There's nothing in the celebrity world more trusted, more stable, more recognizable than the fake relationship carefully orchestrated by a team of overpaid public relations specialists. From the Golden Era of Hollywood (see: Cary Grant and anyone) to now, the maybe-real maybe-fake romance has been a reliable engine of celebrity gossip and breathless fan speculation (ourselves included). 2016 was a particularly ripe year, thanks mostly to twin romance-rumor-generators Drake and Taylor Swift, so here, our favorites of the year that was.
Drake and Taylor Swift
Name: We're not validating this with a couple name. (Although Drake did briefly coin it #Draylor on Instagram.)
Timeline: Supposedly, the pair launched their romance with some awkward dancing at May's Met Gala (when Swift was still officially dating one Calvin Harris). It proceeded through the summer with definitely-not-staged frolicking on rocky Rhode Island beaches, posed photos with fellow squad couples, and Hiddleston wearing an I Love Taylor shirt. And then, like the leaves falling from the trees, so too their promotional-love dried up and blew away in September.
Relevant fun facts: Hiddleston was photographed in a totally unstaged moment wearing an "I Love Taylor" shirt.
Possible purpose: To push both their celebrity profiles higher.
Ray Liotta and Lady Gaga
Name: Too brief to generate a name.
Timeline: The pair went out to dinner one time in the West Village in August.
Relevant fun facts: As our own Carey O'Donnell speculated, "They're both Italian, they're both New Yorkers, they both love food. They both...love cigarettes."
Name: Do you actually think Amber Rose would be part of any couple with a coined name?
Timeline: January 1-(roughly) January 5th
Relevant fun facts: He wishes.
Possible purpose: The two simply rang in New Year's Eve together at E11even Club in Miami -- no PDA was displayed, according to sources. BUT, Jennifer Lopez was ALSO present, with then-beau Caspar Smart.
Relevant fun facts: Both were wearing sunglasses at night. Also he wishes.
Possible purpose: Ginned up out of nothing to get Page Six some pageviews. The two have been rumored to have gotten together multiple times in the past, so this is a story that should just be set into a floating lantern and placed at sea, forever.