A lot of things came to an end in 2020. Family gatherings, birthday parties, bar crawls, music festivals, Donald Trump’s hopes of a second term, etc. Staying on brand, a number of celeb couples also called it quits during this tumultuous year. Quarantine and lockdowns certainly added a little more pressure to daily life, and not every love story can have a Hollywood ending.
Some breakups we saw coming (looking at you Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich) while others totally caught us off guard and broke our hearts (why Ashley Benson And Cara Delevingne, whhhyyyyy?!).
So grab the tissues as we look back on the biggest celebrity breakups of 2020 below.
Miley Cyrus & Cody Simpson
She really can’t be tamed. Not long after her divorce from Liam Hemsworth and hot on the heels of her month-long fling with Kaitlynn Carter, the “Wrecking Ball” singer got together with the Australian musician in October 2019. The two, who were long time friends before things romantic, got hot and heavy quick. The couple got tattoos together, declared their sobriety together, adopted a dog, publicly declared their love for one another and regularly posted sexy videos of themselves on social media. By August, the heat had fizzled and the two were over.
“Forever and ever no more. 🖤 The #MidnightSky is the road I’m taking…. head high up in the clouds.” Cyrus wrote on Instagram following the breakup.
Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse
In 2017, Riverdale fans lost their s**t when the actors who play Betty and Jughead continued their romance off screen. The couple was going strong for three years, but rumors of split began to swirl in the spring when it became apparent that the coupled up costars were quarantining separately. The two officially called it late May and Reinhart later came out as bisexual.
Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich
The “Cool For The Summer” singer went from zero to one hundred when she hooked up with The Young And The Restless actor in March and quickly got engaged in July. The couple suddenly called it quits two months later. “It was a tough decision, but Demi and Max have decided to go their separate ways to focus on their respective careers,” an insider told PEOPLE. “They have respect and love for one another and will always cherish this time they spent together.”
Cara Delevingne & Ashley Benson
And the lesbian community wept. While the supermodel had dated the likes of St. Vincent and Michelle Rodriguez in the past, fans were shocked to see her get involved with the Pretty Little Liars actress who, before Delevingne, had only ever publicly dated men. Rumors spread that the two were more than just friends after they were spotted kissing in London in August 2018. Slowly, the ladies stopped hiding their affection and finally confirmed their romantic relationship in June 2019, while stepping out together for The Trevor Project’s TrevorLIVE Gala in New York City. Delevingne was the recipient of the Trevor Project Hero Award, and during her acceptance speech, she wasn’t shy about expressing her love for Benson
“I also have another very special woman in this room to thank and you know who you are,” she said. “She’s one of the people who help me love myself when I needed it most and I really needed it. She showed me what real love is and how to accept it, which is a lot harder than I thought.”
While the couple started off 2020 by quarantining together, their love couldn’t survive lockdown and they split in April after two years together. While Delevingne has remained single, Benson quickly moved on with rapper G. Eazy.
Sofia Richie & Scott Disick
Despite their 15 year age different, the model and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star stayed together for three years. But after Disick went back to rehab in May (and bailed two days later) the couple officially split. Despite rumors he may reunite with the mother of his three kids, Kourtney Kardashian, Disick instead moved on with Lisa Rinna’s 19-year-old daughter Amelia Hamlin. Richie has started being seen dating entrepreneur Matthew Morton.
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
The Laguna Beach alum and the former Chicago Bears quarterback started dating in August 2010 and got engaged in April 2011. But the duo called off the wedding three months later, until eventually reconciling in November 2011. They tied the knot in Nashville in 2013 and went on to have three children together: Camden, Jaxon and Saylor. The couple had an all-new spotlight on them when they starred in the E! reality series Very Cavallari which focused on the 33-year-old’s lifestyle brand Uncommon James. Fans also got a peak into the dynamic of the marriage, which seemed anything but warm and fuzzy. After the couple spent three weeks in the Bahamas in March, Cavallari filed for divorce after seven years of marriage. In the following months, Cutler was spotted getting flirty with uber conservative Fox News personality Tomi Lahren and his ex’s former employee and friend Shannon Ford. Cavallari for her part has moved on with comedian Jeff Dye in the fall.
