Celebrity couples are a subject of endless fascination. The relationships unfold under the harsh scrutiny of the public eye, and the high-profile pairings often end in drama and tears. There are many different ways that a celebrity couple can be controversial: from incidents of bad behaviour or even abuse to unanimous public disapproval or public wonderment at an odd pairing.
Not everyone believes we have a right to pry into the love lives of celebrity couples, and questions of the morality surrounding our voyeuristic intrigue have become pressing in 2014 due to the latest phone hacking scandal. When images of celebrities in various states of undress, taken in private and for the benefit of their significant others, were leaked on online forum 4Chan in August of this year, the world was divided. The old arguments arose; celebrities make a living from being in the public eye, and as such they are commoditised, and we have a right to peer into every corner of their lives. On the other side; the universal right to privacy applies across the board, and celebrities should be allowed to balance their work and their private life without compromising one or the other. However you feel about it, though, tales of celebrity couples will continue to sell magazines, make the paparazzi rich and cause endless controversy as long as the concept of 'celebrity' still exists.
There are many controversial celebrity couples hitting headlines in 2014, who have faced public ridicule and backlash for a myriad of reasons. Check out our list below to find out who are the Most Controversial Celebrity Couples of 2014.
5 Lorde and James Lowe
New Zealander Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, known as Lorde, went from being an unknown artist to an international superstar after her hit song Royals dominated the airwaves last year. Lorde has gone from strength to strength since, following her chart success with an internationally acclaimed album. She has won multiple awards, including two Grammys and a Brit Award for Best International Solo Female Artist. The thing that drove Lorde’s success, however, was her incredibly young age: Lorde was just 16 when she released her first EP, and was 17 by the time she was a household name.
4 Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini
In the early noughties, Cheryl Tweedy became a member of what was soon to become one of the most successful girl groups in British history - Girls Aloud. Known in the industry as Cheryl Cole since her marriage to footballer Ashley Cole, Cheryl recently grabbed the headlines with her new partner Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.
3 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
2 Lauren Morelli and Samira Wiley
1 Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin
This time last year, Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow were considered one of Hollywood's most stable couples - a safe, if slightly boring, point of certainty in the uncertain world of A-list marriages. JLaw was Hollywood's golden girl, in the midst of a cute and cuddly on-off relationship with charming British co-star Nicholas Hoult. Cut to September 2014. Martin and Paltrow are going through a confusing 'conscious uncoupling' and Paltrow is involved with Glee creator Brad Falchuk, whom she met while working on the show. Jennifer Lawrence has become the victim of a heinous phone hacking scandal, her relationship with Hoult seems to be off once and for all, and she has been consistently linked to Paltrow's (ex?) husband. The story has all the makings of a seriously scandalous Hollywood love affair. However, the rumours - though persistent - are as yet unsubstantiated. It's a safe bet that the paparazzi are hot on the new couple's trail.
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