When you’re a celebrity, the paparazzi want to capture absolutely everything you do – after all, who knows what kind of pictures will sell? Sure, they’ll capture celebs when they’re all glammed up on the red carpet or out promoting one of their upcoming projects. However, celebs are also captured when they’re grabbing a quick bite to eat, when they’re coming out of the gym after a workout, and even when they’re on vacation. The paparazzi’s job is to find some juicy pictures, which they can sell to all the gossip publications and sites for a story. One of the most popular types of stories has to do with L-O-V-E. Everyone wants to know who certain celebrities are dating, when they break up with them, and what scandal might have gone down along the way.
However, amongst all the couples in Hollywood, every year there are a few that have the public’s attention the most. Whether it’s because they got together because of some type of scandal or because both parties in the relationship are huge rising stars, the public just can’t get enough of their relationship.
Here are 15 of the hottest celebrity couples of 2016 that we just can’t find out enough about.
15 Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
Sure, Adam Levine has had a few longer term relationships, but in general, he was one of the entertainment industry’s biggest bachelors for quite awhile. He dated gorgeous models and actresses, he had fun, and he propelled his career higher and higher with his band, Maroon 5, and hosting gigs like on The Voice. Then, he met Behati Prinsloo. Prinsloo, a Victoria’s Secret Angel and model, captured Levine’s heart and the two married soon after. Now that she’s pregnant, everyone is obsessed with this super sexy couple and the adorable baby they’re going to produce.
14 Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani
Country star Blake Shelton and pop-rock princess Gwen Stefani are no strangers to dating celebrities; Shelton was married to fellow country musician Miranda Lambert for several years, while Gwen Stefani was with rocker Gavin Rossdale. However, when they co-starred on The Voice together, it seems some sparks flew that just couldn’t be ignored. They both divorced their spouses and eventually went public with their relationship, and they certainly haven’t been shy, gushing about one another and going on trips together. Let’s face it – they’re probably one of the least likely celebs you would ever imagine would pair up, so the world is fascinated by them.
13 Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris
Okay, whoever Taylor Swift dates pretty much immediately becomes a superstar – the public absolutely adores the country princess turned pop star. However, this time she’s dated someone who is no stranger to the music world – renowned DJ Calvin Harris. Though Taylor Swift has gotten a bad rep for her love life before, you have to admire the fact that she loves with her heart on her sleeve, despite her star status and the attention that is constantly on her – she’s not shy about sharing adorable moments with Harris. I mean, the world went crazy when both of them started sharing shots on Instagram of their beach vacation together. There’s no doubt that everyone has an eye on this couple – and is kind of waiting to see if they do a killer musical collaboration together.
12 Bella Hadid and The Weeknd
It seems to be a bit of an understatement to call Bella Hadid and The Weeknd a rising model and rising musician, respectively – the two are absolutely blowing it up in their respective careers. They’re basically the super cool, super attractive couple at a party that you sort of want to be – or at least get to know. The two haven’t bothered trying to hide their relationship, instead singing each other’s praises from the rooftop. On The Weeknd’s birthday, Hadid took to her social media to share a “happy birthday to the most humble, kind, hard-working man I’ve ever known! 1 year and you’re still my favorite person on the planet.” Well, if that’s not love, what is?
11 Harry Styles and Kendall Jenner
There’s no doubt that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West both have huge star power, and both increased their respective fame once pairing up with one another. However, there’s another member of the Kardashian crew that has gotten together with someone as famous – or even more famous – than herself, and that’s Kendall Jenner. The young superstar basically grew up in the public eye on her family’s reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and has blossomed into an absolutely gorgeous model. She’s had a bit of an on-again, off-again relationship with One Direction cutie Harry Styles, and as of 2016, things seem to be decidedly on again – the two were spotted together cuddling on a yacht.
10 Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are one of those unlikely couples that just work. Legend is an incredibly talented musician who writes phenomenal songs, but is fairly soft-spoken in general. Chrissy Teigen is in-your-face, hilarious, and definitely not shy about anything – she’s cultivated a social media following based on her hilarious comments, and has expanded from modeling to host shows on television and has even put out her own cookbook. They’re always a couple that everyone loved to watch, but in 2016 they blew up. Teigen released her first cookbook, which she led up to with with comments and pictures of her husband helping her test recipes, and they announced that they were expecting their first child together. Whatever that child ends up doing, there’s one thing that’s for sure – those genes will produce one beautiful, beautiful baby.
9 Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin
Apart from his antics, Justin Bieber's relationships are one of the aspects of his life that the public is most interested in. For the longest time, everyone was tracking his relationship with fellow pop star Selena Gomez, speculating whether they were on again or off again. However, Bieber has been stepping out with a new girl in 2016 – the gorgeous blonde Hailey Baldwin. They weren’t exactly hiding things from the paparazzi, either. While many celeb relationships get outed when a paparazzo happens to capture a shot of them getting cozy on vacation, these two eliminated the middleman and shared several shots of themselves together on their social media feeds when they were on holiday in Anguilla and St. Barts. Whether this is a real thing or whether they’re just playing it up for the cameras, everyone is interested in this new couple.
