15 couples who have broken up and gotten back together

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Bennifer. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
  • Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are sparking reconciliation rumors after a trip to Montana together.

  • They certainly wouldn't be the only celebrity couple to reconcile after a break.

  • Even Prince William and Kate Middleton broke up before getting back together and tying the knot.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are spending time together 17 years after they called off their engagement, but their official relationship status is unclear.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Jeff Kravitz/Getty

Affleck and Lopez originally dated for two years in the early 2000s, and they were such a tabloid sensation that the portmanteau "Bennifer" was coined to describe them. They got engaged in 2002, but they had postponed their wedding by September 2003. They eventually called off their wedding and their relationship in January 2004.

In April 2021, the timing seemed right for Bennifer 2.0. Affleck broke up with actress Ana de Armas in 2020, and Lopez had called off her engagement to Alex Rodriguez earlier in the month. Page Six reported on April 30 that the two had been hanging out and reconnecting.

Then, the exes were spotted together in Montana in May.

"They have a strong connection. It's all been quick and intense, but Jennifer is happy," a source told People.

So, 17 years after the original break-up, we could be getting a Bennifer reunion.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel broke up in March 2011, reconciled by October, and are now married with two kids.

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at the 2018 Golden Globes. Frederick M. Brown / Getty

Timberlake and Biel dated from 2007 to March 2011, before calling it quits. Timberlake opened up about their "hurtful" split a few months later to Vanity Fair.

"She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life," he said. "In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? So I protect it, and until somebody shows me what would be more fulfilling at this point, that's what I have to do," he continued. He added, "I would rather not talk about her, because it's hurtful for me."

But just over six months after the split, they reconciled in October, and were married a year later in October 2012. They welcomed their first son, Silas, in in 2015, and another child, Phineas, in July 2020.

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik have broken up a few times - the longest break was from January 2019 to January 2020.

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Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik own a farm in rural Pennsylvania. Dominique Charriau/WireImage/Getty Images

Hadid and Malik started dating in 2015 and over the last six years, they've broken up and gotten back together a few times, including breaks in 2016, 2018, and 2019. Since their most recent reconciliation in January 2020, though, they've been solid. They welcomed their daughter, Khai, in September 2020.

"We're adults. We don't need to put a label on it, make it something for people's expectations," Malik said during an interview with GQ in 2018.

Dave and Odette Annable used the pandemic as a time to reconnect after announcing their split.

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Odette and Dave Annable. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

The "Brothers and Sisters" co-stars announced in October 2019 that they were pulling the plug on their 9-year marriage, telling Us Weekly, "It's with heavy hearts that we have come to the mutual decision to separate at this time."

But nine months later, in August 2020, they both shared a photo of them kissing on Instagram. They also had the same caption: "2020. It ain't all bad news. #TheAnnables."

They have a daughter together, Charlie.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard had been dating for about three months when they broke up in 2007. It only lasted a few days.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images

Bell and Shepard had been dating for around three months in 2007 when Shepard told Bell he wanted to end things.

"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,'" Bell told PopSugar in 2017. "And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren't in the same place."

However, that break-up only lasted a few days before Shepard came back and said he made a mistake. They got engaged in 2009 and married in 2013. They also have two daughters: 8-year-old Lincoln and 6-year-old Delta.

Cardi B and Offset have been on and off since they got married in 2017.

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Cardi B and Offset. Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP

The two rappers met in 2017 and tied the knot later that year in September — though, it was a secret. In fact, Offset publicly proposed to Cardi after the two were already married.

A little over a year later, in December 2018, the "Up" rapper announced that she and Offset were splitting up.

"We've got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven't been working out between us for a long time. And it's nobody's fault," she said in an Instagram video. "It's just, like, I guess we grew out of love. But we're not together anymore."

By February 2019, they were once again walking red carpets together, and Cardi even tattooed Offset's name on her thigh.

However in September 2020, Cardi filed for divorce and called the marriage "irretrievably broken" in court documents obtained by E! News. Two months later, after publicly reuniting on social media, she filed to dismiss the divorce, though she can legally file again in the future.

"One day I'm happy, the next day I want to beat him the f--- up," she said on Instagram at the time. "... It's really hard not to talk to your best friend, and it's really hard to have no d---."

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union took a break before getting married.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade. Emma McIntyre/KCASports2019 / Getty Images

The retired NBA player and the "Bring It On" actress were first rumored to be together in 2009, before making their red carpet debut in 2010.

However, they took a temporary break from January to April 2013, mainly due to conflicting schedules, according to Union. "I finished filming ['Being Mary Jane'], then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting 'Think Like a Man Too,'" she later told Glamour in 2014.

"I reassessed priorities. 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. Moving forward, I decided my work schedule has to make sense for our family," she added.

During their break, Wade fathered a son with someone else, but they worked through it and were stronger than ever.

"I've always tried to show my importance in my kids' lives and it doesn't change now. So, I, my lady and my family have continued to move forward, and I think that's evident with the ring and the proposal that I gave her, with our lives," he said during a press conference at the time.

They got engaged in December 2013 and married in August 2014. Their daughter, Kaavia, was born in 2018.

