By and large, celebrities want to come off as likable people. Whether they’re trying to sell you their perfume through a commercial or trying to convince you to go see their latest movie through a late night interview, they know that if they rub the viewer the wrong way, they’re going to lose money, and quite possibly, their career.
Luckily, most celebrities seem like pretty decent, everyday people. After all, most actors rose to fame through hard work and perseverance, with many having to live in extreme poverty before they landed their first big break, which is why many of these performers end up giving back to their community when good fortune finally strikes. However, there are still a number of celebrities that are notoriously jerks, with many of them being born into fame and managing to stay there simply by spewing hatred and polarizing their audiences.
For this list, we’re looking at celebrity couples that have either brought out the best or the worst in each other. So while many of these couples have won over our hearts with their charitable donations and pleasant fans interactions, others have been spotted on more than a few occasions being rude or doing things that are downright nasty.
Here are 8 Hollywood Couples Who Are Sweethearts (And 7 Who Are Jerks).
15. Sweethearts: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Because Ryan Reynolds often plays characters who are often equal parts sweetheart and jerk, it’s understandable to think that his off-screen persona could possibly go either way. But luckily the Deadpool star has proven time and time again that he’s on the right side of that line, as the actor is known for dressing up as the Marvel anti-hero and befriending a 13-year-old boy from the Make-A-Wish Foundation who was battling cancer. Unfortunately, the boy passed away, but not before Reynolds could personally show him a rough cut of the movie from his hospital bed.
Similarly, Reynolds’ wife, Blake Lively, has also done her fair share of charitable work that she has recently opened up about. Along with a number of other female celebrities, including Chelsea Clinton and Jessica Chastain, Lively has joined the Child Rescue Coalition, which aims to put an end to child abuse, and she is also currently working on a documentary with PBS to inform the public about the danger of sex trafficking.
14. Jerks: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Easily the least surprising couple in the “jerks” category, Kayne West and Kim Kardashian have long been polarizing the public with their over-the-top rants and vapid lifestyles. Although both the rappers and reality star’s lives were the subject of much media attention before they got together, the controversies surrounding the two have only exploded after they tied the knot in 2014.
Since then, West’s career has experienced its share of ups and down, with many of his albums receiving critical acclaim, despite the rappers tendency to go on megalomaniacal tirades that often involve insulting his fans and fellow musicians.
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian continues to represent much of what is wrong with American culture. Her rise to fame was based on her reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, where Kim can be seen taking place in countless petty arguments and hate-filled conversations.
13. Sweethearts: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith met Jada Pinkett all the way back in 1995 when he was just the star of the hit NBC series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Just two years later, the couple would marry at about the same time Smith was becoming the biggest star in Hollywood, and they have been together ever since — which is an impressive amount of time for most couples who spend their lives in the limelight.
Since Will Smith has become one of the highest-paid actors of his generations, he is often swarmed by fans whereever he’s slated to appear, but the actor is known for bringing his high energy and sense of humor to these meet-and-greets, rarely disappointing his admirers.
The couple has also used their good fortune to give back to the community by founding the Will and Jada Smith Foundation, which is geared toward helping inner city youths along with their families. On top of that, Jada even donated $1 million to the Baltimore School for the Arts back in 2006.
12. Jerks: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez’s love life has been the subject of much media attention, as the singer/actress has been married and divorced three times, most recently to fellow actor Marc Anthony, and she has also dated a number of other high-profile celebrities, including Ben Affleck. But most recently, Lopez began dating former MLB player Alexander Rodriguez in February of this year.
Both these celebrities have experienced their fair share of negative press, with Lopez earning the reputation of being a diva by making absurd demands in exchange for participating in films, commercials, and charity events.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez was the subject of multiple MLB scandals that involved the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Although A-Rod originally denied the accusations, he later admitted to using steroids and was ultimately suspended for a record 162 games, tarnishing the athlete’s otherwise legendary career.
11. Sweethearts: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
After working together on 2011’s The Place Beyond the Pines, co-stars Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes began dating, and the two have been together ever since. Though they never decided to officially tie the knot, they’ve started a family together, with two young children and a residence in Los Feliz, California.
