There's already been a lot of celebrity breakups and divorces in 2018. Remember when Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum posted a heartbreaking Instagram announcing their divorce? Or when Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik called it quits after dating for two years? The sad trend has us reminiscing about the times when some of our other favorite Hollywood A-listers used to go out, and...actually, things turned out okay for them. (Chin up, Zayn!) Click through for a trip down memory lane with the stars you totally used to ship.
The unlikely couple started a whirlwind romance when Tom Cruise's career was first starting and when Cher was at the peak of hers. In a segment called "Truth or Cher" on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the singer and actress confirmed that she once dated Cruise, who is 16 years younger than she is.
When Cohen asked where he ranked in the list of her lovers, Cher was quick to say, “He was in the top five. It’s not a long list, just a good list.” She goes on to say, "It could have been a great big romance, because I was crazy for him."
Despite their 16-year age difference, The Notebook star and Sandra Bullock dated for a year back in 2002. They first met on the set of Murder by Numbers, and started their relationship soon after. Though it didn't last long, Gosling said Bullock was one of the best girlfriends he'd ever had.
"I had two of the greatest girlfriends of all time," Gosling said in an interview back in 2011 (presumably before he met his now-wife Eva Mendes), referring to Bullock and Rachel McAdams. "I haven't met anybody who could top them."
The Time to Kill co-stars dated while filming the movie. And, although their romance reportedly last two years, neither Bullock nor McConaughey admitted to it when it was happening. She tried to deny they'd dated, but eventually gave in and hinted that they did.
"It's the work we both put in. There's a great amount of respect and love. I feel very cared for by Matthew. No matter where he is in his life or where I am in mine—he could be married—I know we would stay close," Bullock said in an interview with Cosmopolitan.
After meeting at the 2002 Grammy Awards, Janet Jackson and Matthew McConaughey dated for a short period of time—though McConaughey never considered it a relationship."We swapped some good music and she's a dear lady. She's a sweetheart but we're not dating, we're just friends," he told Upscale Magazine. "That's about all there is right now."
However, Jackson said in 2006 that they did date, but very briefly. "I guess we did [date]. He is such a great guy and a sweetheart. It was just for a minute, that's why I'm so hesitant to mention it," Jackson said.
Drake confirmed on The Ellen Degeneres Show that he and Tyra Banks went on one date together. And, although it was only a one-time thing, the two are still really good friends.
"It was just one date," he said. "We went to Disneyland in disguise actually, which was really fun. I don't even know if it was like a date. It was like a get-together. We're still really close."
Back in 2009, the Mad Men actress revealed in an interview with GQ that her first boyfriend was Ashton Kutcher. However, the relationship didn't work out because he couldn't get behind Jones' career choice.
"[He] was not supportive of my acting," Jones told GQ. "He was like, I don't think you're going to be good at this. So—fuck you! He only has nice things to say now—if anything, I should thank him, because the minute you tell me I can't do something, that's when I'm most motivated."
The model-slash-actress was rumored to be dating Nicolas Cage in 1987 when she was photographed attending the premiere of Cage's breakout film, Moonstruck. People believed their relationship was more serious off the red carpet, but were confused as to how Shields could have gone from dating JFK, Jr. to Cage.
Courteney Cox and Michael Keaton dated for nearly six years, during which time they would bring home scripts and practice running lines together. Sadly, they made a joint decision to end their relationship in 1995. "It's the most important relationship I've ever had, and I think he's the most wonderful person I've ever met," Cox told People in an interview that year.
Lest you forget: Kim Kardashian and Nick Cannon dated back in the early 2000s. The pair allegedly split after Kim's sex tap with Ray J. surfaced. Cannon went on to marry Mariah Carey in 2008, but the scandal affected him so much so that he and his now-ex-wife decided not to have sex before tying the knot.
The Transformers actor had a brief fling with Hilary Duff, but their first date went so poorly that he didn't pursue her again. In an interview with Hollywood Life, LaBeouf described it as "probably the worst date either of us have ever had."
Cameron Diaz has dated a lot of other big-name celebs, including Justin Timberlake, Alex Rodriguez, and Jared Leto. When she began dating Leto in 1999, they tried to keep their relationship a secret—but word got out. After a four-year romance, Diaz and Leto split. Twelve years later, the actress married her current husband, Benji Madden, and has completely forgotten about her previous relationships.
"Nothing matters now that I have my husband," explained on Cohen's SiriusXM show. "I don't even remember any of that. Like, that's the thing. That's how I know he's my husband because there's…no one compares. Everything else just washes and slips away."
Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd go way back—they've been co-stars in multiple movies and TV shows together, and apparently dated for a brief period of time while filming The Object of My Affection. Now, they're just really good friends.
In a 2012 interview with GQ, when asked if it was weird to kiss her friend onscreen, Aniston said,"Nah. I’ve kissed him for years." Rudd chimed in and added, "We've made out for decades."
Back in 2003, the Black Eyed Peas singer and Man of the Woods singer collaborated on the song,"Where is the Love?" and reportedly dated for a brief amount of time. In a 2003 interview with Cosmopolitan, Fergie said it was more of a casual fling.
“One of my good friends was dating J.C. Chasez, and so we’d all hang out with ‘N Sync. Justin and I would go out together and have fun and make out,” Fergie said. “We went to Hawaii together, but we were never serious. He was Mr. Right Now.”
