Dating as a celebrity must be challenging—every move you make is scrutinized by millions of people, and an insane amount of pressure forces you in and out of relationships against your will. Regular dating is tough enough! Despite the obstacles, celebs still manage to find true love in the public eye, and our hearts melt when they do.
2017 has been a very interesting year as far as love goes in Hollywood. Stars who we’d never thought would suit each other have paired off, perfect strangers have stepped onto the scene to sweep away some of the world’s most famous people, and some celebs have even started things up with people who you would have thought would be off-limits. Very exciting stuff!
Not all of this year’s relationships have lasted, but we loved them while they did. Here are top celebrity lovers who got together in 2017.
15 Alex Rodriguez & J.Lo: A Family Affair
Jenny from the block has an impressive list of ex-boyfriends up her sleeve. Anybody who wants to date her has to offer more than Sean Combs, Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony, Casper Smart or Drake could, so we’ve been keenly watching to see who could finally win the actress and singer’s heart. Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez first appeared on our radar in March of 2017, and a “source” told People magazine that things are moving slowly, though they do look promising! “She seems excited. He has been around her family and she really likes that he is a dad. She is aware, though, that he is a ladies' man too and is being cautious. For now, it's just fun.” Rodriguez is the father of two daughters, Natasha and Ella, while J.Lo is a mama to Max and Emme. So these two definitely have a lot in common! Hopefully their kids get on as well as they do!
14 Lady Gaga & Christian Carino: Client to Lover
Lady Gaga is just one of those stars who’s had such an impact on our generation that we want the very best for her, the way you’d want it for a friend or family member. When she’s happy, we’re happy! And it seems like Mother Monster is very happy, since she’s reportedly dating Christian Carino, who’s her talent agent. The couple have been spotted together at a few places throughout the year, including a Kings of Leon concert, the Grammys after party, and of course, the Super Bowl field which she graced after her legendary performance. A lot of fans were holding out for Gaga to reconcile with her ex-fiancée Taylor Kinney, but we guess it wasn’t meant to be. Though we don’t know too much about Carino, he seems like a great match for the songstress—to be her agent, he must have some understanding of her as an artist and be okay with her crazy schedule!
13 Kylie Jenner & Travis Scott: No Time Wasted
The news that the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie Jenner, broke up with Tyga did come as a bit of a shock. The two had been dating on and off since 2015, with Jenner opening up about the relationship on the family’s hit reality show. It wasn’t the break up itself that was majorly shocking, but the way Jenner jumped into a new relationship so quickly—only a few weeks after the split, she was spotted holding hands with Travis Scott at Coachella. She tried to keep it quiet in the beginning, but it wasn’t long before older sis Kendall Jenner was posting suspicious snaps on Instagram, and reports surfaced of Kylie covering up her Tyga tattoo and replacing it with one that she and Travis got together. Of course, the biggest shock to this story is Kylie’s big news: the couple are expecting a baby that’s due to arrive in 2018.
12 Selena Gomez & The Weeknd: Eff the Rules
Sources revealed only recently that Selena Gomez has split from The Weeknd after ten months of dating, and we’re pretty bummed. This might be a classic case of not knowing what you have until it’s gone, because we originally weren’t too thrilled about these two as a couple. The Weeknd was previously dating model Bella Hadid, who is thought to be friends with Selena through the Taylor Swift squad, so this relationship seemed like it defied the Mean Girls rules of feminism (ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends). But as this year has gone on, this pair have grown on us a lot! They were first seen kissing outside Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Los Angeles, before stepping out onto the red carpet together and then traveling all over the world, proudly and openly committed to each other. In the end, we grew to love this relationship because Gomez seemed happier than she’s been in a while!
