If you read the tabloids or watch Hollywood gossip shows, sometimes, it can seem like all celebrity relationships are destined for failure. After all, just look at how complicated the lives of the rich and famous can be. Crazy schedules at all times, paparazzi stalking you 24/7, the press always wanting to figure out what’s going on behind the scenes, and millions of fans who feel entitled to all kinds of information that you would rather keep quiet. It’s hard enough to be a normal human being and find a healthy relationship—it must be way harder as a celebrity. You never know who likes you because of who you are or because of your status.
When you look at the celebrity couples who DO manage to make it work somehow, it can seem like they are immune to all of the drama that tears other famous couples apart. But some of the strongest and most beloved celeb couples have faced some serious obstacles! In fact, some have even filed for divorce before realizing they were making a huge mistake—wild, right? No couple is perfect—just look at these 20 celeb couples who came so close to breaking up.
20 Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
On paper, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard look absolutely perfect together—there’s no way they’ve ever had trouble in paradise, right? Well, let’s dig into the reasons why they earned a spot on this list. Make no mistake, Kristen and Dax are super happy together now, and they would never dream of breaking up. But their fairytale marriage almost didn’t happen. Here’s the scoop—shortly after Kristen and Dax began dating, Dax began to feel overwhelmed by many other aspects of his life. He told Kristen that while she was an amazing woman and this wasn’t her fault, he needed some time to himself. Kristen was heartbroken, but she didn’t have to feel that way for long. Dax tried dating someone else, and it was a total mistake. He called Kristen again and told her that he had been all wrong, and he needed her—the rest is history!
19 Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
It’s hard to believe that Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have ever run into problems. After all, everyone LOVES them. They are clearly very happy together, and they even have a kid together now—plus, they’re expecting baby number two! Out of all the celebrity couples we know of, they come across as the most stable and loving. But here’s the secret—even Chrissy and John have run into some major problems during their time together. A couple years ago when John was on tour, he was feeling very overworked and strained. He called Chrissy one night and said that he wasn’t sure if he still wanted to be in a relationship. Chrissy put her foot down, told him that they could talk about it when he was finished touring and said that she didn’t think that was the right choice. She still teases him about it to this day!
18 Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson
Dating an Olympian is certainly no easy task. You basically have to share your significant other with the entire world, and most of the time, they have to prioritize their sport over your relationship. It’s definitely not a walk in the park. Maybe that’s why Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson have almost called it quits several times throughout the course of their relationship. In fact, they spent all of the years between 2011 and 2014 broken up. But after that long period of time away from each other, Michael realized that she was the one and that he had to get his act together if he ever wanted her to be a part of his life again. They got engaged in 2015, and they secretly got married in 2016. They have two sons, Boomer and Beckett. While they got off to a very rough start, it’s understandable, considering Michael’s lifestyle.
17 Nick and Vanessa Lachey
Okay, who else obsesses over Nick and Vanessa Lachey’s adorable family? Yup, we’re guilty as charged—we just can’t help it, they’re just too cute! But did you know that Nick and Vanessa almost ended their relationship? Yes, it’s true. They started dating in 2006, but they actually separated for a while in 2009. However, they always made it a point to reassure their fans that they remained good friends through it all—and it looks like they stayed more than friends! After just three months of being “split up,” they publicly announced that they were officially back together. All of their fans breathed a huge sigh of relief. After they got back together, Nick said that he was just happier overall with Vanessa than he was while he was single, and they had patched up their issues. They got married in 2011, and now they have three children together.
16 Prince William and Kate Middleton
Seriously? Prince William and Kate Middleton almost ended their relationship? It may seem strange, but it’s the truth. Kate was very close to not being a part of the royal family. Early on in their relationship, they started having some issues. Basically, it was very tough to be such a high-profile couple. It’s one thing to be a famous celeb couple—but a ROYAL couple? Now, that is some serious pressure. One single screw up could embarrass your whole country! Kate was also tired of seeing the press publish photos of William at parties with other women. He admits that he was immature and careless during this time, and he should have thought about the fact that simply posing with another woman could start some major rumors in the UK. They realized that they both needed to grow as people if they wanted to stay together—good thing they made an effort!
15 Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been happily married since 2012—but did you know that they nearly broke up before that? Actually, let’s rephrase that: they really did break up for a short time. Justin thought that leaving her was one of the worst decisions he had ever made. He’s a pretty emotional guy, as you can tell from his music, and he was very open about his feelings during this rough patch. He told the press that Jessica was the most important he had ever met in his life and that it hurt him to even talk about their past together. Thankfully, they were able to move past their differences and make things work! They became engaged in 2011 and got married a year later in Italy—how romantic! Now, they even have a kid together—their son, Silas, was born in April 2015. And they lived happily ever after!
