Fiction, cinema, glossy magazines, and society in general often dictate completely ridiculous stereotypes to us. For example, a man is expected to be older than his partner. Luckily, many celebrities demonstrate by their own example that one should stop bothering with such cliché stereotypes and simply be happy.
We at Bright Side decided to recall famous couples who proved that love knows no age.
Monica Bellucci and Nicolas Lefebvre
Supposedly, Monica Bellucci and Nicolas Lefebvre started their relationship in 2017, but appeared in public together only in 2019. After her breakup with Vincent Cassel, this was the diva’s first relationship that became known to the public. The actress’s chosen love is a French sculptor who used to work in the modeling industry. Bellucci is 17 years older than him.
Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan
This year, Aishwarya Rai and her spouse, Abhishek Bachchan, are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of their marriage. The couple met each other on the set of a movie and, according to Abhishek, it was love at first sight. Right after the wedding, the couple grew so popular that they were often compared to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. By the way, Rai is 2 years older than her husband.
Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel
Supermodel Miranda Kerr and IT businessman Evan Spiegel met each other at a party in 2014. At first glance, these 2 are very different — she is someone from the fashion world, and he is a technical genius. However, they found a common language quite fast.
2 years of friendship were followed by a romance and later, a wedding. Today, the couple is raising 3 kids (the eldest is from Kerr’s first marriage with Orlando Bloom). The age difference between the spouses is 7 years.
Mary Tyler Moore and Robert Levin
Actress Mary Tyler Moore first got married at the age of 18. Her husband was 10 years older than her. However, their marriage didn’t last long. After that, Moore had started romantic relationships with men older than her several times, but she never found happiness with them.
In 1993, the actress met her mother’s doctor, a cardiologist named Robert Levine. He was 15 years younger than her. The couple lived together for more than 3 decades.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck
This couple has always been under the spotlight. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck first got together 20 years ago in 2002. Their relationship developed to the stage of planning a wedding, but several days before the event, the couple announced their breakup.
The next time “Bennifer” (what fans call them) got together was in 2021. And according to what the media writes about them and what they themselves share in interviews, the lovers are happy to be with each other. Recently, it became known that Affleck proposed to Lopez. J. Lo is 3 years older than her fiancé.
Madonna and Ahlamalik Williams
The difference in age is not an obstacle to happiness in the case of Madonna and her boyfriend, dancer Ahlamalik Williams, who is 36 years younger than her. Their romance became known at the end of 2019. The singer has more than once been in relationships with men 2 or even 3 decades younger than her, but her age difference with Williams is a new record for her.
Pauletta Pearson and Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington and his spouse, Pauletta Pearson, have been together for almost 40 years. The actors met each other while filming a movie in 1977. The age difference between them is 4 years.
By the way, Pearson didn’t agree to marry Washington right away. He had to propose to her several times before he heard her say, “I do.” Today, the couple has 4 kids and doesn’t possess the secret to a happy marriage. Rather, they say that being happy during such a long period is hard work.
Robin Wright and Ben Foster
Robin Wright had been dating the actor, Ben Foster, who is 14 years younger than her, for several years. The actress often brings up the topic of their big age difference in her interviews. The celebrity was outraged that if her man was 14 years older than her, no one would even raise an eyebrow. But in the reverse situation, the public keeps wondering how this is even possible.
Édith Piaf and Théo Sarapo
Édith Piaf’s last husband, the actor and singer, Théo Sarapo, was 20 years younger than her. The couple got together in 1962. The lovers faced condemnation from Sarapo’s parents because they expected a younger daughter-in-law. However, the couple defended their right to love each other, and shortly before Piaf’s death, they were officially married.
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
The former front singer of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, is 7 years older than her spouse, the country singer, Blake Shelton. This is not the first marriage for either of them — the musicians got together in 2015, and both of them have overcome a divorce. By the time they got together, Stefani had 3 kids from her previous relationship. According to her, Shelton managed to become a true friend to each of her children.
Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid
The relationship between Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid looks a lot like a roller coaster. They were first introduced to each other in 2013 by Ed Sheeran. This was followed by a romance, which ended in an engagement a year later. However, the wedding never happened.
Instead, the singer and the actress, who is 12 years older than him, announced their breakup. However, one year later, they got back together. In their interviews and on their social media accounts, the couple confesses their love for each other, but nothing has been said about a wedding.
What age difference in a romantic relationship seems optimal to you?