Being a celebrity is a fairly unique experience. On the one hand, what you do is your job — whatever your craft, you're just trying to do the best you can. However, unlike with most other jobs, celebrities also have a whole lot of other stuff that comes along with what they do. For example, the paparazzi. Most of us can't even fathom what it must feel like to be chased around by a fleet of eager paparazzi while you're just out running errands or going to meet a friend.
Given the unique nature of celebrity, it's no surprise that many celebs end up drawn to each other. They understand what the lifestyle is like and the challenges it has. Plus, there's also the fact that they attend a lot of the same events! When you see the same people at awards show after awards show, you strike up a conversation eventually.
While we can understand strange celebrity friendships, it's still a bit jarring to see two celebrities in a romantic relationship that you never would have imagined together. Often it's two celebs who come from completely different worlds — and yet, love found a way to bring them together!
Whether you're a hopeless romantic or just someone who loves hearing all the celebrity dating gossip, we've got you covered. Here are 14 of the most unexpected celeb pairings that have lasted — and 5 that ended.
Let's start with the ones that lasted:
19 The Odd Match Of Kate Beckinsale And Comedian Pete Davidson
Women have been repeating over and over again for decades that they just want a man who makes them laugh — and it seems Kate Beckinsale would agree. These two were a super unexpected pairing when they were first spotted together. First of all, Beckinsale is 20 years older than Davidson. Second, she's an actress while he's more of a comedian. However, anyone who follows Beckinsale on social media knows that she's actually pretty hilarious. So, perhaps they first bonded over their shared sense of humor! Regardless, though most people still can't quite comprehend this pairing, they seem to be going strong! Beckinsale spent many years married — maybe she just wants to have a little fun.
18 Pop Star Jessie J And Leading Man Channing Tatum
When Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan split, most people assumed they've both eventually move on. After all, they're both young — and gorgeous! However, many people assumed that Tatum would end up finding love with a fellow actress, perhaps someone he met on the set of one of his projects. After all, that's how he met his ex, Jenna Dewan — they starred together in Step Up. Instead, though Tatum ended up meeting British pop star Jessie J, and the two totally hit it off. They're taking things slow for now, since Tatum just got out of a marriage of nearly a decade, but seem to be totally head over heels for one another.
17 Mad Men Superstar Christina Hendricks And Actor Hubby Geoffrey Arend
Perhaps it's because we've watched her so much on Mad Men, but when we envision Christina Hendricks' hubby, we kind of picture a super slick businessman in a perfectly cut suit. In reality, though, her hubby is a fellow actor — and many have commented about how the pairing is somewhat unexpected. While it may be challenging at times for Arend to hear all the comments about how stunning his wife is, it obviously hasn't impacted their relationship. They've been together for a decade now and seem just as happy as when they first started stepping out on the red carpet together.
16 Amber Tamblyn And David Cross, Who Ignore Their Age Difference Entirely
Celeb couples with an age difference are pretty common in Hollywood. There's such a wide range of ages in the industry, and sometimes you just meet someone you click with. That's what happened with Amber Tamblyn and David Cross. She's an actress and outspoken activist, he's a comedian, there's nearly a 20 year age difference between them – and yet, it works. Tamblyn actually married her now hubby in a bright yellow dress, and told Us Weekly that "there's nothing really traditional about me." The two are now happy new parents, and we have a feeling they'll be together for years to come!
15 Country Crooner Blake Shelton And Platinum Pop Star Gwen Stefani
A musician dating another musician isn't all that strange — in fact, it happens all the time. Both Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton were married to other musicians before they started dating. However, they were with musicians who performed in a similar genre as they did. When these two started dating, the world was totally shocked because they just seem so different. Blake Shelton is a country star, with his thick Oklahoma drawl and country attitude. Gwen Stefani, on the other hand, is edgy and chic, someone who seems to belong in a hip urban setting. They obviously have a strong connection, though because they've been together since around 2015.
