Many celebrities are best known for the relationships they are involved in. Quite often we see couples together in front of the cameras, on the red carpet, and united for most major appearances. It becomes difficult to imagine one of them being without the other. Celebrity marriages frequently intertwine the two individuals involved as they explore business ventures together, and work as a team to build their brand.
When these celebrities break up, the impact can be felt not only by them, but also by those around them – including their fans! We can be honest and say that some of these breakups are difficult for the fans as well, and perception of the couple begins to change when we look at them as individual people, rather than the pair that they used to be. Let’s take a look at 18 celeb breakups that hurt us more than it hurt them.
18 John Cena and Nikki Bella
John and Nikki seemed like a natural pair. The WWE is an obsessive job they were able to share with one another, and the success they reached through their reality TV Show was further evidence of their loving relationship. While there were certainly many signs that Jon was demanding and difficult to live with we all loved that they were able to find love in the world of wrestling, and we wanted to continue watching their relationship flourish. Together they maintained their diets, workout routines, and truly lived the lives their careers demanded on them. We definitely didn’t count on them calling it quits before they made it down the aisle.
17 Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez
These two kids really seemed crazy in love. They may have been on-again, off-again, but we definitely always thought they’d continue to be “on again”. The end of Justin and Selena was only announced as being official and final in March of 2018, yet suddenly Justin is making plans to walk down the aisle with Hailey Baldwin next week. He really didn’t waste any time running to Hailey, despite sharing some very real and raw feelings of love towards Selena, not so long ago.
These kids really had a good run – they spent lots of time together, considering they both had demanding schedules. The other thing they seemed to share…mental health issues. Both Selena and Justin have faced issues with mental health, and we can’t help but wonder if perhaps this was a toxic mix that would be best left un-merged.
16 Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
These two just seemed very right for one another. When Jen was with Brad there seemed to be a difference in their personalities and their outward representations of one another. She and Justin jut seemed to blend with one another better, and their relationship seemed to flow naturally. They looked great together, they seemed great together, and Jen seemed to have found peace in her relationship with Justin – a different kind of peace than we had seen in her previous relationships. They continue to be amicable today, but we still haven’t totally let go of the fact that perhaps they will reunite one day!
15 Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom
Khloe and Lamar REALLY had it going on. Their outward love for one another seemed to be the most natural, honest depiction of love that we have ever seen on the Kardashian show. Khloe so clearly loved Lamar and it was obvious to the world that he adored her as well. They seemed to have a wonderful connection and the resilience it takes to succeed in a relationship despite constant media scrutiny. The very public demise of their relationship was devastating to us all. It really caught us off-guard and we were sad to see that Khloe had carved her life around their marriage, only to have to regroup and re-start this process again.
14 Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphreys
Kim hasn’t exactly been known to make great choices when it comes to her dating life. She seemed to have a more normal existence with Kris, and on the flip side, he seemed to be able to tolerate and re-direct her crazy, Kardashian-behaviour. Kim seemed more down to earth when she was involved with Kris, and he was often seen interacting positively with the other members of her family. Their wedding was over-the-top and we expected them to relish in that moment for a lot longer than they allowed us to. It seemed she stood a chance at normalcy and her family meshed well with Kris…we didn’t think they’d end things this quickly.
13 Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner
These two were never really the conventional couple. Nothing they did was ever our version of “normal”. However, they did seem to be able to work around one another and allow the other person to evolve in their own way. That type of unconditional support is very hard to find these days, and it’s too bad that wasn’t enough to keep the glue together for this couple. It seemed that no matter how crazy their lives became, and how many demands the children put on their household, Bruce and Kris found a way to make things work. Sadly, they are now making things work independently of one another.
12 Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
These two really seemed like two peas in a pod. They shared the love of country music, and were admired by fans across the globe. When they sang together, it was magic, and the passion that stemmed from their craft, soon spread into their personal lives. Just one problem though – few of us knew that when Blake fell in love with Miranda, he was already married to someone else. The two tried but failed, and in spite of how much we all wanted to see them together, their marriage fell apart in 2015, ironically, due to Blake’s belief that Miranda was cheating on him. ENews reports showed that Blake moved on from Miranda very quickly to pursue a relationship with Gwen Stefani. We didn’t see this one coming – Miranda and Blake were adorable together!
11 Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson
Reality TV made it look like these two were in marital bliss, and that’s just what we kept on thinking with the passage of time. While it appeared that Nick had his hands full with Jessica, they definitely shared a very public love for one another, and seemed to balance one another out very nicely. They seemed young, innocent, and focused on trying to make it together. We thought they’d grow old together and that the cameras would follow them to the point of old age in their reality show. While the holes in their relationship were obvious, wishful thinking kept us believing they could hold on.
10 Sandra Bullock & Jesse James
Sandra Bullock has an air of innocence about her, and when she started dating bad boy, Jesse James , it seemed like a strange match, but a fun one to say the least. She seemed to balance him out, while he seemed to introduce an element of fun and adventure to her life. Sadly, this relationship ended in a very, very messy way. Frequently dubbed as “America’s Sweetheart,” fans around the world were shocked to hear the news of Jesse James and his infidelities.
Sandra was near and dear to the hearts of her fans, and nobody was going to support Jesse, or stand by him after what he did. The end of this marriage was essentially like a betrayal of an entire society, as everyone went up in arms and rushed to Sandra’s aid and defense. US Magazine reports that Jesse still gets a lot of backlash for his actions to this day.
