These famous pairs dominated the news cycle in 2018 with their headline-grabbing relationship moments.
From the good, like new babies and dream wedding days, to the bad, like shocking splits and divorce announcements, your favorite famous couples brought it all. From PDA-prone faves to sexy new couples, we gathered them all for this list of couples who had our full attention in 2018.
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Admit it: you talked, tweeted or at least pondered about one of these famous duos this year. This is our romantic recap.
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In July fans cheered along as married rappers Cardi Bi and Offset welcomed their first child together, a daughter they named Kulture Kiari Cephus. Just a few months later, things took a surprise twist when there appeared to be trouble brewing in paradise. On December 5th 2018, Cardi announced via an Instagram video that she and Offset had in fact split. “We got a lot of love for each other but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” she said in the video. Ever since the news came out that their relationship had ended, Offset has been on a public apology tour trying to get Cardi to take him back by any means neccessary, including crashing her headlining performance at the Rolling Loud festival with flowers to showering her with lavish Christmas gifts. Cardi hasn’t agreed to take him back, as far as we know, but she made it clear to her fans that they remain good friends who are co-parenting so she doesn’t want them to troll Offset online. We have a feeling this saga will continue into 2019, but either way, all eyes were on Cardi and Offset this year.
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We could not stop grinning for Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade in 2018. In a surprise announcement in November, the couple revealed that after a long and painful journey trying to conceive they had finally welcomed their first child together via surrogate, a baby girl they named Kaavia James Union Wade. Their daughter was born on Nov. 7th. The Wades, who married in 2014, were overjoyed to share their new addition with fans. (Baby Kaavia already has her own Instagram account and Oprah Winfrey paid them a visit for a televised OWN special too. The Wades for the win in 2018!
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Meghan Markle had an epic 2018. The Suits actress found her prince (literally) and this year she became a duchess when the couple exchanged wedding vows in a televised royal ceremony watched by the entire world. Not only did Markle wow us with her bridal style, but she also kept us talking with her wedding day details. During and after their “I dos” her mother's chic hairstyle, the gospel choir she chose for the ceremony and her modern bride style were all trending. The newlyweds kept the good news coming when they announced in October that they are expecting their first child together. The Duchess of Sussex will welcome her first baby in the spring of 2019. Talk about a real-life fairytale!
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In 2018 Jada Pinkett-Smith kept the Internet buzzing with all of the tea about her private life she spilled on her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk. Perhaps the most-talked about nuggets from the show came when she revealed some of the marriage struggles she Will Smith have overcome, including their failures, mistakes and the moments they thought their relationship was over. Will even joined his wife at the red table for an intimate and deep discussion about where they went wrong before, what they got right together, and what they’ve learned from each other. It was a moment! The gems they shared in 2018 touched their fans and definitely taught us all a thing or two about the art of marriage. Thank you Will and Jada!
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The Carters went On The Run again in 2018 and their world tour captivated fans across the globe who showed up rain or shine to watch music’s royal couple put on a performance to remember. The OTR II World Tour photos showed that the Carters were truly back-to-happy after a tumultuous time in their marriage, and fans were here for every second of their renewed love. They even gifted the Beyhive with a new surprise joint album, Everything Is Love, in June 2018.
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Even after life in the White House, the Obamas never left the spotlight and in 2018 their fans got to see them about and about more than ever. Michelle Obama, our forever First Lady, released her highly-anticipated memoir Becoming in November and promoted it with a massive book tour that filled arenas across the country. Her famous hubby, former president Barack Obama, made a guest appearance on the tour and the crowd went wild for their nonstop displays of undying love and support for one another. In her book, Obama revealed that she and Barack had their share of marriage struggles in the past, but pulled through them together with the help of marriage counseling, trust and more communication. Women across the world applauded Obama's honesty and openness about one of the most beloved unions in Black history.
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The Mackies got a real Christmas miracle in 2018. After their own tedious struggles with trying to conceive, in July during a surprise announcement at their vow renewal celebration, Remy M and Papoose announced that they were finally expecting their first child together. On Remy and Papoose: Meet The Mackies, they documented their excitement as they prepared for the baby’s arrival. The couple eventually welcomed their daughter, whom they nicknamed The Golden Child, in December. We could not be happier for these two.
