10 Celeb Couples Who Broke Up In Secret (And 10 Who Are Surprisingly Still Going Strong)

Being a celebrity means having people in your personal life all the time and there isn't much room for any privacy. However, there are some celebrities who manage to keep certain things a secret and it is possible for a celeb to fly under the radar. But they are celebrities so flying under the radar isn't exactly a good career move. There are some celebrities, however, who try to keep certain things out of the public eye. Usually relationships. While some celebrities like keeping their personal life (especially their romantic life) in the spotlight in order to stay relevant, others would rather keep theirs in the foreground. Some famous celebrities have actually gotten married and managed to keep it hidden! Below are some celebrities who actually managed to have and maintain a solid relationship.

On the other hand, there are some celebrities who may have been open about their relationships but they managed to break up without anyone even realizing it! Celebrity couples like Chris Pratt and Anna Farris, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would never be able to hide their high-profile breakups from the world. However, some other famous celebrities actually did break up with their partner and you probably didn't even know about it!

These are the couples who you didn't know were together (and are going strong) and the couples you didn't realize broke up.

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20 Still Going Strong: Emily Ratajkowski And Sebastian Bear-McClard Tied The Knot


You might not know what Emily Ratajkowski does but she probably looks familiar to you. That's because she's an online model. Besides her face popping up on your news feed, you might recognize her from some bit parts in Gone Girl and I Feel Pretty—or her breakout role as a dancer in the music video for "Blurred Lines".

Considering she has made a name for herself using her online presence, you'd think that her personal life would be public knowledge but she surprised everyone when she announced on social media that she had gotten married!

Her new husband is actor and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard who has appeared in movies such as Good Time and Heaven Knows What. Before Ratajkowski announced that she was married to McClard, few people even knew that they were in a relationship at all. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, she started dating McClard just a few weeks after she had broken up with her ex-boyfriend Jeff Magin. They were married in a small ceremony at City Hall in New York City and meme curator, The Fat Jewish, (also known as Josh Ostrovsky) was there as a witness. The pair has now been married for about four months and they appear to be going strong.

19 Broke Up In Secret: Robert Pattinson And Twigs Kept A Low Profile During Their Breakup

After Robert Pattinson's high-profile relationship with his Twilight costar Kristen Stewart ended, it's easy to see why he would want his next relationship to be more low-key. When Pattinson started dating FKA Twigs in 2014, the two were relatively quiet about their relationship and even in 2015, Twigs told The Sunday Times, “[I’m] not prepared to talk about my private life. I don't really understand the fascination.” Then in 2017, Pattinson was asked about his relationship on The Howard Stern Show and he replied by saying that the two were "kind of" engaged but when probed further, he said, "It's one of the most frustrating things in the world, you want to be able to [be more open], but it's literally like, you get stuck in this position but you have to make this decision whether you want to let the crazy people in."

However, the two hadn't bee photographed together since May 2017 according to E! News and then People reported that Twigs was spotted in Ibiza with a new man in August. Then, finally, in October 2017, The Sun reported that the two had officially broken up. Though, according to People, an insider claimed that the two will eventually get back together but, for now, it's over between them.

18 Still Going Strong: Margot Robbie And Tom Ackerley Are Super Private About Their Relationship

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Wait a minute—Margot Robbie is married?? That's probably the response you just had—and you're not alone. Robbie is one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood right now and few people even knew that she was married! According to InStyle, Robbie didn't hit the red carpet with her hubby, Tom Ackerley, until a whole year after their wedding! Ackerley walked the red carpet at the 2018 Academy Awards but they didn't pose for any photos just the two of them. Robbie did, however, pose for a picture with some of the producers of I,Tonya—and Ackerley was one of them!

The two of them first met in 2013 on the set of Suite Francaise, on which Ackerley was an assistant director but they were just friends before things got serious.

The adorable couple actually co-produced I, Tonya and co-created the production company LuckyChap Entertainment, with their friends Josey McNamara and Sophia Kerr. Though Robbie posted a photo from her wedding on her social media, she still stayed relatively tight-lipped on her relationship and the two still rarely speak about it to the press. However, it seems to be working for them because they're still going strong!

