Trevor Noah & Minka Kelly broke up nine months after they got ‘serious’

Trevor Noah enjoys a night out in LA

Did anyone else forget that Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly were dating? We learned about their romance last year, late August/early September, when People Magazine confirmed that they were “very serious” about each other. There were only a handful of photos of Noah and Kelly together, and they weren’t leaking details of their relationship to People and Page Six (which is why I forgot they were happening). In any case, it did seem to be a serious relationship… and now it’s over.

Trevor Noah and Minka Kelly have called it quits. The Daily Show host, 37, and the Titans actress, 40, who PEOPLE confirmed were an item last August, are going their separate ways, a source tells PEOPLE on Sunday.

Over the weekend, Noah was seen partying in Miami with DJ Steve Aoki and Dave Grutman.

Meanwhile, Kelly recently went on a vacation to Mexico with friends as documented on her Instagram page. “When it feels good to feel good 🌴,” she captioned a recent photo of her wearing a bikini and smiling below a palm tree.

Neither Noah nor Kelly ever publicly discussed or confirmed their relationship, but a source said in August 2020 that they were “very serious” and “very happy.” The following month, the pair was seen together for the first time as they were getting out of an SUV and walking into Noah’s apartment in New York City. In a photo obtained by PEOPLE at the time, the actress had several pieces of luggage as Noah stood beside her.

After Noah purchased a home in Los Angeles for them to share at the end of December, another source close to the couple said they were “still really happy and in love.”

“They’re making plans for a future together, and it’s a very stable relationship,” the source said in January. “They’ve been spending time between coasts over the last year and had been looking for a place in L.A. as a couple.”

[From People]

Minka dated Jesse Williams for a while, soon after he got out his marriage and during his messy AF divorce. What we knew of that relationship came from Jesse’s side. My point? Minka keeps her sh-t locked down for the most part, so I’m not sure if we’ll find out what exactly happened between Trevor and Minka. Trevor seems to avoid scrutiny with his personal life too. But buying a house in LA, romancing during a pandemic, emphasizing how serious they were to People Mag… it’s very strange. I wonder what happened and if there was some kind of messy falling out. TMZ doesn’t even have anything either – they just point out that Trevor bought that $27 million home in Bel Air with the idea that they would be moving in together. Hm.

Minka Kelly runs errands after boyfriend Trevor Noah purchased a $27.5 Million Bel-Air home!

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Aurora says:

    I feel like I only know who Minka Kelly is because of who she dates.

    • Ann says:

      I’ve only ever seen her on Friday Night Lights and briefly on Parenthood.

    • Esmom says:

      I used to always confuse her with Leighton Meister.

      • Oh_Hey says:

        They literally did a “single white female” remake with them as the leads based on nothing but them looking alike. It was about as good as you’d think it was.

    • Millenial says:

      Same. She reminds me of Olivia Munn and Rita Ora in that they seem to date everyone but I’ve never actually seen or heard their work myself.

    • Susan says:

      I feel like people like her in Hollywood—well let me be clear, mostly WOMEN—struggle to make it past that “one great show” or “one great gig.” There are a lot of talented actors out there that don’t seem to make the leap past the one big gig. All those stars of the aughts come to mind: Leighton Meester, Blake Lively (if she hadn’t married so well), Alexis Bledel, Adam Brody, Topher Grace, etc. The love life is often what keeps them in the news.

      • Oh_Hey says:

        Yes. The examples make that super clear actually. Besides A Simple Favor, which Anna Kendrick carried, I hadn’t wanted to watch a Blake movie since Age of Adeline. The other folks are spot on – generally good actors who seem like nice folks but never had another “break”

      • terra says:

        Topher Grace never really getting anywhere beyond That 70s Show has always bummed me out. I remember the buzz around him after Traffic, but it seemed like afterwards people always seemed to want him to play some sort of neurotic personality type and that’s what he didn’t want after TSS.

        It’s a shame, especially since he’s the only one of the That 70s Show “young” leads that didn’t really gel with the others . . . and I think we know now why that might have been.

      • Normades says:

        I think you’re totally right it’s hard for lightning to strike twice. I see the guy in One as a rare example. Alexis Bledel never became a huge star but she did have great roles in Mad Men and handmaiden. I think most of the people you mentioned are doing OK.

  2. milliemollie says:

    He’s already been spotted going on dates weeks ago. It probably got too serious for him.

  3. Léna says:

    Damn, Chris Evans, Jesse Williams, Trevor Noah! A bunch of hot men.

  4. mariahlee says:

    Her body is so cute.

  5. Apple says:

    He was on Howard Stern last year. And he gave an odd interview about relationships. He loves “love” but has no real interest in committed long term relationships. It seems he just likes to experience people and then move on to the next beauty.

    • Millenial says:

      Look I don’t want to armchair anyone’s childhood, but after reading his memoir, I would not be surprised if he had issues with long term commitment.

    • Léna says:

      Yes, If I remember well he also said he didn’t like the idea of living with someone. Which, I can’t blame him. My mother just bought a house for herself and sees her boyfriend 2 weeks per months lol. I have another friend who is building her own house and doesn’t plan on living with her boyfriend at all. To each their own!

  6. Lena says:

    He said he has no interest in serious long term relationships? Well that did it in I’m sure.

  7. Midge says:

    She is a professional girlfriend at this point

  8. june says:

    I feel like she has such bad luck in relationships!

    • LaraK says:

      Nah, that’s how she picks them.
      You can’t date a bunch of commitment phobes and complain of bad luck. If she wanted to settle down, she totally could.

      Noah has always said that he doesn’t want kids and is not keen on marriage. What did she expect?

      That said, she is totally entitled to date whoever she wants. Maybe she doesn’t want a long term commitment either. But it’s not luck.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        But wait a minute…Noah is the problem here. Noah can’t publicly state that marriage and a long term relationship are not goals for himself, THEN buy a house so that he can be closer to her. Noah is sending mixed messages here, clearly!! It’s not her picker with Noah! This is entirely NOAH!! I hated when guys would send mixed signals!!

      • Joan Rivers says:

        No no no no no.
        The MEDIA is the one sending “mixed messages.”
        Don’t believe everything you read.

    • Apple says:

      Chris Evans seemed pretty head over heels in love with her. But she ditched him for Derek Jeter. She made her own bad choices. I would have stuck with Captain America.

      • Yati says:

        I don’t think Chris is long term boyfriend material either. He doesn’t date for long. They were on and off for years and if there might have been an overlap with Jenny. I think minka knows what she gets into.

  9. LMR says:

    I have always had a thing for Trevor and as a non-actress, I think I am the perfect woman for him. I don’t care if he isn’t into long term relationships, I was previously married for 13 years and that was enough for me.

  10. AndaPanda says:

    I was surprised that she was his choice in the first place. However, I too read his memoir and he’s been through a lot so you never really know….

  11. LadySwampwitchGivsNeauFux says:

    Enty says that she is into orgies and sex parties and that his agents and publicists didn’t like her image with him.