Fans can go a little nuts for celebrity couples, but you know what makes people more than a little nuts? When a Hollywood love story isn’t what it seemed. Because while love does exist for those with a little fame to their name, some are in it for publicity. It may be a small price to pay for an upcoming movie or TV show, or simply a way of distracting from other stories. Either way, what you see shouldn’t always be believed.
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Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift
No matter how much they denied their relationship wasn't a publicity stunt, the 2016 4th of July party, the I Heart T.S. shirt and the general overexposure was just too much to be believable.
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Drake and Jennifer Lopez
They were never really together — they simply wanted us to think they were. But things may have taken a turn when her part in their song together was cut so whatever it was, it clearly didn't end well.
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Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Like many of Cruiser's conquests, it's long been suspected they undergo some sort of selection process involving his one true love: Scientology. Years of marriage and a daughter later, Katie was done, filed for divorce in the biggest blindside this side of reality television, and Mama Bear-ed her way out of it.
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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
R-Patz and K-Stew seemed like they had everything going for them ... until that fateful day when photos surfaced of the actress doing things with a man that wasn't her boyfriend. They broke up, got back together in time for the final Twilight movie, then split shortly after. Franchise done, relationship done.
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Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
They played the parts well but it was way too coincidental that their romance lasted as long as the High School Musical franchise.
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Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom
There were rumours that Selena's ex, Justin Bieber, and Orly's ex, Miranda Kerr, had a thing, so naturally, Gomez and Bloom fought fire with high school fire. It didn't last, obviously, and she's moved on with The Weeknd while he bounced back with recent ex Katy Perry.
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Nicole Richie and Steve-O
Steve-O admitted that his fling with Richie back in 2006 was a fraud, revealing that she'd call the paparazzi before she would pick him up. Sure?
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Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian
Kim K.'s relationship with NBA player K-Hump was completely staged, from their dating days to his proposal to their 72-day-long marriage. Anything for ratings.
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Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
These two take on and off relationships to a whole new level. And while they share a child, their relationship was all about getting their own TV show. Hey, he learned from the best.
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John Travolta and Kelly Preston
They've been married with kids for years but the gay rumours persist, with many believing he and Kelly have an agreement. Oh, Sci, just let him be him and let her go.
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Matt Jordan and Kenya Moore
Keeping it in the reality family, many sideeyed Kenya dating her personal trainer, since all their problems were played out on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Hey, you do what you have to do to get a storyline.
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Henry Cavill and Kaley Cuoco
After 10 days of "dating" (AKA being photographed on coffee runs and trips to the supermarket) even they realized they made zero sense together.
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Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston
Sure, they're married now but for a while there, we just wanted Jen to be as happy as Brad and Angelina were. So when she and Theroux began dating, we were ecstatic, though it was all a little too good to be true. But sometimes good things come from shady beginnings, right?
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Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough
Seacrest started dating Hough soon after rumours about his sexuality surfaced. They did last three years (to make it more believable?) but after they announced their split, he reportedly gifted her one final transaction: a new house. If that's the case, we'll totally fake-date you.
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Riff Raff and Katy Perry
They showed up on the red carpet of an awards show, channelling Britney and JT in full denim. Was it love? Was it a joke? Or was it just for attention? Ding-ding-ding!
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Theo James and Shailene Woodley
Though they never came out as a couple, they played up their flirtations to the cameras, likely all in an attempt to drum up ticket sales for the Divergent franchise.
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Chilli and Nick Cannon
Following his divorce from Mariah Carey, the romance rumours started with him and Chilli after the TLC member played his love interest in one of his music videos. They never denied a coupling so it helped get the vid eyes but nothing came of it.
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Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka
Mimi and her creative director canoodled for the cameras of her reality show, and while he's always had a huge crush on her, her ultimate man is one who worships the ground he's carrying her over so it seems like a match made in heaven. Seems.
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Flavor Flav and Brigitte Nielsen
The rapper began dating his The Surreal Life co-star, which even earned them a spinoff chronicling their "love." But the minute production ended, so did their relationship.
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Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
They had some fun, flirty exchanges on their reality show, they were both newly single, and it made sense. But the rocker and the country star still seem like a weird couple.