17 Broke Up In Secret: Amy Poehler And Nick Kroll The Hilarious Duo Didn't Make It

After Amy Poehler's divorce from Will Arnett in 2013, the Parks and Recreation star began dating Nick Kroll and were together for two years before splitting up—though many didn't even know they were together! According to an insider for Us Weekly, the couple "just couldn’t make the relationship work with their schedules." The insider also added, “They really tried, but it just wasn’t realistic anymore. They were spending more time apart than together.”

Poehler first opened up about the relationship between her and Kroll in her 2014 memoir, Yes Please: “I have a boyfriend who knows how to settle me," she wrote. "He puts his hand on my chest and tells me boring stories. On one of our first nights together, I woke up apologizing for my snoring and he pulled out two earplugs he had worn to bed so he could hear what I was saying. It was one of the most romantic gestures I have ever seen.”

As adorable as this story is, the pairing was just not meant to be. Most recently, Poehler has been romantically linked to New York attorney Benjamin Graff.

16 Still Going Strong: Ryan Gosling And Eva Mendes Dated Long Before We Knew About It

Ryan Gosling broke a lot of fans hearts when it was official that he was off the market but it took some time before anyone even knew that he was seeing his new leading lady. Gosling and Eva Mendes have been together for over six years but it only became public knowledge a few months after the filming wrapped for A Place Beyond the Pines when they were spotted at Disneyland together. After the two had been dating for just a few months, Gosling visited Mendes in Paris over Thanksgiving while she was shooting the French indie movie Holy Motors proving that they were already too in love to let living in separate continents pull them apart.

While they were promoting their movie, Mendes told Marie Claire that Gosling was a "dream costar", that he was "amazing" and that she had "never felt so creatively satisfied on a film."

However, when she was asked to say more about her new boyfriend, she replied by saying that it was "too personal." The pair have been quiet about their relationship since the beginning and they have rarely even walked the red carpet together but they now have two children and seem to have nothing but love for each other...they just don't seem to like to flaunt it.

15 Broke Up In Secret: Dominic Cooper And Ruth Negga's Romance Ran Its Course

Wait—they dated?! That's right, the stars of AMC's Preacher Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga dated for eight years and first got together they were working on the play Phèdre for the National Theatre in London back in 2009. The two may have starred in the same show but they didn't keep their relationship in the public eye. The two both appeared in the various Marvel productions—Cooper in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter and Negga in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

While promoting Preacher, Negga spoke with The Edit and gave some insight into their relationship: “It would be so lonely if he wasn’t there. People say, ‘Never go out with an actor.’ But if you were with someone with a normal job, and one of you had to go away, how would that work?” According to Page Six, the two broke up and an insider said that "their romance ran its course." Also, they won't be working together on Preacher anymore now that Negga is no longer a series regular. The couple had an amicable breakup and not many people even knew it happened, it pretty much went unnoticed. Now they don't have to work together the pair has no reason to see each other.

14 Still Going Strong: Penn Badgley And Domino Kirke Got Married With Nobody Knowing

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Penn Badgley once had a high-profile relationship with Blake Lively after they became romantically involved on the set of Gossip Girl but once they broke up, it seems like he was more interested in keeping his relationships private. Badgley surprised everyone when he got married in February to Domino Kirke (sister to Girls star Jemima Kirke and Mozart in the Jungle actress Lola Kirke). It turns out that the couple has been together since 2014 but have kept their relationship under wraps. Unlike her sisters, Domino isn't an actress—she's actually a musician, doula (which means she is trained to assist women during childbirth), and a birth educator.

The couple kept their wedding casual by getting married in a Manhattan courthouse and then celebrated with a small gathering of close friends.

However, the couple decided to have another, larger, ceremony and invited all of their famous friends including Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing, Heidi Klum, and Zac Posen. On her Instagram, Domino posted a photo of Badgley in a suit with the caption "You only get married twice, once." According to People, Domino has a 9-year-old son from a previous relationship who's named Cassius. Now they are one big happy family.

13 Broke Up In Secret: Brooklyn Beckham And Chloë Grace Moretz Their Young Love Didn't Last

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Chloë Grace Moretz and Brooklyn Beckham's relationship only became more public recently but they actually started dating back in 2014 after they started going to SoulCycle together. Neither of them spoke about their relationship publicly in the beginning and when they were spotted at the Made in America Music Festival, Chloë seemed nervous about being caught by the paparazzi. When Moretz appeared on Watch What Happens Live and was asked by Andy Cohen about her relationship with Brooklyn, she said that she wasn't ready to define the relationship.

