Seeing as 2016 was pretty much the worst year ever, it’s really not that shocking that a celebrity couple we all thought would last forever is now over. According to TMZ, Melissa Benoist filed for divorce from her husband and Glee co-star, Blake Jenner. The pair got engaged in 2013 and were secretly married in March 2015.
The 28-year-old actress cited “irreconcilable differences” as her reason for wanting the divorce and also requested to legally drop the ‘Jenner’ from her name.
While Melissa and Blake’s breakup may come to a shock to most people, making them think that something shady went down to provoke it, Us Weekly reports that that’s not the case at all.
“The distance was an issue, things weren’t working. It’s amicable and mutual,” a source told the magazine.
The news of the longtime couple’s separation comes just over a month after another Glee star, Naya Rivera, filed for divorce from her husband of two years, Ryan Dorsey.
All of these Glee co-stars gave love a try IRL:
Lea Michele & Cory Monteith
The year Glee first aired, Lea began dating Theo Stockman, a star of Broadway's American Idiot, and Cory was still dating model Julie Vardalos. But, after Cory & Julie called it quits in 2010, and Lea & Theo called it quits in 2011, the on-screen love interests gave off-screen romance a try.
The beautiful pair known as Monchele (or Finchel, on the show) stayed together until Cory, unexpectedly, passed away in July 2013.
Lea Michele & Matthew Morrison
No, Cory wasn't the first Glee guy to hit it off with Lea off screen.
Circa 2007, long before Glee was even a glimmer, the young woman who brought Rachel Berry to life on the small screen began seeing the man who brought Mr. Schu to life on the small screen!
"When we shot the [Glee] pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time," she recalled in her 2014 book, Brunette Ambition. "I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years." Wait, here comes the kicker: "In fact we'd actually dated back in the day."
Melissa Benoist & Blake Jenner
Marley & Ryder's real-life counterparts hit it off instantly, starting a relationship practically when he arrived on set after his Glee Project win.
The two reportedly kicked off their coupledom in February 2012 — 9 months before his first episode ever aired — got engaged in July 2013 and TIED THE KNOT in April 2015!
Mark Salling & Naya Rivera
The relationship between Puck & Santana's alter egos is one for the books.
From February to May 2010, the two had somewhat of a ~thing~; supposedly, it was never exclusive... but that didn't keep Naya from getting jealous of the attention he was giving other women.
So, what's a jealous girl to do? She took a note from Carrie Underwood and dug a key into the side of his pretty little souped up four-wheel drive. That's right, she reportedly keyed, as well as egged, his car!
When Ryan Seacrest asked Mark about the report, he didn't deny it, but joked that he wished she'd thrown "some mushrooms" on there, too. "They should throw a cheeseburger at my car. I'd appreciate that!"
Naya Rivera & Chord Overstreet
Post-Mark, there were rumors swirling that Naya started hooking up with another one of her on-screen love interests, Chord (a.k.a. Sam Evans), after the two were spotted holding hands at her birthday party.
Naya denied the claims, saying, "Don't interlock fingers with your friends! That's the moral of the story." But, let's be honest, people pull the "just friends" card all the time.
Kevin McHale & Jenna Ushkowitz
Before Jenna began her 4-year relationship with The Vampire Diaries' Michael Trevino, she was heavily rumored to be hooking up with her first Glee love interest, Kevin, especially after they were spotted getting cozy on the beach in Monaco in 2010.
A romantic relationship between them wasn't built to last, but at least Artie & Tina's real-life counterparts remained great friends afterwards.
Kevin McHale & Dianna Agron
During the episode in which New Directions headed to New York City, Kevin & Dianna were spotted holding each other and whispering in one another's ear on set, leading some members of the public to freak out over a real-life love affair between Artie & Quinn.
And get this — when host Billy Bush asked Dianna which of her co-stars she found to be most dateable, she responded, "I'm gonna go with Kevin. I love him." Whether or not it actually happened is up in the air, but there was definite potential.
Amber Riley & Kevin McHale
We never heard this before researching, but there are actually some reports that the real-life versions of Mercedes & Artie gave a go at a relationship around the time the show first premiered. No details; simply "Kevin McHale and Amber Riley had a relationship." WOW.