Age may be nothin’ but a number, but there is a surprising amount of celebrity couples who have opted to rob the cradle when it comes to love. Age gaps in Hollywood are nothing new, with many major celebrities dating and marrying partners decades younger than them – think Charlie Chaplin, who at 54 married the 18-year-old Oona O’Neill, his fourth wife; or Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, who were 33 years apart!
The age disparity between major celebs still manages to cause us to raise our eyebrows, especially if the gap is larger than 10 years, or if the woman is the older party. Some argue that it’s a biological thing that men are attracted to younger women as they see them as having greater fertility. On the flip side, women who are attracted to much older men are looking for safety, security, and authority, a sort of leftover of our time as a hunter-gatherer society.
Whatever the case may be, and whatever reason for the attraction, these Hollywood couples have managed to make it work. They have got married and/or had children, or simply committed themselves to one another for the foreseeable future. Love comes in all shapes and ages, and these couples don’t consider age to be a limiting factor!
20 Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds: 11 Years
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds seem so perfect for each other that it doesn’t really seem like a big deal at all that there are 11 years separating the two of them. The couple, who have two daughters, met while filming The Green Lantern in 2010, about a year before they officially started dating.
In 2012, they married and have since become one of the most beloved couples in Hollywood! Opening up to Elite Daily about how they manage as a couple, Lively explained, “We were friends for two years before we were ever dating...I treat him like my girlfriend…and he does the same for me. He treats me like his best buddy.”
19 Alicia Vikander & Michael Fassbender: 11 Years
Another age-gap pair who met on set and are also 11 years apart, we have Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender. The couple met while filming The Light Between Oceans (where they also played a couple) in 2014, and began seeing one another shortly afterwards.
They managed to keep things so tightly under wraps that it wasn’t until after they returned from a trip to Ibiza in 2017 that it was revealed they had just enjoyed a top-secret wedding on the beach. Vikander wore white and Fassbender, at one point, dived off the back of a boat. Since marrying, both have remained tight-lipped about their relationship.
18 Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet: 12 Years
Here’s one of only THREE instances on this entire list in which the woman is older than the man – surprising, we know. Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa and former Cosby Show actress Lisa Bonet have been together for what feels like eons in Hollywood – since 2005, to be exact. They finally tied the knot in 2017. The pair has 12 years separating the two of them, with Momoa saying that he had fallen for Bonet since her days on TV, calling her “a queen, always,” as E! News reports.
It wasn’t until a chance encounter at a jazz club years later that the two finally met and totally hit it off, and they’ve been together ever since! They share two daughters together.
17 Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green: 13 Years
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green didn’t always have a stellar relationship, and Fox even filed for divorce before learning that she was pregnant with baby number three. Fox was only 18 years old when she met Green – then in his thirties – while on the set of Hope & Faith in 2004. In 2006, they became engaged, but split three years later before tying the knot.
They finally did make it down the aisle in 2010, and despite Fox’s initial filing in 2015, they managed to work things out and make it through. They now have three sons together: Noah, Bodhi, and Journey, in addition to Green’s son Kassius from a previous relationship.
16 Scott Disick & Sofia Richie: 15 Years
Scott Disick has always partied like he’s much younger than his 35 years, and, if any of his appearances on Keeping Up With the Kardashians are to be taken as truth, is a lot more immature. So, it makes sense that he would opt for the 20-year-old Sofia Richie, who is 15 years his junior!
The couple has been together a little over the year, proving many critics wrong, but not putting Richie’s father, Lionel, at ease with the relationship. In an interview with Us Weekly, the “Hello” singer admitted that he was “[really afraid]” about the relationship and the effect it could have on his daughter.
15 Idris Elba & Sabrina Dhowre: 16 Years
Idris Elba is still petitioning to be the next James Bond, if his latest Saturday Night Live appearance is to be believed, and clearly the man knows how to work his charm and good look off-screen as well, in bagging a much-younger lady: 29-year-old model Sabrina Dhowre.
