The 11 Most Devastating Celeb Breakups Of The 2010s That Totally Broke Us
There’s no doubt that the last decade brought some high-profile romances that epitomize #couplegoals (looking at you, Ashley Benson and Cara Delevigne) but for every happily ever after there was also a broken heart. The most devastating celeb breakups of the 2010s are the ones we didn’t see coming. And TBH, I’m still not over many of them.
When two stars we ship split, it’s often shocking because you’re only privy to their flawless red carpet photos and their perfectly curated social media feeds, so you don’t see what’s really going on behind closed doors. Just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you don’t get irritated because your partner stops texting you back in a timely manner, or keeps “liking” some random model’s Instagram post. In other words, it’s important to keep in mind that A-listers face many of the same relationship challenges that normal folks do and to add to the pressure, they have to deal with all of them in the spotlight.
From brief but serious romances (see: Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s short-lived engagement) to on-and-off-again couples (like Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick) and other long-term relationships (long live #Jelena), the 2010s were packed with brutal breakups. Grab a box of tissues, fam — ‘cause we’re about to take a trip down memory lane and mourn some favorite former pairings.
Zayn Malik & Gigi Hadid
From the moment Gigi Hadid made an appearance in Zayn Malik’s music video for "Pillowtalk,” (and the two promptly engaged in flirty Twitter and IG exchanges), fans were eagerly awaiting for them to become a couple IRL. And eventually, they made those wishes came true, heating up the Met Gala red carpet together in April 2016 and moving in together in 2017, among other major milestones.
But those dreams were crushed in March 2018, when each star confirmed their split on social media. The duo appeared to be hanging again that summer into the fall, but by January of 2019, it was reported that they were taking time apart. As of now, Malik and Hadid seem to be in contact, but with no plans to get back together as a couple. (*Secretly crosses fingers for a miracle*)
Anna Faris & Chris Pratt
On Aug. 6, 2017, Pratt and Faris shocked the world when they announced that they were splitting up. Honestly, did anyone see this coming? Throughout their eight-year marriage, this goofball couple made hearts melt time and time again — whether it was because they shared a weird love of collecting dead bugs, posting adorable pics together on social media, or gushing about each other in interviews.
Now, both have moved on — Pratt is married to Katherine Schwarzenegger, Faris is dating cinematographer Michael Barrett — and they’ve been co-parenting their son Jack like total pros. Still, it’s safe to say no one was OK when they announced the end of their seemingly rock-solid relationship.
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
If these two Step Up co-stars can’t make it, who can? It’s a legitimate question, you guys. In April 2018, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan announced their split in a statement via People, which read, “Absolutely nothing has changed about how much we love one another, but love is a beautiful adventure that is taking us on different paths for now. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision — just two best-friends realizing it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives as possible." Talk about heartbreaking.
Clearly, it wasn’t an easy decision for the couple, who were married for nine years and share a daughter, Everly. Both of them seem to have happily moved forward, though, as Dewan is expecting her second baby with boyfriend Steve Kazee, and Tatum has been dating Jessie J since October 2018.
Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner
When TMZ dropped the bomb on Oct. 1, 2019, that Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott had parted ways after two years together, the world was stunned — in part because the duo had just been featured in the September 2019 Playboy issue discussing their super active sex life, and looked like a super tight fam with daughter Stormi at the Aug. 27 premiere of Travis’ Netflix documentary.
A source told Us Weekly on Oct. 28 that it doesn’t look like they’ll be reconciling any time soon because they have “differing objectives and two different lives.” And they seem to be more concerned with parenting Stormi than their resolving their romantic differences. On Oct. 3, Jenner tweeted: “Travis and I are on great terms and our main focus right now is Stormi. Our friendship and our daughter is priority.”
Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield
Once upon a time, two on-screen lovebirds got together and pursued a relationship so freaking adorable that it was impossible not to cheer them on. Yes, I’m talking about Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man co-stars). And when they broke it off in October 2015 after four years of dating, fans were obviously crushed.
Stone and Garfield continued to serve up cruel glimmers of false hope when they were spotted repeatedly hanging out the following summer. Rumors continued flaring up time and again that the two might be getting back together. But all hope was lost when Stone got engaged to Saturday Night Live’s Dave McCary in December 2019.
Bella Hadid & The Weeknd
With so many breakups and makeups over the years, it’s been pretty tough to keep track of whether these two or together or not. But there’s something slightly reassuring about knowing that this on-again, off-again relationship always seems to have a chance of reigniting.
