What makes a relationship work differs from one couple to the next. While for some people it is important to find a person who is very similar to them, for others, it is a case of opposites attract. Similarly, the physical attributes that a person looks for in a partner are down to individual taste. In most cases, people will date someone who is about the same age as them so they will share similar life experiences. However, this is not always the case and some people date or marry someone when there is a significant age gap between the two. When celebrities live in the spotlight of the media, any age gaps are the subject of public discussion and they will often face criticism for their choice of partner. Here are 20 of the celebrity couples with the biggest age gaps.
20. Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness- 13 Years
Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman met in 1995 on the set of ‘Correlli’, an Australian television series. Furness is 13 years older than her husband. Jackman personally designed an engagement ring for his wife and their wedding rings contain an inscription in Sanskrit. Following two miscarriages, the couple decided to adopt and now have a son, Oscar, and a daughter, Ava. Furness is an actress and producer who shot to fame in 1988 when she played the role of Asta Cadell in ‘Shame’ and won awards for her performance. She is currently in a television series called ‘Hyde and Seek’. Hugh Jackman is an award-winning actor who is best-known for playing Wolverine in the ‘X-Men’ series of films. Other films in which he has starred include ‘The Fountain’, ‘The Prestige’, ‘Van Helsing’, and ‘Les Misérables’.
19. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves- 13 Years
Alves and McConaughey met in 2006 and he proposed on Christmas Day in 2011. In June 2012, the couple tied the knot in Austin, Texas, where the couple now resides. They have one daughter, Vida, and two sons, Levi and Livingstone. Matthew McConaughey is an award-winning actor who has starred in many movies, including ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’, ‘Amistad’, ‘The Wedding Planner’, and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. Camila Alves is a Brazilian model and fashion designer who became a US citizen in the same neutralization ceremony as Emily Blunt. Alves has also co-hosted ‘Kids BBQ Championship’ with Eddie Jackson. This cooking competition was aired on the Food Network in the summer of 2016.
18. Matt Bomer and Simon Halls- 13 Years
Bomer and Halls have been married since 2011. The couple used a surrogate to have three sons together, including a set of twins. Simon Halls is a publicist while Matt Bomer is a film and television actor. He initially gained recognition for his role in the television series ‘Recurring Light’. He is also one of the main cast members of ‘American Horror Story’, the horror anthology aired on FX. In film, he has appeared in ‘Magic Mike’, ‘The Nice Guys’, Winter’s Tale’, ‘Flightplan’, and ‘Proposition 8’.
17. Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox- 13 Years
Fox and Green met on the set of ‘Hope & Faith’. At the time, Fox was just 18-years-old. They have had many ups and downs in their relationship. They got engages in 2006 but then separated in 2009. They then reconciled and married in 2010. In 2015, Fox filed for divorce but the couple had once again reconciled by 2016. The couple has three children together; Noah Shannon, Bodhi Ransom, and Journey. Green also has a son, Kassius, with former ‘Beverley Hills 90210’ co-star Vanessa Marcil. Brian Austin Green is an actor who has predominantly worked in television and is best-known for playing David Silver in ‘Beverley Hills 90210’. He has also worked as a series regular in ‘Freddie’, ‘Anger Management’, and ‘Wedding Band’. Megan Fox is a prolific actress who has worked in both film and television. She is best-known for her role in the ‘Transformers’ movies but has also had major roles in films including ‘Jennifer’s Body’, ‘The Dictator’, and the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ films. Her most recent role was in ‘Zeroville’ which is set for release in 2018.
16. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi- 15 Years
De Rossi and DeGeneres started dating in 2004. As soon as the same-sex marriage ban in California was overturned in 2008, the couple got married at their Beverley Hills home. The couple does not have any children but they do have four dogs and three cats. After their marriage, De Rossi legally changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. However, she continues to use Portia de Rossi as her professional name. Ellen DeGeneres is a comedian, television presenter, actress, writer, and producer. She rose to prominence in the 1990s when she had her own sitcom ‘Ellen’. She is now best-known as the host of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, which she has hosted since 2003. Prior to marrying De Rossi, DeGeneres had long-term relationships with Alexandra Hedison and Anne Heche. Portia de Rossi is an Australian actress, model, and philanthropist. She shot to fame in the 1994 Australian film ‘Sirens’. She is now better-known for her regular roles in series including ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Scandal’, ‘Better Off Ted’, and ‘Nip/ Tuck’.
15. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton – 16 Years
This couple have been dating since 2009. There have been occasions when Burton has referred to Morgan as his wife. However, they have never made an official marriage announcement. The couple already have one son, Augustus, and announced at the Emmy Awards in 2017 that they are expecting another child. They live together in Rhinebeck, Duchess County, New York, Their home is a working farm with alpacas, chickens, and cows. Prior to marrying Burton, Morgan was married to Anya Longwell. He was also briefly engaged to Mary-Louise Parker. Morgan recently played the role of Thomas Wayne in the 2016 superhero film ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’. He will reprise this role in ‘Flashpoint’. Other films for which he is known include ‘Watchmen’, ‘Solace’, and ‘The Salvation’. Burton is the younger of the two and she is an actress who has worked in both film and television. She is famous for her roles in television series including ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘Extant’, and ‘White Collar’. Both Burton and Morgan had roles in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
14. Amal and George Clooney – 17 Years
A mutual friend introduced Amal and George at a dinner party in 2013. They tied the knot the following year and has twins, Ella and Alexander, in June 2017. Amal is a barrister who specializes in international law and human rights. Prior to dating George Clooney, she was known only in legal fields and was not under the media spotlight. She has continued with her career since marrying Clooney. Her husband is an actor who first became famous for playing Dr. Doug Ross in ‘ER’. He went on to establish a successful career in the film industry starring in many films. Some of the movies in which this award-winning actor has starred include ‘Batman & Robin’, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Syriana’, Good Night and Good Luck’, ‘Up in the Air’, and ‘The Descendents’.
13. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy – 17 Years
Sarkozy and Olsen had dated for two years before they got engaged in 2014. The couple married in a small ceremony in 2015. Born in 1986, Olsen is 17 years Sarkozy’s junior. Sarkozy is a banker and the half-brother of the former French president, Nikolas Sarkozy. Olsen is a fashion designer, equestrian, businesswoman, author, producer, and former actress. She shot to fame when she appeared in television and film with her twin sister Ashley Olsen. She is also the older sister of actress Elizabeth Olsen.
12. David Cross and Amber Tamblyn-19 Years
Tamblyn and Cross married in 2012 and their daughter, Marlow Alice, was born in 2017. As a joke, Tamblyn announced the birth of her baby on Instagram and claimed they had called her Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey. Amber Tamblyn is an actress and author who is best-known for starring in feature films including ‘127 Hours’, ‘The Grudge 2’, ‘The Ring’, and ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’. Her husband, David Cross, is 17 years her senior. He is a comedian, actor, writer, and director. One of his most famous roles was Ian Hawke in the ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ franchise. He is also the voice of Crane in the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ films.
11. Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley- 20 Years
Jason Statham is 20 years older than his fiancée Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Although Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have been dating since 2010, they didn’t get engaged until 2016. In June 2017, the couple had their first child together, Jack Oscar. Jason Statham is an English actor who was formerly a model and a competitive driver. He is often typecast in movie as an antihero and is famous for performing his own stunts. Some of his movies include ‘The Italian Job’, ‘The Expendables’, ‘Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels’, and ‘Death Race’. Originally, Huntington-Whiteley was a model who was best-known for being one of Victoria Secrets ‘Angels’ and the face of Burberry. She then became an actress and starred in films including ’Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.
10. Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence- 21 Years
Although he is 21 years older than her, Jennifer Lawrence has been dating Darren Aronofsky since September 2016. They met while working on ‘Mother’, a film in which she starred and he directed. Lawrence was the highest paid actress of 2015 and this reflects her talent and experience in the film industry. She is best-known for playing the starring role of Katniss Everdeen in the ‘Hunger Games’ films series. Other films in which she has starred include ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver linings Playbook’. Darren Aronofsky is an American filmmaker who is known for creating films that are often surreal and disturbing. Other than ‘Mother’, some of the moives he has directed include ‘Pi’, ‘The Wrestler’, ‘Noah’, and ‘Aftermath’. He was formerly engaged to Rachel Weisz and they have a son, Henry Chance, together.
9. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening – 21 Years
Beatty and Bening met in 1991 during filming for the gangster drama movie ‘Bugsy’. They married the following year and went on to have four children together; Stephen Ira, Benjamin, Isabel, and Ella. His oldest son was born a girl called Kathlyn but he revealed he was transgender in 2006. Warren Beatty is 21 years older than his wife. He is a famous actor who has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards during his career. Some of his most famous films include ‘Reds’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Shampoo’, ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘Dick Tracy’, and ‘Splendor in the Grass’. Annette Bening began her career on stage before progressing to television and film. She has won four Academy Awards for her roles in ‘The Kids Are Alright’, ‘The Grifters’, ‘Being Julia’, and ‘American Beauty’. Other films in which she has starred include ‘Mars Attack!’, ‘The American President’, ‘Running with Scissors’, and ‘The Siege’.
8. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford – 22 Years
Flockhart and Ford met at the Golden Globe Awards in 2002 and married in 2010. They have one son together. Harrison Ford has been married twice before. He married Mary Marquardt in 1964 and they divorced in 1979. His second wife was Melissa Mathison who he married in 1983 and they divorced in 2004. He has four children from his previous marriages. Ford shot to fame when he played Hans Solo in ‘Star Wars’ and is also well-known for playing the title character in the ‘Indiana Jones’ series of films. Other movies in which he has starred include ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘Blade Runner’, and ‘Apocalypse Now’. Calista Flockhart played the lead role in ‘Ally McBeal’ and Kitty Walker in ‘Brothers & Sisters’. Her film roles include ‘Birdcage’ and ‘Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her’.
7. Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson – 23 Years
Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson met during filming for the movie ‘Nowhere Boy’, which he was starring in and she was directing. At the time, Johnson was just 18. They got engaged in 2009 after they had been together just a few months. They married in 2012 and decided to change their surnames to Taylor-Johnson. Sam already had two daughters from a previous marriage and now has a further two daughters with Aaron Taylor Johnson; Wylda Rae and Romy Hero. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been acting since he was a child. Some of the earlier films he appeared in include ‘Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging’, ‘The Illusionist’, and ‘Shanghai Knights’. As an adult, he has starred in ‘Nocturnal Animals’, ‘Nowhere Boy’, ‘Anna Karenina’, and ‘Godzilla’. Sam Taylor-Johnson was formerly married to art dealer and gallery owner Jay Joplin. She has directed five movies’ ‘Death Valley’, ‘Love You More’, Nowhere Boy’, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, and ‘Gypsy’.
6. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones – 25 Years
Douglas and Zeta jones have been together since 1998 when they were introduced at the Deauville Film Festival. They married in November 2000 and have a son and a daughter together; Dylan Michael and Cerys Zeta. In 2013, the couple briefly separated but soon reconciled. A strange fact is that the couple share the same birthday even though they were born 25 years apart. Douglas’ first wife was Diandra Luker with whom he had a son, Cameron. Douglas is well-known for his roles in ‘The China Syndrome’, ‘Romancing the Stone’, ‘Jewel of the Nile’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Basic Instinct’, ‘Made in America’, and ‘You, Me, and Dupree’. Catherine Zeta Jones is a Welsh actress who first became famous when she appeared in the television series ‘Darling Buds of May’. She then established a career in the film industry starring in films such as ‘The Mask of Zorro’, ‘Traffic’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘The Terminal’.
5. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin- 26 Years
Alec Baldwin had previously been married to Kim Basinger with whom he had one child, Ireland. He began dating yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas in 2011 and the couple married in 2012 at Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City. They have three children together. Their daughter, Carmen, was born in 2013. In 2015, the couple had a son, Rafael, followed by another son, Leonardo Angel Charles in 2016. Alec is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers and is known for his roles in films such as ‘Beetlejuice’, ‘The Marrying Man’, ‘The Shadow’, and ‘The Departed’.
4. Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor- 31 Years
Although Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor began dating in early 2015, they didn’t make their relationship public until 2016 when Paulson confirmed their relationship in an interview with the New York Times. Paulson, the younger of the two women, has a history of dating older women as her former partner was Cherry Jones who was 18 years her senior. Paulson is an actress who became famous for her role in a television series called ‘American Gothic’. Her films include ’12 Years a Slave’, ‘Serenity’, ‘The Runner’, and ‘Rebel in the Eye’. Her upcoming films are ‘Ocean’s Eight’ and ‘Glass’. One of the roles for which Holland Taylor is best known is Evelyn Harper in ‘Two and a Half Men’. Films in which she has starred include ‘One Fine Day’, ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Legally Blonde’, and ‘George of the Jungle’.
3. Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston – 31 Years
Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston married in 2014 and have two sons together; Charlie Ocean was born in 2015 followed by river Joe in 2017. This is Goldblum’s third marriage as he was married to Patricia Gaul between 1980 and 1986 and then Geena Davis from 1987 to 1990. Livingston is a dancer, aerialist, contortionist, and rhythmic gymnast. She represented Canada in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She is also a three-time national champion of Canada. Goldblum has won many awards for his performances and some of his best-known films include ‘Independence Day’, ‘Jurassic Park’ ‘The Big Chill’, and ‘Into the Night’.
2. Patrick Stewart and Sunny Ozell – 38 Years
Patrick Stewart met Sunny Ozell when he was performing in ‘Macbeth’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. They dated for five years and then got married in 2013. This is Stewart’s third marriage. He was first married to Sheila Falconer from 1966 to 1990. He then married Wendy Neuss in 2000 before the couple divorced in 2003. Stewart is associated with his roles in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’, the ‘X-Men’ series of films, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Ted’, ‘Ted 2’, and ‘Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire’. Sunny Ozell is a jazz singer who is signed to Man in the Moon Records. She released an album, ‘Take it With Me’, in 2015.
1. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver- 46 Years
Van Dyke and Silver met at the SAG Awards in 2006 and were instantly attracted to each other despite the 46-year age gap. They dated for six years before they married in 2012. Arlene Silver is a makeup artist.This is Dick Van Dyke’s second marriage as he was married to Margie Willett form 1948 to 1984. He also had a long-term relationship with Michelle Triola Marvin from 1976 until she died from lung cancer in 2009. There are obvious overlaps in his relationships. Van Dyke first shot to fame when he played the role of Rob Petrie on the sitcom ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’. He then gained more prominence for his rolesw in musical films, including ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’. Other films in which this prolific actor has starred include ‘Night at the museum’, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb’, ‘Dick Tracy’, ‘Curious George’, and ‘The Comic’.