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Celebrity splits 2016: The year Brangelina — and everyone else — broke up

The many star-studded breakups of 2015 led us to muse that love was dead, but that was before we witnessed the celebrity splits in 2016.

As it turns out, this is the year we said really RIP to romance!

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The biggest celebrity splits of 2016

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The biggest celebrity splits of 2016

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1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Breakups just don't get bigger than the end of Brangelina. In September, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt after 11 years together — two as a married couple — in a move that shocked fans and A-list friends alike.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend a private reception as costumes and props from Disney's "Maleficent" are exhibited at Kensington Palace on May 8, 2014, in London.

The actress is said to be seeking physical custody of their six children — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Shiloh, 10, Zahara, 11, and 8-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — and in a statement from one of her lawyers, explained that the split was made "for the health of the family."

In his own statement, Pitt said, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now in the wellbeing of our kids."

2. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Just 15 months after swapping vows — and 13 months after some major doggy drama Down Under — Depp and Heard parted ways.

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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the premiere of "The Danish Girl" on Nov. 21, 2015, in Westwood, California.

Heard filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order from Depp in May, following abuse allegations against the actor.

The pair settled their divorce in August, issuing a joint statement explaining that their "relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love."

3. Mariah Carey and James Packer

The year was barely underway when the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" singer said yes to a proposal from billionaire businessman Packer. But before the year was out, they said so long to each other.

Mariah Carey and James Packer walk the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the Studio City casino resort in Macau on Oct. 27, 2015.

During a recent appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Carey referred to their breakup as "a whole friggen thing," adding, "Everything happens for a reason."

4. Drew Barrymore and Will Koppelman

After three years of marriage, Barrymore and Koppelman parted ways in the spring.

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Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman attend the screening of 'Miss You Already' at The Rainbow Room on Oct. 25, 2015 in New York City.

The actress and the art consultant have two daughters — Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2. In a joint statement, the couple said, "Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family. Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on."

5. Marc Anthony and Shannon De Lima

One day after Anthony shared a kiss with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez onstage at the 17th annual Latin Grammy Awards on Nov. 18, came reports that he and wife De Lima have gone their separate ways.

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Shannon De Lima and Marc Anthony attend BMI's 22nd Annual Latin Music Awards at Fountainbleau on March 31, 2015, in Miami Beach, Florida.

While the singer hasn't commented on the break, actress Leah Remini, who's a close friend to both Anthony and Lopez, insisted that the smooch between the exes had nothing to do with the breakup.

“Absolutely not, that is not the reason,” Remini said during a sitdown with Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live." “Marc’s separation had happened already, clearly way before that."

6. Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart

Lopez's ex-husband wasn't the only one to find himself suddenly single again in 2016.

Casper Smart and Jennifer Lopez arrive at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, Jan. 10, 2016.

The singer, actress and producer had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with former backup dancer Smart since 2011, and according to various reports, they've been off-again again since August.

While J.Lo and Smart have remained mum about the break, there have been hints on social media.

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7. Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

Swift and Harris dated for 15 months before revealing their relationship was over in June.

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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris get lunch at the Spotted Pig on May 28, 2015, in New York City.

At first it seemed the singer and the Scottish DJ parted without any bad blood at all, with Harris tweeting, "The only truth here is that a relationship came to an end & what remains is a huge amount of love and respect."

But that message, along with other social media posts from both of them, was later deleted.

8. Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston

Harris isn't the only one likely to earn some blind-item mentions on Swift's next album. Just two weeks after Swift and Harris announced their breakup, she was spotted in the arms (and on the lips) of "Thor" star Hiddleston.

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift arrive at Sydney International Airport in Sydney, New South Wales, July 8, 2016.

But it wasn't long before their whirlwind romance whirled to an end, too. By September, the summer lovin' was over.

9.Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney

In 2015, Lady Gaga and the "Chicago Fire" star announced their engagement. In 2016, they announced their split.

