Valentine's Day 2019: Valuable lessons we can learn from the worst celebrity breakups of the past year
Thank you, next
BLACKPINK's Jennie and EXO's Kai (October 2018 — January 2019)
Lesson #1: Timing is key; busy schedules and romance don't go hand-in-hand.
K-pop fans around the world had mixed reactions to the news of EXO's Kai and BLACKPINK's Jennie relationship when it was first reported in January 2019. Some were over the moon that their fan-fictions had become a reality while other love-struck fans were disappointed that their idols were not available any longer. News of their breakup quickly surfaced less than a month after the relationship went public. Speculations attributed the uncoupling to incompatible schedules, considering both stars are part of K-pop's hottest groups. While the relationship made pretty headlines, it wasn't the best idea to go public with the relationship when either of them could not provide the emotional bandwidth and physical proximity necessary.
Hip-hop stars Cardi B and Offset (February 2017 — December 2018)
Lesson #2: A relationship's fall-out is best handled behind closed doors.
Once hailed as hip-hop's most powerful couple, Cardi B and Offset's tumultuous relationship was on full-on display for the public's voyeuristic consumption right from the outset. Much of the mouth-watering drama happened on social media — from the Migos rapper's sappy posts to Cardi's savage "single" captioned IG post (that has since been deleted), which first ignited the breakup rumours. To make matters worse, Offset crashed his former bae's concert with 2000 roses to publicly apologise but was shut down as quickly as any public protest in Singapore. It was dubbed a publicity stunt and a douchey attempt to win back Cardi's heart. There's certainly nothing flattering about interrupting a woman's day (or night) at her workplace after being foolishly caught cheating.
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson (May 2018 — October 2018)
Lesson #3: Don't get engaged too early.
When pop princess Ariana Grande announced her engagement to SNL cast member Pete Davidson, the news took Hollywood and mainstream media by storm. After all, they had only just split up with their former partners and had just announced that they were 'casually dating', a mere twenty-four days before. While many were cynical about the whirlwind romance, the couple clearly didn't slow down for anyone. They got matching tattoos and moved in together in quick succession. Grande even named a song on her fourth studio album Sweetener after Davidson. The young couple got prematurely engaged in June 2018. Although fans gushed over their fairytale love story, it didn't last long unsurprisingly. The two called it quits and things turned ugly pretty quickly with Davidson poking fun at the engagement whilst Grande explicitly name-dropping him in her hit breakup song "thank u, next".
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