Famous on-off romances

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They say true love never dies and for certain famous couples, the flames of passion just keep on reigniting. With rumours that Justin Timberlake may have proposed to Jessica Biel after a three-month split, we look at other Hollywood pairings who got back together following a break-up. But will romance triumph a second time around or are they better off alone? Click on the images below to find out...

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  • Famous on-off romances

    1. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

    Justin is said to have popped the question to Jessica after they recently reunited following a three-month break. The couple have been dating on and off for around four years. "This was the basis for getting back together," a source told Us Magazine. "When they reunited they had a conversation about taking the next step."

  • Famous on-off romances

    2. Jude Law and Sienna Miller

    These two called it quits in 2005 after Jude's infamous affair with his family's nanny. Four years later and they were back on - but sadly it wasn't to be and they eventually went their separate ways after buying a house together.

    "I think this happens in everyone’s lives: you get back together, you try and make it work, and it doesn’t," Sienna said at the time.

  • Famous on-off romances

    3. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony

    J.Lo and Marc dated way back in the 1990s before re-kindling their relationship in 2004. They then married and had twins together before announcing their separation last year. J.Lo broke down in tears on-stage just weeks after the break-up.

  • Famous on-off romances

    4. Pink and Carey Hart

    Pink and Carey married in 2006 and separated two years later before hooking up again in 2009. They now have a daughter, Willow Sage Hart, together. "Sometimes you have to take a couple of steps back to move forward," motercyle racer Carey explained.

  • Famous on-off romances

    5. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

    They were THE couple of Hollywood's golden era, not least because of the highs and lows of their tumultuous relationship. Richard first married Elizabeth in 1964 and they adopted a daughter together before divorcing and re-marrying in a remote Botswana village. Their reunion lasted just a few months but they were devoted to one another until Richard's death in 1984, in a love story that captivated the world.

  • Famous on-off romances

    6. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams

    It was a case of life imitating art as Ryan and Rachel found love on the set of 2004's The Notebook. They parted ways in 2007 before briefly dating once again in 2008. After that, it was over for good.

  • Famous on-off romances

    7. Sean Penn and Robin Wright

    They endured years of ups and downs in their marriage before Robin finally filed for divorce from Sean in 2009, citing irreconcilable differences. They had been together for 20 years and had a son, Hopper Jack, whom they shared custody of.

  • Famous on-off romances

    8. Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton

    Nic and Michael's love story started back in 1992. They dated for five years then broke up - before breathing fresh life into the relationship in 2005. They were all set to get married before again calling it quits in 2008, in an "amicable" split.

  • Famous on-off romances

    9. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee

    Pam and Tommy had a whirlwind 90s marriage punctuated by well-publicised highs and lows. They married soon after meeting in 1995 and had two sons together before she accused him of domestic abuse. A divorce followed in 1998 and Tommy spent time in prison - 10 years later though, and Pammy revealed they were giving it another go, telling Rolling Stone magazine, "We've only given it a try 800 times -- 801, here we go."

  • Famous on-off romances

    10. Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer

    The world was bemused when romance blossomed between America's golden girl and rocker boy John in 2008. Things fizzled out a few months on before once again kicking off. John attended the Oscars with his world-famous date but they called time on the romance once and for all not long afterwards.

  • Famous on-off romances

    11. Drew Barrymore and Justin Long

    It seemed Drew had finally found a soulmate in fellow actor Justin - until they split in 2008. A reunion and another break-up followed, and now the pair remain (very) good friends. "The truth is, we do love each other. I pray to God she's always in my life," Justin once said. "We were friends before this, and at the heart of what we are and will be is friends."

  • Famous on-off romances

    12. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

    These two have a famously on-off relationship, having been engaged in 2006 and splitting three years on. They got back together in 2010 and married later that year in a private ceremony in Hawaii - the perfect happy ending...

  • Famous on-off romances

    13. Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen

    They met in 2007 on the set of Jumper and were engaged one year later. But Rachel and Hayden never made it down the aisle, calling it off in mid-2010. Just a few months later they were dating once again - so what the future holds is anyone's guess...

  • Famous on-off romances

    14. Bar Rafaeli and Leonardo DiCaprio

    Supermodel Bar shouldered the blame for her 2009 break-up from Leo after five years together, saying "from a very young age I have always had a boyfriend and I didn't know what it was like to be inside my own skin." Six months later they were back on and going strong...

  • Famous on-off romances

    15. David Duchovny and Téa Leoni

    David and Téa tried a number of times to make things work but sadly it wasn't to be. They split in 2008 after 11 years and two children together (and after David checked into a clinic for sex addiction) - before getting back together and separating again last year.