It has often been said that love is blind and that age is just a number, but how true are these statements? The majority of couples in the world today have chosen to be in relationships with people within 5 years of their age. However, many romantic pairings who are more than five years apart have managed to be very happy together. The fact remains that, according to experts, those who choose to date someone much older or much younger than they are should proceed with caution.
Relationship specialist Rachel Sussman warns, "You can see varied cultural references, disapproval from family and friends, and perhaps community disapproval as well. It might be hard to relate to each other's peer groups, too."
Additionally, according to psychologist and author Seth Meyers, Ph.D., "While there are always exceptions to rules, a good rule to remember is that dating someone more than 10 years older will present challenges now or later that add to the preexisting challenges any relationship has."
Many of the most swoon-worthy celebrity couples have chosen to commit their hearts to partners many years their junior or senior. Read on for 15 absolutely adorable celeb couples who weren't born in the same decade, but have still managed to make their relationships work.
14 Olivier Sarkozy & Mary-Kate Olsen: 17 Years
The relationship between former actress and fashion mogul Mary-Kate Olsen and French banker Olivier Sarkosy has raised many an eyebrow over the years. Most likely because Mary-Kate looks a lot more like his teeny tiny daughter than the object of his affection. The couple reportedly dated for two years before becoming engaged in 2014. They wed in a small, private ceremony in 2015. Speaking about her relationship with Sarkosy and how she balances her professional life with her personal one, Olsen has said, "I have a husband, two stepkids and a life; I have to go home and cook dinner. I ride horses on the weekends. You find the thing that helps you relax, and if you don't have it, you have to look for it. Or you get burned out and then you're not productive." Sounds like she's happy-as-can-be with her much older man.
13 Beyonce & Jay Z: 12 Years
Jay Z and Beyonce are more than 10 years apart, and have been together longer than many other famous couples in spite of cheating rumors and an awkward elevator spat Jay Z had with his sis-in-law, Solange. The two Grammy winners have been together since 2001, and wed on April 4, 2008. Their first daughter, Blue Ivy, arrived in 2012 and the couple were overjoyed to welcome twins, Rumi and Sir, to the world in June of 2017. Jay recently admitted on CNN's Van Jones show to being unfaithful to Queen B. He also shared that he and his wife planned to stay together despite his infidelity. He shared, "For us, we chose to fight for our love, for our family, to give our kids different outcome, to break that cycle for black men and women." He continued, "We were never a celebrity couple. We were a couple that happened to be celebrities. We are real people."
12 Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas: 25 Years
Actor Michael Douglas, 72, and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, 47, were both born on September 25th, but are exactly 25 years apart. They have been married for 17 years, and are still going strong. Douglas became entranced with Zeta-Jones after watching her performance in the film The Mask of Zorro, and had a mutual friend introduce him to her. He proposed to the actress on New Years Eve of 1999. Just eight short months later, they welcomed their first child, a son named Dylan, to the world. They have since had a daughter named Carys. Speaking about the age difference between herself and Douglas, Zeta-Jones once told People magazine, "It's nothing." Speaking about his lady love, Douglas has admitted, "Since Catherine and I got together, I've cut back dramatically. My priorities have changed, and I still love acting and all that, but not as much as I love watching my two kids grow up."
11 Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: 11 Years
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are undoubtedly one of Hollywood's most beloved power couples. The things they have said publicly about each other make even the least romantic of folks go weak in the knees. Case in point: speaking about having their first baby together, Ryan once stated, "I'm not one for vomiting declarations of sentiment out across the airwaves, but when we had that baby, I fell more in love with my wife than I'd ever been in my entire life. I couldn't even believe it." Blake and Ryan have two adorable little ladies, James and Ines, together, and seem blissfully in love whenever they are seen out and about. Ryan's wit and sense of humor and Blake's sense of style and wise-beyond-her-years demeanor make these two the quintessential couple we all have goals to emulate. So Ryan's a few years older than his love? Worse things have happened, and we're going to bet this is one rock-solid couple who will be together until the end of time. Fingers crossed!
10 Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed: 10 Years
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder began dating in 2014, and it wasn't long before they took things to the next level. They got engaged early in 2015 and were hitched by April of the same year. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Bodhi Soleil, to the world in July of 2017. Despite their age difference, the two are madly in love. Speaking about meeting his wife, Somerhalder told the magazine Modern Luxury, "The second we were around each other, and not [dating] other people, we just knew. I live with someone who strives to find happiness and peace in the smallest things...I am so blessed that I did, indeed, find this human being that can deal with me and is also the most caring, compassionate person I've ever known. That's why I wake up happy."
9 Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: 20 Years
Actor Jason Statham, 49, and model and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 30, are both undeniably gorgeous, but what else do they have in common? Certainly not the music they listened to or the television shows they watched during their childhoods. Statham was already a full-grown man when his lady love was still a tiny babe. Despite the large age gap between the two, they seem to be head over heels in love with each other. They began dating in 2010, and announced their engagement at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards. The charming pair welcomed their first child to the world this past summer. Their son, named Jack, is lucky to have parents who are so hopelessly devoted to each other, even if Rosie will never understand her love's propensity to jam out to '70s rock.
