There is no shortage of reasons as to why many people consider 2016 to having been an awful year. While we hope that was not the case for yourself, you can imagine that for the next 15 women on our list, they definitely had themselves plenty of long nights in 2016 (and definitely not for the right reasons).
All 15 of these women have suffered varying levels of heartbreak ranging from engagements, divorces or relationships that fell by the wayside, it is clear that they were having some nights where they were hugging the ice-cream close. But more than that, they then typically stripped down for cameras and helped create some unforgettable photos (or wore unforgettable clothing) that we are going to cover below.
We also dig into their relationships including how many of them met (turns out movie sets and music videos are great places to meet people) and what it was that broke them apart (including several cheaters).
Not one of our photos is from a photo shoot that was taken outside of 2016, which also means that we have plenty of photos that may have slipped off your radar as we cover the globe and several publications to bring you the hottest 2016 photos of 15 who were heartbroken in this past year.
15. Jaimie Alexander – Broke Off Engagement
Where Are The Photos From? Emmy Issue #3, LaPalme Magazine (December 2016) and Shape Magazine.
Jaimie Alexander is definitely in amazing shape, so are you really surprised to see she’s been photographed for Shape magazine? You’ll be happy to hear that Kate Beckinsale also makes this list and has a photo by them. While Alexander is no longer in the Marvel Universe, she did make an outstanding (and memorable) performance as Sif in Thor: The Dark World.
The Relationship Details: Jaimie Alexander got to spend a large portion of 2015 in love with her partner (and fellow actor) after getting engaged to Peter Facinelli. The two met in 2012 on the set of Loosies. But clearly the engagement led to some talking, because in February 2016, the two ended their relationship.
When talking about their relationship, a representative for the couple said, “Due to conflicting family and work commitments on opposite coasts, and after much consideration, Peter and Jaimie have chosen to part ways amicably and remain good friends.”
14. Bella Thorne – Broke Up
Where Are The Photos From? Playboy (October) and Galore Magazine (May).
Bella Thorne has had some serious hardships in her life, including losing her father in a motorcycle accident in 2007 and being diagnosed with dyslexia. The latter of which led to her getting home-schooled following excessive bullying.
Despite these hardships, Thorne has created an incredibly bright future ahead of her as both an actress and model. She may not have bared it all for Playboy or Galore, but we’re sure those photos are still plenty steamy!
The Relationship Details: Thorne was linked to actor Gregg Sulkin for over a year, but their relationship ended in August. Thorne took to Twitter to say “Things just didn’t end up working the way we had hoped. But I’ll always love the bub.”
13. Kate Beckinsale – Got Divorced
Where Are The Photos From? AS IF Magazine (Summer), SHAPE 2017.
Kate Beckinsale may look comfortable and flawless in the photo on the right, but it was her comments on the photo shoot for Shape Magazine that have people talking. “Awkwardly standing about in my underpants in front of a Frenchman,” she said on social media. Her comments help point out the very obvious fact that while she looks gorgeous, photo shoots can definitely be awkward!
The Relationship Details: Beckinsale officially separated from Len Wisemen in 2015 but filed for divorce in October. They met when working together on an Underworld movie in 2004.
12. Iggy Azalea – Broke Off Engagement
Where Are The Photos From? Remix Magazine (Spring 2016) and Elle (April 2016).
Iggy Azalea may be known for her booty bumping dance numbers, but the two photos help show that she is every bit as gorgeous as she is talented. Not to mention that she would have herself a pretty fine modeling career if she ever so chose! Despite this, Nick Young decided to look elsewhere for love, literally.
The Relationship Details: The two had started dating in 2013, including announcing an engagement in 2015. It became clear to the world that Young was cheating on Iggy after a video was leaked by his teammate D’Angelo Russell that included Young in the background bragging about how many women he sleeps with.
When talking about their relationship, Iggy said “Unfortunately although I love Nick and have tried to rebuild my trust in him – It’s become apparent in the last few weeks I am unable to. I genuinely wish Nick the best. It’s never easy to part ways with the person you planned you’re [sic] entire future with, but futures can be rewritten and as of today mine is a blank page.”
