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The Biggest Celebrity Breakups of 2021

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2020 threw everyone’s personal lives for a loop, and celebrities were no exception. Even as red carpets dried up and all but a few celebrities ventured out of their homes into the sight of paparazzo’s prying lenses, celebrity datings rumors kept the gossip columns and tabloid magazines filled with content. The mayhem has extended into 2021. Already, the year has seen a number of celebrity breakups, splits and divorces. So far, at least two Kardashians (Kim and Khloé) have split from their partners. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, meanwhile, both broke up with the partners they started 2021 with, only to wind up together. Even one of the world’s richest men, Bill Gates, is going through a divorce. Here, the biggest breakups of the year so far.

Common and Tiffany Haddish
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After one year of dating, Common and Tiffany Haddish have gone their separate ways, according to People. A source told the entertainment site that the musician and actress-comedienne “are never in the same city together and both of them are just too busy for a serious relationship.” The two first met in 2019 while on set for their film The Kitchen. But they didn’t strike up a romance until going on a virtual Bumble date in April 2020, Haddish revealed in an interview with Steve-O on his podcast Steve-O’s Wild Ride in August that same year.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
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Musicians Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have decided to end their romantic relationship. Though, in matching statements posted to Instagram stories (in white text on a classic black background), the pair promised they “will continue to be best friends.”

Mendes and Cabello dueted on the 2015 hit song “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” but only began dating in July 2019 shortly after the release of their second collaboration, “Señorita.” Their last public joint appearance was at the Global Citizens Festival in September. Shortly before that, they walked the red carpet at the Met Gala where Cabello was dressed in a purple gown that Mendes described as “giving Cher.” Mendes wore a black leather blazer sans shirt. Though, since then they had been spotted privately celebrating Halloween.

Nina Agdal and Jack Brinkley-Cook
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Model Nina Agdal and Jack Brinkley-Cook, son of supermodel Christie Brinkley, were the Hamptons’ “it” couple for four years before they decided to not only call it quits, but also apparently unfollow each other on Instagram, according to a report from Page Six. They were last spotted together in the Hamptons just a month-and-a-half ago, but sources say the couple have now amicably split.

Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline
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Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline, co-stars of Netflix teen drama Outer Banks, have parted ways after about a year-and-a-half of dating. "Madelyn and Chase are no longer together," reports a People magazine source. "They were trying to work things out privately but broke up a couple of months ago."

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
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Dating on and off since 2015, Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik officially parted ways in October 2021 after Malik was involved in a confrontation with Hadid’s mother Yolanda. The pair remain committed to co-parenting their daughter, Khai.

Lil Nas X and Yai Ariza
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That backup dancer Lil Nas X was kissing up on during his live performances and in the “That’s What I Want” video? Yeah, they were dating, and his name is Yai Ariza (seen above on the right). In an interview with SiriusXM Hits 1, Nas confirmed as such but also admitted the pair had broken up for now. “We were dating, and we are still on very good terms,” the 22-year-old said. “You know, we may date again, I’m sure.” Ah, young love.

Miguel and Nazanin Mandi
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After 17 years together, Miguel and his wife, Nazanin Mandi, called it quits. It was big news when the pair married in a Southern California oasis in November 2018, after dating for 13 years. And just last year, the two appeared together at the Savage x Fenty Volume 2 fashion show, where Mandi walked and Miguel performed.

The report of their breakeup came from a representative who spoke to People, who also said the couple had been separated “for some time now” and “both wish each other well."

Jason Derulo and Jena Frumes
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Four months after the birth of their child, Jason Derulo announced via Twitter that he and Jena Frumes were over. He later deleted the tweet that said, “Jena and I have decided to part ways. She is an amazing mother but we feel being apart at this time will allow us to be the best versions of ourselves and the best parents we could be.”

Oddly enough, the announcement came just three days after the couple’s shared birthday of September 21, and a couple weeks after attending a wedding together in Italy.

Elon Musk and Grimes
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The news came directly from Elon Musk himself. The man jumped on the phone with Page Six to explain that he and the indie musician have called it quits. Kind of.

“We are semi-separated but still love each other, see each other frequently and are on great terms,” Musk said. He continued, attributing the separation to their busy work schedules. “It’s mostly that my work at SpaceX and Tesla requires me to be primarily in Texas or traveling overseas and her work is primarily in LA. She’s staying with me now and Baby X is in the adjacent room.”

Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook
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Kaley Cuoco, star of The Flight Attendant, first started dating Karl Cook, the son of billionaire Intuit co-founder Scott Cook, in 2016, and the pair tied the knot in June 2018. Though, in September the pair announced their split. "We have made this decision together through an immense amount of respect and consideration for one another and request that you do the same in understanding that we will not be sharing any additional details or commenting further," read a joint statement.

