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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


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. 

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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


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. 

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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. 

Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel


Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel

Proving the age-old theory that hot actresses love rock stars, Zooey Deschanel – also one-half of the duo She and Him (the "him" is singer M. Ward) – married Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard in 2009. Sadly, after two years of marriage, the couple separated in October 2011.

Jack White and Karen Elson


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


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.