The couple got engaged before Valentine’s Day in 2018 and made their first red carpet appearance around the same time, at one of the movie premieres for Molly’s Game, which Elba starred in alongside Jessica Chastain. Dhowre recently celebrated her luxurious bachelorette it Utah alongside plenty of girlfriends in preparation for the big day.
14 George & Amal Clooney: 17 Years
George Clooney was long considered the guy who would be a lifelong bachelor, with a gorgeous woman always on his arm at high profile events. Now, however, he’s become a husband and a father to twins – and although his wife is 17 years his junior, she’s certainly an accomplished woman!
Amal Clooney was 35 when 52-year-old George announced his engagement to the world in 2014, and the two tied the knot less than a year after they met, proving that even playboys will settle down when the right (admittedly amazing) woman comes along! Guess he’s passed the bachelor baton to Leonardo DiCaprio!
13 Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy: 17 Years
A truly odd couple that surprisingly manages to keep out of the spotlight despite their 17-year age difference, we have former Full House star and fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen and French banker, Olivier Sarkozy.
This mismatched twosome met and began dating in May 2012 before getting engaged in early 2014 and marrying in a small private New York ceremony in 2015. Speaking of their age gap, Olsen shrugged, telling People, “Everyone has an opinion. I find it’s better to focus on what’s in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
12 Amber Tamblyn & David Cross: 19 Years
19 years separate actress and author Amber Tamblyn from comedian David Cross – and Cross has actually been open about how their age difference was part of what caused his hesitancy to date Tamblyn!
The two met quite randomly while on a flight together, with Cross telling Huffington Post that he felt Tamblyn staring at him. They switched seats to be closer together, joked about the Sky Mall magazine, and the rest is history!
They were able to move past the almost two decades separating them and got engaged in 2011. They wed in October 2012. They’re still going strong and added to their family, welcoming daughter Marlow in 2017.
11 Pete Davidson & Kate Beckinsale: 20 Years
After the much-publicized dissolution of his engagement to Ariana Grande, Pete Davidson got right back up on the horse and began wooing actress Kate Beckinsale, who at 45 is 20 years older than the Saturday Night Live comedian.
After flirting up a storm at the Golden Globes, the couple were spotted making out at a Rangers game, which definitely confirmed that these two were very much “on.” With the woman in the relationship being the older one of the two, the couple has already faced quite a bit of scrutiny, which Davidson addressed while on SNL. He listed all the other age-difference couples in which the man is older and yet no one bats an eye!
10 Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: 20 Years
One of the couples mentioned in the afore-mentioned Davidson tirade was action star Jason Statham, who is engaged to and has a child with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – she just happens to be 20 years younger than him!
These two photogenic celebs began dating in April 2010, and showed how serious they were about one another via photographs of PDA-filled outings around NYC. By January 2016 Statham had popped the question, and on June 24, 2017, the model gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Jack Oscar. They have yet to make it down the aisle, though!
9 Leonardo DiCaprio & Camila Morrone: 23 Years
Leonardo DiCaprio has a long list of beautiful women he’s dated, making him one of Hollywood’s most prolific bachelors. As he’s gotten older, the ladies have become more interchangeable, in both their youth and their beauty. To name a few: Erin Heatherton (14 years younger), Toni Garrn (18 years younger), and Nina Agdal (18 years younger) – all models, naturally.
His most recent conquest is model Camila Morrone, who is his youngest by far. She's 23 years his junior! The two have been dating since December 2017 after meeting at an event in Florida, but weren’t spotted publicly until March 2018.
8 Bruce Willis & Emma Heming: 23 Years
Bruce Willis’s ex Demi Moore was involved with Ashton Kutcher, who was 16 years her junior, and it seems that Willis took a page out of Moore’s book when he began seeing – and later married – Emma Heming, who is 23 years younger than him.
For the actor, it was a case of love at first sight. Speaking to W Magazine after marrying Heming in 2009, Willis said, “We went on one date, on the Friday before Emma was getting ready to move back to New York, and then we fell mad crazy in love.”
The two have since had two children together, daughters Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn.