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It was a roller coaster year for romance for Destiny Child singer Michelle Williams. In April, she announced her engagement to sports chaplain Chad Johnson but their romance quickly became a rocky one. In July, Williams revealed that she'd been hospitalized for depression and after her recovery she admitted that she had called off their engagement multiple times during her treatment. In October the couple appeared to be back on track as they promoted their OWN reality show, Chad Loves Michelle, which was an eight-part series documenting their time in couples therapy. But then, in another shocking twist in early December, just a few weeks before the final episodes of their show aired, Williams announced that she and Chad had called it quits for good. “I still remain fearless. I guess I still remain single! Things didn’t work out,” she wrote in a message to fans at the time.
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Model and former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore Daly and her husband, New York restauranteur Marc Daly, welcomed their first child together in 2018 just in time for the holidays. Their daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, was born in November. The smiles in the holiday family photo said it all.
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Whoa, baby! Atlanta housewife Porsha Williams and her fiancé restaurant owner Dennis McKinley fell in love, got engaged and announced they were expecting in 2018. During an interview with ESSENCE’s Yes, Girl! podcast, the Real Housewives Of Atlanta star revealed that the shady remarks from her castmates about McKinley’s past on the show don’t bother her at all and she's found true happiness with him. Porsha said she had done her best to prepare McKinley for life in the spotlight, but hearing his past put on front street on the show still stung. “It’s really something you cannot prepare for,” she said. “The main thing I let him know was I have your back,” she added. The couple's little bundle of joy should be arriving in early 2019.
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Married actors and total lovebirds Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black Panther) and Ryan Michelle Bathe (star of the upcoming First Wives Club remake on BET) kept us glued to their magnetic love with their sweet social media and red carpet PDA this year. They clearly adore each other and it shows in every moment they share! The couple met in college and married in 2007. They share two kids and continue to give us daily Black love goals. Cheers to offscreen love stories that feel like they’re made for the big screen.
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While Kanye West’s political rants and Twitter outbursts kept fans scratching their heads all year long, the adorable family moments he shared with his wife Kim Kardashian West and their three kids, North West, 5, Saint West, 3, and Chicago West, 11 months, did bring smiles to fan's faces. In January the couple welcomed baby Chicago via surrogate and announced that they chose to name her after her dad’s hometown. Aww!
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LeToya Luckett-Walker and Tommicus Walker, the stars of this year's T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle, had us ohhing and ahhing along weekly as the VH1 show documented their road to parenthood. The singer and actress met and married the Dallas businessman in 2017, but in 2018 they announced they were expecting their first child together, a baby girl. Luckett-Walker is already stepmom to Walker’s daughter from a previous relationship, Madison, 7. Their gorgeous maternity shoot stole the show on our feeds and their newlywed glow has been nothing short of contagious. We can’t wait to meet your little one, guys. Congrats to the Walkers on another epic year!
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Come through new love! Insecure star Yvonne Orji and her new boyfriend, former NFL player /ESPN Analyst Emmanuel Acho’s love burned hot in 2018 and they kept our Instagram feeds warm with their sweet (and sometimes sexy) photo shoots. While their baeaction shots were absolutely everything, it was Orji's testimony about how they met that truly warmed our hearts. In July, Orji revealed that she prayed for the “right man” and God answered by bringing Acho into her life. The actress and comedian even posted the actual prayer she used with the hopes of inspiring other single sisters out there.
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And the bride wore bling! Love was in the air for America’s Next Top Model season 3 winner Eva Marcille in 2018. The model, actress and reality star married Michael Sterling with cameras rolling in October 2018 in Atlanta. She had a fairytale wedding to remember, complete with multiple wedding gowns, a lavish venue and a star-studded crowd. Marcille also earned her peach, becoming a cast regular on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and sharing her road to the altar this season on the show. Marcille and Sterling are parents of two—their son together, Michael Todd Sterling Jr. her daughter Marley Rae McCall, from a previous relationship with her ex- Kevin McCall.
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Say it wasn’t so! In 2018, actors and longtime couple Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin announced that they were calling it quits after 20 years of marriage. The Martin star filed for divorce in February 2018, right smack in the middle of the Valentine’s Day month good vibes that many fans were feeling. Honestly, we’re still having trouble accepting this news.
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