Celebrities are known for their roller coaster love lives — they fall in and out of love over and over again, sometimes with the same person. As the most high-profile power couple of the early '00s, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez practically became a brand on the back of their portmanteau, Bennifer, and sparked a media firestorm when they broke up in 2004. Seventeen years later, the pair reunited — and have been keeping paparazzi busy with their public outings all summer long. "Bennifer: The Sequel" is proving that even in Hollywood, love is worth is fighting for.
Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at more famous pairs who got back together after very public breakups.
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez started dating in 2001 after meeting on the set of the big-screen comedy "Gigli." They got engaged in 2002 while J.Lo was topping the charts with her hit "Jenny From The Block," which featured a video starring her A-list beau. The two made headlines for their every move as Bennifer, something Vanity Fair at the time called "the first of that sort of tabloid branding." But they called off their 2003 wedding just days before it was set to take place and ended their engagement months later in early 2004. Jennifer later said that Ben's discomfort with the amount of media attention surrounding their relationship was a factor in their split. She called it her "first real heartbreak" in an interview with People magazine and Entertainment Weekly's editorial director in 2016, adding, "I think different time, different thing, who knows what could've happened, but there was a genuine love there." They moved on to respective failed relationships with Jennifer Garner and Marc Anthony, and after Jennifer ended her engagement to another star, retired MLB slugger Alex Rodriguez, in April 2021, it wasn't long before Bennifer was back on — and vacationing in Montana, the Hamptons and Italy in their first few months together. Fans are eager to see if things work out for the stars this time around.
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Khloe Kardashian began dating NBA player Tristan Thompson in 2016 and the pair welcomed daughter True in 2018 — just a few days after Tristan was busted cheating on his pregnant girlfriend. The couple powered through the rough patch, remaining together until it was revealed in 2019 that he'd cheated on the reality star again, this time with her sister Kylie Jenner's then-best friend Jordyn Woods. Khloe ended it but in 2020, they reconciled and gave it another go… until 2021, when they once again split in the wake of more cheating allegations.
Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber met at a concert meet-and-greet as kids but didn't spark dating rumors until they reunited years later in 2014. They finally confirmed their romance in 2016 but ended things just a few months later. Justin, who'd ben on and off with singer-actress Selena Gomez for years, moved on with Sofia Richie and, as Hailey later explained to U.K. newspaper The Times, they were no longer on speaking terms. "We went through a long period of time when we weren't friends," she said after they were spotted together again in 2018. "We didn't speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We've moved past that." Just one month after giving it another go in the summer of 2018, Justin proposed. A few months after that, they eloped at a courthouse in New York City and then wed a second time the following year in South Carolina surrounded by friends and family.
Rappers Cardi B and Offset have made headlines for years with their on-and-off relationship that began in early 2017. She spoke to The Fader about how much the Migos performer inspired her, saying, "It's been a blessing, me meeting him and meeting his friends. I see how hard they work and that motivated me to work even harder." The two quietly married later that same year but didn't tell fans, instead perpetuating that they got engaged on stage — until TMZ discovered a marriage license and outed them as Mr. and Mrs. However, it wasn't long before Cardi, who welcomed their first child, daughter Kulture, in 2018, announced on Instagram that she and Offset had separated in the wake of a cheating scandal. But by 2019, they'd gotten back together, making their first red carpet appearance at the Grammy Awards, which led fans to believe all was good between them. That is, until the "Up" performer filed for divorce in 2020 … only to call it off one month later. As Cardi told fans during an Instagram Live in 2020, "It's really hard not to talk to your best friend. And it's really hard to have no d***." The couple are expecting their second child in late 2021.
Adam Levine started dating Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo in 2012. They'd been together for about a year when the Maroon 5 frontman ended things. It wasn't long until the singer began a relationship with another Victoria's Secret Angel, Nina Agdal — but that romance was short-lived. It took dating someone else for Adam to discover "the one" had already been in his life for a few years. "Famous last words, 'I'll never get married,'" he recalled on "The Tonight Show" in 2013. "I still don't necessarily think you have to get married unless you meet someone that makes you want to marry them. And then you marry them and it's wonderful." Luckily, Behati felt the same and the two tied the knot in 2014. They eventually welcomed daughters Dusty Rose in 2016 and Gio Grace in 2018.
