The Celebrity Couples You Never Knew Were an Item
Celebrity ex files are rife with clandestine loves and unlikely pairings. The ubiquity of modern media coupled with the insatiable voyeurism of the paparazzi makes keeping any famous romance under wraps a rare thing indeed. Keep scrolling to uncover some of our favorite surprising couples and private paramours who managed to escape the public eye.
Only the inimitable interview prowess of Howard Stern could get Madge to admit to dating Pac. The two artists were an item three years before Shakur's death in 1996. Madonna told Stern, "I was mad at David Letterman when I said the F-word a lot. I was dating Tupac Shakur at the time, and the thing is, he got me all riled up about life in general."
The two icons dated after co-starring together in the 1983 horror film The Hunger. Sarandon, a serial monogamist, has been quoted describing her romance with Bowie as "a really interesting time." She added of the rock 'n' roller, "He's worth idolizing."
As evident by the ensembles, Thandie and Brad dated around the Interview With a Vampire era of the heartthrob's career. (Newton played a maid in the feature.) The two were linked briefly in 1994 before he coasted into '90s golden-couple status with a certain other co-star, from Seven.
January Jones dated Kutcher back when she was an Abercrombie & Fitch model with no acting gigs yet under her belt. In fact, she has credited Ashton with inspiring her to make the jump to the screen—in his own way. "He was like, 'I don't think you are going to be good at this,'" said Jones. "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 diva has been famously quoted as naming Cruise one of her "top five former lovers." They went out in the late '80s. "He was shy," she said. "It could have been a great romance, because I was crazy for him." If she could turn back time…
Cher is perhaps the only woman on the planet to have dated both Maverick and Ice Man. Fourteen years his senior, Kilmer courted Cher back in the '80s, and they rocked dueling high-and-tight hairdos on occasion while they were at it.
One of our favorite forgotten Hollywood liaisons, the Batman/Birdman star and Friends lead split in 1995 after six years together. Back in the day, they were making early-'90s sartorial history in matching button-fly jeans. Post-breakup, Cox even told People, "I think he's the most wonderful person I've ever met." Maybe there's a killer breakup tool in Batman's utility belt.
Shields divulged details of her relationship with Neeson in her memoir There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. After three months of courtship, Liam proposed without a ring, only to dump Brooke on Christmas Day. She has been quoted in People on their romance, saying he “wooed me with his brogue, his poetry and his sh*tty choice of cheap pinot grigio wine.”
The two beauties met on the set of their 2010 film together, X-Men: First Class, and dated for just under a year before calling it quits. Their breakup seems amicable enough, as they have been photographed multiple times since at various events together.
When Peter met Liza, he was married to his then third wife, and she was engaged to Desi Arnaz Jr. Enamored after taking in one of her knockout performances, Sellers fell into a whirlwind romance with the star, and they became engaged after just three days. They would later break up after one month.
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