14 Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
Maroon 5 has been one of the most popular bands in America for years and years now, so it seems pretty safe to say that the frontman, Adam Levine, could get any woman he wanted. But these days, the only woman he wants is his wife, Behati Prinsloo. Behati is a Victoria’s Secret model, and the couple initially began dating in 2012—but that time, it wasn’t meant to last. Adam actually left Behati to date another woman in 2013. Now, there’s your first sign that he was making a mistake—what kind of guy would break up with a Victoria’s Secret model? Well, eventually Adam realized that he was in the wrong, and after only two months, he was dating Behati again—he’s lucky she even took him back! They got engaged shortly after. Now, the couple is enjoying marital bliss. They have also had two daughters, Dusty and Gio.
13 Pink and Carey Hart
Pink and Carey have actually technically “broken up” twice! But they never lost touch, and they used those times of separation to work on themselves. Let’s take a closer look at their relationship timeline and see how they went from the rocky road they were on to have the happy family they have today. They started dating in 2001, spent a year apart in 2003, got back together, and then got engaged in 2005. After getting married in 2006, they actually separated for a while in 2008, and then finally got back together for good in 2009. Whew! They have two children together now, Willow and Jameson. Pink says that she thinks the time they spent apart was good for them. She has no shame about the fact that they were separated for a year after getting married because they have a unique relationship and they know that it was the right choice.
12 Kristen Cavallari and Jay Cutler
Can you imagine getting engaged and calling off the wedding? You wouldn’t make a decision that like unless you were absolutely sure it was the right thing to do—it’s not an easy choice, and it affects everyone involved. But that’s exactly what Kristen Cavallari did the first time that she was engaged to her now-husband, Jay Cutler. They started dating in 2010 and got engaged after only a short period of time. But Kristen felt like they were rushing into things way too fast. Therefore, she ended up calling off the wedding. Later, she said it was because she needed more time to be independent and figure out what she really wanted in life. The two ended up going to couple therapy to work out their issues and officially getting back together in 2012. They got engaged again, and they finally had that wedding in January 2013—a happy ending!
11 Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade are a serious power couple. Don’t they look amazing together? They look like they were just made to be together—their chemistry is practically visible. But even Gabrielle and Dwayne had to face their issues head-on if they were ever going to make it work. It’s never easy! They began dating in 2009 and went through what should have been a brief break up in 2013—but things got more complicated when Dwayne got another woman pregnant during their split! Um, can you say,“oops?” But Gabrielle decided to give him another chance, and they actually got back together soon after this—after all, he didn’t cheat on her, and he was honest about everything. Dwayne says that they both had to figure out how to make things work with their crazy schedules and endless responsibilities, but things have been much smoother ever since.
10 Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
What man would let Megan Fox go? Brian Austin Green came close to making that mistake, but thankfully, the couple was able to work out their issues. The couple began dating in 2003, despite their major age difference: Brian was already 30, while Megan was only 18. They got engaged in 2006, and then they decided to call off the wedding in 2009. Megan felt that she was just too young to get married at that time in her life—after all, she was only 23. But only a year later, Megan’s perspective had changed. The two got married in 2010, shortly after Megan turned 24. They now have two sons, Bodhi and Noah. In 2015, they hit another big rough patch, and Megan actually filed for divorce, but they decided to give things one more try for the kids. Now, the couple says that they are happier than ever.
9 Elle King and Andrew Ferguson
Elle King and Andrew Ferguson have quite a whirlwind love story! The singer married her husband after knowing him for only three weeks— sounds pretty wild, right? Well, that’s probably why things did not work out for them at first. After rushing right into marriage, the two realized they had not been quite ready to take that big step just yet. They decided to spend some time apart and see how they felt. This was in May 2017. About six months later, Elle posted a photo on Instagram confirming that the two of them were back together! This just goes to show that the right person is worth waiting for. There’s no reason to rush into a relationship, engagement, or marriage because if the guy is really the one for you, he won’t mind waiting until you’re both truly ready. Learn from Elle’s mistakes so that you don’t do the same!
8 Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid
If you’re a fan of the TV show Friends, you probably know who Courteney Cox is! She played Monica, and while the show was airing, she married David Arquette and added “Arquette” to her last name. So when they split, it was obvious—she went back to her maiden name, and she was on the lookout for a new man. Eventually, she began dating Johnny McDaid. They got engaged in June 2014, but then they parted ways in December 2015. Thankfully, they were able to work through their differences and get back together. She says that the break up was “brutal,” and things had been difficult because Johnny is from Ireland. They had so much to learn about themselves before they could be together in a healthy relationship. But Courteney says that their relationship feels totally different now because they have both changed for the better. Well, good for them!