Dave Annable and Odette Annable met when she played his love interest on the final season of the hit ABC drama series "Brothers & Sisters." They tied the knot in Ojai, California, in 2010 and welcomed daughter Charlie Mae in 2015. But there were challenges, and the pair announced their separation in 2019. Then something unexpected happened: They reconciled. In 2020, they confirmed the news by posting identical smooching selfies on social media. "2020. It ain't all bad news. #TheAnnables," read both of their captions, with Dave playfully adding: "My post is better."
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid crossed paths for the first time at a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show afterparty in 2015 and dated for years before splitting in 2018. The supermodel then struck up a relationship with former "The Bachelorette" contestant Tyler Cameron, but that didn't last, and by late 2019, she and Zayn were back together. Less than a year later, they welcomed daughter Khai.
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink met in 1994 when the actor made an appointment at her Los Angeles hair salon. She recalled to People magazine in 2002 that she saw his name in her appointment book and thought it was a joke. They started dating and tied the knot in 1999, later welcoming three children: daughter Talula in 2002 and twin sons Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen in 2007. However, after nearly 16 years of marriage, Jillian filed for divorce in 2015, citing irreconcilable differences. It was a time of tumult — the same year, Patrick left "Grey's Anatomy." But he realized he didn't want his marriage to end and they started counseling. He also began to pull back from one of his favorite hobbies, car racing. "I [learned] to prioritize," he told People magazine. "Our union has to be the priority." They reconciled later that year and called off their divorce in 2016. Patrick later confessed to ES Magazine, "You have to work at everything. And you cannot do everything. Something has to be sacrificed."
Katy Perry began dating Orlando Bloom after they met at a Golden Globe Awards afterparty in 2016. They were together for just over a year when they stunned fans with a statement revealing they were taking time apart. "Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand, we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time," it said. Thankfully, their sabbatical was short-lived and the two were spotted at a concert together in a matter of months. The couple has remained strong every since: They got engaged in 2019 and welcomed daughter Daisy Dove in 2020. During a 2020 appearance on "Q "on CBC, Katy was candid about how painful their time apart had been. "My career was on this trajectory when it was going up, up, and up, and then I had the smallest shift, not that huge from an outside perspective. But for me, it was seismic," she said of the split. "I had given so much out, and it literally broke me in half."
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade met in 2007 while co-hosting a Super Bowl party and soon became a couple, holding strong until 2013, when they unexpectedly hit a snag. "We kind of took a step back," the retired NBA star said of their break while on "The Tonight Show" that year. But it didn't last long. The pair got back together and were engaged by the end of the year. However, while they were on a break, Dwyane fathered a son, Xavier, with another woman. Still, "At the end of day, we came back together and said, 'Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day,'" Dwyane added. The actress told Glamour in 2014 that the breakup was due to "distance and scheduling," as their lives had become too hectic to spend time together, but that "over the summer, I reassessed priories. I'd always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship for it." They went on to tie the knot in 2014 and she became a stepmother to Dwyane's children from previous relationship and the nephew he's raising. In 2018, they welcomed a daughter together, Kaavia James.
Hilary Duff and singer-songwriter Matthew Koma were introduced while collaborating on her 2015 album "Breathe In. Breathe Out." But they didn't make their debut as a couple until a pre-Screen Actors Guild Awards party in 2017, with the "Younger" star explaining to Vogue in 2019 that there "wasn't an instant spark" but that they'd formed a "nice friendship" right away. After only a few months of dating, however, they broke up due to their "busy schedules." By the end of the year, they gave it another shot, with Hilary joking on "The Talk" at the time, "It's going so great. I mean, this is the third time that we've dated." She added, "Timing is such a big deal… I think that you have history and a past with someone and love, and just because it doesn't work out the first time, the second time, as long as there's not too much damage done, then, it can always work out again." And work out they did: Hilary gave birth to daughter Banks in 2018 and they wed the following year. In 2021, they welcomed their second child together, Mae.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel began dating in 2007 and were together for four years before splitting in 2011. Their reps released a statement to People magazine that said the stars would "remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other." But the breakup didn't last long. Just months after their announcement, Justin told Vanity Fair, "She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? … I would rather not talk about her, because it's hurtful for me." They reunited shortly after that interview and were engaged by the end of the year. Justin and Jessica tied the knot in Italy the following year and eventually welcomed sons Silas in 2015 and Phineas in 2020.