11 Hilary Duff & Ely Sandvik: Fans of the PDA
Hilary Duff is another one of those celebrities that we just want to be happy. She brought us Lizzie McGuire, she brought us Raise Your Voice, and she brought us Cinderella Story. We are forever in her debt, the end. After splitting from husband Mike Comrie, Duff has been focusing on her work responsibilities, including traveling to promote her brand new music and taking on more acting projects. She’s also been focused on being a great mom to her son Luca. But in June of this year, she was spotted where basically all new celebrity couples are—on the beach in Malibu. The paparazzi shots showed her getting cozy with Ely Sandvik, who’s an environmental consulting C.E.O. After the photos surfaced, these two slowly ventured out in public together, sharing dates and romantic walks through the streets of Los Angeles. This is one couple that’s not afraid of a little PDA!
10 Kendall Jenner & Blake Griffin: Can’t Get Enough
Kylie Jenner definitely isn’t the only member of her family to have some exciting new romance in her life this year! Kendall Jenner has reportedly moved on from the men she was supposedly linked with—namely, A$AP Rocky and Harry Styles—and is now getting closer with Blake Griffin, an NBA player who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. We don’t know too much about him, but he is 6’10”, so the model definitely doesn’t have to worry about overshadowing her man on the red carpet with her own tall frame in the future! Neither party have actually confirmed that they’re dating, but reports of their relationship first surfaced when they were spotted together five days in a row in Los Angeles. During that time, they went on three dinner dates, one date during the day and then a whole day on Sunday at, you guessed it, the beach in Malibu.
9 Kourtney Kardashian & Younes Bendjima: Genetically Blessed Couple
Speaking of the Kardashians and Jenners, oldest sister Kourtney is also making waves for the recent updates to her love life. Rumors first began in 2016, but the relationship between Kourt and Younes Bendjima became public over the summer of 2017, when they were spotted on a private vacation together in St. Tropez. The professional boxer and model (yes, he’s really ridiculously good-looking), has been seen out with the reality star and mom of three numerous times since then. He even came along with her to Egypt! The pair aren’t shy about posting snaps of themselves together on Instagram either. We’re really happy for Kourt, because as much as we found Scott Disick hilarious on the show with his one-liners, we know that he wasn’t treating her right. She deserves much better than that, and we hope Younes is doing a better job of being a partner than Disick did!
8 Rihanna & Hassan Jameel: Under Her Umbrella (Literally)
Let us start by saying that this relationship hasn’t been confirmed, and not a lot of evidence has been gathered. But that doesn’t mean we can’t prematurely celebrate the fact that Rihanna could be in a relationship with Hassan Jameel! In June of this year, the original bad gal really broke the internet when photographs popped up online of her snuggling up to Jameel in a pool. The heir to the Toyota empire has managed to stay out of the public eye for the most part, but he has been spotted at least once with RiRi by his side. It was a particularly rainy day in London, and Jameel was seen with the pop star hiding under her umbrella (no pun intended) from the paparazzi. That’s all we’ve got to go on for this one, but we hope there will be more confirmation in the future! We love Rihanna as a single gal, but will also get behind any man who can stand by her side.
7 Bella Hadid & Drake: Hotline Fling
Things between Bella Hadid and The Weeknd might not have worked out, but the model isn’t losing too much sleep over it. According to various sources, she’s been dating Canadian rapper Drake instead of crying over her ex. The two were first spotted leaving a Los Angeles restaurant together in June, which led to speculation stories popping up all over the internet. Witnesses claimed that the two stars were seen partying at The Nice Guy until the very early hours of the morning, and eventually, left the club together in Drake’s car after four in the morning. Since then, there have been reports that Drake threw Hadid a 21st birthday party at Socialista Lounge in New York City, and he’s even been beefing with friend The Weeknd over his relationship with the model. Drake and Hadid have known each other for years, meeting even before Bella and her family were household names.
6 Katie Holmes & Jamie Foxx: Finally Free
Yes, yes, yes! Rumors of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx dating have been circulating since 2013, but 2017 brought confirmation that these two are really a couple. They were spotted walking together down the beach in Malibu, holding hands, and we couldn’t be happier for the two actors. Though Holmes was part of one of the most iconic couples ever (you know you’re iconic when the media gave you a couple’s nickname before couple’s nicknames were cool), our heart went out to her after her divorce from Tom Cruise. She definitely had a lot to deal with in those years, with the whole world prying into something that must have been really painful, so we’re glad she’s finally able to focus back on her own happiness! It is said that as part of her divorce agreement in 2012, she was prohibited from dating in public for five years, so that timing is about right!
