What People Who Dated Stars Of The ‘80s And ‘90s Said About Them

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Vote up the best stories about these nostalgic celebrity romances.

The 1980s and 1990s were full of well-known celebrity couples that the public quickly became obsessed with. Though most of these relationships didn't last, the memories and stories that they left behind are interesting.

Opinions may be mixed on what it was like to date a fellow celebrity - some sad, some happy, and some funny. Vote up the firsthand accounts of dating nostalgic "it" girls and male heartthrobs that make you long for the glamour of days gone by.


  • Winona Ryder Called Johnny Depp 'A Really Good, Loving, Caring Guy'
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    When Winona Ryder was just 19 years old, Johnny Depp asked her to marry him. The two had an exciting romance, with Depp even getting "Winona Forever" tattooed on his arm.

    After deciding to split after a few years of being together, Ryder has nothing but kind things to say about her former lover. In an interview with Time magazine, Ryder discussed her opinion of Depp following allegations of spousal abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard:

    I can only speak from my own experience, which was wildly different than what is being said. He was never, never that way towards me. Never abusive at all towards me. I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy who is very, very protective of the people that he loves.

    1,459 votes
  • Robert Downey Jr. Fondly Calls Sarah Jessica Parker A 'Force Of Nature'
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    After dating for seven years, Robert Downey Jr. and Sarah Jessica Parker broke up in 1991. Throughout the duration of their time together, the couple had to deal with the party boy lifestyle of Downey Jr., and it became too much for Parker.

    Years later, in an interview with Parade, Downey reflected on their relationship and how Parker dealt with his ways, saying:

    I liked to drink, and I had a drug problem, and that didn't jibe with Sarah Jessica, because it is the furthest thing from what she is. She provided me a home and understanding. She tried to help me. She was so miffed when I didn't get my act together. I was making money. I was mercurial and recklessly undisciplined and, for the most part, I was happily anesthetized.

    Sarah Jessica would pull me out of a hangover, and we'd go pick out furniture together. She is a force of nature!

    1,040 votes
  • Cher Said She And Val Kilmer Didn't Work Out Because They're Both 'Alpha Males'
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    Actor Val Kilmer met Cher after attending a birthday party a friend threw for the singer. The two became a couple shortly after in 1982 but broke things off in 1984. Though they are no longer together, the pair remained close friends, and the main reason for their breakup was because they were too much alike.

    Cher discussed her former lover in an interview with People magazine, gushing:

    One New Year's Eve, we didn't want to go anywhere so he bought a bunch of art supplies back to the house and we all did art all night long with the kids, one of the best New Year's Eves of my life. He was so good with my kids. He used to let Elijah drive the truck on his property. He couldn't even see over the dashboard. He might have been nine. He wouldn't be ashamed or think it was anything. He was a free spirit.

    When I went to see him in Mark Twain [his one-man show Citizen Twain], he started talking to me as he was walking down the aisle and then he took me outside and I said, "Val, you're right in the middle of a performance," and we just started laughing. He stretches every boundary. We had unbelievable times and then put up with some times when they weren't [that way] because we were both Alpha males. 

    We were both individuals and neither of us was going to give up on that.

    948 votes
  • Arsenio Hall Called His Time With Paula Abdul 'The Most Fun I've Ever Had'
    Photo: The Arsenio Hall Show / CBS Television Distribution

    After meeting on the set of Coming to America, Paula Abdul and Arsenio Hall began a relationship together. Their relationship came to an end a year after it started, but the two remained friends, and it was even rumored that they got back together for a time in 2009.

    Hall touched on the romance the two shared in an interview with Parade magazine, gushing:

    The most fun I’ve ever had in any phase of my life with a woman was with Paula. We were together because we wanted to be. If you’re Janet Jackson, you really don’t know if some scumbag is after you for your paper. But with Paula, we always knew what time it was.

    The thing that was always most important to me was laughing. And Paula and I laughed together more than I ever laughed in my entire life. I’m not saying Paula isn’t nutty sometimes - but so am I. People turn on the TV to see nuts like me and Paula. It’s controlled insanity.

    676 votes
  •  Brooke Shields Said Michael Jackson 'Didn't Want To Lose Things That Meant Something To Him'
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    After turning down Michael Jackson's proposal in the 1980s, Brooke Shields made a promise that she would forever be there for the singer. The two were lifelong friends, and once Jackson passed in 2009, the model opened up about their relationship and almost engagement.

    Shields candidly opened up about denying Jackson's marriage proposal to Rolling Stone magazine, saying:

    I would say: "You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me. I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you’ll always have me." I think it made him relax. He didn’t want to lose things that meant something to him.

    670 votes
  • Demi Moore Called Being Around Emilio Estevez 'Intoxicating'
    Photo: St. Elmo's Fire / Columbia Pictures

    Soon after starring alongside one another in the 1984 film St. Elmo's Fire, Demi Moore and Emilio Estevez fell for one another. The pair quickly got engaged, and Moore recalls Estevez and his family being "intoxicating" to be around.

    Moore told Howard Stern of her feelings towards Estevez and his family, saying:

    The whole thing was definitely intoxicating. Because it was seeing something that was very clearly different than what I had. And seeing how they were these formidable parental figures, and that they had influence and guidance, and I just really appreciated how they were.

    522 votes