This year was seriously the year of the celebrity breakup. Sure, one could argue that every year ticks that box—after all, celebs break up (and make up, and hook up) year in, year out, without fail, like the tides. But 2016 feels like a particularly rough year in the realm of love, at least for the stars. Chalk it up to the fact that this year has felt extraordinarily difficult on many fronts, and relationships are just one small part of that epic puzzle, perhaps. Whatever the case may be, mad celebs hit splitsville, and we’re sad and lonely just reminiscing about all the broken hearts.
And so, we flipped through a Rolodex of celeb breakups to bring you the saddest, hardest, most shatteringly painful broken embraces, to make you feel a little better about your own life. No, seriously: We tried to find pics that caught these crazy kids at their happiest, because—schadenfreude. Here’s a bunch of photos of these stars in happier times, ranked in order starting with the most devastating (at least on a pop culture scale). May all of these stars find inner peace and deep joy in new relationships with hotter people—or, you know, on their own for a while.