31 Celebrity Couples from the '80s You've Totally Forgotten About — Best Life (2022)

Ah, the 1980s—that hair, that fashion, that music, and those romances. Though some of the most beloved couples of all time got together in the 1980s—like Tom HanksandRita Wilson,Goldie HawnandKurt Russell,andSharon andOzzy Osbourne—there are plenty of other pairings that didn't quite make it into the 21st century. So, it's time to take a walk down memory lane and check out the dozens of totally tubuluarcelebrity couples from the '80s you probably forgot about.

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Carrie Bradshaw and Iron Man? Yep, it's true! Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.'sromance began after they met while filming Firstborn in 1984. Downey quickly became a leading man with roles in Weird Science, Back to School, The Pick-Up Artist,and Less Than Zero. Parker stood by Downey through his meteoric rise, and his accompanying battle with drugs and alcohol. Ultimately though, Downey's demons were a huge factor in their uncoupling in 1991.

In 2012, Downey told Parade, "I was so selfish. I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn't jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is. She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. … She is a force of nature!"

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Pop icon Madonnaand Oscar winner Sean Pennwed during a top-secret ceremony in Malibu, California in 1985. The couple earned the moniker the "Poison Penns" because of their volatile relationship, which included allegations of abuse that both parties have denied. While they were together, the couple made the box office flop Shanghai Surprisein 1986, and Madonna dedicated her album from that same year,True Blue, to her then-hubby. Three years later, she filed for a divorce, but in her 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare, when asked the identity of the love of her life, the singer responded: "My whole? Sean."

In 2000, Madonna marriedGuy Richieand in 1996, Penn marriedRobin Wright. However, both are now divorced.

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Tom Cruise metCher at Sean Penn and Madonna's wedding in 1985. At the time, the Risky Businessstar was 22 years old, 16 years younger than the Moonstruck actress. Sparks didn't really fly until the two reunited at a White House event benefitingpeople with dyslexia, which both Cruise and Cher battled with.

In 2013, Cher told Andy Cohenon Bravo's Watch What Happens Live!she was crazy for Cruise for a "little minute" and she called him one of her top fivebest lovers. She was actually with Cruise when she helped come up with the barely-there look she wore in 1988 when she took home the Academy Award for Best Actress forMoonstruck.

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This one is really more of a fling, but it's just too good not to share. Before Brad Pittwas a mega superstar, he was simply arm candy for Christina Applegate, who was a household name, thanks to her starring role on the hit sitcomMarried … with Children and the teen movieDon't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

Applegate and Pitt attended the MTV Movie Awards together in 1989, but Applegate blew Pitt off for another man in the middle of their date. And that man was Skid Row singerSebastian Bach.Yes, it's alright if your head just exploded.

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Like all of Michael Jackson'spersonal relationships, his connection to Brooke Shieldswasn't conventional. The two met at the 1981 Oscars and though he seemed very into her, it was more of a friendship in Shield's eyes.

In 2009, sherevealed to Rolling Stonethat the "King of Pop" proposed to her on multiple occasions. "I would say, 'You have me for the rest of your life, you don't need to marry me, I'm going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you'll always have me,'" Shields said. "I think it made him relax. He didn't want to lose things that meant something to him."

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According to Page Six, Kim Basingerwas so crazy for Princein 1989 that she relocated to his hometown of Minneapolis to be with him. Rumor has it the two made an album titledHollywood Affairthat was never released.

In 2015, Basinger discussed her relationship with Princewith the Daily Beast. "I don't really have boundaries, so I enjoyed that time of my life," she said. "It was a really special moment in time, and I have great memories. I don't put a lot of restrictions on myself, let's just put it that way. If there's someone I connect with, we'll go on these rides together." Wild, indeed!

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These two illustrious members of the "Brat Pack" met while filming St. Elmo's Fire in 1984. Although briefly engaged, Demi Mooreand Emilio Esteveznever made it down the aisle, amicably calling it quits in 1986. Moore, of course,went on to marry Bruce Willisayear later, and Estevez would tie the knot with choreographer-dancer-singer Paula Abdul in 1992.

But they did stay friends. Moore and Estevez even starred as a married couple in Estevez's 2006 movieBobby, about SenatorRobert F. Kennedy. Alongside them wasAshton Kutcher, Moore's real-life husband at the time.

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Former talk show host Arsenio Hallmet Paula Abdul, who was working as a choreographer, on the set of the 1988 movieComing to America. The two dated from 1988 to 1989, and hehas nothing but praise for his famous ex.

