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Hellraisers Pam and Tommy to Sid and Nancy: The most infamous showbiz couples ever

Ahead of the new Pammy and Tommy Lee series on Hulu, we look at the couples who left a trail of chaos behind them

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A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

Long before Conor McGregor threw trolleys at bus windows and Britney attacked paparazzi with an umbrella, celebrities formed a united front when it came to acting out.

Why have just one crazy star when you can have two?

Through the years there have been lots of erratic celeb couples who have caused havoc. Fuelling each other's inner rogue, we have been treated to some antics that would make McGregor look like a pussy cat.

And Hulu's upcoming eight-part series on Pamela Anderson's love affair with Motley Crew drummer Tommy Lee is set to remind us all of a bygone era when chaos was part and parcel of being famous.

Centred on their leaked sex tape in 1995, the drama details how the internet-breaking video affected the couple and changed the world of the rich and famous.

Long before camera phones and social media sites were invented we relied on newspapers and magazines to break stories of our favourite stars' tales of destruction. Tommy and Pam's tape was just the tip of the iceberg…

  • PAM ANDERSON AND TOMMY LEE

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A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

A new series charts the relationship between Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson

The writing was on the wall for this couple when they got married four days after they met. During their honeymoon they decided to film themselves in the throes of passion and the rest is history.

It was Tommy's third marriage and Pamela's first (of six so far) and the pair have two children from it.

They were regularly pictured partying and offering waiting photographers more than a few public displays of affection. She even licked and bit his nipple in one famous photo that went global.

  • KATE MOSS AND PETE DOHERTY

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Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. Photo: Tony Maher

Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. Photo: Tony Maher

Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. Photo: Tony Maher

Much closer to home we had to suffer through the social lives of supermodel Kate Moss and her drug addict boyfriend Pete Doherty.

The Babyshambles front man met the leggy catwalk queen in January 2005 at her 31st birthday party and the pair started a long and tumultuous relationship that was dragged out through the press. Drink and drug-fuelled week-long sessions played out in the daily newspapers as the model's life spiralled out of control.

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Luckily for us the couple split up after a few years and Pete - who is still alive, by the way - has moved on to other women and even sings in a band from time to time.

  • COURTNEY LOVE AND KURT COBAIN

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Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain  (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain (Photo by Kevin Winter/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Can you imagine this pair being together nowadays with access to social media and when everyone around them has camera phones? We still lapped up every single morsel of the hijinks whenever we caught it. The problem was it was only snippets on MTV News at the time.

Still though, their drink and drugs lifestyle is the stuff of legend as they became the iconic king and queen of the 1990s alternative rock scene.

That lifestyle though, unfortunately lead to the untimely death of the Nirvana frontman.

  • SHARON AND OZZY OSBOURNE

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 Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have been together for four decades. There's been violence, drug and alcohol abuse, cheating - oh, and that time Ozzy tried to kill Sharon by strangling her. But somehow, they're still together.

His onstage bat-biting antics are well documented but it is the wild life with his wife that makes for the real drama here. Her dad introduced them when she was 17 and he was 21 and the pair hit it off right away. She is widely regarded as the brains of the operation but she isn't a complete saint.

Sharon told The Guardian that she and Ozzy used to "beat the sh*t out of each other". She said: "At a gig, Ozzy would run off stage during a guitar solo to fight with me, then run back on to finish the song!"

  • AMY WINEHOUSE AND BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL

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Blake Fielder-Civil with Amy Winehouse Yui Mok/PA Wire

Blake Fielder-Civil with Amy Winehouse Yui Mok/PA Wire

Blake Fielder-Civil with Amy Winehouse Yui Mok/PA Wire

Amy Winehouse was always a rebel, bent on doing things her way. When her parents split up, she declared her own independence, collecting tattoos, smoking marijuana and cutting school.

But things kicked up a notch after the release of her ground-breaking Back to Black album in 2005. With fame and fortune the singer turned to much harder drugs and when she hooked up with Blake things hit rock bottom.

In the five years after Back to Black and before her untimely death aged just 27, Amy didn't release another album and was curtailed to cringeworthy live performances under the influence and several nocturnal parties in various houses and hotels.

They gave Kate and Pete a run for their money.

  • NICKI MINAJ AND KENNETH PETTY

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Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty

The modern-day 'IDGAF' couple are shameless when it comes to taking on doubters, calling out haters and offering up WAY too many nauseating public displays of affection.

They drink, they swear, they wear very little and they do it all in the public eye which is remarkable considering the mega-hit superstar singer hooked up with him (he's a rapper apparently) after he had been convicted in 1995 of first-degree attempted rape and pleaded guilty in 2006 to first-degree manslaughter.

He has served several years in prison for his crimes. But all was forgiven in 2018 when they rekindled their high school romance and he decided to get her birthname 'Onika' tattooed on his neck. Obviously it makes him less rapey. Which is nice.

  • SID VICIOUS AND NANCY SPUNGEN

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Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen

Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen are the poster children for young love, punk fashion, rebellion and utter dysfunction.

Vicious was the bassist for English punk band the Sex Pistols and Spungen, whom he met in London during 1977, was his 'soulmate'.

The two became their own short, sad love story, filled with gigs, heavy drinking and drug abuse.

Their intense infatuation with each other is often looked at as one of the key factors in the downfall of the Sex Pistols.

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