A first love rarely lasts forever, and on the celebrity scene, with so much stress on teen relationships, that seems more frequently the case. Who were once powerhouse couples that teens everywhere adored eventually faded away. Read up on some former celebrity couples that dated as teens to wax nostalgic or even surprise yourself to learn about if they dated before your time.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Two of the biggest music stars of the 1990s (and in Timberlake’s case, even a while beyond that) were once the “it” couple on the teen scene. The two, who met in the early 90s on The Mickey Mouse Club, dated from 1999 to 2002, hitting the red carpets together. Rumors swirled that Spears inspired one of Timberlake’s songs after their breakup. Spears eventually married twice and had two kids, although her marriages ended in annulment and divorce. Timberlake wed actress Jessica Biel in 2012.
Victoria Justice and Josh Hutcherson
The former Nickelodeon sitcom star of Victorious and Zoey 101 dated The Hunger Games leading man Josh Hutcherson from 2008 to 2009, when they were 15 and 16 respectively. Hutcherson was Justice’s first boyfriend. Both have dated other celebrities in the years since and now in their early twenties, they don’t seem ready to settle down. Justice is currently dating Reeve Carney, who is ten years her senior. Hutcherson has been in a relationship with Spanish actress Claudia Traisac for several years.
Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron
Disney fans from the mid-2000s went bananas over High School Musical, which launched actors Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron into the public spotlight. Even more exciting was the fact that the stars dated in real life from 2005 to 2010, which was over the course of three movies in the High School Musical series, having met on the set of the first one while in their teens. Although their love lasted a fairly long time for such youngsters, they eventually parted ways, going on to date other celebrities. Hudgens, a fan of long-term relationships, it seems, has been with actor Austin Butler since 2011. Efron is currently single.
Brooke Shields and Dean Cain
Going back a number of decades, actress and model Brooke Shields had quite the romantic life as a teenager, even hooking up with Michael Jackson. When she was 17, she dated a younger man, Dean Cain (then 16) from 1983 to 1986, although they later hooked up briefly and she lost her virginity to him at the age of 22. Shields has been married to writer Chris Henchy since 2001 and Cain, who went on to portray Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, has had a number of relationships, but is currently single.
Think back fondly on your own teen relationships – or even laugh and be thankful that those relationships eventually ended. Celebrities, like you, fall victim to their hormones as young adults, but they have so much else going on to prevent them from maturing as couples long enough to last more than a few years or even months. It can prove enlightening to consider all those couples you used to adore that went their separate ways.