Did you know these stars were once a couple?
We've forgotten about many celebrity romances - either because time past, because the protagonists did not appear much in front of cameras, or because the relationship was brief. This is the case of Kim Kardashian and basketball player Kris Humphries. They dated for 10 months and then got married in August 2011. For Kardashian, it was her second wedding. On October 31, 72 days after the big day, they broke up. And that's probably why few people remember this couple anymore.
They met during the shooting of 'The Devil's Advocate' (1997) and then again in 'Sweet November' (2001). In 2011, after a year of rumours, their relationship was confirmed but it only lasted a few months after that.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie have been the most visible lovers in Brad Pitt's life, but there have been others. Many will not remember that in the early nineties, Juliette Lewis and Brad Pitt were a couple. She was 16 and he was 26. Having recorded 'Kalifornia' together, some of her bad habits allegedly led to a break-up.
Back in 2002, Jake Gyllenhaal and Kirsten Dunst were two of the industry's most successful actors and together they made a perfect couple. Few remember their courtship, because it didn't last long, really.
In Gwyneth Paltrow's long love history, there is one chapter dedicated to the actor Luke Wilson. The two lived a passionate romance of more or less a year after meeting in the shooting of 'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001). Paltrow said in an interview that she liked him because he was tall and muscular, and that he was a great kisser.
Jim Carrey became one of the most important men in Renée Zellweger's life between 1999 and 2000. They coincided in the film 'Me, myself and Irene' and he was hooked on her. Renée had made it a principle to not date colleagues, so Carrey had to work hard for her to change her mind. According to the media, Zellweger asked Carrey to marry him in Hawaii, but he said no, so the relationship ended.
It happened in 2004. He was one of the hottest guys thanks to the Backstreet Boys and she was one of the richest and most famous heiresses in the United States. They appeared the perfect American couple, but according to the singer in 2013 in his biography, Paris led him to one of his darkest moments. He became dependent on certain substances and suffered from mistrust and many arguments.
Millennials will not remember that the protagonist of 'Pretty Woman' and Cindy Crawford had a relationship of almost six years. They met in 1988 at a barbecue organized by photographer Herb Ritts, fell in love and got married in Las Vegas. However, as Crawford later confessed, the age difference eventually took its toll. He was seventeen years older.
It was in 2001 that they started dating, having met through mutual friends. They split up in 2006, but came to work together on the films 'Cellular' and 'London'.
From 1999 to 2003, Cameron Diaz and Jared Leto were a couple. Their dazzling careers did not leave them much time to share, however. Diaz was shooting 'Charlie's Angels' (2000) and Leto was focused on his band 30 Seconds to Mars.
This relationship was confirmed in 2008 after a period of rumours. It ended in late 2010. For Jake it was allegedly a tough break-up, because he thought Reese was the love of his life.
The Swiss actor of Spanish and German descent was dating Carla Bruni in 1993. But then Mick Jagger crossed her path.
They started dating in 1999 and were together for two years. During this time they were seen posing on the occasional red carpet. An example was this picture at the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, where JLo wore a memorable green Versace dress.
Everything started during the filming of 'You, Me and Dupree' (2006) and they spent a few months dating, but it seems that Wilson's unrestrained lifestyle turned her off. Hudson took refuge in the arms of Dax Shepard, causing Wilson to fall into a severe depression.
They met during the filming of 'Four Brothers' in 2004. Tom Cruise's unauthorised biography (by Andrew Morton) says that the actor regarded Vergara as his future wife before he ended up marrying Katie Holmes. Sofia did not take the relationship any further, though, because of religious reasons. The Colombian actress thought she would go to hell if she married the famous actor, several media have reported.
In 2017, in the middle of the promotion of 'Big Little Lies' with Nicole Kidman, the actress admitted that she had been engaged to the father of 'BLL' co-star Zoë Kravitz in 2003. In other words, she almost married Lenny Kravitz back then. In the image we see her at an awards ceremony in Nashville (Tennessee) with her ex Kravitz and her current husband Keith Urban.
They coincided in the shooting of 'Just Married' (2003) and fell madly in love, although an alleged infidelity of his ended their brief history. Altogether it lasted a few months.
Perhaps the most famous man in Selena Gomez's life is Justin Bieber, but there have been other stars among her lovers. An example is the actor from 'Twilight,' Taylor Lautner, with whom she dated for a while in 2010. Apparently everything was going very well between them but they broke up because of media pressure.
Lautner also dated Taylor Swift for a while. They met on the set of 'Valentine's Day'. Things didn't go very far and they limited the fling to a few months (August to December 2009). "It was a nice time," Lautner recalls in Entertainment Tonight. "We had fun together for a few months."
Salma Hayek and Edward Norton had a four-year relationship (1999-2003). Their public appearances were few, as they preferred not to expose themselves to the cameras, which is why their considerable dating history has probably been forgotten by many.
It was 2002 when an established Sandra Bullock was filming 'Murder by Numbers' with a college-age Ryan Gosling (22 years) as a supporting actor. They fell in love and were together for about a year. Allegedly, they broke up because he was too immature for her, but Ryan Gosling later confessed in an interview that Bullock was "the best girlfriend you can have."
Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise are a familiar ex-duo, but the Spanish actress's liaison with Matthew McConaughey is less known. They fell in love during the filming of 'Sahara' in 2005 and were happy until Camila Alves crossed their path and snatched McConaughey away from Cruz.
So perfect is the relationship of Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth, her current husband and the father of three children, that some might forget that the Spanish actress was once dating another famous Hollywood actor: Adrien Brody. They had met in Madrid in 2006 when he shot the film 'A Matador's Mistress' with Penelope Cruz. The relationship lasted three years.
According to journalist Juliet Macur in the book 'Cycle of lies. The Fall of Lance Armstrong', the notorious cyclist had a relationship with Ashley Olsen when he was 36 and she 21. It came to nothing, though, and he started dating Kate Hudson after that.
Before being with Brooke Shields, Agassi was dating Babra Streisand for a while. She was 28 years older than him. Everything seemed to be going well until, according to some media reports, he simply stopped calling her. Nowadays we would call that 'ghosting.'
Brief was the romance of Kaley Cuoco and Henry Cavill in 2013. It barely lasted a few weeks. As she later confessed, they broke it off because of media pressure and jealousy.
It was in 2002 when they appeared together at the 44th Grammy Awards. Since then, there was much speculation about a possible affair. And it seems, as the protagonists themselves have shown in various interviews over the years, that something did happen between them. However, it lasted only a minute.
They met at Drew Barrymore's birthday party in 2002 and later became engaged. But it all ended in 2007, and it never became clear why.
They shot 'Excalibur' (1981) together and both Liam and Helen felt butterflies in their bellies. They were together for four years.
Macaulay Culkin and Mila Kunis were together for 8 years when they broke things off in 2010. It is not clear what happened, but Mila did acknowledge in the Armchair Expert podcast in 2018 that it was all her fault.