Photo: WENNPeople like hearing about their favorite celeb's love life, especially when it involves another star. Put two hot names together and cameras flock to give them free publicity. In an industry where being talked about is closely tied to success, a timely love affair provides the perfect platform for relevancy. So you have to wonder about these celebrity romances that are just too Hollywood to be real. Are they real or are they just part of a publicity stunt?
Kanye and Kim Kardashian
Photo: WENNThe media may be drinking the KimYe kool-aid, but something about this entire affair is too commercial. First of all, it's Kim. Then Kanye drops Theraflu, which makes nightly news for mentioning their love affair. Let's not forget that they both LOVE the limelight and publicity no matter which way it comes.
Simon Cowell and Carmen Elecktra
Photo: WENNSimon Cowell and Carmen Electra are more like the odd couple than a steamy pair, the first hint that their budding romance is more strategic alliance than the real thing.
Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj
Photo: WENNEarly in the phenom that is Nicki's career, she likened herself to Monica Lewinsky, making President Carter, aka Lil Wayne, the scandal of season. Was it true? Who cares. What matters is that it got people listening long enough they forgot how it started.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley
Photo: WENNDid anyone believe this for a second, ever? King of Pop marries Princess of Rock - sounds like an elaborate ploy to bring both parties closer to mainstream relevance. It's too bad they didn't have reality shows ready for dysfunctional celebrity couples back then. Could have been the biggest show ever.
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Photo: WENNThis is a studio's dream for a real life couple to play one on real life. It would seem that someone running the Twilight franchise convinced these two that they'd be millionaire actors as long as they kept up the "we're in love and stuff" ruse long enough. In actuality, their love is real as evinced by the latest scandal to test their relationship and have Robert Pattinson staying in the relationship despite the embarrassing affair.
Sisqo and Samantha Mumba
Photo: WENNSisqo has an awesome voice but....? No one is believing this for a second.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Courtney RobertsonThe Bachelor and The Bachelorette finalists have an expiration date of media relevance. How do you keep your name in the press? Get "caught" making out with the finalist from your sister-show. That should get Arie and Courtney each another 15 minutes of shine.
Kim Kardashian and Kris Humprhies
Photo: WENNIt should have been clear from the title, Kim's Fairytale Wedding that this entire fiasco was a beautiful work of fiction.
Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson
Photo: WENNHaving watched the love affair go down on Basketball Wives, it seems Evelyn and Chad may qualify as the only couple that fell for their own publicity stunt. Had they been clear on the real goals of their relationship, they'd both have a reality show right now.
Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler
Photo: WENNWe understand that Butler and Aniston had a movie to promote, so naturally, dating and spending camera-friendly amounts of time together helped tremendously.
Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag
Photo: WENNThe two met and married on The Hills, a fake reality show. And now the world is supposed to believe these two have a future. Please.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Photo: WENNPeople thought it was all just to sell tickets for Green Lantern, but now that Ryan and Blake are married, it's clear that their love is the real deal. Or so they think. The couple married in September of 2012 and Scarlett Johansson is taking bets on how long it takes ex-hubby, Reynolds to split.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Photo: WENNThere's something fishy going on with Tom Cruise and his women. His marriages both ended when his lady was 33. He loves the children, but doesn't ever keep their mom. It's been rumored that Katie was selected by the church of Scientology as a suitable wife. Can we blame Katie for playing along? All she had to do was marry the biggest name in Hollywood to be set for life. All she had to do was never mention the details of life with Mr. Cruise.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens
Photo: WENNHigh School High got a lot of free publicity based on the relationship between its two stars Zac and Vanessa. After their "relationship" ended, Vanessa took on another co-star in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Josh Hutcherson.