There's a bit of a double standard in Hollywood. Most people don't think twice about an older actor dating a woman half his age, or at the very least, significantly younger, but somehow if a female actress does it, many people are a bit shocked. However, many actresses just shrug off the public opinion and go after whoever they're into — regardless of their age. Sometimes, it ends up working out, sometimes it doesn't, but you never know if you don't try, right?
Now, there are many female celebs who have dated much younger men that you would never even guess about because, well, they look 20 years younger than they actually are. Given that they have to take care of themselves and their bodies for their jobs, a lot of female celebs basically seem to just never age. The strapping young gentlemen dating them don't think about the fact that they're dating an older woman — they think that they lucked out at the chance to date a bombshell who is talented, interesting, and crazy about them.
Here are 15 female celebs who found love (either permanently, or just for a while) with a younger partner. Hey, if men can do it, why can't they?
15 Cheryl And Liam Payne, British Pop Royalty With A Ten Year Age Difference
If you didn't know Cheryl, chances are, you'd just assume these two were around the same age — given how flawless she looks, it's hard to believe that she's actually 10 years older than Liam. According to People, these two started dating way back in late 2015, but the rumors started buzzing for real in 2016, which Liam confirmed by putting a picture of the two of them snuggling together on Instagram.
And, it didn't take long for things to progress — in March 2017, the duo welcomed their son, Bear.
Cheryl has definitely had some relationship drama over the years, but who knows — perhaps now that they have a child and things have been going strong for a while, eventually she'll change her name yet again, this time to Cheryl Payne (which sounds like a pretty good stage name, to be honest!)
14 Back In 2002, Sandra Bullock Dated Ryan Gosling, Who Was 16 Years Her Junior
It's been so long since these two dated, and both have been so memorable connected to other partners, that it can be hard to remember there once was a Sandra Bullock/Ryan Gosling relationship. However, it's true — way back in 2002, Sandra Bullock fell for a young actor 16 years her junior, the hunky Ryan Gosling.
The duo dated for just under two years, which isn't exactly a lifetime, but is pretty significant in Hollywood.
After her relationship drama with her ex-hubby, Sandra has been keeping a pretty low profile in terms of relationships, but who knows — perhaps history will repeat itself and she'll find love with a gorgeous younger man who treasures her and treats her (and her adorable children) the way she deserves to be treated. She's definitely had enough relationship trouble to last a lifetime.
13 Deborra-Lee Furness Found Love With A Star 12 Years Younger — Hugh Jackman
Okay, we have to admit — these two are one of our favorite couples in Hollywood, even though you likely won't find them splashed across the front pages of the tabloids. While Hugh is likely the bigger star today thanks to his role as Wolverine when they first met, Hugh Jackman was an aspiring actor and Deborra-Lee Furness was an Aussie superstar. Sparks flew, and the two started up a romance, even though Hugh was 12 years younger.
They've proven that their relationship is rock solid, though — according to Popsugar, they've been married since 1996, and unlike most other celeb couples, there really hasn't been any buzz or scandal threatening to come out of the woodwork.
They genuinely seem to enjoy one another's company, and be totally head over heels in love.
12 Demi Moore Spent Years With The 15 Years Younger Ashton Kutcher
We're not sure if it's just because Demi Moore was a big deal at the time, or because Ashton Kutcher was just such gorgeous arm candy, but the Demi/Ashton relationship is definitely one of the most well-known Hollywood pairings between an older woman and a younger man. The two are separated in age by 15 years, but that didn't stop them from falling in love and tying the knot in 2005. They were married for several years, and according to Popsugar, separated around 2011 and had their divorce finalized in 2013. Kutcher is now happily married to actress Mila Kunis, and the duo has two adorable children together, but still — his marriage to Demi definitely had a big impact on him, and he probably learned a lot from the experience and grew a lot as a person.
