Will Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart or Chris Brown and Rihanna prove themselves the rekindled couple champions? Both couples have endured a very public relationship followed by a very public breakup. Rob and Kristen's reason for splitting is obviously a little tamer than Chris and Rihanna's, but both couples are trying to make it work.
Which couple has what it takes to make it for the long haul? A couple of relationship experts have weighed in, and you may actually be surprised by their predictions.
Chris is not exactly the world's favorite boyfriend, but RiRi doesn't seem to mind he used her as a punching bag in the past. Is she making a huge mistake by getting back together with a guy with such violent tendencies?
Dr. Gilda Carle lays it out in a way even the most simple-minded can understand, "Theoretically, he's a more mature man now, and he hopefully has some anger control, but the rate of recidivism is very high, statistically." Basically, it is highly likely he will hurt the woman he loves again. Dr. Sheri Meyers echoes the sentiment, "The prognosis isn't good." Can Chris Brown and Rihanna outlast Rob and Kristen?
Meyers is positive their love is the real deal, "They have got such a foundation between them, they grew up together, they have the same career interests, and hopefully they have each others' back." In fact, she says, "I always look at affairs as opportunities for healing if the couple is willing to do the work."
Before you start celebrating a happily ever after for Kristen and Rob, the other relationship expert throws a wrench into the fantasy. "Lying to yourself and lying to your mate does not make for a long lasting relationship," explains Carle. Whatever. Don't destroy the dream of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart getting married and having babies and living together, forever.
Which couple do you think will stay together the longest?