7 Celebrity Breakups You Still Can't Get Over, From Scarlett & Ryan To Britney & Justin
Hollywood is a magical place, don't you think? The glitz and glamour of showbiz that surrounds our favorite celebrities seems like a dream come true, but that's not always the case. One thing that doesn't tend to fare so well in Hollywood is love. Sure, the stars can sing about it on their albums or tell the greatest romance stories on screen, but when it comes to real life, celebrity status seems to hurt rather than help relationships. Take Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds, for instance. Their marriage lasted only three short years, from 2008 to 2011, and Johansson finally opened up this week about how difficult she found the experience. Both have moved on to new relationships, but man — love is tough for everyone, but famous people seem to have it even worse, if that's possible.
Given how obsessed our culture is with celebrity, it's no surprise that despite the fact that we don't actually know these people, we end up invested in their relationships. When I see people get together that I think are well-suited (looking at you, Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs!), I enthusiastically cheer them on, and when the relationship ends, I'm pretty bummed. Not in a "I'm calling out of work and crying myself to sleep" kind of way, but, you know, appropriately and not-crazily sorta disappointed. You get where I'm coming from, right?
Here are 7 couples whose relationships I'm still taking pretty hard.
Justin Timberlake & Britney Spears
Is there anyone who isn't still mourning this pairing? Here's something you may not believe: they only actually dated for THREE YEARS. They got together in 1999 and by 2002, Timberlake was singing 'Cry Me A River' and rumors that Spears had cheated on him were running rampant. They may have moved on to new relationships (and babies!), but I'll always hold a soft spot in my heart for these two.
Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt
Is it weird that I'm still sad about these two breaking up, despite the fact that I absolutely love the Jolie-Pitt family? I can't help myself — I'm a early 2000s purist and their marriage was one of the showbiz romance highlights of the decade. It lasted from 2000 until 2005 and obviously they're both happy with other people now, but man... this one was rough.
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez
If you didn't love Bennifer, I don't know what's wrong with you. They only dated for about 18 months, but it was a pretty intense relationship since they became engaged in that short time. It ended in 2004, making way for Affleck to move on to Jennifer Garner and Lopez to move on to Marc Anthony, which is great and all, but it still kinda sucked when these two broke up.
Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins
Uh, has there ever been a celebrity breakup that's made you question whether love really exists more than this one? They were together for an incredible 23 years, which is practically an eternity, particularly in Hollywood years, and it was a shock to everyone when they split in 2009. The world will never be the same. RIP, Sarandon/Robbins. I still think about you wistfully every day.
Russell Brand & Katy Perry
I was as shocked as anyone when Katy Perry and Russell Brand together. After all, they're from two completely different worlds and had entirely different personalities... or so it seemed. When I really thought about it, they were kinda perfect for each other, so I thought it was super sweet when they got hitched in India in October 2010... only to be divorced by early 2012. I still want to believe that no one did anything underhanded here and it was just a case of bad timing, because I'll be really sad if that's not the case. Oh, what am I talking about? I'm sad anyway!
Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling
Please don't get me started on the McAdams/Gosling pairing. I still live for The Notebook because it's another chance to see them back together. There were even rumors back in 2013 that they were going to give it another go, though that never panned out, much to my chagrin. The fact that these two didn't work out is an absolute travesty.
Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon
They had a long and wonderful 8 year marriage from 1999 to 2007 after they met at Witherspoon's 21st birthday party in 1997. They have two kids together and are still friendly, but they just weren't able to keep things going, and for that, I think we all need to bow our heads and say a word of prayer.