Love does not discriminate, and that rule applies whether you are an average Joe or a celebrated movie star or singer. As much as some people might disagree, age isn’t even a blip on true love’s radar. A significant age difference may make outsiders scratch their heads, but it doesn’t seem to matter much to the couples themselves. And frankly, when you’re a celebrity, why would it? The following celebrity couples all have big age differences but tried their very best to show that age is truly only a number. But did love conquer all? Read on to find out.
1. George and Amal Clooney
This power couple has enjoyed a fruitful marriage since 2014. The two first met in 2013, by chance, at a charity function. Even though George Clooney is 17 years older than Amal, it has certainly not stopped them from embracing a passionate relationship.
They married in the beautiful city of Venice, Italy and went all out on their wedding in 2014, when George was 53 and Amal was 36. A couple months after the wedding, the couple settled down in a £10 million ($13,496,000) house in England.
2. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Since 2004, actress Megan Fox and actor Brian Austin Green have been pretty close. In 2010, they decided to hunker down and get married once and for all in luxurious wedding in Hawaii. There is a 13-year age difference between the two and when they first started dating, Megan was just 18.
Since then, they have both come a long way personally and professionally and currently have three children together. Their relationship has not been without its bumps. In 2015, the marriage was very close to shattering right before their eyes. However, they managed to sort things out and stay together.
3. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
After meeting in 2011, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard quickly started dating, ignoring their big age difference. Eventually, they decided to tie the knot and married in 2015. The two actors bore an age difference of 23 years, with Amber being the younger of the two.
At the time of their marriage, Amber, who made her film debut in Friday Night Lights, was 28 and Johnny was 51. Their marriage, however, was not exactly all love and joy. The celebrity power couple eventually split in 2017, leaving fans worldwide devastated.
4. Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z
Beyoncé might be well known for singing about totally replaceable significant others, but that has not been the case with her husband Shawn Carter, better known as rapper Jay Z. It is often easy to forget that the two have 12-year age difference, Jay Z being the elder of the two.
In any case, they been together since 2008 and have a growing family Their daughter Blue Ivy is five now and news of the birth of the couple’s twins, Rumi and Sir Carter, made headlines around the world. They’re one power couple, for sure!
5. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has always had a certain charisma about him. That charisma and charm certainly won over model Behati Prinsloo. Although nearly a decade separates the two in age, they have managed to build a happy, loving relationship together.
The two had a gorgeous wedding in Mexico in 2014, when Adam was 35 and Behati was 25. Three years later, Behati Prinsloo gave birth to their first child, Dusty. The two continue to make public appearances and turn heads with their undeniable chemistry.
6. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Actor Matthew McConaughey and Victoria Secret model Camila Alves are pretty much inseparable. The two first locked eyes in 2006 and a romance was born. While there is a 14-year age difference between the two, they never seem to acknowledge it.
The two became engaged on Christmas Day 2011. Less than a year later, they married. Today, they are still going strong and have settled down in Austin, Texas with their three children. For them, love truly prevails, age a mute afterthought.
7. Kate Beckinsale and Matt Rife
In 2016, English actress Kate Beckinsale divorced her husband Len Wiseman after a 12-year marriage. Soon after, she was ready to try her hand at love again with someone new. She found that with a young man named Matt Rife.
Of course, one detail has raised a few eyebrows. Kate is 44 while Matt is a mere 21-year-old, only three years older than Kate’s daughter. That leaves an age difference of 23 years. Nonetheless, the two tried their best to pay no attention to the age gap. They eventually split in August 2017.
8. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Acting superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had been Hollywood’s “it” couple for several years. They dated for seven years before they finally tied the knot in 2014. Throughout it all, the couple had a considerable age difference between them.
Brad is 53, whereas Angelina is 42. It’s not the biggest age difference on the list, but sadly, in 2016, the couple divorced despite having six adopted children together. They eventually learned they just were too different in ways that went beyond a difference in age.
9. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were the perfect Hollywood power couple. The star actor had the world rooting for him when he and actress Katie Holmes settled down and married in 2006. That they shouldered an age difference of 16 years never seemed relevant.
The couple dated for about seven years before deciding to get married and stayed together for another six years after that. They even had a beautiful daughter named Suri. Sadly, some fundamental differences fragmented the marriage, resulting in their divorce in 2012.
10. Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim
Nicolas Cage has been a Hollywood mainstay for years. He had been married twice before by the time he met met waitress Alice Kim. They hit it off pretty quickly, eventually getting married in 2004. Their wedding was elegant and simple, held at a ranch in California.
While they were together, the couple’s age difference endured as a consistently hot topic. Nicolas was a whole two decades older than Alice. When they married, Alice was 20 and Nicolas was 40. They have a son together, whom they named Kal-El, but eventually divorced in 2016.
11. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas married in 2000. Impressively for Hollywood, the two are still together and very much in love. They seem to be very compatible, down to sharing the same birth date. However, one difference has been a major source of discussion for some time.
Michael Douglas is a great deal older than his wife. At 72, he has a whole 25 years on her. Yet in spite of their age difference, they continue to baffle Hollywood with their unshakeable love and resilience. In one interview, Catherine Zeta-Jones joked that the fact she and her husband have their own bathrooms is what has managed to keep their marriage healthy for so long. Perhaps she is on to something after all.
12. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Former child star Mary-Kate Olsen is dating a man significantly older than her, by 17 years to be precise. Olivier Sarkozy is not a film star or some Hollywood icon but instead is the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Mary-Kate and Olivier married in 2015 when she was 29 and he was 46. In November 2016, the sisters were spotted enjoying a double-date with their beaus, which led to the world’s discovery that both of the twins actuallay have a thing for much older men, as we’re about to see.
13. Ashley Olsen and Richard Sachs
While they were not dating for too long, former childhood star Ashley Olsen’s relationship with Richard Sachs raised many eyebrows. After all, the two have a significant 28-year age difference between them. Their relationship remained relatively low-profile for most of the time.
The world eventually learned the pair were dating when Ashley and Richard were spotted with sister Mary-Kate, who is also married to an older man. The couple split in March 2017. Maybe, for once, love didn’t conquer all in this case.
14. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis are quite the match. The two hit it off almost instantly and started dating in 2011. Just two years later, they were engaged. Their relationship has been going strong ever since, even though they never formally married.
What some might not know is that the couple has a nine-year age difference between them. Specifically, Olivia Wilde is 33 and Jason Sudeikis 42. But that age difference is of little consequence to them. They have even had two children together, a boy and a girl, named Alexander and Daisy, respectively.
15. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Although the two are no longer together, they were quite the talk of Hollywood when they were a pair. Every kiss, every embrace was a picture-worthy moment. But what really got people talking was the age difference between Katy Perry and Russell Brand.
In reality, it was not that significant an age difference, especially compared to some others on this list. Nine years separate them with Russell being 42 and Katy nearing 33. The two married in 2010 but then divorced two years later.
16. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
In 2008, Mariah Carey got married to rapper, actor and comedian Nick Cannon. The two would go on to enjoy almost eight years of married life before getting divorced in 2016. Of course, a favorite topic of Hollywood gossip was the couple’s stark age difference.
When they married in 2008, Mariah was 38 while Nick was almost 28. There is a ten-year age difference between the two. They made a beautiful couple for a while. However, the marriage became rocky, resulting in separation in 2014. Since 2016, the couple has been divorced.
17. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford was never one to flaunt his love life, no matter how perfect it seemed. Even so, it is no secret that he and his wife Calista Flockhart have been married since 2010. The two started dating long before that, however, as early as 2002.
As perfect as they are for each other, some people are somewhat baffled by their age difference of 22 years. Ford is 75, whereas Flockhart is 52. But the two do not let it bother them. In fact, they have quite the sense of humor about it. They realize in their hearts that love is love and age is just a number.
18. Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble
So this couple is not exactly a Hollywood match made in Heaven. In fact, Kris Jenner confirmed that they never really had any plans of tying the knot with Corey Gamble. The two view their relationship as something more pragmatic than romantic.
One thing about their relationship that raises a few eyebrows is the age difference between the two. Kris is 61 and Corey is 36, leaving a solid 25 years between them. Even so, they have managed to remain together since 2014.
19. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Most people recognize Sarah Paulson from the hit television series American Horror Story. What they may not know is that she shares a very special relationship with veteran actress Holland Taylor. The rather elegant pair has been together since 2015.
They seem to be the perfect match; however, it is hard to deny that there is quite the age gap between them, 32 years to be exact. Paulson is 42 and Taylor is 74. Still, they seem to be madly in love. Paulson has expressed in a couple of interviews how happy she is to be with Taylor.
20. Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
The timeline of Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet’s love is a sweet one because it started long before they personally knew one another. Their love seemingly started way back in 1987when Bonet played Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show, the role that practically launched her career. Momoa was only a child, but he was smitten!
Turns out his childhood dream because a reality when mutual friends introduced them at a New York City jazz club many years later in 2005. The Aquaman star, only 26 at the time, wasn’t about to own up about his childhood crush to Bonet’s face, but turns out he didn’t have to as he swept the 38-year old off her feet. Today they are married with two kids (and he finally did admit his crush on her). Turns out a 12-year age gap doesn’t matter much when it comes to true love!
21. Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness
Australia’s champion actor has been happily married to his wife Deborra Lee-Furness since 1996. While it is true a good 13 years sits between them, that has not kept them from being a loving couple and doting parents. The pair adopted two children.
As far as their marriage is concerned, it has been going strong for 21 years, and their love for each other shows no sign of waning any time soon. When the two married in 1996, they knew it was meant to be. Hugh Jackman even got his wife-to-be a special ring with the following phrase inscribed into it: “Om paramar mainamar.” This translates roughly to this: “We dedicate our union to a greater source.”
22. Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse
If you saw these two looking adorable together, you probably would not even think about the age difference that separates them. Nonetheless, this couple had a 17-year age difference and began dating when Bradley Cooper was 38 and Suki Waterhouse was 21.
They seemed to be happy together at the time and managed to put age aside. Sadly, though, the two are no longer together. They dated for two years before eventually making the decision to go their separate ways in 2015.
23. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
He is an acclaimed actor and comedian. She is a yoga instructor. Indeed, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas have been harmoniously married since 2012. Today, they have three beautiful children and live happily together in New York. The only thing that separates them? Their age difference.
There is a 26-year chasm between the two. Hilaria is 33 while Alec is 59. In any case, it seems nothing can stop them from loving each other and from the looks of it, that is the most important feature.
24. Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell
When it comes to vast age differences, Sunny Ozell and Patrick Stewart may take the prize. A staggering 38 years sits between the couple. To be more precise, Patrick is 77 and his wife is 38. The two started dating in 2008.
That relationship blossomed over the years, until the two finally decided to get married in 2013. However, the couple began living together a year prior to that. Despite the big age difference, the two remain in as in love as ever, blind to their nearly four-decade age difference.
25. Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston
Jeff Goldblum has more to his name than simply the title of actor who appeared in one of the highest grossing films of all times, also known as Jurassic Park. He is also married to an Olympic gymnast who is a whole 31 years younger than he is.
Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston have been married since 2014, when Jeff was 62 and Emily was 31. In 2015, Emilie gave birth to their first son Charlie Ocean and their second son, River Joe, in 2017. They continue to live happily together, paying no mind to their seemingly glaring age difference.
26. Celine Dion and Rene Angelil
Of all the couples listed here, Celine Dion and Rene Angelil may have had the most heartbreaking story. The two were a good 26 years apart in age. However, that hardly seemed to matter at all once you learn that the two had been married happily since 1984.
Sadly, in 2016, Rene Angelil died after suffering from throat cancer for a long time. They had three children together, including two twin sons. Today, Celine remembers her husband fondly. In the end, their age difference never really made a difference.
27. Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
If you want to hear about another high-profile couple that has made it through the years with their marriage firmly intact, look no further than Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith. He is an Irish actor while she is an American journalist. The only other difference between them? An age gap of 10 years.
Pierce Brosnan is 64, whereas Keely Shaye Smith is 53. The two first met in 1994 while in Mexico. Seven years later, they married in Ireland. As of 2004, Pierce Brosnan is an official U.S. citizen. However, he has chosen to keep his Irish citizenship as well.
28. James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff
Considering that several couples on this list have been dating with age differences as large as 30 years, the age difference between James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff seems relatively small. The two are separated by an age gap of nine years.
They met while on the set of the tv show Shameless and almost immediately hit it off. In 2006, the two decided to marry. Eventually, Anne-Marie gave birth to a son. Sadly, the couple divorced in 2016. They have reportedly tried to remain as quiet as possible about it, especially for their son’s sake.
29. Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch
For over 20 years, actress and model Jerry Hall was in a serious relationship with rock n’ roll sensation Mick Jagger. Their relationship eventually came to an end in 1999. However, Jerry Hall has recently settled down with a new man of her dreams.
That man is Australian-American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. When the couple first met in 2015, it was virtually love at first sight. The fact that a 25-year age difference sat between them meant nothing. And it still doesn’t, as the two just got married in 2016, when Jerry was 60 and Rupert was 85. Murdoch had quite the proposal in mind, choosing to pop the question at the Golden Globes ceremony.
30. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
There perhaps is no cuter couple in Hollywood than Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. Everywhere the two show up, they are always standing side by side, hand in hand. What’s more, they have been together since 2004. They got married four years after that.
When a relationship is that strong, age seems all the more insignificant. Even so, there is a 15-year age difference between the two, with Ellen being 59 and Portia being 44. Neither Portia nor Ellen seem to give it much thought. They live happily in California home with their many adoring pets.
31. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were the talk of Hollywood for years. They married in 2005 and went strong for quite some time. They were the ultimate proof of age being just a number and nobody suspected a hitch in their relationship. The subject of age had always been at the forefront, but did not seem to bother them.
The star couple had a 16 year age difference. At the time of their marriage, Ashton was 27 and Demi was 44, about to turn 45. In 2012, rumors of their divorce surfaced and by 2013, the couple was officially over.
32. Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
This Hollywood power couple truly proves that love is blind, at least when it comes to matters of age. The pair met on the set of the 2009 John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy.” Sam, then 42, was directing her then 19-year-old future husband, who is 23 years her junior.
The pair has had to brush off their fair share of haters, but by the looks of it, this coupling is obviously working. The duo has had two daughters since they got together. When you “just instinctively gel” like these two, who cares about a number?
33. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander
These two are so blindingly good looking that it only makes sense that they met on the set of their movie “The Light Between Oceans.” Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, 29, and German-born Michael Fassbender, 40, finalized their picture-perfect (European) union with a secret wedding in October 2017.
The chemistry was definitely apparent in their joint 2014 flick about a post World War I Australian couple. That onscreen romance eventually translated into real-life romance and we just can’t stop thinking about how unbelievably beautiful their children are going to be.
34. Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko
“Heroes” actress Hayden Panettiere and Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko are somewhat of an unlikely pairing with the differences in their careers, backgrounds, ages and height. But, none of that seems to matter for this pair of star-crossed stars who beat the odds.
Standing at 6’6,” the 40-year-old two-time world heavyweight champion towers over his five-foot fiance, aged 27. Their love only seems to have grown throughout their on-again-off-again romance that started in 2009. The couple welcomed daughter, Kaya, in 2014 and Panettiere is betting that her little girl will get her dad’s DNA when it comes to height.
35. Cheryl Cole and Liam Payne
The romance between these two British pop music stars could serve as inspiration for a sweeping love ballad. In true love song fashion, age is no obstacle for former “One Direction” artist Liam Payne and English music and entertainment personality Cheryl Cole.
Cole, 34, is 10 years older than Payne, although no one would be able to tell by looks alone. The two met on the set of “The X Factor” in 2009. The pair appears to be adeptly navigating all the hype and hullabaloo of stardom and became parents together with the birth of son Bear, in 2016 (gushing!).
36. Elton John and David Furnish
The 15-year age gap between British musical legend Elton John, 70, and Canadian filmmaker David Furnish, 55, doesn’t faze the loving couple. Their relationship has been highly documented in the media since the two met more than two decades ago.
The pair has two adorable sons, Zachary and Elijah. Perhaps more than their age gap, John and Furnish have been celebrity icons of same-sex marriage. They were, in fact, among the first couples to form a civil partnership under UK law before marriage became legal there in 2014.
37. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham
We’re used to seeing Jason Statham typecast as the antihero in action-thrillers like “The Transporter” trilogy and we were used to seeing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley grace the runways of top fashion houses. The British golden couple has been a popular paparazzi subject since they first got together in 2010.
The couple notably has a significant age difference with 50-year-old Statham 20 years the senior of his fiancee. This pair of Brits don’t seem to mind the gap, though. The engaged duo welcomed son, Jack, in June 2017. It doesn’t get much more genetically gifted than that.
38. Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher
Iconic funnyman Eddie Murphy is no stranger to romance. The “Nutty Professor” star has been linked to many different love interests, the latest of which is Australian model Paige Butcher. The actor and model have a whopping 18 years between them.