Pink and Carey Hart began dating after she met the professional motocross racer at the 2001 X Games. They broke up briefly in 2003 then reconciled, with the singer proposing to Carey during a 2005 race by writing "Will You Marry Me? I'm serious!" on a pit board. The married in 2006 and split two years later, with Pink posting the news on her website, writing, "The most important thing for you all to know is that Carey and I love each other so so much. This breakup is not about cheating, anger, or fighting. I know it sounds like cliché bulls***, but we are best friends, and we will continue to be." However, the pair reconciled and started dating again in 2009. They've been together ever since, welcoming daughter Willow in 2011 and son Jameson in 2016.
Prince William and Duchess Kate met as students at the University of St. Andrews in 2001, and emerged as a couple in 2003. Seven years later, he put a ring on it, but their fairytale romance wasn't without its hiccups. According to Robert Lacey's book "Battle of the Brothers," the couple had a fight in 2007 that concluded with William dumping Kate over the phone. Thankfully, the break was short-lived and as William told ITV News shortly after their 2010 engagement, "things worked out for the better." They wed at London's Westminster Abbey in 2011 and soon welcomed three kids: Prince George in 2013, Princess Charlotte in 2015 and Prince Louis in 2018.
Kit Harington and Rose Leslie met on the set of "Game of Thrones" in 2011 and by 2012, they were dating. They soon split but were back on by 2014, Us Weekly reported. But they waited until 2016 to take their romance public. They announced their engagement in 2017 and got married in Rose's native Scotland the following year. The pair welcomed their first child, a son, in 2021.
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey met while she was a host on MTV's hit music video countdown series, "TRL," and began dating after she was cast as his love interest in the music video for his 2006 chart-topping ballad "What's Left of Me." They were together for three years before announcing a split in 2009. The break didn't last long and the couple were back on a few months later. "We're trying to figure things out. I don't pretend to know what the future holds, but everything's good," Nick told Us Weekly at the time. "Vanessa's a good girl, and I care about her a lot." And care he did: The two were engaged by 2010 and wed in the British Virgin Islands in 2011. Since then, they've welcomed three children: son Camden in 2012, daughter Brooklyn in 2015 and son Phoenix in 2016. "We have no idea what we are doing(most days)… but d*** it, we are building a life TOGETHER," Vanessa wrote about their relationship on Instagram in 2021. "Know what you want, go get it and work hard to keep it! Nothing worth having is ever easy, but I promise, it's ALWAYS worth it!"
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos fell for one another while starring on the daytime soap opera "All My Children" in the mid-'90s and got married in 1996. But their road to the altar wasn't without its bumps. "Right before we got married, we broke up," the "Live With Kelly and Ryan" host said on Betches' "Comments by Celebs" podcast in 2018. "We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped. Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married." They then welcomed three children: son Michael in 1997, daughter Lola Grace in 2001 and son Joaquin Antonio in 2003. "Because when you know, you know. Thank you for all of the dreams you made reality," Kelly said of her husband on Instagram to celebrate their silver anniversary in 2021.
Kristen Bell began dating fellow actor and Michigan native Dax Shepard in 2007, and they announced their engagement in 2010. However, they nearly didn't make it official after Dax told her early on in their relationship that he wasn't ready for something serious. "We were dating for about three months," Kristen explained to Popsugar in 2017. "He sat me down and said, 'I can't have this right now. I think you're wonderful, but I am still dating other people.' And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the b**** to tell me we weren't in the same place." It wasn't long before Dax came to his senses. "I don't know what I was thinking. I was dating someone else but they're just not as interesting as you, and I don't know what I'm doing," he said. The couple got married in 2013 and had two daughters, Lincoln and Delta. They have also worked together on films like "When In Rome," "Hit and Run" and "CHiPs," but the "Veronica Mars" star admits she hasn't completely let Dax off the hook, explaining, "I still always remind him of when he broke up with me."
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend met on the set of his "Stereo" music video in 2006 and started dating soon after the shoot, with the model joining him on tour. But as the award-winning musician confessed to The Guardian in 2017, he tried to end things before they became official. "I was really stressed and busy," he told the outlet. "I was just like, 'I'd just be happier single right now.'" And while be blamed much of the breakup on his being sick at the time, Chrissy wasn't interested in ending things and refused to go without a fight. "He was feeling really bummed and stressed out," she told Cosmopolitan in 2016. "He was like, 'I can't be in a relationship right now.' That lasted for one day. Literally, a day." As John elaborated, they "were dating again less than half an hour later." The couple wed in 2013 and later welcomed Luna in 2016 and Miles in 2018.