Did they REALLY date? From Sinitta and Brad Pitt to Cher and Tom Cruise the most surprising celebrity couples revealed
Emily In Paris fans were shocked to discover Kerry Katona had previously dated Lucien Laviscount.
The Atomic Kitten star, 42, praised the ‘talented and charming’ actor, 30, as she responded to the huge social media response after an old photoshoot of the couple went viral.
But they aren’t the only celebrity couple that had people scratching their heads in confusion.
From Janet Jackson and Matthew McConaughey to Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr – there have been many strange pairings in Hollywood.
MailOnline takes a look back on the most bizarre celebrity couples that you can’t remember ever being a thing.
Smooch: Speaking to OK! Kerry explained: ‘Lucien was very charming and obviously easy on the eye, and it was all just a bit of f
Sinitta and Brad Pitt
Back in the day: Brad and Sinitta started dating back in the 1980s before their relationship came to an end in 1988
Brad and Sinitta started dating back in the 1980s before their relationship came to an end in 1988.
Sinitta blamed long-distance as the reason for their split, as Brad lived in Los Angeles while Sinitta toured.
Speaking to OK magazine she explained: ‘It was a long-distance thing for too long. He was based in LA and had to be there for auditions and filming, whereas I was always off on tour.
“And I need my men to be around and be with me. We didn’t have the internet or WhatsApp back in the late 80s, all we had in those days was a fax or a phone or an answer machine.
“There wasn’t a lot of contact if you were in different countries and I found that difficult.”
She admitted to sending him pages upon pages of faxes, saying: ‘I used to spend a fortune telephoning him from hotels and sending 40-page faxes in the middle of the night.
‘But boys aren’t that good at communicating back, so I’d send these 40 pages and he’d come back with maybe a one-word answer.’
Cher and Tom Cruise
Age gap: Cher and Tom had a brief romance despite their 16 year age gap after meeting at Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding and then reconnecting at the White House several years later
Cher and Tom had a brief romance despite their 16 year age gap after meeting at Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding and then reconnecting at the White House several years later.
Cher even rated Tom as one of her top five lovers of all time and discussing their fling in 2013, she said: ‘Awww. He wasn’t a Scientologist then. It was pretty hot and heavy for a little minute.
‘He’s a great guy. The person that I knew was a great and lovable guy.’
Janet Jackson and Matthew McConaughey
Love in the air: Janet and Matthew met at the 2002 Grammys and it was rumoured that they were dating at the time
Janet and Matthew met at the 2002 Grammys and it was rumoured that they were dating at the time.
Janet didn’t confirm this until 2006, where she admitted that they went out, but ‘just for a minute’.
Matthew also confirmed it in 2019 on Watch What Happened Live, confessing they had gone on a dinner date and ‘that was sorta it’.
Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin
Long time: Before she married her That 70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher and he met Brenda Song, Mila and Macaulay Culkin dated for nine whole years
Before she married her That 70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher and he met Brenda Song, Mila and Macaulay Culkin dated for nine whole years.
They first got together when the actress was 18 and he was 21 years old and stayed together until 2011.
Discussing their relationship in 2009, she said: ‘We grew up together. You find a steady rock in your life, and that’s all you need. We have our ups and downs, but work through them.’
Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake
Classic 00s: Cameron and Justin met at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2003 and soon began dating. Their relationship lasted four years before it came to an end in 2007
Cameron and Justin met at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2003 and soon began dating.
Their relationship lasted four years before it came to an end in 2007.
A the time they released a statement saying: ‘It has always been our preference not to comment on the status of our relationship, but, out of respect for the time we’ve spent together, we feel compelled to do so now, in light of recent speculation and the number of inaccurate stories that are being reported by the media.
‘We have, in fact, ended our romantic relationship, and have done so mutually and as friends, with continued love and respect for one another.’
Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morrissette
Romance: In 2002 Ryan and Alanis met at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party and sparks flew
In 2002 Ryan and Alanis met at Drew Barrymore’s birthday party and sparks flew.
They soon became engaged two years later, and remained engaged for three whole years until they publicly broke it off.
Discussing the split, the singer said in 2008: ‘I think it’s the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
‘I was a full-blown love addict, so it was like, “I can’t keep doing this, my body can’t take it.” For someone who is a love addict, [breakups are] debilitating.’
Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal
Amicable: Natalie and Jake had a short-lived romance in 2006 before they soon broke up
Natalie and Jake had a short-lived romance in 2006 before they soon broke up.
Despite the split, the two remained friends and he’s even joked about dating the actress.
When presenting her an award in 2011, he quipped: ‘She’s a vegan, which makes it really frustrating when you’re picking a place to eat.’
Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.
Exes: Sarah Jessica and Robert dated for a long period – seven years in total after meeting in 1984 on the set of Firstborn when they were both 18 years old
Sarah Jessica and Robert dated for a long period – seven years in total after meeting in 1984 on the set of Firstborn when they were both 18 years old.
The pair even discussed marriage but their relationship eventually came to an end in 1991.
Robert explained that his alcohol and drug addictions were the cause of the breakup.
In 2008 he said: ‘I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn’t jibe with Sarah Jessica.
‘She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn’t get my act together.’
Jennifer Lopez and Diddy
Relationship: The pair dated from September 1999 to February 2001 after meeting when Diddy worked on Jennifer’s If You Had My Love music video
The pair dated from September 1999 to February 2001 after meeting when Diddy worked on Jennifer’s If You Had My Love music video.
In December 1999, the couple were arrested after they fled a New York nightclub where a shooting had taken place.
Jennifer had her charges immediately dropped, but Diddy was charged with bribery and gun possession. He was acquitted at trial.
