Compared with some past years, 2018 wasn't too much of a disaster for celebrity couples.
Not too many spouses of over a decade divorced, and there weren't copious amounts of custody battles or mudslinging on social media.
To be sure, there were a lot of breakups, as there always are when you take a representational sample of beautiful and talented men and women, throw them into a fishbowl and let the relationship chips fall where they may. But not all splits are created equal (sorry, Lil Xan and Noah Cyrus) and only a select few land under the "omg, the sky is falling!" umbrella of shattered hopes.
Yet as Kristen Bell once told us (from the sanctuary of her happily intact marriage), "I think there's a little bit of lack of acknowledgment about really loving something that was. If there are two people that decide not to be together, it shouldn't really be a heartbreak for everyone."
Sigh, she was just trying to make us feel better about Chris Pratt and Anna Faris getting divorced last year.
At least those two seem to be getting along well and have moved on to other, hopefully fulfilling relationships.
Meanwhile, there are a lot of factors that go into making a breakup sad, aside from how long two people were together or how in love they looked on the red carpet. What comes next—i.e. Brad and Angelina as opposed to, say, Ben and Jen or Chris and Gwyneth—sometimes can't help but shade what came before, or make us look at those partnerships and how they ended through a new lens. Also, when relationships ultimately crumble after a long struggle to save them, that often causes extra sighs—of emotion and, maybe, relief.
But always, to each their own journey.
So in the words of Kristen Bell, here are some of the ex-couples who decided this year not to be together anymore. And no matter how it ended, we appreciate them for what they were.
So, onward and upward—and better love next year.