The two didn't make their red carpet debut until 2016 for the premiere of Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising but it wasn't long after this when Page Six reported that they broke up after they got into a fight at a Coldplay concert. However, about a month after this, Brooklyn posted a picture on Instagram with Chloë with the caption "Luckiest person on earth..." It seemed that the two were back together and going strong but it turns out that they had quietly broken up. In April 2018, Brooklyn was spotted kissing Playboy model Lexi Wood which indicated that he had broken up with Chloë even though it wasn't actually confirmed.

12 Still Going Strong: Scarlett Johansson And Colin Jost Knew Each Other For Years


Though Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost recently went public with their relationship they kept it under wraps for months. Though they only recently started dating, they've actually known each other for over ten years. They first met in 2006 when Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live in 2006—a year after Jost had been signed on as a writer. Over the next decade, the Avengers actress appeared on the show six times (hosting four times and making two cameos) before she appeared on May 20, 2017, cold open which also happened to be months after her split from Romain Dauriac. This was also around the time when rumors of a relationship between Johansson and Jost started to come out.

Even though Johansson and Jost had known each other for years, the A-list actress was in almost back-to-back relationships from about 2003 to 2011 which included her three-year marriage to Ryan Reynolds.

And a year-long relationship with Nate Naylor, a two-year relationship with Josh Hartnett, a year-long relationship with James Holzier, and a fling with Sean Penn before she got together with and married Dauriac. Soon after their relationship went public, Jost told Entertainment Tonight, "She's pretty cool. It's hard to have a lot of complaints, she's pretty awesome."

11 Broke Up In Secret: Vanessa Hudgens And Josh Hutcherson's Short Romantic Journey

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Not only did Vanessa Hudgens land her breakout role in High School Musical but she also nabbed a boyfriend who would become one of the biggest heartthrobs of the late 2000s. Hudgens dated Zac Efron for five years and their relationship was a very big deal at the time. After they broke up, Hudgens told The New York Times "I went through a phase when I was really mean because I was so fed up. Girls were running after him, and I was giving them death stares."

However, after the High School Musical costars broke up, Hudgens went on to date another costar but it was much less publicized. Hudgens met Josh Hutchinson on the set of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and dated briefly. Before anyone even knew that they were together, they had already broken up. While they were promoting their movie, they were asked if they were still dating in an interview. It turns out that they had already broken up which made for an awkward interview. Hutcherson joked and said, "We were at one point, but she broke my heart. I’m just kidding. That was a while ago, we’re just really good friends now.”

10 Still Going Strong: Ellen Page And Emma Portner, Social Media Brought Them Together

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Ellen Page officially came out in a speech for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation back in 2014 but, since then, she's been very tight-lipped about her dating life. Though she hit the red carpet with Portner for the premiere of her movie Flatliners, many of her fans didn't even know that she was dating someone. Then, suddenly, it was announced that she had married her girlfriend Emma Portner who is a dancer and contemporary jazz teacher. On Instagram, the Juno star posted a photo of her and Portner's hands with their new wedding bands with a caption that read: "Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife." How sweet is that?

It's fitting that the two announced their marriage on social media because it's also how they met.

According to The Cut, the couple first met through social media after Portner posted a video of her dancing to a song by Sylvan Esso.

The band shared the video and it caught the Inception actress's eye! She direct messaged Portner and the rest is history! If this story taught you anything, it should be to slide into those DMs because it could lead to you finding the love of your life....maybe.

9 Broke Up In Secret: Kirsten Dunst And Garrett Hedlund Was At The End Of Their Road

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Kirsten Dunst has always kept her relationships low-key even though she's had some famous boyfriends such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Adam Brody, and Ben Foster. Dunst has also had another famous boyfriend and even though they often hit the red carpet together, their relationship still flew under the radar. Dunst started dating Garrett Hedlund after they met on the set of On the Road. According to Express, Hedlund tried to woo Dunst by taking her on a moonlit canoe ride in the early hours of the morning which sounds romantic but, unfortunately, the boat capsized and they were forced to swim to shore. Foreshadowing? Maybe.

After four years of dating, the pair broke up and, according to an insider for People, it was because "They have very different personalities and weren’t on the same page when it came to their future." Dunst did not seem too upset about the breakup because she was soon spotted cuddling up with her Fargo costar, Jesse Plemons. She sure moves fast! The news may come as a surprise to fans who recently saw the couple step out together at the 2016 Golden Globes. It seems that Dunst and Plemons are more on the same page when it comes to their future since they became engaged and she was pregnant not soon after the two got together.