9 Seal & Heidi Klum
This was very much a tale of two unsuspecting people coming together in love and unity. The gorgeous Heidi Klum, paired with the ever-talented Seal – it was the sort of love that romance books are made of. They started an amazing family together and seemed to be able to dodge public scrutiny and paparazzi better than most celebrity couples. Their love seemed authentic and we were all sad and confused by the news that their relationship had taken such a sour turn. Daily Mail reports that Heidi was not able to handle Seal’s temper, nor did she want it to be surrounding their children. We’re sad to see these two separating in such a permanent way.
8 Selena Gomez and Abel Tesfaye
These two were an odd-match, but we instantly took note of the way they fell for one another and immediately bonded with one another, right from the beginning. They’re both pint-size and adorable, and it was interesting to see the Weeknd take a step away from his womanizing lyrics to show some real love for a genuine lady like Selena Gomez. They were endlessly spotted making out and expressing their affection with full-out PDA, so it was hard for us to wrap our minds around their break-up. We know Selena was going through some health issues at the time, and we’re sure Abel was by her side, but something changed along the way, and they ended up moving in separate directions.
7 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Admittedly this was a very strange relationship, but it was odd enough to suck us in and leave us wanting more. Katie was star-struck when she met Tom Cruise, and Celebuzz reported on how she always used to dream that she would someday marry her crush. That ‘someday’ turned into reality on November 18th of 2006 when they tied the knot. The age difference was a pretty bold 16 year gap, but for a long while it appeared that age was nothing but a mere number, and they both seemed blissfully happy within their marriage. It was heartbreaking for everyone to learn about the horrific demise of this once-healthy and happy relationship. Katie told the Insider that she feared Tom would abduct Suri, and that the Church of Scientology made her fear for her safety. We were sad to watch them split, and wished for a more amicable end to their “fairytale.”
6 Ariana Grande and Mac Miller
This was a painful split for both involved, as well as for all the fans that followed their every move. They truly seemed to be in good company with one another, and Ariana definitely had a way of making Mac a happier person. Despite the happiness she was able to bring to his life, ENews cited Grande as saying this was a very toxic relationship for her, and she was investing a lot of time and effort into his personal struggles.
Eventually, his addiction issues became too much for her to handle and she reported to ENews that she “didn’t want to watch him go down that destructive road.” Sadly, the inevitable happened. We were really rooting for these two, and it seemed for a while there, that together, they may have made it.
5 Ashton Kutcher & Demi Moore
If ever there was an unlikely couple, these two definitely topped the list. Yet something about this couple drew us in and made us believe in fairytales again. Their age difference was barely an issue, as these two seemed to move through space efficiently together, and even shared time with Demi’s ex, Bruce Willis. The family seemed amicable and their love seemed strong enough to last the test of time.
When reports of their marriage hit the headlines in 2011, we were all saddened to hear the news. ABC reported that the reason for their split was infidelity on Kutcher’s part, but we didn’t want to believe it. Despite their 16-year difference, we really loved the interaction between this couple & their extended families, and we were crushed at the thought of losing hope that these types of situations could remain strong.
4 Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner
June 20th, 2015 was the day that the marriage of Ben & Jen came tumbling down publicly, for the world to see. The world had previously viewed them as a natural couple. They seemed really in tune with one another and raised their 3 kids while staying under the radar, for the most part. From a distance, they seemed happy when seen together. This marriage seemed to end more abruptly than others.
We’ve since learned about the issues with addiction that were ravishing Ben’s life, but the world hadn’t previously heard much, if anything, in advance of the breakdown of their marriage. They’ve continued to be amicable and Jen has launched an intervention to help him in the recent past. For a long time, Ben remained housed on their property, in a guest home, but we can’t expect reconciliation anytime soon. Jen is tolerant and wants the best for their children, but she seems to have personally had enough.
3 Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Oh, the love affair we all had with Brangelina was undeniable. They both seemed to come from such quirky pasts, and had such unique personalities, that it seemed only rational that they’d be perfect for one another. The fact that they adopted an entire entourage of children also drove the message home to us all that this was a relationship they intended to cherish forever.
Reports of their doomed marriage stormed our media outlets in 2016, with Angelina accusing Brad of inappropriate behavior on a private jet. His addiction to the sauce was reportedly the root of their problems. We loved these two together. It appeared that the red carpet was made for their excellence as a team. It shocked us all, and we still reminisce about the better days they shared as a couple.
2 Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Many of us really saw these two as best friends that had so much in common - inclusive of a very dedicated love for one another. Having grown up together on Disney with each of them soaring to success in their own right, it just seemed to be the most naturally evolving relationship we’d seen in a while. They both understood one another’s worlds, as they essentially lived the same lives. They truly appeared to be synchronized and we were in love with them as they were with each other. Once again, infidelity reared its ugly head, and Justin revealed to TMZ that Britney was linked to Wade Robson and Ben Affleck, to name a few. It was difficult to watch the end of their relationship, and even more difficult to see them moving on to date other people. These two seemed to be so close to one another at one point, and it’s a shame to have wasted that bond.
1 Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
Gwen and Gavin seemed to really have it all. Fame, fortune, and a love for music kept them together and grew their bond. Their relationship dates back to 1995, and they managed to maintain their privacy better than most famous artists. Cheatsheet refers to them as “one of rock ‘n roll’s coolest couples”, and we can’t agree more. They really seemed to grow together, and seemed to encourage one another to continue to better their careers and their lives.
We were all devastated to learn that Gavin had a 3-year affair with their nanny. Of all people – he was cheating on Gwen with the lady that watched their children. This didn’t sit well with any of his fans. Gwen just didn’t seem like the type of girl anyone should ever cheat on, and we’re saddened that he ended a love affair that we so greatly cherished and appreciated.
Sources: TMZ, The Insider, CheatSheet, Nicki Swift, Celebuzz, ENews