It's always said that celebrities are nothing like us, and in the realm of love and relationships, they're not. While lots of us will spend some time in the dating game going out with duds, eventually we'll find someone pretty amazing and settle down. We'll get married and start a family, and maybe we'll remain married all our lives. If not, we'll probably find someone else to spend our time with who's still pretty rad and maybe even remarry again. With your favorite actors, musicians, and sports stars, though, it seems almost impossible for them to hold down a relationship. Surviving a few months together is a milestone. Celebrity reporters nearly have a heart attack if that cute new couple makes it to a year.
Then there are the rare celebrity couples who avoid the spotlight and the tabloids. You don't hear about them much, and maybe they only appear together to support the other on set or on the red carpet. These pairs seem more like the ones that you know in your daily life; they're strong, happy, and in love. Even though one or both parties are famous, none of that matters. Sadly, 2015 hasn't been very kind to celebrity couples like this. A handful of twosomes that seemed like they'd never split up have called it quits, breaking our hearts a little bit more and more each time we hear an announcement like this. Maybe grab a few tissues before you read on.
10 Big Sean and Ariana Grande
They only dated for eight months, but when rapper Big Sean and pop sensation Ariana Grande became a couple in October of last year, they were seen so often in public and captured on video by the paparazzi that the relationship became a big deal. Before dating Grande, Sean had first been with his high school sweetheart, whom he got into a relationship with when he was just 16. Then he was engaged to Naya Rivera, but that twosome (perhaps a rebound), fell by the wayside.
9 Bobby Flay and Stephanie March
It definitely can't be easy for your personal life to own 18 burger restaurants as well as handful of other establishments throughout the world and be on reality television all the time. However, that's the life of celebrity chef Bobby Flay, he of Bobby Flay Steak, Bar American, and Mesa Grill. Besides all that, he stars on his own Food Network show called Beat Bobby Flay and sometimes appears on the channel's Great Chefs as well. Somehow between all that, he has time to get into horseracing and of course be a husband.
8 Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn
No one was exactly rooting for Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn to have a lifetime of happiness together. However, you can't deny that Vonn, an alpine ski racer, was brave to look at Woods romantically after he had just been run through the media mud for his multiple cheating scandals. His ex-wife Elin Nordegren had smartly divorced Woods in the midst of his mistresses coming forward again and again and admitting to sleeping with the golf superstar.
7 Sean Penn and Charlize Theron
Another celebrity with a somewhat bad reputation is Sean Penn. Despite his activist duties and his high-profile film roles, lots of people choose to focus on his tendency to abuse alcohol and womanize. He also has a mean streak. Once upon a time, he was married to pop goddess Madonna (whom he allegedly physically abused), and then he moved on to Robin Wright, another actor. The couple had two children together and eventually married in 1996, nearly divorced in 2007, got back together not too long after, and then finally divorced for real in 2010.
6 Rick Salomon and Pamela Anderson
As controversial as they come, Pamela Anderson has been involved with a laundry list of stars, like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (who supposedly gave her hepatitis C), model Marcus Schenkenberg, singer Kid Rock, and movie producer Rick Salomon. She's married most of those men (Schenkenberg and Anderson never got to that point, but they were engaged), sometimes twice in the case of Lee and Salomon.
5 Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green became acquainted with one another the way that countless other actors have, by meeting on the set of the same television show (in this case Hope & Faith). The squicky thing though was that Fox was only 18 at the time and Green was far older at 30. Yeah. Somehow they made their huge age difference work because, after getting together in 2004, they were engaged by the end of 2006. It wasn't all happy endings though. Instead of walking down the aisle, the two broke up in 2009 and Fox gave the ring back.
4 Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt
Jon Hamm must have been feeling a bit like his Mad Men character Don Draper lately, for he too just ended a very long-term love. Although never married, he and Jennifer Westfeldt, a screenwriter and actor, had been dating since 1997. Yes, that would have been 20 years in 2017. The two split their time between New York and Los Angeles and once, Hamm even said that his sweetie was "more than just a girlfriend." He also said that he only would get married if he planned on having kids, which never happened between the two. They did have a dog though.
3 Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
In the country world, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were America's sweethearts. Introduced at the 100 Greatest Duets Concert by CMT in 2005, Shelton was technically still married to Kaynette Gern at the time, although the two did legally split in 2006. Shortly after the ink was dry on the divorce papers, Shelton and Lambert became official. They started recording duets together and even co-wrote music. Five years after they met in 2010, they became engaged and got married about a year after the proposal in 2011.
2 Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani
If Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were a country power couple, then their equivalent in the world of rock was none other than Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani. After breaking up with Tony Kanal, No Doubt's bassist (who still continues to play in the band), the "Don't Speak" singer toured with the Goo Goo Dolls in 1995 with Gavin Rossdale's band Bush opening. It was seemingly love at first sight, and by 2002 the rockers were married in London. Their marriage could have gone off the rails in 2004 when it was revealed that Rossdale was the father of Pearl Lowe's 15-year-old daughter Daisy. However, Stefani stuck by her man and soon they began having babies of their own.
1 Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Last year, Ben Affleck played a cheater whose wife goes missing and totally crazy in Gone Girl, which was an interesting choice because he has always been a family man. He met Jennifer Garner in 2004 and the two started dating right away. Let's admit it, they also seemed totally perfect for each other. In 2005, they had an exclusive private wedding and soon after started having children. Violet Anne was born that same year, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth was born in 2009, and Samuel was born in 2012. You could always count on fun paparazzi shots of the Afflecks out doing family-centric activities.
Then, in June, the unthinkable happened. Affleck and Garner publicized their divorce, which is still being worked out. It's alleged that Affleck may have slept with the help, but he himself denied it. Other sources say that Garner was too nitpicky and would often chop her husband down verbally. Whatever happened behind closed doors, the two are still seen out with their kids all the time and seem to prioritize their family above all else. However, it still begs the question: if couples like Ben and Jen can't last in Hollywood, then who can?
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