That difference doesn’t seem to be as divisive as the “irreconcilable differences” he’s had with past partners, including ex-wife Nicole Mitchell and former Spice Girl Mel B. (Brown). Murphy and Butcher are apparently going full-steam ahead after she gave birth to their first daughter (and Murphy’s ninth child) in 2016.
39. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver
Show business legend Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver get the gold for clinching the largest age gap of any couple on this list with a whopping 46-year difference. When Van Dyke starred as Bert in the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” Silver wasn’t even born yet (just saying).
The nonagenarian Hollywood icon and his makeup artist wife married in 2012, six years after first meeting at the SAG awards. Despite their obvious age difference, the Hollywood icon decided to strike up a conversation with the woman who would become his wife and it’s all history from there.
40. Bruce and Emma Willis
Bruce Willis used to be married to another star on this list – Demi Moore. The two Hollywood heavyweights amicably called it splitsville after three daughters and 13 years of marriage, and both went on to be hitched with partners who were significantly younger than them.
Although it didn’t work out between Moore and Ashton Kutcher (who is 15 years younger than the “G.I. Jane” actress), things seem to be going well with Willis, 62, and his 39-year-old current wife of nine years, Emma (née Heming). The couple has two daughters, making us really think Willis is “Unbreakable.”
41. Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster
“Some Guys Have all the Luck” as British rocker Rod Stewart sang in 1969. And that seems to hold true for him, at least in terms of finding love with younger ladies. The English crooner is currently married to English entertainment personality Penny Lancaster, who is 27 year his junior.
The rocker’s third wife apparently answered in the affirmative to the question posed in Steward’s popular hit “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.” And, Stewart lived up to his “Forever Young” legacy when he became an indefatigable father of eight at age 66 with the birth of his and Lancaster’s youngest son.
42. Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross
“Braveheart” star Mel Gibson took a 10-year hiatus from acting until his return in 2016, but he made headlines in 2014 when he began dating former equestrian and writer Rosalind Ross, who is 35 years his junior (and nearly a decade younger than his oldest child).
The couple turned even more heads when they announced that Ross would give birth to Gibson’s ninth child. Gibson had seven children with former wife Robyn Moore and one with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva. Sure seems like someone loves being a father (and grandfather at that).
43. David Hasselhoff and Hayley Roberts
“Baywatch” star David Hasselhoff has been the subject of young women’s affectionate gaze ever since he donned those iconic red swim trunks and saved lives by the episode. This still seems to hold true for the legendary stud, who in 2016 got engaged to longtime girlfriend Hayley Roberts.
Welch beauty Roberts is 27 years Hasselhoff’s junior. What seems more of an issue than age is that she shares the same name as Hasselhoff’s daughter from a previous marriage (that could get confusing). Here’s to hoping that the third time’s the charm for The Hoff!
44. Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Trogneux
The age difference between French President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte Trogneux became front-page news during the run-up to his election. At 39-years-old, Macron became the country’s youngest president in 2017. Although that factor was not nearly as brow-raising for the public as the 25-year gap between him and his spouse.
To make matters even more interesting, Trogneux, now 64, used to be Macron’s teacher and the two first met when he was just a 15-year-old high school student. Although their unconventional romance has drawn much attention, they couldn’t help but say “c’est la vie!”
45. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
Actress Amber Tamblyn, 34, and comedian David Cross, 53, aren’t at all afraid to poke fun at their 19 age difference. The “Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” star and “Arrested Development” actor had one of the most perfect real-life Hollywood meet-cutes.
As you can imagine, the couple’s love story from there was basically the stuff that endearingly quirky rom-coms are made of. The two married in 2012 and had their first bundle of joy, baby girl Marlow, last year. So far, this celebrity love story seems to be on track for happily ever after.
46. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening
Despite their 21-year age difference, the relationship between these two long-time Hollywood fixtures has stood the test of time. Fourteen-time Academy Award nominee was once known as one of Tinseltown’s most legendary bachelors. But that all changed when he fell in love with acclaimed actress Annette Bening.
The “American Beauty” actress turned Beatty, who was more than a decade her senior, into a one-woman man. Since their marriage in 1992, they have had four children and served as a true model for true love and partnership.
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Sources: Glamour Magazine
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