15+ Hollywood Couples Whose Age Gaps Sparked Controversy
Hollywood is no stranger to celebrity couples with significant age gaps. While some argue that age is just a number, these relationships often draw controversy from the public. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of big age differences in Hollywood and explore some of the most high-profile celebrity couples who have captured the public’s attention.
1. Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson — 23 years
In 2009, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson announced their engagement despite a 23-year age difference between them. They first came across each other while working on the film, Nowhere Boy, where Sam Taylor-Johnson was the director. In an interview with Men’s Health in 2014, Aaron Taylor-Johnson spoke about the age gap, saying “She’s such a young, beautiful soul that you wouldn’t even know.”
2. Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston — 30 years
The athlete and the Jurassic World Dominion actor first met in 2011, announced their engagement in July 2014, and got married at the renowned Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles on November 8, 2014. This was the first marriage for Emilie Livingston and the third for Jeff Goldblum, who was previously married to Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis. Their union resulted in Goldblum becoming a father of 2.
3. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart — 22 years
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart first met at the Golden Globe Awards in 2002 when Ford was 60 and Flockhart was 38. They spent 7 and a half years together before Ford proposed to Flockhart during Valentine’s Day weekend in 2009. The couple later got married that same year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and they’re parents to one adopted son.
4. David Foster and Katharine McPhee — 35 years
David Foster and Katharine McPhee first came into contact in 2006 when Foster was a mentor on the fifth season of American Idol and McPhee was a contestant. Although they didn’t start dating immediately, rumors of a romantic relationship between them began to surface in 2017 after Foster’s divorce from Yolanda Hadid was finalized. The couple confirmed their engagement in 2018 and got married the following year. In 2021, they became parents to their son, Rennie David.
5. Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick — 33 years
In 2015, Billy Joel, the renowned singer, and Alexis Roderick, his fourth wife, exchanged vows in a wedding ceremony that took place at his Long Island residence. They were blessed with a daughter, Della Rose, the same year they got married and another daughter, Remy Anne, in 2017.
6. Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan — 16 years
In 2009, the actress from the show, One Tree Hill, and the actor from The Walking Dead began their romantic journey after being introduced by Morgan’s Supernatural co-star, Jensen Ackles. The couple welcomed a son, Gus, in 2010, and a daughter, George Virginia, in 2018. After a decade of being together, they decided to take the next step and got married in an unexpected ceremony in October 2019.
7. Steven Tyler and Aimee Preston — 39 years
Steven Tyler and Aimee Preston are in a happy relationship these days. Preston initially worked as the personal assistant for Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman, but the couple finally announced their romantic association in 2016. As some interesting trivia, Preston previously worked for Victoria Beckham.
8. Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner — 20 years
Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner have been together as a married couple since the year 2004. However, prior to their nuptials, they had a brief separation, which was caused by Costner’s initial reluctance to have more children, as he already had 4 from his previous relationships. But, after some time, he had a change of heart, and they went on to have 3 more kids together, making him a father of 7 in total.
9. Nicolas Cage and Riko Shibata — 31 years
The actor met his fifth wife, Riko Shibata, in Japan, and they made their relationship public in January 2020. Nicolas Cage proposed to Shibata over a video call and sent her an engagement ring through FedEx. They got married in Las Vegas on February 16, 2021. In September 2022, they became parents to their daughter, August Francesca.
10. John Stamos and Caitlin McHugh — 23 years
The couple officially started dating in 2015 when they met while working on an episode of Law and Order: SVU, and they later got engaged at Disneyland, which is McHugh’s favorite place. In 2018, they became parents to their first child, a son whom they named Billy. After the birth, Stamos wrote on Instagram, “From now on, the best part of me will always be my wife and my son.”
11. Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys — 31 years
In 2012, the Rolling Stones guitarist tied the knot with Sally Humphreys, who is 31 years his junior. The couple had twin daughters just before Ronnie’s sixthy-ninth birthday. “I would prefer it if there wasn’t but there is. But maybe I’m a bit older, and he’s a bit younger at heart,” Humphreys said about their age difference.
12. George Clooney and Amal Clooney — 17 years
George and Amal Clooney, a much-loved couple, have a considerable age difference between them. When they first met in 2013, the actor said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, “I thought she was beautiful, and I thought she was funny and obviously smart.” He then added jokingly that Amal “probably thought I was old.” They got married in 2014 and welcomed twins Alexander and Ella later that year.
13. Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick — 43 years
Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick, a notoriously private couple, have been together since 2014. The rockstar and professional ballerina do not seem to be bothered by their age gap, and in 2016, they welcomed a son, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger.
14. Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross — 35 years
Mel Gibson and Rosalind Ross have been in a relationship since 2015 and have one child together. Due to the significant age gap between them, the couple has faced some criticism over the years.
However, Gibson stated in an interview, “Regarding age and relationships, it’s just a number. She is an adult and we dig each other. It might cause a problem and one has trepidation about these things, but it’s working out great. She is a really special person.”
15. Ryan Seacrest and Aubrey Paige Petcosky — 23 years
Ryan Seacrest, the well-known television personality and radio host, has been in a relationship with Aubrey Paige Petcosky, a model and wellness influencer, since 2021. The couple’s age difference has drawn attention, with Seacrest being 48 and Petcosky being 25, making it a 23-year age gap between them.
While the couple has not commented on the scrutiny they’ve faced, they seem to be happy and supportive of each other. Despite the controversy surrounding their age gap, Seacrest and Petcosky appear to have a strong bond, and their relationship continues to be a fascination for fans and critics alike.
16. Alexandra Daddario and Andrew Form — 17 years
Actress Alexandra Daddario, known for her roles in movies such as Baywatch has been in a relationship with producer Andrew Form since 2021. The couple’s age gap has been a topic of interest, with Daddario being 35 and Form being 52, making it a 17-year age difference between them.
Age-gap relationships can be challenging, but they can also offer unique opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment. So, what makes these types of relationships thrive? It’s definitely no easy task, but there are some factors that can contribute to their success.