Whenever celebrity couples break up, fans are devastated as they were super invested in those relationships. Like how normal couples split up, celebrity couples break up (and separate and/or divorce for those who are married) for various reasons, which include irreconcilable differences (for married couples), the long-distance factors, infidelity, busy schedules, and/or the relationship running its course, to name a few.
With that being said, here are 10 Celebrity Couples Who We Wish Were Still Together:
1. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling:
Canadian Actors Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling are one of several celebrity couples on this list who have worked together on a film or television project together. The former couple met after both were cast as Allie and Noah respectively in the 2004 classic The Notebook.
Although the two famously didn’t get along with each other on the set of The Notebook, audiences loved their chemistry and practically collapsed at their dramatic kiss after they won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. Fans would be even more thrilled when McAdams and Gosling started dating in 2005 and became one of the most highly publicized celebrity couples when they were together.
The pair were on-and-off-again from 2005-2008. Both have moved on since their breakup: Gosling has been with Eva Mendes (with whom he has two daughters with) since 2011 while McAdams has been with Jamie Linden since 2016 and the two welcomed their first child (a boy) last April. While McAdams and Gosling are happy in their current relationships, their relationship ranks near the top of former celebrity couples that fans wish were still together.
2. Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr:
When they were together, the actor and supermodel were one of Hollywood’s most photographed and beautiful celebrity couples. Bloom and Kerr first became an item in 2007. After the two got married in 2010, they welcomed only child (a boy) in January 2011.
However, their perfect picture relationship wasn’t meant to be as they separated and divorced in 2013. Despite this, the ex-couple remains great friends as they co-parent their son together. Both have since moved on and became part of other current beloved celebrity couples: Bloom with Singer Katy Perry, with whom he just got engaged to earlier this year; and Kerr is currently pregnant with her second child (her third overall though) with Snapchat co-founder/CEO Evan Spiegel, who she married in May 2017.
3. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt:
Of all the celebrity couples that fans wish never broke up and were still together, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt rank near the top of said list. After being set up on a blind date by their agents, Aniston and Pitt started dating in 1998.
When they married in 2000 in a lavish ceremony in Malibu, the two became Hollywood’s hottest couple, in addition to being of the most powerful celebrity couples. However, they separated and divorced in 2005 after Pitt supposedly had an affair with Angelina Jolie, his Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star.
Although the two are no longer together, both Aniston and Pitt have in contact with each other and remained friends. Pitt was even invited and attended Aniston’s 50th birthday bash this past February. Even though Pitt’s divorce with Jolie is in the process of being finalized, fans hope that he and Aniston will get back together and became one of the most beloved celebrity couples again.
4. Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder:
One of the most beloved celebrity couples from the late 1980s to the early 1990s was Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. After the two met at the premiere for the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire!, they began dating each other two months later and eventually got engaged. The two then starred in their only film together: the 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands.
The then-engaged couple was very much in love with each other and their split in 1993 left fans devasted. Depp had his famous “Winona Forever” tattoo changed to “Wino Forever” and years later, Ryder called her split with Depp her “first real breakup, first heartbreak”. While both have had other relationships since fans really wish these two lasted.
5. Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron:
Throughout the three High School Musical films, fans loved with Vanessa Hudgens and Zach Efron, who played the franchise’s lead characters Gabriella Montez and Troy Bolton respectively. Just like how their characters were together throughout the three films, Hudgens and Efron were a couple in real life as well and were together from 2005-2010. When they were together, they were one of the most famous celebrity couples and their relationship was dubbed “Zanessa”. Hudgens later revealed in a 2017 interview, that she has lost all contact with her former co-star and ex.
Since their breakup, Efron has dated several celebrities while Hudgens has been in a relationship with actor Austin Butler since 2011. While Hudgens and Butler are one of the most beloved Celebrity Couples in Hollywood, hard-core High School Musical fans will forever ship Hudgens and Efron.
6. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez:
Justin Bieber happily married Hailey Baldwin in a New York City Courthouse in 2018 and the two just recently remarried again in a second ceremony. There are some fans though who wish that he was still together with Selena Gomez, with who he was in an on-and-off-again relationship with from December 2010 to March 2018.
When Bieber and Gomez were together, they were one of Hollywood’s most-followed and publicized celebrity couples. Fans dubbed their relationship as “Jelena”. Both have released many songs about each other over the years each time they broke up. While Gomez has remained silent on her thoughts of Bieber’s marriage to Baldwin, Bieber famously revealed this past March that he still loves Selena (despite being married to Baldwin) while clapping back at a fan who commented on Instagram that he only married Hailey “to get back at Gomez”.
7. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe:
When the Philippe met Witherspoon at a party for her 21st birthday in March 1997, it was love at first sight as a little over a year later, they got engaged. When Witherspoon and Philippe wed on June 5th, 1999, just a few months after their film Cruel Intentions was released, they became one of Hollywood’s golden celebrity couples.
However, seven years later and two children, the pair divorced. Both remain amicable to each other and are one of the most notable former celebrity couples who remained friends post-breakup.
8. Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus:
Of all the former celebrity couples to make this list, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus are the most recent pair who have split up. Hemsworth and Cyrus have been together for almost a decade despite several breakups (one of which lasted three years before getting back together again.
The two first met in 2009 during the auditions for the 2010 film The Last Song, where they played each other’s love interests. The couple started dating after production for The Last Song ended and were engaged from May 2012 to September 2013 before calling things off. However, Hemsworth and Cyrus rekindled their relationship in March 2016 and ultimately got re-engaged in June of that same year. The couple secretly wed on December 23, 2018, in a private ceremony at their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
However, fans were stunned when the couple announced their separation on August 10th, 2019, and were left heartbroken when Hemsworth filed for divorce just 11 days later. Despite being together for almost a decade, the pair’s marriage lasted only eight months. One of Cyrus’s most recent posts on Instagram has everyone wondering if she’s shading her soon-to-be ex-husband.
9. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett:
The comedians are also among the celebrity couples that fans wish were still together. The two have worked on several projects together which include a few episodes of Arrested Development and the films Blades of Glory, Monsters vs. Aliens, and Spring Breakdown, to name a few.
After nine years of marriage (the two got married in 2003) and two sons, fans were devastated when they separated in 2012, with the divorce being finalized in 2016. The fact that both were funny, talented, and extremely down-to-earth people makes fans wish they were still together.
10. Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson:
The two former stars of the Teen Drama The O.C. were cute and had so much chemistry on and off-screen. On The O.C, their characters Seth Cohen (Brody) and Summer Roberts (Bilson) ended up together and became one of TV’s most beloved couples ever. Fans were delighted when Brody and Bilson started dating each other in real life. The two were together from 2003 to 2006.
Both have since moved on: Brody is currently married to Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester and the two have a daughter together. Meanwhile, Bilson has a daughter with Star Wars star Hayden Christensen, who she co-starred with in the 2008 film Jumper. Bilson and Christensen were together from 2007-2017.
Which of these 10 former Celebrity Couples do you wish were still together? Be sure to let us know which ones down below in the comments section!
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