There’s nothing like a hot and heavy romance to make or break your year. But it seems that Hollywood has a special talent for ruining relationships. Celebrity romances often are so shockingly dramatic, that you really just can’t write this stuff. From affairs, to nasty custody battles, to relationships that end and restart over and over and over again, these celebrities have faced some of their most vulnerable moments in the public eye. Even some of the most adored relationships have started in drama or ended in flames. Here are a few famous couples who really stirred the pot.
Teen Drama On And Off-Screen
Ben Mckenzie and Morena Baccarin were drama from the start. The two met on the set of The OC where, much like their teenage characters, love went unrequited. Morena wanted him, but he didn’t want her. Years later Ben told The Late Late Show that his 25-year-old self was the kind of idiot to blow off gorgeous Morena.
Fortunately, the two would have a second chance to be on set together. Not so fortunately, by that time Morena already had become married to someone else.
Whoops, She’s Pregnant
Ben and Morena began acting in the show Gotham together, which aired in 2014, seven years after the final episode of The OC. As love interests in the show, it would be impossible for Morena to deny her lingering interest in Ben. The problem is that she married Austin Chick in 2011.
While shooting Deadpool, Morena was visited by Ben in Vancouver and the two spent a lot of time together. A few months later, Morena admitted to the public that she was pregnant with Ben’s baby and Austin filed for divorce. Ben and Morena are now married with a two-year-old.
A Perfectly Timed Divorce
Kate Hudson was still married to Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson when she met Owen Wilson on the set of You, Me and Dupree. In the movie, Kate and Owen’s chemistry is palpable, and it has to be. The plot is driven by Kate’s on-screen husband, played by Matt Dillon, becoming insecure over the duo.
Sometimes life really does imitate art; Kate separated from Chris right after the movie opened. A few months after separating, the two became officially divorced. Kate then was confirmed to be dating Owen.
The Low-Key Couple Hit Their Peak
Though rumors spread about the two having an affair before Kate Hudson was officially split from her ex, her previous marriage was forgotten in no time. The two hosted Total Request Live on MTV in 2006. Despite being high-profile, the pair only exemplified one another’s down-to-earth demeanor.
The pair took a tragic turn for the worse in 2007 when they called it quits and Owen attempted suicide. They then proceeded to be off-again, on-again for a couple of years before finally moving on to other people.
The Darlings Of Hollywood
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have one of those relationships that you just fall in love with. For starters, Portia has told Oprah that she knew she was in love with Ellen from the time she first saw her in 2000. However, Portia had yet to comeout and thus held off for years before revealing her feelings.
In 2005 Portia faced her internal struggle about her sexuality, coming out publicly with Ellen right by her side. Three years later, the two set the stage for California’s new law on same-sex marriage, and were wed. In 2010, Portia changed her name and officially became a Degeneres.
Gorillas Brought Back What Drugs Threatened To Take
In 2013 rumors began to fly that the pair was getting a divorce. However, Portia assured the public that the only thing her and Ellen ever argue about is who loves who more. Gossip still enveloped the two, and only became more aggressive when Portia’s secret stint in rehab was revealed.
It turns out that Portia had a problem with drugs and alcohol from a young age. The two’s fairytale life quickly became tainted. On the bright side, they peeked again when Portia gifted Ellen with a gorilla sanctuary for her 60th birthday. Ellen emphasized the importance of not only being loved but being understood.
The Collaborative Duo Ended Their Duet
The passionate relationship between Big Sean and Jhene Aiko was made public by their music. Songs like “I Know” and “For You” not only feature the two singing together, but are accompanied with music videos of the pair. While the two are successful artists independently, watching them together was double the excitement.
The two became an item in 2016, and rumors about them being over have bounced around since 2018. Jhene Aiko admits that he drives her crazy, which might be what led to their official end in 2019. After being spotted with his ex Ariana Grande, talk has stirred about who Big Sean will end up with next.
Just In Case He Cheats, She Did This
This pair reportedly flirted from the time they met at an award show back in 2007. That same year, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel became a public item. Despite several kissing and laughing moments that were captured and publicized over the following years, the couple broke up in 2011.
Even after their breakup, it was clear things weren’t really over. Justin called her the most significant person in his life, and the two were spotted together frequently. Then Justin proposed to Biel, and they were married. However, Biel was sure to put in a clause against cheating into their prenup, just in case.
Dad Left Mom For A Younger Woman
Ewan McGregor and designer Eve Mavrakis had been together for more than two decades when he met Mary Elizabeth Winstead on the set of Fargo. Despite having four children with Eve, Ewan divorced her in 2018 due to irreconcilable differences. Just as his divorce became public, so did photographs of him kissing the much younger Mary Elizabeth.
This really got heated when Ewan’s oldest child, Clara, called Mary a piece of trash on Instagram. Ewan told Good Morning Britain that he took some time away from his career to spend some much needed time with his kids.
They Just Let The Rumors Fly
Sara Jessica Parker met Matthew Broderick back in 1991. He directed a play for the Naked Angels Theater Company, which her brothers began. The two have had a successful marraige for two decades, but it’s come with a lot of rumors about this famous couple.
Sarah says she just ignores all of the talk, even about Matthew cheating. Afterall, she’s too busy with charity work, fashion and fragrance lines. While it’s a stretch to pull off their loving marriage, careers, and three kids all while avoiding the pesky headliners, the couple is still hanging in there.
