To put it plainly: 2020 was not a forgiving year...at all. While the world was forced to stay indoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many relationships were pushed to the limit and celebrities weren't immune. Some celeb couples were able to make it out of this year unscathed, some had brief breakups and makeups, but in general an absurd number of famous relationships ended this year. Ahead, your guide to all of the celebrity couples who broke up in 2020.
Notoriously private ex-couple Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy were suddenly thrust into the spotlight after five quiet years of marriage during their "ugly" and "heated" divorce.
It started off when Olivier allegedly forced Mary-Kate to move out of their NYC apartment while Mary-Kate tried to speed up the divorce over fears of him disposing of her personal property. Not the cleanest celeb split by any means!
Demi was single until she started quarantining with Max at the very beginning of the pandemic. Demi and Max thought they were playing it cool, but their already-shaky cover was blown when Demi accidentally popped into Max's Instagram Live concert. After an endless slew of since-deleted IG posts, Demi and Max announced their engagement after just four months of dating.
By the time Demi and Max's six-month anniversary rolled around, drama hit their relationship like a ton of bricks—Max's old tweets of him thirsting after Demi's frenemy Selena Gomez surfaced on the interwebs in September. Demi called BS on the tweets at first, but it wasn't enough to save their engagement. People shared that just two weeks later, Demi and Max ended their relationship. “They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish the time they spent together,” People's source said. At least Demi gifted fans a breakup song over it all!
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler's divorce drama was quite the wild ride, wasn't it? Jay filed for divorce from Kristin in April after 10 years of marriage, and both parties claimed they simply grew apart—that is, until Kristin cited "marital misconduct" and "irreconcilable differences" for their split in court docs. After initially disagreeing about home purchases, splitting time with the kids, and potential new S.O.s, things are kinda chill now. Kinda.
Pun not intended, but Cardi B and Offset are easily one of the most on-and-off couples on this entire list. After nearly three years of marriage, Cardi filed to divorce Offset in September after finding out he was unfaithful to her yet again. But after twerking and making out with him at her 28th birthday party in October, Cardi had a change of heart. One month after filing for divorce, she decided to take him back because "it's really hard to have no dick."
After two years of dating, a couple's tattoo, and one very public sex bench purchase, Ashley and Cara decided to end their relationship in May. At the very least, their split wasn't messy—a People source said the former couple “always had their ups and down before but it’s over now...their relationship just ran its course.”
Rihanna and Hassan Jameel's relationship was one of the bigger splits of 2020 when they called it quits in January after less than three years of dating. There wasn't drama from this couple since they both love to keep a low public profile when it comes to their personal lives, but those v steamy pics of them making out in a pool in Spain circa 2017 walked so Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello (not on this list) could run.
Raise your hand if this breakup hit you like a ton of bricks! Nine years of dating was apparently enough for Vanessa and Austin, despite fans who continue to think otherwise. The reason for their split was simple: Both Vanessa and Austin were filming separate projects in different parts of the world, and making the time for each other was too difficult. The good news? "There is no bad blood at all, and they have a lot of respect for each other," a source told E! News.
Speaking of off-and-on again couples, Cole and Lili's relationship hit a few roadblocks this year too. Though they graced two Met Galas, a joint magazine cover, and endless trollings of the press online, Page Six confirmed in May that Cole and Lili split again (they broke up once in 2019) because of distance.
Cole later confirmed that he and Lili split in January on his Insta and said he was lucky to fall in love with her. Bughead/Sprousehart shippers still live on, though, especially as they continue filming Riverdale together.
Truly did not think Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock's breakup would get so messy, but it went from zero to 100 real quick. Kelly filed for divorce from Brandon in June after seven years of marriage, and things got complicated recently in court. Brandon asked for $436,000 in spousal and child support money, and now Kelly's claiming he defrauded her of out of millions of dollars. Yikes.
Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's relationship had its highs...and its lows this year. As you may recall, Scott responsibly checked in to rehab in early May to deal with emotional issues, which prompted him and Sofia to take a break while he took care of his mental health. Later that same month, Scott and Sofia's break turned into a full-on breakup...and it apparently had a lot to do with him still having a strong connection with his ex Kourtney Kardashian. Scott and Sofia had a brief "let's get back together!" spell in July, but they called it quits for good in August.
It took me a minute to warm up to the now-extinct pairing that is Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson, but they burned bright while they were together. They got matching tattoos, posted scantily clad pics together on the 'gram, and even celebrated a six-month anniversary...but didn't make it to a year.
In an Instagram Live from August, Miley confirmed that she and Cody ended their relationship stating, "We’ve been friends for 10 years and we’re going to continue to be friends, so just don’t make [our breakup] something that it is not.”
Halsey and Evan Peters's relationship may not have lasted long, but it was iconic. Halsey pretty much put her undying love for Evan out into the universe back in 2013 when she tweeted "petition for Evan Peters to date me," so kudos to her for making it happen. They did a couples' Halloween costume last year (pictured), but when Halsey mysteriously deleted all her pics of Evan from her Instagram feed in March, fans concluded that they were done.
Ugh, how cute were Timotheé Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp? They collectively shocked the world when they were caught furiously making out on the deck of an Italian yacht last year, but they pretty much disappeared from the public eye afterwards. Months of public silence ensued, and then the breakup news hit: Us Weekly reported the two called it quits after more than a year of dating.
