And yes, we realize it’s silly to get so worked up over the dissolution of a relationship between an 18- and a 20-year-old. Those youthful romances seldom last ― just ask Romeo and Juliet! In fact, breaking up with your teenage boyfriend/girlfriend is exactly what you’re supposed to do at that age.
And yet, we can't help but ask… WHY, JELENA, WHY?!?!
So to help us all collectively cope, we’ve compiled a list of 10 other dreamy teen duos that didn't last... that we somehow managed to move on from. Kind of. Okay, that’s a lie, but we’re working on it, and making progress. One day at a time.
10. Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
Quick! Think of the bubblegum pop couple who got together in the late 90’s ― he in a boy band, she a solo artist. Got it? It’s… Nick and Jessica! Okay, so they weren’t exactly Britney and Justin. They were the B-grade pop star power couple, but still, they were pretty cute together. Cute enough to have their own TV show, even. Unfortunately, they never really made it past being Newlyweds... until they were newly-divorced.
9. Penn Badgley and Blake Lively
Need a date? Just star in a TV show or movie with someone cute, and you’re good to go! So many of these teen couples met while working together, and you know what they say about office romances… (if you can call a movie set an “office”). The Gossip Girl stars acted out their TV characters’ love story, and though it remains to be seen if Dan and Serena can make it work in the show’s finale, there was a lot less XOXO for the real-life lovebirds. Blake is married Ryan Reynolds now, which surely doesn’t sting one bit for Penn. No, not one bit.
8. Katie Holmes and Joshua Jackson
Katie has had more widely-publicized romances ― first her engagement to beau Chris Klein, and then of course Tom Cruise ― but nothing is quite as cute as Pacey and Joey engaging in some real-life canoodling. Katie called Joshua her “first love” in a Rolling Stone interview, which probably has Dawson seething.
7. Lance Bass and Danielle Fishel
Gee, we’re stumped as to why this one didn’t work. The N*Sync star dated the Boy Meets World actress back in his boy band heyday at the turn of the millennium, long before telling the press he was gay in 2006. Unlike some of these exes, Danielle has no hard feelings about the relationship, calling Lance an “awesome guy” and “awesome boyfriend.”
6. Miley Cyrus and Nick Jonas
More Disney stars in love! Is Mickey Mouse moonlighting as Cupid or what? The two have both matured since their brief time together, but that doesn’t mean all is forgotten ― Miley’s pretty sure Nick’s song “Wedding Bells” is about her pending marriage to Liam Hemsworth. Because those hot and heavy teen love affairs sure do linger, don't they?
5. Lindsay Lohan and Aaron Carter... and Hilary Duff
The three teen stars were embroiled in a nasty love triangle during Lindsay’s pre-Mean Girls era. Lindsay reportedly blamed Hilary for stealing her boyfriend, which Hilary denied. (Apparently, Lilo’s flair for drama started at a young age.) All we have to say about it is: Aaron… you dodged a bullet, son.
4. Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner
There are quite a few eligible bachelors in Taylor Swift’s little black book, and frankly, the Taylors never seemed like a couple with staying power. (Witness their zero chemistry in Valentine’s Day.) But seeing as they have the same first name, it’s kind of a shame they couldn’t make it work. Their wedding vows would be all like, “Do you Taylor take Taylor to be your lawfully wedded wife?” and everyone would giggle or coo because we’re still not over it yet. Oh well. Taylor’s written some songs about it now, and it’s fine.
3. Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
Another one of those couples that was just too good to be true. They co-starred in High School Musical together, and you’d think crooning romantic tunes together might be enough. But after a nice four-year run, they split in 2010, doing a service to young women everywhere by putting Zac back on the market. (Thanks, Vanessa!)
2. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Well, who really knows if they’re still together or what’s happening there? It's a big mess, and until the Twilight press is done, we expect them to at least pretend they enjoy being in the same room together. Then? We’ll see. Either way, a cheating scandal doesn’t bode well for the longevity of Bella and Edward's living counterparts, but it was fun while it lasted!
1. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
So obviously our number one. Was there a more perfect coupling ever in the history of celebrity romances? Or in the human race? The former Mickey Mouse Club cast members made it seem like their romance was written in the stars, since they were both the hottest musicians of their gender at the time. (And still aren’t too shabby.) If only Britney had stuck with Justin instead of marrying Kevin Federline, we’re convinced she never would have gone through that dark Blackout head-shaving phase.
Jitney would probably have, like, 8 perfect kids by now, and lots of puppies, too. He’d still be making music, she’d run for President in 2028, and they’d both look just like they did in the 90’s forever and ever. How did things go so wrong?
Okay, we feel better now.
Did we miss your favorite teen dream couple? Let us know your favorite below!
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