Simon Cowell may make the right calls as a judge on reality television shows, but behind the scenes, he doesn’t always use his best judgment. In 2013, the “X Factor” judge was dating celebrity Carmen Electra – and surely enough, it didn’t work.
Though that union was unexpected enough, things got stranger when Carmen found Simon and now-fiancée Lauren Silverman in a rather compromising position. There was also the issue that Lauren was married to Simon’s good friend, Andrew Silverman. Though the couple got off to a controversial start, Simon has continued his relationship with Lauren and even has a child with her.
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
When it comes to navigating friendships and relationships, most people abide by the code “don’t date your friend’s ex.” "Twilight" actress Nikki Reed obviously didn’t get that memo when she began dating actor Ian Somerhalder, the ex of her best friend, actress Nina Dobrev. The two married just months after Nikki’s divorce from her first husband was finalized.
Some believe that Nina left “The Vampire Diaries” (the show that she and Ian starred in together) because of Ian and Nikki’s relationship. Though the couple insists that the three are friends, many fans still find their whole relationship questionable. Talk about a vampy love triangle!
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr
Country music is full of lovelorn partners and heartbreak, but that was nothing compared to what happened between country music star Jason Aldean and former cheerleader Brittany Kerr. Jason was still married to his ex-wife, Jessica Ussery when pictures of him locking lips with Brittany at a nightclub hit the tabloids.
Though Jason apologized and tried to make it work with Jessica, the couple separated a year later. Fans were shocked when Jason continued seeing Brittany, even marrying her in 2015. While the couple has gradually been accepted, many still haven’t forgotten their controversial start. They're still going strong though.
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger
When Chris Pratt and comedic actress Anna Faris announced their separation, it is safe to say that the internet lost it. Fans had placed so much hope in the adorably hilarious couple and were shocked to see that it didn’t work. And they were also shocked how fast he moved on.
Fans even speculated that Chris left Anna after getting more famous (and buff!). While we’ll never know exactly what happened in their relationship, many fans have had trouble accepting his new marriage to Katherine Schwarzenegger (yes, Arnold’s little girl). Despite the frequent criticism directed at the new couple, they seem to be happily married.
Julianna Margulies and Keith Lieberthal
When "The Good Wife" actress Julianna Margulies stepped out with now-husband Keith Lieberthal, the paparazzi wondered who the dashing man on her arm was. Though he has movie star good looks, Keith is actually a lawyer. But no one would suspect otherwise - they look like a true Hollywood couple.
Julianna met the lawyer at a dinner party and the two married in 2007. With a considerable age gap between them and Keith’s appearance, many critics have commented on their relationship. She is quick to tell critics that he is more than just a pretty face saying “he is unbelievably bright and smart and went to Harvard Law.”