Many people have probably heard the saying that opposites attract. Maybe you believe in this adage or perhaps you think it’s not as common of an experience as people say. Whatever the case, we find ourselves wondering, is this saying really true for a lot of people? Let’s look at fifteen celebrity couples who show that a spark can be ignited and sustained between two people who are very different from one another. Whether the differences are of their age, social status, personality type, career or religious views these couples are still very much in love.
What’s their secret? We went looking through their histories to try and get a sense of what makes or breaks their relationships. We have some couples who have broken up by now, but most of them are still together. Do you think that opposites can create a lasting and loving relationship? Or is that just unrealistic? Let’s see what you think after reading about these 15 partnerships.
15 Kate Middleton And Prince Charles
Yes, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are the same age and they were both born in the UK. Certainly, this works in their favor. And yes, these parents of two have been one of the most beloved celebrity couples in the world. Yet, they still have a place on this list. Why is this?
First, there is an obvious difference in what status they were born into in life. William was born into royalty and Kate was born a commoner. However, this isn’t the only thing that makes them dissimilar. While The Duke may well be accustomed to constant publicity, The Duchess had to grow accustomed to constant media scrutiny. Early on in their marriage, they had to contend with two overzealous media agencies for violation of her privacy. These royals have been together for 16 years and appear to still be going strong in spite of some major differences. Kate and William bring romance combined with a solid relationship that will make them a fine King and Queen one day.
14 Jay-Z And Beyonce
These two have a staggering 43 Grammy awards between them. Jay Z has 21 while Beyonce slightly tops his amount with 22 to her credit. Their song “Crazy in Love” even earned them the best Rap Song/Collaboration award at the Grammys in 2004. What’s not to love about these two? Some of the best artistry in recent years has come from this duo.
Despite their chemistry in many areas of their life together, they earn their place on this list for a number of reasons. First, their genius finds expression in two different genres of music with Jay Z being a rapper and Beyonce cutting across Hip Hop and R&B. Also, Jay-Z is 12 years older than Beyoncé. Finally, while Beyonce is famous for her looks as well as for her voice, the same cannot be said for Jay-Z. They’ve been together for over a decade and they have weathered more than a few storms together. They have three beautiful children together and are juggling the demands of parenthood and their careers. We look forward to many more years of creative genius from both of them.
13 Jennifer Lawrence And Chris Martin
The “Hunger Games” star and the lead singer of world famous Rock band Coldplay weren’t an obvious match when they were together. The most notable difference between them is age. Martin is thirty-eight while Jennifer Lawrence is only twenty-five. While this thirteen years may be too significant to overlook for some, these two weren’t deterred at all from dating because of their age difference. As they say, age ain’t nothing but a number.
What other differences do they have? Martin already had two children from his previous marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow and Lawrence has not had the experience of motherhood yet. While they weren’t together too long, it was great while it lasted. Both have moved on to other relationships but appear to have parted on amicable terms.
David Bowie And Iman
Long before the death of the legendary David Bowie in January 2017, David Bowie and Iman got together. There were obvious differences that existed between the Englishman and Iman, but they made it work. These two were sweethearts for an impressive 24 years and they had a daughter together. They were long thought to be one of the happiest celebrity couples. Their philosophy about how to keep their marriage strong? According to Iman, they simply left their celebrity alter egos at the door.
They were different in a number of ways and they still went on a build a successful long-term partnership. First, Bowie had previously styled himself as potentially gay or bisexual. Not every wife would be comfortable with this whether or not his show biz presentation of his sexuality was true or not. There's also the fact that Iman is a Muslim. Bowie, on the other hand, was an agnostic. Perhaps it’s fitting then that in Iman’s tribute to the legend she said, “the struggle is real but so is God.” Despite their differences, there’s no disputing that their love was strong and true.
12 George Clooney And Amal Allamudin
Two time Academy Award winner George Clooney may have spent the first half of his life being Hollywood's quintessential bachelor but now that he’s well into middle age, he's married to Lebanese-British lawyer, Amal Alamuddin. While most anyone would agree that they are both gorgeous, it cannot be denied that this pair also had their fair share of differences. In spite of those differences, the pair always looks happy together.
First of all, Clooney is much older than Alamuddin. The pair is almost twenty years apart in age with Clooney being the elder of the two at 56 to Alamuddin’s 39. Second, while Clooney’s work pals are fan favorites like Brad Pitt, Alamuddin works with less famous people who are battling for justice and freedom in her work as a human rights lawyer. They have been married since 2014 and we suspect that they will keep going strong. In 2017 they welcomed twins and we couldn’t be more happy for them.
11 Wladimir Klitschko And Hayden Panettiere
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It only takes a single photo to know that these two deserve a mention on this list. Take a look at their height difference! There's a full foot-and-a- half between this pair. The couple says that the height difference was the icebreaker when they first met and how they got to chatting.
Their careers are quite different, too. He's famous for his boxing career while she's famous for her acting ability. We think they balance one another out nicely. What a cute couple that we hope last for a long time.
10 Cameron Diaz And Benji Madden
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While this pair isn’t altogether different, the marriage between the Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz makes the list. And deservedly so, too. Granted, they both enjoy celebrity status and share the ups and downs of fame.
Still, they apparently aren't everyone’s definition of the average celebrity couple. Benji’s heavily inked skin stands in sharp contrast with Cameron’s tattoo-free body. They appear, however, to still be going strong after two years of marriage. What’s next for these two? Only time will tell.