11. Demi Lovato – Break Up
Where Are The Photos From? Billboard (July 2016), American Way (July 2016), and Allure Magazine (February 2016).
Demi Lovato definitely is on the rise as a talented musician. After some hard years that included a heavy battle with drug addiction and, Lovato‘s 5th album that came out in 2015 was a huge hit and she promises big things in 2017. The above photos from 3 different publications throughout the year also prove that she did a great job of keeping a healthy mind and body in 2016.
The Relationship Details: Lovato had been in a relationship with Wilmer Valderamma (…yes, Fes from That ’70s Show). When Valderrama talked about the relationship, he said “You know, we’ve been best friends for about six years. We haven’t necessarily been dating for six years, but we have six years of friendship, and it’s been… it’s been beautiful.”
10. Amber Heard – Got Divorced
Where Are The Photos From? Marie Claire (UK).
Both of these photos may be for Marie Claire, but they also appear for several of the women on this list so you definitely aren’t going to be left with a negative impression of the company.
The Relationship Details: Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp on May 23rd, 2016. It was then followed by a request for a restraining order. There were also reports (and photos that emerged) that heavily implied that Depp was physically and verbally abusive to Heard. The two had met while filming The Rum Diary back in 2011.
9. Mariah Carey – Broke Off Engagement
Where Are The Photos From? VH1 Divas Unsilent Night (December 2nd) (or unbelievable outfit) and Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve.
The photo on the left was definitely not the last time Carey looked outstanding in the month of December. The performance on the left also went off without issues when she was performing at VH1 Divas Unsilent Night.
In contrast, the photo on the right was taken from Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve and it did not go so well! Carey probably thought all the talking would be about her, but technical issues led to the entire performance being an embarrassment
Sadly for Mariah, she no longer has former fiance James Packer’s shoulder to lean on.
The Relationship Details: The two met at a movie premiere back in 2014 and dated for roughly 10 months before getting engaged in January 2016. Sadly for Packer, it was just not to be as the two officially called it splits in October. Packer is a billionaire which definitely makes the break-up perhaps more complicated than it needs to be. In fact, they are currently locked in a legal battle because Carey is requesting $50 million as an “inconvenience fee.” She’d probably also love to hold onto that $10 million engagement ring she was given!
8. Taylor Swift – Broke Up
Where Are The Photos From? Keds sneakers and GQ Mexico (July).
Wait, Taylor Swift had a break-up this year? No way! Color me shocked, like really. But I mean, I guess she needed to get some inspiration for her next album somehow right? With photos like the one on the right though, which was taken for GQ, you can understand why Swift constantly seems to have A-List guys coming her way. The photo on the left may not be quite as saucy, but it was a promotion for Keds sneakers, so I mean how much skin are you showing? It’s endorsement deals like this that helped Swift earned $170 million in 2016.
The Relationship Details: Taylor Swift’s most prominent relationship of this year may be a toss up. Sure, she got down with Tom Hiddleston, but to get there she first had to break up with Calvin Harris! Harris and Swift had been together for 15 months but split apart in June.
7. Drew Barrymore – Divorced
Where Are The Photos From? Good Housekeeping (May) and Marie Claire (April 2016).
You may be used to seeing Barrymore without glasses on her face, but is there any argument that she does not look gorgeous in the photo on the left? The photo was taken for Good Housekeeping and also included an interview where Barrymore opened up about her thoughts about happiness saying, “There’s so much more love than there is a lack of love, there’s so much more optimism than there is negativity, and you just have to gravitate towards it. You have to fight to find it.”
The Relationship Details: Drew Barrymore would totally get along with Ross Gellar because she too has now been divorced three times. Her first marriage lasted a matter of months, her second marriage (to Tom Green) lasted a year and her most recent one to art consultant Will Kopelman ended on August 3rd this past year. The two had gotten married back in 2012.
6. Lady Gaga – Broke Off Engagement
Where Are Her Photos From? Saturday Night Live and Harper’s Bazaar.
