Break Up to Make Up Part Three: Celebrity Couples on Emotional Rollercoasters

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They break up to make up… and then, they break up again. Celebrities are no different than any other folks when it comes to riding emotional rollercoasters. It’s summer — the season for break ups — and many celebrity couples are or have broken up… only to later get back together.

After part one and part two, MadameNoire compiled of a list of celebrity couples who broke up, got back together, broke up again and in some cases officially called it quits.

Chris Brown, Rihanna

Brown and Rihanna as we all know had quite the rocky relationship over the years. After breaking up in 2009 after Brown severely physical assaulted Rihanna, the two were speculated to have been dating throughout 2012 while Brown was on probation for the assault. Rihanna confirmed in 2013 that they were in fact dating. But of course, Brown had begun a relationship with a model in 2011 and broke it off with her in 2012. Hence, one of the most notorious love triangles begun. Rihanna and Brown broke up again in the spring of 2013. The last slide will explain the rest for those who don’t know.

Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez

They’re one of reality TV’s most notorious couples. Stevie J was involved with the mother of his child Mimi Faust for YEARS. She put up with his lies, games and cheating before finally giving up. Faust is too busy riding her 15 minutes of fame with her sex tape to be concerned about what Stevie and Joseline are doing these days. Meanwhile, Stevie J married his side chick Joseline Hernandez last year, but the two broke up when accusations surfaced Hernandez had cheated with many other celebrities. The two seemingly got back together, but their relationship seem pretty rocky. No one is sure what’s really going on or if it’s all for “Love and Hip Hop” cameras. Nevertheless, Stevie J equals rocky relationship.

Lil Scrappy, Erica Dixon, Scrappy’s Eggs

Scrappy and Dixon had quite the rocky relationship. But then again, Scrappy has a rocky relationship with every woman he dates: Diamond, Shay Johnson, Bambi and Erica Pinkett. Whew, there are so many eggs. And Momma Dee only has ever liked two of them. Speaking of whom, it isn’t solely his fault his relationships are on-and-off again. Momma Dee stays in his love life. She’s the ringmaster of his love affairs. Nevertheless, Dixon and Scrappy called off their engagement and are dating other people. Scrappy’s, in particular, basket is full with eggs. SMH!

Katy Perry, John Mayer

Perry and Mayer have been dating on-and-off since September 2012. The two were spotted together in summer 2013 — indicating they were back together. But they are reportedly broken up permanently this time. Sources told People Mayer and Perry are quite different people and decided to break up for good. There were also rumors Mayer cheated.

Renee Graziano, Junior Pagan

It’s more than safe to say Graziano is completely done with her ex-husband. But their rocky relationship has had somewhat of lasting impact on Graziano — all documented on the Vh1 reality show “Mob Wives.” At the start of season one, they were divorced and by season two they were a couple and by the end of season two — it was revealed Pagan was a government informant. He ratted out her father. After years of cheating, having a child outside of their marriage and divorce, Graziano was finally done with Pagan! She hopes to never see him again yet he has sent her a few threatening letters in the mail. Some folks in the Witness Protection Program should stay hidden.

Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler

The former “Meet the Barkers” stars Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler were also featured in MadameNoire’s “Annnd Cut! The Messiest and Most Public Reality TV Divorces.”  We originally wrote : “After two years of marriage, they filed for divorce in 2006, reconciled in early 2007, broke up again, then got back together at the 2007 Video Music Awards, then the divorce was finalized in 2008 and they got back together again briefly in 2009. Whew, talk about break up to make up!” 

Peter Gunz, Tara Wallace

Gunz has been blasted for his trifling ways on “Love and Hip Hop: New York.” He cheated on his on-and-off-again girlfriend and mother of his children Tara Wallace and then married his side chick, Amina Buddafly. But then, he said he would’ve broken up with Amina if he had known Wallace still wanted him. But the married couple are now expecting their first child together soon. And recently, they celebrated with a baby shower.


Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper

Saldana and Cooper started dating in December 2011 and then broke up in March 2012. But they got back together, but then broke up again in Janaury 2013. Shortly after their last breakup, Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in June 2013. The ex-couple starred in The Words together in 2012 and are now starring together in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Eminem, Kim Scott Mathers

They have had one of the most rockiest celebrity relationships ever! She was the subject of the controversial song, “Kim,” in which Eminem fantasized about murdering her. The couple divorced in 2001. They remarried and divorced again in 2006. But whatever it is, they can’t stay away from each other. There have been rumors of the two getting back together. But if anything, it seems as though they are in a good place now.

Audrina Patridge, Justin Bobby

They begun one of the most notorious reality TV relationships on season three of “The Hills.” Patridge loved her bad boy motorcycle riding hair stylist boyfriend. But after many breakups, she finally gave up on Justin Bobby when he made out with another chick right in front of her in a nightclub. Ouch! But she’s fine these days. She’s dating Corey Bohan, a BMX dirt bike rider.

Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb

They have been on-and-off again for years now. In July 2012, Vergara and her entrepreneur boyfriend were engaged. But their engagement was called off in May 2014. Could it finally be over? She’s one of the hottest and most popular actresses in Hollywood. So he better hope not. Unluckily for him right now, she is reportedly dating Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello.

Kat Von D, Jesse James

After his nasty divorce with Sandra Bullock, Jesse James dated Kat Von D. They broke up for the first time in July 2011 and got back together in August 2011 — announcing their engagement was back on. But Von D accused James of cheating on her with multiple women — breaking up again in September 2011. James is now married to Alexis DeJoria. Good luck with him, DeJoria!

Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee

Lee and Anderson fell in love instantly in 1995. They married four days after meeting each other and then had two sons together. But the couple divorced in 1998.  She accused him of domestic violence. They reconciled briefly and broke up again in 2001. Nevertheless, they got back together again and broke up again in 2008.

Sean Penn, Robin Wright

Penn and Wright are different from the other celebrity couples or ex-celebrity couples on this list. They were married in 1996 after having a child together in 1991. The couple broke up a decade later in 2007, but reconciled months later. Penn filed for legal separation in April 2009 and later reconciled again in May 2009. But the couple broke up for good in August 2009. Their divorce was finalized in July 2010. Oh man! Penn is dating Charlize Theron. Fun fact: They both won lead Oscars in 2004 for Monster and “Mystic River respectively.


Chris Brown, Karrueche Tran

Tran became the other woman. She recently opened up to Keke Palmer about being attacked by Rihanna’s legion of fans. Although, she dated Brown when he and Rihanna hadn’t been together for quite some time, she was dumped for Rihanna. And then, became the other woman — beginning an on-and-off again relationship with Brown. She held it down for him throughout his legal troubles, but the couple broke up again recently for a nearly nude Instagram photo Brown posted of Tran. They are reportedly back together. But Tran seems pretty hurt by their rocky relationship.

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