8 Behati Prinsloo & Adam Levine: 10 Years
Model Behati Prinsloo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine are simply one of the cutest couples of all time, and don't allow their 10 year age difference get in the way of their love. Levine popped the question in July of 2013, and the two got hitched in Los Cabos, Mexico in 2014. Speaking about her exquisite ring, Prinsloo told ABC News, "[It's] from the 1930s. It's vintage and [Levine] picked it out." The ridiculously good looking pair welcomed their first child, a daughter named Dusty, to the world in 2016. Prinsloo is expecting again, and we can't wait to see these lovebirds become parents-of-two. Speaking about his better half, Levine once shared with Ellen, "Wife, wife, wife. I love it. I even changed her number in my phone to 'wife.' It's so trippy. I'm a child. How did this happen?"
7 Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: 15 Years
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi have been together since 2004. They were married in 2008 after the ban on same-sex marriage was lifted in California. These two hilarious women undoubtedly have a great time together. Ellen has gushed about the love of her life on many occasions. She once told People magazine, "I'm grateful for everything. I'm grateful for my health. I'm thankful for the love in my life, because not everybody finds that. Not everybody finds that best friend." The daytime talk show host has also stated, "Portia and I constantly say to each other, 'We are so lucky.' Sometimes it's lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whoever, whatever is out there...Our priorities are each other."
6 Amber Tamblyn & David Cross: 19 Years
Musician and actress Amber Tamblyn and comedian David Cross have been married since 2012, and Tamblyn gave birth to their first child together, a daughter Marlow, in 2017. They may look like they don't quite belong together, but who are we to judge? The heart wants what the heart wants. Tamblyn has always seemed wise beyond her years, and, up until very recently, it has seemed that she's been happy with her man. However, not too long ago, Cross was accused of racism. Actress Charlyne Yi came out with claims that years ago, when she first met Cross, he made fun of her tattered pants and asked her if she spoke English. After first defending her man, Tamblyn tweeted, "I'll say it again. I spoke to Charlyne. I believe her. I'm about HER feelings/emotional health right now."
5 Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness: 13 Years
Silver screen and Broadway star Hugh Jackman has chosen to spend his life with an older woman. He and his love Deborra Lee-Furness have been together for over 20 years. Their romance heated up after they met in 1995 on the set of Corelli, an Australian television show. On meeting Lee-Furness, Jackman has shared, "When I met Deb...I knew...100 percent." The lovebirds tied the knot in 1996 and have since adopted two children together. Jackman has shared the very simple secret to how he makes his marriage work. According to the Greatest Showman actor, "Your wife is always right. I think I'm going to get it tattooed on my forehead." How do the two keep things interesting after spending over two decades together? Jackman once dished, "My wife gets fairly excited when I put the Wolverine outfit on." We can't say we're surprised.
4 Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves: 13 Years
Actor Matthew McConaughey and model Camila Alves met in 2006 and began dating soon afterwards. McConaughey proposed on Christmas day in 2011, and they were married the following June. They have three children together: two sons named Levi and Livingston and a daughter named Vida. Speaking about how he knew Alves was the one, McConaughey has shared, "I believe two things: it's got to be the right person, but it's got to be the right time. I could have met her 15 years ago and it wouldn't have been...I was not looking...but we met and the self-respect she had for herself, the way I understood her and her relationship with her family, her own family, the way she respected me, but never took anything for granted, the way she would not put on any airs...There was none of that."
3 Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer: 13 Years
Anna Paquin and her hubby Stephen Moyer began dating after they met on the set of the HBO show True Blood. The two were lovers on and off-screen for the duration of the show's run, which lasted from 2008 until 2014. They got hitched in August of 2010 and welcomed fraternal twins, Charlie and Poppy, to the world in September of 2012. Moyer also has two children from a previous marriage. Speaking about getting hot and heavy with her man in front of the camera, Paquin once dished, "When it's a love scene with someone you actually love, there's no feeling like, 'Can I touch him here? Can I touch him there?' You know what your boundaries are...or what they aren't, I suppose." Doesn't sound like their age difference is affecting their love in a negative way whatsoever.
2 Jennifer Lawrence & Darren Aronofsky: 21 Years
Actress Jennifer Lawrence began dating director Darren Aronofsky after the two became close while making his latest movie, Mother! Sadly, their love didn't last, and, according to reports, their romance recently came to an end. A source close to the couple told People magazine, "There is a huge age difference, and they are different people. Each has to look practically to the future. Jen has yet to figure out her life and how it will evolve. He has responsibilities in life that she has yet to experience." Before the split, Lawrence told Vogue, "I've been in relationships before where I am just confused, and I'm never confused with him." She also gushed about how "brilliant" he was to the mag. Who knows? Maybe this isn't really the end for this talented former couple.
1 Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart: 22 Years
Harrison Ford, 74, and Calista Flockhart, 52, are one of the rare Hollywood couples who have been able to avoid fame and fortune being the downfall of their union. They met at the Golden Globes in 2002, and have been inseparable ever since. A source close the couple once shared with People magazine, "Harrison and Calista are all about family life." The two are intensely private, but when they are spotted out and about together, they always appear to be very much in love. The stars have a 16-year-old son, Liam, together and also share similar passions and hobbies. It has also been reported that they both love to fly. The many gorgeous couples above prove that a large difference in age isn't always a hinderance when it comes to love. Hollywood romances are always intriguing, but are even more so when the two people in a relationship have overcome difficult odds in order to be together.
Sources: Cosmopolitan.com, MSN.com, HuffingtonPost.com, CelebBuzz.com, UK.News.Yahoo.com
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