7 Aaron & Sam Taylor-Johnson: 23 Years
Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson was just 18 when he met the woman who would become his wife – and she was in her forties. Sam was directing Aaron in the film Nowhere Boy and just a few months later, they were engaged.
Aaron has been pretty open about the age difference between the two of them, although he finds the scrutiny fairly annoying. In 2015, he explained to Elle, “I knew I wanted to be with her. I wanted kids, we had kids and I was really into that, taking time off and involving myself in the bubble of her pregnancy.”
6 John Stamos & Caitlin McHugh: 23 Years
Full House star John Stamos has been a Hollywood heartthrob since the 1980s, but he didn’t become a father until April 2018! However, according to Us Weekly, the actor had wanted children for a while, lamenting that his “ovaries were rattling”!
Enter Caitlin McHugh, model and actress. The couple first met on the set of Law & Order: SVU back in 2011 but didn’t start seeing each other until 2015. Two years later, Stamos popped the question at McHugh’s favorite place: Disneyland.
They later married in a Disney-themed ceremony. Stamos got his wish to be a dad, when just a couple of months later the newlyweds had a son, William Christopher Stamos, who is named after the actor’s father.
5 Alec & Hilaria Baldwin: 26 Years
For the 26 years separating Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, they decided to speed things up in their relationship in order to cram in as much goodness and family time as possible!
After meeting in the summer of 2011 at a restaurant, Alec asked for Hilaria’s number, and, according to an interview the yoga instructor had with Beach magazine in 2013, things took off. She said, “Five months into our relationship, we got an apartment together; then we started talking about getting married; then he proposed; then we got married; now we have a kid! So it all went quite fast!”
The pair now has four children together: Carmen, Rafael, Leonardo, and Romeo.
4 Dane Cook & Kelsi Taylor: 27 Years
Comedian Dane Cook was in his forties when he began dating model Kelsi Taylor, who was still in her teens when they got together. The two have been together since 2017 and, while Cook knows that there are a lot of people judging the age gap between him and Taylor, he’s relatively unfazed.
In an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live that aired this past February, the comedian admitted that while they have “been together for almost two years in bliss,” it does get tricky to navigate all the judgment and disapproval from outsiders. “Here’s the thing,” Cook said. “I love her. She is the kindest, sweetest, just my favorite – my best friend.”
3 Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor: 32 Years
These two may not be married, but they are definitely one of Hollywood’s strongest couples! In 2015, rumors began swirling that American Horror Story actress Sarah Paulson was dating Legally Blonde’s Holland Taylor, who is 32 years her senior. Paulson later confirmed the relationship to the New York Times, sweetly declaring, “What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor.”
For Paulson, the three decades between her and Taylor aren’t a big deal. In the same Times interview, she shrugged it off, saying, “My choices in romantic partners haven’t been conventional, and therefore the idea that it is ‘other’ makes it compelling.”
2 David Foster & Katharine McPhee: 34 Years
David Foster is no stranger to reality TV, having been the other half of Real Housewife Yolanda Hadid, but he went in a different direction with his fifth wife, Katharine McPhee. The two met way back in 2005 when Foster was a mentor on a little singing competition show, but it wouldn’t be until 2017 that they actually got together.
Despite the large age gap, McPhee says she couldn’t be happier to be the composer’s wife, telling Entertainment Tonight, “I just pinch myself when I get to spend time with him on a personal level. I love his outlook on life and how he treats people. He’s a really special person in my life.”
1 Mick Jagger & Melanie Hamrick: 44 Years
Being the frontman of The Rolling Stones gives a man quite a lot of boldness, and apparently it even makes it possible for a septuagenarian to get together with and conceive a child with a woman more than 40 years his junior!
Sir Mick Jagger became a proud papa for the eighth time in December of 2016, adding to the children he already has, the eldest at 48 years old, which, yes, makes one of Jagger’s children 17 years older than his current partner, ballerina Melanie Hamrick! The unconventional couple has been together since 2014 and still seem to be going strong!
Sources: Elite Daily, E! News, Us Weekly, People, Huffington Post, W Magazine