Everything in Julianne and Brooks's relationship seemed like smooth sailing until 2020. People reported in early 2020 that “they’ve been having problems for months,” because “she’s very independent and a free spirit, and that’s been tough for Brooks and their marriage.”
By May, People revealed Brooks and Julianne were quarantining away from each other in separate states, but it didn't seem to be a big deal since they were already used to living "separate lives." On May 29, they announced their breakup in a joint statement to People. Julianne filed for a dissolution of marriage in November.
Madelaine and Travis were such an adorable couple, but unfortunately their relationship didn't make it past the three-year mark. After Madelaine attended an Oscars after party without Travis and there were no couples' Valentine's Day post on their feeds this year, Travis took to Instagram to tell fans the relationship was over. In his post, he addressed Madelaine directly: "I’ve learned so much about myself & life from that unconditional love and support...while I’m holding back tears I’m excited to see what you do next. I’ll always have your back."
Sean and Lana's relationship first caught fans' attention in September 2019 when they were spotted taking a stroll in NYC. Three months later, the pair went Instagram official after Lana posted a snap of them on her Instagram stories. They attended the 2020 Grammys together, but ended their relationship just two months later. "Right now, we're just friends," Sean revealed in a March profile with The New York Times. "We still talk and whatnot, we just have busy schedules right now."
Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares's relationship started off in the cutest way possible—Vanessa was waitressing in an Australian café, she met Zac, and the rest was history! The pair seemed ready to take the next step and buy a home together before Zac started filming his upcoming movie, Gold, in Adelaide—1,000 miles away from where they met in Byron Bay.
Fans did not foresee Dove and Thomas breaking up ever, but 2020 was a beast with no boundaries. After fans began speculating that they ended their nearly four-year relationship, Dove posted a statement on her and Thomas's behalf to her Instagram stories and said, "In October, Thomas and I decided to part ways. The decision was incredibly difficult, but we still have love for each other, and will remain friends. Thank you for allowing us our privacy in this time."
Noah and Alexis first sparked dating rumors back in September 2019 when they did commoner activities together like picking up each other from airports, eating at restaurants, and shopping at Whole Foods together. The couple went Instagram official in January 2020, but they ended their relationship just three months later in April, as evidenced by them deleting pics of each other from social media and unfollowing each other on Instagram.
Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen got engaged during Becca's season of The Bachelorette and seemed to be going strong for the two years they were engaged. That is, until Garrett made a hefty pro-police statement to his Instagram in light of the George Floyd protests back in June. Becca called his post "tone deaf" and said she didn't "align" with his values, and nearly three months after his comments, she confirmed their split on The Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. “Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” she said.“It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments.”
Joe and Kendall got together during Bachelor in Paradise and kept their relationship in the honeymoon phase for a little while before outgrowing each other after a year of dating. In a joint statement to BachelorNation.com, the two announced that they split to live on different sides of the country.
“We have decided mutually to go our separate ways. Joe has made the decision to move back to Chicago while Kendall will be remaining in her hometown of Los Angeles," they wrote. Kendall later admitted she felt "blindsided" by the breakup and saw marriage in her and Joe's future, but he felt he would have a better life in Chicago.
Rachel and Bill shocked everyone when they attended this year's Golden Globe Awards together and confirmed their relationship, but the pair wasn't meant to last—six months later, People confirmed they "amicably split." Ho hum.
Sorry to all the Queer Eye fans who weeped hard over Karamo Brown and Ian Jordan's relationship, but it really seemed like they were going to make it...especially because they stayed together for 10 years. The pair was supposed to tie the knot this summer, responsibly postponed the wedding because of the pandemic, and later decided to call off their entire relationship. "We broke up about three-and-a-half months ago," Karamo said on The Ellen DeGeneres show in September. "I was like, this is a moment where I need to decide, 'Is my happiness important?' And once I made that decision, I said, 'You know, we are going to have to break up.'"
Colton Underwood stayed with Cassie Randolph and her fam in California earlier this year, and they helped him recover after he contracted coronavirus in late March. After nearly two years of dating, Colton and Cassie revealed in May that they came to the mutual decision to end their relationship. Afterwards, Cassie filed a restraining order against Colton in September claiming that he allegedly stalked her and put a tracking device on her car. Cassie later dismissed the restraining order in November, and Colton deleted all pics from his Instagram account.
After hitting it off at an SNL party in 2011, Olivia and Jason were pretty much inseparable—Jason popped the question to Olivia at the beginning of 2012, they welcomed two kids, and they remained engaged for nearly eight years...of course, until the pandemic happened. "The split happened at the beginning of the year," a source close to the couple told People in November. "It's been amicable and they’ve transitioned into a great co-parenting routine. The children are the priority and the heart of the family’s relationship."
Simone and Stacey were legit couple goals for the nearly three years they were together. I mean, who the heck wouldn't want to have a boyfriend who you could bench press your bod and do acro yoga with you on Sundays?!
Even so, Simone revealed that they broke up in early March just before her birthday this year. "It’s hard being young and having that long of a relationship and then ending it," she said in her Vogue cover story from July. "But it was for the best.” Simone has a new man now, so I'm pretty sure she's over the split.
Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly's cosmic connection was sparked at a songwriter's showcase in 2016 when Kacey gave Ruston her number so they could write together. Two years later, Ruston and Kacey tied the knot, but ran into trouble sometime this summer. They announced their split in July.
“Though we are parting ways in marriage, we will remain true friends for the rest of our lives. We hold no blame, anger, or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for us both as we learn how to navigate through this," they wrote in a statement to People.