5 Taylor Swift & Joe Alwyn: Top Secret Dates
People love to hate on Taylor Swift for dating different fellas, but if she were a man, we all know they’d be calling her a “bachelor” and “ladies’ man” like they do Leonardo DiCaprio, so we want to celebrate her healthy love life for a change! The Sun reported that the megastar has secretly been dating British actor Joe Alwyn for months, and has managed to sneak around cameras and curious fans by wearing disguises. “Taylor and Joe are the real deal. This is a very serious relationship, but after what happened with Tom Hiddleston, they were determined to keep it quiet,” a source confirmed. It’s been reported that in order to be closer to her new man and avoid the downsides of doing long distance, Tay has rented a house in North London. “Taylor has flown in via private jets and her security has made it a military-like mission to prevent her from being seen…”
4 Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara: First They Played the Part
There’s something magical about stars who fall in love on set. This might just be our opinion because we want to see the relationships we emotionally invest in on-screen come to life, but whatever! In early January of 2017, it was reported that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, who starred together in the religious flick Mary Magdalene, were dating. They don’t exactly play lovers in the film, with Mara playing Mary Magdalene and Phoenix playing Jesus Christ, but they have played a couple in the past. In the film Her, they played childhood sweethearts who ended up getting divorced. So we’re happy that things are working out for them in the real world! Though flames may have started to flicker between them back when they filmed Her, it’s been reported that they actually fell for each other on the set of Mary Magdalene. At the Cannes Film Festival in March of this year, they debuted their relationship on the red carpet.
3 Zendaya & Tom Holland: Just Friends?
July 2017 was the first time that speculation began over the relationship between Zendaya and actor Tom Holland. People reported that the couple vacationed together over the summer, failing to keep their romance out of the public eye. Now, we should make it clear that Zendaya herself has denied any rumors of a relationship with Holland, tweeting, “Wait wait...my favorite is when it says we go on vacations together HA! I haven't been on a vacation in years! @TomHolland1996 ???” He responded with, “Does the press tour count?” However, that hasn’t shut down the dating rumors. And celebrities (understandably) like to keep these things out of the press for as long as they can. So we aren’t sure about this one either! But in case they actually are dating, we definitely think they make a cute couple.
2 Jesy Nelson & Harry James: Smooches & Vacations
Jesy Nelson, who makes up one quarter of Little Mix, has gone through a few painful public break ups in the past. But it looks like that’s all over now, since she is reportedly dating musician and rapper Harry James. None of the girls like to discuss their private lives in interviews, but Nelson made waves when she was caught making out with James at a birthday party for bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock. It was reported that the pair also vacationed on the Greek Island of Mykonos together while the girls had a break from their tour schedule, and friends of the star have confirmed that Nelson seems really happy with her new beau. Earlier in the year, she broke up with Chris Clark, who fans accused of using her to further his own music career. James better not mess things up with Nelson, or he’ll have the Little Mix fandom to answer to!
1 Sienna Miller & Brad Pitt: Could They Be?
This is another relationship that hasn’t been confirmed, but the mere possibility that it’s true gets us excited. Brad Pitt (zero introduction needed) has been rumored to be dating British actress Sienna Miller for some months now. A story appearing in US Weekly claimed that the two attended the Glastonbury festival in the U.K. together, and have also gone on a string of other secret dates under the noses of their fans. Speculation first began when they were spotted talking closely at a dinner for the actor’s film The Lost City of Z. A source has claimed that they’re just friends, but “they would make a great couple.” And we suppose that the close talking could have come down to the room being noisy. It’s been months since Pitt broke up from ex-wife Angelina Jolie, and though we loved them together and mourned their relationship, everybody has to move on sooner or later.
Sources: www.glamourmagazine.co.uk, www.popsugar.com.au, stylecaster.com