Celebrity break-ups often cite the ‘pressure of intense spotlight’, ‘distance apart’ or ‘conscious uncoupling’. But for whatever the reason, the make-ups and break-ups are splashed all over tabloids.
Scroll through the list below for a few couples you may have forgot once used to be together …
1. Angelica Houston and Jack Nicholson.
Angelica Houston met and fell for Jack Nicholson at a party at his house. It was 1971, she was 21 and it was the beginning of a very tumultuous relationship.
"In the overture to our relationship, Jack sent mixed messages. Alternately, he would ask me to stick around or would not call when he said he would. At one point, he told me he had decided that we should cool it, and followed that up with a call suggesting we dine together," Houston wrote in her memoir.
Their on again-off again relationship ended 16 years later in 1989, when Nicholson announced that another woman, Rebecca Broussard, was having his baby.
2. Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford.
Cindy Crawford admitted to Oprah in 2013 that it was the age gap in that ultimately ended her four-year marriage to Richard Gere. "It's hard to do that, it's hard to change in a relationship, because what one person might have signed up for, all of a sudden, you're not that anymore." The couple met when Crawford was 21 and Gere was 38.
3. Sean Penn and Madonna.
Sean Penn and Madonna wed in 1985 at what was the start of a toxic four-year marriage. Madge has previously said that Penn "destroyed her with his taste for drinking, moods and pornography". They were dubbed the 'Poison Penns'. He allegedly tied her to a chair and beat her. Another time, he hit her in the head with a baseball bat, and incident which landed Madonna in hospital.
4. Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock.
Ryan Gosling has said (before meeting Eva Mendes, with whom he has a daughter, Esmerelda) that Sandra Bullock and another former flame, Rachel McAdams, were the "greatest girlfriend's of all time" and he "didn't know how anyone could top them".
5. Michael Jackson and Tatum O'Neal.
The late King of Pop's first relationship was with the Paper Moon Oscar winner. He was 17 at the time and she just 12. O'Neal has said in previous interviews that they were never lovers, "I was just 12 and not at all ready for a real-life encounter ... Michael, who was sweating profusely, seemed as intimidated as I was. He jumped up nervously and said, 'Uh... gotta go.'"
6. Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
SJP and Robert Downey Jr met and fell for one another on the set of 1984's highly forgettable film, Firstborn. They dated for seven years, but the relationship began to unravel after Downey's substance abuse escalated. "I was so selfish," Downey told Parade in 2008. "I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn't jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is."