Both Gosling and Mendes don’t merely come charm us on screen; they’ve been exceedingly kind-hearted to fans, to the point where Eva almost missed her ride leaving Comic Con to run over and sign some quick autographs.
The couple is also been active in a number of charities and social causes, including PETA, where Mendes even went so far as to pose nude for the charity as a stance against animals being killed for their fur.
Meanwhile, Gosling has traveled extensively to raise awareness about the genocide and the crimes against humanity that plague the Congo.
10. Jerks — Kendal Jenner and A$AP Rocky
For someonewho was able to purchase a $1.4 million LA condominium at the age of 19, you would think they would at least tip 20% upon paying the bill. But on multiple occasions, Kendal Jenner has reportedly stiffed her waiting staff. Once, a waitress even confronted Kendall for being stiffed and reportedly had money thrown in her face.
The reality TV star has been dating 28-year-old rapper Rakim Mayers, also known as A$AP Rocky, who had his own string of negative press. In 2013, the performer was caught on camera slapping a woman across the face during a Philadelphia music festival, which led to Mayers being hit with a misdemeanor assault charge. Though the criminal charge was eventually dropped, Mayer faced a lawsuit from the woman which was settled in 2015.
9. Sweethearts: Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany first met while working together on A Beautiful Mind, but wouldn’t start dating until later in 2001. After the September 11th attacks, Bettany reportedly called Connelly and expressed his true feelings for her, and the two began living together shortly thereafter and ended up tying the knot in 2003.
Though the two seem to like to keep their relationship and family out of the public eye, behind the scenes the couple has worked together on numerous occasions to help improve the lives of those less fortunate. Connelly was named an ambassador for both the Human Right Education and the Save the Children Fund, and the actress has also been outspoken about improving gender equality.
Connelly also starred in Shelter, a movie that brought awareness to the homeless living in America which was written and directed by Bettany, for which the couple was honored by the Coalition for the Homeless for their work.
The two currently live in Brooklyn with their children.
8. Jerks: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Though both Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have done their fair share of good deeds since becoming celebrities, that doesn’t erase the fact that they have each been reportedly brash with interviewers, paparazzi, and even fans on a number of occasions.
Back in 2014, Mila Kunis made headlines after an awkward interview with journalist Stephen Whitty, who reported that the actress was curt over a number of seemingly innocent questions about adapting to life in America at a young age and her choice to star in more independent films.
Meanwhile, Kutcher has had a number of heated run ins with paparazzi, including pushing one to the ground and forcefully banging on the car window of another. Understandably, invasive paparazzi would annoy even the most level-headed star, but Kutcher was also criticized for ignoring fans at a public event he attended in Hollywood, refusing to simply turn and acknowledge those who were calling his name.
7. Sweethearts: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher
After Sasha Baron Cohen achieved widespread attention for his 2006 shocking mockumentary film, Borat, many were equally surprised to learn that the actor had been dating the beautiful and already accomplished actress Isla Fisher for a number of years. But luckily, Baron Cohen looks and acts a lot different in real life than the number of despicable characters he’s appeared as on film and TV.
Though Baron Cohen has certainly come under his fair share of controversy for his on camera stunts, the actor is reportedly extremely gracious in person. Likewise, Fisher has been caught being too nice to her fans, as seen when she politely declined to take a picture during one of her film premieres, but then ended up pretty much posing with all her fans for selfies anyway.
Not to mention that the couple jointly donated half a million dollars to aid Syrian refugees in 2015, along with another $500,000 to the Save the Children foundation to have Syrian children vaccinated against measles.
6. Jerks: Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka
Much like Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner, Paris Hilton is yet another celebrity who acquired fame through her looks and family wealth rather than hard work and talent. Of course, this wouldn’t be a crime unto itself, but Hilton has also demonstrated a long history of being rude and downright cruel.
Outside of being busted for drug possessions on multiple occasions, Hilton refused to accept the judge’s probation terms and continued to drive with a suspended license, earning the reality star a 45-day sentence behind bars. Hilton also hasn’t been shy about publicly insulting other celebrities, and she was even caught on record making extremely homophobic remarks, saying that “most homosexual men probably have AIDS.”
