In the same way that most romantic movies are built around a beautiful, intelligent 21-year-old woman falling in love with a schlubby Adam Sandler in sweatpants, love duets require their singers to really sell that passion and romance. But sometimes, those singers don’t have to try very hard because they were actually boning either before, during, or after they recorded their famous duet. (Not literally during the recording session, just around that point in time.)
1. Beyoncé and Jay Z — “03 Bonnie and Clyde”
It had been rumored they'd been dating for years, but they still weren’t official in 2002 when this song—also Beyoncé’s first solo release—came out. But they totally were. The only people more into each other than Beyoncé and Jay Z (at least before the events that inspired "Lemonade" transpired) were the real Bonnie and Clyde.
2. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood — “In Another’s Eyes”
Garth Brooks got all superstitious in 1997 when he released his seventh album, Sevens. Then he brought in fellow country superstar Trisha Yearwood to sing “In Another’s Eyes,” the first duet he ever did. They won a Grammy for it, it was a #2 hit, and that was that. No, not really. Three years later, Brooks got divorced and immediately started dating Yearwood . Then they got married and kissed each other a lot.
3. Mick Jagger and David Bowie — “Dancing in the Street”
There is some palpable chemistry between these two in this infamous video, and because it came out in 1985, the world chalked that up to them being both BFFs and British. Or maybe it was because they were sleeping together. Bowie’s wife Angela famously claimed that she once walked in on the two of them in bed together.
4. Prince and Sheena Easton — “U Got the Look”
Prince was romantically involved with everyone, as he was a tiny column of pure sex, but he made Sheen Easton his protégé after she’d already had hit songs, turning her from an innocent soft rock singer (“Morning Train”) into a sex goddess (“Sugar Walls,” this song).
5. Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony — “No Me Ames”
While Lopez was recording On the 6, Anthony was in a studio next door and they hit it off—she agreed to be in one of his videos, and he agreed to do a duet with her. At the time she was dating the man who at the time called himself Puff Daddy, but their duet “No Me Ames” topped the Latin songs chart for seven weeks in the summer of 1999. On an unrelated note, Lopez and Puffy broke up, and then Lopez and Ben Affleck got together and broke up, and then Lopez and Anthony got married in 2004.
6. Amy Grant and Vince Gill, “House of Love”
Divorce isn’t that scandalous or taboo anymore, but it is in the worlds of contemporary Christian and country music. At the time that the little bit country Amy Grant and the little bit rock n’ roll Vince Gill recorded “House of Love,” the bland love theme for the forgettable 1995 romantic comedy “Speechless,” both were married, but they got along great and stayed friends. In 1998, Gill got divorced, and in 1999, Grant got divorced, and a few months later they were married. The lights were coming on in the house of love, you guys.