The 10 Biggest Dating Moments Of 2006

Now that the year’s almost over, we thought we’d take note of the most monumental hookups, breakups, and more that came to pass. Who could forget ’em?

By Amy Keyishian

f you’re the type that enjoys hearing what those crazy celebrity couples are up to, you’re hardly alone—and this year, there was no shortage of drama to marvel at. While cutie couples like Gyllengaard, BenJen, and, er, KlumSeal quietly flew under the radar, plenty of other star couples gave us lots to talk about at the water cooler. In case you’ve forgotten the gossip, we’ve decided to stroll down memory lane and give a nod to the most notable relationship moments of 2006.

Worst Reunion Idea:
Marshall Mathers and Kim Mathers
Eminem made a huge hit with misogynistic lyrics and even rapped about murdering his
Is it any surprise that Eminem’s reunion with Kim Mathers crashed and burned?
ex-wife in songs “’97 Bonnie and Clyde” and “Kim.” So people were understandably perplexed when the couple remarried in January… and less so when he filed for divorce, again, in April. We applaud them for their effort, but there’s something to be said about knowing when to throw in the towel.

Biggest Role Model Of The Baby-Before-Wedding Trend:
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
This couple is known for acting kind of, well, odd, so it makes sense that they’d turn the “first comes marriage, then come kids” adage all around and give birth to baby Suri well before officially tying the knot. Seems a little backwards to us, but we guess who cares as long as at the end of the day, everybody’s happy?

Relationship With a Country Singer Most Like a Country Song:
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
A whirlwind romance, a beautiful wedding… then her country singer hubby checks into rehab. But rather than fall to pieces or file for divorce, this Aussie gal is still sticking it out. Don’t they say a lady should Stand By Her Man?

Least Eyebrow-Raising Outings:
Tie: Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris
The ’N Sync star came out of the closet with the support of his then-boyfriend, Reichen Lehmkuhl of The Amazing Race. And Neil Patrick Harris, of Doogie Howser, M.D. and How I Met Your Mother fame, confirmed that he was gay after hearing that gossips were speculating about his orientation. In general, these announcements were treated as not major news… remember when a celebrity coming out could land on the cover of Time? Just goes to show you how much more accepting our society has become.

Most Multi-tasking Twosome:
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
They adopt! They give birth! They travel the world! They make movies! They make
Sure, breakups are never easy.
political statements of various kinds! Jeez, you think this couple could schedule some downtime in 2007, or what?

Pre-nup We’re Gladdest Was In Place:
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
They said it wouldn’t last… and it didn’t. When K-Fed became Fed-Ex, nobody gasped in amazement; we’re just glad to see Britney back with her old manager and divested of those extra pounds. (No, silly, not the baby weight—that 200-pound albatross of a husband!)

Most Out-Of-Control Breakup:
Paul McCartney and Heather Mills
Sure, breakups are never easy. But when the Beatles crooner and Heather Mills filed for divorce this year, we think they only rubbed salt in the wound by getting ornery with each other. Between McCartney’s reported decision to freeze their joint bank account and change the locks on their home to Mills’ alleged attempt to break in by enlisting her security guard to scale the wall to claims of alcoholism and abuse, we have to say, we aren’t impressed.

Most Embarrassing Infidelity:
Christie Brinkley and Peter Cook
It’s bad enough to find out, via a very public apology, that your husband’s been unfaithful. But the allegations that he bought a car for his 19-year-old paramour, which Christie found out about when the gal’s cop-dad confronted her, made us feel sooo bad for the Uptown Girl! We just hope she finds true love in her next marriage. Hey, the fifth time’s a charm, right?

Scariest Dating Reality-Show Star Role Model:
Flava Flav
Nobody, least of all us, could get enough of the crazy antics on the standout VH-1 hit Flava of Love. And here’s why: No matter how nutty your own dating life may be, you can always be glad you’re not one of the people on that show.

Amy Keyishian has written for Cosmopolitan, Maxim, and other publications.
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