Celebrity Breakups: Covid Edition

Couples Who Called It Quits During Quarantine

With the Valentine spirit upon us, we take a look back at all the lovely couples that we are sad to say, couldn’t make it past quarantine, specifically starting March 12, 2020 (when most of the world, especially Hollywood, shut down and never went back to normal). Celebrity couples, like many other couples, faced the true test of love when they found themselves cooped up at home by themselves, seeming endlessly, without work, and without the spotlight.  Here is a list of the celebrity couples that split up and broke our hearts this past year.

 

Kim & Kanye

How long the relationship lasted: 2012 – 2021 (Split Ongoing)

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 10 months

Reason for the split: Following Kanye’s breakdown at the July 2020 political rally and his mention of private information regarding their daughter, North, the couple was reported to spend a lot of time apart. People Magazine reported that Kim was “done” with the marriage. Kanye has been residing in Wyoming, while Kim is in Calabasas with their four kids.

 

Zoe Kravitz and Karl Glusman

How long the relationship lasted: 2016 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 9 months and 10 days

Reason for the split: It is still unknown why the actress filed for divorce from her husband of only 18 months. However, soon after the news of the split broke out, she shared an Instagram story with a shady message about letting go of “people places and things that no longer serve my greatest and highest good.” Fans are speculating that the message was related to the upcoming divorce.

 

Dove Cameron & Thomas Doherty

How long the relationship lasted: 2017 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 6 months

Reason for the split: The actress took to Instagram to announce the couple’s split in December and called it an “incredibly difficult” decision. As for Doherty, he hasn’t addressed the split on any of his social media platforms yet. However, the split came after the couple made the decision to move in together with Dove candidly admitting to People that quarantine has challenged many couples and that “space” and “alone time” are necessary at such times.

 

Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis

How long the relationship lasted: 2011 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 8 months

Reason for the split: sources differ on the exact reason why the couple split after nearly 9 years and two kids together. Some argue that their relationship began to fall apart as soon as they moved out of New York, sometime earlier, and that they have undramatically transitioned into a more “amicable” status with their children being the top priority. However, in light of Wilde’s blooming romance with One Direction alum, Harry Styles, there have been some opposing speculations that the heartthrob played a key role in the split of the actors.

 

Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green

How long the relationship lasted: 2004 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 2 months

Reason for the split: This is not the first time Fox and Green have split. In fact, the couple split up once in 2009 after calling off their engagement and once again in 2015 before Fox got pregnant with their third son, Journey. However, in his podcast, Green revealed that they split up because they grew apart when Megan was gone for five weeks to film her new movie. He said that when she came back she mentioned that she liked the version of herself when they were apart (when she met and, possibly, fell for her co-star and current beau, MGK.) On the other hand, Green is sparking some new romance vibes with Sharna Burgess, which is definitely keeping him preoccupied.

 

Miley Cyrus & Cody SimpsonHow long the relationship lasted: 2019 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 5 months

Reason for the split: Despite the fact that Miley and Cody were one of the hottest couples to emerge in the last couple of years, they still called it quits because they wanted different things in life and felt they had to go their separate ways. Allegedly, Cody wanted to be single and Miley was ready to fly solo, and their relationship eventually fizzled out. However, live on Instagram, Miley told her fans that she and Cody are still friends and are in touch. Since then, they both removed all pictures of each other from their respective Instagrams and unfollowed each other on the app.

 

Bill Hader & Rachel Bilson

How long the relationship lasted: 2019 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 4 months

Reason for the split: Although it is unclear why the pair broke up after only about 6 months of dating, despite the split, Hader and Bilson have remained “amicable.” For now, Bilson has taken the time to focus on her daughter and neither of them have addressed the split yet.

 

Armie Hammer & Elizabeth Chambers

How long the relationship lasted: 2008 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 4 months

Reason for the split: On the 10th of July 2020, Hammer and Chambers took to their Instagrams to post identical posts and statements announcing their split. Despite the seeming drama-free nature of the posts, it is said that the reason behind the divorce is actually quite the opposite. Allegedly, Hammer sent explicit texts to Chambers that were meant for another woman. Since then, Elizabeth filed for divorce and full custody of their children, while Hammer insists on having joint custody. The story only got weirder, with Hammer being accused by some of his ex-girlfriends and former flings of erm…cannibalism! This begs the question: did the couple separate because of their differing taste in food?

 

Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich

How long the relationship lasted: 2013 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 2 months

Reason for the split: Sources have differed on the exact reason why these two decided to call it quits. They have been having trouble in their marriage since December 2019 and when the virus struck, they made the decision to quarantine separately. One thing that seems to be clear is that they had completely different ideas on how their marriage should be. According to Cosmopolitan, Laich wanted a more traditional marriage and struggled with Hough’s independence and free-spirit, while Hough wanted to focus on her individuality and her Hollywood career. After attempts at reconciliation, the dancer and actress filed for divorce in November 2020.

 

Cole Sprouse & Lili Reinhart

How long the relationship lasted: 2017 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 0 days.

Reason for the split: Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart have always been very private about their relationship. However, this past August, the actor broke his silence on the matter by sharing a tribute to Lili to confirm their breakup. It is said that, following the Covid-19 outbreak delay of production of the teen drama series, Riverdale, in which they both star, their relationship was also put on hold. In his post, Sprouse confirmed that they took a break in January and decided on a more permanent split in March.

 

Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozi

How long the relationship lasted: 2012 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 1 month

Reason for the split: On April 17th, Mary-Kate Olsen filed for divorce from Olivier Sarkozi and cited in her case that he took her name off the lease of their joint NYC apartment and gave her until May 18th to move out. As they are a very high profile, yet private couple, it is quite unclear what pushed Sarkozi to take such a radical action in the first place. The couple recently reached a divorce settlement in a court hearing conducted over Zoom.

 

Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech

How long the relationship lasted: 2018 – 2020

How long it lasted into official quarantine: 3 months

Reason for the split: This newly-weds’ divorce is perhaps the most mysterious of the season. Michael Kopech filed for divorce only days after Morgan revealed her pregnancy with their first child. Speculations have been running since then with fans of the Riverdale star questioning Kopech’s fidelity and the reason behind his sudden decision. Vanessa has been flying solo since June, posting pictures and videos on her Instagram to celebrate her pregnancy and to share the news with her fans. Kopech wasn’t spotted in any of her posts.

 

Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich

How long the relationship lasted: March 2020 – September 2020

How long it lasted into quarantine: 6 months

Reason for the breakup: This relationship seemed perfect in its first stages, however, the breakup was anything but. It is unlikely to see such private events of a breakup unfold so publicly and I guess we have Ehrich to thank (or blame) for that. The couple ended their relationship quite abruptly after tweets from Ehrich’s twitter in 2012 resurfaced and, let us just say, they were pretty embarrassing. Apparently, the actor used to have a massive crush on Lovato’s ex best friend, Selena Gomez… among many others including Gigi and Bella Hadid. It wasn’t long after these tweets came out that the couple called it quits on Septmeber 24th. Since then, the ex Disney star has been slowly moving on while Ehrich has been making very public, very unnecessary appearances meant to out details of their relationship that Lovato would rather keep private.