The Third Breakup Is A Charm
John Mayer and Katy Perry were a harmonious musical pair, but they just kept calling it quits. In August of 2013 the song that brought them together was released. Their duet “Who You Love” was about falling in love, setting the tone for the start of their relationship.
Katy was blown away by John’s talent, and John couldn’t get Katy out of his head. In the year and a half they were together the couple split three times. John still admitted in 2017 that his song “Still Feel Like Your Man” was about Katy, his only relationship in years. Speculation circles around whether or not some of Katy’s recent hits were about John, too.
The Battle Of The Breakup Songs
The relationship between John Mayor and Taylor Swift flew under the radar until their breakup. Somewhere in 2009 the then 32 year old dated the 19 year old Taylor Swift. The age gap certainly helped Swift in 2010, when she targeted John in her song “Dear John.”
The long ballad accuses John of messing with Taylor, who was “too young to be played by [John’s] dark, twisted games.” Though John admitted to being humiliated, he fought back with the song “Paper Dolls.” The music video sports a very thin and fragile-looking woman and the lyrics refer to chiffon, red, and 22, all of which reference Taylor and her album that year.
The TV Drama Relationship
Fans of Keeping Up With The Kardashians never knew Kourtney Kardashian without Scott Disick. The pair met in 2006 at a party in Mexico and were an item through the show’s premiere in 2007. By season two, Kourtney was already accusing Scott of cheating and the pair called it quits for the first time.
In 2009, the two got back together and got pregnant for the first time. In 2010 when Scott’s partying got so out of control that he punched a mirror, Kourtney claimed she was done. Still, by 2011 the pair talked about engagement.
The Kids Are Alright
Kourtney expressed that she didn’t want to get married, but she did want to have more children with Scott. In 2011 they welcomed their second child. By now, the couple was still back and forth. Things turned dark when Scott lost both of his parents in 2013. Then in 2014, the couple had their third child.
After officially breaking up in 2015, Scott and Kourtney turned their attention towards co-parenting. Each has had new relationships since, but prioritize their relationship as parents. Though they’ve had to set boundaries and put their competitive natures behind them, the two have found stability in their children.
Too Good To Be True
Jennifer Aniston had spent years in the spotlight over her ex, Brad Pitt. Finally, Justin Theroux changed the sad, drawn-out narrative about a hopeless Jennifer into one of triumph. While the media focused on Jennifer, at last, being in a new, and seemingly adorable relationship, they forget to mention one technicality.
Justin left his relationship of 14 years to be with Jennifer, which is kind of ironic considering Jen was left for Angelina Jolie years prior. Regardless of who left who, Justin proposed with a half a million-dollar rock and they were married in 2015. However, the lovely couple surprised the world and split in 2018.
The Most Striking Couple
The Jennifer-Brad breakup craze started with Brad Pitt’s admittance that he and Angelina Jolie fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, during which Brad was still married to Jen. Just three months after Brad and Jennifer’s divorce was finalized, Angelina announced that she and Brad were pregnant. Three adoptions later, Angelina was pregnant again, this time with twins.
Finally, in 2012, the couple got engaged. Unfortunately a year later Angelina underwent a double mastectomy. Brad Pitt stood by her side, and it 2014 the power couple was married.
We’ll Never Know What Really Happened
The same year as their marriage, Brad and Angelina starred in By The Sea, which Angelina wrote and directed. Heartbreakingly, Angelina had to undergo another surgery related to cancer in 2015. She had her ovaries and her fallopian tubes removed.
Despite Brad being presented as the model husband through all of this heartache, Angelina filed for divorce in 2016 and went for primary custody of all six children. The custody battle still continues, but the couple has requested a bifurcation in an effort to be able to remarry despite their pending divorce. Legal matters have remained mostly private for the sake of their children.
He Had To Fight To Win Her Back
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner fell in love while shooting the movie Daredevil back in 2002, but didn’t leave their spouses for years. Jennifer Garner divorced in 2003, while Ben Affleck waited until the day before his wedding to Jennifer Lopez to call it quits in 2004. In 2005 the couple married and had their first child.
After a decade of awards and adorable interviews on talk shows, the world was shocked to hear that their nanny Christine went to Vegas with Ben. However, Jennifer candidly admitted that they’d separated long before Christine came into the picture. After years of Ben’s sweet public comments towards Jennifer, the two called off their divorce.
They Played Love Interests And Then Became Love Interests
The couple began their relationship by play make-believe couple in Nicholas Spark’s film The Last Song. The two broke up for the first time after just a handful of months dating in 2010. Around this time Miley Cyrus’s Can’t Be Tamed album started her “edgy” phase. Meanwhile, the two start flying cross-country (Liam is Australian) to see one another.
By 2012, they were engaged. Throughout 2013 rumors flew about Liam cheating whilst Miley Cyrus’s image continued to get more and more controversial. In September the two broke up again, and just three days later Liam was caught kissing someone else.
The Boomerang Couple
After the singer’s tearful performance of “Wrecking Ball” in September 2013, she began dating other people. Throughout 2014 and 2015 rumors flew about Liam’s potential new girlfriends while Miley explored her pansexuality. Then in January of 2016, Miley and Liam started flying cross-country to see one another, again.
Later that year the two got engaged. One month before their wedding their Malibu home burned down in the Woolsey fire. Eight months after getting married, the two separated yet again. Liam filed for divorce on August 21, 2019.