Mary-Kate Olsen & Oliver Sarkozy
After three years of dating, the fashion mogul and the French banker tied the knot in November 2015, much to the puzzlement of the public. Despite a 17-year age gap and over a foot height difference, the odd couple seemed to defy skeptics until they split at the beginning of the year. Olsen officially filed for divorce from Sarkozy in May after New York lifted its moratorium on nonessential and non-emergency court filings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The pair is now preparing to face off in court on December 15 regarding their assets, including the $13.5 million townhouse they shared in New York.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich
The Dancing With The Stars judge and her hunky hockey pro husband announced they were ending their marriage after three years back in May. The two had been spending time apart for months before the official breakup so the news was not a surprise to many. Before the announcement, Laich raised eyebrows about the status of his relationship when he was on an episode of How Men Think. “One of my goals this year is to really explore like, learning about sexuality,” he said. “People think that sexuality is just the act of sex, or just having sex and there’s so much more to it.”
Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock
One of the most unexpected and ugly breakups of 2020 came from the American Idol alum and her husband of nearly seven years. Clarkson filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” as rumors of Blackstock’s wandering eye started to swirl. On top of the divorce drama, Starstruck Management Group, the company Blackstock, runs with his dad Narvel Blackstock sued longtime client Clarkson for more than $1.4 million in unpaid commissions. The “Stronger” singer countersued, deeming the request unlawful and demanding $1.9 million in prior commissions be returned.
Clarkson was recently granted primary custody of six-year-old daughter River Rose and son Remington Alexander. A Los Angeles court ruled “that under the circumstances present in this case, the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of [Clarkson] having primary custody,” the court document read, citing that “the level of conflict between the parents has increased. The parties have a difficult time co-parenting due to issues of trust between them.”
Blackstock is now reportedly asking for $436K a month to cover both child and spousal support.
“Let’s just get this out of the way. 2020 has been a dumpster fire,” Clarkson admitted on her talk show. “Yep, just all the word[s] I can’t say on this show, just piled together, and it’s on fire. That’s really what it feels like.’
Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers
In another shocking split, The Social Network actor and his wife announced they were separating after 10 year of marriage in June. They both released a joint statement via Instagram: “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage. As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority. “We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.”
The pair has two children, 5-year-old daughter Harper and 3-year-old son Ford. Since the split, Hammer has been linked to actress Rumer Willis.
Lana Del Rey & Sean ‘Sticks’ Larkin
Lana Del Rey faced some summertime sadness in 2020. The 34-year-old singer and 46-year-old star of A&E’s Live PD broke up in mid-March after roughly six month together. Larkin, who works in the gang unit of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Department, confirmed the split in a interview with The New York Times. “Right now, we’re just friends,” he said of his relationship with Del Rey. “We still talk and whatnot, we just have busy schedules right now.”
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
This one hit us hard. The actress/director began dating the former SNL star in November 2011, with Sudeikis proposing in late 2012. Despite nearly a decade together and two children,son Otis and daughter Daisy, the couple quietly separated in Novemeber.
“There was absolutely no drama or scandal, they just didn’t work as a couple anymore,” a source told ET. “If you’re looking for a juicy story, there just isn’t one.”
Aaron Rodgers & Danica Patrick
This sporty couple lost their speed after two years of dating in July. The Green Bay Packers QB and the former NASCAR driver first met at the 2012 ESPYs, but they didn’t start dating until 2018. “We’re just two people who enjoy being around each other and love each other. We’re really into each other,” Rodgers told Artful Living in October 2018.
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
The Transformers actress and Beverly Hills, 90210 alum have called it quits yet again, and it seems like for good this time. Green confirmed his decade-long marriage had come to an end during an episode back in May.
“I wanted everyone to hear everything from me, and this is it,” the 46-year-old actor said. “Neither one of us did anything to each other. She’s always been honest with me. I’ve always been honest with her. We’ve had an amazing relationship. I will always love her. And I know she will always love me and I know as far as a family what we have built is really cool and really special.”
