What a difference a year makes! Instant families, surprising splits: See the relationships that took unexpected twists
Weathering a transition year, she's said, "I wouldn't change any of it, because I like who I am and am continuing to become." In January, she was still Mrs. Brad Pitt (left, during a final trip, in Anguilla). Now, after starring in four movies in six months and divorcing officially in October, she's getting piggyback rides from beau Vince Vaughn (in Chicago).
TOM & KATIE
They're in love, they're engaged, they're pregnant! Cruise and Holmes – who only last year was engaged to Chris Klein – took a ride on the romance express. In April, it was Rome. In June, it was Paris (and a diamond ring), then London and Madrid. Now, it's Los Angeles, where they've settled into family life and cheering on his daughter Isabella's soccer games
NICK & JESSICA
Their roller-coaster relationship ended the year on a dramatic note: splitsville! After three years of marriage, constant breakup rumors and plenty of red-carpet smiles, Lachey and Simpson announced their separation in November. Now, the Dukes of Hazzard star is staying at her parents' house in L.A., while he's been taking in football games.
NICOLE & DJ AM
Richie and Adam Goldstein had been dating 22 months, but it was only 10 months into their engagement that they ended it in December. Just a month before, she had told PEOPLE, "I'm looking forward to marriage," and called her spinning sweetie "sexy and funny and extremely talented." For him, she was his "best friend."
DENISE & CHARLIE
Richards filed for divorce from Sheen, her husband of less than three years, while seven months pregnant with their second child, Lola (first daughter Sam is 21 months). But since Richards gave birth in June, with Sheen by her side, things have been looking up: By August, she was sporting a new ring from Sheen, who told David Letterman, "We're working toward getting back together."
BRITNEY & KEVIN
For the newlyweds, the year was about nesting: renovating the Malibu homestead and buying baby clothes. When Sean Preston arrived four days before their first anniversary in September, Spears's maternal mission – a baby at 23 – was complete. But the marriage is a work in progress: Recent reports have Federline sounding off about how unhappy he is.
CHAD & SOPHIA
They were a match made in WB heaven: One Tree Hill stars Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, lovebirds onscreen and off, tied the knot in April in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. Alas, the pair announced their separation five months later – and were back on set the very next day.
BRAD & ANGELINA
One world, one family: From Alberta, Canada, to Mexico City to Tokyo, Pitt and Jolie haven't shown a hint of jet lag since their first photographed hookup in Kenya in April. And soon they'll share more than only good deeds and world travel. Once the adoption paperwork is finished, 4-year-old Maddox and 11-month-old Zahara will officially have the surname Jolie-Pitt.