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Celebrity year in review: Ups and downs of young lovers

8:06 AM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
For Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, the year was pretty much up and down, on and off.(Photo: Jason Merritt, Getty Images)
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In 2012, some pop stars made as much noise with their romantic adventures, or rumors thereof, as they did in the recording studio or on tour. In addition to the Rihanna/Chris Brown psychodrama (a category unto itself), there were several name artists who captured attention simply by riding the roller coaster that is young love. A few examples:

Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy/Harry Styles

With her latest multiplatinum album, Red, burning up the charts, this 23-year-old singer/songwriter hardly needs a guy on her arm to sustain attention. Then again, as John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal could surely tell you, relationships have proven great source material for Swift; and this year she had another pair of high-profile ones, both with younger men: Kennedy, 18-year-old heir to the political dynasty, was succeeded with fellow crooner Styles, the same age, of the British boy band One Direction. Listen for references to both in future hits.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez

Has any other couple not yet of legal drinking age inspired more public hand-wringing than Bieber, 18, and his maybe-on/perhaps-off again flame, Gomez, 20? After months of speculation, the smooth-faced sweethearts split in November, then reconciled and were spotted together at a December concert event where, by alternate accounts, they cooed and cuddled adorably and/or had a massive argument. Ah, puppy love.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

There were no real signs of trouble in paradise for the 19-year-old former tween darling and her 22-year-old Australian fiancé as a couple. Cyrus, who's supposedly working on her next album, seemed liberated by l'amour, chopping her hair and modeling increasingly skimpy outfits. But her beau raised eyebrows a little differently after he got into brawl outside a Philadelphia bar. This is, apparently, a hot couple in more than one sense.

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