The ‘90s bestowed upon us a special breed of wonderful that our collective hearts still cling to. The grungy decade birthed baby Britney, butterfly hair clips, cherished cult classics, disturbingly distressed jeans, and deliciously cheesy boy bands. And of course, what would the ‘90s be without a flock of beautiful, iconic celebrity couples? Brad and Jen; Reese and Ryan; Johnny Depp and (insert said babe here). Winona Forever ring any bells?
Basically, there are few things finer than watching your favorite Hollywood heartbreakers come together in the name of love, and simultaneously giving you a romantic journey to actively and vicariously live through. So in honor of #tbt and also because, why not, lets pay homage to the everlasting royalty that are quintessential couples of the ‘90s.
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss
Whether you’re voting for Bernie, Hilary or Trump, we can all agree that there has never been a more visually pleasing Tinsel town twosome than our beloved Johnny Depp and impeccably cheek-boned, Kate Moss. Take your mystifying, yet sensitive bad boy and acquaint him with your most stunning yet edgy supermodel and you’ll have, well, a damn cult following, even years post breakup. These two beauts (Can we name them Doss already? Mopp?) were romantically entangled and aesthetically flawless for three years before a particular pirate had enough of the gorgeous tiny disaster’s partying ways. I guess we all make mistakes. I’m SMH at you, Scissorhands.
Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe
Reese and Ryan were a picture perfect package. This pale yet polished pair gave off major staying power vibes. Their blue eyes met on Reese’s 21st birthday and reportedly chatted allllll nightlong. Sure, I always chat my ass off when I’m with a famous suave Casanova at 2 am after copious amounts of liquor. I mean, what else are you going to do? And, I know Reese is ever the angel, but please girl. Please. It didn’t take long before they were Hollywood’s golden couple with matching golden children. We’re talking, Pinterest board worthy, guys. Then in 2008, everything I thought I knew about romance came to a cruel halt when Reese filed for divorce. Tough break. For all of us.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Ladies and gents, I introduce you to all my hopes and dreams, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. These two rein king and queen over Hollywood IT couples. Pint-sized morning time princess, Kelly, has proven she is not just some interchangeable pretty face. She is a powerhouse of charm, sass and wit that has triumphed morning television while maintaining a family life. Gold. Bring in the ever so dreamy, charismatic Consuelos, a showbiz showstopper and dreamy dad to three little regal nuggets and you have before you, ultimate relationship goals wrapped in a package of royalty. No, it’s great. So great.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
This fresh prince and his lady are midlife relationship goals. They have raised two kids, collaborated on various business ventures, founded charitable organizations and donated to many non-profits during their 19-year marriage together. Brangelina who? The actors met on the set of Fresh Prince of Bel Air and began dating soon after. Jada has even mentioned in interviews that she would throw her career away before her marriage. Collective AWWW.
Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder
Not that I’m a huge Depp fan, but what can I say? He makes for attractive arm candy, coming from a Chocolate Factory and all. The Depp and Winona saga transpired shortly before the Doss tragedy. These two always seemed to be smirking at some inside joke. And for a while they even shared the same hairstyle. Swoon. Johnny and Winona complimented each other exquisitely given their artsy-introverted manner, which gave our angsty little hearts something to throb over. But the little emo angels let their frequent feels get the best of them. The indie couple parted ways and the world continues to mourn over such a devastating loss. #Winoforever
British royalty at it’s finest, Posh Spice and her chiseled, ball-bouncing, soccer star hubby, David, are an apex of style. Even their house (castle?) was deemed Beckingham Palace. Casual. Victoria is ON her vogue game, dominating runways and decking out A-list celebs in her fashion line appropriately labeled Victoria, while Mr. Beckham retired his cleats to be a fulltime dad. Becks and Posh have four terribly attractive children and literally ALL of my attention.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
Who could forget the double denim duo who slayed red carpets, Grammy performances and our teenage dreams with ramen noodle curls and red PVC cat suits? Both bred in Disney’s music club it was only a matter of time before these two mouseketeers started moussing around. God must have spent a little more time on them. But then our queen of pop was not a girl, not yet a woman and reportedly cheated on our sexyback babe. Brit’s promiscuity was driving us crazy and tearin’ up our hearts. She said from the bottom of my broken heart, baby one more time, but JT was like nah girl, cry me a river. Our post boy band babe went bye, bye, bye and is now living and thriving with TV goddess, Jess Biel. What goes around comes around, y’all.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston
America’s sweetheart and Hollywood’s hunk joined forces in 1998 after being set up by mutual friends. No couple rocked matching yellow locks or impeccably tan bods like these two. Cut to me power-crying seven years later when every girl’s worst nightmare became Aniston’s real life. No, an intruder didn’t sneak into her house at midnight to butcher her haircut while she blissfully slept next to her S.O. Jen’s famous tresses remained intact and respected. But Brad had found a darker mane than amused him and ultimately parted ways with the Rachel we all knew and loved. Inglorious Bastard.
So there you have it, a complete roundup of who was hot and PDA-ing like 20-ish years ago. Riveting? Yes. Important? Questionable. Educational? Absolutely. It would be cruel and unusual punishment to keep glorious celeb canoodling history from today’s up and coming youth. I can’t condone that.