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From Kurt and Courtney to Justin and Selena, 30 musician duos who got together – for better and for worse

Deadmau5 and Kat Von D

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Deadmau5 and Kat Von D pose backstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 22nd, 2012.

Adam Horovitz and Kathleen Hanna

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Adam Horovitz and Kathleen Hanna

It seemed like no woman could ever tame a Beastie Boy, but in 1997 Adam Horovitz met Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna and fell madly in love. They dated for nearly a decade before they finally got married in 2006. Bikini Kill broke up a long time ago, but Hanna went on to form Le Tigre. 

lisa marie presley and michael jackson

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Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's motivation for marrying Lisa Marie Presley was pretty clear – accusations that he had molested young boys had severely damaged his career. Her motivation was less clear, even though she's attempted to explain herself numerous times over the years. They got divorced in 1996, though Lisa Marie has said that they remained close and almost reconciled a few times. Maybe he was the only person who could understand the crushing fame that killed her father – or maybe she just really, really wanted to anger her mother. 

pj harvey and nick cave

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PJ Harvey and Nick Cave

When Nick Cave broke up with PJ Harvey in the mid-1990s, he funneled all of his emotion onto his LP The Boatman's Call. Like Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks or Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love, many fans related to the heartache and it became one of the most acclaimed albums of his career. Two years ago, the former couple reunited onstage at London's Palace Theater to perform Cave's love song "Henry Lee." 

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez arrive at the The 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on August 28th, 2011

justin timberlake and britney spears

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Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake met as cast members on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 and were dating by the time they became pop sensations in 2000, but after a couple years in the paparazzi spotlight they both moved on. In his 2002 video for Cry Me A River, Justin cast a Britney look-alike and clearly alleged that she had been unfaithful. 


beyonce and jay-z

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Jay-Z and Beyoncé were incredibly famous before they started dating in 2002, but their union brought so much tabloid attention that even your mom knows their names these days. They married in 2008 and Beyonce gave birth to her first child, Blue Ivy Carter on January 7th, 2012. Look for the kid's album to drop sometime around the third quarter of 2029. 

Jack White and Karen Elson

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Jack White and Karen Elson

Jack White used to lie and say that White Stripes drummer Meg White was his sister, but it eventually came out that the two were actually a divorced couple – and that Jack had taken the unusual step of taking her last name. They divorced in 2000, around the time their band was taking off. Pretty weird, huh? He married British model Karen Elson in 2005. They had two kids, but split in 2011. In typical wacky Jack fashion, they threw a divorce party soon after the announcement and vowed to remain close. 

nas and kelis

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Nas and Kelis

In 2005, Kelis' milkshake brought in Nas from the yard and the couple got married. Four years later –while seven months pregnant – Kelis filed for divorce. It was a rough battle, with both parties fighting for custody of the child. 

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

Faith Hill was engaged to her producer Scott Hendricks when she launched a tour with Tim McGraw in 1996. Unfortunately for Hendricks, the two country superstars fell in love and Hill called off the engagement. Hill and McGraw married later that year, and they remain country's ultimate power couple. Their 2006 co-headlining tour made more money than any tour in the history of country music. In recent years, Hill has devoted much of her time to raising the couple's children. 

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

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Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale

Remember how bummed Gwen Stefani was when she broke up with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal? It inspired the group's breakthrough hit "Don't Speak," but she quickly got over the heartache when No Doubt opened up for Bush in 1996. On that tour, she met the band's frontman Gavin Rossdale. They married in 2002 and have two young sons. 

Regine Chassagne and Win Butler

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Regine Chassagne and Win Butler

Arcade Fire's Regine Chassagne and Win Butler co-founded Arcade Fire in 2003, the same year the couple got married. The marriage and band both seem to be going extremely well, but fans can't help but worry about might happen to Arcade Fire should Regine and Win ever break up. Sonny and Cher tried to keep working together after their split, but the chemistry was gone. Let's all hope that Regine and Win break the curse of the celebrity romance, and have a long and fruitful marriage. 

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

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Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

Fall Out Boy's army of fans winced in horror when the news hit that Pete Wentz was dating Ashlee Simpson. To them, she was the lip-syncing little sister of Jessica Simpson and lacked any musical credibility whatsoever. Wentz brushed aside their outrage and married her, and in 2008 she gave birth to their unfortunately named son Bronx Mowgli Wentz. To the surprise of nobody, they divorced in 2011. 

Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennon

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl and Sean Lennon

Sean Lennon apparently finds that he has much in common with the children of famous rock stars – he had a long, tumultuous relationship with Bijou Phillips and also dated Elizabeth Jagger. His current girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl doesn't have a famous rock star dad, but she is absolutely beautiful. The two of them formed the folk music duo the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger in 2008. 

Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean

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Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean

Lots of celebrity relationships go bad – but this one really, really, really turned to shit. It also broke up one of the most promising hip-hop groups of all time. Wyclef Jean dated Lauryn Hill all through the early days of the Fugees, but by 1996 Lauryn had met Bob Marley's son Rohan Marley. They had five children together, but she said that Marley isn't the father of her sixth child. The Fugees reformed for a new single and European tour in 2004, but old tensions soon returned and they split for good. In 2007, Jean spoke to Rolling Stone about Lauryn. "I feel sorry for her," he said. "I think she needs psychiatric help . . . She wasn't always like this – but if someone has the ego and you keep feeding the ego, it's going to turn monstrous."

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

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Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore both released their first album around the turn of the millennium. Mandy was a second-rate Britney Spears knock-off, while Ryan's debut Heartbreaker was an alt-country masterpiece. It was nearly impossible to imagine the two of them ever meeting, let alone getting married – but in 2009 they tied the knot, and seem very happy together.

katy perry and russell brand

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are both huge, bawdy personalities that have little regard for societal norms, so it's no surprise that it was love at first sight when they met at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The couple married in India in 2010 but unfortunately split up in January 2012.

Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson

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Kim Schifino and Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson met Kim Schifino at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute in 2004. Despite their height difference, the couple began dating, and in 2005 formed the dance punk duo Matt & Kim. They have slowly gained a mainstream following, and their 2010 LP Sidewalks reached the top 30. They spent the summer on the road with Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance. 

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton kisses his fiance, Miranda Lambert backstage at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3rd, 2011.

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