In movies, relationships always seem to work out, because at the end of the day it’s a perfect, scripted world. There may be a few bumps in the road, but by that picture perfect final scene, the lead always ends up paired with their soul mate for one final confession of love and their happy ending. Relationships in real life Hollywood? That’s an entirely different ball game. The constant paparazzi attention means that every date and casual outing is catalogued and scrutinized by both the tabloids and the public. A casual coffee date can spark endless scrutiny - it’s no wonder that many celebrities have trouble finding true love!
Now, no one in the general public knows exactly what goes on behind closed doors in celebrity relationships – we can speculate, but we can never know for sure. So, often when beloved couples decide to split up, the public is left wondering why. They look so perfect together, they seemed so happy! The celebs within once beloved couples might know exactly why they decided to part ways, but the public? The public is still waiting and wishing that some of these seemingly perfect matches would find their way back to one another for that picture perfect movie ending. Here are 15 celeb couples that we wish were still together – even if they’re with someone lovely now, even if it’s never going to happen. We still kind of hope.
15 Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody
Everyone knows that fictional characters are fictional, and all the romantic storylines they go through are totally fictional, but at the end of the day, there’s a certain amount of chemistry that just transcends acting. That’s definitely what happened with Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody. Bilson and Brody played Summer Roberts and Seth Cohen on hit teen series The O.C., and they were everyone’s favorite couple – the beauty and the geek who ended up being perfect for one another? It was adorable. Everyone was cheering this couple on when their romance moved past the screen into real life, but at the end of the day, it didn’t work out. Both Bilson and Brody are with someone now (Bilson with Hayden Christensen and Brody with Leighton Meester), but we can’t help but miss that Seth and Summer chemistry.
14 Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder
Again – on screen chemistry can be a powerful thing. Nina Dobrev’s character Elena had a bit of a scandalous love triangle going on with the two vampire Salvatore brothers, but it was pretty clear which one she had the best chemistry with – Damon, played by Ian Somerhalder. And it’s not simply because of the storyline – it’s because Dobrev and Somerhalder had incredible chemistry. They ended up dating in real life for quite awhile before eventually parting ways. We can’t help but with that Canadian cutie and Southern charmer would get back together.
13 Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
The split between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt was one of the biggest celebrity break-ups in Hollywood. It wasn’t because it was particularly ugly – on the contrary, both parties were completely mature about it. But at the time that they split, they were Hollywood’s golden couple, the poster child for chic, breezy, California style. Brad Pitt has been a part of Brangelina for years, and has a brood of children with the glamorous A-Lister, and Jennifer Aniston is now with hubby Justin Theroux, but let’s be serious – Brad and Jen was one of the biggest and best Hollywood couples of all time. We can’t help but wonder what would happen if these two got back together.
12 Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Many celebrity couples appear a few times together at red carpet events, or are spotted on a few outings in Los Angeles, and then quickly fade from the collective memory. When you star on a reality television series as a couple, however? The public will always remember the two of you, no matter what happens after the show wraps or who you end up with. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey are both happily married to other people now, but Newlyweds gave us a peek into their often baffling marriage and we kind of want to see them back together just to see Nick getting angry at Jessica’s untidiness, and Jessica trying futilely to be a good homemaker.
11 Heidi Klum and Seal
Supermodels seem to cycle through a lot of men, and musicians have their pick of essentially any woman they want, so a marriage between one of the biggest supermodels of all time and a musician seems like it would be a short lived thing, right? Well, unless you’re talking about Seal and Heidi Klum. It seems shocking that the two were only married for seven years, because they became known as one of Hollywood’s cutest couples. Those crazy, signature Halloween costumes every year, the way he watched her strut her stuff on the Victoria’s Secret runway? We predict a Klum-Seal reunion sometime down the road – at least, we can hope.
10 Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Okay, all the time that Will Arnett and Amy Poehler were together, we couldn’t help but be obsessed with imagining exactly what their home life was like. Did they just constantly tell jokes and crack each other up 24/7? Were they more subdued and serious at home? It was a match made in comedy heaven, and we’re still sad that they parted ways after nearly a decade of marriage. Sure, both of them are in the prime of their careers, scoring hit after hit, but we can’t help but wonder if they wouldn’t enjoy it a bit more if they got back together.
