There have been many, “will they make it or won’t they” doubts about couples in today’s Hollywood spotlight. Celebrities keep it interesting and keep the fans guessing whether they want their personal life made public or not. It seems like one way or another, the world gets wind of their relationship status. It’s hard not to gossip about the latest break-up or make-up, and there have been quite some notable ones.
Below is a list of ten celebrities we cheered on in their relationships, but they unfortunately fell short. A lot of the celebs have moved on, although it’s hard not to remember what could have been had these famous relationships actually worked out. Let’s reminisce about the power couples that could be ruling in the media, had things gone better.
10. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
Although nowadays it’s, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie or better known as, “Brangelina,” it’s hard not to think of how it started, with Jennifer Aniston and Pitt. Pitt met Aniston in 1998 and married her in July 2000. The two starred together on one Friends episode, and sadly they divorced in October 2005. Pitt moved on and started dating Jolie on the, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, set. Many fans also still attribute the breakup, as Jolie getting in the way. Either way, the world will never know and has a new power couple, Brangelina. We can’t help but still think back to the early days, and those constant Friends reruns aren’t helping us forget anytime soon, either.
9. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are better known as “Bennifer” and for their flop of a movie, Gigli. This eighteen-month romance was one of those that had us buzzing, but didn’t last in the long-run. They were even engaged for a solid two years (2002-2004) which gave us so much hope for their relationship. The sizzling J-Lo and hot actor, Affleck seemed like a great pair. Bennifer ended in January 2004. Affleck is now husband to Jennifer Garner and father to their three children, Violet Anne, Sera Rose Elizabeth and Sam. J-Lo has since moved on, currently proudly single but mother to her children, Maximilian David and Emme Maribel, from her marriage with Marc Anthony.
8. Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
For fans of Disney’s, High School Musical, the Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron era was like a high school romance come true. If the two could make it, any true young romance could. “Zanessa” dated seriously for several years after filming three High School Musical movies together, but sadly ended it in December 2010. One might say, “the couple that sings together, stays together,” but this wasn’t the case for these young Hollywood up-and-comers. Their Disney spark slowly faded out.
7. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
If anybody could handle Miley, it would be the sincere older Liam Hemsworth, or so we thought. Those that saw The Last Song, would test that this relationship was one that could quite possibly work. The two dated on-and-off-again from June 2009 and finally ended it in September 2013. Some claim it was Cyrus’ shocking antics in the media that came about, that were grounds to call it quits as she was branching out. With her questionable behavior, it isn’t hard to see that the two are very different indeed.
6. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson, were quickly engaged in early 2008 and married later that year. In December 2010, the couple announced they had separated. With Reynolds’ tall demeanor and Johansson’s signature sultry red lips, this couple seemed like the pair to beat. Not to mention, Reynolds’ nabbing People Magazine’s, “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2010, which you think would be a great physical spark to help in the relationship, but they have both moved on. Reynolds married fellow actress Blake Lively, in 2012. The couple have one daughter together. Johansson married Romain Dauriac, and they also have a daughter together.
5. Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner
The “Taylor” times two, or Taylor Squared era, didn’t last long, but it was a fun run that had both fanbases buzzing. Swift and Lautner had a memorable scene together in the movie Valentine’s Day, essentially making fun of their rumored romance. The couple dated briefly in August 2009 and called it quits in November 2009. Don’t think Lautner didn’t make an impact on Swift during their stint, though. Swift’s song, “Back to December” is said to have been written about their romance and what could have been had things continued.
4. Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough
Ryan Seacrest’s love life was never really buzzed about until he started dating America’s down-to-earth sweetheart dancer, Julianne Hough. They started strong, but ultimately it seemed as though, what happens in the majority of celeb breakups, schedules got in the way. With Seacrest’s demand in the entertainment industry, and someone who’s literally the host of everything, it’s hard to see this adorable relationship end, but perhaps in the future things could spark again. America can only dream. The two dated from April 2010 to March 2013.
3. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Twilight fans flipped out when Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson started dating in real life. The awkward pair had undeniable chemistry throughout the Twilight Saga, so in real life, they could surely knock it out of the park. Although, things started to fizzle when Stewart was rumored to have cheated on the set of Snow White and the Huntsman, with director Rupert Sanders, in 2012. The Twilight series has slowly dwindled as the couple has. Good thing we have numerous movies to replay. Twihards can still fantasize.
2. Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson
For any fan of the hit show The O.C., getting word that Summer and Seth Cohen, better known as Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, were dating in real life, was a sign from the Hollywood Gods. Could the outcast nerd and the adorable girl next door really work in real life? Even though it was short-lived, it gave hope to the shy, indie, video-game loving kind out there that anything is possible, and that you too, can get any girl if you put yourself out there. The couple got together off screen in 2003, and lasted until 2006. Brody is now married to actress Leighton Meester. Bilson, now heavily involved in the fashion world, had a daughter with actor Hayden Christensen.
1. Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
This was the ultimate All-American couple; Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson. The once Newlyweds on MTV’s reality show seemed destined for greatness. Both with admirable singing careers and several duets together, Lacey and Simpson seemed like they could be the “it” couple. The two (with remarkably good looks) could spawn an adorable generation of stars. The honeymoon didn’t last long though, marrying in October 2002, they called it quits in December 2005, citing, “irreconcilable differences.” At least we have those old DVDs of the couple’s reality series where we can still laugh at the “chicken” or “tuna” debate, and have the infamous, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” holiday duet to play every year around the Christmas holidays.
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