-By Soraya Joseph
After some major bad blood between Taylor Swift and ex-bae Calvin Harris:
and the unforeseeable split between Mr. and Mrs. Pitt:
We legit almost called it quits on all things love in 2016… until these couples popped up on our radars and got us hyped all over again. Although most of these duos are still fresh in their honeymoon phase of
lust love, we’re rooting for them to make it work in 2017. Because if these folks can mend their broken hearts with a fresh start, there is hope for us all.
Malika Haqq and Ronnie Magro-Ortiz
In the words of Ronnie, “The swirl is real!” Last week, Malika Haqq and Ronnie Magro-Ortiz nearly broke social media when they announced they were a couple. The duo released a joint statement and a pic to prove their new union, and since then they’ve been stunting on the gram, with Ronnie even clapping back at the haters in honor of his new honey. We’re here for this mix being a match!
Cyn Santana and Joe Budden
When was the first time you fell in love… on Love and Hip Hop? When LHHNY stars Cyn Santana and Joe Budden made their relationship public back in August of this year, fans speculated if it was all for show (after all, Cyn is the ex-girlfriend to co-star Erica Mena, while Joe Budden had strong ties to co-stars Tahiry and Kaylin Garcia). However, four months later and the LHHNY alums have grown to be a fan fave. #CynnaBud
Iggy Azalea and French Montana
There’s something about Montana! After a cheating scandal lead Iggy Azalea and ex-fiance Nick Young to splitsville, we thought she’d shun off men for a while. However, fans were surprised when the Aussie rapper quickly fell in the arms of another fellow rapper, Mr. French Montana. Since summer ’16, Iggy and the Bad Boy playboy have been spotted celebrating birthdays together, riding elephants and even meeting the family. Could the I-G-G-Y be the chick that finally gets French’s heart? Only 2017 will tell.
Kendall Jenner and A$AP RockyGetty
Rocky and Ken doll! Although Kendall Jenner and rapper A$AP Rocky have yet to confirm a relationship, one thing is for sure is that these two love spending time together. Throughout the year, the duo was spotted hanging out on more than a few occasions, adding buzz to a budding romance. After getting more than our fan fill of the Kardashian-Jenner relationship soap opera, it would be nice to see what happens when the low-key Kendall hooks up with a big name rapper. Kendall getting flirty with Pretty Flacko? We approve!
Issa Dee and Lawrence
Ok, ok. So we know that technically they aren’t a “real” couple and yes, this ’ship sunk at the end of season one. However, Insecure’s Issa Dee (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis), are fan faves that viewers grew to love in 2016. And with HBO giving the green light on season two, we can only hope that they’ll get back together, stronger than ever. Because if they can find forgiveness after that intense finale, it’ll be proof that love truly conquers all.
So sure, 2016 may have been a hot mess of breakups and breakdowns, but one thing is for sure, hookups were on the rise too. Here’s to new love in 2017!
In case you need a refresher, check out a timeline of Taylor Swift’s relationships throughout her career.