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BREAKUP: BEN & JEN
HOOKUP: BEN & JEN
The romance between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez just couldn't survive the Bennifer media firestorm, and the pair called it quits on Jan. 22. "The relationship was a slow death," says a source close to them. Since the summer, there's been a new Jen in Ben's life: former Daredevil costar Jennifer Garner. Recently, she flew to Vancouver to visit him on the set of his upcoming comedy Man About Town.
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BREAKUP: BRITNEY & JASON
HOOKUP: BRITNEY & KEVIN
Britney Spears and Jason Alexander were childhood friends who probably should have stayed that way: The pop diva made headlines when she married her longtime pal from Kentwood, La., on Jan. 3 in Las Vegas. Fifty-five hours later, the union was annulled. Fast-forward to her Sept. 18 wedding to Kevin Federline, whom she started dating in April. "I finally found my prince," she says. Now a stepmom to his daughter Kori, 2, and 5-month-old son Kaleb, Spears looks forward to "being a young mom."
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BREAKUP: USHER & CHILLI
HOOKUP: USHER & NAOMI
Usher and Chilli (real name: Rozonda Thomas) stopped making sweet music together in January, amid the TLC singer's charges that he "portrayed himself as faithful, and he wasn't" during their nearly three-year relationship. But Usher is giving romance another shot with supermodel Naomi Campbell, whom he got to know at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. They even spent Thanksgiving together at Usher's mom's home in Alpharetta, Ga.
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HOOKUP: SHERYL & LANCE
When cyclist Lance Armstrong scored his record-breaking sixth Tour de France win in July, his rocker girlfriend Sheryl Crow was there to cheer him on. "She's been there every day for me," he later said. Though the nearly 10-year age difference (she's 42, he's 33) hasn't appeared to be an issue since they began dating in early 2004, both laugh about engagement rumors. Armstrong simply says, "We're happy."
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BREAKUP: PARIS & NICK
HOOKUP: PARIS & ...
July 22 brought the end of Paris Hilton's drama-filled seven-month relationship with former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (left). After meeting through her bodyguard, the couple partied together and even got tattooed together (he has since covered up the "Paris" on his wrist). Though the hotel heiress hasn't settled down seriously since, she has been spotted with her Pledge This costar Simon Rex (center, in October) and her model ex-boyfriend Jason Shaw (right, in August).
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BREAKUP: JEN & BEN
HOOKUP: JEN & MARC
Jennifer Lopez learned a key lesson from her over-exposed relationship with Ben Affleck: Keep your romantic life under wraps. So earlier this year when she got back together with singer-actor Marc Anthony (whom she dated briefly in 1999), neither would comment on their relationship – or later on their June 5 wedding, just five days after his divorce from Dayanara Torres.
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BREAKUP: LINDSAY & WILMER
Lindsay Lohan once gushed that her boyfriend, That '70s Show's Wilmer Valderrama, was "one of the best guys any girl could be with." After going public at her 18th birthday party on July 2, Valderrama saw Lohan through her October hospital stay from exhaustion and her troubles with her father. But, on Nov. 12, his rep confirmed their split. What's she looking for in her next relationship? "Loyalty and trust," she says.
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BREAKUP: ELLEN & ALEXANDRA
HOOKUP: ELLEN & PORTIA
Ellen DeGeneres and her photographer girlfriend Alexandra Hedison seemed to lead a blissful domestic life. "They've very, very in love," pal Melissa Etheridge once said of the couple, who met in 2000 and shared a Hollywood Hills home. But Hedison moved out in late November, and DeGeneres has since stepped out with Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi (at the VH1 Big in '04 awards on Dec. 1).
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HOOKUP: MISCHA & BRANDON
They met through a friend at a charity event in February, and Mischa Barton and Brandon Davis have been together ever since. "She's a wonderful person," says billionaire heir Davis of his O.C. star girlfriend. The only downside to their relationship? "Every week there is something new that comes up (in the tabloids)," says Barton.
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BREAKUP: PENELOPE & TOM
HOOKUP: PENELOPE & MATTHEW
She called him "a very special man"; he nicknamed her Lupe. But after three years together, Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz's relationship couldn't withstand their separate lives as movie stars, and the pair made their split public on March 25. Since then, Cruz has been spending time with her Sahara costar Matthew McConaughey. The Spanish actress even camped out with McConaughey near his Uvalde, Texas, hometown this summer.
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BREAKUP: MANDY & ANDY
When her year-and-a-half-long romance with tennis star Andy Roddick ended in March, Mandy Moore found solace in sweets. "I've indulged in more than a few cupcakes," she said. The reason for the split is unclear: Reportedly, Moore was willing to put her movie career on the back burner to spend time with him, but Roddick wasn't ready for serious romance. Yet Moore seems to have bounced back: She has recently been linked to Scrubs star Zach Braff.
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BREAKUP: REBECCA & JOHN
HOOKUP: REBECCA & JERRY
"They grew apart," says a friend of the end of Rebecca Romijn and John Stamos's five-year marriage. After separating in April, Stamos filed for divorce on Aug. 19, though he admits that the single life isn't for him: "I hate it. I can't wait to fall in love again." His ex-wife has already gotten a head start: Since late summer, she's been dating Crossing Jordan star Jerry O'Connell.
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BREAKUP: KIRSTEN & JAKE
Kirsten Dunst and Jake Gyllenhaal seemed perfectly matched, cuddling and cooing in cozy L.A. cafes and glam movie premieres alike. In May, Dunst told PEOPLE she was "really happy and in love" with her boyfriend. But on July 20, her rep announced that after almost two years together, they were no longer a couple. Yet they remain friends, and still spend time together when they're both in L.A.
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BREAKUP: BARBIE & KEN
Even long-term loves can come to an end: After 43 years together, Barbie parted ways with her plastic boyfriend, Ken, in February. A publicist insisted that they'll "always remain the best of friends." Yet a third party may have been involved: Barbie and Blaine, an Australian surfer doll, are rumored to be an item.
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