ByElise Jost, writer at Creators.co
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When we think of this long-gone decade that were the 2000s, we all picture full denim outfits, crimped hair and overly plucked eyebrows in their cringe-y glory. But do you remember that these celebrity couples were once a thing?

From failed dates to year-long relationships, these 9 items are adorably awkward. Either they will make you seriously reevaluate your knowledge of Cupid's targets in the celebrity sphere, or they will hit you with all the nostalgic feels — if you're old enough to remember them being together.

1. Ryan Gosling & Sandra Bullock

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These two met on the set of Murder By Numbers and dated from 2002 to 2003, shortly before Gosling went out with his Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams.

2. Jessica Biel & Chris Evans

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Canadian tuxedo? Check. Crop top? Check. Orange eye makeup? Check. Spiky hair? Check. The list could go on. Biel and Evans were more or less together from 2004 to 2006, after playing couples in Cellular and London.

3. Benicio Del Toro & Scarlett Johansson

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Scott Myers/Rex USA

Johansson and Del Toro reportedly dated in 2004, and generated hot rumors about a hookup in the elevator of Chateau Marmont.

4. Jamie Dornan & Keira Knightley

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Wouldn't their kids have been gorgeous. The actors dated from 2003 to 2005, and Knightley reportedly introduced Dornan to her agent.

5. Britney Spears & Colin Farrell

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Nothing beats JT and Britbrit, and the Farrell-Spears relationship could be just a fling: the two were seen making out after a screening of the 2003 movie The Recruit.

6. Macaulay Culkin & Mila Kunis

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Chris Polk/FilmMagic.com

It's such a waste we can't ship "Kulkin" anymore. Did you know that they dated for 8 years from 2002 onwards?

7. Janet Jackson & Matthew McConaughey

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These two met in 2002 at the Grammys, but their relationship didn't last much longer — McConaughey even asserted they were just friends.

8. Alanis Morissette & Ryan Reynolds

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The singer and future Deadpool star were actually engaged in 2004! Sadly, they split in 2007, but since it happened in a world where Reynolds now recovered from Green Lantern, it's probably for the best.

9. Salma Hayek & Edward Norton

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At the very beginning of the decade, Salma Hayek and Edward Norton were absolutely a thing. Norton is now married to producer Shauna Robertson and Hayek to Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault.

Which celebrity couple do you wish were still a thing?

Sources: MTV, Hollywood, Popsugar

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