In 2009, the same year rumors circulated the two might be rekindling their romance,Hall toldParade, "The most fun I've ever had in any phase of my life with a woman was with Paula. We were together because we wanted to be." Despite their apparent compatibility, those crazy kids couldn't make it work, and the former Lakers girl cozied up with Full House's John Stamosbefore marryingEstevez in 1992. Hall, meanwhile, has never been married.

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Before George Clooney wasone of the world's biggest movie stars and most eligible bachelors, his biggest professional accomplishment was a recurring role on the adored 1980s sitcomThe Facts of Life.And around that time, Clooney was seriously involved with actress Kelly Preston. The couple, who got together in 1987, eventually lived together. Clooney even gave Preston a potbellied pig named Max. But Clooney's relationship with Max outlasted his fling with Preston—they split in 1989 and Clooney cared for Max until his death in 2006.

Clooney is now happily hitched to human rights attorney Amal Alamuddin and the father of twins. Meanwhile, Preston has been married to John Travoltasince 1991.

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Though they were both using drugs and alcohol at the time, Drew Barrymore and Corey Feldmanmet on the set of an after-school special ironically titled15 and Getting Straightin 1989. The young lovers even attended the 1988 Oscars together. But they split up after nine months of dating.In Feldman's 2013 memoir,Coreyography, he said the relationship ended because he was heavily into drugs and she was trying to stay sober.

Though Feldman is no longer in the public eye, Barrymore has had a number of high-profile romances with actors likeEd Norton, Luke Wilson, andJustin Long. She has two daughters with ex-husband Wil Kopelman.

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Janice Dickinson is known to a younger generation as a judge on America's Next Top Model, a star ofCelebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and an outspoken accuser ofBill Cosby.

But in the simpler times of the '80s, she waslinked to Mick Jagger, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Bruce Willis, andRob Lowe. Dickinson has no problem kissing and telling and in 2010, she revealed toHoward Stern thatshe had a threesome with Lowe and an unidentified male in 1988.

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Rocky star Sylvester Stallonebecame smitten with then-22-year-old Danish actress Brigitte Nielsenshortly after she made her feature film debut inRed Sonjain 1985.According to People, it was Nielsenwho made the first move, sending Stallone a provocative photo, asking to meet him while they were both staying at the same hotel in New York City. They got married in December of 1985, only 10 months after Stallone's divorce from his first wife was finalized. The marriage only lasted 19 months and tabloids swarmed the story, with rumors of cheating and scheming.

Though things got ugly, Nielsen reunited with her ex while shooting 2018'sCreed II,stepping back intoher role as Ludmilla Drago from Rocky IV. But all was well between her and Stallone. "We buried the hatchet a long time ago," Nielsen told USA Today. "When we are together, we are two professionals. And we keep it that."

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Jennifer Grey and Matthew Broderick may have played siblings in the '80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but the feelings they developed for each other were anything but familial. The couple kept their romance a secret until a tragic event thrust them into the spotlight. During a vacation in Ireland in 1987, Grey and Broderick were involved in a head-on collision that left the passengers of the other car dead.

Dirty Dancingwas released days later and Grey suffered from serious survivor's guilt. "I became America's sweetheart within five days of the accident," she toldThe San Francisco Chroniclein 2010. "The juxtaposition of that deep sorrow, the survivor's guilt, and then being celebrated as the new big thing just didn't jibe. It didn't feel good to be the toast of the town." The accident was eventually deemed Broderick's fault, and the couple split in 1988.

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Shortly after Dennis Quaid divorced actressP. J. Solesin 1983, hebegan datingLea Thompson ofBack to the Future fame. The two met on the set ofJaws 3 andQuaid popped the question on Valentine's Day 1986.

Sadly, Thompson and Quaid's romance ended in 1987 after almost a year-long engagement. Two years later, Thompson married film directorHoward Deutch, whom she meton the set ofSome Kind of Wonderfulthe year she and Quaid split up. And of course, Quaid famously began datingMeg Ryan, whom he was with until 2000.

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Before the stars ofStranger Thingswere even born,Winona RyderandJohnny Depp were the"it" couple of the late '80s and early '90s.

They first spotted each other at the premiere of Great Balls of Fire!in 1989. Soon thereafter, the two began officially dating and became tabloid fodder, especially because Ryder was just 18 years old at the time, while Depp was 27. After a whirlwind five-month courtship, the couple got engaged and Depp got"Winona Forever" tattooed on his arm.

The couple split in 1993, and Depp quickly began a long-term and turbulent relationship with supermodel Kate Moss. He also changed his tattoo to read "Wino Forever."

