What is it about celebrities and their relationships that fascinates us so? Why do we care so much? They’re complete strangers, people we’ve never met and probably never will, and who they decide to get romantically involved with has zero impact on our lives. And yet, we do care. When we see that sparkling chemistry between two celebs we cannot help ourselves but root for them to get together. We ship them, as kids today would say. And when they break up, they break our hearts as well, because as silly as it may sound we get emotionally invested in their relationships and in their happiness. It’s quite a strange phenomenon.
This year has yielded a lot of very surprising and unexpected breakups. Here are 16 of them, courtesy of Diply.
1. Selena Gomez and The Weeknd
Selena and The Weeknd dated for about ten months. During that time, every now and again the former Disney star would post updates about the romance on her social media. Things seemed to be going pretty well. But, finally they decided to call it quits, and Selena seems to have gone back with her ex-boyfriend, singer Justin Bieber.
Instagram | @selenagomez
2. Fergie and Josh Duhamel
Former Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie and her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, announced their separation back in September. The couple have been married for eight years, and they have a 4-year-old son. They released a statement that read: “We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.”
Instagram | @fergie
3. Theresa and Larry Caputo
We know Theresa and Larry from the reality TV series Long Island Medium. After 10 seasons of the show, and after 28 years of marriage and two children, the pair have split. It seems that the reality TV setting isn’t very conductive towards a successful marriage.
Instagram | @theresacaputo
4. Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres
The actor couple initiated the dissolution of their marriage last fall, but the announcement came this year. Fishburne and Torres got married in 2002 and they have a ten-year-old daughter named Delilah.
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5. Kylie Jenner and Tyga
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star confirmed she was dating rapper Tyga in March 2015. But things apparently didn’t work out as they broke up this April. Kylie spoke about the split on the KUWTK spin-off show, Life of Kylie. She said, “There was no crazy fight, we just decided…Well, I decided that I’m really young.” Nowadays, she is allegedly expecting a baby with rapper Travis Scott, though the pregnancy is yet to be confirmed officially.
6. Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
You can always count on the Kardashians to deliver your daily dose of drama. Rob Kardashian’s breakup with model Blac Chyna was a very public affair. They got married only three months after they started dating in January 2016, and a month later revealed they were expecting a baby. Their daughter, Dream, was born in November, and the following month the couple split. However, they got back together a few days later, only to break up for good in February 2017.
7. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
This was probably the most shocking celeb split this year. The actors released a joint statement, saying, “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much, and for his sake, we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward.”
8. Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis
The actor and his wife of 22 years separating was just as surprising. McGregor is now apparently dating Mary Elizabeth Winstead, his Fargo co-star, whom he was spotted kissing back in October, before splitting from his wife.
Instagram | @mcgregor_ewan
9. Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga
Singer Jennifer Hudson and ex-professional wrestler David Otunga have been together since 2008 and they have an 8-year-old son. This year, they announced their separation, and Jennifer even got a protective order against her ex-fiance. However, she decided to drop the order, and Otunga was granted primary custody over the child, seeing as the singer is constantly on the road.
Instagram | @iamjhud| Instagram | @davidotunga
10. Chris Evans and Jenny Slate
Chris Evans and Jenny Slate dated for less than a year before breaking up in early 2017. They seemed like a great couple, but apparently they were too different. The comedian opened up about the split, explaining that their lifestyles simply differed too much, as Chris was “Captain America,” and she was “mostly a cartoon”.
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11. Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson
Another couple of actors separating took a lot of people by surprise. Christensen and Bilson spent ten years together and have one daughter, but they decided to go each their own way. Reportedly, the O.C. actress is now living in Los Angeles, and Star Wars‘s Anakin now resides in Toronto.
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12. Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
Jesse Williams, best known for his role on Grey’s Anatomy, and his wife filed for divorce this April. The couple, who got married in 2012, was granted joint legal custody of their two children.
Instagram | @ijessewilliams
13. Lea DeLaria and Chelsea Fairless
The star of Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria apparently split amicably from her partner Chelsea Fairless. The actress herself admitted that the pair were still on friendly terms and would remain in each other’s lives.
Instagram | @realleadelaria
14. Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
Comedy superstar Ben Stiller and his wife of 17 years, actress Christine Taylor, decided to separate. They said, “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends.”
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15. Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert
Hayley Williams, Paramore’s lead singer, and the lead guitarist of rock band New Found Glory, Chad Gilbert, were married for a little over a year, before putting an end to their relationship. While their fans were certainly disappointed, the pair revealed that they planned to stay as friends “who are good in each other’s eyes,” as they wrote in a statement.
16. Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac
The Avengers actress filed for divorce from the French journalist in March this year. However, they also intend to remain on friendly terms and raise their daughter “in a loving and compassionate environment.”