Although this year's relationship news started with royal wedding hoopla, it was the breakups that really made us pay attention. Some Hollywood marriages may last 25 years and others make it work for just 72 days. Either way, these stars who loved and lost kept us riveted with the demise of their supposedly happy homes.
When our favorite stars hook up we follow every move of their love lives. We know when they get engaged, when they get married and what they wore. It can feel like a close friend is breaking up when celebrity marriages don't work out. We can, however, take heart in knowing that no one rebounds quicker than our friends in Hollywood. Don't worry; they'll be breaking up with someone new in no time!
Let's take a look back at the year in break ups.
Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger
We thought that this couple was pretty solid. After all, they were married for a quarter of a century. Boy were we wrong. Maria called it quits when she learned that Arnie had fathered a love child with the housekeeper. Schwarzenegger's escapade took a toll on the entire family. True or false?
True. The boy dressed as Conan the Barbarian in tribute to his famous dad for Halloween this year. File this under awkward.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
At the other end of the love longevity spectrum we have Kim and Kris. We all tuned in to watch "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" on the E! Network. When the whole thing went bust in under three months fans turned on Kim, accusing the reality starlet of not being genuine. Now KK seeks to revamp her dash-ing image by visiting Haiti and doing charity work. True or false?
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher
Demi and Ashton were the other big breakup up heard 'round the globe. Although the "Two and a Half Men" star plays a jet-setting playboy in his camera commercials, we all wanted to believe in his undying May-December love for Demi. The couple wed in 2005. Demi was busted cheating and Ashton filed for divorce. True or false?
False. In Demi's breakup statement she said, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony
It seemed that J-Lo had finally found her prince. "Jenny from the Block" was known for big, public romances with stars like Diddy, and who could forget the Bennifer juggernaut. The triple threat from the Bronx divorced Marc as the two were unable to conceive children. True or false?
False. The two, married 7 years, have twins together named Max and Emme. Lopez seems to have rebounded from the breakup by dating 24-year-old dancer Casper Smart. The 2 and 1/2 year old twins meanwhile have made their haute modeling debut with their famous mommy.
Who else called it quits in 2011?
Well, Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris didn't even make it down the aisle. Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz finalized their divorce. Oh - and TV personalities Jesse James and Kat Von D were on again, off again and then kaput.
What do you think? Did these stars' breakups surprise you? Do you feel sadness when your favorite Hollywood relationships don't work out?
Which couples that you see breaking up in 2012? Sound off!
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