Did You Know They Dated? 15 Secret Lovers, Temporary Boos and Flings We Were Surprised By

July 18, 2012  |  
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In Hollywood, it seems that everyone dates everyone and relationships start and end as quickly as people change underwear. But the best Hollywood relationships, even if they don’t last, are the ones that nobody knew about. The ones that you share with friends that get the, “WHAAAAAT!? I didn’t know that, girl!” response. But let’s be clear: there’s a difference between simply dating in Hollywood, and claiming one another in a relationship. There have been a flurry of both of those kinds of correspondences that started quietly and ended just as quiescent, and here are just a few we thought you might be nosey enough to want to know.

And if you did know some of them, that’s all good and dandy too. But either way, enjoy!

Jay-Z and Rosario Dawson

Before he really got serious with Beyoncé and was a household name, and supposedly after an alleged short boo-ship with the late Aaliyah, Jay-Z was romantically involved with actress Rosario Dawson. You know Rosario, she was the actress in movies like Kids, He Got Game, Sin City and a lot more. Their relationship…or time together doing whatever it was they were doing…occurred in 2000, and people even assumed that the second verse in the song “Lost Ones” was about Dawson (that was until Jay set the record straight in Decoded, saying the song was about Bey). But it didn’t last long.  Jay went on to date Beyoncé and Rosario, at the time, went on to date “Sex and the City” hunk Jason Lewis (who played Kim Cattrall’s young actor boo). No offense to Jigga, but what an upgrade!

Source: Zimbio

Common and Taraji P. Henson

If you are like most of the staff here and read Common’s memoir, “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” then you probably already knew that these two were an item. Or maybe you watched that episode of “The Wendy Williams Show” where Henson confessed that she and Common did indeed date. After their time working on the “Testify” video together, she and the uber-fine rapper tried to have a committed relationship, but it happened at the wrong time–in the midst of Common dealing with the death of friend, former roommate and producer J. Dilla. Though things didn’t work out, they’re still cool as an ice cube. And even though Common is most known for his time with Serena Williams, his mother still made it known that she loved her some Taraji and would have loved to see them work out…

Source: people.famouswhy.com

Sofia Vergara and Tom Cruise

Before he married Katie Holmes, and before she was a big star thanks to her role on “Modern Family,” Tom was dating Vergara in 2005. The two were allegedly set up after meeting at a party held by Will Smith–a BFF of Cruise. Like most of the women who’ve been wooed by Cruise, even though she was feeling him, she wasn’t feeling his over-the-top adoration of Scientology, and the expectation that she would be expected in the future to convert to the faith if they made it long-term. Dang Tom, seems like you need to ease up on bringing up the S word into the conversation with these prospective boos…

Source: avahtaylor.com

Melanie Fiona and Adam Rodriquez

The Canadian singer and uber-fine fella from “CSI: Miami” may not have been walking all the red carpets together or publicly claiming each other in interviews, but they were indeed a pair in an actual relationship. For three years as a matter of fact, and after sharing a home together in LA. They appeared together in her video for “It Kills Me” and it seems a spark went off that kept them together. But after all that, and feeling as though she wasn’t an equal in her relationship, she and the hottie quietly parted ways. The actor and his reps like to think that Fiona’s songs aren’t about their breakup, but denial is one hell of a defense mechanism.

Source: LipstickAlley

Meagan Good and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Before she was a “preacher’s wife,” Good dated a few interesting fellas, including NFL baller Thomas Jones for a few years and she was even linked to Soulja Boy of all people. They were booed up for a very short time before she got on Twitter and dissed him after he tried to call her fake: “he doesn’t like chicks.” But way back in 2004 the actress dated Inception and 500 Days of Summer star Joseph Gordon-Levitt around the time they were working on the independent movie Brick. It didn’t last long, but had it, I’m sure there would be many black men everywhere up in arms.

