There’s no doubt that 2020 is a weird year for dating. Normally, most of us would be in the middle of some kind of summer fling, but my personal life is currently drier than… *tumbleweed rolls through my apartment*. But plenty of celebs have figured out how to date in the middle of the pandemic, so at least we can live vicariously through their relationships, right? Right?? I’m not sad at all.
The last time we checked in on quarantining couples was back in March, and it’s safe to say there have been some developments since then. In the past few months, we’ve seen lots of breakups, new couples, pregnancy announcements, and even engagements and weddings. Today, we’re focusing on couples who got together either during quarantine or right before, and honestly, it’s impressive how many celebs have found love amid an ongoing global pandemic.
Demi Lovato & Max Ehrich
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When I was a little girl, my birth dad always called me his “little partner” – something that might’ve sounded strange without his southern cowboy like accent. To me it made perfect sense. And today that word makes perfect sense again but today I’m officially going to be someone else’s partner. @maxehrich – I knew I loved you the moment I met you. It was something I can’t describe to anyone who hasn’t experienced it firsthand but luckily you did too.. I’ve never felt so unconditionally loved by someone in my life (other than my parents) flaws and all. You never pressure me to be anything other than myself. And you make me want to be the best version of myself. I’m honored to accept your hand in marriage. I love you more than a caption could express but I’m ecstatic to start a family and life with you. I love you forever my baby. My partner. Here’s to our future!!!! 😩😭❤️🥰😍 Ps. THANK YOU @angelokritikos FOR HIDING BEHIND ROCKS AND CAPTURING THE ENTIRE THING!!! I love you boo!!!
I don’t really have a concept of time anymore, but I know this pandemic has been going on for a while because one of our favorite quarantine couples is ENGAGED! It was first reported that Demi and Max were together at the end of March, in the early days of quarantine. At first, they kept things pretty quiet, but we got confirmation of the relationship when Demi accidentally walked in on Max’s Instagram Live. God, that feels like it was three years ago.
Since then, they’ve been a lot less shy about their relationship, and it seemed like things were getting serious. Turns out things are really serious, because today they graced our feeds with some gorgeous beach engagement photos. They both posted really sweet captions, with Demi saying she’s “ecstatic to start a family and life with” Max. But mostly I’m just focused on that RING. Ladies, if your partner is dragging his feet and saying he can’t propose during a pandemic, just send him these pics.
Megan Fox & Machine Gun Kelly
Megan Fox is living proof that you can make it through divorce and even find love again on the other side. It probably helps that she’s like, extremely hot, but whatever. Shortly after splitting from Brian Austin Green this spring, she was spotted hanging out with Machine Gun Kelly, and she appeared in one of his music videos around the same time.
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They’re still extremely together, and are currently in Puerto Rico, where they’re working on a movie with none other than Randall “Fofty Please” Emmett. Lala Kent is there too, and Megan and Mr. Machine Gun (do I call him Colson?) went on the latest episode of their podcast. Megan said that when they met on the set of the movie pre-pandemic, “I knew right away that he was what I call a twin flame.” They hit it off right away, and with Colson (I’m going with it) calling Megan his “future wife”, an engagement might be in their near future too.
Lil Wayne & Denise Bidot
One of our favorite rappers, and one of our favorite Diet Starts Tomorrow alums? Obviously a match made in heaven. Denise Bidot’s modeling career has been exploding lately, and her personal life seems pretty great too. Last month, Denise shocked everyone when she posted some adorable photos with Lil Wayne on her Instagram story, saying “in the middle of all the madness, something special happened. Us.” Ugh, this is so f*cking cute. The next week, Wayne posted a pic of Denise in the pool, and she’s the only person he’s following on Instagram, which is a f*cking power move.
Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline
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Honestly, if you star in a Netflix show for teens and don’t date your costar, that’s just a bad career move. Outer Banks stars Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline went public with their relationship last month, two months after the premiere of their show. Since then, they’ve posted lots of pics of each other, and things seem to be going well. Speaking to Us Weekly this week, Chase said that quarantine was an “immediate test” of their relationship, but that “we’ve got great communication.” He added that it’s helpful to be “friends before you dive into a relationship.” These two might be in it for the long haul, or at least until season 2 comes out.
Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas
These two finished filming a movie together shortly before sh*t got real with coronavirus, but they’ve done their best work as a couple in the last few months. Early in quarantine, their daily walks were basically the only thing keeping the paparazzi industry afloat, and full articles were written about Ben’s Dunkin’ coffee order. Ana met Ben’s kids, and at one point, they trolled the paparazzi by putting a cardboard cutout of Ana in his front yard (yes, that actually happened).
In loving memory of the 450 Dunkin’ stores that will permanently close by the end of the year… pic.twitter.com/sOOw0HKpbJ
— Ana de Armas Updates (@ArmasUpdates) July 7, 2020
My personal favorite angle here is the iconic Ana de Armas Updates Twitter account. The account has long been dedicated to documenting Ana’s career, which is undeniably on the rise. But early in the pandemic, they switched to BenAna coverage, and after they lightly trolled the couple for not wearing masks, Ana BLOCKED THE ACCOUNT. The account is actually hilarious, and they continue to pump out great content despite their blocked status. Really, this saga is the only thing that’s been getting me through 2020. In recent weeks, Ben and Ana haven’t been photographed in public, but they’re definitely still together. I guess daily pap walks got old after a few months.