So in a way, it makes sense that Hilton’s latest boyfriend, actor Chris Zylka, has previously in hot water for bashing his ex-girlfriend and fellow actor Lucy Hale via Twitter. Though Zylka eventually apologized for his Tweet, he only did so amidst strong backlash, making it seem like he was only interested in saving his own reputation.
5. Sweethearts: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks has made a career of playing down-to-earth and relatable characters, but as it turns out, the actor’s kind-hearted persona isn’t just an act. Hanks has been reported by many fans and paparazzi to be just as likable off screen, signing autographs and taking pictures with admirers when someone of his stature could easily just be ushered by.
Since 1988, Hanks has been married to fellow actress Rita Wilson, and together the two have taken up various social and political causes in an attempt to bring equal rights to everyone.
Hanks helped raise money to keep same-sex marriage in the state of California, and is also an avid environmentalist, pushing for an expansion of electric vehicle across the country. Meanwhile, Wilson has donated to several cancer charities and has been an actively out spoken about the need for gender equality at home and abroad.
4. Jerks: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
Yet another reason that reality TV is mostly trash entertainment, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt rose to fame during the MTV series The Hills, where the couple became known for constantly feuding with one another and insulting their fellow reality TV stars.
Other shows have tried to capitalize on the tabloid fame of Montag and Pratt, causing them to pop up in the second season of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and the eleventh season of Celebrity Big Brother, much to the disdain of their fellow contestants. In fact, many of their fights and megalomaniacal rants seem so over the top, it’s been speculated that the two are simply putting on a show to acquire the fame they continuously brag about having.
Even the usually kind-hearted Al Roker couldn’t help but take a shot at the two when they appeared on the Today Show, citing that many believe them to be “the poster children for everything that’s wrong with celebrity in this country.”
3. Sweethearts: George and Amal Clooney
Though Clooney already made our list of sweetheart celebrities, he deserves yet another shout-out here thanks to his equally kind-hearted wife, Amal Clooney.
Though the A-list actor was known for being one of Hollywood’s longest-standing bachelors, Clooney finally tied the knot in 2014 to this high profile Lebanese-born lawyer, who is qualified to work in both the United States and Britain, where she has worked on a number of prominent human rights cases.
Both before and after their marriage, George and Amal Clooney have been extremely active in humanitarian work around the world, using their celebrity status to shine a light on the Armenian Genocide and the conflict in Darfur. This selflessness has also extended to George’s fan base, as many have claimed that the actor is just as funny and charming in person as he appears on camera.
2. Jerks: Randy and Evi Quaid
The relationship between Randy Quaid and his wife Evi has been a bizarre one, which has found the couple on the wrong side of the law more than a few times within the last decade.
Known for his offbeat and over-the-top comedic performances in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Kingpin, and Independence Day, Quaid has proven to be even more eccentric in real life, beginning with Quaid trying to sue the producer of Brokeback Mountain for misrepresenting the type of film it was going to be.
After that, things have been a downhill slide for Randy and Evi, with the two facing charges for fraud and burglary when they failed to pay an innkeeper and later ended up living in a home they once owned illegally.
After bouncing back and forth between Canada and the United States to avoid imprisonment, the two now reside in Vermont, where the two plan to live out the rest of their lives as they could still be arrested if they ever leave the state.
1. Sweethearts: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
After being together for 34 years, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have had one of the longest-running relationships in Hollywood despite the fact that the two have never decided to tie the knot. They began dating in 1983 after working together in the romantic drama Swing Shift, and together they have raised their son, Wyatt, as well as three other children that Russell and Hawn had from previous marriages, including actress Kate Hudson.
Outside of their own family, Russell and Hawn have used their wealth and fame to give back to those less fortunate. Hawn founded a non-profit organization in 2003, titled The Hawn Foundation, which is currently helping over 1 million children across the world get a better education while teaching them skills to cope with their emotional development as well. Meanwhile, Russell sits as an Honorary Board Member for Wings of Hope, another nonprofit that helps struggling communities around the world become self-sufficient.
So what do you think of these celebrity couples? Let us know in the comments.
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