Love conquers all. Have you ever set your eyes on someone and claimed them to be yours no matter what? It's not uncommon to meet someone, have a great connection with them and want to move forward into something more permanent. These celebrities didn't allow tabloids, cameras nor flashing lights to stop their love for one another.
They were called cougars and they were accused of robbing the cradle, but to the surprise of us all, these relationships actually lasted. Some lasted longer than others, but indeed it was a special something that brought these couples together. Here's 13 celebrities that robbed the cradle for the sake of love.
The controversy built up very quickly when 16-year-old Kylie Jenner started spending alone time with 24-year old rapper Tyga. America's most famous family doesn't get much privacy. When Kim Kardashian West and Blac Chyna, Tyga's "baby-momma," stopped hanging out and Tyga stuck around, things got weird.
Coincidentally enough as soon as Kylie celebrated her 18th birthday, Tyga was all over her Snapchat and "began living with her." The couple lasted about a year (publicly that is) , the rapper being featured on 'KUWTK' and taking lovable photos with momma Kris Jenner on Instagram. They recently broke up over allegations that Tyga was cheating on Kylie with a younger girl.
"Age ain't nothing but a number, throwing down ain't nothing but a thing," sang the late singer Aaliyah Haughton at 15-years-old. Her rapid shot to fame had much to do with producer R. Kelly who produced some of Aaliyah's early hits. The music producer was in his 20's when he and Aaliyah fell in love.
These two were so in love that they secretly eloped and hid it from the world . The talented singer's commanding presence was well beyond her years, but in all reality this love just couldn't be. Once Haughton's parents found out what she and Kelly had done, they demanded a divorce and forced all ties, including professional ties, to end. Aaliyah tragically died in a plane crash years later while being "un-officially" engaged to music mogul Damon Dash.
Colombian singer Shakira and Soccer player Gerard Piqué are a match made in Spanish heaven. What ex-boyfriend Antonio de la Rua didn't accomplish in their 11-year relationship, Piqué did in just a year or so. Their perfect love and impeccable looks will make you forget that there is actually a 10-year difference between them.
The "Hips Don't Lie" singer and the FC Barcelona star started dating in 2010. Today they have two sons, Milan Piqué Mebarak and Sasha Piqué Mebarak. Although we suspect Shakira might have a bit of a marriage phobia , this couple seems to be content with just being together without officially being married or engaged.
After Britney and Justin crushed our teenage dreams, Timberlake found love in actress Cameron Diaz. The couple's 8-year age difference didn't seem to matter as they always flashed cheek to cheek smiles during their time together.
During their 3-years together Justin seemed to have even found musical inspiration in Cameron. We suspect that songs like "My Love" and "Damn Girl" were mused by the gorgeous blonde actress. Diaz and Timberlake had an amicable break-up and even shared the big screen together in 2011's 'Bad Teacher.'
They met at a dinner party with friends back in 2003. Demi remembers having an instant connection with 25-year-old Ashton who immediately fell for the movie star. Their 16-year difference didn't seem to matter as the couple married in 2005.
After 8-years of marriage Kutcher and Moore got divorced after being separated 2-years prior to that. This separation was not friendly, as Demi was rumored to have gone into a deep depression over her exe's infidelities, as their relationship publicly deteriorated.
She likes them young and she is not ashamed to admitted. Then again, what has pop superstar Madonna ever been shy about? Timor Steffens was not her first younger relationship, but he has to be one of the most popular. Their 30-year difference made her marriage to a younger Guy Ritchie seem totally ordinary.
Steffens says that he has always dated older women and that he particularly likes it that way because they remind him of his mother. Although that sounds a bit creepy, it comes from an honest place of admiration for his "strong and independent" mother. The pair who dated for 8-months, split during an European vacation in 2014 when the "Rebel Heart" singer told him to pack his stuff and go.
