Hollywood’s 15 Most Controversial Couples

Hollywood offers us couples that we love, and others that we sometimes question or hate. Over the years, relationships have raised controversies that still fascinate the public eye today.

Here are the 15 most controversial couples in Hollywood

Their romance fascinated as much as their breakup. Unexpectedly or anticipated, certain couples of stars now separated have left a lasting mark on the media landscape, and on people’s minds. Even today, their simple evocation brings back all the nostalgia of an era. For more news about your favorite celebrities visit eheyo.com.

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

The two actors fell in love with each other while filming the action movie, Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Their relationship immediately sparked controversy, as Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston at the time, with whom he had been a Hollywood favorite for 10 years. In 2016, after two years of marriage, Angelina Jolie filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. She requested sole physical custody of their six children. Afterwards, their story continued to feed the tabloids. It would seem that they are more in harmony than during the difficult years of divorce. 

2. Yoko Ono and John Lennon

Throughout this love affair, controversy wasn’t too far off. The famous photo from their “Bed-in for Peace” depicts John and Yoko as a deeply loving and socially engaged couple. But in real life, it would seem that the man was an obsessive and jealous partner. And the public blamed Ono for “destroying” the Beatles by turning the singer away from his companions and causing their separation, but sources say he was the instigator of this codependent relationship instead.

3. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

It would seem that the nation is divided between supporters of Amber and those of Johnny Depp. Depp met Heard on the set of Rhum Express. He was then married to Vanessa Paradis for 14 years already, with whom he had two children. They were a couple beloved by the public, unlike the one he had with the young Heard in 2011. Their separation revealed dark undertones of domestic and mental violence.

4. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

Their relationship inspired a full series on Hulu in 2022. The actress in the legendary series Baywatch and the drummer of the metal group Mötley Cru got married after they had known each other for four days. Among the standout controversies: a viral sex tape and a tumultuous, toxic relationship leading to divorce.

5. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

Who doesn’t remember this very young couple? Both were adored by their fans, and their every move was watched by them. When the relationship ended, two clans were created: team Selena and team Justin. Songs like The Heart Wants What It Want , more or less subtly tossed spikes on Instagram, and their on and off relationship have fueled the relationship’s controversial reputation. Now the singer has taken time off to take care of her mental health, and Justin Bieber is married to model Hailey Bieber.

6. Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain

The destructive romance of these two artists is still talked about today. Drugs, Nirvana’s incredible popularity and Courtney’s supposed influence on the singer’s heroin use are said to be at the center of the controversy. Despite wishing to get sober after the birth of their daughter, the lovers instead continued to live a life of destruction and excessive drug and alcohol abuse. Their relationship will forever be tarnished by the suicide of Kurt Cobain.

7. Elon Musk and Grimes

Despite announcing that they would no longer be an official couple, the two just recently welcomed their second child, in March 2022. Previously, Grimes, a 33-year-old singer, and Musk, a 50-year-old billionaire, were separated in 2018, after a high-profile scandal involving the stock market, marijuana jokes and artist Azaelia Banks. But the couple then reformed shortly after and welcomed their first child in May 2020. 

8. Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears

During the 2000s, Justin and Britney had many notable red carpet appearances. After their breakup, controversy began with the release of Justin Timberlake’s famous song, Cry Me a River , which implied that Britney Spears cheated on the singer during their relationship. The music video for the song features an actress who looks like her former flame. It was especially after the singer’s smear campaign towards Britney and the Queen of Pop’s downfall in the media that contributed to the controversy surrounding their relationship.

9. Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift

A teenage love affair that ended with a 27-second call from Joe Jonas to announce his breakup with the singer, who had been in a relationship for three months. The breakup inspired the singer to her album Fearless. His great heartbreak had touched the public and made the headlines.

10. Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn

This is surely one of the most controversial couples of modern times. Woody Allen is battling longstanding allegations that the Oscar-winning filmmaker abused his adopted 7-year-old daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992. Many are questioning his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, whom he met at the age of 10 and who is the adopted daughter of his longtime partner, Mia Farrow.

 11. Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate

Roman Polanski allegedly bullied his wife, Sharon Tate, forced her into threesome sex and even told her to have an abortion, according to a book. Sharon would have been used to a world of regular humiliation, subjected to all of Polanski’s sexual inclinations which included drugs, orgies and even homemade porn videos he shared with all his friends. The couple is also infamous for the murder of Sharon Tate, then pregnant, by Charles Manson’s sect.

12. Kate Moss and Pete Doherty

During this story, and even following this relationship, the great fashion icon lost many contracts. Why? Her relationship with problem rocker Pete Doherty made headlines from 2005 to 2007. Photos of them publicly arguing on a Eurostar train in 2005, photos of her using cocaine, in detox treatments, through their exclusion from the NME Awards in 2007, fed the tabloids daily. They eventually broke up after two years, with Pete saying he was still in love with Kate.

13. Leonardo DiCaprio and Camilla Morrone

Let’s get this straight: Leonardo DiCaprio has a pretty questionable love history. Despite a relationship that spans time, the negative comments have never stopped, since the couple shares a big age difference. Indeed, Camilla Marrone was 19 when they started dating; she is now 24. And Leonardo was 42; he is 47 today. The couple who hasn’t made any official red carpet appearances has been a source of controversy from the start.

14. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

One word: Megxit. The couple dissociated themselves from royalty, a real fairy tale that turned into a nightmare for the actress of Suits . Racist remarks and constant criticism caused Meghan to have suicidal thoughts. She opened this up and gave details about her broken relationship with her father in an Oprah-exclusive interview. Meghan has certainly faced many challenges in her new life as a Duchess. The Hollywood star and the Prince of England have two children together and seem to be happily ever after away from Buckingham Palace.

15. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy

Mary-Kate Olsen, the child-star turned designer, and Olivier Sarkozy, the brother of Nicholas Sarkozy, former President of the French Republic, are 27 years apart. Olivier’s ex-wife described their union as grotesque and even prevented Sarkozy from seeing his two children at the start of this union with Olsen. Finally, after a few years of marriage, Olsen filed for divorce, since Sarkozy had ended their lease in the middle of the pandemi and forced her to find a new place to stay… Love turns to hate, sometimes. 

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