Love is patient, love is kind. But love has also been known to batter and bruise. We take a look at some of the more bizarre celebrity romances.
Rihanna and Chris Brown
Rihanna and Chris Brown’s tumultuous relationship has dominated headlines for years, especially after the 25-year-old singer decided to take Brown back despite being badly beaten by him in a 2009 attack.
Proving that love triumphs over everything, including split lips and a bloody nose, the couple were seen cosying up to one another at the Grammy Awards held just a few weeks ago.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
Love hurts for this bizarre one-time couple. They met on the set of Pushing Tin in 1999 and got hitched in Las Vegas just a year later. Their frequent public declarations and gestures of romantic love, including wearing one another’s blood in vials around the neck, quickly became a favourite topic of the entertainment media. Don’t get us started on how the blood got in the vials.
And yes, they divorced three years later.
The 32-year-old American socialite and television personality, best known for her reality television series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, married basketball player Kris Humphries in August 2011 in a widely publicised ceremony.
That October, Kardashian filed for divorce following just 72 days of marriage. The move garnered significant backlash from the media, who called it a publicity stunt.
The socialite has since bounced back onto the dating-and-mating scene, and is currently having a child with her boyfriend, hip hop artiste Kanye West, while still undergoing her divorce with Humphries.
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter may be America’s favourite country darling, but Swift is as famous for being a serial monogamist as she is for her penchant for making unwanted shoutouts to her ex-boyfriends in her songs.
She recently made headlines when she apparently dissed ex-boyfriend, Harry Styles of the band One Direction, during her Grammy performance. Perhaps addicted to the adrenaline rush of falling in love, Swift’s list of famous ex-boyfriends she has musically ranted about include singers John Mayer and Joe Jonas, and actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius attends his bail hearing at the Pretoria Magistrate’s court, South Africa, a few days ago. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.