Irina Shayk and Kanye West
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Who knows what this really was, but it’s reportedly over now. The pair, who first met before Kanye West started dating Kim Kardashian West, struck up something earlier this summer that included a trip to France around the rapper’s 44th birthday. Though, there were conflicting reports about how serious West and Irina Shayk were. Now People says it's off. "It was never a serious thing that took off," their source says. "Kanye has been busy working and spending time with his kids. This is his focus. He doesn't have time to date right now. He finds Irina amazing though.”

Winnie Harlow and Kyle Kuzma
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They seemed like a couple destined for the front row. Winnie Harlow, the former Victoria’s Secret model, and Kyle Kuzma, the reigning champ of NBA fits, struck up a relationship in 2020 after he slid into her DMs. According to TMZ, however, they’ve split. It’s amicable at least. “The two have been friendly with each other since the split.”

Phoebe Dynevor and Pete Davidson
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After a whirlwind cross-continental courtship, it seems the flames between SNL star and famed serial dater Pete Davidson and Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor have petered out. Apparently, it was the “cross-continental” aspect that’s to blame.

“Their mates think they make a great couple, but the distance has made it completely unworkable,” a source told Britain's The Sun. “They had fun and will remain close, but unless something drastic changes, their relationship won’t recover.”

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polsih
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Opening up on Instagram, Kate Bosworth revealed on August 5th that she had split from Michael Polish, her husband of almost 8 years.

“Perhaps this will sound strange to some, romantic to others. To us: this is truth,” the actress wrote. “Our hearts are full, as we have never been so enamored and deeply grateful for one another as we do in this decision to separate. Together, over the last ten years, Michael and I have chosen love, every time. We hold hands as tightly today as we entangled fingers on our wedding day.”

Bosworth met Polish, a director and screenwriter who often works in tandem with his twin brother, in 2011 while filming the movie Big Sur. The pair married in 2013.

Paulina Porizkova and Aaron Sorkin
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Porizkova, the ‘80s and ‘90s supermodel, and Sorkin, the superscribe and West Wing creator, only just made their official public debut earlier this year at the Academy Awards. Though Porizkova marked the end of the relationship somewhere else: Instagram. “I’m so grateful for his presence in my life,” she wrote in a caption. “He helped heal me and reclaim myself. There truly may be no better man, no man who’s more genuinely ‘good.’ He’s brilliant and witty and funny and sexy/ But it doesn’t matter how much we may wish we were birds of a feather – we’re still a duck and a goose.”

Scooter Braun and Yael Cohen
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Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager and Taylor Swift’s nemesis, announced his divorce from his wife of seven years, Yael Cohen, in early July.

Carmelo and La La Anthony
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Carmelo and La La Anthony had experienced some ups and downs in their 11 years of marriage, but La La finally decided to make her parting from the former NBA star final this year by filing for divorce in June.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
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Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson already shared a daughter and atleast one previous breakup together, but according to Page Six the pair quietly parted ways a second time sometime in late spring. “They’re getting along. There is no drama,” says their source. “Everything is amicable, and they are on the same page with co-parenting.”

Liam Payne and Maya Henry
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The former One Directioner had been dating the American model and socialite since 2019 but got candid on a podcast about their recent breakup. “I feel like more than anything at this point, I’m more disappointed in myself that I keep on hurting people,” he said on Diary of a CEO.

Blaire Underwood and Desiree DaCosta
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Blaire Underwood had been with his wife Desiree DaCosta an entire decade before he played one of Miranda’s boyfriends on SATC. Though, in May the pair announced that they had separated after 27 years together.

Katie Holmes and Emilio Vitolo Jr.
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New York City’s favorite lockdown couple didn’t make it a full year. Katie Holmes began dating restauranteur Emilio Vitolo Jr. in 2020, but the pair split in April.

John Mulaney and Anna Marie Tendler
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Mulaney married Tendler, a makeup artist, stylist, and artisan, in 2014, but the pair announced their split earlier this year after the comedian’s stint in rehab. He’s since been linked to Olivia Munn.

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates
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Talk about a mega-divorce. Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the richest men of the world, jointly announced with wife Melinda French Gates that the pair were separating after 27 years together. Reportedly, French Gates had been considering divorce since 2019 after she learned of her husband’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein. Though the pair did not have a prenuptial agreement, they both seem eager to avoid a drawn-out court battle.

Zac Efron and Vanessa Valladares
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Another lockdown-era coupling that just didn’t last — Zac Efron, the man with millennial’s favorite abs, and Vanessa Valladares, a 25-year-old Australian, met in her native country last June while she was working at the Byron Bay General Store. The pair got serious, but according to The Daily Telegraph, they’ve now called it quits. Efron had actually spent much of his recent time in Australia working on films.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
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Rumors of a rift in the power couple’s relationship had been bubbling all year to the point where the gossip columns declared them “dunzo” in March. The couple announced they had reunited in less than a day, but apparently, it was only for the short term. In a joint announcement released to The Today Show, “J-Rod” announced that they were “better as friends.”

