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9 Stars Who Got Famous After Dating A-Listers

9 Stars Who Got Famous After Dating A-Listers

July 16th, 2013
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    Stacy Keibler: As a former WWE Diva, 33-year-old Stacy Keibler was known in some circles prior to her high-profile relationship with George Clooney, which concluded earlier this month. Now, she's got plenty of projects in the works, like her upcoming Lifetime show "Supermarket Superstar." Additionally, sporty fashion apparel brand Meesh & Mia has just announced that they're partnering with Keibler for a line that will launch in September. 

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    Amber Rose: Former Philadelphia stripper Amber Rose made quite a splash when she began appearing on red carpets with ex-boyfriend Kanye West clad in racy outfits. She even showed off her backside in the campaign for his Louis Vuitton sneakers. Although nowadays she's married to rapper Wiz Khalifa and has a young son, her rise to fame certainly began with Mr. West and their breakup. 

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    Julianne Hough: Although Julianne Hough has worn many hats, from country singer to actress to "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom pro, it seems the role that really made a difference in her career was that of Ryan Seacrest's girlfriend. During their three year relationship, which concluded this March, she shot to fame, appearing in blockbuster flicks like "Footloose" and "Safe Haven." Now that they've parted ways, she's got a slew of projects on the way as well as a newly streamlined and chic wardrobe. 

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    Chelsea Handler: Sure, Chelsea Handler was always a hilarious comedian. But prior to landing her smash hit late night show "Chelsea Lately" in 2007, she began dating Ted Harbert in 2006, who just so happened to be the CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group at the time, which owns E!, the network her show appears on. Although the couple split in early 2010, many credit him for her currently huge career. 

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    Kim Kardashian: Of course, Kim Kardashian is famous for plenty of reasons—especially as she's a bona fide A-lister these days. But it wasn't always that way. Although she grew up in a prominent L.A. family, her first brush with fame was due to her friendship with fellow socialite Paris Hilton. She really skyrocketed though thanks to relationship with Brandy's brother Ray J. It wasn't until they broke up—and the infamous sex tape was released—that she became a household name. 

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    Kris Humphries: When NBA player Kris Humphries began dating Kim Kardashian in October 2010, the press couldn't get enough. They became engaged in May 2011, had an obscenely lavish wedding in August 2011, and she filed for divorce by October of the same year. The 72-day marriage was controversial, and he was slammed in the media. However, his profile rose immensely, and he was signed for a multimillion dollar deal by the Brooklyn Nets, and has recently been traded to the Boston Celtics. Prior to dating Kardashian, his career wasn't nearly as successful. 

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    Rachel Roy: When it comes to celebrities and their favorite designers, Rachel Roy is definitely up there. But prior to the success of her eponymous fashion line, launched in 2005, she was married to music mogul Damon Dash, who she first met when she was working as an intern for his label Rocawear. Although the couple went through a bitter divorce, the exposure she received during and following their marriage definitely put her on another level in the fashion industry. 

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    Elisabetta Canalis: Although Canalis was known in her home country of Italy thanks to modeling and TV hosting gigs, she didn't cross over until her relationship with George Clooney which began in early 2010. Following their split, she's been a paparazzi favorite around L.A., and is now dating (and is rumored to be engaged to) former "Jackass" bad boy Steve-O. The split only upped her profile!

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    Camille Grammer: After blindsiding his wife of fourteen years by filing for divorce in 2010, superrich "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer said she did her a service right before they parted ways. "I have to tell you, the 'Real Housewives' was my parting gift to her," he said, referring to her role on the Bravo franchise. "It was my way of saying, 'Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go.'" And she did get famous, so thanks, Kelsey!

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When A-list celebrities date someone who could be considered below them, fame-wise, a variety of outcomes often occur. In many cases, being with someone who’s not constantly in the spotlight allows for a happy and healthy relationship that’s relatively free of the public eye’s glare, like Matt Damon and his wife, former bartender Luciana Barroso.

However, more often than not we see celebrity relationships go awry thanks to a bitter breakup or divorce being played out in the media, and these days, the less-famous partner doesn’t just fade into oblivion: They become stars in their own right. Or, in the cases of semi-famous folks like Julianne Hough and Kris Humphries, their profiles skyrocket thanks to their high-profile relationships and splits.

With today’s news that George Clooney‘s ex-girlfriend Stacy Keibler has landed a gig partnering on a clothing line with sports apparel brand Meesh & Mia, we decided to look at other stars who got famous after their high-profile relationships.

From Kanye West‘s pre-Kim Kardashian days with Amber Rose to Kim Kardashian herself, see who else made the cut in our breakup-to-breakout slideshow above!

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