While all these couples basically seem to be killing it during quarantimes, it’ll be interesting to see what happens once things are back to normal. But honestly, that probably won’t be happening any time in 2020, so it doesn’t even matter at this point. Cheers to not being alone! *cries into iced coffee*
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As the coronavirus has spread, and we’ve all been forced into various forms of quarantine, this spring has been a stressful time for everyone. For some of us, it means we’ve spent way too much time alone (hi), but for those in relationships, it’s been an intense few months of ~quality time~ together. I’m sure this has brought some couples closer together, but not every relationship is meant to survive, and quarantine szn has turned into breakup szn.
Several high-profile celebrity couples have called it quits since mid-March, when things really got real with Miss Rona, and the details are fascinating. From out-of-nowhere divorces to couples that seemed like a ticking time bomb, here are all the celeb couples that have broken up during quarantine.
Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy
I won’t pretend to be sad about this relationship ending, because it always felt a little weird. But I was surprised by last week’s sudden revelation that Mary-Kate wants a divorce. I say “wants” because for the time being, the New York courts aren’t accepting new divorce filings, and her request for an emergency divorce was denied. According to new sources, one of the major issues in their marriage was that Mary-Kate wants to have kids, and Olivier isn’t interested in having any more. Now, he’s trying to terminate the lease on their main apartment together, and it seems like things will probably be ugly between these two for a while.
Kristin Cavallari & Jay Cutler
Am I the only one who feels like this happened six years ago already? As we all know by now, Kristin and Jay announced their decision to divorce last month, and they’ve already settled their disputes surrounding custody of their children, and whether Kristin is allowed to buy a gigantic house (answer key: joint custody, and yes). With allegations of misconduct, this seemed like it would be dramatic at the jump, but things seem to have worked out okay for now.
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As I start this new chapter in my life, I have decided not to continue with ‘Very Cavallari.’ I’ve absolutely loved my time filming and am so grateful to E! Entertainment for making this journey possible. To the fans: I can’t thank you enough for all your support and for keeping up with me all of these years. I love you guys 💛
Surprisingly, Kristin announced this week that after three seasons, she won’t be continuing with her reality show Very Cavallari. Honestly, the show is okay at best, so this isn’t a great loss, but I wasn’t expecting it. If anything, I thought Kristin would use the show, which has previously focused a lot on her home life with Jay, as a way to launch her new chapter as a single woman. But it’s important to note that this decision would potentially clear a path for Kristin to return to The Hills in the future. Much to consider!
Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
It’s been a long road for these two, but it seems that they may finally be done for good. They started dating way back in 2004 (when she was just 18), and eventually got married in 2010. After having two kids, Megan filed for divorce in 2015, but they got back together and had a third child the following year. Fast forward to 2020, and they’re officially separated again. After Megan was seen hanging out with Machine Gun Kelly and Brian posted the bizarre butterfly Instagram above, he confirmed their separation on his podcast. Thankfully, he said he and Megan are on good terms, and will still go on trips and spend time together with their kids. I’m glad they’re in a good place for co-parenting, but it looks like it’s finally the end of the line for their relationship.
Cara Delevingne & Ashley Benson
Out of all the breakups on this list, this one hit hardest. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Cara and Ashley had split after roughly two years of dating. It seemed like they went through a lot together—they even bought a sex bench! While neither of them gave any details, things seemed pretty final when Ashley was recently spotted kissing G-Eazy. Sad, but I would kiss G-Eazy too. In her first public comment on the whole situation, Cara posted an Instagram story asking people to stop coming for Ashley, and saying that only the two of them know the truth. Ashley reshared the story, so whatever happened here, at least it seems like they don’t hate each other.
Stacey Dash & Jeffrey Marty
I loved Stacey Dash in Clueless, but times have changed. These days, she’s mostly known for her questionable political views and messy personal life, and she announced last month that her fourth marriage was coming to an end. Dash and Jeffrey Marty got married in April 2018, just TEN DAYS after meeting for the first time. I’m sorry, but nothing good has ever come of getting married that quickly. Their relationship has been rocky, and last year, Stacey called the cops, alleging Jeffrey tried to choke her. But when they showed, Stacey ended up getting arrested for assaulting Jeffrey. The charges were ultimately dropped, but it seems like these two might be better off apart.
Considering that LA’s stay home order has already been extended through July, I’m sure that there will be some more Hollywood quarantine breakups in the weeks and months to come. We already have some ideas about which couples might not make it, but you never know who will be next. For a second, I was even scared that Bella Thorne and her Italian pop star boyfriend had broken up after she tweeted about being done with dating, but he’s back to commenting “would smash” on her Instagrams, so I think we’re good. It was a close call, and in times like this, these breakups can come out of nowhere.
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