Age Is Just a Number: These Famous Couples Have Big Age Gaps Between Them
Age is just a number right? If you’re truly in love, a significant age gap shouldn’t affect the romance and the passion. That might be easy to say, but can it really work in reality? Apparently it can! While onlookers might stare in disapproval, the besotted couples we have over here certainly have no reservations about their partners or spouses. Well, what happens when the age difference is about four decades? That apparently works too! Read here to discover which famous couples ditch the digits for their dearest loves to make one-of-a-kind super couples. Some of the celebrity unions on this list might surprise you!
1. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
The all-star and Academy-Award-winning Texan actor Matthew McConaughey met Camila Alves in 2006. From the moment they locked eyes, it was love at first sight for the actor and Brazilian model despite the rather substantial age difference of 13 years.
They turned out to be just one famous couple who believe age is just a number when McConaughey proposed on Christmas day in 2011, and the two made it official in a private Catholic ceremony half a year later in Austin, Texas. Today, the duo reside in Austin with their three kids Levi, Vida, and Livingston.
2. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver
With a whopping 46-year age gap, showbiz legend Dick Van Dyke married make-up artist Arlene Silver on February 29, 2012 — when he was 86 and Silver was 40 years old. The couple’s romance started budding when they met six years earlier at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Despite their striking age difference, Van Dyke decided to approach the lovely Silver and strike up a conversation. If you still can’t conceptualize this large age difference then here’s a fun fact for you: when Van Dyke played Bert in the 1964 musical-fantasy film Mary Poppins, Silver wasn’t even born yet.
3. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
It’s no secret that Harrison Ford is quite the adventurous type, landing roles such as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, so there’s no reason why his love life wouldn’t follow suit. While Ford likes to keep his personal life private and guarded, everyone knows that his wife Calista Flockart, a.k.a. Ally McBeal, is 22-years his junior.
This golden duo met at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. Seven years later, Ford proposed on Valentine’s Day. Ford was filming Cowboys & Aliens in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when the pair tied the knot on June 15, 2010. The stars share custody of Flockhart’s adopted son Liam Flockhart Ford, whom she adopted at birth.
4. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
What makes Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones one of the most special famous couples on this list is that the pair share a birthday on September 25, however, with a 25-year age gap. The age difference doesn’t seem to bother this accomplished couple one bit.
Douglas started dating the magnificent Welsh actress in 1999 after Danny DeVito introduced the two at the Deauville Film Festival in France in 1998. They got married on November 18, 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York in what was labelled by BBC as the “wedding of the year” and have two children Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta. They’ve shared some pretty tough times together like when Douglas was diagnosed with tongue cancer back in 2010, but their love for one another known no bounds.
5. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney
There is no denying the chemistry Academy-Award winning actor George Clooney shares with the exceptionally brilliant Lebanese-British international law and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, despite the 17-year age gap between them. After all, Clooney just looks better with age anyway!
After obtaining marriage licenses in the United Kingdom in August 2014, the couple officially married on September 27, 2014 in the Ca’ Farsetti palace in Venice. It doesn’t get more romantic than that, does it!? Add to that twins Ella and Alexander whom the couple welcomed into the world on June 6, 2017. They also have a rescue basset hound named Millie.
6. Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross
Mel Gibson knows “What Women Want,” and such was the case when he met screenwriter and former champion equestrian vaulter Rosalind Ross in 2014. This pair go down as one of the famous couples to turn heads seeing that Ross is 34 years younger than Gibson — a decade younger than Gibson’s eldest daughter Hannah.
Ross gave birth to their son Lars Gerard on January 20, 2017. Lars Gerard is Gibson’s ninth child, as he shares seven children with his former wife Robyn Denise Moore and one child with his ex-girlfriend, the Russian pianist Oksana Grigorieva.
7. Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade
It doesn’t seem to bother the Miami Heat NBA player Dwayne Wade that his wife actress Gabrielle Union is 10 years his senior. The pair started dating in 2009, and briefly broke up in 2013 because of their respective careers and the demands that come with it.
After the temporary split, Wade and Union couldn’t deny their love for one another and married on August 30, 2014 in Miami, Florida. When the pair reconciled and got engaged at the end of 2013, Wade had just welcomed his third child, Xavier Zechariah Wade, with long-time friend Aja Metoyer. Union now stands in as a loving stepmother to Xavier, as well as to Wade’s two other kids Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, born to him and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches.
8. Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z
Beyoncé Knowles might be 12 years younger than Jay-Z, but the bootylicious diva is definitely “irreplaceable” to the rap superstar, otherwise known as Shawn Carter. The pair hit it off after collaborating on the song “03 Bonnie & Clyde” featured on Jay-Z’s seventh album Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, released in 2002. She appeared as his girlfriend in the music video which sparked speculation about the two.
Seems like the media speculation was justified because Beyoncé and Jay-Z married without the knowledge of the public on April 4, 2008. Beyoncé, a.k.a. Queen B and Sasha Fierce, revealed her pregnancy on stage at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards after performing “Love on Top.” She gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter on January 7, 2012, and then the family got even bigger when the pair welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter on June 13, 2017. Continue reading for more famous couples with surprising age gaps.
9. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
When actress and model Megan Fox was just 18-years-old, she met 30-year-old Brian Austin Green on the set of the sitcom Hope & Faith in 2004. He might have 13 years on Fox, but the couple got engaged in November 2006 only to break it off in 2009 and then reunite in 2010. Fox stated that despite the separation, they remained engaged all that time.
After a somewhat bumpy ride, Fox and Green married on June 24, 2010 in a private ceremony in Hawaii. Fox and Green share three boys: Noah Shannon, Bodhi Ransom, and Journey River. Green also has a son with his former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Vanessa Marcil. Kassius was born in March 2002.
10. Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster
When British rocker Rod Stewart sang “Some Guys Have All the Luck” way back in 1984, he must have been referring to his suave charm in the love department because of his ability to win over much-younger women such as his current wife Penny Lancaster, the English model, TV personality, and photographer who is 26 years younger than him.
The two started dating in 1999 after Stewart agreed to Lancaster taking photos of him while he was on tour. She gave birth to their first child in 2005 and their second child, Stewart’s eighth child, in 2011. He clearly believes in his “Forever Young” motto. On June 16, 2007, the pair tied the knot in the secluded medieval La Cervara monastery in the Italian fishing village of Portofino.
11. Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen
Child-star-turned-fashion-designer Mary-Kate Olsen is married to Olivier Sarkozy, the half brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. The pair began a relationship in May 2012, and two years later, photos were published of Mary-Kate brandishing an engagement ring from the man who is 17 years her senior.
The unlikely pair truly believe age is just a number and made things official when they married on November 27, 2015 at a private residence in New York. Back in 2016, the duo was spotted double dating with Mary-Kate’s twin sister Ashley and her then-boyfriend, Richard Sachs. Ashley’s relationship didn’t last long, perhaps because she was 28 years younger than Sachs, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of these famous couples aren’t bothered by a large age gap.
12. Ice-T and Coco Austin
Actress and glamour model Nicole Natalie Marrow Austin, commonly known as Coco Austin or Coco-T, married the rapper, actor, and record producer Tracy “Ice-T” Marrow in January 2002 and the couple renewed their vows in 2011. There is a 21-year age gap between these two, but they love each other so much it doesn’t seem to matter.
Ice-T and Coco Austin own a penthouse apartment in North Bergen, New Jersey, as well as a five-bedroom house in Edgewater New Jersey, which they started building in 2012 and completed in 2015, just in time for their daughter Chanel Nicole’s birth in November 2015.
13. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
There might be just over a 32-year age difference between Holland Taylor and Sarah Paulson, but the two actresses seem to be inseparable and a match made in heaven. During a radio interview with the Primetime-Emmy-Award-winning actress Taylor on November 30, 2015, she revealed that most of her relationships have been with women and announced that her latest partner was actress Sarah Paulson, known for her roles in TV series American Gothic and Jack & Jill.
The pair have been dating since early 2015 and have garnered quite a bit of attention because of their age difference. Paulson has opened up about her dating decisions in 2013 in an interview with Broadway.com, saying “the situation is fluid for me” when referring to her relationship with actress Cherry Jones, whom Paulson dated from 2004-2009, and is 18 years her senior. Before Jones, Paulson only dated men.
14. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Nothing can stop the love between actor and comedian Alec Baldwin and yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. The only thing that seems to separate them is their 26-year age difference, as Baldwin is 60 years old while Thomas is 34 years old.
Baldwin met Thomas, the co-founder of Yoga Vida in Manhattan, in August 2011, and the duo moved to Greenwich Village from the Upper West Side that same month. After getting engaged in April 2012, the happy couple tied the knot at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City on June 30, 2012. Their love is so strong that Baldwin and Thomas have three kids together, Carmen, Rafael, and Leonardo Angel Charles. They’re also expecting their fourth child.
15. Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell
Patrick Stewart met singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell in 2008 at Franny’s restaurant in New York where Ozell was a waitress. Stewart was performing in Macbeth at the time at the nearby Brooklyn Academy of Music. Despite the whopping 38-year age gap between the two, they couldn’t help but fall in love.