Source: missinfo.tv

Angie Martinez and Q-Tip

This wasn’t a big secret to me, but there are many people out there who were unaware that Ang and Q-Tip were once an item. It happened before the new Millennium, as the two parted ways in ’98, but back when the two were still together, Angie was trying to keep things on the low-low and wasn’t having it when people thought they were going to put her and her man on front street. That’s why she had to handle Wendy Williams. It was reported that the two ladies got into an actual scuffle after Williams outed Martinez and Tip’s relationship. Williams didn’t deny that it happened, but says it was more of a verbal altercation (even though that, on top of a slew of other issues got her fired from Hot 97). Tip and Martinez are still good friends to this day though, as they show up and smile for pics together at numerous events.

Source: mtv.com

Beyoncé and Mos Def

As Bey once said to LA Confidential Magazine about her relationship with Jay-Z: “Fortunately I haven’t had any breakups! This is my first relationship. We were together for a really long time before we got married; we were in no rush.” Sure, he was her first real committed relationship, but Bey has dated a few brothas, allegedly even rapper Mos Def. The two were said to be booed up around the time they worked on the MTV film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera together in 2001. It didn’t look to be anything serious, as by 2002, she was of course making a love connection with Jigga Man.

Source: meetthadealer.com

Ray J and Lil Kim

Don’t get me wrong, these two were nothing serious, but for years, they were having an on and off again fling. People would see them holding hands, jumping into cars together (roses in her hand) and kissing in public, but Ray never looked at it as anything serious. As he told Tyra on “The Tyra Banks Show,” “We go out on dates and have fun but it’s not official like I’m her husband and she’s my wife. We go out and have fun. I love Lil’ Kim but I don’t kiss and tell.” Guess Kim was more than impressed with Brandy’s brother after “Wait a Minute.” 

Source: meetthadealer.com

Shemar Moore and Kimberly Elise

While many like to assume Shemar Moore has a type (women of the non-black persuasion), word on the street is that when Moore and Elise were working on “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” together and after filming, they dated. While it might sound like crap, there are pictures of the two walking the red carpet for other events outside of “Diary” together, and looking really close and hugged up all around town…They may have not stayed together very long, but they were cute together while it lasted. He needs more wholesome women in his life and not chicks like these

Source: gossipbeast.com

Robin Givens and Brad Pitt

Before Angelina and all his famous boos, and after her scary a** marriage to Mike Tyson, Robin Givens and Brad Pitt were an item during his pre-fame days. At the time, it was rumored that they stopped seeing each other after Pitt felt threatened by her heavyweight boxing ex-man. And that makes sense, as Tyson recently told Conan O’Brien that when he found out they were dating, even though it was after Givens and Tyson’s high-profile divorce, he thought they were going to work things out…so he waited for her outside of her home one day: “As I go to my car she drives up with the handsome Brad Pitt. It just totally overwhelmed me. I had no energy to fight.” Thank God he didn’t, or Pitt might not have that pretty face…

Source: The New York Post

Jennifer Lopez and Wesley Snipes

Move over Diddy! Before there was Ojani Noa, Diddy, Cris Judd, Ben Affleck, Marc Anthony, or her new arm candy, Casper Smart, J. Lo tried her best to get acquainted with Wesley Snipes around their Money Train filming days. The two shared a heated love scene in the movie, and you would think the passion would appear off-screen too. But they didn’t last too long, just dating and kicking it in late 1994. J.LO even tried to say that sex scene with the now-imprisoned actor was “horrible.” Dang, girl! I guess the two Leos just weren’t all that compatible in the end.