Camila Mendes and Grayson Vaughn
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If the Riverdale star’s relationship seemed low-key, it’s because it happened in the midst of a pandemic. Mendes split with photographer Vaughn in March after about a year together.

Addison Rae and Bryce Hall
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This likely means little to anyone over 25, but Addison Rae and Bryce Hall were the golden couple of TikTok. They’ve now broken up, though apparently not for the first time.

Saweetie and Quavo
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The end of the relationship between reigning rap royalty Saweatie and Quavo came swift in March, but with little ambiguity. Saweetie bluntly tweeted that she had mentally “checked out” of the relationship long ago and made allegations of infidelity.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
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What may be the biggest celebrity divorce of the year also seems like its most anti-climatic. Its well-known things have been tense between Kanye and Kim since his ill-fated run for President, and word broke in January that “divorce was on the table,” before reports that Kim had followed through on filing arrived in February. However, neither party has publically commented on the matter yet.

G-Eazy and Ashley Benson
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G-Eazy and Ashley Benson’s relationship was forged in the early days of lockdown and in the aftermath of the latter’s separation from Cara Delevingne. E!, however, now confirms that the pair, both 31, have separated per their sources.

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Tom Varey
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22-year-old Daisy Edgar-Jones had been dating her boyfriend Tom Varey since 2018, but according to the British press they’ve called in quits and she’s focusing on her career in the wake of the success of Normal People. Varey is a fellow actor who is better known for his work in the UK but had previously appeared in a small role on Game of Thrones.

Victor Cruz and Karrueche Tran
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Karrueche Tran, the 32-year-old Claws actress, and Victor Cruz, the 34-year-old former NFL players, had made quite the stylish couple for the past three years. They were regularly spotted on red carpets and in front rows, but word leaked in early February that the pair had split.

Rebel Wilson and Jacob Busch
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Rebel Wilson, the 40-year-old Australian comedian, and Jacob Busch, a 29-year-old heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, weren’t shy about making their relationship very public during their year together. Though, the relationship ended abruptly, reportedly after Wilson realized he just wasn’t the one.

Tim Robbins and Gratiela Brancusi
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When TMZ revealed that Tim Robbins had filed divorce papers in January it surprised just about everyone, as the public wasn’t even aware he had gotten married since his 2009 split from Susan Sarandon (that pair, famously, never formally tied the knot). Robbins, 62, had apparently been quietly married to the younger, Romanian-born Gratiela Brancusi for around three years before the divorce report hit.

Elliot Page and Emma Portner
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According to various sources, actor Elliot Page, 33, filed for divorce from his spouse Emma Portner, a 26-year-old dancer, in a New York court on Tuesday, January 26th. The pair originally announced that they had secretly married in January, 2018, but never specified when the nuptials occurred. The couple was first linked in 2017.

“After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce following our separation last summer,” read a joint statement released to The Hollywood Reporter. “We have the utmost respect for each other and remain close friends.”

Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas
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Ben Affleck, 48, and Ana de Armas, 32, were perhaps the first new celebrity couple to debut shortly after parts of America first entered lockdown back in March, and tracking paparazzi photos of the couple doing mundane things like walking their dogs and juggling cups of Dunkin’ iced coffee became something of a national obsession. The pair never even walked a red carpet together, but their relationship quickly became more documented than many other celebrity couples who do. Something about the former Batman and the Cuban-born Bond Girl and on-the-rise actress together seemed so positively random—we were all transfixed. Rumors of a split first emerged in late 2020, but it wasn’t until January 18th until the tabloids got the official confirmation. The word now is that there’s no huge drama, they’re just in different places in their lives. Though, the world still awaits the film Deep Water, an erotic thriller, in which the two co-star. De Armas will also appear on screens soon as Marilyn Monroe in the highly anticipated film Blonde.

Luke Evans and Rafa Olarra
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Luke Evans, the 41-year-old star of Beauty and the Beast and a recurring member of the Fast & Furious ensemble, first went Instagram official with Rafa Olarra, an art director, in February 2020, breaking tradition for an actor who had tended to keep his personal life quiet. Over the past year, the couple seemed to hit up beaches around the globe often with little more than Speedos and smiles, but fans noticed that the posts came to a stop in October with Evans unfollowing Olarra. Evans eventually confirmed the split in January, telling The Times’ Saturday Review, “It is what it is.”

Shia LaBeouf and Margaret Qualley
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Margaret Qualley, 26, and Shia LaBeouf, 34, began dating late last year, but quickly broke up after several of LaBeouf’s exes publicly accused him of abusive behavior.

Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman
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Zoë Kravitz, 32, and actor Karl Glusman, 33, first started dating in 2016, and the couple, each with enviable cheekbones, married at a star-studded wedding at Kravitz’s father Lenny’s Paris home in 2019. Though, it was made public that Kravitz filed for divorce during the holidays on the second day of 2021, and little is known about the separation.