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The Word: The weirdest celeb hook-ups of 2012

Were you surprised these couples got together?

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger

To the surprise of most, the singers got engaged this year after quietly dating for six months, Lavigne’s rep confirmed to People magazine. “A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together,” the rep says. This will be the Canadian singer’s second marriage after splitting from Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley in 2009. Kroeger “makes her so happy,” a source tells the magazine. “Both of their families could not be more excited.”

Rosario Dawson and Danny Boyle

A 22-year age difference hasn't stopped director Danny Boyle and actress Rosario Dawson from "canoodling" all over London, per the brilliant and descriptive London press. The May/December romance apparently bloomed on the set of their new movie "Trance." Perhaps it was the Olympics' bizarre opening ceremony that took Dawson's heart?

Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra

The rumors are kinda true: "She's not my girlfriend," Cowell, 53, explained when he called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest Thursdday about the whispers of a possible romance. "We're people who date." How very "bro" of you, Simon.

Bobbi Kristina Brown and her 'adopted brother'

It was announced this year on the terrible reality show "The Houstons: On Our Own" that Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon, who lived with Whitney Houston from the time he was 12, are indeed engaged. Gordon was never officially adopted by Houston and he isn't blood related to Bobbi Kristina, but the pseudo-siblings have referred to each other as "brother" and "sister," which, you know, gives us the willies.

Taylor Swift and Connor Kennedy

Everyone seems to be aghast at this hook-up (Swift was 22 at the time they were dating; Kennedy was 18) but no one says anything when a man is 22 years older than his girlfriend (see: Dawson and Boyle). Maybe your next song should be about double standards, Taylor.

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