Source: http://louisville.metromix.com

Tamala Jones and Nate Dogg

Nate was good with more than the chorus of a hip-hop song, he’s definitely good at putting the moves on the ladies too! Just ask actress Tamala Jones. She and the late rapper/singer started dating around 2003 when they met on the set of the movie, Head of State. In a random turn of events, in Smooth magazine, Jones actually blames Wendy Williams of all people for the demise of their relationship, and their alleged engagement, because Williams told the singer that his lady was messing with Ed Lover while they were together. Tamala didn’t appreciate that:

“That little s-t Wendy Williams has never met me. She’s never sat down and said, ‘Tamala let me get an interview with you.’ I understand she’s like a gossip person, but even the ones that write in the tabloids and even the ones that really want the story are classy. She’s a classless woman who doesn’t even know by her mouth what she can do to a person’s life. Forget the relationship, what she can do to a person’s life. She doesn’t even know how much s-t she’s done contributed to that’s been messed up for me based on her comments that are not fact.”

On a sidenote, Jones also dated Big Gipp of Goodie Mobb in case you didn’t know.

Source: http://www.vh1.com


Halle Berry and Danny Wood

I know what you’re thinking if you were born in the late ’80s and up: Who the hell is Danny Wood??? Well, first of all, Google is your friend. Second of all, Wood is a member of New Kids on the Block. The two dated in ’89, back when Berry was on the short-lived show “Living Dolls,” was still unknown, and when NKOTB were pretty much on top of the boy band world. But ish didn’t last for long. Could it be because people kept saying Danny was the ug-mug of the group and that Halle could do better…?

Source: oldloves.tumblr.com

Tyra Banks and Seal

Clearly Seal has a type: models. Blame it on the awesome singing voice (or the accent), but this guy bags some of the most sought-after women walking around and gracing the pages of magazines. And while these two were hugged up and cute in photos, they weren’t a couple for too long. They were hot and heavy for about six months in ’96, before Heidi Klum was even in the picture and after Tyra was finished getting lovey dovey with director John Singleton for all those years.

Source: atrl.net

Fergie and Justin Timberlake

Uh, talk about a cradle robber! Back when Just Timberlake was just a hella young 16, he was dating 23-year-old Fergie, way before she was ever affiliated with The Black Eyed Peas. During the time, homegirl was singing with the group Wild Orchid, and Timberlake was just getting big thanks to boy band N’Sync in 2001. Timberlake was a gentleman, but sadly, Fergie-Ferg (back then you could just call her Stacy) and ‘ol boy couldn’t last because of the age difference:

“It’s true. My friends made fun of me and gave me the nickname Stella, from the movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back, about a woman who dates this younger guy. I almost didn’t go out with him because he was so young, but he was always trying to convince me he was so mature. And he was. But one of the reasons we got along was because we both loved hip-hop and used to talk about the Black Eyed Peas and how amazing they were.”

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  • Just saying!!

    This is probably wrong to say…but I think Seal is so ugly. I don’t get how he gets these women. Singing voice or not, that’s not going to help me lay down with someone I find unattractive.

  • Jacquetta White

    In regards to that “Google is your friend” comment on Danny Wood, you put the story out, therefore you should provide the background information.

  • Leila Nurse

    Ray-J & Lil Kim. haaaaa

  • Erin

    Fergie also dated JC from *NSYNC.

  • Sandra Wood-Szauter

    Danny was no Ug-Mug thank you very much.

  • Mia

    I heard Taraji & Alex Rodriquez were an item for a while after their Tyler Perry movie

  • Maverick

    Melanie Fiona is Guyanese!

  • Maverick

    Melanie Fiona is Guyanese!

  • phobalo2

    Did they say ‘after an alleged short boo-ship with the late Aaliyah’ – Thats not true…She was with Damon Dash— please get the story right if your going to tell it….Cant believe any thing Else from this sight..(FUCK).

    • me

      you are not correct…..Jay was with (dated) whatever u’d like to call it,,,before Dame…which is what was rumored to start the riff betwn the two men..

  • I am definitely bookmarking this page and sharing it with my friends.

  • Duh

    Why does the author use every variation of ‘Boo”? I didn’t think that term made it into the new decade. Also, Fergie never dated Justin T. She was begged by Justin to take his virginity while the ‘Duchess’ declined die to friendship.