11 Jennifer Lopez Bounced Back From Divorce With Dancer Casper Smart, Who Was 17 Years Younger
Over the years, Jennifer Lopez has dated everyone from rappers to actors to musicians to dancers — including dancer Casper Smart, who is 17 years younger than her. It may seem like a crazy age difference, but to be honest, Lopez looks like she hasn't aged in about 17 years, so they kind of look like the perfect match, appearance-wise. I mean, the woman looks flawless.
Unfortunately, after about two years together, Popsugar reports the two split.
We have no doubt that whoever J.Lo dates is hopefully super gorgeous, probably super talented, and still not quite worthy of her amazing self. I mean, she's a straight-up queen! However, she's probably focused on her children still at this stage of her life, so who knows — maybe she'll date a hot young stud when she's in her 60s.
10 The Ageless Gabrielle Union's Basketball Pro Hubby Dwyane Wade Is 10 Years Younger
If you saw Gabrielle Union and didn't really know much about her, chances are you'd assume she was in her late 20s, or maybe early 30s at the latest. After all, she was playing high school students in the late '90s and early '00s!
However, the stunning actress is actually 45 — and her pro basketball player hubby Dwyane Wade is ten years younger than she is.
He's still at the top of his game, so we don't foresee him retiring anytime soon — so you'll probably get to see Union courtside at countless games in the years to come. If you don't follow these two on social media, you need to, because they're always posting absolutely adorable selfies together and just being total couple goals. Now, the question is, would he let her win at a game of pick-up basketball?
9 The Legendary Allison Janney Is Dating Philip Joncas, Who Is 20 Years Younger
We're pretty sure everyone would agree that Allison Janney is a straight up queen. She's been slaying it in the television world and film world for years now, fearlessly tackling all kinds of roles, and she's just getting more and more buzz with each passing year. So, safe to say, she probably has her pick of amazing men lining up to get a shot with such a talented powerhouse. However, she's not one to care about what society deems is 'appropriate' — she found love with Philip Joncas, a production coordinator and babe who is 20 years younger than her, and all we can say is, go girl! The two are absolutely adorable together on the red carpet, and we have a feeling he must be pinching himself, wondering how he got such a catch!
8 Robin Wright Dated 14 Years Younger Ben Foster For Several Years
Robin Wright doesn't seem like the type to favor quick flings — her dating track record proves she far prefers long, meaningful relationships.
Wright was married to actor Sean Penn for over a decade, and shortly after they divorced, she began dating another actor, Ben Foster.
Foster is 14 years younger than Wright, but the blonde bombshell definitely doesn't look that much older. The two even got engaged in 2014, and Wright told People that "Ben and I have a connection between us that just feels right, I don't know any other word for it." Age truly is nothing but a number! The two have since split, with Foster getting engaged to actress Laure Prepon, and we have to admit — we're excited to see who Wright finds love with next. Her taste in men seems so diverse.
7 Kate Hudson Was Rumoured To Be Dating Hottie Nick Jonas, Who Is 13 Years Younger
Nick Jonas used to be one member of the squeaky-clean boy band The Jonas Brothers, which is why everyone was so startled when he grew up and turned into a total hottie. He's been linked to various celebrities over the years, and one of the most recent is actress Kate Hudson, who is 13 years older than him. Kate Hudson seems like exactly the type of women who would have absolutely no issue dating someone far younger — her personality is just so laid back and chill, and we have a feeling that Jonas is the perfect match. As People recorded, they've were spotted out and about on a dinner date and ducking out of various spots, but they never went totally public with their relationship.
6 Julianne Moore Has Been Happily Married To Bart Freundlich, 9 Years Her Junior, For Over A Decade
It's always tough to jump back into a relationship after going through something like a divorce, and we have a feeling that Julianne Moore really wasn't looking for anything serious after she ended her nearly ten year marriage back in 1995. However, as Grandparents spills, she met her current hubby Bart Freundlich a year later on a movie set. She's discussed their age difference before — when they met, she was 35, and Freundlich was still a young man of 26 — but concluded that it just didn't matter in the end, saying that "what happens is the relationship progresses and these things cease to be an issue anymore." It seems like these two are in it for the long haul — they've been together for over a decade now, have two children, and are always spotted looking crazy in love.
