“It’s Important To Trust Your Gut”: 12 Broken Celebrity Engagements That You Probably Forgot About

April 16, 2018  |  
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If you’ve ever watched the E! show Total Divas, then you probably know of the Bella twins (Brie and Nikki). The latter dated fellow wrestler and actor John Cena for six years and they were engaged to be married last year. He popped the question in an epic and fitting way — in the middle of the ring at Wrestlemania. But sadly, it’s been announced that they’ve called off their engagement. And while it was a surprise that they were going to wed in the first place (especially since he said he didn’t want to be married again or have any kids), still, it’s a shock that they’re calling it quits altogether.

While I’m sure you’re probably thinking, “WHO?!” their split left me thinking about all the famous couples who had big, public engagements, only to end things quietly. And then I realized, there were even more couples whose engagements came and went that we just totally forgot about over the years. As a lover of lists, I thought I’d share.


Selita Ebanks and Nick Cannon

The model and the renaissance man were engaged in 2007 after he popped the question in Times Square. But in October of that year, they called it quits. By April of 2008, he had already moved on and married Mariah Carey.


Kanye West and Alexis Phifer

Way before Kim or Amber Rose, Kanye West was in love with designer Alexis Phifer. After starting their relationship in 2002, they were engaged in 2006. But by 2008, their relationship was over, and West began his courtship with Rose.


Brandy and Ryan Press

The Grammy-winning singer and her music executive beau became engaged in 2012. Their engagement was broken off by 2014.


Naya Rivera and Big Sean

The former Glee star and the rapper went public with their relationship in April 2013, and by October, they became engaged. By April of the next year, their engagement ended and she went on to be the inspiration behind his hit song, “I Don’t F–k With You.”


Adrienne Bailon and Lenny Santiago

Feels like forever ago, doesn’t it? Before she became one with Israel Haughton, Bailon was in a relationship for six years with Roc Nation music executive Lenny Santiago. They became engaged in February 2015, but she called off the engagement in September of that year.


Kelly Rowland and Roy Williams

The singer was engaged to former NFL safety Roy Williams in 2004, but they called it quits in 2005, months before their wedding.

“I wanted that wedding,” she said of that relationship. “I wanted to be married. You can just make wrong decisions in life. That was all part of growing up. I just think it’s important to trust your gut. I did a lot of soul-searching afterwards, and I want to be married, so dating is part of that process.”


Kerry Washington and David Moscow

Before finding love with Nnamdi Asomugha, Kerry Washington was engaged for almost three years to actor Davis Moscow (from 2004 to 2007).


Vivica A. Fox and Omar White

Remember him? She might talk about 50 Cent more than she speaks on Omar White, but Vivica A. Fox was engaged to the club promoter for 10 months before they split in November 2011.


Shantel Jackson and Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather proposed twice to Jackson, and while she said yes the first time, the second time, after they had fallen out, she said no. That’s because, in 2014, he proposed to her over text message:

This is what I offer to you. Let’s get married move in together you can go back in forth to L.A and stay at the condo. I promise I will get you in 3 A list movies this year and I’m willing to go to counseling to make us work and you can get the stuff you want and I’m willing to change but I need you to have a better attitude.

How romantic, right?


Rashida Jones and Mark Ronson

After proposing to her on her birthday in 2003, Jones and “Uptown Funk” producer Mark Ronson called it quits a year later.


Nicole Kidman and Lenny Kravitz

Kravitz has been engaged a couple of times over the years, that includes in 2002 when he popped the question to model Adriana Lima (they split less than a year later), and actress Nicole Kidman. The pair dated briefly after her marriage to Tom Cruise ended. They were engaged from 2003 to 2004.


Zoe Saldana and Keith Britton

Before her three sons and her life with Italian artist Marco Perego, Zoe Saldana was with actor Keith Britton for more than a decade. They became engaged in June 2010, and by November of 2011, they called it quits.

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