Most of us have been there in the past. We've spent a good amount of time in a relationship only to find ourselves feeling heartbroken after it comes to an end. For some people, that emotional turmoil inspires them to do things like focus on their friends, hobbies, and work in order to distract from their sadness. On the other hand, others opt to jump into a new relationship before too long.
Even though it may not feel like it at times, celebrities are human beings just like the rest of us. As a result, many of them have gotten involved with someone new pretty quickly after they left a serious relationship. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 20 people that stars got involved with after a major breakup.
In order for a person to appear on this list, they first and foremost need to have been the first person that a star dated after they went through a major breakup. Of course, due to the fact that we don’t know any of the people who appear on this list personally, we can only rely on public accounts of the stars' dating lives. It should be noted, in some cases, rebound relationships work out so you could find couples that went the distance included in this list.
20 Louis Dowler Was Kate Winslet’s Rebound
The kind of person who seems to have been born to be a critically acclaimed actor, throughout her career Kate Winslet has blown people away with one performance after another. Best known as the star of films like Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Holiday, and Contagion, Winslet is also set to be a part of Avatar 2 in the near future.
Previously married to the celebrated director Sam Mendes for many years, once Winslet became single again for the first time in years it must have been strange for her. She briefly got involved with male model Louis Dowler before she eventually found, dated, and got married to Ned Rocknroll.
19 Casper Smart Was Jennifer Lopez’s Rebound
Someone who seems to be good at pretty much everything, Jennifer Lopez started out her career in the public eye as a dancer on the sketch comedy show In Living Color and she has released several hit songs over the years. On top of that, she has starred in a long list of popular movies including Out of Sight, The Cell, The Wedding Planner, and Maid in Manhattan.
Previously married to a big star in his own right, singer Marc Anthony, the two eventually ended up going their separate ways. Once Lopez was no longer attached to Anthony she wound up having an on-and-off relationship with her backup dancer Casper Smart before winding up with her current fiancé, Alex Rodriguez.
18 Christian Carino Was Lady Gaga’s Rebound
As someone who comes across like a true artist, throughout her career Lady Gaga has expressed herself sometimes in OTT ways but she always comes across as genuine. Best known for songs like “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” “Born this Way,” and “Shallow,” the latter track which comes from the movie A Star is Born. This movie has turned her into an even bigger star.
Gaga was previously in a five-year relationship with actor and model Taylor Kinney, who is known for his roles in shows like The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire. The couple broke up in 2016. After that, she began dating and eventually got engaged to the French film director and screenwriter Christian Carino until they split in February of 2019.
17 Oksana Grigorieva Was Mel Gibson’s Rebound
Undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most popular actors for a long time, Mel Gibson sadly got caught saying a lot of deplorable things which have forever tarnished his public image. Still, he continues to have a huge career as the director of acclaimed movies like Hacksaw Ridge on top of taking on occasional acting jobs. Married to Robyn Moore for 26 years before they announced plans to separate, the pair had seven children together and for a long time Gibson seemed smitten with his wife.
Despite that, before his divorce was even finalized, Gibson began a serious relationship with Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson and Grigorieva went on to have a child before they too broke up amid drama that further brought his reputation into question.
16 Ashley Greene Was Joe Jonas’s Rebound
Someone whose music career has been pretty interesting, alongside his brothers Kevin and Nick, Joe Jonas became internationally famous as a member of a pop-rock band. However, once the Jonas Brothers temporarily went their separate ways he formed an all-new act called DNCE and he and his cohorts in that band also released some hit music.
Obviously pretty darn good at moving on after a major breakup, when Joe stopped seeing Demi Lovato, he began dating actor Ashley Greene. Not even together for a full year, Joe and Ashley apparently were serious enough that he reportedly met her family.
15 Jake Gyllenhaal Was Reese Witherspoon’s Rebound
One of a select few actors in history who could accurately be described as America’s sweetheart, throughout her career Reese Witherspoon has consistently won over the hearts of many. Best known for movies like Pleasantville, Election, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama, and Walk the Line, Witherspoon is very good at her craft.
Married to her former Cruel Intentions co-star actor Ryan Phillippe for many years, the pair of actors also had two kids together. Finding herself single for the first time in a long time, Witherspoon met Jake Gyllenhaal in the middle of her divorce proceedings and they very briefly dated.
