Age is just a number: Top 10 celebrity couples who have stayed super happy together, despite massive age difference
In the wake of all the criticism that Priyanka Chopra and beau Nick Jonas are getting, here's more proof that a big age gap is not always a bad thing
Look, let's be very clear on this one right from the beginning. Sure, age is just a number when it comes to love, and you don't really get to choose who you fall for, but sometimes a 40 plus middle aged man dating a teenager not only comes off as creepy but is considered a bit morbid too. And if you're a woman, no matter how famous or how globally appreciated your set of skills in your profession are, you are bound to get judged — maybe slightly, but still judged, nevertheless — if you end up dating someone of the opposite sex who is significantly younger to you.
Take for example one of the hottest, most sizzling, and definitely talked about couples — Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The 'Quantico' actress from India and her former Jonas Brothers beau share an age difference of 10 full years. And while to the sane eye it doesn't seem that absurd, the two have managed to spark quite the discourse on several tabloids based on how much older Priyanka is to Nick.
Yet at the same time, history is proof that not all celebrity couples need to have a reasonable age gap to make their relationship last. Pop-sirens like Madonna and Jennifer Lopez have been in multiple relationships where their man has been significantly younger than them. Not to forget actress Demi Moore, who when she was married to the much younger Ashton Kutcher, had a glowing partnership with him.
Yes, it's a given that social acceptance comes their way more easily when the man is the older one in the relationship, but we won't dwell on that. Priyanka and Nick might have gotten engaged within just two months of dating, but they aren't the only couple who have flipped a giant, whopping middle finger to the critics trying to kill their vibe. Let's take a look at 15 celebrity couples who have defied the concept of the age gap and are super, duper happy together!
1. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
It's no secret that these two are one of Hollywood's reigning it couples. With a quirky sense of humor that they share, the couple — with an age gap of 11 years — is known for all the little digs and jokes they crack about each other. The two had met in 2010, on the sets of 'Green Lantern,' and two years later tied the knot. They have two daughters and are never shy of making their dry humor infused romance public — something that we're eternally grateful for.
2. Bruce Willis and Emma Heming
Demi Moore's marriage with Bruce Willis lasted a short three years almost. But what has lasted longer, is Willis' marriage to his current wife, Emma Heming, who also happens to be 23 years younger to him. The two met at their trainer's gym back in 2007 and got married two years later. They share two beautiful daughters together and Bruce had even shared that when it came to Emma, it was "love at first sight."
3. Beyonce and Jay Z
Queen B and her husband have surely had quite the rocky year in the recent past. And if Beyonce's album 'Lemonade' and Jay Z's '4:44' are to be considered, it's a given that the man cheated on his glorious wife and mother of his kids. While it's not confirmed when it happened, what we do know and can see for sure is how tight they seem, post the scandal. With the birth of their twins, the couple with a booming 12 years of age gap seem to have come out stronger, brighter and much happier.
4. Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen
All you Mary-Kate and Ashley fans will be surprised to know that your childhood divas — no matter how away from the spotlight they might be right now — are still making headlines for their romantic choices. Especially Mary-Kate, who married a former French president's brother, Olivier Sarkozy, who also happens to be 17 years her senior. What's even better? She is now stepmom to his kids Julien and Margo from his previous marriage to Charlotte Bernard.
5. Sam and Aaron Taylor Johnson
In case you didn't know, the 'Kick-Ass' actor is married to the director of the Fifty Shades movies. And he is also 23 years younger to her. The two had tied the knot in 2013 have been happily together ever since. The mantra you ask? Sam herself revealed it in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying: "If I gave a second thought to other people, I would be the unhappiest person, probably still in a miserable marriage. People like to talk about it. I'm like, 'Yeah, but it works better than my last marriage.' It's lasted longer than a lot of my friends' marriages."
6. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor
Thirty-two years might seem like a huge deal, but not to Paulson, 43, and her 71-year-old girlfriend, Taylor. "What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor,” Sarah had told ET in 2016. But that wasn't the only time she had gushed about Taylor, with regards to public scrutiny. “People look at me and Holland and say, ‘Mommy issues,’ but I parent her as much as she parents me, so that’s not it.” she had told The Sunday Times.
7. Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross
The 62-year-old actor has been with his 27-year-old lady love for three strong years now. And they even share a child together! So how do they tune out the scrutiny attracted by their age difference? “Regarding age and relationships, it’s just a number," Mel had shared with The Mirror. "She is an adult and we dig each other. It might cause a problem and one has a trepidation about these things, but it’s working out great. She is a really special person.”
8. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin
They began dating in 2011, but somehow - despite their 26-years of age gap - they managed to shoot up to be one of the powerful couples in Hollywood today. Six years of marriage and four children later, they are still going extra strong with Alec never shying away from flaunting his gorgeous wife all over Instagram.
9. Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson
"To the love of my life, Solange Knowles, [you’re] my inspiration," Alan - who is 23 years older to Beyonce's sister, had said about his lady love during the 2012 BET Awards. He also described his wife as "a woman who will hold you down." They've been dating since 2007 and got married in 2014, in the most Pinterest-worthy wedding in New Orleans. "In the beginning, I was the one who approached him," Solange had shared about their courtship. "So I have always sort of historically been one of those girls that goes after something that I'm into," she said.
10. Donald and Melania Trump
Last, but definitely not the least power-packed has to be our beloved POTUS and FLOTUS. Sure, the First Lady might looks like she perpetually has dung under her nose, whenever she's around her darling husband - never ever has she spoken out about the massive unfairness and injustice that is her husband's administration. So naturally, it's not rocket science to assume that despite the age gap between the 71-year-old Donald and his 47-year-old wife, Melania, the two seem to be happy as a clam. Kudos!