14 Sucker For Nick Jonas And His New Wife Priyanka Chopra
Nick Jonas has been moving into the acting world lately, taking on a few roles in addition to starting up his former band with his brothers again. So, it doesn't seem all that strange that he would have found love with a fellow actress. However, Priyanka Chopra definitely isn't the first one that would have come to mind. The two have an age difference and come from completely different backgrounds. After all, Priyanka got her start in Bollywood movies while Nick made his acting debut on the Disney channel! Something just drew them together, though, and they seem super happy together. In fact, Priyanka is so into her new hubby that she made the decision to change her name to Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
13 Once-Perpetual Bachelor George Clooney And His Superstar Lawyer Wife Amal Clooney
George Clooney certainly isn't the first celebrity to marry someone outside of the entertainment industry. There are plenty of actors who have done so. And, after decades of being a perpetual bachelor, people would have been surprised to see George Clooney marry anyone at all! However, even considering that, his relationship with Amal Alamuddin — now Amal Clooney — was a total surprise. He's an actor, she's an internationally recognized human rights lawyer. He's American, she was based in the UK. They seem to come from totally different worlds, but after meeting once, the rest was history — it was true love from the very first hello!
12 Angel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley And Action Star Jason Statham
Most supermodels end up getting married to men outside of the fashion industry. Some fall for musicians, other for businessmen and tech gurus, and some for actors. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ended up falling head over heels for an actor — but it wasn't one we would have imagined in a million years. We could have easily seen her dating a young actor on the rise, but instead, she started a relationship with veteran action star Jason Statham. They seem to be totally different in so many ways, but obviously, there's something about their dynamic that works. They've been together since 2010, and even have a child together now!
11 Quarterback Aaron Rodgers And Pro Racer Danica Patrick
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is no stranger to dating someone high profile. He used to date actress Olivia Munn, and the duo was often chased by the paparazzi on date night. With his latest relationship, he turned away from Hollywood and ended up finding love in the professional sports world — something that surprisingly few football players do. He recently started a relationship with professional racecar driver Danica Patrick. We never would have put these two together as a potential pair, but obviously, they have more in common than you might think! Rodgers dished about their relationship to Artful Living, saying "we're just two people who enjoy being around each other and love each other." Cute!
10 Country Star Miranda Lambert And Regular NYPD Officer Brendan McLoughlin
For as long as she's been in the public eye, country superstar Miranda Lambert has pretty much exclusively dated musicians. She's gone outside the country world and dated musicians who are from other genres, but in general, that seems to be her type. Or, at least, it was — until she met Brendan McLoughlin. Apparently, Lambert crossed paths with Brendan McLoughlin when she was performing on Good Morning America. He wasn't the opening act, though — he was an NYPD officer on duty! The two must have had a whirlwind romance because they ended up getting married before anyone even knew they were dating!
9 Former One Direction Member Liam Payne And Supermodel Naomi Campbell
Liam Payne seems to really enjoy the company of women who are a bit older than he is, and his latest girlfriend is no different. For quite some time, Payne dated pop superstar Cheryl Tweedy, and the two even had a son together. They parted ways eventually, and Payne ended up finding love with someone else — supermodel Naomi Campbell. Sure, they're both British, but that's basically where the similarities end. Campbell is over 20 years older than Payne and was strutting her stuff on the catwalk before he was even in school. However, inside sources have mentioned that things seem to be going well and that they're enjoying their time with one another. We're not sure how much longer this one will last, but for now, they're happy!
8 Legendary Actress Meryl Streep And Sculptor Don Gummer
Meryl Streep is an absolute legend in Hollywood, and we imagine it would be nearly impossible for an actor to be married to her. After all, how exhausting would it be to constantly hear how amazing your partner is while your own career is struggling? There would likely be some competition there, no matter how strong the relationship was. That's not the case with Streep and her long-time hubby Don Gummer, though. The two met when Streep was just a young star, and Gummer was working as a sculptor. They've been happily married for over 40 years now, and it seems to totally work that they're from two different worlds. They're both artistic, but they don't have to worry about being in the exact same industry.
