While relationships with large age gaps often raise eyebrows, these celebrities carried on and found relationships that made them happy.
As cliche as the saying “age is just a number” goes, these celebrity couples are living testaments that love has no defining limit. Check out our list of Hollywood May-December romances to see which of your favorite couples have big age differences!
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo (11 years)
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine was already 33 when he started dating Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, who was only 22 then. The couple married in 2014 and now have two daughters together.
Beyonce and Jay-Z (12 years)
Love on Top singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z collaborated on a song back in 2002 before ending public speculations about their relationship. She was19 then, while he was 31.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the couple secretly wed in 2008. They happily welcomed their daughter Blue Ivy in 2012, and conceived twins Sir and Rumi in 2018. Nowadays, they continue to work on music, appearing together recently at the 2021 Grammys.
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DiRossi (15 years)
Television host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia DiRossi started dating in 2004. A year later, DiRossi was already sharing a home with DeGeneres, who is 15 years her senior. The couple tied the knot in 2008 after same-sex marriage was legalized in California, their home state.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin (17 years)
After long years dating and failing in relationships, Clooney has finally settled down with British human rights lawyer Alamuddin. He was 52 when he got engaged, and she was 35. The two officially wed in Italy and welcomed their twins in 2017.
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness (13 years)
The two actors first met on the 1995 set of Australian show, Correlli, which was Hugh Jackman’s first major break in the industry. Despite the 13-year age difference, Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness hit it off and married in 1996.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (25 years)
Actor Michael Douglas and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones are exactly 25 years apart. They first dated in 1999 before tying the knot in 2000. Together, they have two children: son Dylan Michael born in 2000 and daughter Carys Zeta born in 2003.
The couple briefly separated in 2013 but did not file for legal separation or divorce. They eventually reconciled and have been living together ever since.
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves (13 years)
Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey met former Victoria’s Secret model Camila Alves in 2006 when he was 36 and she was only 23. It took six years before the beautiful couple officially settled down during a private Catholic ceremony in their home state, Texas. They are now parents to three children: Levi, Livingston, and Vida.
Chris Pratt & Katherine Schwarzenegger (10 Years)
Parks and Recreation star Chris Pratt and author Katherine Schwarzenegger began their relationship in 2018. Pratt, who is 10 years senior to Schwarzenegger, announced their engagement in social media early 2019 and married later that year. The couple’s first child, Lyla Maria, was born in 2020.
Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz (17 years)
Heidi Klum might be used to people raising eyebrows with her dating history, but she didn’t mind as she revealed her latest beau, Tom Kaulitz of the band Tokio Hotel. The America’s Got Talent judge, 45, was 17 years senior to the musician who was 28 when they started going out. A year after the public announcement of their relationship, the couple officially tied the knot in Italy.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (11 years)
Gossip Girl star Lively first met her now-husband Reynolds on the set of Green Lantern. She was just 22 then, and Reynolds was 33. The pair, famously known for their playful banters in social media, tied the knot in 2012. They are now parents to two daughters, James and Inez.
Scott Disick and Sofia Richie (15 years)
Scott Disick rose to fame when his relationship with socialite Kourtney Kardashian was featured in the reality TV show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After splitting in 2015, Disick dated model Sofia Richie, who is 15 years his junior. Their relationship received heavy criticisms as he was already 35 that time, and she was just 19. The couple eventually broke up two years later.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra (10 years)
Jonas Brothers’ youngest member shocked the public when he confirmed his relationship with Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who was 10 years his senior. He was 25 then, while she was 36. They got engaged in August 2018 and shortly tied the knot in December of that same year.
Matt Bomer and Simon Halls
The Boys in the Band star matt Bomer married his publicist Simon Halls in 2011, but it wasn’t until 2014 that they made it known to the public. The couple now has three sons–Henry, Walker, and Kit–all conceived via surrogacy.
Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston (30 years)
Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum had already been divorced twice before meeting his now-wife and former gymnast Emilie Livingston. The couple, who boasts a 30-year age gap, got engaged and wed in 2014. Since then, they have become parents to two sons born in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Eddie Murphy and Paige Butcher (18 years)
Eddie Murphy, 60, and Paige Butcher, 41, have been dating since 2012, and they welcomed their first child in 2016. This is Murphy’s ninth child after having other children from his previous relationships.
In 2018, the couple announced their engagement and welcomed their first son. While they have yet to tie the knot, the two are still going strong.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton (16 years)
The Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean and One Tree Hill actress Hilarie Burton began a relationship in 2009 after successfully being set up by Dean’s mutual friend and co-star, Jensen Ackles. Dean was 43 then, and Burton was 27.