Lady Gaga definitely had herself an eventful 2016. On top of making headlines for her outfits and recent music album, she also has a pretty big upcoming concert at a little thing called The Super Bowl. You can imagine all eyes are going to be watching, but Gaga has assured the television network that she’d keep her clothes tight to her body to make sure nothing pops out!
The Relationship Details: Gaga met actor Taylor Kinney on the music video “You and I” and the two actually engaged in February! The two had an up and down relationship, and despite separating this past October, Gaga has opened the door for the future.
“I hate to sound like a hippie but I kind of am one and so is he,” she said. “We love each other, that’s it. I’m actually very close to Taylor. He’s been my lover and my friend for a really long time.”
5. Bella Hadid – Broke Up
Where Are The Photos From? Vogue Magazine (Turkey May 2016), Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Brazil (February 2016).
With these three photos above, is there really any reason to question on why Bella Hadid is one of the biggest models in the world? Whether it was paying tribute to Bowie, posing for the Turkish version of Vogue or the Brazilian version of Elle, it was clear that Hadid’s good looks were universally appreciated in 2016.
The Relationship Details: Hadid had been dating the musician The Weeknd since 2015 and met after she starred in his video “In the Night.”
When talking about their separation, a source close to the couple said “Their schedules have been too hard to coordinate and he is focusing on finishing and promoting his album. They still have a great deal of love for one another and will remain friends.”
4. Naomi Watts – Divorced
Where Are The Photos From? Michigan Avenue (February), New Beauty and The Edit.
Naomi Watts is definitely an accomplished actress and in 2017 will be appearing in two highly anticipated television series, Twin Peaks and Gypsy. You can imagine she has plenty of time on her hands after it came out this past year that she was separating from Liev Schreiber.
The Relationship Details: The two had been together since 2005. Watts had also previously dated Heath Ledger for 2 years. They had two sons together, one in 2007 and one in 2008.
When talking about their separation, Watts said “I feel I’m in a good place in my life and I want to make sure my kids are healthy; my kids are happy and things are going to go well. Those are my hopes for me and for all of us. I feel like change is always scary, but that’s only because transition for anyone is new and you wonder how things are going to go.”
3. Kat Dennings – Broke Up
Where Are The Photos From? Pre-Grammy Gala (February 2nd. She attended with Josh Groban) and 2 Broke Girls And the Coming Out Party (aired this year).
While we know that a large majority of these photos are from photoshoots, are you really going to complain that Kat Dennings has made her way to this list? Especially when unlike many of the women on this list, she had the opportunity to be on television on a regular basis this past year and that led to plenty of revealing outfits! The photo on the right was sadly taken at an event that she attended with her now ex, Josh Groban.
The Relationship Details: The two started dating in 2014, but separated back on July 31st. An official representative for the couple said, “It was a mutual breakup. They are still friends and care about each other, but it’s not the right time for them now as a couple.”
2. Adriana Lima – Divorced (+ Dating Fail!)
Where Are The Photos From? Secret Sport (July) and Backstage Fashion Show.
Adriana Lima is the longest-running model in the history of Victoria’s Secret, so you can imagine that leads to plenty of years of incredibly high confidence. Not to mention the fact that she’s probably spent most of her life having people tell her just how gorgeous she is. Lima is also a brand ambassador for the clothing brand Desigual.
The Relationship Details: Adriana Lima had been separated from Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric for several years. Yet it was not until 2016 that they officially finalized their divorce. You can imagine their two children (both daughters, aged 6 and 3) as well as the immense earning potential of Lima (currently worth $65 million) helped make for a complicated divorce.
1. Jennifer Lopez – Broke Up
Where Are The Photos From? InStyle Australia (October 2016) and People Espanol (November 2016).
Jennifer Lopez may have spent part of her year posing for foreign magazines, but there is definitely no love loss for here in North America! While we are about to talk about her breakup with Casper Smart, we have to mention the fact that Lopez is currently being linked to Drake!
The Relationship Details: Lopez had spent 5 years by the side of Casper Smart, but he definitely did not make a smart decision in 2016. It was reported that Lopez kicked him out because he decided to cheat on her. The source also went on to say that Smart cheated 2 years into the relationship but Lopez forgave him, as long as he never did it again.