The couple, who started dating in 2004 and married in 2010, share three sons: Noah, 7, Bodhi, 6, and Journey, 3. Fox first filed for divorce from Green in 2015, but after she became pregnant with their third child, she and Green had reconciled. Fox quickly moved on and started dating Machine Gun Kelly in June, calling the rapper “her twin flame.”
Karamo Brown & Ian Jordan
Engaged since 2018, the Queer Eye star and his longtime partner were planning a summer 2020 wedding until the pandemic hit. While the nuptials were initially postponed, Brown confessed on the September episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show that the wedding was off and the two had split. “We’re still good friends,” he said. “It’s very nice when it’s like, ‘I still love you and support you.’ I want him to be happy, he wants me to be happy.”
“But yeah, no more wedding, so if y’all got any friends…!” Brown jokingly added. “I’m lying, I’m not ready to move on that quick, I’m not ready.”
Kacey Musgraves & Ruston Kelly
The Grammy winning country star and her husband announced they were getting a divorce on July 3 after three years of marriage. “We’ve made this painful decision together,” the couple said in a statement at the time. “We believe that we were put into each other’s lives for a divine reason and have both changed each other infinitely for the better. The love we have for each other goes far beyond the relationship we’ve shared as husband and wife. It’s a soul connection that can never be erased.”
Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe
Together since 2009, the style influencer and Dallas actor got engaged in August 2016. Although they never set a wedding date, any chance of a wedding was scrapped after The Daily Mail published photos of Metcalfe holding hands with model Livia Pillmann, then out with a different woman later that same day. The two officially spilt in January.
Ryan Seacrest & Shayna Taylor
The American Idol host and his model/wellness influencer girlfriend split. They dated on-and-off for eight years, split up for the third time in June. They reportedly remain close friends.
Rachel Bilson & Bill Hader
Although they dated less than a year, fans were bummed to see these two split up. in July The O.C. alum and the Barry actor first sparked romance rumors with a coffee date in Hader’s hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in December 2019 and made their red carpet debut as a couple earlier at the 2020 Golden Globes in January. The actors first met when they co-starred in The To Do List in 2013, which was written and directed by Hader’s then-wife, Maggie Carey.
TIMOTHEE CHALAMET & LILY-ROSE DEPP
The young couple that dated for more than a year. The Call Me By Your Name star and the daughter of actor Johnny Depp who appeared in the film, The King,were first linked romantically in 2018, when they were seen making out in New York. Keeping up their PDA tour, they vacationed together in Paris and were famously photographed kissing passionately on a boat in Capri, Italy, in September 2019. News broke that the couple had split in early 2020 and by May, an issue of British Vogue ran in which Chalamet was described as being single.
Vanessa Hudgens & Austin Butler
The year started off rough for the Grease: Live star and the Carrie Diaries actor. After nearly a decade together, the couple reportedly split in January after their busy schedules reportedly started to put a strain on their relationship. Hudgens had been filming The Princess Switch 2 overseas while Butler was in production on his new film, Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic in which he stars as the music legend.
Taraji P. Henson & Kelvin Hayden
The Empire star tweeted “#sheisofficiallyoffthemarket” in 2018 after she accepted the proposal of the retired NFL cornerback. The couple dated for about two years prior to their engagement but they never made it down the aisle. In October, Henson confirmed she and her fiancé had split during an interview on The Breakfast Club radio show.
“It didn’t work out,” Henson said. “I tried. I said, ‘Let’s do the therapy thing,’ but if you’re both not on the same page with that then you feel like you’re taking it on yourself, and that’s not a fair position for anybody to play in a relationship.
Jaime King & Kyle Newman
In January 2005, while working on the set of Fanboys, the model turned actress met her future husband, the film’s director. Within three months of dating, the two moved in together and Newman proposed in spring 2007. They two married on November 2007 and welcomed two sons, James in October 2013 and Leo in July 2015. But the wedded bliss didn’t last. In May, King filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage. She also filed a domestic violence prevention petition and was granted a temporary restraining order against Newman.