8 Still Going Strong: Cole Sprouse And Lili Reinhart, Keeping Their Relationship Under Wraps


Anyone who watches Riverdale knows that Jughead and Betty are one of the cutest couples around but what about in real life? Rumors have been swirling Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart since the former child actor first shared a photo on social media of Reinhardt in a field of flowers. With the chemistry they have onscreen, it's clear why so many fans would ship them not only onscreen but in real life too! After Sprouse shared the photo of his rumored girlfriend, they were often spotted out and about together. They sat next to each other at Paley Center for Media’s 35th Annual PaleyFest and were actually spotted kissing in public during Rivercon. The pair also went on vacation together in Mexico.

Though it seemed that the two were together, neither of them talked about the relationship publicly. In an interview with People, Sprouse said;

"Lili and I are constantly talked about in the public eye, and for me, I think that it is being deeply informed by the love of the characters and wanting to see us together."

He also went on to say that he thought that the fan's obsession with their relationship is "offensive and an invasion of privacy but it’s also a badge of honor because it means you’re creating a chemistry onscreen that is so understandable that people want to see it in real life, which is flattering from a professional perspective.” The two hit the appeared at the Met Gala together for the first time as a couple.

7 Broke Up In Secret: Amber Heard And Elon Musk On-And-Off-And-On Again

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After Amber Heard's high-profile marriage and eventual divorce from Johnny Depp, she decided to keep things low-key with her next relationship. Rumors about the pairing had already started to circulate by the time Heard first stepped out in public with Elon Musk in April 2017 while in Australia according to People. By the time August rolled around, they had reportedly broken up because of their busy schedules. However, an insider told People that they were "definitely back together" and they stepped out again in Australia post-split looking like they were definitely back together. According to an insider for People, “Elon decided it was time to end it and Amber agreed. They both still care deeply for each other but the timing wasn’t right."

However, not long after they were seen together, Musk was interviewed by Rolling Stone and said that the relationship was over and it was her who broke up with him and that he "was really in love, and it hurt badly." Musk also said in the interview that he "cannot be happy" if he doesn't have a girlfriend because he doesn't "want to be alone." Well, after his breakup with Heard, he wasn't alone for very long because it turns out that he has a new lady in his life...

6 Still Going Strong: Kristen Stewart And Stella Maxwell, Bella Swan Got Herself An Angel

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Like many of the celebs on this list, Kristen Stewart had a very high-profile relationship with her costar and it may have been what caused her to be more tight-lipped about her other relationships. Stewart broke up with her Twilight costar Robert Pattinson back in 2013, Stewart has kept her private life very private. She had several low-key relationships with various celebrities such as St. Vincent, Soko, and Alicia Cargile. Most recently she has been romantically linked to Victoria's Secret Angel Stella Maxwell.

Rumors continued to swirl after photos surfaced of Stewart and Maxwell enjoying a joy ride in New Orleans. According to The Sun, the two were spotted kissing in a car while in Milan which officially confirmed the relationship.

According to People, the two "were having fun" and Maxwell even went to visit Stewart as she filmed a movie. Us Weekly reported that recently Maxwell has been spending the majority of her time in Stewart's home in Los Angeles even though she has an apartment of her own in New York City. According to Elite Daily, an insider close to Stella reported that while they are both very busy with their separate careers, they, "try to be together when they can." The insider added, "Kristen really likes her." It seems that these two are going strong!

5 Broke Up In Secret: Rosario Dawson And Eric Andrews They Couldn't Stand The Test Of Time

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Wait...they dated? If you thought that, you're not alone. The relationship between Rosario Dawson and Eric Andrew is so improbable that some assumed that it was a prank. One of those people was Chance the Rapper who texted Dawson asking her if it was a joke according to his Twitter. The couple first went public with their relationship on Valentine's Day and, in September, Dawson had to undergo emergency surgery and Andrew kept her company throughout her recovery. When she was on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, she spoke about the surgery again and said that Andre "'took care of me in an adult diaper. That's love." On the anniversary of her surgery, she went to Instagram to say that it was during this ordeal that she first told Andre that she loved him. How sweet is that?