They announced their split on Valentine’s Day in 2001, with Jennifer later saying she ended the relationship because she knew she’d never have the family life she wanted with the rapper.
She also hinted that Diddy had cheated her, saying: ‘I was in this relationship with Puff where I was totally crying, crazy and going nuts. It really took my whole life in a tailspin.
She added: ‘I can’t remember right now, but I won’t say it didn’t happen.
‘I never caught him but I just knew. He’d say he was going to a club for a couple of hours and then never come back that night.’
Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas
Bitter breakup: Taylor and Joe only dated for three month back in 2008, but their split was pretty messy
Taylor and Joe only dated for three month back in 2008, but their split was pretty messy.
Taylor revealed that Joe dumped her in a 27 second phone call and wrote a song about the relationship.
Joe defended himself by saying: ‘Phone calls can only last as long as the person on the other end of the line is willing to talk. A phone call can be pretty short when someone else ends the call.’
Taylor has hinted that Camilla Belle was the reason behind the split and is said to have written Better Than Revenge about the situation.
Now the pair have built a bridge and moved on and even become friends with each other.
Taylor even allegedly sent Joe and his wife Sophie Turner’s daughter a gift in July 2020.
Rihanna and Shia LaBeouf
Oen hit wonder: The unusual pairing only lasted for a single date in 2007 after Rihanna texted Shia asking him out
The unusual pairing only lasted for a single date in 2007 after Rihanna texted Shia asking him out.
However, Shia explained: ‘It never got beyond one date [though]. The spark wasn’t there. We weren’t passionate about each other in that way, so we remain friends.’
Keira Knightley and Jamie Dornan
Old school: Keira and Jamie dated all the way back in 2003 after meeting on an Asprey photoshoot in the summer
Keira and Jamie dated all the way back in 2003 after meeting on an Asprey photoshoot in the summer.
Their relationship lasted until August 2005 when Jamie’s rep said: ‘Keira and Jamie have decided to call a halt to their relationship in its current phase but they remain completely committed to each other as friends and will continue to see each other in this capacity.’
A few years after their breakup, Jamie told the Mail on Sunday that he felt ‘a bit second-rate’ compared to the actress and that put pressure on their relationship.
Madonna and Tupac
Surprising: In 2015, Madonna shocked the world when she revealed she once dated the late Tupac Shakur
In 2015, Madonna shocked the world when she revealed she once dated the late Tupac Shakur.
She revealed that they were together between 1993 and 1995 until Tupac broke things off with her due to her race.
He wrote her letter from prison where he said: ‘For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting.
‘But for me, at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image,’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.’
Nick Cannon and Kim Kardashian
Split: Kim and Nick dated between 2006 to 2007 before Kim was really famous. However, when her infamous sex tape leaked, their relationship came to an end
Kim and Nick dated between 2006 to 2007 before Kim was really famous.
However, when her infamous sex tape leaked, their relationship came to an end.
In 2012, Nick revealed that Kim lying about the existence of the tape had been the reason for the breakup.
He added it might’ve worked out if she didn’t ‘break my heart’.
Zachary Quinto and Jonathan Groff
Still friends: Zachary and Jonathan began dating in 2010 and stayed together until 2013, where they split due to being long-distance
Zachary and Jonathan began dating in 2010 and stayed together until 2013, where they split due to being long-distance.
However, the pair remain friends and even reunited at Jonathan’s show Hamilton recently.
Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock
Noughties fashion: Gosling and Bullock met on the set of their 2002 film Murder By Numbers
Ryan and Sandra met on the set of Murder by Numbers and were together for about a year.
Ryan blamed the breakup on Hollywood, saying ‘the bad guy’ was showbusiness.
He praised Sandra by calling her one of his best ever girlfriends.
Justin Timberlake and Fergie
Controversial: The pair dated just as Timberlake’s career was taking off with boy band NSYNC. Pictured: The stars in 2007
It’s been more than a decade since Justin Timberlake, ended the his famous relationship with fellow Mickey Mouse Club member, Britney Spears but it’s one that the public are unwilling to forget.
Lurking in the shadows of their prominent three-year relationship, was a lesser-known and much shorter tie, with none other than Black Eyed Pea’s songstress, Fergie.
Back in 1996, when Timberlake’s pop career was just taking off with leather-toting boy band, NSYNC, he briefly dated Fergie, at which point she was in female trio, Wild Orchid.
The relationship was controversial due to the couple’s age gap.
At the time of their romance, Fergie was 23 and Timberlake only 16, and she has since said it wasn’t serious.
Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens
Dated: Once upon a time, Josh enjoyed a brief romance with High School Musical star, Vanessa. The pair dated back in 2011, while filming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in Hawaii.
Once upon a time, Josh enjoyed a brief romance with High School Musical star, Vanessa.
The pair dated back in 2011, while filming Journey 2: The Mysterious Island in Hawaii.
Although the couple since parted ways, there have been no hard feelings.
On the red carpet for the premiere of the film, he even joked: ‘We were [dating] at one point, but she broke my heart. No, I’m just kidding, that was a while ago, we’re really good friends now.’
Christian Bale and Drew Barrymore
Young love: Unlikely as it seems, in 2012, Batman actor Christian revealed that he once dated Drew – back when they were both teen stars
Unlikely as it seems, in 2012, Batman actor Christian revealed that he once dated Drew – back when they were both teen stars.
But Christian explained to GQ Australia how after one date, the chemistry simply wasn’t there.
He recalled: ‘We went to see some bloody awful horror film, and that was the end of it. She never called again.’
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