  • Jo

    Justin Timberlake was NOT 16 in 2001. Neither was Fergie 23 in 2001. He was 16 in 1997, and she was 23 in 1998. Quick Google search, that’s all.

  • Taylor

    This Beyonce’ thing is a lie…I absolutely don’t believe this “relationship” for one second

  • in 2001 J.T. was 20(1982) and Fergie(1975) was 26. There is a 6 year difference between them.

    • TheBigKing1

      But then again…sometimes celebrities lie about their age. So it could be their real age…and their stage public age. Never know.

  • If Seal was a woman, I wonder if she would be able to date handsome models men…

  • Anti-believer

    Some of these were FAKE publicity relationships for exposure and some were also gay covers.

  • tracy

    I am not suprised about Rosario Dawson, latin hispanic types (I know she is part African American too) tend to look for black males with major money . Otherwise they are looking for a come up with white men

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  • To be such a beautiful woman, Beyonce hooks up with the ugliest men. I guess it must be about the money coz it doesn’t seem to be about the looks!

    • AlmondJoy

      So if it’s not about looks, it has to be about money? Umm ever heard of something called personality?

  • seriously?

    Who the hell is Taraji Henson?

  • SaraS

    There are three loud ads going on at the same time on this website, as well as a pop-up every few pages that I can’t close for 5 seconds.
    If you want more people on your site, you need to stop this. I wouldn’t come again.

  • Rebecca

    Um…look at the article of Sofia Vergara in Allure – she even says that she and Tom Cruise did not date.

  • Does it take 15 pages to display 15 items? What should take 5 minutes takes 20. I stopped at page 3…better things to do than wait for pages to load on hi-speed connection.

  • enoughsaid99

    Jay Z does have a type, so you better be very light, or your out of luck.

    • Angela

      Foxy Brown is far from light.




  • DiamondPiscesRoyalty

    Umm… Jay Z didn’t date Aaliyah, Dame Dash did.

    • cake211

      allegedly jay did before dame and that caused some kinda rift btw them

  • coconut

    V surprised at Mos Def/Bey, Ray/Kim, Robin/Brad

    I think the main reason why a lot of ppl are over beyonce is the fact that she is a boldface liar and seems to take her followers for fools..hw can she say jay is her ‘first relationship’ when everyone knows about her middle/slash high school sweetheart and also that she dated marques houston? Plus, an authorised documentary of hers made a big deal of highlighting that she went through a depressed stage durin one of the first DC tours cos her snd her then boyfriend broke up, so why does she now say she has never experienced hearbreak? Recently she mentioned hw she’d lost 60 pounds post-pregnancy bt her pregnancy pics only show nabsolutely no weight gain accept for the tummy area – so how is a 60 pound weight gain and subsequent loss even possible? No matter how much a lie is pushed dwn ur throat as truth, in the long-term, smoke and mirrors are no substitute for common sense and a lot of ppl are starting to believe their own common sense rather than the lies told to the media.

    RayJ must be really good in bed ’cause cougars love him – didn’t see that sex tape bt I js might hunt it dwn to see his magic stick in action..must def be worth a watch.

    Robin Givens has such varying taste in men. I’m curious to know who she’s dating at the moment – she totally seems like the supercute bt supercrazy chick lol. Myt js be the characters she usually portrays bt mike did mention she’s a feisty one…;)

  • Courtney

    I love me some Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I got to admire him the whole time while watching Dark Knight Rises. He is so cute, and it gives me hope since he dated Megan Goode, a black girl. 🙂 Too bad it didn’t work out between them. Hopefully he’s open to dating more black girls.

    • SexNdaCity

      This whole post sounds desperate…smh…

  • Oom-Foo-Foo

    Ray J and Lil Kim? Brad Pitt and Robin Givens? UGH! LOL

  • FellowPaisa

    As a colombian woman, sofia is probably catholic like the majority of the country, they dont play that “cult” s**t

  • Ironique

    Funny thing: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Q-Tip dating a black woman. Wonder what his deal is…

    • originalwharris

      He dated Janet Jackson.