7 Tech Giant Elon Musk And Musician Grimes
If we had to guess who Elon Musk would date, we would have picked someone from a start-up or someone from the world of tech or business. And, when it comes to matchmaking for British star Grimes, we would have picked a fellow edgy musician. We never in a million years would have paired these two together — and yet, they seem to be going strong. The two met online through Twitter and ended up starting a relationship in real life. The world was pretty stunned when they appeared on the red carpet together, but they clearly seem to enjoy one another's company. We'd love to hear the kinds of conversations they have on date night — they're probably fascinating!
6 Actor Zac Efron And Professional Swimmer Sarah Bro
Zac Efron is no stranger to having his romantic relationships in the public eye. He's dated many high profile actresses, including his former co-star Vanessa Hudgens. His latest relationship, though, is definitely the most unexpected one yet. Rather than dating another actress, he seems to have fallen for Danish Olympic swimmer Sarah Bro. It seems like an odd pairing, but considering how into health and fitness Efron is, it kind of makes sense! We wonder if they train together — and just how badly she can beat him in a lap competition at the pool! Sports definitely seems to be one of the main things that connects them, as they've been spotted at Los Angeles Kings hockey games as well as at a UFC fight in Vegas.
And here are the 5 that ended:
5 Tom Cruise And The Incomparable Cher
Most people remember Tom Cruise's relationships with actresses Katie Holmes and Nicole Kidman. However, there was a noteworthy relationship that happened before then — and we're still totally shocked that this duo was ever a thing. Apparently, before he began dating stunning actresses, Cruise dated the iconic singer Cher. That's right — Cher. While they likely met at one of the countless events they were both attending, we're not sure what on earth started the sparks between the then-39-year-old musical legend and a young 23-year-old rising actor. It was more of a fling than something that would lead to a serious relationship, but still — so strange!
4 Child Star Macaulay Culkin And That '70s Show Queen Mila Kunis
Most people absolutely love Mila Kunis and her hubby Ashton Kutcher as a couple. They have a super cute story — they met and became friends when they were both young rising stars, they parted ways for a while, and then eventually ended up finding one another later in life. However, before she was married to Kutcher, Mila Kunis had another serious relationship — with child star Macaulay Culkin. We can't really imagine these two together, but they actually dated for quite a few years back when they were both young 18-year-old stars. However, things just didn't end up working out and they eventually parted ways.
3 Pop Legend Lady Gaga And Actor Taylor Kinney
Lady Gaga is definitely someone with a lot of personality, and someone who is very unique. It would take a certain kind of person to be in a relationship with her — and for a while, it seemed like that person was actor Taylor Kinney. He seemed like a fairly standard, unremarkable actor, and most people were surprised when they started dating. Fans kind of envisioned Gaga with someone in the art world, or someone who was a lot more cutting edge, like she was. However, apparently, Gaga likes things a bit more normal in her romantic life. She spilled the SiriusXM's The Morning Mash Up that "he's totally in charge. I mean, when I am home, I am like, shoes are off, I'm making him dinner." Clearly, that dynamic didn't end up working for her long term, as they eventually split.
2 The Whirlwind Relationship That Was Ariana Grande And Pete Davidson
We're not sure what it is about these two, but when they revealed they were dating, their fans were totally floored. He was a comedian, she was a pop star, and they just seemed to have nothing in common. However, they started flaunting their relationship almost immediately, talking endlessly about how in love they are. They had a total whirlwind romance and even were engaged for a while before they realized that something just wasn't right. We're not sure what the spark behind their break-up was, but we have to wonder if it was that they were simply too different. Still, Grande got a lot of material for her songs out of it, so perhaps she considers that a win.
1 America's Sweetheart Sandra Bullock And Her Ex Hubby Jesse James
Sandra Bullock has been in the industry for decades and has dated her fair share of gorgeous actors over the years. However, back in the early '00s, she ended up falling totally in love with someone who was from a different world — Jesse James. Sure, he had some experience with television and the media thanks to the show focused on his shop, but above all, he was a motorcycle builder — not an actor. The two seemed like a really odd pairing, and every time they walked the red carpet together it was a little puzzling. Bullock clearly loved him, though, so fans were happy for her. Then, of course, came all the scandals around James, and the two split up. Hopefully, she finds someone who treats her better in the future!
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