It all started when they were seen flirting up a storm at Coachella in April 2015. Before long, they were attending Fashion Week and celebrating birthdays together. Bella Hadid even appeared in The Weeknd’s music video for “In the Night,” and she was by his side for support when he won two Grammys in 2016. People first reported that the couple parted ways in November 2016, but reunited around April 2018. They appeared to be going strong over the next year but broke up again in August 2019. (Quit playing games with my heart, why don’t you?) The good news is, The Weeknd was seen celebrating with Hadid at her 23rd birthday party in October 2019, which obviously sparked rumors that they might be getting back together. Only time will tell, fam.
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
Twilight fans went into a full-on tizzy when they found out that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s on-screen chemistry had fueled an off-screen relationship. In a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, Stewart even admitted that Pattinson was her first love.
Sadly, the stars broke up in 2012, after photos surfaced of Stewart kissing director Ruper Sanders, and Stewart made a public apology about the cheating scandal. To fans’ delight, she and Pattinson did appear to reconcile for a bit — just in time for the final Twilight film’s premiere — but only to then split for good in 2013.
Apparently, however, the Twilight stars are still on good terms, so that’s at least a tad reassuring. They were even spotted chatting outside of a party in June of 2018. But before you start fantasizing about their potential future together, note that Stewart is now dating the bad*ss female screenwriter Dylan Meyer, and Pattinson is reportedly still seeing Suki Waterhouse.
Taylor Kinney & Lady Gaga
Admittedly, I nearly lost all faith that love exists after Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney called off their engagement. This Hollywood power couple seemed to have a powerful bond, and dang, did they look beautiful together.
When Kinney popped the question on Valentine’s Day in 2015, the future looked bright for these two. But in July of 2016, Gaga shared via Instagram that she and Kinney were taking a break, adding that they "have always believed we are soulmates," and urging fans to root them on. Soon after, it was confirmed that the two had ended their engagement, and they never did get back together.
In the 2017 documentary "Gaga: Five Foot Two," Gaga revealed that taking on the role in A Star Is Born was likely what led to their demise. For anyone who saw her stellar performance in the film, it’s safe to say that she made the right choice in taking the opportunity. So, if there’s any takeaway here, it’s that you should never have to choose between a relationship and professional success and fulfillment.
Idina Menzel & Taye Diggs
This Broadway power couple met in 1996 while starring in Rent, and clearly, they built quite a strong relationship — because their marriage lasted nearly 11 years. So, when they split in December 2013, fans were understandably wrecked.
Both stars have since moved on in other relationships, and their top priority seems to be co-parenting their son, Walker. And in 2017, Menzel tied the knot with Aaron Lohr, her (and Diggs’) co-star from the 2005 film adaptation of Rent.
Sam Smith & Brandon Flynn
In June 2018, Sam Smith and 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn called it quits after nine blissful months together. TBH, I still have so many questions (a girl needs closure, am I right?) but a source told Page Six that it didn’t work out because they were both super busy with their careers.
Even though it lasted less than a year, this relationship was a big deal in that it was Smith’s first public romance. In an interview with The Times, he revealed that it ended amicably and that he still believes Flynn is “wonderful.” (My heart, y’all.) At least Smith’s pain hasn’t been in vain — in fact, it seems to have inspired some fire breakup ballads. "Alexa: Play ‘Too Good at Goodbyes.’"
Miley Cyrus & Liam Hemsworth
Miley Cyrus has been looking cozy AF with Cody Simpson these days, which suggests she’s over her former relationship with Liam Hemsworth — but I can’t say I am. This Hollywood couple had the best meet-cute story ever: They connected on the set of The Last Song in 2009, fell in love, and then were on and off for years. But when they finally tied the knot in December of 2018, it appeared that this on-screen couple would get their off-screen happily ever after.
So, naturally, fans were stunned when People published an announcement about Cyrus and Hemsworth’s separation, which stated: “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.” This news broke mere hours after photos were released of Cyrus and pal Kaitlynn Carter engaging in some PDA (obviously sparking speculation of a summer fling). Hemsworth filed for divorce on Aug. 21, but posted on IG that he wishes Cyrus “nothing but health and happiness going forward.” And one day after the divorce made headlines, Cyrus posted the following on IG: “I love Liam and always will." Ugh, I’m not crying — you’re crying.
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