7 Evan Peters and Emma Roberts
After all the bad press this couple received a few years ago, it may come as a shock to hear that yes, Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are still together. They began dating back in 2012, and at first, they seemed like a pretty happy couple, and all was well. But things went downhill after a couple years, and a major scandal broke about their relationship. They got into a fight in their hotel room in Montreal, a neighbor called the cops because it seemed like things were getting ugly, and Emma was accused of domestic violence. However, they somehow moved forward after this, and although they have supposedly broken up twice (and gotten back together twice) since the incident, they are still dating to this day. In fact, Emma has even posted a few photos where it looks like she’s wearing an engagement ring, but nothing is confirmed yet.
6 Rose Leslie and Kit Harington
For all you Game of Thrones fans out there: how cute is it that Kit Harington and Rose Leslie started dating after their characters in the show fell in love? Seriously, it’s the sweetest thing—sometimes life imitates art! Kit plays Jon Snow, one of the main characters, while Rose played Ygritte, a character who appeared in a couple of the early seasons. Their characters did have a rocky relationship, and once again, life imitates art—while Kit and Rose initially started dating in 2012, but after a while, they decided to call it quits. But deep down, they knew they couldn’t forget about each other, so they started dating again. Last September, they finally got engaged. Kit says that he loved filming episodes in Iceland because it was such a romantic and beautiful place that he just couldn’t help but fall in love with his co-star Rose. Awww, how adorable!
5 Chris Evans and Jenny Slate
Chris Evans and Jenny Slate may have seemed like an unlikely couple when their pictures first hit the tabloids, but they were actually quite happy together. But when the bad times began to outnumber the good, they decided that they might be better off going their separate ways for a little while and seeing how they felt. So they called it quits in February 2017, after dating for one year. This decision turned out to be for the best because they are back together and feeling much better about their relationship. In fact, Jenny was even spotted helping Chris do some apartment hunting in New York City, and she also spent Christmas with his family. So it looks like things are definitely getting serious! Jenny says that previously, Chris’s fame made things difficult for them—Jenny’s audiences aren’t as massive as Chris’s, but she says that she is used to his fans now.
4 Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka
Mariah Carey has always had a tumultuous love life. You’ve probably heard that she can be a bit of a diva—although that might be an understatement—and that’s probably why so many of her boyfriends end up turning around and running. She is currently dating Bryan Tanaka. Bryan was once just one of her back up dancers, but now he has moved up through the ranks and earned the title of “boyfriend.” But things have not been easy for this couple. In keeping with the trend of all of Mariah’s previous relationships, it’s been tough going. They even broke up for a short time last summer, but they have been back together since this past fall. Honestly, who knows how long this relationship will last in the long run? Mariah tends to go through men pretty quickly and toss them to the side once they can’t keep up with her.
3 Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
After Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink went their separate ways back in January 2015, it looked like things were over. Jillian had filed for divorce, and for a long time, there seemed to be no sign that they would ever reconsider getting back together. But that’s why you should never say never because eventually, the couple reconciled. Jillian has said that during their marriage, Patrick was just too committed to spending time on the racetrack rather than spending time with her. Now, Patrick has said that he has learned some important lessons about time management. He says that he is much more willing to sacrifice time he would have previously spent on the track to be with his wife instead. He also says that he has realized that healthy marriages often take work—you can’t just sit back and hope that everything will turn out okay with putting in the effort.
2 Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus
You have probably already heard all about how Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus broke up a couple years ago and are now engaged again. But did you know that Miley’s parents actually struggled with their marriage, too? Yup, it looks like a tendency towards complicated relationships sort of runs in the family! Tish and Billy Ray have actually filed for divorce twice and then ended up calling it off and chose to stay together. They have been together for a long time now, and it seems like things are back to normal in the Cyrus household. Being a famous family can’t be easy, and we can’t help but wonder if the rift in Billy Ray and Miley’s relationship a couple years ago prompted Tish to file for divorce again. Ah, well, some things will forever remain a mystery, but it seems like the couple has reconciled—for now, at least.
1 Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Alright, let’s just address the elephant in the room before we discuss any other aspect of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ marriage—yes, the age difference is a little much. But hey, love is love, right? As long as these two are happy, the age difference doesn’t really matter. But they haven’t always been happy—in fact, at one point, they almost walked away from each other for good. They have been married for 17 years now, but back in 2013, they briefly split—while they did not legally divorce, they sort of “took a break” from their marriage. But they say they are now totally committed to each other. Catherine says they are both wiser now, and they simply needed time to grow. Neither of them wanted to give up on each other—they still both wanted to make it work, and that was the key to fixing their marriage.