10 Celebrity Relationships That Prove Some Bonds Need Time to Grow

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While some couples fall in love with each other when they meet for the first time, many others develop a friendship first that might later turn romantic. Many celebrity couples had known each other for years but didn’t experience love at first sight. But love is often a mystery, and romantic feelings can develop many years later.

1. Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig

The Oscar-winning actress and James Bond star met in college back in 1994. They dated briefly but then went on their separate ways until they were cast in the same movie in 2010. This time, both Rachel and Daniel knew that they were meant for each other. This pair of actors got married in 2011 and have been together ever since, welcoming a daughter in 2018.

2. Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker

Kourtney and Travis got engaged to each other in 2021, but the couple’s first encounter was way back when Travis was seeing Paris Hilton in 2006. At that time, Kourtney’s sister, Kim, worked as Paris’s assistant. Kourtney and Travis’s relationship evolved from there, beginning with a 15-year-long friendship that developed into something a lot more romantic.

3. Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher was Mila Kunis’s first kiss when they were both cast on That ’70s Show. But Ashton Kutcher didn’t know about this at the time. “I’m the first guy she kissed? Oh my god, I had no idea,” he said in 2001.

Even after that, their relationship needed years before it bloomed into love. For more than a decade, they both dated other people, and Ashton was even married to actress Demi Moore for 6 years. Mila and Ashton reconnected 14 years later, got married in 2015, and now have 2 children together.

4. Marie Osmond and Steve Craig

The country singer was married to Steve Craig for 3 years in the ’80s before they decided to get a divorce. After a much longer marriage to Brian Bosil, the former sweethearts rekindled their romance after more than 2 decades. Marie and Steve said, “I do” to each other for the second time in 2011.

5. Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

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Carey and Marcus first crossed paths as children when they became pen pals. They reunited in 2011 at one of Marcus’s shows, where Carey sat in the front row. Just 5 months later, the former childhood friends decided to take their relationship to the next level and got engaged the following July.

6. Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance

Angela and Courtney have been married for over 2 decades, but their romance took many years to bloom. The 2 actors met in college when they were both studying at the Yale School of Drama, but it wasn’t love at first sight. 14 years later, however, they saw things differently and started building a beautiful family together.

7. Chelsea Handler and Jo Koy


The 2 comedians knew each other for almost 20 years before they started dating. Chelsea first started developing feelings for Jo when he was a regular guest on her talk show, but she decided to suppress them. In 2021, the timing was finally right, and the couple announced that they were together in September. Unfortunately, some good things can’t last forever, and Chelsea and Jo broke up at the end of 2022.

8. Rihanna and ASAP Rocky

Rihanna and ASAP Rocky first collaborated in 2011 for a remix of Rihanna’s song, and although they sometimes had a flirtatious relationship, they stayed friends for almost a decade. 9 years later, the couple made things official and were spotted in public together very often. As of today, the musicians are expecting their second child together.

9. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

The couple first met in 2001 while filming Gigli. Although they started dating soon after and were even engaged for a while, they separated in 2004. Both Jennifer and Ben went on to marry other people and build families of their own. But in 2021, when the former sweethearts were both single again, they decided to rekindle their romance.

10. Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem

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These 2 actors first met in 1992 while filming together, but they didn’t start dating until 15 years later in 2007. While things turned romantic, Penélope and Javier also reunited on set in 2008 when they were cast in the romantic comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The couple tied the knot in 2010 and have welcomed 2 children together.

Celebrating their son RZA’s first birthday, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky shared heartwarming photos that left fans in awe. The pictures captured candid moments of the family, including one where Rihanna plants a kiss on A$AP Rocky’s cheek while their son crawls beside them. A close source revealed that Rihanna is relishing every moment of motherhood, describing her as the “happiest she has ever been.” The couple is also expecting their second child, adding another layer of excitement to their lives.

Please note: This article was updated in April 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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