If you’re like me, your life revolves around celebrity relationships. I mean, who Selena Gomez is dating is just as important to me as who my best friend is dating (yeah, I said it). With that comes the possibility of getting swept up in rumors and deception, especially on the part of the celebrities. The truth is, PR relationships do happen, but it can be hard to figure out when a couple is using each other for views and when it’s the real deal. Read on to check out eight times when fans were very much convinced that a celebrity relationship was all for the publicity.
Bryce Hall & Addison Rae
Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens
It really seemed like a Disney dream come true when the stars of High School Musical started dating IRL. But when they broke up not too long after the third and final movie, they definitely raised a few eyebrows, leading many to think they were simply together to promote the films.
Selena Gomez & Orlando Bloom
Selena Gomez and Orlando Bloom first sparked dating rumors in 2014. Immediately, though, fans were skeptical, especially since both of their recent exes, Justin Bieber and Miranda Kerr, were also rumored to be seeing each other around the time. It’s still unclear, though, what was actually going on between Selena and Orlando.
Tom Hiddleston & Taylor Swift
Of course, Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift were going to make the list. The couple shocked fans when they were suddenly photographed everywhere together, leading many to think the photos were staged and the whole thing was a publicity stunt. And then, of course, there was the “I ❤️ TS” shirt… Some even thought Tom was dating Taylor to gain publicity so he would be selected to play the next James Bond, with Taylor going for a role as a Bond Girl. Tom, though, denied that the relationship was just for publicity while talking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016.
Timothée Chalamet & Lily-Rose Depp
Timothée Chalamet and Lily-Rose Depp seemingly got together around the time they were promoting their movie, The King, which fans often take as a tell-tale sign of a PR relationship. Then, photos of the two making out on a boat in France were published, and many assumed they were staged. Timothée, though, told GQ in October 2020 that he “really loved” Lily and the photos were not for publicity. Recently, there have even been rumors that the couple is back together, but nothing has been confirmed.
Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson
While some were die-hard fans of this Twilight couple, many thought they were only together to promote the extremely popular franchise, which centered on their characters as a couple.
Pete Davidson & Kate Beckinsale
Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries
Some believed that mastermind momager, Kris Jenner, orchestrated the marriage between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries as a way to up the ratings on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kris Humphries, however, has denied this, writing in an essay for The Player’s Tribune that the relationship was “100% real.”
Carolyn Twersky is an associate editor for Seventeen covering celebrities, entertainment, politics, trends, and health.
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