Years later, in 2016, when Depp was accused of abusing his now ex-wifeAmber Heard,Ryder came to his defense. She toldTime,"I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves."And if you want to know Ryder's real name, check outThese Are the Real Names of Your Favorite Mega-Stars.

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Little House on the Prairie starMelissa Gillbertbegan dating Rob Lowe when she was just 17 years old. In her 2010 memoirPrairieTale, Gilbert discussed her former flame. "I fell instantly, hopelessly and stupidly in love," she wrote.

But their romance was hardly a fairytale. While together,Lowereportedly romancedPrincess Stephanie and Nastassja Kinski, and Gilbert allegedly hooked up with Scott Baio and Tom Cruise. Nevertheless, Lowe popped the question in 1986, but according to Gilbert, they broke up when she became pregnant. She later suffered a miscarriage. "I had lost my baby and my relationship with Rob … and it hurt like hell," she wrote.

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This relationship could just be an '80s urban legend, but the rumor has maintained traction for three decades, so there must be something to it, right?Ryder andLoweco-starred in the 1987 move Square Dance. She was 16 at the time, while he was 23. The two attended the Golden Globes together the following year, and supposedly were an item for two years. But both have stayed mum regarding the rumored romance.

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This blink-and-you-missed-it fling lasted just a few weeks in 1988 after the two finished filming the 1989 cult classic Heathers.

Christian Slater may have been secretly crushing on Winona Ryder on set, but he actually dated Kim Walker, who played the vicious head of the movie's namesake clique. When asked if he told Ryder about his feelings, Slater later toldThe Guardian,"I mean, I definitely…let her know. Sure I did! I was 17, just hormones and ego. And the sense of invincibility that comes with that."For her part, Ryder has nothing but good things to say about her former leading man, telling E! Newsat the 2017 Golden Globes, "I love him so much… He's the best."

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In 1984, Sixteen Candleslaunched the careers of Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall. Their beauty-and-the-geek personas carried over into their next film, 1985'sThe Breakfast Club. In the movie, Ringwald's character wound up withJudd Nelson's, butit was Hall who captured her heart behind-the-scenes. The '80s romance didn't last nearly as long as their movies' popularity, but their friendship did. "I've seen Michael [Anthony Michael Hall] the most and have stayed in contact with him," she toldTimein 2015.

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In 2013, Alyssa Milano joked about her long list of celebrity exes, telling Access Hollywood,"[My dating history] is longer than my IMDB [profile]." When shewas still just a teenager—and a household name thanks to her role on the hit sitcom Who's the Boss?—she dated teen heartthrobCorey Haimfrom 1987 to 1990.

After his star power started to fade, Haim spent years battling addiction before dying of a drug overdose in 2010. In response to her ex's untimely passing, Milanotweeted, "Just woke up to the sad, sad news that Corey Haim passed away. RIP sweet boy."

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Miami Vice starDon Johnson and Oscar-nominated actress Melanie Griffithwere the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their time. When the two first met, shewas just 14 and hewas 23. They moved in together before Griffith could drive, and married in 1976, just a few months after her 18th birthday. They divorced seven months later.

The couple remarried in 1989 and had one daughter, Dakota Johnson,ofFifty Shades of Grey fame. In 2018, Griffith toldInStyle,"It was sort of a natural karmic thing for us to get back together and have Dakota. She was meant to come into the world, if you think about it."

After divorcing Johnson for a second time in 1996, Griffith moved on withAntonio Banderas. They were married for 18 years beforefiling for divorcein 2014. As forJohnson, he continued to have scandalous relationships. Hewas briefly engaged toJodi Lyn O'Keefe,who played his daughter on the TV showNash Bridgesin the mid-'90s. Then, in 1999, hemarriednursery school teacher Kelley Phleger. She was30 and she was 50 at the time.

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You all know this couple, but you probably didn't realize that their romance started in the 1980s.Lisa Bonet, who starred as Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Showand its spin-off A Different World,met singer Lenny Kravitz in 1986 at a concert. The two eloped on November 16, 1987, which also happened to be Bonet's 20th birthday.

A year later,Bonet gave birth to their daughter—currentBig Little LiesstarZoe Kravitz—and it wasn't long before things fell apart for the couple. Bonet publicly accused Kravitz of infidelity and they divorced in 1993. But now, Bonet, Kravitz, and Bonet's current husband, Aquaman himselfJason Momoa, get along great.

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The three-year relationship between Kelly Preston andCharlie Sheenliterally ended with a bang. In 1991, a gunshot was fired at the couple's home, creating a flurry of tabloid fodder. It took 25 years for the former fiancées to get their stories straight.