  • Ifuaskme2

    Seems to me some of these people were with EVERYBODY

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    I know you all need to get paid, but these ads are driving me crazy!

    • For_The_Masses

      The ads are beyond annoying, and what makes it worse it shows up after ever damn click!

  • Bey also dated Marques Houston back in DC’s JUMPIN JUMPIN days

    • Kris

      A while before that . The video might have even after the fact. There was a dedication to Matthew & Tina in the inside CD cover/ lyric sheet Something about Promising to marry Bey WAY back

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  • Southerngirl

    Umm, isn’t Shemar Moore’s mother white? He doesn’t have to only date black chicks, lol. Somehow, I don’t think Beyonce and Mos Def ever dated. But the Robin Givens and Brad Pitt thing is hilarious.

  • Chanda

    I knew about all of those except Melanie Fiona. A few other ones:
    Tom Cruise and Cher
    Diana Ross and Gene Simmons
    Naomi Campbell and Tommy Lee
    Kim K and Nick Lachey, Nick Cannon
    Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Noth (Mr. Big)
    Prince and Kim Bashinger (so I heard)
    Heidi Klum and Anthony Keidis
    Tyra Banks and Seal
    a part 2 Madame Noire?

  • Tagirl

    Back in the day, Shemar also dated Halle, Lela Rochon and Toni Braxton. He’s dated sistas. But didn’t know he and Kimberly dated.

  • Tagirl

    I probably respect Angie Martinez the most of any of the NY radio personalities. She just does her job and isn’t extra.

  • sammi_lu

    Brad and Robin look smoked out on that pic..I didn’t recognize either one until I read the caption.

  • FromUR2UB

    Was that a slam on Kimberly Elise? What’s that about?
    Shemar Moore needing someone wholesome? Puh-hahahahahaha!!

  • okay who DIDNT kno ray j and lil kim was dating? that person must have been in a coma to have not realized that… if u didnt know what was going on between them two, just watch wait a minute on you tube…

  • Likklebit

    Wow! Shemar Moore and Kim Elise; now that’s good look. Pity, I guess he’s too busy admiring himself in the mirror to commit to a sensible woman.

  • Gimmeabreak78

    Ray-J dating anybody doesn’t surprise me. That boy’s man parts has more mileage on it than a used Honda. I remember when Shemar Moore was on Oprah promoting Diary. He said then he was feeling Kimberly Elise, Denzel (her friend) warned him not to hurt her. I knew that Robin G. and Brad Pitt dated, but I didn’t know (but should have probably suspected) that crazy a** Iron Mike broke them up, lol.

    • sonia

      don’t be mad @ ray-jay…that lil boi got game n he say smashing lol.

    • sonia

      *stay…not say*

  • bigdawgman

    I can only imagine the look on Brad’s face when he saw Mike’s car! Ain’t no way you can get in the mood thinking Crazy Iron Mike might be waiting for you outside in the bushes!! #DEAD

  • Dee

    Robin Givens and Brad Pitt was no secret… what about Beyonce and Justin Timberlake; she said in a magazine interview that he was a good kisser but they dated briefly before he and Brittany got together

    • Angela

      That doesn’t really count as dating.

    • cake211

      yeah, I thought they were gonna mention that too. Cuz JT was the ish and i knew all these lil tidbits about him. why wouldnt that count as dating?

  • mrsurban

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, what I wouldn’t do to you…..mmmmm

  • lovinghim

    I’d take Joseph Gordon-Levitt anyday..especially when he grows a scruffy beard out. Oh yea I would have all his babies…lol

  • I thought Beyonce said she was a “Virgin” before she met Jay-Z…Didnt she say he was her “First EVERYTHING..”…

    • Pivyque

      She could have been. Just because you date someone doesn’t mean you have to sleep with them.

