The Member: Burt Reynolds
The Love Lost: Ex-girlfriend Sally Field
The Desperate Attempt: Three decades after their breakup, Reynolds was still publicly declaring his devotion to the "love of his life" in the pages of Vanity Fair. "I miss her terribly," he said in 2015. "Even now, it's hard on me. I don't know why I was so stupid. Men are like that, you know. You find the perfect person, and then you do everything you can to screw it up."
The Result: When PEOPLE asked Field about her ex frequently referring to her as the one who got away, the actress responded with an unimpressed, "Well, yeah," adding, "We don't really talk to each other, no."
The Member: Robin Thicke
The Love Lost: Ex-wife Paula Patton
The Desperate Attempt: Thicke changed the publicly-try-to-win-her-back game when he named his 2014 album Paula after his ex. The desperate album included weepy tributes to Patton like the bluntly named single "Get Her Back." At the 2014 BET Awards, Thicke issued an onstage plea to his former wifey before performing "Forever Love." "I'd like to dedicate this song to my wife and say 'I miss you' and 'I'm sorry,'" he said.
The Result: Like music fans, Patton was unimpressed by her ex's apologetic gestures. In hindsight, even the hopelessly romantic singer has come to see the error of his break-up devastation ways. "What I thought was romantic was just embarrassing," he admitted to The New York Times about his BET performance. Now, Thicke can apply what he learned to his relationship with his new muse, 21-year-old girlfriend April Geary.
The Member: Sage the Gemini
The Love Lost: Ex-girlfriend Jordin Sparks
The Desperate Attempt: Following the end of their 10 month relationship, the rapper turned to Instagram to make it very clear he was missing the vocal powerhouse. "You the only girl I can call at 3 in the morning and you'll answer no problem," he captioned a photo of the pair's happier days, "the only girl that loves me the way you were supposed to. I miss you too much to watch you look so amazing at the Clive Davis [Grammys] party and not be able to call you and express how much I appreciated the look because you won't answer nor text back. The feeling is horrible…I just want like a hug and a kiss or something."
The Result: Sparks has yet to comment on Gemini's emotional post, which he has since deleted.
The Member: Chris Brown
The Love Lost: On-and-off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran.
The Desperate Attempt: Brown and Tran officially split in 2015 after it was revealed that the singer had fathered daughter Royalty Brown with Nia Guzman. But nearly a year after calling it quits, Brown made a very public declaration of his enduring love when he was featured on a remix of Zayn Malik's "Back to Sleep." "Now where you been, it's been a year," he sings. "Baby I ain't seen you, you know I miss you/ Baby let me love you back to sleep once more….But I just wanna tell you I'm sorry/ For f------'round with Keisha and MaKayla…You want me to say your name girl?/ Okay, Karrueche!"
The Result: Tran has not commented on Brown's lovesick verse, and the pair remains indefinitely off-again.
The Member: Aaron Carter
The Love Lost: Ex-girlfriend Hilary Duff
The Desperate Attempt: Nearly a decade after their teenage romance ended, Carter took to Twitter to express his undying love for the actress. "Don't be that stupid douche that loses the love of your life forever…Like me," he wrote. "I'll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her. I don't care what ANY of you think." Carter then confirmed to a fan that he was referring to the former Disney star.
I'll spend the rest of my life trying to better myself to get back to her.— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) March 5, 2014
I don't care what ANY of you think.
The Result: Duff told Cosmopolitan that her ex's public plea definitely did not sweep her off her feet, and even called out another not-so-subtle celeb. "Him reaching out through social media? It's ridiculous! But then people do it all the time, like Chris Brown and Karrueche? Come on, guys. Keep it between text messages," she told the mag.
The Member: Nick Jonas
The Love Lost: Ex-girlfriend Miley Cyrus
The Desperate Attempt: The star wrote the Jonas Brothers track "Wedding Bells" about his teen love's then-impending nuptials with Liam Hemsworth. "No, I don't wanna love/ If it's not you/ I don't wanna hear the wedding bells prove/ That we can't try one last time," he wrote.
The Result: The former teen stars have both moved on from their failed partnership. Jonas even posteda silly #tbt of his "first crush" Cyrus on Instagram, proving his heart has made a full recovery.
The Member: Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson
The Love Lost: Then-estranged wife Evelyn Lozada
The Desperate Attempt: The former NFL star apparently has no fears about tattoo regrets. After his wife Lozada filed for divorce, Johnson promptly got some new ink of, wait for it, her face. The calf tat also displays her name, "Eve," below the picture. Johnson changed his Twitter avatar to a photo where the homage was clearly visible, and when a tweeter mentioned the tattoo and Lozada's filing, Johnson responded, "Divorce? Child please... that's my WIFE." In another reply he wrote, "I don't give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for."
The Result: "You can't repair this," Lozada told PEOPLE about the marriage. "You just can't." The pair's divorce was finalized in 2012, less than a year after they tied the knot.
The Member: Justin Bieber
The Love Lost: Ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez
The Desperate Attempt: Biebs confirmed to Billboard that his heartfelt piano ballad "Nothing Like Us" was about his break-up with the starlet. "Cause nothing can ever, ever replace you/ Nothing can make me feel like you do…There's nothing like us, there's nothing like you and me…I gave you everything, baby, everything I had to give/ Girl, why would you push me away?," he sings.
The Result: Although they've been apart for quite some time, Bieber said "I'm never going to stop loving her" in a fall 2015 Access Hollywood interview. "I don't know if I'm still over it yet," he added. For her part, Gomez told Rolling Stone in 2016 that she's "so beyond done talking [him]."