14 Avril Lavigne Was Brody Jenner’s Rebound
The star of several “reality” TV shows throughout his time in the public, time and time again Brody Jenner has managed to latch himself onto more famous people. After all, his first series, The Princes of Malibu, was all about him being the son of a famous person. He then managed to get on The Hills before ultimately appearing in some Kardashian related shows.
During his time on The Hills, viewers got introduced to Jenner’s girlfriend at the time, Jayde Nicole, a Canadian model. After those two walked away from one another, Jenner began dating Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne and they remained together for nearly two years.
13 Gwen Stefani Is Blake Shelton’s Rebound
Definitely one of the biggest country music singers of his generation, Blake Shelton is best known for songs like “Sangria,” “Lonely Tonight,” “Neon Light,” and “My Eyes.” Due to the worldwide fame Shelton earned during his lengthy music career, he was one of the people chosen to be a judge and host on the hit competition show, The Voice.
Previously married to his fellow country music star Miranda Lambert for many years, for quite a while it seemed like they were meant to be. However, in 2015 they announced their divorce and later that same year Shelton began dating Gwen Stefani who also serves as a judge and host on The Voice.
12 Lance Armstrong Was Kate Hudson’s Rebound
The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Kate Hudson was brought up by Goldie Hawn and chose to follow in her mother’s footsteps once she grew up. Most famous for her roles in movies like Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Skeleton Key, and too many others to list here, she just has a lovable and relatable quality to her.
Previously romantically linked to her former You, Me and Dupree co-star Owen Wilson, after their time together came to an end Hudson began seeing Lance Armstrong. At the time a celebrated athlete who has since fallen off his pedestal, Armstrong only dated Hudson for a short period of time.
11 Lenny Kravitz Was Nicole Kidman’s Rebound
Someone who has managed to be in the spotlight for several decades, throughout her lengthy career Nicole Kidman has managed to become an acting icon. Best known for her celebrated work in movies like To Die For, Moulin Rouge!, The Others, and Cold Mountain among others, Kidman has won an Oscar, five Golden Globes, and many other awards.
Married to one of the most famous people in the world, Tom Cruise, during the first several years of her time in the spotlight, after that marriage came to an end Kidman met Lenny Kravitz. Best known for songs like "Are You Gonna Go My Way," "Fly Away," and "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over," Kravitz was very famous in his own right when he and Kidman were a couple.
10 Kid Rock Was Pamela Anderson’s Rebound
The star of a show that became a surprise hit, Pamela Anderson’s time as a part of the show Baywatch helped turn her into one of the most talked about people in the '90s. Also memorable for her part in shows like Home Improvement and V.I.P., on top of movies like Barb Wire and Scary Movie 3, in some ways she has become so well-known that she transcends her resume.
Previously married to Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, after their marriage ended Anderson got involved with Swedish model Marcus Schenkenberg. After that short-lived coupling ended, she moved on with Kid Rock, the rap-rock performer who Anderson got married to. Things just didn't work out between them.
9 Joel Madden Is Nicole Richie’s Rebound
Nicole Richie managed to become famous due to being the adopted daughter of Lionel Richie and one-time best friend of Paris Hilton. Cast as the leads in a “reality” show in which they dealt with regular life for the first time, Nicole and Paris were lovable brats on that show. Since then, Nicole has seemingly grown up a lot, both as an actor and person.
As part of her journey she got engaged to DJ AM before they called off their engagement in 2005. Soon after that, Nicole met and started dating Joel Madden from the band Good Charlotte and they now have two children together and still seem totally smitten with one another.
8 John Mayer Was Jessica Simpson’s Rebound
From one former “reality” show star to another, this time around we are going to look at the love life of the “Irresistible,” “A Little Bit” and “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer, Jessica Simpson. Previously married to her fellow pop star Nick Lachey, their relationship was chronicled on the hit “reality” show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica for two years.
After Lachey and Simpson got a divorce, however, she wound up getting involved with yet another singer, John Mayer, for a while. Hounded by the paparazzi during their time together, Simpson and Mayer’s bond was not able to survive all of the scrutiny and some of his OTT behavior.
