Each year on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala delights with an exhibition of celebrity fashion unlike anything seen the rest of the year. Except this year, the biggest red carpet of the year has moved to the second Monday in September, after taking a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic.
With so many changes over the last 18 months, we’ve decided to get a bit sentimental about the past. And that has manifested as a stroll down memory lane of past celebrity couples of the event whose memorable ensembles turned out to be far more timeless than their love. Because yes, we obviously all tune into the Met Gala to fawn over the statement-making fashion. But part of the appeal is also seeing which celebrity couples complement each other well enough to stand out in the sea of Avante Garde style.
And there have been some big breakups since the last Met Gala with some major A-list couples. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were big players on that red carpet since they made their first appearance together in 2013 — and this year we have to do without them. And all eyes are on Jennifer Lopez this year in case she brings Ben Affleck along, we’ve been so used to seeing her sparkle with Alex Rodriguez since their 2017 debut.
So with the excitement surrounding the return of the Met Gala on Monday, Sept. 13, join us in looking back at some of the former couples who attended this highly anticipated event.
A version of this article was originally published in May 2020.