8 Selena Gomez and Charlie Puth
Speaking of Selena, she hasn’t exactly been sitting around pining for Bieber. She’s been looking crazy hot (just check out her video for “Hands To Myself”) and having fun hanging out with her girls, including bestie Taylor Swift. However, things are heating up on the romantic front for the pop star as well. Allegedly, sparks have been flying between Gomez and rising star Charlie Puth, who the pop princess will be touring with this year. A source apparently told Us Weekly that Selena was “super into him [Charlie],” and way back in November Puth gushed to Us Weekly about how Selena “gets me.” We have a feeling these two might be one of pop’s newest power couples.
7 Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne
The scandal in this relationship is part of the reason why the public is so fascinated by it, as well as the fact that both parties involved have a huge amount of star power. Cheryl Cole was with former husband, soccer player Ashley Cole, for the majority of her rise to fame. Once she broke up with him, she ended up marrying Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. However, that whirlwind romance didn’t seem to work out, and the two split soon after tying the knot. Now, Cheryl’s heart has been captured by a younger man – former One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne. There was a lot of speculation about the two based on the profile picture Liam posted to Instagram, and then he basically confirmed it by giving his new squeeze a shout-out on International Women’s Day, saying “hope I make you as happy as u make me.”
6 Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch
Amy Schumer is pretty much the definition of a #girlboss. She stands up for herself (um, we’re looking at you Glamour), she writes hilarious material, and she refuses to change for anyone. We love her. So, it only makes sense that when an independent woman like Schumer settled down, it would be with someone awesome – like Ben Hanisch. Unlike many celebs, Schumer didn’t go for another celebrity. Hanisch is actually a furniture creator from Chicago who founded his own custom-furniture company and even served as a design consultant for HGTV in his past. They’re adorable together — and quite frankly, we’re sort of waiting for a show about Schumer renovating a house and all the hilarious commentary she’d have along the way.
5 Kristen Stewart and Stéphanie Sokolinski (SoKo)
Fun fact — before she started dating Stewart, French musician and actress SoKo used to date Stewart’s former beau, Robert Pattison. However, it’s tough to picture these two badass babes with anyone but each other — they both have an identically cool girl aesthetic that seems so meant to be. While the rumour mill started buzzing in early 2016 about the two when they were spotted out and about by the paparazzi, SoKo herself confirmed the relationship just last month in an interview she did with the ultra chic W magazine. Hey, if she can put a smile on the notoriously deadpan Kristen Stewart’s face, we’re impressed.
4 Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Let’s be honest – when it comes to Hollywood, a May-December romance almost always involves an older, established male actor and a young, gorgeous starlet. Paulson and Taylor’s relationship caught everyone’s attention because of how it broke that mold, and kept it because, well, they’re adorable together. They’re constantly complimenting each other on social media, and not just appearance-wise — they’re swooning over their boo’s intellect and non-physical attributes. They’ve been dating for several months now and pretty much everyone hopes that they’re in it for the long haul. I mean, they’re perfect.
3 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Okay, quite frankly, this is a relationship that the public is mainly watching out of morbid curiosity. I mean, both Cyrus and Hemsworth are totally gorgeous, and for awhile they were Hollywood’s young dream couple. Then, Cyrus stepped away from her Hannah Montana persona and started doing a lot more twerking, stripping, and generally just acting like a lunatic. It was a bit too much for the low key hottie, so they parted ways. We’re not sure what changed and what caused them to reconcile, but hey – we’re definitely staying tuned to see what happens next.
2 Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
When you’re one of the biggest rising models and a former member of one of the world’s biggest boy bands, let’s face it – your relationship is going to get a lot of public attention. When Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik first stepped out together a few months ago, the world went absolutely nuts. They took things to the next level recently, becoming fashion’s new power couple as they posed together for an editorial in Vogue – complete with tons of snuggling and intimate shots. Some couples get their friends to take a picture of them when they’ve been dating for awhile; Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik get legendary photographer Mario Testino to do so.
1 Laverne Cox and Jono Freedrix
As soon as Orange Is The New Black first premiered, everyone had favourites – some loved the bad girl Alex Vause, some were all about adorable Lorna, others were digging queen bee Red. However, there’s one character that pretty much everyone adored – Laverne Cox’s Sophia. She was sassy, she was strong, and she was fierce – and it turns out Laverne Cox is a lot like her character in real life. She’s never afraid to speak her mind, and she’s all about empowering women. She doesn’t need a man to make her happy, but she’s smitten with her new boyfriend Jono Freedrix, and the world is smitten with whatever Laverne Cox does. Compared to some of 2016’s hottest celeb couples, they keep a fairly low profile, but that doesn’t mean the public isn’t dying to know more about them.