Burton gave birth to their son in 2010 and their daughter in 2018. The couple finally tied the knot in a private wedding in 2019.
David Foster and Katharine McPhee (34 years)
The two first met in 2006 when David Foster, a Canadian composer and music producer, mentored former American Idol contestants, including Katharine McPhee. Their relationship did not go public until 2018, when they surprised everyone with the announcement of their engagement.
Of course, the couple was not exempt from criticism surrounding their relationship and huge age difference. Nonetheless, they got hitched in 2019 and welcomed their first child in February of this year.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander (12 Years)
Michael Fassbender, 43, met his now-wife Alicia Vikander, 31, on the set of The Light Between Oceans. The duo, who has a 12-year age difference, officially went public in 2016 while attending the Golden Globe Awards together. They wed in 2017 in a private ceremony in Ibiza, Spain and currently reside in Portugal.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin (26 Years)
In 2011, Alec Baldwin began dating Hilaria, a yoga instructor in Manhattan. They became engaged in April the following year, and married two months later. The couple now have six children, with the youngest born just last month via surrogacy.
Viola Davis and Julius Tennon (12 years)
The How to Get Away With Murder actress, Viola Davis, has been married to actor/producer, Julius Tennon, since 2003. They first met on the set of the TV show, City of Angels, and she was 34 while he was 46.
In 2011, Davis and Tennon adopted a daughter and named her Genesis.
Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson (23 Years)
Sam Taylor-Johnson was previously married until 2008, when she and her partner separated after 11 years of being together. A year later, she met Aaron Johnson on the set of the film Nowhere Boy, and their relationship began. She was already 42 and he was just 18 then. Regardless, the two tied the knot in 2012 and are now happy parents to two daughters.
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor (32 years)
American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson only dated men before going public with her relationship with actress Cherry Jones in 2004. The relationship lasted for 5 years.
In 2015, Paulson began dating actress Holland Taylor, who is 32 years her senior.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy (12 years)
Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman dated Shameless actor William H. Macy on and off for 15 years before officially tying the knot in 1997. Huffman was 35 then, and Macy was 47. Career-wise, the couple successfully made their respective marks at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Together, they raise two daughters named Sophia and Georgia.
Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin (22 years)
Veteran actor Sylvester Stallone first met his now-wife Jennifer Flavin in a Beverly Hills restaurant. She was a 20-year-old model back then and 22 years his junior.
In 1995, the two married in a civil court and later at a church in 1997. To this day, they are happily coupled together and parents to three daughters: Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed
Much to the delight of vampire fans, in 2014, Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed revealed they were in a relationship. Somerhalder, who was 35 at the time, appeared in The Vampire Diaries, while Reed, 25, worked in The Twilight movies.
After six months of dating, the pair got engaged and married the same year. They are now parents to a daughter named Bodhi Soleil, born in 2017.
Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross (35 years)
The Passion of the Christ director Mel Gibson has welcomed his ninth child with girlfriend and former equestrian vaulter champion, Rosalind Ross, who is 35 years his junior.
Gibson and Ross started dating in 2014 and became parents to their son, Lars Gerard, in 2017. Because of the whopping age gap between them, the couple has faced many criticisms especially that Gibson’s firstborn is already in his late 30s.
Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh (27 years)
Kelsey Grammer was notoriously known for dating now-wife Kayte Walsh in 2010 while still being married to ex-partner Camille Donatacci. His divorce from Donatacci was finalized in February 2011, and he shortly married Walsh two weeks after. Despite the messy start, the couple have been living happily together with their one daughter and two sons.
Bruce Willis and Emma Heming Willis (23 Years)
Bruce Willis, who was previously married to actress Demi Moore, hitched for the second time in 2009. His spouse was British model Emma Heming, who is 23 years his junior. The couple are now parents to daughters Mabel and Evelyn, born in 2012 and 2014, respectively.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green (13 years)
Actress Megan Fox began dating actor Austin Green in 2004 after meeting onset on TV sitcom, Hope & Faith. The pair have a 13-year age gap as the Transformers star was only 18 then, while the former Beverly Hills 90210 actor was already 30.
They got hitched in 2010 and have separated twice since then. In November 2020, Fox filed for divorce from Green for the second time. Together, they have three children: Bodhi, Noah and Journey.
Elon Musk and Grimes (16 years)
Hailed as the richest man in the world, business magnate Elon Musk, 49, revealed in 2018 that he was dating Canadian musician, Grimes, 33. The couple made their first public appearance during the 2018 Met Gala.
In 2020, Grimes gave birth to their son, who had to settle with ‘X AE A-XII’ for his final name. This came after the California government rejected its initial spelling, which had characters not found in the modern English alphabet.