9 Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom were one of those couples where every shot captured by the paparazzi seemed like it was straight out of a magazine pictorial. Whether they were all dressed up coming from an event or simply running some errands with tousled hair and casual clothing, they were gorgeous. Plus, an Aussie and an Englishman who fall in love and have an adorable baby together? It’s basically the plot of a rom com. Alas, this short marriage wasn’t meant to be, and the two parted ways – but a small part of us hopes that little Flynn starts scheming and pulls his own Parent Trap when he’s a bit older to get these two back together.
8 Chris Klein and Katie Holmes
I know, I know – Katie Holmes and who? Most of the public remembers only TomKat – the cringe-inducing pairing between Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – but we’re loving her previous relationship so, so much more. Chris Klein and Katie Holmes were both two young actors from small town America who began rising to superstardom while they were still young – Klein in films like Election and American Pie, and Holmes as the lovable Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek. The two eventually got engaged, and were basically the Hollywood version of high school sweethearts. They eventually grew apart and split, but I mean… every 90s kid would love seeing these two together again.
7 Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp
Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp may seem so far in the past that most people have forgotten they were a thing, but trust us – they were basically the one true pairing for any slightly alternative kid in the 90s. They were magical together on-screen in Edward Scissorhands, and even better in real life – who could forget the Winona forever tattoo? The duo ended up engaged only a few months after they met, and ended up fizzling because Winona’s father wasn’t too happy about her getting married at 19. We can’t help but think that if these two crazy kids had met a decade later, it would have been a totally different story.
6 Jennifer Lopez and Diddy
From Ben Affleck to Marc Anthony, J.Lo has had several high profile romances with both actors and musicians, but we can’t help but have a soft spot in our hearts for her time with Diddy. It was with Diddy that she rocked the iconic slit-down-to-there green dress. During her time with Diddy, she produced some of her biggest hits. Sure, she’s still as fabulous now as she was a decade ago, but can you imagine the type of parties these two would throw together harnessing both their star power? They would set the Hamptons ablaze, and everyone would be begging for an invite to this ultra glam couple’s soirees.
5 Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Reese and Ryan were one of Hollywood’s golden couples. They met on the set of Cruel Intentions, fell for each other, and tied the knot soon after before welcoming some babies into this world. With their blonde hair, storybook good looks, and adorable children, they were basically one of those faux perfect families you see in catalogues and commercials. However, after several years together, the two split. They seem to get along, and manage to share time with their children admirably, but we can’t help but feel like Reese’s current beau doesn’t hold a candle to Ryan.
4 Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Okay, yes – Russell Brand and Katy Perry always seemed like a bit of a strange pairing, and there have been a few hints of bitterness after their divorce, but come on – Brand with his crazy hair and tight outfits, Perry with her Rainbow brite gear and energetic choreography? They’re both so over the top in their performance styles that they seemed made for each other. When that shark who danced to the beat of his own drum during Perry’s amazing Super Bowl halftime performance became an internet sensation, we couldn’t help but hope it was perhaps Russell Brand rocking a shark suit and trying to win Katy back in a completely over the top way.
3 Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter
Tim Burton and Helen Bonham Carter split last year after nearly 15 years of marriage, and to be honest, we’re still not over it. They are both so insanely over the top that they’re seemingly made for each other. Add to that that Bonham Carter was the female lead in a huge portion of Burton’s iconic films? We still don’t know who Burton is going to cast when he needs a slightly crazy female lead. They have two children together, and they say it was an amicable split – and we secretly hope it proves to be a short one.
2 Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling
Is there any on-screen couple that audiences wanted to get together in real life more than Allie and Noah from The Notebook, played by the stunning Rachel McAdams and dreamy Ryan Gosling? They were adorable together on-screen, and fans were thrilled when they started dating in real life. Unlike some of the couples on this list, these two Canadian cuties were never married, but come on – Ryan Gosling once said in an interview that the two of them had a love story better than The Notebook. Plus, who can forget the iconic moment when they won Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards and basically made audiences collapse at their dramatic on-screen kiss. I mean, come on – these two need to get back together.
1 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are basically the ultimate celebrity couple that we wish would get back together. They dated when both were at the beginning of their rising superstardom in the pop world, Britney as a pop princess with killer dance moves and Justin as the main man in boy band NSYNC. They coyly mentioned one another in interviews, they showed up on the red carpet in matching denim outfits, and were just completely perfect together. Now, both have matured and continue to absolutely slay in their careers, but we can’t help but think that they need to get back together.