The Most Surprising Celebrity Couples of 2014, Because We'll Never Forget J. Law & Chris Martin — PHOTOS

As the saying goes, love works in mysterious ways. And with mystery undoubtedly comes unexpected results at times. Occasionally, people end up dating someone they never expected to go out with, and often surprise others as a result. As we've seen in 2014, celebrities are certainly not immune to this phenomenon. From Ariana Grande's budding romance with Big Sean, to the low-key (and sadly short-lived) relationship between Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin, we've seen romance blossom among the star crossed lovers this year in ways we never expected. But that's OK. Without a surprise here and there, celebrity love news would get dull after awhile.

But as we get used to the unexpected couples' love, the novelty starts to wear off and the initial shock can be easily forgotten. You're forgiven for forgetting some of the headlines, especially considering the amount of celebrity news this year, including breakout stars making their mark on the industry, scandals rocking the boat for once-beloved celebs, and new updates that seem to come up everyday in the media world. But every so often, we need to step back and remind ourselves that if celebrities have the time to relax and focus on simple, wonderful things like love, then so can we as their fans and audiences. Click through to refresh your memory on the most surprising celebrity couples that made their affection public this year.

by Jaclyn Anglis

Miley Cyrus & Patrick Schwarzenegger

Yes, you read that right. The Terminator’s son and Hollywood’s shock queen are a thing — and aren’t afraid to show it, either! The two recently were photographed at a University of Southern California football game kissing, embracing, and of course, taking selfies. Let’s hope Mama Shriver really does approve, as People reported!

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Ariana Grande & Big Sean

Rumors started swirling back in August that pint-sized pop star Ariana Grande and tough-talking rapper Big Sean’s connection went deeper than friendship and song collaborations. Before long, the unlikely duo was practically inseparable, photographed (quite literally) at the hip. It seems like the pair has only grown stronger over these past few months, so good for them!

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Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden

The comedy actress and heavily tattooed Good Charlotte rocker don’t seem like a likely pair, but the two have reportedly been dating since May. They’ve since sparked rumors of an engagement, that has yet to be confirmed. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see if the rumors are true!

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Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin

Did this even happen? According to E! Online, the odd couple of the Oscar winner and Coldplay musician did reportedly start dating in June and sadly split in late October, but you wouldn’t know it unless you had been keeping up with the tabloids. The picture above is reportedly one of the only ones posted where they were even in the same vicinity. There’s something to be said about keeping your personal life apart from your professional life. But still, the celebrity world seems to demand, “Pics or it didn’t happen!”

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Naya Rivera & Ryan Dorsey

This one is not surprising because they’re an odd couple, but because they got married so quickly after Rivera’s split from former boyfriend Big Sean. It took them just three months before they were ready to tie the knot. But they don’t seem to be worried about a rush. In a statement to People magazine, they said, “We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife. Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.”

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George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin

Like Rivera and Dorsey, this marriage seemed to happen fairly quickly too. The couple reportedly first confirmed they were an item in March and were married by September. What made it even more surprising is remembering Clooney’s perpetual bachelor reputation — and how quickly it went out the window for Alamuddin. The heart wants what it wants!

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Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter

Though the two reportedly met in 2009, they were first seen publicly together this June at the French Open. What was surprising about this couple is not the quick engagement that happened in November, but the announcement itself. They did an old-school engagement announcement in The Times newspaper.

“It’s a normal thing to do in my country,” he told USA Today. It was a way of telling our friends who we hadn’t been able to tell before [they saw] some grainy shot of a ring on her finger.”

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Britney Spears & Charlie Ebersol

E! News confirmed in November that Spears had a new man in her life, Charlie Ebersol, the son of acclaimed TV producer and executive Dick Ebersol. While Ebersol is not nearly as well known as the pop star, that doesn’t seem to come between them at all. In fact, she even brought him and her sons together to celebrate Thanksgiving. Aww!

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FKA Twigs & Robert Pattinson

The British singer and the Twilight heartthrob became an official thing out of nowhere around September, according to Entertainment Tonight. The two reportedly bonded over music and have been spotted numerous times holding hands. Sadly, FKA Twigs became the victim of some racist tweets hurled her way by some of Pattinson’s fans. They seem to genuinely care for one another, so let’s hope the “fans” lay off!

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Zac Efron & Michelle Rodriguez

Like most summer flings, this one fizzled out after only a couple months. But the flirty then-couple were definitely not short on attention while they were together. The buff heartthrob and the Fast and Furious actress couldn’t keep their hands off each other and even showed off their PDA on Instagram. Oh well, it was fun well it lasted!

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Aaron Rodgers & Olivia Munn

The Green Bay Packers football player and the Newsroom actress have been going strong since spring. In fact, Rodgers even recently gave her a special vintage ring — no, not that kind of ring — as a surprise once he heard that she liked it. You have to hand it to a fellow who knows the jewelry!

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Kat Dennnigs & Josh Groban

The 2 Broke Girls actress and her musician boyfriend made a splash in the headlines when they first announced their couple-hood at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills in October. Though they come from different parts of the entertainment world, they appear to have been very supportive of one another.

At the ball, Dennings cheered Groban on during his performance, and Groban gushed about his new woman to Entertainment Tonight.

“It’s her first time hearing me sing,” Groban said. “So I’m going to do some extra warmups tonight so I don’t suck.”

So sweet!

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Taylor Swift & New York

Perhaps the most shocking newfound celebrity love was Taylor Swift’s — especially since it wasn’t a man this time. It looks like the country-turned-pop star well known for her bevy of ex-boyfriend songs has fallen deeply in love with the Big Apple this year after her big move to Manhattan.

Let’s hope she doesn’t write a nasty breakup song if the relationship ends!

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