The couple became engaged in March 2013 and married in September of that year with actor Ian McKellen as the officiator of the wedding ceremony. From the union, Ozell acquired two stepchildren, Daniel and Sophia, from Stewart’s first marriage to Sheila Falconer, whom he was married to for 24 years.
16. Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston
The dazzlingly quirky Jeff Goldblum isn’t only known for starring in some of the highest-grossing films of all time like Jurassic Park and all its sequels, but for marrying Canadian dancer and contortionist Emilie Livingston, who is 31 years his junior.
Goldblum got engaged to the Olympian gymnast in 2014 and then the couple married on November 8, 2014. They started their own little family and have two sons together, Charlie Ocean and River Joe. They continue to lead a happy life and share a fruitful marriage despite their rather large age gap.
17. Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan and Kelly Shaye Smith share a beautiful love story. Irish heartthrob Brosnan met the journalist, TV host, actress, and author while vacationing on a beach in Mexico on April 8, 1994, and the rest was history!
Brosnan and Smith married at Ballintubber Abbey in Ireland on August 4, 2001, and have two sons, Dylan Thomas and Paris Becket. They are another one of these high-profile famous couples who defied age and showed the world what true love is all about with an age gap of 10 years.
18. Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall
Most people remember Texan model and actress Jerry Hall for her relationship with the Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger, with whom she shares four children. That all changed when the couple split and Hall started dating media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 2015.
With a 25-year age divide between Hall and Murdoch, it seemed a bit far-fetched for the two to be together. Well, that couldn’t be more false, as it was virtually love at first sight when they were seen together at the Rugby World Cup final on November 1, 2015. The couple then sealed the deal on March 4, 2016 at Spencer House in London, when they got married after a two-month engagement and a week short of Murdoch’s 85th birthday. That’s some true love for you!
19. Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
What do you get when one of the Victoria’s Secret angels hits it off with a bad boy Machiavellian antihero? Well, we say you get quite the genetically gifted pair. Yep, Jason Stathham, known for his action-packed and antihero movies roles, might be 20 years older than model and designer Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but they sure make a fine-looking pair.
The British pair met in 2010 and got engaged in January 2016. They have yet to marry, but they welcomed their first son, Jack Oscar Statham, on June 24, 2017. We’re assuming we’ll be hearing wedding bells soon seeing that their child took on his father’s last name.
20. Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness
Hugh Jackman might be 13 years her junior, but boy does he share a beautiful love story with his beloved wife Deborra-Lee Furness. The Australian actors met when they were working together on the Australian TV show Correlli, and Jackman just knew Furness was the one from that moment.
Jackman plays the tough guy in Wolverine, but turns out he’s a born romantic, having personally designed Furness’s engagement ring and getting the Sanskrit inscription “Om paramar mainamar,” meaning “we dedicate our union to a greater source,” engraved on their wedding bands. The pair tied the knot on April 11, 1996. They expanded their family by adopting two kids, Oscar and Ava.
21. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
One of the cutest couples in Hollywood to date has to be between comedian and TV legend Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi, even though the two might have a 15-year age gap, with DeGeneres being the eldest of the pair.
The blonde-haired duo have been together since 2004, after meeting backstage at an award show, and married on August 16, 2008 at their home in Beverley Hills after the same-sex marriage ban was lifted in California. In 2010, de Rossi wanted to take things further by changing her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres, and her request was granted. And let’s not forget the three-carat diamond ring DeGeneres proposed with to de Rossi!
22. Elton John and David Furnish
Musical legend Elton John and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish became one of the first UK couples to form a civil partnership in 2005 after John took the opportunity to propose to Furnish at a dinner party with friends and family. It therefore comes as no surprise that when gay marriage was legalized in England in March 2014, the pair got married that same year on December 21, 2014.
The pair have zero reservations about their 15-year age gap, which blossomed in 1993, and couldn’t be happier together. John (71) and Furnish (55) share two sons, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, both born through the same surrogate mother.
23. David Hasselhoff and Hayley Roberts
“The Hoff” set a Guinness World Record for being the most watched man on TV — must have been his iconic red bathing suit in the series Baywatch. While Hasselhoff might have won over the hearts of many a woman around the globe, it was Welsh model Hayley Roberts who stole his heart in 2013.
David Hasselhoff managed to win over Roberts, who is 27 years his junior, seeing that he’s a fan of the Welsh rugby union and regularly attends rugby matches with her in Wales. The pair got engaged in 2016, and what could get confusing is that Roberts shares the same age as Hasselhoff’s daughter Taylor Ann Hasselhoff.
24. Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse
We can’t blame English model and actress Suki Waterhouse for being unable to resist Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper’s piercing blue eyes and charming smile. Despite being 17 years her senior, it was hard to notice the large age gap between the otherwise perfect-looking pair. It was even written in the stars with their sharing a birthday on January 5th, except he was born in 1975 and she was born in 1992!
However, like a lot of other famous couples with rather large age differences, Waterhouse decided to call it quits in March 2015 after two happy years of dating in order to focus on her career. Turns out Waterhouse prefers dating older men, as she’s been with Mexican actor Diego Luna since 2015 despite their 13-year age gap.
25. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, better known as “Brangelina,” were Hollywood’s “It” couple for almost 12 years after the famous duo fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005. We bet you were so caught up in all the drama that you didn’t even know Pitt has a whole 12 years on Jolie when it comes to their considerable age difference.
The pair’s relationship became publicly official when Jolie announced her pregnancy with Pitt’s child on January 11, 2006. The duo waited seven years before getting engaged and then tied the knot in a private ceremony in Château Miraval, France on August 23, 2014, surrounded by all their six children. After two years of being married, Brangelina decided to ditch the portmanteau and go solo in September 2016.
26. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
The larger-than-life actor Johnny Depp met actress Amber Heard while starring together in the 2011 film The Rum Diary, and after hitting off, the two moved in together the following year. The passion between the two was palpable and they decided to get married in a private civil ceremony at their Los Angeles home on February 3, 2015.
At the time of their marriage Heard was 28 years old and Depp was 51, meaning Depp was 23 years her senior, but that didn’t stop them from pursuing a life together. Unfortunately, this love story came to an end in 2016. Fun fact: Depp and Heard committed what The Guardian calls “the highest profile criminal quarantine case” in Australian history for failing to declare their two Yorkshire terriers to Australian Customs Service when they flew into Queensland on a private jet where Depp was working on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
27. Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim
Actor Nicolas Cage has certainly made a name for himself in the annals of Hollywood history, but he hit another notable “record” when he married his third wife Alice Kim in 2004 — when he was 40 and she 20 years old.
Kim was a waitress at the Korean nightclub Le Privé and Kabuki, a restaurant in Los Angeles. Despite the two-decade age gap, Kim gave birth to their son Kal-El (yes, named after Superman) on October 3, 2005, just over a year after tying the knot. The supposed super powers of their son couldn’t keep his parents together, as Cage and Kim separated in January 2016.
28. Nick Canon and Mariah Carey
Referred to as the “Songbird Supreme,” Mariah Carey seems to be supreme in many areas of her life including that of charming a man 10 years her junior. Rapper and comedian Nick Cannon must haven fallen for Mariah’s vocal range and her cute looks, despite her being 10 years his senior, as the two married on April 30, 2008 at her private estate in The Bahamas.
The pair met while shooting Carey’s music video “Bye Bye” on an island near the coast of Antigua. On April 30, 2011 (their third wedding anniversary), Carey gave birth to fraternal twins Monroe, named after Marilyn Monroe, and Moroccan Scott, because Cannon proposed to Carey in her Moroccan-inspired room. After six years of marriage bliss, the couple decided to separate.
29. Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden
On May 20, 2011 Doug Hutchinson, the character actor renowned for his disturbing and eccentric characters, married his third wife in Las Vegas. Why this is worth mentioning is because his new bride, Courtney Stodden, was only 16 years old at the time of the marriage while Hutchinson was 51 years old. Stodden was an aspiring pop singer when she met Hutchinson. It all started when she signed up on the Internet for one of his acting workshops after a friend of her aunt’s, who worked in Hollywood and knew Hutchinson, recommended the workshop to her.
Hutchinson wasn’t aware of Stodden’s age and they had an online relationship for six months. They still chose to tie the knot. After two and a half years of marriage, Stodden called it quits because of the 34-year age difference. However, the two renewed their vows in 2016 but then separated again a year later. For the time being, they still reside together.
30. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Everyone recalls the infamous couch-jumping scene on The Oprah Winfrey Show, when Tom Cruise emphatically declared his undying love for Katie Holmes, the actress we all know and love for having starred in the teen drama television series Dawson’s Creek.
The duo, dubbed TomKat by the media, started dating in April 2005 and in October of that year, announced they were expecting their first child. The 16-year age gap didn’t seem to deter the star-studded pair from marrying in a Scientology ceremony on November 18, 2006 after their daughter Suri was born in April 2006. After almost six years of marriage, Cruise and Holmes decided to go their separate ways.
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