7 Sean Penn Was Scarlett Johansson’s Rebound
Already a very accomplished actor before she landed the job of a lifetime, earlier in her career Scarlett Johansson starred in movies like Ghost World, Lost in Translation, Match Point, and The Prestige. Despite her impressive other credits, it seems very likely that Johansson will go down in history for playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first female superhero, The Black Widow.
Previously married to one of Hollywood’s most lovable actors, she and Ryan Reynolds got divorced in 2011 and her next man was far from expected. Briefly involved with the acclaimed actor Sean Penn, from the outside looking in they were an odd pair and clearly, they weren’t meant to last.
6 Kanye West Is Kim Kardashian’s Rebound
Notable as a child because her father was one of OJ Simpson’s lawyers, by the time Kim Kardashian grew up she’d become friends with people like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. Eventually cast at the center of the “reality” show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, since then the Kardashian family has built a business empire that has branched out in a number of ways.
As viewers saw chronicled on KUWTK, at one point Kim had a short romance with basketball player Kris Humphries who she married and then quickly divorced. After those two went their separate ways, Kim rebounded with music producer and rap superstar Kanye West who she also married, had children with, and has remained with ever since.
5 Kat Von D Was Jesse James’s Rebound
From one entry about a “reality” TV star to another, this time around we are looking at the love life of the once-immensely popular man Jesse James. Known for his ability to design and build custom cars and motorcycles, he showed off his skills on the show Monster Garage and he did so well that he went on to be a part of The Celebrity Apprentice.
At the height of his popularity, James began a romance with beloved actor Sandra Bullock, which ended in controversy and divorce because it was revealed that he had been stepping out on her. Not too long after his public fall from grace, James began dating the “reality” show tattoo artist Kat Von D. They even got engaged only to break up a month after he proposed to her.
4 David Spade Was Heather Locklear’s Rebound
Famous for her ability to breathe new life into shows that are on the decline or just need a boost, throughout her career people have loved to watch Heather Locklear on TV. Best known for shows like Dynasty, T. J. Hooker, Melrose Place, and Spin City among many others, Locklear’s long history of success has turned her into an acting legend.
Married to Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora from 1994 until 2007, when that couple suddenly put an end to their marriage it took many by surprise. Speaking of things nobody expected, once Locklear became single she got involved with comedic actor David Spade who has dated many Hollywood beauties.
3 Penelope Cruz Was Tom Cruise’s Rebound
Undoubtedly one of the biggest movie stars of all time, Tom Cruise is the kind of celebrity that loads of people know by name even if they haven’t seen any of his acting work. Best known for movies like the Mission: Impossible series, A Few Good Men, Interview with the Vampire, and Minority Report, the man has starred in many successful films.
As we touched on earlier in this list, Cruise was married to Nicole Kidman for many years, and now it is time to look at the woman he dated after their relationship ended. Co-stars in the movie Vanilla Sky, Cruise and Penélope Cruz clearly hit it off as they radiated chemistry in that film and they went on to become a couple for three years.
2 Vince Vaughn Was Jennifer Aniston’s Rebound
Arguably the biggest star of a sitcom that became an absolute sensation at its height, Jennifer Aniston’s time playing Rachel Green on the show Friends turned her into an international superstar. Able to become a movie star seemingly with ease after that show ended, Aniston has starred in several popular films including Office Space, Bruce Almighty, Horrible Bosses, and We're the Millers.
Unfortunately, Aniston found herself in the middle of a tabloid tornado of attention when her marriage to Brad Pitt ended. On top of that, the attention continued to pour in when Aniston began dating her The Break-Up co-star Vince Vaughn, who she was linked to for nearly two years.
1 Kate Beckinsale Is Pete Davidson’s Rebound
Let’s be frank, when Pete Davidson’s career first began to take off, nobody expected to him to end up in romances with A-List celebrities. Most famous for starring in Saturday Night Live for several years now, Davidson’s other career highlights include stand-up comedy and appearing in various movies and TV shows.
To the surprise of many onlookers, in 2018 word broke that Davidson was dating the singer Ariana Grande and before long the pair decided to walk down the aisle. However, that wedding never came to fruition as they split up. Perhaps even more surprisingly, Davidson then became linked to English actor Kate Beckinsale in early 2019 and at the time of this writing, they remain a couple.