FRIENDS was easily one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90s. Audiences around the world fell in love with the Central Perk gang, whilst memorable storylines on the show included Ross and Rachel’s will-they-won’t they romance to Monica and Chandler tying the knot. The show’s finale aired on May 6th, 2004 and was watched by 52.5 million American viewers, making it one of the most-watched finales in TV history.
Check out the list below to find out some of the real-life partners of the FRIENDS cast.
Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn
Jen and Vince were an item from June 2005 to December 2006. The actor stated afterward that he hated the paparazzi following him and his ex everywhere.
Jennifer Aniston & John Mayer
They dated from April 2008 to March 2009 but unfortunately, it seems the relationship didn’t end amicably! Rumour has it that Jen still can’t stand her ex and previous run-ins between the pair have been extremely frosty…
Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt
Jen and Brad were one of the power couples of the late 90s/2000s. They got together in March 1998 and eventually married on 29th July 2000. During their relationship, Brad even starred in an episode of Friends as Monica’s high-school buddy Will, who hated Jen’s character Rachel in the show! Unfortunately, they famously divorced in March 2005.
Courteney Cox & Michael Keaton
Like best friend Jennifer, Courteney Cox is no stranger to dating fellow celebrities. One of her earliest boyfriends was Michael Keaton, a star in his own right thanks to memorable performances in Beetlejuice (1988) and Batman (1989). The couple split in 1995 after six years together, with Cox later calling it ‘one of the most important relationships I’ve ever had’
Courteney Cox & David Arquette
Courteney and fellow actor David were together for two years before getting married on 12th June 1999. They separated ten years later before finally divorcing in May 2013. During that time they had a child together, Coco Riley, and starred in the Scream franchise together. Their split turned sour when David publicly discussed his sex life with his ex-wife Cox.
Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid
The FRIENDS Season star and her Snow Patrol boyfriend Johnny McDaid originally got engaged in 2014, before splitting two years later. Location was a big issue – McDaid wanted to return to his native Northern Ireland whilst Cox was keen to stay in California. However, they’ve now reconciled and it’s even rumored that a wedding is on the cards this year!
Matthew Perry & Lauren Graham
Matthew Perry actually dated Lauren Graham, who is probably best known for her role as Lorelai Gilmore on The WB’S Gilmore Girls. The showbiz pair dated in 2003 but sadly couldn’t make things work. However, the relationship must not have ended too badly as Graham later guest-starred in two of Perry’s TV shows.8.
Matthew Perry & Heather Graham
Graham is best known for her starring roles in Boogie Nights (1997) and The Hangover (2009). It’s rumored that the pair briefly got together in 2003, but it doesn’t seem that a fully-fledged relationship was meant to be.
Matthew Perry & Lizzy Caplan
Apparently, the cause of their split was down to Perry’s reluctance to get married. She was very rarely photographed with Matthew, 44. One of the few times they were seen together was in September 2011 while taking in a US Open tennis match at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Matt Le Blanc & Missy McKnight
Joey was a shameless womanizer on FRIENDS – who can forget the famous quote ‘How you doin?’ and its effect on the opposite sex? Le Blanc has certainly had his own string of romances over the years. He and Missy McKnight were married on 3rd May 2003 after dating for only 2 days! They later divorced on 6th October 2006.
Matt Le Blanc & Andrea Anders
After his short-lived marriage, Le Blanc had a much longer relationship with his Joey co-star Andrea Anders. They dated from December 2005 to October 2014 before confirming that they had decided to part ways. Rumors later swirled that Le Blanc’s flirtatious behavior may have been the cause of the split, but this was quickly put to rest by his agent.
Lisa Kudrow & Conan O’Brien
Whilst the pair never managed to make it work as a couple, they decided to remain…that’s right, FRIENDS. Since then, Kudrow has appeared on Conan’s chat show several times to discuss current TV and film projects with her ex-flame.
Lisa Kudrow & Michel Sterney
They first got engaged in 1994 before marrying on 27th May 1995, during her growing Friends Season fame. Kudrow is now fluent in French herself and has previously admitted that she had a huge crush on her future husband when he was dating a friend of hers!
David Schwimmer & Natalie Imbruglia
Whilst his on-screen relationship with Rachel was always turbulent, in real life he’s managed to successfully charm some famous faces, including Aussie singer Natalie Imbruglia. The pair dated for a year during Friends from 1995 to 1996, and Natalie later stated that she remembered it as ‘a happy relationship’.
David Schwimmer & Zoe Buckman
They were together for three years before getting engaged in 2010. The pair married on 4th June 2010 but decided to separate seven years later in April 2017. Schwimmer is notoriously private about his love life and it’s unclear whether the pair are officially divorced or not.