Last year on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the actress-slash-dancer-slash-businesswoman recalled the time she was one of Justin Timberlake's backup dancers. Dewan confirmed that she and Timberlake dated for a short period of time after he and Britney Spears split, but assured that she was not the rebound.
"We dated, not that long. We were like friends...that dated," she said. "I was not the rebound! I was very clear not to be [that]."
Before she was married to Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen dated Leonardo DiCaprio—and it wasn't just a casual fling. The two were together for five years before splitting in 2005. Four years later, the model still had nothing but nice things to say about the Titanic actor.
"We were just not meant to be boyfriend and girlfriend, but I respect him enormously, and I wish him nothing but the best," she told Access Hollywood.
Shortly after splitting with her High School Musical co-star Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens reportedly began dating her Journey 2: The Mysterious Island co-star Josh Hutcherson. However, the relationship didn't last long.
When asked how long they'd been dating in an interview on the Australian version of TODAY, Hutcherson confirmed they once dated. “We’re not…No. We were at one point, but she broke my heart,” . "I’m just kidding. That was a while ago, we’re just really good friends now.”
Liv Tyler and Joaquin Phoenix began dating when they were just 18 years old. Tyler told Elle Magazine that despite their breakup, they are still friends because he was such a big part of her life.
"I'm friends with all my exes! I love them so much! I guess it depends on what happens, right? I consider Joaquin and all of his sisters to be like family. We were so young when we were together, like 18 to 21. He was my first love. So he's a huge part of even my sense of humor," she said in the interview.
Back in 1997, Matt Damon and Winona Ryder were introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow who was at the time dating Damon's best friend, Ben Affleck (click to the next slide to see yet another of Paltrow's famous exes). After hitting it off, Damon and Ryder started dating, and Ryder was Damon's date to the 2000 Golden Globes when he was nominated for the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley (along with Paltrow).
Things didn't end up working out, but Ryder had nothing but good things to say about Damon. "Matt couldn't be a greater, nicer guy," she said in an interview. "I'm really lucky that I'm on good terms with him."
Madonna confused the world when she brought Michael Jackson as her date to the 1991 Academy Awards. The two attended the after parties together, and were even seen out on a dinner date a few days later. At the time, people were convinced it was a publicity stunt for Madonna's documentary, "Truth or Dare." But the Material Girl certainly considered it a date, and even posted a throwback pic on her Instagram recently.
The Never Been Kissed brother and sister co-stars had a very different relationship off-camera. Though Barrymore denies it, Arquette said they used to date—long before they starred in the movie together. “We also dated, but she denied it on Howard Stern,” Arquette said in an episode of PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing. “But, we dated, Drew!”
In 2003, the Friends star and Hangover actress reportedly "hooked up" for a bit, according to E! News. However, it was nothing more than a short-lived fling.
The former Disney Channel stars dated when they were teens, but never actually confirmed the "Niley" rumors until after the relationship was over. The split took a big toll on Cyrus, who began dying her hair after the breakup.
"At first I bawled for a month straight. I was so sad. I just went into this weird funk. And I dyed my hair black," Cyrus told Seventeen. "When we were dating, Nick wanted me to get highlights—and so I did that, and I got myself looking great. And then, on the day we broke up, I was like, I want to make my hair black now—I don’t want to look pretty; I want to look hard-core. I was rebelling against everything Nick wanted me to be. And then I was like, I've got to be by myself for now, and just figure out who I really am."
The on-screen couple (a.k.a Rory Gilmore and Jess Mariano) also dated in real life. Their romance began in 2001, just one year after becoming Gilmore Girls co-stars. And though Bledel said they had talked about marriage, the two split up after four years together.
"I think everybody who has been dating for more than a couple of years probably talks about it at some point," Bledel told People back in September 2005. "It's a fun thing for us to talk about, but that's it."
Back in 2006, Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal had a brief romance. Despite their split, they remain friends to this day, and he's even joked about what it was like dating the Black Swan star.
"She's a vegan, which makes it really frustrating when you're picking a place to eat," he joked when presenting her the "Desert Palm Achievement Award" in 2011—though it's likely that's not why they broke up.
The Back to the Future star and the Sex and the City star used to be an item in the 1980s. The relationship reportedly lasted a year, but despite their many photos together, there was speculation that the couple was together as a PR stunt.
After dating Fox and before SJP married Matthew Broderick, she and Robert Downey Jr. dated for almost seven years. In 2008, the Iron Man star admitted his drug and alcohol abuse led to the downfall of their relationship.
"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. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn't get my act together," he told Parade.
After Jennifer Lopez's divorce from Ojani Noa in 1998, the singer-slash-makeup-mogul went on to date Sean Combs (a.k.a Diddy) for about a year-and-a-half. Diddy once said in an interview that J.Lo was one of his greatest loves "without doubt," but she revealed his infidelity was the cause of their split in 2001.
After her divorce from Chris Robinson in 2009, Kate Hudson got together with the former Yankees slugger. A-Rod has been around the bases when it comes to girlfriends, and he apparently wasn't over Madonna when he was dating Hudson, which led to their breakup.
"Kate was mad with jealousy," a source told Daily Mail. "She gave A-Rod three chances to stop contacting Madonna. How would you feel if your new boyfriend kept calling his ex?"