Relationships are not easy. While social media can give a rosy picture of 'couple goals', 2020 has shown that even the most perfect couples can hit rocky patches.
And sometimes those patches just aren't fixable.
Drum takes a look at some of the celebrity couples that didn’t get the happily ever after they were hoping for this year.
1. Thishiwe Ziqubu and Mandisa Nduna
Thishiwe and Mandisa dated for almost four year, and made the announcement about their breakup on their respective social media pages at the beginning of October.
Mandisa wrote: “It’s time Thishiwe and I have been broken up for a while now. And I feel incredible grateful for the past (almost) 4 years.”
While the award-winning actress and director took to Twitter and said: “Beautiful people. Because you loved and supported us, we must let you know. Mandisa and I broke up a while back. It is a Love I will always treasure and honor, and all is good."
2. Khanyi Mabu and Tebogo Lerole
Khanyi took to her Instagram page to announce their separation. She posted a picture of them together and wrote: “Guys we have been here before, certainly words I have uttered before.
“A decade of dating someone comes with great joy and immense difficulty, that fighting to stay together is sometimes not enough. Some paths are meant to cross and certain season to pass. Tebogo Edward billion has chosen to take a different path and have chosen to respect it and let him soar into greatness. And by this we are no longer an item,” Khanyi posted.
Khanyi and Tebogo temporarily split in early 2018 but the separation didn't last long and the couple found their way back into each other’s arms again.
3. Lootlove and Reason
At the beginning of May, media personality Lootlove, real name is Luthando Shosha and Sizwe Moeketsi (Reason) announced they’d gone their separate ways. The former couple started dating in 2017 and have twin daughters together.
The mother of two who made the announcement about the split on Instagram, also sharing how she was hesitant about announcing the news.
"It's all fun and games until you're put into a position to share something you don't want to share. This happened with my pregnancy and it is happening now again,” said Lootlove.
"To be honest I would've preferred to not say anything... but here we are I got contacted by Sunday Sun and I thought it would be best for me to say something to avoid being misquoted or lied about. My team and I have responded to the journalist as well.”
She also confirmed that they will continue to co-parent their children.
4. Mona Monyane and Khulu Skenjana
Early this year, the actress broke the news on her Twitter.
“My husband and I have parted ways. I know this will come as a shock to many and I ask that you continue to believe in love and family,” wrote Mona.
She didn't go into details about what led to the break up but mentioned how they’ve been faced with troubles that overwhelmed them as a couple.
“The battles we have met have been difficult to overcome together and I ask that you respect us by not sensationalizing our separation.”
5. Zodwa Wabantu and Vusi
Zodwa Wabantu is not new to public breakups. In May, the media personality and businesswoman announced the end of her relationship with Vusi Buthelezi in a very short and straightforward manner. She posted a picture, which was later deleted, of her and Vusi captioned “It’s over.”
Months after they broke up, Zodwa accused her former lover of being a fraudster and said he stole from her.
Speaking to Drum then, Zodwa said she was not bitter nor angry about the breakup, she just wanted Vusi to own up to what he did.
“It has been months since we broke up. If I was bitter, I would have talked about it then. Now I just want him to bring back what he stole. He is a fraudster,’’ Zodwa insists.
And when Drum contacted Vusi for comment, he referred us to his lawyer, Howard Felix.
According to Felix Zodwa’s claims of an open fraud case against Vusi are untrue.
"The fact that the claimant states that she got a letter of demand to charge our client with fraud makes no sense, because letter of demand denotes a civil claim. We have been unable verify the allegations of criminal charges of fraud against our client," he wrote in an email.