Nicole Kidman & Lenny Kravitz And Other Celeb Couples You Didn’t Know Were Once Engaged

February 17, 2017  |  
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In an interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, Nicole Kidman revealed that after her marriage to Tom Cruise and before she met and married country singer Keith Urban, she was engaged to Lenny Kravitz. When speaking on what she has in common with her Big Little Lies co-star Zoe Kravitz, Kidman said, “Well, I knew Zoë because I was engaged to her father. It’s all in the family! I love Lenny; he’s a great guy.”

When speaking covertly on that engagement back in 2007, Kidman had this to say about why things didn’t work out to Vanity Fair:

I didn’t really want a relationship. I just wanted my kids to have me, and I didn’t feel comfortable having some person in that small hubbub. And then I got engaged to somebody … but it just wasn’t right. I wasn’t ready. We weren’t ready.” I ask who this mystery fiancé was, but she declines to say. “I get engaged and I get married—that’s my thing,” she tells me. “I don’t want to date. I’m interested in a very, very deep connection.”

If you didn’t know about this engagement, you’re not alone. We knew the couple briefly dated after her divorce, not that their relationship was super serious. But they’re not the only Hollywood couple from the past that you probably didn’t know ended an engagement. Here are 10 others:

Rashida Jones and Mark Ronson

“We were too young to be engaged and we both were very nervous about it; it felt like a very big, adult step,” Jones said about her split from the “Uptown Funk” producer. “Neither of us were ready and we didn’t really deal with it face-to-face and the relationship deteriorated.”

Eve and Stevie J

“You know what…that was a learning experience,” Eve said. “You meet people all the time. We just happen to fall in love. Umm, but thankfully I knew better, I know better, I am happily in love now. And the girl now, he couldn’t even see this. I would be like, ‘I’m sorry, we don’t speak the same language!’ But you know, it is what it is….that’s life. Sometimes you meet people who aren’t great for you but thankfully I am in a different place.”

Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts

“We were young and we were both very much in love, we had decided that we wanted to get married, but then this other thing kind of took over,” he Sutherland said many years later about their breakup. “She was arguably the most famous woman in the world, and this wedding that was supposed to be something between the two of us became something so big.”

Selita Ebanks Nick Cannon

Selita Ebanks and Nick Cannon

“I was very young, he was young. Everything happens for a reason. It taught me a lot,” Ebanks said. “Especially with media. Y’all was brutal. I was called everything under the sun for just getting engaged. But I was very young and it was a lesson that helped me get thick skin so now I just don’t give a s–t.”

She added, “If anything I admire him greatly. He’s worked so hard.”


Trina and Lil Wayne

“I think when I was in the situation with Wayne so many years ago, I think we were both so young,” Trina said. “I didn’t even think that we were in anything. We were friends, and we just hung out and we good but it’s like, there was a proposal, about to get married it was just so much happening. I was like, ‘This can’t be real.’ We were so young, I just felt all confused. I didn’t want to talk about it. It was just too much for me… but Wayne, I just have a lot of respect for him. We didn’t end on bad terms. We were just young and right now, to this day, we’re still friends.”

Brandy and Quentin Richardson

When speaking on the engagement right after it was announced, Brandy was hopeful that things would last with the former NBA star. “This time, I want so badly for my marriage to work out,” she said. “If it doesn’t, I don’t ever want to date again. I’ll be a nun, raise my daughter and make albums.

Eddie Murphy and Lisa Figueroa

In a profile about Murphy in PEOPLE, the comedian admitted that his harsh words about women during his Raw standup were due to a broken heart from former fiancée Lisa Figueroa:

In 1984, she was a biology student at Adelphi University on New York’s Long Island; he was just a couple of years out of Saturday Night Live and a fast-rising star. Rightly or wrongly, Murphy became convinced—some say with the help of his friends—that the woman he loved was more interested in spending his money on jewelry and furs than in Eddie himself. Later, Murphy angrily called off the engagement and proceeded to get in his last verbal licks before the whole world. Figueroa, who could not be reached by PEOPLE for comment, has never spoken publicly about the split. “It was a bitter time,” Murphy once said of those Ran days. “I was hostile.”

Kelly Rowland and Roy Williams

“I wanted that wedding. I wanted to be married,” Williams said in retrospect about the split. “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.”

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington and David Moscow

“When we were planning the wedding, I didn’t even feel like picking out a dress,” Washington said about her past relationship to actor David Moscow. “But I didn’t rush things; I let my intuition guide me. We realized that even though we love each other on a very profound level, we were doing emotional gymnastics to try to work things out. We thought that instead, maybe we should walk away. Of course, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been painful.”

Foxy Brown and Kurupt

Rapper Kurupt revealed that during the height of the East Coast/West Coast beef, he took his own jabs because of former fiancée Foxy Brown’s connection with DMX.

It never was an East Coast/West Coast beef…it was Death Row and Bad Boy. It got turned into the East Coast/West Coast, because the East Coast was staying down with Bad Boy. We felt disrespected going after Bad Boy. They all rose for Bad Boy, and the West Coast rose for Death Row. The media turned it into East Coast/West Coast, when it was really between Suge and Puffy, ‘Pac and Biggie. My thing was personal. I was engaged to Foxy Brown. DMX and Foxy did their little thing, and I got offended. As you can hear it, Kurupt said it. Not the East, not the West. None of this got anything to do with it. It’s between me and these particular individuals that I felt disrespected me at the time.

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