According to Sheen, Preston was tidying up when a loaded revolver he happened to keep in the pocket of his pants fell out, hit the floor, and discharged. Preston was hit by shrapnel from the shattered toilet seat. As outrageous as this explanation seems, Preston hasn't contradicted the gruesome end to this fairytale romance.

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It may be difficult to uncover a love story more '80s than Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear's.According toPeople, the Dynasty actress met the Motley Crue drummer backstage at an REO Speedwagon concert.

Lee began bombarding Locklear's manager with phone calls, and she eventually caved. Three months after their first date, Lee proposed. The two wed in 1986 in front of a crowd of 500. But Lee's wild ways and infidelity led to their divorce in 1993. Locklear married Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in 1994. Lee married Baywatch bombshell Pamela Anderson in 1995, just four days after meeting her.

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It turns out Diane Lane was a party girl in the mid- '80s, which is what attracted Jon Bon Jovi to the actress. According to the 2010 bookSex, Drugs and Bon Joviwritten by the band's former tour manager, Rich Bozzett—Lane's increasing closeness to Richie Sambora allegedlystopped the romance dead in its tracks.

Though the details haven't been confirmed, Lane did say onWatch What Happens Live!that she and Bon Jovi dated when she was 20 for a whopping five months. "Ithink every girl should have such a wonderful experience when she's that young," she said.

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Actor Richard Geremet supermodelCindy Crawford at a backyard barbecue in 1987. Shewas 21, andhewas 16 years her senior.The two married in 1991, but the relationship had run its course by 1995.

"I just think your 20s, for women, is such a time when you're starting to come into your own and feel your own power and connect to your inner strength,"Crawford saidduring an episode ofOprah's Master Class."And it's hard to do that, it's hard to change in a relationship, because what one person might have signed up for, all of a sudden, you're not that anymore."

Crawford remarried in 1999 to businessman Rande Gerber, while Gere wed modelCarey Lowellin 2002.

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The onscreen chemistry between Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay in the 1983 filmRisky Businesswas likely fueled by their affair behind the scenes. The 21-year-old twosome continued their relationship long distance while Cruise was in London filmingLegend.But by the time he began shooting Top Gun, the romance was over.

De Mornay toldPeoplein 1983, "Whenever I've been with somebody, I've done everything humanly possible in the relationship to make it work. It hasn't worked, but I haven't been a flake. I don't have time for dating and I don't have time for games."

It wouldn't be the last time Cruise got involved with a female co-star. He met Nicole Kidman while filming 1990'sDays of Thunder, and the couple married in 1991. After filing for divorce from Kidman in 2001, he dated hisVanilla Sky leading lady,Penelope Cruz.

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Billy Joel was practically drowning in Sports Illustrated swimsuit models in the '80s. The "Piano Man" met Christie Brinkley and Elle Macpherson on a trip to St. Barths, following his divorce from his first wife, Elizabeth Weber.

Joel dated both women, and there was some overlap. According toBilly Joel: The Definitive Biography, the first time Joel brought Brinkley back to his apartment, Macpherson was waiting. But Brinkley ultimately won Joel's heart, and the two got hitched in 1985. During a 2018 appearance onWatch What Happens Live!, Macpherson said, "I got ousted, what can I say?"

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Tom Cruise wasn't the only 1980s heartthrob Cher hooked up with. She also had a fling withhis Top Gun co-star, Val Kilmer. Theymet at a partyMeryl Streep had thrown and their romance lasted from 1982 to 1984, according to Cher. "When we kissed, I thought my head would shoot off my body," she told The Daily Mail.

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When John McEnroe met Tatum O'Neal, he was a top-ranked tennis player who was famous for his explosive tantrums on the court and she had also been dealing with a lengthy cocaine addiction. The couple married in 1986 and divorced in 1994. What followed was a vicious custody battle over their three children and an assortment of unsavory allegationson both sides.

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John Cusack, whose boom box gesture in 1989'sSay Anything…set the bar high for men everywhere, was reportedly linked to many women in the '80s. But separating fact from fiction when it comes to the dalliances of this tight-lipped star is a Herculean feat. So, let's just assume where there's smoke, there's fire.

Cusack supposedly has a history with fellow "Brat Pack" memberJami Gertz, Melissa Gilbert (who allegedly used Cusack to get back at Rob Lowe), Janice Dickinson (who also claims to have hooked up with Lowe),andhisSay Anything… co-starLili Taylor. Congrats to Cusack for keeping his private life so infuriatingly private! And for more celebrities who were once hot and heavy, check out30 Celebrity Couples from the 90's You've Totally Forgotten About.

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