Even royals can be on-again/off-again - Prince William and Kate Middleton split before getting engaged.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William. Chris Floyd/Camera Press via Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge began dating back in 2003 when they were both students at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. They were together for four years before calling it quits in 2007. A few months later, the two had patched things up and gotten back together. In 2010, they announced their engagement.

"I wouldn't believe everything you read in the paper but in that particular instance we did split up for a bit," William said after their engagement in 2010. "But that was just, we both were very young, it was at university, we were sort of both finding ourselves as such ... it was very much trying to find our own way and we were growing up, and so it was just sort of a bit of space and a bit of things like that and it worked out for the better," he continued.

The royal wedding was in April 2011. They share three kids: George, Charlotte, and Louis.

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's relationship is full of ups and downs.

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Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Much has been written about the relationship of Thompson and Kardashian — most famously when Thompson was caught on camera with another woman right before Kardashian gave birth to their daughter, True, in April 2018.

A month later she tweeted, "you have no knowledge of what goes on in our household or the enormous rebuilding this takes to even coexist," confirming they were trying again.

They broke up once again in February 2019, and not soon after, Thompson kissed longtime Kardashian friend Jordyn Woods, causing drama within the family.

But by August 2020, they were once again reported to be back together, and in April 2021, they sparked engagement rumors when Kardashian posted a photo of her hand wearing a gigantic ring on that finger.

Justin and Hailey Bieber didn't speak for two years in between breaking up in 2016 and getting back together in 2018.

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Justin and Hailey Bieber. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Justin and Hailey have known each other for over a decade at this point, but they didn't inspire relationship rumors until 2014, when both of them claimed they were just friends. In 2016, they semi-confirmed they had some sort of relationship — especially after Justin posted a photo of the two kissing on Instagram — in separate interviews.

"We are not an exclusive couple. He's about to go on tour," she told E! News. "Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don't really like to talk about it because it's between me and him."

Justin agreed that things were complicated in an interview with GQ around the same time.

"I know that in the past I've hurt people and said things that I didn't mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I'm just more so looking at the future, making sure I'm not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I'm gonna marry, right?" he said.

At some point after that, before Justin started dating Sofia Richie in August 2016, the two ended things badly.

"'Fizzled' would not be the right word — it was more like a very dramatic excommunication. There was a period where if I walked into a room, he would walk out," Hailey told Vogue later.

They reconnected two years later at a church conference in June 2018. By July, they were engaged, and by September, married.

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo broke up for two months in 2013 before getting married.

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Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Maroon 5 singer started dating Prinsloo, a model, in June 2012. They were together for just under a year before calling it quits in May 2013. At that point, Levine began dating another model, Nina Agdal.

However, that relationship was short-lived. Prinsloo and Levine were back together by July.

"We broke up for two months, realized that it was the worst decision, then got back together, got engaged and got married. It was a wild ride," she told Net-a-Porter in January 2019.

Indeed, the two got married around a year later in July 2014. They now have two daughters, Dusty and Gio.

Pink and husband Carey Hart have broken up multiple times.

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Pink and Carey Hart. Rich Fury/Invision/AP

The singer originally started dating the former BMX rider in 2001, and then broke up two years later in 2003.

"After you spend a couple of nights in the hospital with him when he's broken, the excitement wears off," she said during an interview with USA Today in 2012.

They got back together at some point before Pink proposed to Hart in 2005 during a race. They got married six months later in 2006.

However, two years later, in 2008, they announced their split, and Pink even sang about it in her song, "So What." But by April 2009, they were officially a couple again.

"We're rebuilding," Hart told People. "Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps backwards to move forward."

They now have two kids, Willow and Jameson.

Nick and Vanessa Lachey broke up for four months before tying the knot in 2011.

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Nick and Vanessa Lachey. E! Entertainment/Getty Images

They began dating in 2006 and dated for three years before breaking up in June 2009, telling People that they "remain good friends."

But by October that year, the two were back together. Nick told "Good Day Philadelphia" he was "happy in a relationship."

"I was single for a minute there, and then we've kind of patched things up," he continued.

The happy couple got married in July 2011 and have three children together: Phoenix, Camden, and Brooklyn.

Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma broke up at least twice.

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Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma. Michael Kovac / Contributor / Getty Images

Duff, who married Koma in December 2019, spoke about their relationship back in 2017.

"This is the third time that we've dated," she said on "The Talk." She added "timing is such a big deal … third time's a charm!"

Duff continued: "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."

They got engaged in May 2019 and were married seven months later. They share two daughters, Banks and Mae, along with Duff's son, Luca, from her previous marriage.

Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay's break-up lasted four months.

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Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Ciroc

"It's slowly but surely becoming public knowledge that myself and my wife have decided to go ahead and get a divorce," Ne-Yo said on a podcast in February 2020. They got married in 2016 and have two sons together.

However, in June 2020, Ne-Yo announced he and Renay are officially back together.

"Before the quarantine happened, we were definitely talking divorce," he said on "The Talk." "And the quarantine forced us to sit still, block out the noise from the world — you know the world can get very, very loud, and we tend to let the world's opinion mean more in certain situations than it should," he continued.

He added, "We're actually stronger now than we were before. Now we feel like we can really talk to each other."

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