Not everyone gets to marry their teenage dream girl, however Nick Cannon did. Despite their 10-year age difference Nick manage to steal Mariah Carey's heart. One of the world's best voices ever, Carey is a hard catch. The "Heartbreaker" singer and the "Drumline" actor were married for 6-years and have two kids together, twins Moroccan and Monroe Cannon.
Celebrating multiple renewal of vows, Mariah and Cannon's love came to an end in 2014. Nick was the one to file for divorce in 2015 after a reconciliation just didn't work out. Soon after the "Wildin' Out" host covered up a huge tattoo that read "Mariah" on his back with an image of a dove with his wings spread and Jesus Christ on the cross.
Actress Eva Longoria and Basketball player Tony Parker were married in 2007. With 7-years between them, the couple made it work for 3-years. They divorced in 2011 due to Tony allegedly being unfaithful with his teammate's wife and friend to Eva, Erin Barry.
The scandal led a once very happy Eva, to fall into a depression in which she recalls "not eating and being very sad." French-born Tony is now a father of one and is engaged to Axelle Francine. Eva is now dating Jose Antonio Baston and stars in a new NBC show she also produced, "Telenovela."
I must admit to not realizing that these two even had an age gap between them. The "Being Mary Jane" actress and Basketball star Dwyane Wade have a 10-year difference in age. Although the couple has had their share of public controversy over husband-stealing and infidelity, they are still going strong.
Wade and Union took a break from their union (you see what I did there?) in 2013, but got back together in 2014. They walked straight to the altar that same year and have lived happily ever after since then. Despite her being the older one in their relationship, Gabrielle is step mommy to Dwyane's 3 sons; Zaire, Zion and Xavier.
Power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z rule the world. Beyonce, 34, and Jay-Z, 46, have definitely made us forget their 12-year age gap with how mature their relationship is. After 8-years of marriage and a long list of hit songs, Jay and Bey are pretty solid.
The only rocky moment the two have ever had, was not even directly between them, but with sister-in-law Solange and the rap king, in an elevator during NYC's 2014 Met Gala. The two have a daughter together, 4-year-old Blue Ivy and live happily in Los Angeles. These two will forever be "Crazy in Love."
The sexy love that is J.Lo and Casper are a match made in dance studio heaven. With 17-years between the two, the Latina star and the choreographer have found love and support in one another. Right after her divorce to ex-husband and father of Max and Emme, Marc Anthony, Jen got together with her back up dance Casper.
Many thought Smart would just be a rebound or a boy toy to the "Love Don't Cost a Thing" singer, but he actually stuck around for 2-years before their split in 2014. However, their time apart didn't last, as Casper was constantly photographed with the star, out and about and even at public events. In 2015, Jen admitted to talk-show host Ellen Degeneres during an interview, that her and beau (her name for Casper) were officially back together.
Music producer and talent manager Rene Angelil first met Celine Dion when she was 12-years old. Their connection would obviously wait years to become a relationship and in 1994, they got married. A love that would prove to be so real that it only ended early this year in when Angelil passed away from cancer.
The "Heart Will Go On" singer and the producer had a union like no other, surviving some pretty tough times during their relationship. Unable to be pregnant due in part to Angelil's cancer, Celine and Rene had 3 sons together much later on in their marriage. The couple's unity will go on to be one of Hollywood's most celebrated love stories ever.
The Kardashian-Jenner family have a different way of doing things. After the matriarch of the famous family finalized her divorce with ex-Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner in 2014, she quickly moved on. Kris (currently 60) started seeing road manager and friend of Justin Bieber, Corey Gamble (currently 35 years old) that same year despite their 25-year difference.
Although it took daughter Khloe Kardashian a while to warm up to Corey, calling the relationship "gross" at first, now he has become part of the family. It is rare not to spot Kris without Corey these days, spending time together at events, dinners and even vacationing with the family. In 2015, Bieber posted a photo of the two on his Instagram page and called them "The hottest couple in the game."