Hollywood is full of break-ups, make-ups, and your occasional star-studded wedding. Celebrities are no stranger to whirlwind romances. Sometimes, it truly is love at first sight, and the pair makes it all the way to the altar. But other times, the couple never sets foot on the aisle, much less walks down it. Here are celebrity engagements that went wrong.
Eight Celebrities Engagements That Didn’t Turn Out Great
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson are among the most recent celebrity couples to call it quits. The duo officially romantically met in May 2018 after they had recently called it quits with their long-time partners. Ariana had dated the late Mac Miller for a couple of years before breaking up after Coachella, while Pete had been dating his girlfriend, Cazzie David, for a similar length of time.
As soon as the celeb’s split from their significant others, they quickly became wrapped up in a whirlwind romance. Just weeks after their first date, they were officially an item. Not even five weeks later, on June 3, 2018, Ariana stepped out to show off her engagement ring. Multiple outlets reported that Ariana and Pete were engaged. Seemingly confirming the news, the duo moved in with one another in mid-June 2018.
The couple continued to post cute Instagram pictures and be spotted hanging out with one another until October when photographers pointed out that Pete had recently covered up a tattoo dedicated to his fiance. By October 14, 2018, the news was out; the engagement of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson was no more. Their fast and furious five-month relationship had come to an end.
Johnny Depp and ….
Sherilyn Fenn, an actress and author, met Johnny on a film set in 1985. They became an on-again-off-again couple that strove to remedy their spotty dating history with marriage. However, their engagement was short-lived and officially ended their three-year relationship.
In the late eighties, Johnny and Jennifer, the Dirty Dancing starlet, were a “thing.” It’s unclear when they began dating, but the pair were engaged for a year in 1989, after which they separated.
Winona Ryder was way less low profile than Jennifer. After meeting in 1990 at a movie premiere, Johnny popped the question after five months of dating. Three years later, Johnny proved his “Winona Forever” tattoo wrong when the pair broke off their engagement.
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron
Sean and Charlize were friends for years before they became romantically involved, which took some by surprise. Sean had just gotten out of a sixteen-year relationship with his ex-wife Robin Wright before meeting fellow silver-screen-star Charlize; who had been separated from her past beau, Stuart Townsend, for some time.
In December 2013, they stepped out on the red carpet together. Charlize reportedly called the ruggedly handsome Sean “the love of her life”. It was rumored that the couple became engaged in 2015, after a secretive trip to Paris. However, rumors were quickly followed by news of the pair splitting. However, Charlize claimed in an interview that she did nothing more than date Sean, claiming that she was “never going to marry him” because marriage is something that’s “never been important” to her.
Hayden Christiansen and Rachel Bilson
Hayden and Rachel were co-stars in the 2008 movie Jumper. The pair struck up a relationship off-screen and began dating. In late 2008, in December, the actors were reportedly engaged. However, after two years of planning their nuptials, the wedding was off, only to rekindle their relationship in November 2010.
While they never moved forward with their engagement, the pair welcomed a daughter together in October 2014. In 2017, on the cusp of their ten-year “dating” anniversary, the duo officially and wholly split.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
Actor Taylor Kinney was once engaged to pop star princess Lady Gaga. In July 2011, the couple met on Gaga’s “Yoü & I” music video set. He was an actor in the video and apparently knew it was love at first sight, going off script by kissing Gaga as soon as the cameras started rolling. It took a little longer for the singer to warm up to the idea, but she came around.
One month later, they were reportedly “hooking up,” finally breaking their silence two months after being spotted on a romantic getaway. On Valentine’s Day in 2015, Kinney proposed with a breathtaking heart-shaped ring. Things came to a crashing end in July 2016 when it was reported that straight-laced Kinney, and wild-at-heart Gaga had broken up after five years together.
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
You may not have even realized that Olivia and Jason were only engaged. The pair was together for over a decade after meeting at an SNL after-party in 2011. Six months after their meeting, they were romantically linked, and after two years of dating in 2013, Sudeikis popped the question. But before the couple reached the altar, they welcomed their first child, Otis, in 2014.
In April 2016, Sudeikis acknowledged that they had been engaged for three years and said they would still remain engaged without getting married, seemingly forever. A month after his comment, Olivia announced she was expecting their second baby, born in October 2016. Jason’s prediction came true in November 2020, just not as he probably expected. After seven years together, Olivia and Jason called it quits.
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna may be one of the least talked about couples when it comes to the Kardashian family. Still, they did have some romantic troubles of their own. Despite the disapproval from the Kardashian family, their relationship quickly heated up after announcing their budding romance on social media in 2016.
Just one month after becoming Instagram official, Blac Chyna was sporting a massive engagement ring. Unfortunately, only weeks after proposing, Rob promptly deleted all his photos, and Blac Chyna confirmed they split. Fortunately, the break was temporary, and the ring was back on by April 2016, just in time for the couple to announce their impending little one in May. July saw another separation, at least until they welcomed their daughter in November 2016. The pattern continued, on-again and off-again, until late 2018, when things changed dramatically, and the duo parted ways for good.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
Did you know that Bennifer is actually a blast from the past? The actor and singer first became involved in 2001 while they were both on the set of the film Gigli. In November 2002, Affleck proposed with a stunning pink diamond ring. Not long after, Ben was spotted in J Lo’s iconic “Jenny From the Block” music video. They continued to make red carpet appearances as a couple, and Jennifer’s pink diamond ring even started an engagement trend!
Sadly, days before their wedding in September 2003, they called off their impending nuptials. While they only intended to postpone their marriage due to a media frenzy, it seems like the relationship just wasn’t meant to be, and they separated officially in early 2004. That is until May 2021, when the starlets appeared to be rekindling their romance! In April 2022, the lovebirds shared their (second) engagement with the world! Hopefully, this time it will be smooth sailing until they say, “I do.”
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