Some of the buzz was good and some of it was bad, but either way, people couldn't stop talking about these celebrity lovebirds. From messy breakups to surprise marriages and speculation to celebration, these pairs dominated the headlines in 2016.
Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell
2016 kicked off with a surprise marriage for Keshia and Ed that no one really saw coming. After announcing her pregnancy, things headed south for these two very very quickly. There was a divorce filing, a request for a parternity test and a weird guessing game of what's going to happen next. Pulliam is due to give birth to their daughter, Ella Grace, in January 2017.
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Ciara and Russell Wilson
The Wilson's certainly had a whirlwind year in 2016. They gave us love goals, wedding goals and soon-to-be parents goals, too! Ciara and Russell certainly are having the best year ever and it's only the beginning.
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Kenya Moore and Matt Jordan
Where do we begin with Kenya Moore and Matt Jordan? The two seemed to be on the road to happily ever after forever on The Real Housewives of Atlanta but the new season of the hit Bravo series shows that their fairytale may not be so loving afterall. Fortunately, they are working towards reconciliation and moving forward--hopefully it's truly for the best.
Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas
Sadly, 2016 was the end of the marriage road for Cynthia Bailey and husband Peter Thomas. The Real Housewives of Atlanta reality star couple announced their official split but have remained cordial by celebrating what would have been their anniversary and the supermodel even joined Peter in celebrating his birthday in Haiwaii. These two definitely know about taking the high road.
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Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert
When 2016 began, it's certain that Tamar and Vince didn't forsee such a rocky road for their marriage. Between her rather messy departure from The Real to the ever-swirling rumors that a divorce is imminent for these two, this year was a rough one. Despite it all, they made it through and celebrated the highs and lows that comes with 8 years of marriage. Take that 2016!
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Nick Cannon and Chilli
When it came to Nick Cannon and Chilli, the guessing game was on about the status of their relationship. After appearing in a steamy setting to shoot Nick's video for his song, "If I Was Your Man," the rumors of a new coupledom between he and the TLC singer were definitely on. It didn't help that they were often seen rather close and cuddly while out and about this summer but as it turns out, the two are just friends and only that.
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Beyonce and Jay Z
When aren't they talking about Beyoncé and Jay Z?! And after Queen Bey stopped the world yet again with her latest album, Lemonade, the chatter didn't slow down one bit. We're still looking for Becky with the good hair but for now, we'll give it a rest because these two are definitely proof that they always put love on top.
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Alicia and Swizz Beatz
If you aren't here to celebrate a blended family, don't look at these two--Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz are all about making it work. And when your hubby can gift you a 32-carat ring to celebrate 6 years of marriage, you can't help but smile every single day.
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
2016 was the year of Kimye and it wasn't always for the best unfortunately. After releasing his eighth studio album, The Life of Pablo, in February Kanye was off to a good start before more Twitter rants, Kim's Parisian robbery and his hospitalizaiton. Prayers go up that 2017 is better for these two.
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Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert
No one really had a better year than Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert--truly. They welcomed their daughter, Iman "Junie" Tayla Shumpert Jr., had a (surprise!!!) wedding, he won a NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, she became a mainstream darling after appearing in Kanye West's "Fade" video and they all eyes were definitely on them during NYFW this year. They can truly only go up from here!
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Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs
Mary J. Blige deserves no more drama in her life after the 2016 she's had. Her 12-year marriage to former manager Kendu Isaacs is over after she filed for divorce citing irreconcible differences. To be a bitter Betty, he in requested for nearly $130,000 a month in spousal support for everything ranging from maintaining a routine with a personal chef and trainers to having an actual clothing stipend and chartitable funds allocated. Luckily Mary isn't let it get her down. While she admits her strength is being tested, she's moving through the thick of it with nothing but style and grace.
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Big Sean and Jhene Aiko
These two should just cut the act and announce their relationship already! After releasing a joint project, Twenty88, in April, the rumors of Big Sean and Jhene Aiko being an item only got better and better. After Aiko filed for divorce from her husband Dot Da Genius, all eyes were on Sean to make a move but we're still waiting for the official word that love is in the air for these two. Fingerss crossed 2017 delivers.
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Monica and Shannon Brown
Don't come for Monica's marriage under any circumstances! The singer had to defend her union to husband former NBA star Shannon Brown quite a bit in 2016 but one thing is for sure, she will always be so gone against her haters especially since her man is forever by her side.
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T.I. and Tiny
T.I. and Tiny are all about their family hustle in 2016. The ATL couple welcomed their 7th child, a daughter, Heiress, but rumors have it that these two may be headed for splittsville as they might be living seperately. Who knows but a divorce from the King of the South and his longtime lady love would certainly sadden us.
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Drake and Rihanna
Oh Drake and Rihanna...your union would definitely be a dream come true. After presenting Rihanna with her Vanguard award at the 2016 MTV VMA's Drake admitted he'd been in love with the Bajan beauty since he was 22 years old (that's 8 years!). There was a kiss that followed on stage, peak PDA in a Miami night club, matching tattoos and more. While their was no official word of a relationship, there was definitely something there between these two. Only time will tell how it all unfolds, but seriously, AubRih stop playing with us.