    • Guest

      Ummm Jay-Z was NOT Beyonce’s first! If she ever said that, she’s lying, just like she lied about being pregnant.

    • Anon

      Naw I know Marques Houston smashed Bey. I love her an all but she lies about Jay being her first everything.

      • rich

        Wow you know marquee and beyond they let to watch Smdh

        • Anon

          why are you so butt hurt over my comment? Marques said he hit. Get over yourself. You believe what you want and I’ll believe what I want. Good Day.

          • Angela

            Lol, men say a lot of things.

    • rich

      Well maybe she dated other men does not mean she slept with other men

    • cinnamonchic

      beyonce is telling the truth… Beyonce met JayZ at 16 yr old- when DC was working on their first album . She said nothing about been married a virgin :0)

    • Just saying!!

      Dating automatically means you’re not a virgin? I don’t recall her saying that but even if she had this wouldn’t change anything.

  • Dom

    This was juicy! I’m most surprised by Megan and JGL! Like, whoa! Talk about a mis-match!

  • jamma

    Meagan Good and Joseph Gordon-Levitt????GTFOHWTBS…am jealous

    • sabrina

      IM SAYINGGGG!!!!! but hey, if he still likes black chicks, THEN THERE’S HOPE!!!!!!!

      • yes I wanna be boo-ed up with him.

      • Adrian Khan (The Soca Warrior)

        If you have to ask,then obviously not.

      • Angela

        Why must he like “black chicks”? Why can’t he just like Meagan? I didn’t know we came in packs…lol.

    • you all are silly!

    • Jay

      I thought I was the only one who had a crush on him lol.

      • Teketa

        Haha me too!

      • MzMaryPie2U

        Me 3 especially in Looper *swoon*

  • Vandellish

    Funny how Ray J says he won’t kiss and tell but he will kiss and tape. haha

    Sofia V. is that flame.

  • IllyPhilly

    Is it just common to link stars together after they do movies/videos together?

  • awet

    This was pretty good list, the only one I knew of was Ray J/Lil’ Kim. Speaking of Q-Tip, I was surprised to hear that he used to date Nicole Kidman!!

  • realadulttalk

    If anyone missed Kim and Ray-J’s relationship you must have been under a rock!!! SN: I wonder if Kim looks at the pics of her from the 90’s and wishes she had just left well enough alone. She was so much better looking then.

    • KJ23

      It’s not actually a rock, but more so a turtle’s shell, because I definitely did not know. 🙂

      • FromUR2UB

        Me either. I guess I was in a turtle’s shell under a rock.

  • Ske-ske

    Nice pic.

  • Jacquiline Perkins

    ”NEXT” Robin Givens can 0nly have a white guy they are the only ones that would put up with her…what a piece of work and Ray J is gay and grown man that walks around with a ”TOY DOG” lets call a gay a gay? if not then what…….

    • Mia

      Anyone who makes a fool comment like you is extremely ignorant and tacky. So we’ll call extremely tacky and ignorant, extremely tacky and ignorant.

      • sabrina

        Not to mention they need a couple grammar lessons.

        • Rome

          lmao omg

  • NakedTruth

    Um that’s before any of Kim’s surgeries, no bleach, make up. Don’t try the queen

    • realadulttalk

      Lmao @ don’t try the queen. Maybe she wants to rumble with the bee 🙂

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  • Whats wrong with Rosario Dawson. You guys are implying she was a downgrade?

    • Dionne Victor

      No, they were implying that the man that she dated after Jay-z – the guy from Sex and the City – was an upgrade.

      • Tagirl

        I was gonna say, Rosario’s gorgeous and talented.

    • Guest

      She’s no Beyonce

      • sheane

        You right. Cause she can sing AND act. And she’s prettier than her too!

      • loveu

        What’s amazing about beyonce

  • Star4

    Im sorry but all I notice in the back of jz is lil kim looking like a dang bleached out fool

    • Just saying!!

      Wooo I just caught that. I love Kim but yuck!