19 Celebrity Couples Who Broke Your Heart When They Broke Up

For better or worse, the world has always had a downright obsession with celebrity couples. After all, we document every little bit of gossip about them, we share photographs of them in intimate situations, and sometimes we end up truly devastated when they split. But why do we get so involved? Is it because we just love to see a romantic melodrama play out in real life as well as on the screen? Who knows, but it’s a fact that fans put an awful lot of investment into these 19 Hollywood romances – and, sadly, ended up bitterly heartbroken in the end.

19. Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton –  the first couple of Goth – seemed like they’d last forever. But alas, it wasn’t to be. After 13 years and two children, this talented couple split in 2014. And now, all that their fans have left to console them are the nine films they made together.

18. Brad Pitt and Thandie Newton

Long before Brangelina, there was… Brandie? In 1994 Brad Pitt met up-and-coming actress Thandie Newton on the set of Interview with the Vampire, and the pair dated for a year. They made a gorgeous and well-liked couple, but as we all know, it didn’t last.

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17. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin were married for 10 years – an eternity in the celebrity world. Plus, they had two very cute (if strangely named) children together. And so when they decided to “consciously uncouple” in 2014, fans were devastated.

16. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel

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Fans of the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire were delighted to find that leads Dev Patel and Freida Pinto were dating in real life. And the pair continued to date for six whole years – before suddenly parting ways in 2014. However, they remained firm friends, which was some consolation.

15. Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards appeared to be the ideal celeb relationship. After all, it was a member of a famous boy band and a member of a famous girl band hooking up and even getting engaged. So for four years, right up until 2015, everything seemed perfect – and then he dumped her. And to make matters worse, apparently it was via text.

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14. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears

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Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were one of the biggest couples of the early ’00s, and dating increased both of their profiles. But by 2002 it was all over – and then it got ugly. Indeed, Timberlake told the world that he’d slept with Spears, leaving her (and her fans) betrayed and upset.

13. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon

The relationship between actors Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon was a marriage in everything but name: it lasted all the way from 1988 to 2009, and they had two children together. And so when they announced their separation, the public were stunned.

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12. Courteney Cox and David Arquette

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Courteney Cox married David Arquette at the height of her Friends fame, and for a while everything seemed to be going fine. They even had a daughter together, Coco, whose godmother was Cox’s Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston. And then suddenly in 2010 the high-profile couple called time on their relationship. They officially divorced in 2013.

11. Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet were the coolest couple of the late ’80s. Yes, their relationship began with an elopement in 1987, and then Bonet gave birth to daughter Zoe in 1988. Unfortunately, things soon things started going downhill. Then in 1993, amid rumors of infidelity, they split. But they’ve since remained good friends.

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10. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber were always one of those drama-free, non-flashy Hollywood couples who you could definitely picture lasting forever. But alas, they didn’t. After 11 years together, and the birth of sons Sasha and Samuel, they split in September 2016.

9. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

“I never thought I would have babies with someone and then get divorced,” Mariah Carey told Complex in 2016 after her divorce from Nick Cannon was finalized. But that was exactly what she had done; the pair announced their separation in 2014 after six years together.

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8. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling

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Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling co-starred in one of the most romantic movies ever, The Notebook. And so fans of the film were thrilled when it came out that they were dating in reality, too. But their delight fizzled out in 2008 when the on-off couple parted ways for good.

7. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Needless to say, Brad Pitt’s had a lot of girlfriends. But Jennifer Aniston was supposed to be the last of them – he married her in 2000, and everything was right with the world for a while. But then came 2005, Angelina Jolie and the depressing end of a golden couple.

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6. Heidi Klum and Seal

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Heidi Klum and Seal used to annually celebrate their 2005 marriage with an extravagant renewal ceremony. It was one of the many things fans liked about them – but unfortunately there won’t be any more. Yes, the pair went their separate ways in 2012, and then it came out that Seal had never really enjoyed the ceremonies anyway.

5. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Songstress Taylor Swift has left a long trail of broken hearts and breakups behind her, but perhaps Scottish DJ Calvin Harris was destined to be the one? Well no, as it turns out. Despite an army of fans rooting for them, the musical couple parted ways in a drama-laden breakup during June 2016.

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4. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett

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Nobody in a million years ever thought nine-years-married Amy Poehler and Will Arnett would split. However, in 2012 the couple revealed their relationship had come to an end. “Getting a divorce really sucks,” Poehler wrote later, and the whole world agreed with her.

3. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore

It’s a sign of just how invested people were in the Bruce Willis/Demi Moore relationship that even 16 years after their divorce, there’s still the occasional rumor that they might get back together. They almost certainly won’t though. After all, the couple may have spent 11 years together, but it’s definitely over.

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2. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson

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The relationship between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson made the hearts of teenage girls everywhere positively explode. Edward and Bella, the star-crossed Twilight characters, together in real life! But it lasted only from 2008 till 2014, and there was some very public infidelity on Stewart’s part that briefly made her a hate target.

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – dubbed “Brangelina” by the media – were the supercouple for almost 12 years. Even though their getting together in 2005 had apparently left Pitt’s ex Jennifer Aniston heartbroken, a few years later everybody loved them. Until 2016, that is, when they divorced and left the public reeling.

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