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Stories and Stuff From Hollywood's Museum of Broken Relationships


A dinosaur pinata from Los AngelesA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd StuartA dinosaur pinata from Los AngelesA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartand I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a halfA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartso I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple timesA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartso I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple timesA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartso I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple timesA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"Here!" and that she thought it was the perfect mug for me ... Aisha ended up getting married ... seven months after we quit talking. When I heardA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"Here!" and that she thought it was the perfect mug for me ... Aisha ended up getting married ... seven months after we quit talking. When I heardA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd StuartSerbia; Credit: Gwynedd StuartA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"SoA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartmy husband brought fakeA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartof courseA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartand that was the time of our biggest relationship crisis ... He made me wear them during sex because they turned him on. I was disappointed and because of those sculptedA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartand that was the time of our biggest relationship crisis ... He made me wear them during sex because they turned him on. I was disappointed and because of those sculptedA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd StuartNew York; Credit: Gwynedd StuartA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"He was a Nebraska football fanA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"He was a Nebraska football fanA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart"He was a Nebraska football fanA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuartrelationship circa June 1A dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart2013: "Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidaysA dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart(after she accepted by proposal of marriage)A dinosaur pinata from Los Angeles, relationship circa May 2014-January 2016: "This is the first birthday present my ex-boyfriend gave me. It's honestly one of the best gifts I've ever received, and I couldn't bring myself to smash it for the candy inside. For the next year and a half, this hung above my bed witnessing the messy fights and even messier make-ups. Our birthdays were directly after each other, so I spent mine arranging gifts and cookie cake for his. I've tried to throw this away multiple times, but it looks so sad sitting next to the trash. I hope this is the best home I can give it."; Credit: Gwynedd Stuart

In early June, the Museum of Broken Relationships opened its doors on Hollywood Boulevard, a melancholy monument to the trappings of people's failed romantic exploits. From the mundane (coffee mugs, a wooden spoon) to the intimate (a fistful of someone's pubic hair), the museum's inaugural collection features 104 objects along with their corresponding narratives, written by the lovelorn people who submitted them. Here's a small sampling of what's behind the new museum's doors.