been pursuing self-professed queen of rap Nicki Minaj. She started dating Meek Mill not long after her split with longtime boyfriend and producer Safaree, a recent breakout star on Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood. However, rumors about her and Drake have been around since they both rose to fame with Young Money. Meek Mill and Drake were friends, but after Drake didn’t tweet Meek’s album, that ended quickly.
He then went on a Twitter rant talking about how Drake has ghostwriters and he shouldn’t have featured him on the album because he didn’t know. Drake then dropped two songs that basically obliterated Meek Mill lyrically, and Nicki Minaj dumped him not long after. As for Drake, he’s gone on record saying he wants to marry Nicki.”I saw Nicki for the first time and, like, literally fell in love” Drizzy said. “I’ve always really, actually, really had a crush on her, always really loved her, and she’s always just looked at me as, like, her little brother.” They’ve made a lot of music together (some of which was with Chris Brown, so there’s a lot of overlap here) and they’ve appeared in each other’s projects. None of this makes Drake look good at all, since he’s sabotaged several people in his efforts to get with the women he professes to love that really don’t seem to care about him.
3. Angelina Jolie/Billy Bob Thornton/Laura Dern
Not many people remember Angelina Jolie’s life before Brad Pitt nowadays. However, she lived quite a life before becoming the matriarch of the Jolie-Pitts. Before she married Brad, she was married to Billy Bob Thornton, doing all sorts of things like tattooing his name onto her arm and wearing a vial of his blood around her neck. It was all lots of fun, except for the fact that everyone seemed to forget that Billy Bob was already engaged to marry Laura Dern. When he met Angelina, he literally dropped everything to go be with her. The whole thing was quite surprising for Laura when she found out. “I left our home to go and make a movie and while I was away, my boyfriend got married and I never heard from him again,” she’s reported as saying. It’s safe to say she got over it, though: she had another marriage to Ben Harper that ended in 2013 and was rumored to be dating rapper Common last year. This just goes to show that before Angelina was a humanitarian, she was a bona fide homewrecker.
2. Selena Gomez/Justin Bieber/Kendall Jenner
While Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez relationship are basically fuel for love triangles everywhere thanks to Bieber’s horde of ex-girlfriends and potentials, one major development was when Kendall Jenner, by far the most private of the Kardashian clan, went on record saying that she’d always had a crush on Justin Bieber. The two have taken vacations together and they speak about each other in the most glowing of terms.
However, both are adamant that their connection is platonic. “Justin and Kendall are simply friends, nothing more, and it’s nothing romantic,” an insider told HollywoodLife. “They enjoy each other’s company and have a lot of friends in common so they get to hang out together often. It was no big deal for her to jump on a plane with him for a quick trip for a few days.” However, we’ve heard that before. That being said, Kendall Jenner seems to have a good enough head on her shoulders that she doesn’t want to get with a guy who’s been with most of her friends, especially since she has more than enough options of her own. Then again, Justin Bieber could very well be sleazy enough to try.
1. Beyonce/Jay-Z/Becky With The Good Hair
You know you’re dealing with a Hollywood power love triangle when we can’t even accurately ascertain who the third member of the triangle actually is. Beyonce and Jay Z’s marriage has long been plagued with cheating rumors, culminating in the elevator fight seen around the world between Jay-Z and Beyonce’s sister Solange. Beyonce herself stayed quiet about it until she released her newest album Lemonade.
In the album, she touches on the rumors, confirms that they’re true, and refers to the mistress in question as “Becky with the good hair.” Jay-Z would refer to the woman in the same way on his new album 4:44. The popular theory is that the woman is designer Rachel Roy (pictured above), and she hasn’t done much to kill that rumor.
However, other women who could possibly fill that role are Rihanna, Rita Ora, Taylor Swift, rapper Liv of “Sorry Mrs. Carter” fame, and even Rachael Ray (for those who misread Roy’s name and flooded the daytime talk show host with questions). Beyonce and Jay-Z have always been private, but their willingness to air out their marital problems publicly, but only in a way that they can sell, shows that they’re definitely not the people they’re advertising themselves to be.
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