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Why True Love Died In 2012

The following 15 breakups made us question everything we know about love.

1. Will Arnett and Amy Poehler

The date we found out: September 6
Length of relationship: Almost nine years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: Though Leslie Knope and Gob Bluth would never date in their alternate television universe, the laughs we imagined this funny couple sharing are no longer.

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2. Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman

The date we found out: October 8
Length of relationship: Married for 30 years
Why it hurt so bad: They were the most likable pint-size couple in Hollywood — and hello, Matlida?

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3. Heidi Klum and Seal

The date we found out: January 23
Length of relationship: Nine years
Why it hurt so bad: They were one of the most adorable couples in Hollywood. Have you seen their coordinating Halloween costumes?

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4. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

The date we found out: November 10
Length of relationship: Two years
Why it hurt so bad: We never wanted Biebs to have to say, “baby, baby, baby, nooooo” about Selena.

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5. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

The date we found out: June 29
Length of relationship: Five years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: If this two Xenu-loving cats can’t make it work, who can? RIP, TomKat.

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6. Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson

The date we found out: July 30
Length of relationship: 18+ years of dating off and on
Why it hurt so bad: But Kristi, YOU’RE the reason Bret quit doing those filthy, beautiful Rock of Love shows! What now? What are we to believe?

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7. Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli

The date we found out: March 13
Length of relationship: 15 years
Why it hurt so bad: Maybe Mike Dexter and Kelly Taylor were just too perfect together? There is no other possible explanation.

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8. Michaele and Tareq Salahi

The date we found out: September 16
Length of relationship: 10 years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: When two professional fakers — remember the ill-fated Real Housewives of DC and the White House party they crashed? — can’t even bother to continue their fake marriage, who should?

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9. Thomas Beatie (The “Pregnant Man”) and Wife Nancy

The date we found out: April 20
Length of relationship: Nine years
Why it hurt so bad: If their love couldn’t persist through years of media speculation and gossip-tabloid stories, then whose can?

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10. Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer

The date we found out: October 15
Length of relationship: Nine years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: We thought Russell and Danielle were as solid as Russell’s career post-Gladiator but APPARENTLY NOT.

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11. Adrienne Maloof and Paul Nassif

The date we found out: July 30
Length of relationship: 10 years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: Now that Adrienne is divorced from her plastic surgeon husband, will her face fall off? And perhaps more importantly, will the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills camera crew still be around to capture it?

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12. Joe and Tina Simpson

The date we found out: October 24
Length of relationship: Married for 25 years
Why it hurt so bad: If this probably gay man and his blushing bride can’t keep it together for a quarter-century, why should anyone?

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13. Chris and Gwen Harrison

The date we found out: May 23
Length of relationship: 18 years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: If the host of The Bachelor can’t make it work with his college sweetheart, then everything we learned about love from reality TV is A LIE.

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14. Avril Lavigne and Brody Jenner

The date we found out: January 17
Length of relationship: Two years
Why it hurt so bad: Why’d they have to go and make things so complicated? And then go on to date Chad Kroger? Why, Avril, why?

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15. Kenny G and Lyndie Benson

The date we found out: August 13
Length of relationship: 20+ years of marriage
Why it hurt so bad: Are you seriously telling me that the sounds of Kenny G’s smooth jazz saxophone couldn’t smooth over his marital problems by seducing Lyndie with his sweet, sweet music? Love is dead.

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Thanks to BuzzFeed’s John Gara for the help turning these images into movie GIFs!

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