How Oscars 2022's hottest couple Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner didn't let age gap get in way of true love

The doting couple was quick to realize that they were soulmates after Kevin had gone through a turbulent love life before meeting Christine


                            How Oscars 2022's hottest couple Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner didn't let age gap get in way of true love
Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Feb. 27, 2022, in Santa Monica (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner were hailed as the hottest couple to walk the red carpet at the 2022 Oscars.

The 'Yellowstone' actor, 67, sported his signature shades in a simple black tuxedo and bowtie, while his designer wife, 48, turned heads in a black and white ballgown with intricate lace designs. Kevin crossed paths with Christine back in the 1980s, but they became romantically linked only in 1998.

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The doting couple was quick to realize that they were soulmates after Kevin had gone through a turbulent love life before meeting Christine. Twenty-three years and three kids later, they are still as much in love in each other's arms.


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Kevin Costner & Christine Baumgartner: Relationship Timeline

As mentioned, Kevin first met Christine in the '80s on a golf course where the actor was rehearsing his role in the movie 'Tin Cup.' Kevin was still happily married to ex-wife Cindy Silva at the time, but when he met Christine again in 1998 at a Hollywood restaurant, he asked her for her number. 

The pair soon started dating and became inseparable until 2002, when Kevin shared that he suddenly had cold feet about getting married and having kids. He told Christine that their 20-year age gap and her desire to have children scared him as he thought he wouldn't be a good father. His future wife simply told him she would wait for him to come back to her -- albeit not forever -- when he finally came to his senses. Kevin realized that he didn't want to lose the love of his life just because he was afraid of having children.

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Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Yellowstone" at Paramount Studios on June 11, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)

 

Christine was born in Los Angeles and coincidentally attended the same university as Kevin, where she earned a degree in Business. When they first met, she was pursuing professional modeling. However, she eventually made a name for herself as the founder of Cat Bag Couture, a line of stylish carrier bags. Aside from being a model and business owner, Christine was also featured in Primetime, Biography, Die Johannes B. Kerner Show, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, and Extra.  

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Kevin and Christine finally got engaged in 2003 and tied the knot a year later in the actor's 165-acre Colorado ranch, located just outside Aspen, in front of 300 guests. The wedding grabbed headlines as Christine entered in a vintage green pickup truck while Kevin arrived in a covered wagon. The two exchanged vows before the groom proceeded to give his bride a big fat diamond ring, larger than her first engagement ring that was dissed by Joan Rivers at the Golden Globes, according to Country Thang Daily (CTG).

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Actor Kevin Costner poses with his new wife Christine Baumgartner during their private wedding at his ranch on September 25, 2004, in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Lara Porzak/Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images)

 

The newly married couple would spend the first three years of wedded life with each other, before finally welcoming their first son Cayden in 2007. He was followed by another boy Hayes in 2009 and their daughter Grace in 2010. Kevin and Christine are still going strong and are said to be very happy together.

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