When you're a couple in the limelight, it seems like breakup rumors come with the territory. Whether they've been together for a few weeks or a few decades, Hollywood duos are rarely safe from the prying eyes of tabloids, and TBH, it's impressive any A-list couples manage to stay together at all. Many pairs choose to ignore speculation, and while I totally respect that, there's nothing more satisfying than when
celebrity couples shut down breakup rumors themselves. From straightforward statements to sassy quips, a few A-listers have clapped back at tabloids in an epic way, and they all deserve a round of applause.
Of course, some rumored celeb breakups end up being true. Fans hoped
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's reported divorce wouldn't actually pan out, but that sadly wasn't the case. And while Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse denied split rumors throughout the majority of their two-year relationship, the Riverdale co-stars eventually called it quits for good. However, for some Hollywood sweethearts, no amount of malicious rumors can tear them apart, and they aren't afraid to set the record straight. Here's hoping these celebrity couples stick together for the long run, because they're doing a great job so far.
Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez
In March 2021, fans collectively mourned when Page Six broke the news of
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez's reported split. According to the outlet, the duo ended things due to Rodriguez's rumored affair with , saying it was " Southern Charm's Madison LeCroy the reason they finally broke up. There were already problems, but Jennifer was really embarrassed by it." Several other outlets reportedly confirmed the split, but just a day later, J. Lo and A-Rod shut down the speculation. In a statement released to CNN, TMZ, and People, the couple said they're "working through some things" but are actually still together.
Just in case there was any doubt remaining,
Lopez posted a TikTok of herself dancing to Saweetie's "Pretty B*tch Freestyle" while false headlines about her rumored breakup with Rodriguez flash across the screen. The couple also shared a smiley selfie on Instagram, so I think it's safe to say these two are A-OK. Lester Cohen/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Hailey Baldwin & Justin Bieber
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Some fans might have been skeptical about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's whirlwind romance, but after two-and-a-half years of marriage, these two are still going strong. However, back in March 2019, a source for
Us Weekly reportedly claimed Bieber's friends were " concerned about his relationship with Hailey," adding the two were "still having trust issues and a hard time." It wasn't long before Baldwin cleared up the speculation in her Instagram Stories, writing, "don't believe what ya read on the internet folks" along with a sticker that said "fake news."
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
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Over the course of their eight-year marriage, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have dealt with their fair share of breakup rumors, but when a source for
OK! magazine reportedly claimed the couple was "struggling to spend quality time" together in March 2018, Reynolds decided to clap back. After retweeting the article, Reynolds jokingly wrote, " I wish. I could use a little 'me time.'"
Not long after, Yahoo Entertainment published a story about
Reynolds' red carpet appearance with his wife and mom for the premiere of which they shared on Twitter with the caption, "Ryan Reynolds joins Blake Lively and his mom on red carpet after shutting down split rumors." Reynolds' response: " A Quiet Place, We're never splitting. She'll always be my mom. No matter how much jazz-cabbage she smokes with her rollerblading friends."
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
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The idea of Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka splitting is unfathomable IMO, but in August 2014, the
after a decade together. Thankfully, that report was total BS, and Harris let fans know in an Instagram post. Alongside a pic of Burtka and their two kids, Harris wrote, " National Enquirer reported that the couple called it quits I couldn't be more in love with my family. Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken."
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have an adorably chill bond, and when
In Touch Weekly claimed the couple was splitting up in June 2019, the actors responded in a totally on-brand way. To put the rumors to rest, the two hilariously trolled the magazine with an Instagram video, where they poked fun at the publication's claims about their marriage. Kutcher captioned the video, "I guess it's over @intouchweekly have fun selling magazines this week. Maybe next week my wife will be having twins. For the third time. But who's counting."
Sofia Vergara & Joe Manganiello
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Elsa Pataky & Chris Hemsworth
In October 2016,
Woman's Day Australia got fans freaked out when a source for the magazine reportedly claimed Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky's six-year marriage was on the rocks. " They've decided they need space, and they've been taking a little break from each other," a source reportedly claimed. Hemsworth later poked fun at the rumors on Instagram, where he posted a pic of himself looking off into the distance while sitting beside Pataky in a boat. " Looking for a new wife according to @womansdayaus and other misleading outlets!" he captioned the snap. "Honey you still love me right?!"
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have dealt with tons of divorce speculation during their 12-year marriage, but surprisingly, the rumors don't really bother de Rossi. In fact — as the
Arrested Development star explained to Us Weekly in June 2018 — the speculation makes her feel accepted. "The divorce rumors came and then we really knew the perceptions had changed," she said. "I'm not kidding. I know it sounds ridiculous, but when that started happening I thought, 'Oh, now we're finally accepted.' We get the same sh*t as every celebrity couple."
And though de Rossi said she and her wife largely ignore the rumors, DeGeneres did once address divorce rumblings during a September 2015 appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show. When asked whether she and de Rossi were actually headed into a messy, drawn-out $220 million divorce battle (
as the ), DeGeneres said the reports were totally false. " National Enquirer claimed We really don't almost break up, we don't fight, we're madly in love, and I guess it's boring," she joked.
Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton
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Ever since Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton got together in late 2015, their relationship has been plagued by rumors of trouble — though the
Voice judges don't seem to be fazed by the speculation. In February 2016, Stefani even mocked an by taking a selfie with the magazine cover at an airport. " OK! headline announcing their split #airportnews," she tweeted alongside the pic.
Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes
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Even though they've only been together for less than two years, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes have had to shut down breakup speculation not once, but
twice. The first time was in October 2019, a few months after the singers went public with their relationship. After Mendes deleted a video of the lovebirds making out, fans started wondering if the two were on the rocks. In response, Cabello shared a screenshot of an article entitled " Proof Shawn and Camilla are broken up" to her Stories, tagged Mendes, and wrote, "Well when the f*ck were you gonna tell me?"
Just about a year later, when Page Six reported Cabello and Mendes may have split "because
the usually affectionate couple haven't been spotted publicly in recent months," Cabello took to her Instagram to respond once again — but this time, her response was subtle. In an September 2020 post, Cabello gushed about Mendes' new album, Wonder, effectively dismissing those split rumors.
Joanna Gaines & Chip Gaines
Noam Galai/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Fixer Upper's Joanna and Chip Gaines have a legendary partnership, but that bond hasn't protected them from divorce speculation. Breakup rumors ramped up in August 2017, and when a fan took to Twitter to complain about the rumors (writing, " I'm so sick of these 'stories' claiming @joannagaines and @chippergaines breaking up"), Chip set the record straight. After retweeting the fan, Chip replied, " Won't ever happen.. you can take that to the bank! #loveOfMyLife."
Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are another Hollywood power couple who are constantly rumored to be on the rocks. The duo usually ignores the rumors, but when
RadarOnline claimed they were splitting after 17 years together in August 2015, Will couldn't help but fire back. In a statement on Facebook, Will wrote, "Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious) But... Jada and I are... NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you all — if I ever decide to divorce my Queen — I SWEAR I'll tell you myself!"
Sorry, tabloids — you can't mess with these rock-solid couples.