The early 2000s was quite a year for celebrities. We saw the rise of swag, no-holds barred celebrity gossip blogs, naughty home videos, and a breakdown or two. We also witnessed celeb coupledom reach a level of awe and fascination usually reserved for royalty. Let’s take a look at some of those relationships that set tongues wagging.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON & JOSH HARTNETT
Everyone knows who Scarlett Johansson, one of Hollywood’s biggest leading ladies is. But you’ll be forgiven if you don’t remember Josh Hartnett (he starred in Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor) whom she dated for a year.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL & KIRSTEN DUNST
These two were a serious item for a couple of years after they met in 2002 when she was one of the hottest young stars, and his was just starting to rise. Much like anything that blossoms in Hollywood, these two didn’t last many sunsets together.
SANDRA BULLOCK & RYAN GOSLING
Way before “Hey, girl” became an internet meme trend for Gosling, he hooked up with everyone’s favorite girl, Sandy. They met on the set of the movie Murder by Numbers in 2002, and lasted for a brief period of time.
NAOMI WATTS & HEATH LEDGER
Both are very gifted actors, and it’s a shame they didn’t make it work while Heath was alive. Years before his tragic death in 2008, Heath and Naomi sizzled off-screen from 2002 – 2004.
MILA KUNIS & MACAULAY CULKIN
Many people aren’t aware that Mila and Macaulay, who started dating in 2002, were an item for almost eight years, which is like two lifetimes by Hollywood standards.
CAMERON DIAZ & JARED LETO
Despite both being highly popular (not to mention hot) actors, Diaz and actor/musician Leto were able to maintain a relationship from 1999 – 2003 without any public drama. That’s a first one for Hollywood!
PARIS HILTON & NICK CARTER
What would the 2000s be without mention of Paris Hilton? The celebutante and Backstreet Boy dated for several months in 2004 before they crashed and burned.
HILARY DUFF & JOEL MADDEN
The Lizzie McGuire star totally surprised people when she started dating rocker Madden. She was only 16 while he was 25, after all. They lasted almost three years before things ended in 2006, and going on the hall of fame of weird Hollywood couples you want to forget ever existed.
ALANIS MORISSETTE & RYAN REYNOLDS
The two Canadian celebrities began dating in 2002 and even got engaged. Unfortunately the singer/songwriter and actor couldn’t keep the love alive and parted ways in 2007.
DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER
When they starting dating in 2003 the two actors didn’t let their 16-year age difference stop them (she was 41 and he was 25). They married two years later, but ended up separating in 2011 amid rumors of infidelity.