Celeb couples who haven't figured out they aren't famous anymore

Not every celeb couple can be a power couple, and let's be real — most power couples don't last. (We're looking at you, Brangelina.) That said, while most couples come with power dynamics that can change over time and throughout the course of the respective parties' careers and relationship, some pairs don't have nearly as much power as a whole as they'd like to think that they do.

For example, the collective known as "Speidi," comprised of Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, still take themselves somewhat seriously. Paris Hilton insists on trying to make her and Chris Zylka happen, and most of us are still trying to figure out exactly what Evan Ross and Eric Johnson do besides make babies with Ashlee and Jessica Simpson … neither of whom are doing much to earn the spotlight for themselves these days, either.

These celebrity couples are barely famous anymore, but they seem to be the last to know about it. Anyone want to deliver the memo?

Is FKA Twigs and Shia LaBeouf's romance just an act?

At the time of this writing, Shia LaBeouf's last successful movie was Fury in 2014. Since then, he's been more known for his troubles with alcohol and run-ins with the law than he has been for his work. FKA Twigs is a singer and dancer who garnered more publicity for her relationship with Robert Pattinson than she did for her work — which is somewhat odd, considering how she and Pattinson were extremely private about their romance. She's never had a song chart stateside, and her biggest chart peak for an album was at No. 30 in 2014, per Billboard.

That's what makes her partnership with LaBeouf particularly sad. While she and Pattinson went to great lengths to keep their relationship under wraps when they were together, Twigs actually confirmed her relationship with LaBeouf to the Daily Mail herself in an interview conducted through her house's intercom (via Vanity Fair).

Could it all be a publicity stunt, though? The pair reportedly met on the set of 2019's Honey Boy, a film LaBeouf is also credited with writing, and, based on the lack of buzz that's surrounded the movie, this may or may not help them each become relevant again.

Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley struggle for fame

Katherine Heigl was one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood in the early 2000s, with starring roles on Grey's Anatomy and in a slew of romcoms. Unfortunately for Heigl, her poor attitude on film sets and in the press (not to mention her difficult momager) led to her career stalling in a big way, resorting to her taking cat litter and Zzzquil commercials after being a marquee name.

Heigl attempted several comebacks in television that stalled. As of this writing, Heigl is starring on Suits after the now-Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle exited the show to marry Prince Harry. Unfortunately for Heigl, Markle took the Suits ratings with her when she left.

Heigl's husband, Josh Kelley, had a few minor adult contemporary hits in the early 2000s and has since moved to Nashville in hopes of kickstarting a country music career, but the poor guy has had trouble getting any of his work to chart.

Speidi are still working for the spotlight

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have been clinging to the last bits of relevance they had since The Hills ended in 2010. Pratt has admitted that they staged paparazzi shoots for themselves to generate interest and that they blew their entire fortune on attempting to live like A-listers instead of, as Pratt told People, "stay[ing] in [their] reality TV lane." (Montag's slew of unnecessary plastic surgeries likely set them back as well.) The pair clearly didn't realize that reality fame is fleeting unless you're a Kardashian and have Kris Jenner around for guidance. Still, they've kept trying to stay in the spotlight, if only because they literally have no other ideas about how to pay their bills.

Since their days on The Hills, the celeb couple has been on a slew of other reality shows, including Celebrity Big Brother and Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, and they are attempting to make a comeback through Pratt's hummingbird enthusiast Snapchat videos and on The Hills reboot with other non-stars of the show like Jason Wahler and Justin Bobby. If you had to Google those two, well, that's the point.

Does anybody watch Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross' show?

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are trying really hard to make a name for themselves with their E! reality show, Ashlee+Evan, and their duets. They had their first charting single, "I Do," in September 2018. Prior to that, Simpson hadn't had a charting single in a decade ("Little Miss Obsessive" was her last one, peaking at No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2008), and Ross never had his legendary mom's cultural impact despite his small roles in big movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.

In Ashlee+Evan, Ross actually turns down what the show claims is a lucrative acting gig (despite having mostly only bit parts previously) to work on a collaborative album with Simpson, and reviewers of the show were quick to point out that the couple required a ton of exposition (and Diana Ross cameos) to remind viewers of who they are. The ratings for Ashlee+Evan aren't good, which they probably should have expected considering the New York Daily News reported that the couple couldn't even sell their wedding photos to the press in 2014 — the same year he appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and would arguably have been at his peak relevance.

No one knows who Jessica Simpson's husband is

Jessica Simpson isn't as big a star as she once was — and her husband, Eric Johnson, played in the NFL for seven years before retiring in 2008 without making much of an impact in the world of football or elsewhere (via E! News). He officially became Mr. Jessica Simpson in July 2014, making that his full-time job.

Simpson herself has largely eschewed the spotlight, opting instead to focus on her fashion line, which is hugely successful and reportedly worth $1 billion. However, she's had a tough time breaking back into the music business. She admitted to Ellen in a somewhat disastrous May 2017 interview that she'd written "about 38" songs, but so far nothing has been released.

Insiders told Radar Online that Simpson was desperate to get back to recording and hoped to use Ashlee+Evan as a platform to deliver her music to the world again, but that her sister was apprehensive about the move.

"Jessica wanted to sing one of [Diana Ross'] iconic songs, but Ashlee refused to ask her. She thought it was insulting," the source said. "Ashlee and Jessica's friends worry because Jessica is always a bit off and awkward, like she's in a daze. Ashlee is all for Jessica performing on her show. But she won't hesitate to cut Jessica off if she doesn't sing and look her best."

Considering Ashlee+Evan isn't exactly a hit, it may not matter if Jessica performs at all.

Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey could never compete with 'Newlyweds'

Nick Lachey was famous for singing in 98 Degrees and then for being married to Jessica Simpson. When Newlyweds kicked off in 2003, he was the bigger star between the two — but Simpson quickly eclipsed him with chestnuts about Chicken of the Sea. And then the two broke up in 2005, as People reported.

After the split, Lachey moved on with then-MTV VJ Vanessa Minnillo, who starred in his post-split music video for "What's Left Of Me." They married in 2011, as noted by Billboard.

Minnillo, a pageant queen-turned-MTV personality, hasn't done much of relevance since tying the knot, save for competing against her husband on Dancing With The Stars and starring on the short-lived sitcom Dads in 2013.

Lachey took on hosting gigs for Taking The Stage, The Sing-Off, and Big Morning Buzz Live and competed on Stars Earn Stripes. He also opened a bar in his hometown of Cincinnati with brother Drew, which they documented on Lachey's Bar on A&E in 2015. The bar closed its doors for good in February 2018. He's since gone back to touring with 98 Degrees in venues much smaller than they did in their prime.

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are stuck in the past

Since the final installment of The Twilight Saga in 2012, Nikki Reed has appeared in a handful of episodes of the since-canceled Sleepy Hollow, a Hanson music video, and a few projects with seemingly very limited releases. She attempted a music career when she was married to American Idol loser Paul McDonald from 2011 to 2015, but that didn't do well — perhaps, in part, because their duet music video for the single "Now That I've Found You" frustratingly kept cutting off their faces. In fact, they separated before the project was released.

Ian Somerhalder, who Reed married in 2015 not long after her divorce from McDonald was finalized, hasn't done much since The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017, though he's slated to star in TV series V-Wars in 2019 — yet another vampire-themed show. Maybe next time they'll consider their own relevance before refusing to take photos for fans, the way the Daily Mail reported that Somerhalder did to a group in Paris in May 2015.

Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka aren't hot

Paris Hilton will always have name recognition and money, thanks to her famous, wealthy parents. However, her post-Simple Life attempts at stardom in various mediums haven't been very successful. Spin reported that her 2018 single, "I Need You," actually dates back to 2008, when she wrote it with then-boyfriend Benji Madden — though she told Cosmopolitan in February 2018 that Chris Zylka was her muse for the track.

Her music career — despite a deal with Cash Money Records — also stalled in a big way.

For his part, Zylka's own IMDb showcases that he's a working actor, but not a star. He played Jake Armstrong in The Secret Circle from 2011 to 2012 and appeared as bully Flash Thompson in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. He also had a few recurring TV roles on Twisted and The Leftovers, as well as gigs in a couple TV movies, but he didn't receive top billing.

No one cares that Donnie loves Jenny

Jenny McCarthy was a famous Playmate and a former host of MTV's Singled Out. As far as acting work, she's had bit parts and occasional recurring roles. She's had a bit more success as a TV personality, including a brief stint on The View in 2014 and hosting gigs for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Her husband, Donnie Wahlberg, has fared better acting-wise, nabbing a starring role on Blue Bloods in 2010 (and yes, it's still on) and the Saw franchise, and he still occasionally performs with New Kids On The Block and works with brother Mark for Wahlburger's.

It's just when Wahlberg and McCarthy are together that people apparently can't stand them. Donnie Loves Jenny, a reality show chronicling their nauseating courtship and marriage, ran from just 2015 to 2016. They also appeared together on Return Of The Mac, a sitcom starring fellow NKOTB member Joey McIntyre, that lasted just eight episodes.

Not even Brandi Glanville gives a hoot about Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes

Eddie Cibrian and LeAnn Rimes were famous enough to co-star in a 2009 Lifetime Original Movie called Northern Lights when they were each married to other people — Cibrian to The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville and Rimes to dancer Dean Sheremet. Up to that point, Rimes' music career had fizzled and Cibrian was a working actor with a few bit parts here and there.

The scandal surrounding their relationship kept them relevant for about five more years. However, by the time Cibrian and Rimes embarked on their own VH1 reality show, LeAnn & Eddie, in 2014, their beef with Glanville was nearly over — and so was any real public interest in their relationship. The show was canceled after just eight episodes.

Perhaps thanks to Glanville's hot mess of press, Cibrian actually eclipsed his second wife in fame. He recurred on Baby Daddy in 2015 and 2016, and on Rosewood from 2016 to 2017. He also starred in Take Two with Rachel Bilson, which premiered in 2018.

Rimes has only had one charting single since embarking on her relationship and eventual marriage to Cibrian, with her track "Swingin'" peaking at No. 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2010, though she's had several albums since the affair.

Nicole Richie and Cameron Diaz just want Good Charlotte to sell tickets

Despite the star's previous success in reality TV, Nicole Richie's show Candidly Nicole reportedly received low ratings. A source told Page Six in 2014, "VH1 wanted to position itself as the next E! and were depending on Nicole's show to make a splash and boost ratings. But the show isn't doing well, and they're putting all the pressure on her — so now it's putting a rift between Nicole and the network."

Her life with husband Joel Madden of Good Charlotte may be even simpler than the one she shared with her The Simple Life co-star and former BFF Paris Hilton, because, well, he's not making much of a cultural impact anymore. His last charting track was "Life Can't Get Much Better" in 2016, and that was on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

Richie seemed to acknowledge her own irrelevance somewhat in January 2017, when she was reportedly overheard saying most clubs won't let her in anymore.

Madden's brother Benji and Benji's wife, Cameron Diaz, may not have Richie's level of self-awareness, however. While People reports that the two are enjoying life out of the spotlight, insiders told Radar Online that both women of these celeb couples have each nagged the brothers to go on tour again and release another album, but the Maddens are allegedly worried that they'll be a "laughingstock." And those worries may be valid — the site also reported that Good Charlotte was having trouble selling at most venues.