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Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga attend the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC, on Dec. 7, 2014.

Gaga and Kinney began dating in 2011, and by all reports, their parting has been an amicable one — and in one post on Instagram, the "Perfect Illusion" singer hinted that it could be a temporary one, too.

10. Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts

After 11 years together, Watts and Schreiber called in quits in September, stating, "Over the past few months we've come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple."

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The acting exes are parents to two sons — Sasha, 9, and Samuel, 7 — and they've remain close, even sharing sweet birthday wishes to each other on social media after their break.

11. Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Buffington-Quaid

On June 28, Quaid and Buffington-Quaid announced their plans to divorce — and it wasn't the first time they'd made such an announcement since their 2004 nuptials.

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Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Buffington-Quaid pose at the Golden Globes Gift Suite at the L'Ermitage Hotel on Jan.13, 2011, in Beverly Hills, California.

Buffington-Quaid first filed for divorce from the actor back in March of 2012, before withdrawing her petition just two months later. Later that same year, she filed for legal separation. They reconciled in 2013.

12. Christie Brinkley and John Mellencamp

The model and the rocker dated for a year before ending their romance in August.

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John Mellencamp and Christie Brinkley attend his art exhibition, "The Isolation Of Mister," at the ACA Galleries on Oct. 21, 2015, in New York City.

"Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship," a rep for the former couple told E! News on their behalf, adding that they have "vowed to remain best of friends."

13. Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama

Another pair promised to remain best pals after parting ways this year — Lovato and Valderrama. After dating for almost six years, they announced their split over the summer.

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Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato attend The 58th Grammy Awards on Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.

"This was an incredibly difficult decision for both of us, but we have realized more than anything that we are better as best friends," a statement from the couple read. "We will always be supportive of one another."

14. Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson

The partnership between the "The Bridge" actress and the "Dawson's Creek" alum lasted for 10 years before their split in July.

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Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson arrive at the series premiere of FX's "The Bridge" on July 8, 2013, in Los Angeles.

While the stars haven't spoken out about the end of their relationship, just one day after reps confirmed the news, Kruger shared a message of hope on Instagram.

It's always darkest before the dawn ❤️

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15. Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer

Maguire married jewelry designer Meyer in 2007, and nine years later, they announced their separation.

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Jennifer Meyer and Tobey Maguire attend the "The Great Gatsby" world premiere at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on May 1, 2013, in New York City.

They have two children, daughter Ruby, 10, and son Otis, 7.

“After much soul searching and consideration we have made the decision to separate as a couple,” Maguire and Meyer told People. "As devoted parents, our first priority remains raising our children together with enduring love, respect and friendship.”

16. Hilary Swank and Ruben Torres

The Oscar-winning actress began dating the former tennis pro in 2015, and she announced their engagement via social media in March of 2016 — but the wedding plans didn't get far.

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Hilary Swank and Ruben Torres attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.

Just three months after Swank tweeted the happy news, she deleted her posts — and her ring.

17. Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund

A year ago Dunst declared that boyfriend Hedlund felt "like family" to her, but now it seems there's a rift in the family.

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Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Dunst attend the LACMA Art + Film Gala honoring Barbara Kruger and Quentin Tarantino on Nov. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

The pair parted ways in April, after four years together.

18. Ryan Phillippe and Paulina Slagter

Phillippe and his law student fiancé separated in November, according to reports.

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Ryan Phillippe and Paulina Slagter attend the People Magazine Awards at on Dec. 18, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California.

They were together for five years and engaged last December.

19. Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim

Cage and Kim separated in January, just six months before what would have been their 12th wedding anniversary.

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Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim arrive at the premiere of the movie 'Joe' during the 39th Deauville American film festival on Sept. 2, 2013, in Deauville, France.

The couple had one child together, 11-year-old son Kal-El.

This was the actor's third marriage. He was previously wed to actress Patricia Arquette and singer Lisa Marie Presley.

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