5 Mariah Carey Is 11 Years Older Than Ex-Hubby Nick Cannon
Back when she was just a 23-year-old pop superstar, Mariah Carey fell for music executive Tommy Mottola, who was over 20 years her senior. The two were married for a few years, and after they split, Carey was living her best single life for about a decade, dating here and there but never really starting up a serious relationship. Then, she met Nick Cannon, and they got married soon after.
The pairing was the exact opposite dynamic of her previous marriage — Cannon is 11 years younger than Carey, so she got a chance to be the older person in the relationship with a gorgeous young star on her arm.
It didn't end up working out in the end, and the two have split, but they have adorable twins together so will always be connected in some way.
4 Kate Beckinsale Has Been Dating Matt Rife, Who Is 22 Years Younger
Kate Beckinsale has been in serious relationships for basically her entire 20s and 30s. At first, she was with Michael Sheen for nearly a decade, the man who is the father of their gorgeous daughter Lily. Then, she was married to Len Wiseman for over a decade. The two split in 2016, and Beckinsale decided she was done with serious relationships for a while — she wanted to just have some fun. So, she found some passion with Instagram model and comedian Matt Rife.
According to Glamour, Fife is 22 years younger than the star — and is only 2 years older than her daughter!
Still, in the few moments the paparazzi have managed to capture, she just looks like she's happy and having an absolute blast. She's secretly hilarious, so perhaps she can give Rife a bit of material for his set.
3 Kourtney Kardashian Forgot All About Scott With 14 Years Younger Younes Bendjima
Kourtney Kardashian put up with Scott Disick for years and years, and it probably isn't easy to see him dating super young starlets left and right now that they've split. However, she's not worrying about what he's doing too much because she's in a relationship with a steamy younger man of her own — Younes Bendjima, a model who is 14 years younger than her. Kourtney definitely doesn't look her age — all that healthy living has definitely shaved years off her appearance — and the two make a super adorable couple. Who knows, perhaps if things get serious, these two will get their own spin-off of the family reality show like sister Khloe did when she was married to athlete Lamar Odom. We're not sure how interesting Bendjima is, but hey — at the very least, he'd be some serious eye candy!
2 Lisa Bonet Has Been With Hollywood Hunk Jason Momoa, Who Is 11 Years Younger, For Ages
After trying to make it in Hollywood for quite some time, Jason Momoa's career is finally picking up steam, thanks to his roles in Game of Thrones and as Aquaman. Now, the world is suddenly becoming very interested in everything about him, including who he's dating — but it turns out, he hasn't dated in many years.
While he only tied the knot with Lisa Bonet in October of 2017, according to Us Weekly, the two have actually been dating for well over a decade, since 2005.
He's clearly head over heels for her, and the couple has two adorable children together. Lisa Bonet definitely looks amazing for her age, but still — can you imagine being married to Jason Momoa? Talk about steamy! We wonder if he gets to keep the costumes from his various projects.
1 Geena Davis Fell For Cosmetic Surgeon Reza Jarrahy, Who Is 15 Years Younger
As Good Housekeeping said in an interview with Geena Davis, the actress is "used to doing things a little later than most people." At least, in her personal life. Davis achieved a ton of success quite early in her career but didn't end up figuring out her personal life until a little later. She didn't have children until her late 40s, and she found love at around the same time with her hubby since 2001, Dr. Reza Jarrahy, who is 15 years younger than her. Davis had been married three times before, but they never ended up lasting more than a few years because they just weren't the right match. She seems head over heels in love with her doctor hubby, and we have to admit — it's probably pretty nice for her to have a partner who really has nothing to do with the entertainment industry.
References: popsugar.com, harpersbazaar.com, cosmopolitan.com, glamourmagazine.co.uk