18 celebrity breakups we never saw coming

by Sarah Long
Sep 20, 2016 at 2:40 p.m. ET

All good things must come to end, or so they say. In the case of these super cute former couples, the adage rings true. We know relationships in Hollywood tend to be precarious, but we still didn't expect to see these partners split for good.


1 /19: Helena and Tim

1/19 :Helena and Tim

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter seemed so perfect for each other, and she is totally his muse.  We were shocked to hear the couple had called it quits in 2014 after being together for 13 years.


2 /19: Patrick and Jillian

2/19 :Patrick and Jillian

Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink, who got married in 1999, always seemed like they were great friends, so we were taken by surprise when Jillian, who is a celeb makeup artist, filed for divorce in January 2015.


3 /19: Sarah and Matt

3/19 :Sarah and Matt

Sarah Hyland and Matt Prokop are both still young, so we weren't super surprised to find out that they had split. The fact that the breakup was caused by Prokop's alleged physical and mental abuse, on the other hand, blindsided us.

4 /19: Amy and Will

4/19 :Amy and Will

Surely, there was no shortage of laughter in Amy Poehler and Will Arnett's union, so it caught us off guard when they separated in 2012 after nine years of marriage.

5 /19: Tom and Katie

5/19 :Tom and Katie

They seemed so smitten during their courtship, but it turns out that no amount of couch jumping could save Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage.

6 /19: Jennifer and Nicholas

6/19 :Jennifer and Nicholas

Despite superstardom, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult were somehow able to remain down-to-earth, and the uber-private couple always spoke so highly of one another. We were pretty surprised to hear they were no longer dating.

7 /19: Gwyneth and Chris

7/19 :Gwyneth and Chris

How could Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, a movie star/rock star match made in heaven, come to the decision to consciously uncouple? We'll never be able to wrap our heads around it.

8 /19: Tim and Susan

8/19 :Tim and Susan

Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon were partners for 23 years. That's like 207 in Hollywood years, so we were taken aback when they broke up in 2011.

9 /19: Kristen and Robert

9/19 :Kristen and Robert

Like Edward and Bella, we thought Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were destined to be together for eternity.

10 /19: Nina and Ian

10/19 :Nina and Ian

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder: Another hot vampire couple bites the dust.

11 /19: Melanie and Antonio

11/19 :Melanie and Antonio

Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' marriage held strong for 18 years, so we were sad to hear the announcement that they were separating in the summer of 2014.

12 /19: Heidi and Seal

12/19 :Heidi and Seal

Heidi Klum and Seal always gushed about how in love they were. We seriously didn't predict they would have such a nasty breakup.

13 /19: Rachel and Ryan

13/19 :Rachel and Ryan

Obviously, The Notebook had a serious effect on our emotions, and for us, the love of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling wasn't over. And it still isn't over.  

14 /19: Khloé and Lamar

14/19 :Khloé and Lamar

Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom were really cute together, and it made us sad to watch their marriage fall apart. We still can't help but wonder if things could have been different.

15 /19: Courteney and David

15/19 :Courteney and David

Courteney Cox and David Arquette were one on-set romance we actually thought would last. It makes us feel a little bit better that the two still hang out as friends and are doing an awesome job co-parenting their daughter.

16 /19: Brad and Jen

16/19 :Brad and Jen

Yes, at this point it's hard to conceive of a world pre-Brangelina, but back in the day, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston just felt so right. Pitt and Aniston may have moved on with their lives, but we haven't.

17 /19: Reese and Ryan

17/19 :Reese and Ryan

After Cruel Intentions, we really never felt that Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe would ever say goodbye. At least we have their mini-me kids to remember their marriage by!

18/19 :Jen and Ben

19 /19: Brad and Angie

19/19 :Brad and Angie

Rumors have followed this power couple from the moment they became a couple: Cheating, drugs, more cheating — you name it, we've heard it. Yet for 12 years they persevered, and when they officially wed in 2014, it seemed to solidify them as one of those rare Hollywood forever couples. Wishful thinking. Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences, amidst rumors Pitt cheated with his Allied co-star Marion Cotillard.