This article is a list of and triva to 10 celebrity couples who broke up. It features Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Garner, Michael Vartan and more.
People break up all the time. It is even harder for celebrity couples to sustain healthy and long relationships as they also have to worry about being in the spotlight all the time. Still, when the rooted for on-screen couple becomes a real life couple, the romantic side of rock prevails or a celebrity couple keeps going strong for a long time, you might expect that they are to last. Here are 10 couples that might have made you think they were for ever.
1. Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
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Brad Pitt never seemed to have a type when it came to his girlfriends, apart from the fact that they were all actresses. Otherwise, it is hard to find something in common between Juliette Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow, who both dated Pitt at some point. They co-starred with him in a movie, got romanced by Pitt and he even matched them in style. But when Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt met, it was a match made in heaven. Aniston wouldn’t be in the shadow of Pitt, as she was primarily a TV actress at the time- and probably one of the most famous, starring in Friends. Brad Pitt had acquired both commercial and critical success in Hollywood and they both seemed ready to settle down. They got married in 2000 and got divorced in 2005. What happened? I suspect you already know.
2. Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins
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Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins were a perfect match: they were both very talented actors and politically on the same page. They met during the making of Bull Durham in 1988. Bull Durham was a romantic comedy set around a bunch of baseball players and a woman who loved both the sport and the players. The male leads were Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins. It was Tim who got the girl in real life. They didn’t get married but they had two children together, made the impressive drama Dead Man Walking together- starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn- directed by Tim Robbins and to many, they were the perfect couple. Until 2009, that is. Did you expect a break-up after 21 years?
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Above: Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins in a scene from Bull Durham
3. Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan
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Jennifer Garner became a star with her TV series Alias. It was the big J. J. Abrams hit before he made Lost. The show was a successful combination of action/drama/mystery/thriller and Garner played the smart, beautiful, emotional yet deadly double-agent Sydney Bristow. Michael Vartan played her CIA handler Michael Vaughn and because she was a double agent, it would be extremely dangerous, even lethal, for them to hook up. However their relationship quickly became one of the most emotional, intense and powerful relationships on the screen- even before their characters hooked up. Since these two actors played soulmates on the screen, it was not a surprise to the fans when they started dating in real life. But as it turned out, Jennifer and Michael’s relationship wasn’t as strong as Sydney and Vaughn’s, as the couple broke up around the same time Jennifer Garner started filming Daredevil with Ben Affleck, who she married in 2005.
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Above: Jennifer Garner's Sydney Bristow and Michael Vartan's Michael Vaugn kiss for the first time in Alias.
4. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
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Having met on the set of Days of Thunder (1990), they were inseparable between the years 1990 and 2001. They got married in 1990 and divorced in 2001. So when a couple this successful and glamorous makes it work for 11 years, fans expected them to go for another couple of 11 years. However the magic ended and according to the rumors, it had a lot to do with Tom Cruise’s increasing fascination with scientology.
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Above: Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman from a scene in Days of Thunder.
5. Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz
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Penelope Cruz and Tom Cruise met on the set of Vanilla Sky. They were romantically involved in the film and soon life imitated art. They were inseparable for 3 years, happily showing up at events, living and vacationing together. Even their surnames sounde alike and Penélope didn’t seem that bothered with scientology. But this couple made it work for only 3 years.
6. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
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They met on the set of Cruel Intentions, the modern adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons. They got married in 1999 and had two children. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe were young, pretty, popular and in demand. However this lasted until Ryan cheated on Reese.
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7. Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal
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Reese met Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Rendition and she was yet again a part of a popular, glamorous and talented pair. They dated for about 2 years. They were spotted everywhere together and Jake seemed to love hanging around her kids. The rumor is, Reese wasn’t ready to marry again, Jake wanted to get married and that was it.
8. Demi Moore and Bruce Willis
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Demi Moore and Bruce Willis were one of the hottest couples in Hollywood for 11 years. They were both very famous, rich and household names as actors. They had three children together and seemed to be getting along fabulously. However the marriage ended in 2000. In 2005, Demi married a newer generation Hollywood star, Ashton Kutcher. So far, they seem like the perfect 21st century family as Ashton is on good terms with both Bruce Willis and their three kids.
9. Heather Locklear and Richie Sambora
Heather Locklear’s first marriage was to another rocker, Tommy Lee - the drummer of Motley Crue. She showed that she hadn’t given up on rockers when she married Bon Jovi lead-guitarist/co-songwriter Richie Sambora in 1994. They had a kid together and all seemed great until rumors about Richie Sambora cheating on Heather came out. The couple got divorced in 2007.
10. Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke
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It is not just the heels. Uma is really taller. Ethan Hawke0 stands at 5' 10½" (1.79 m) where as Uma is 6' (1.83 m).
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke met on the set of the sci-fi movie Gattaca. They got married in 1998. According to IMDB, Ethan Hawke had to propose twice before Uma accepted. They had two children and lived happily ever after until 2004. They got divorced after Ethan Hawke cheated. Ethan Hawke said that he was seriously depressed after they broke up.