20 Celebrity Odd Couples We Never Saw Coming

20 Celebrity Odd Couples We Never Saw Coming
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Ahh, celebrities. We can't help but feel a teeny bit fascinated when it comes to their love lives. On any given day, our favorite stars might be making headlines for being spotted out and about with a mystery someone, or breaking up with their longtime love. Sometimes, they say "I do" in secret but lavish ceremonies, or speak out about the realities of their recent divorce

There have admittedly been a handful of high-profile relationships that we've followed pretty closely, as if these people -- whom we've never actually met -- are our friends. We double-tap their Instagram pic, hope they're in it for the long run, and get excited when we spot a maybe-engagement ring because these two humans are clearly meant to be.

Still, not every celebrity relationship is like that.
There've been quite a few times where certain pairings manage to take us by complete surprise. Her and him? This gorgeous, glamorous A-lister and the person who is rarely seen not wearing a sweatshirt? In what world?!

Of course, we usually end up coming around eventually, because we've figured out by now that love really has zero rules. Sometimes, opposites do attract, and more often than not, the oddest celebrity couples are the ones we end up becoming slightly obsessed with -- in part because we just want to know more about their personal lives (or we're curious to see what, exactly, they have in common).

In recent months, the strangest duos have been popping up in the news (*coughcough* a certain singer's comedian ex canoodling with an action-loving actress *coughcough*) which had us reflecting on other couples that didn't immediately make sense to us.

Who are some of the weirdest couples we've come across? We've put together a full list.

  • Kate Beckinsale & Pete Davidson

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    The general reaction to seeing Pete and Kate together? "Um, what?!" But it actually does make sense in a way. Anyone who follows the actress on Instagram knows she has a great sense of humor, and that happens to be the business that Pete is in. Plus, they have a mutual friend in Sarah Silverman.

    At the very least, Ariana Grande thinks they're "Too cute!"

  • Ariana Grande & Pete Davidson


    Speaking of Ariana, her whirlwind relationship with Pete was quite a surprise, too. Before getting together, she was a major pop star and he was just another cast member on SNL

    Even he couldn't help but joke about how weird it was!

  • Katie Holmes & Jamie Foxx

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    Pretty much the only reason this one is still strange to us is because, despite being together for quite some time, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx never came out and said "Hey, we're a thing." So they still seem like total opposites. 

    Just confirm it, you guys! Embrace it! Celebrate your love on the red carpet or something!

  • Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden


    We'll always think of Benji Madden as a rocker guy from Good Charlotte, while Cameron Diaz is an actress from some of our favorite rom-coms, like My Best Friend's Wedding. They're also very private when it comes to their marriage, so, save for the occasional celebratory post from Benji and paparazzi pics, we almost forget they're a couple!

  • Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon


    Remember when the icon known as Mariah Carey got married and had twins with former Nickelodeon star Nick Cannon? We're still in shock that happened.

  • Michelle Rodriguez & Zac Efron

    Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez
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    Sure, they're both in the acting biz and were friends for a bit, but Michelle is a bada** action star -- who had just come out of a relationship with Cara Delevingne -- while Zac has a Disney past. Their completely different vibes are likely why they fizzled out after six months, but we'll never forget that initial makeout sesh on a boat.

  • Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas


    We still need some time with this one -- it all happened so fast! One minute, the Quantico actress and boy-bander-turned-solo-singer seemed to be casually dating. The next, they had an elaborate, history-making wedding. We always thought Nick would end up with someone along the lines of Demi Lovato (we held out hope for a while when they were both single), but he and Priyanka are pretty cute, too.

  • Mila Kunis & Macaulay Culkin

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    Did this happen?! It seems like it did -- for eight whole years! They pretty much lived under-the-radar at the time, but it's still hard to imagine Mila Kunis with anyone other than Ashton Kutcher.

  • Chelsea Handler & 50 Cent

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    These two gave things a chance, but ultimately decided they were better off as pals.

    "It wasn't the most serious relationship," Chelsea once told Oprah on an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. "He came on my show [in 2010], and he sent me flowers. And I was like, 'I'm not gonna date somebody whose name is a number.'"

  • Kim Kardashian & Nick Lachey

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    In some ways, this one had some potential: Nick Lachey and Kim Kardashian are both technically reality stars (remember Newlyweds?), but Kim seemed to live for the spotlight more than Nick -- which we could have easily assumed.

    The singer even suggested that Kim used him to help her get famous.

    "Let’s just say this: We went to a movie. No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside," he told Details magazine in 2013.

  • Grimes & Elon Musk


    When the CEO and musician-producer walked the red carpet together, people were stunned. They seemed like such opposites! But, apparently, they had a similar sense of humor and a shared fascination with artificial intelligence -- something that they discovered when they connected via Twitter.

  • Amy Poehler & John Stamos

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    They weren't actually a couple, but they did go on a date that seemed confusing for the both of them. "We were having dinner and I was like, 'Oh, maybe this is a date!'" Amy later told Howard Stern. "But I didn't know.'"

    Amy's general thoughts on that moment were that she "kinda blew it," but we honestly can't imagine them together in a million years!

  • Jessie J & Channing Tatum

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    While we were heartbroken over Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan's divorce, we always imagined him moving on with another actress, not a powerhouse singer.

    Then again, people have said the two ladies look alike ...

  • Jenna Dewan & Steve Kazee

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    Speaking of that split, we had no clue who Steve Kazee was before he was spotted smooching Jenna. The dancer-actress and Broadway star thing makes sense, but she's so much more high-profile than he is -- which, now that we think of it, is maybe the point!

  • Christina Hendricks & Geoffrey Arend

    Thanks to Mad Men, the world views Christina Hendricks as a glam bombshell, while her husband, Madam Secretary actor Geoffrey Arend, seems a lot more casual and low-key. Surprisingly, they've been married since 2009, so the lessons here is not to judge a book by its cover. 

    When it works, it works!
  • Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis

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    Those SNL stars, they really have a way with the ladies! So was the case when funny guy Jason (eventually) hooked up with gorgeous actress Olivia -- and the rest is history!

  • Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney


    We've seen so many sides to Lady Gaga at this point (singer, actress, meat-dress-wearer), but back when she was with Taylor Kinney, we were fascinated -- mostly because he seemed more buttoned-up while she was a free spirit.

    Of course, then we heard about their naked canvas painting and the whole thing made a lot more sense.

  • Cheryl Cole & Liam Payne


    Cheryl Cole was literally a judge on the show that put One Direction together when Liam was -- eek -- 14. That alone is weird (and a bit cringey) enough, and while they aren't together anymore, they do share a son.

  • Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton


    Many initially called BS on Gwen and Blake's relationship, mostly because he was a casual, funny country singer while she was a pop star who is always dressed to the nines. But weirdly enough, they balance each other out and make sweet music together. 

    Go figure!

  • Cher & Tom Cruise

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    These two were linked in the '80s, when Cher was 38, and Tom was 23, before he was deep into Scientology and had gone through his marriages to Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes. Still, the singer and actor pairing is just so strange to think about, and our minds were truly blown when Cher admitted that, when it comes to her best lovers, Tom "was in the top five."

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