In 2017, no relationship was safe. Whether couples dated for a few months or had been married for years, many decided that it was time to call it quits. And while everyone knows
that nothing lasts forever, no one expected some of Hollywood’s biggest power couples to separate. Read on to learn all about the celeb breakups that left fans reeling.
Drake and Jennifer Lopez
Before Jennifer Lopez started dating Yankees player Alex Rodriguez, the singer-dancer-actress was cozying up to rapper Drake. And, while the two looked awfully cute together, things just didn’t seem to work out. In early February after about two months of dating, Lopez shared a text post on Instagram that read, “Timing is everything. If it’s meant to happen, it will, and for the right reasons.”
A few days later, Us Weekly reported that Lopez and Drake were no longer an item.
Amber Rose and Val Chmerkovskiy
No one saw this relationship coming. Model Amber Rose and Dancing With the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy first reportedly hooked up in October 2016 but called it quits just five months later. In a since-deleted post on Instagram (via People), Rose addressed the breakup, revealing that the two had mutually decided to separate.
“[Val] and I broke up due to our own personal reasons but we still care about each other tremendously and we love each other’s families even more,” Rose wrote. “So please understand that we are all human and we have feelings too. Nobody got dumped and nothing we do over here is malicious it’s just how life works sometimes.”
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
After reportedly hitting it off at a 2016 Golden Globes after-party, Perry and Bloom’s romance seemed to heat up quickly, though it’d be months before the two made their relationship Instagram official. Spotted together numerous times throughout their courtship, their romance appeared to be going great—until it wasn’t.
Just one day after the two were seen together at Vanity Fair’s 2017 Oscar after-party on Feb. 26, Perry and Bloom announced they were no longer together. In a joint statement (via E! News), a representative said, “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”
Wissam Al Man and Janet Jackson
In April, news broke that Janet Jackson and her billionaire husband of five years, Wissam Al Man, were divorcing—just three months after the birth of their son, Eissa (via the Daily Mail). Though their split was reportedly amicable, a source told E! News that the decision to break up was because the two disagreed about how they “wanted to raise their child.”
However, another source said that Jackson started leaning toward a divorce after Al Man reportedly showed little concern for her mother, who was allegedly a victim of elder abuse (via E! News). “That’s when Janet made her decision that there was no turning back,” the insider explained. “She was worried about her mother—and Wissam showed little to no concern.”
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor
In late May, the Zoolander actors shocked fans when they announced their separation after 17 years of marriage. In a joint statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor said, “With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the decision to separate.”
The pair—who share two children, daughter Ella Olivia and son Quinlin Dempsey—continued, “Our priority will continue to be raising our children as devoted parents and the closest of friends. We kindly ask that the media respect our privacy at this time.”
A source told People that Stiller’s busy career may be, at least partially, to blame for their decision to split. Still, given that they endured Stiller’s prostate cancer diagnosis together (he’s currently cancer-free), you’d think they’d be able to weather just about anything so long as they had one another.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Nina Agdal
In May, Leonardo DiCaprio and his model girlfriend, Nina Agdal, called it quits after dating for over a year. Though the two appeared serious—with DiCaprio and Agdal trekking all over the globe together on luxurious vacations—the Inception star apparently just wasn’t ready to make a serious commitment.
“Leo thought Nina was a super cool girl,” a source told People. “It almost seemed different this time because he was way more affectionate and public with her than he normally is, but his friends knew it wouldn’t last.”
Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres
Longtime couple Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres called it quits after 15 years of marriage. In September, Torres told Entertainment Tonight, “With heavy hearts, Laurence and I quietly separated and began the dissolution of our marriage in the early fall of last year.”
“There are no bad guys here. Only a love story with a different ending than either one of us had expected,” the former Firefly star continued. “Happily, however, our family remains intact and we will continue to raise our daughter together with love and joy and awe.”
Sounds like Fishburne and Torres, while no longer romantically involved, are getting along just fine, if only for the sake of their daughter, Delilah.
Tyga and Kylie Jenner
The controversial pairing of reality star Kylie Jenner and rapper Tyga came to an official end after the two reportedly called it quits in March. According to Hollywood Life, Jenner was the one to end things, as a source told them that Jenner was “growing into a woman, and needed to make some changes in her life.” Not too long after, Tyga was reported to have moved out of Jenner’s home (via Us Weekly).
A few months later, Jenner opened up about her split on an episode of her reality show Life of Kylie. “There was no crazy fight, we just decided…Well, I decided that I’m really young,” she explained, “I don’t want to look back in five years from now and feel like he took something from me when he’s really not that type of person.”
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