9 Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian
Forbes has dubbed Alexis Ohanian the “King of the internet.” Fans have dubbed Serena “the Queen of the Women's Tennis Association.” This power couple is regulars on the list of opposites mostly because they have very different careers. Famous for her skills with a tennis racket, Williams has become a household name. Ohanian, on the other hand, is famous for being the co-founder of Reddit.
The duo got engaged in December 2016 and are also expecting a daughter soon. Different as they may be, these two are seemingly solid and show us that differences aren't necessarily fatal to relationships. In fact, they seem to be thriving. We wish this parents-to-be well.
8 Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton
It was heartbreaking to hear of Blake Shelton’s divorce in 2015 after being married to fellow country singer Miranda Lambert for seven years. Still, fans remained eager to know what his next move would be in the dating department. Not long after getting divorced, Shelton hooked up with Gwen Stefani -- lead singer of No Doubt. Stefani is the mother of three boys through her former marriage to Gavin Rossdale.
This is not to say that Shelton and Stefani have absolutely nothing in common. They are both hosts in the reality TV Show “The Voice” which is how they met. While Shelton has a cool and calm country boy personality, Stefani, on the other hand, is a famous pop star known for her energetic pop sound. Last we heard, they are still going strong and proving that opposites do attract.
7 Jennifer Aniston And Justin Theroux
While the 48-year-old actress is loved by many for her open and lively personality, the same cannot be said for the 46-year-old actor and screenwriter who is famous as a “bad boy.” After her divorce from Brad Pitt , he quickly got in a relationship with Angelina Jolie. Many took sides and were divided into “Team Jennifer” and “Team Angelina.” After a string of unsuccessful relationships, Aniston landed Theroux.
Just how different are they? She has said publicly that he seemed somewhat mysterious and closed at first. However, over time, they warmed up to one another and they eventually tied the knot in 2015. Looks like Aniston finally found true love.
6 Jenifer Lopez And Ojani Noa
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Does it seem like this list is populated with many stars named Jennifer? This list may have more than its fair share of people named Jennifer, but the list would not be complete without the legendary singer/actress Jennifer Lopez – also known as JLo. How many times has the mother of two and caused raised eyebrows by who she is dating? She has often been romantically linked to much younger men. Today, we’ll look at her first marriage to Ojani Noa. The marriage lasted less than a year but has surprisingly continued to occasionally make news long after their divorce – often because Noa still brings it up in the media. Since he was a former waiter who met the legendary icon while working in the service industry, it makes sense that they are on an “opposites attract” list. While it didn’t last and J.Lo took a couple more tries at marriage, she is currently unmarried.
5 Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth
Of course, this couple makes the list. Arguably the most handsome of the Hemsworth brothers, the Australian born Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus (who hails from Tennessee) are so opposite that fans appear to have understood the break up of their engagement in 2013 better than they understood its announcement the year before. One thing that they do have in common though is the fact that they both have their fair share of stardom -- Hemsworth as an actor and Cyrus as both an actress and a singer.
Liam stated that they were headed in opposite directions when they first broke up. Quite frankly, that never really seemed hard to understand. When she was no longer the sweet and lovable Hannah Montana, Cyrus changed her persona and became the wild “Wrecking Ball” singer fans have come to know and love. With Liam’s more laid back personality, how they manage to hold it together remains something of a mystery. We wish them all the best though and hope they enjoy many years together.
4 John Legend And Chrissy Teigen
John Legend claims that Chrissy Teigen is his muse for his music. The whole world has been treated to an inspirational love story from these two since they began dating in 2007. Thanks to John’s music, there is no doubt that they love each other because we are treated to lyrics on his albums about their romance. There is also reason to believe they have enough differences to earn them a place on a list of couples with opposite personalities though.
Teigen is obviously less inhibited than her man. Legend has always been something of a prim and proper sort and his cool, collected persona gives him a more laid back aura than Chrissy possesses. Whatever makes it work though is clearly something we could all learn from. Let’s hope Teigen continues to musically inspire legend.
3 Donald Trump And Melania Trump
Long before Melania’s swat of Trump’s hand seen around the world, this couple already ranked high on many people’s list of odd couples. The President and The First Lady definitely earned their spot here. So, what’s so peculiar about this couple? We don't have to look too far to get a sense.
There’s the fact there is a not-so-small age gap between the most powerful man on earth and his wife. He’s 71 while she is only 47. The 24 year age difference is noticeable, but they don’t seem to mind. There is also the fact most would agree that she is more pleasing to the eye than her septuagenarian husband. In the end, though, many say age is nothing more than a meaningless number.
2 Francois-Henry Pinault And Salma Hayek
He runs the company that supervises brands like Gucci, Yves Saint-Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and Balenciaga. She, on the other hand, is a superstar actress who lives a very different professional lifestyle acting in big budget films. How do they make it work? What are their other differences?
The most notable difference between these two is that they have different nationalities. Hayek is Mexican while Pinault is French. He is known for his billionaire status. However, Hayek is a multimillionaire in her own right. They’ve been happily married for eight years and also have a daughter together.
1 Janet Jackson And Wissam Al Mana
Janet Jackson and Al Mana met in 2010 and wed quietly in 2012, but they are no longer together. Theirs was a remarkably private relationship given that Jackson is a superstar. They make the list for some reasonably obvious reasons. Let’s take a look.
Jackson and Al Mana come from very different religious and cultural backgrounds. Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in African-American culture. Al Mana, on the other hand, is a Muslim from Qatar. During their time together, the more outgoing Jackson became almost a homebody rarely making public appearances. She also converted to Islam during their relationship. Regardless of their eventual breakup, their relationship showed that opposites do indeed attract.