DivaWhispers compiled a list of my favorite Celebrity Couples of 2012. There are really so many but I chose my Top 10 and you may or may not agree. I based it on their success, attractiveness, popularity and staying power. I even added a few bonus couples. Those are the ones who I love but just not enough to make my top 10. Enjoy!
These two already had it all, then they went and had a baby. With perfect scores in three out of four categories, this music megacouple easily walked away with our top spot for the second year in a row. Every album Jay-Z's ever released (there are over 15) has gone platinum, he owns nightclubs, his own record company, and he's married to the hottest, richest, hardest working mom on the airwaves.
Brad and Angelina sent us scrambling to check our math when they confirmed news they were planning to get hitched. They've been together for seven years and they're raising six kids together, so they already scored high in Staying Power. These two also remain the most-admired Hollywood power couple year after year, carving out time for worthwhile causes and masterfully avoiding overexposure.
The Beckhams' appeal goes beyond his sexy new underwear line and her exquisitely designed dresses. We also love the way they put family first. Seeing Becks teach their boys to surf, and Posh sitting on the grass at their soccer games makes this Adonis/Venus pairing seem down to earth. With a family life just as attractive as they are, it's no wonder they topped our list in 2010, and their online popularity has shown no signs of waning. Lastly, we can't wait to see how Victoria dresses little Harper Seven in the coming years!
Prince William and Kate Middleton are getting ready to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary and the power couple is still at the top of their game. The Duchess, who has yet to have a bad hair day, is a darling with newshounds and fashionistas alike. She spends her time visiting sick children and performing various royal duties. Meanwhile, her prince rescued two sailors in November and nobly extended his career with the military until 2016. The college sweethearts still have a legion of loyal fans and they always will, unless Middleton suddenly stops wearing beautiful dresses.
Tom Cruise proved he's still one of the most bankable leading men in Hollywood when Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol brought in an impressive $638 million at the global box office. That helped to boost this couple's success score and get them into the top 10. He's on track for another blockbuster this summer, but if Rock of Ages flops, at least we can count on his sweet, sweet '80s wig to be wildly entertaining. The missus continues to raise their miniature adult, Suri, who is the best-dressed star in the family. The TomKat empire is in capable little hands
Raise your hand if you never thought Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage would last. Raise your other hand if you never thought they'd become parents. If you have both hands in the air, you look pretty funny and were very wrong about these two. They welcomed twins, Monroe and Morroco, on their third anniversary in April 2011. These new additions boosted their Staying Power and Popularity scores. And while Ms. Carey is just getting back into music after becoming a mom (she performed for the first time in ages in March), her man had to take a step back from his career in light of recent health problems. Still, success and good press boosted them into the top
They're the hottest teen couple since Justin and Britney, and nothing can keep them from ruling the charts. The Biebs collaborated with some of music's biggest stars for a Christmas album, went on tour, won tons of awards, and is working on a new record. His little lady also toured, filmed a movie, and was most understanding when Bieber got tangled up in a gnarly, totally fake paternity scandal. They have yet to prove their love isn't the world's most genius publicity stunt, but after celebrating their one-year anniversary in March, we say they're on the right track.
Twilight mania was at its height last year, launching alleged love birds Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to the No. 2 spot on our list. Now that Twihards have simmered down a bit—and The Hunger Games has taken the tween world by storm—the couple that won't admit they're a couple has dropped a few spots. While their Popularity and Success scores remain high, the fact that they've never actually confirmed their relationship got in the way of a top 10 position. Perhaps when Breaking Dawn Part 2 hits theaters in November they'll finally 'fess up.
At about this time last year, vicious rumors had us worried that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith would be long divorced by now. They beat the odds though, and spent the last year helping their talented kids, Willow and Jaden, gracefully break into the family business. Will's acting career has been on the back burner, but he'll return with a bang when Men in Black III hits theaters. As for Jada, will she become a full-time momager now that Hawthorne is over?
Say what you will of the Kardashian reality empire, but we have a soft spot for Khloe and her man. They need all the support they can get after a rough start to 2012. Lamar Odom was traded from his beloved Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks and the move took a toll on his game and marriage, if you believe the rumors. Breakup buzz has plagued the pair, although they insist they're doing just fine. Luckily, the couple's reality show has kept them afloat in our Popularity and Success categories.
BONUS (Didn’t quite make the list but still some of my favorite couples)
Without a blockbuster or a chart topper between them, Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have remained one of the most popular couples on the Internet. These two are undeniably attractive, Google-able, and have an ultra sweet pair of little girls with mommy's good looks. While Jessica's only movie this year was an ill-fated Spy Kids sequel, she's become something of a fashion darling, with many a mom looking to her daily wardrobe for style cues.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz could line their baby Egypt's nursery with Grammys. The songstress has a whopping 14, while her DJ/rapper/producer husband won his first at this year's big show. He's now at work on a new album that will feature some of music's biggest stars. Ms. Keys, on the other hand, seems to be taking a small break from recording new music in favor of branching out in her career. She re-released Song in A-Minor for its 10th anniversary, but her biggest achievements over the last year include co-producing a musical, making her directorial debut with a series of short films, and being asked to sing at Whitney Houston's funeral.
Last year it looked like Halle Berry was simply rebounding with her French co-star, Olivier Martinez. Well, the skeptics were wrong because now they're engaged! Perhaps the third marriage will be the charm for the gorgeous actress. It seems like cultivating their budding relationship (and fighting Berry's ex in court) were all the couple had time for last year. She only had a small role in New Year's Eve, while Martinez didn't star in any films in 2011. They'll join forces on the big screen in Dark Tide in a few months, but let's face it, the hotness factor is carrying these two.
Ice-T put out his first studio album in 1987. Yep, that's 25 years ago. Who would've thought the guy who brought us "Cop Killer" would wind up with his own reality TV show and a role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, at the age of 54? While the jack of all trades is clearly keeping busy, his curvaceous wife has been cultivating a loyal fan following online. She posted the third-highest popularity numbers of any woman on our list, right behind Selena Gomez and Adele. We attribute this largely to her "Thong Thursday" pictures on Twitter.