However, after a little over a year of dating, it was announced that the couple had broken up. E! News reported "They are still friends and wish each other the best. They did have some great times together over the year as a couple." However, their breakup flew under the radar—probably because the pairing was so unlikely.

4 Still Going Strong: Katie Holmes And Jamie Foxx, Still Very Much In Love

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We all know that Katie Holmes had a high-profile relationship with Jamie Foxx and it makes sense that she wouldn't want to go through that ordeal again! The news of Holmes' split from Tom Cruise happened back in 2012 and by 2013, she was seen out and about with Foxx. Us Weekly reported that in March 2015, Holmes and Foxx had been secretly dating for two years and they were so secretive about it that they would only meet up at each other's homes and Holmes would sometimes “put on a wig and hat to meet him at a hotel.” Now that's some dedication!

By 2015, the couple became a little more comfortable with making their relationship public—but they still kept it low-key.

For Foxx's 48th birthday, Holmes went to NYC to celebrate with him and, according to an insider for Us Weekly, “Katie is so in love. She is all about Jamie.” Another insider said that "She's getting everything from Jamie that she didn't get with Tom." The two made their first public appearance as a couple for Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammys bash in NYC. Though they have kept their relationship a secret for about five years, they both seem happy and very much in love. Isn't that all we've ever wanted for Katie?

3 Broke Up In Secret: Sarah Silverman And Michael Sheen Went Through A 'Conscious Uncoupling'

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Michael Sheen has had some very beautiful and famous girlfriends over the years including Kate Beckinsale and Rachel McAdams but his most recent partner was Sarah Silverman and the two seemed perfect together. The pair first started dating around the time that she appeared in a TV series along with Sheen and he later told People that after they did one scene together, he asked if they could do another scene together. “It’s fantastic to have her as a partner," he said.

The couple first became official after they were spotted out together in 2014. Silverman also opened up about the relationship on Jimmy Kimmel Live and said that he was her "on-again, off-again love" and that they were only off-again because they were apart by an ocean.

Though the couple seemed like a perfect fit, they called it off late last year. Silverman first announced the split on social media and wrote “The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas." She then added that there wasn't a fight but that they "just live in different countries & it got hard. Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?’”

2 Still Going Strong: Elon Musk And Grimes Made A MET Debut

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This pairing seems so unlikely that it's hard to believe that it's actually real but when they both walked the red carpet together at the Met Gala, it became apparent that the relationship between Grimes and Space X founder Elon Musk was very real—and really weird. Page Six reported that the two first struck up a connection over a very nerdy joke:

“Thought experiment Roko’s Basilisk considers the hypothesis of a future where AI lords over the world and could punish those who did not help it into existence. His joke was to merge this thought experiment with a pun using ‘Rococo’, referring to the ornate French 18th Century Baroque style, perhaps pointing out that both concepts are complex, too extreme and ridiculous.”

Weirdly enough, Grimes had made a joke about this with her video for “Flesh Without Blood” which featured a character named Rococo Basilisk which she explained in an interview with Fuse. When Musk found this out, he got in touch with Grimes and the rest is history. According to Page Six, the musician and the billionaire connected over this reference and have been quietly dating for about a month leading up to the Met Gala.

1 Broke Up In Secret: Chris Evans And Jenny Slate Are The Masters Of On-Again-Off-Again Relationships

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This partnership is one of the most beloved partnerships in Hollywood history but, alas, it wasn't mean to be. When Chris Evans and Jenny Slate met on the set of Gifted, there was a spark between them. By 2016, there were already rumors about a possible relationship between them. Sure, he's an A-list actor who stars in the most successful franchise in Hollywood history and she is standup comic and indie darling but there was an obvious chemistry between them. Before the couple became official, they were guests on Anna Faris' podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified and Evans spoke about Slate saying: "Sometimes you just meet the same animal and that's just [what it's like] with Jenny."

The couple was an official couple after filming for Gifted had wrapped but by the time they were doing press for the movie, they had broken up. After they broke up, Evans told People that "there’s just nothing to not love" about Slate.

Slate opened up to Vulture about it: "We're not on bad terms, but we haven't really seen each other, spoken a lot. I'd love to be his friend one day, but we threw down pretty hard. No regrets, though. Ever."

Not long after the interview with Vulture, the couple started to see each other again—at least according to the rumors. However, in a flash, the two were broken up again according to the New York Times. Maybe third time's the charm?

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