Celeb Couples With Major Age Differences
We can’t help who we fall in love with, right? For these celebrity couples, age is just a number.
1. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Age Difference: 11 Years
The gorgeous couple met on the set of “Green Lantern” when Lively, fresh off her “Gossip Girl” success was just 22 and Reynolds was 33 (and married to fellow actress Scarlett Johansson at the time.) They got married in 2012 and, in addition to drawing huge laughs for their social media antics, are now the parents to two daughters, James and Inez.
2. George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Age Difference: 17 Years
Much to everyone’s surprise, the world’s most famous bachelor finally settled down with the crazy accomplished human rights lawyer who was 17 years his junior. Clooney was 52 when he proposed to then 35-year-old Alamuddin, and the glamorous couple soon got hitched in a star-studded affair in Italy.
As for married life, Clooney recently shared with Esquire that it doesn’t get much better: “There were all the jokes and the bits and I get all that stuff, but I couldn't be happier right now.”
And now the jet-setting duo has twins, Alexander and Ella.
3. Beyonce and Jay-Z
Age Difference: 12 Years
Queen Bey and Jay-Z met when she was just 18 and started dating when she was 19 and he was 31. The power couple quickly became it couple of music and dated for seven years before finally tying the knot in a top-secret ceremony in 2008. They had daughter Blue Ivy in 2012 and twins Sir and Rumi in 2018, and continue to collaborate in both music and life.
4. David Foster and Katharine McPhee
Age Difference: 34 Years
The famed music producer, 68, and former “American Idol” winner, 34, recently announced their engagement and were promptly trolled by strangers judging their whopping 34-year age difference. Foster’s grown daughter, Erin Foster, who is one year older than McPhee, even jested (lovingly) on social media to the proposal announcement by commenting, “Mommmyyy.”
5. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Age Difference: 17 Years
This May-December romance had everyone scratching their heads. Former “Full House” star and bonafide fashion designer Olsen was a mere 25 to the French banker’s 42 when dating rumors started swirling.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the unexpected duo got hitched in 2015. As to everyone’s comments about their age difference, Olsen once told The Edit, “Everyone has an opinion. I find it’s better to focus on what’s in front of you and to keep putting one foot in front of the other.”
6. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DiRossi
Age Difference: 15 Years
Few people seem to know that the popular talk show host and actress have such a large age difference between them. But despite the large age difference, the couple knew they were each other’s soulmates pretty much from first sight when they met in 2004. DeGeneres told People, “I’m so grateful for the love in my life because not everybody finds that. Not everybody finds that best friend.”
The couple tied the knot in 2008 — after the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage — in a gorgeous private ceremony on their Beverly Hills estate.
7. Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Age Difference: 13 Years
Alright, alright, alright, the heart wants what the heart wants. The free-wheeling actor and former Victoria’s Secret model and TV show host met when Alves was 23 and McConaughey, 36. And, according to McConaughey, he was not looking for love at the time, but when you spot your soulmate, you just know.
“I wasn't hunting … Lo and behold, it didn't take long for fate to have its way. And then, this amazing woman walked across my field of vision and I thought, 'Who is that?' And it was Camila,” he told Cigar Aficionado.
Six years and three kids later, the couple finally got engaged and married in 2012.
8. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Age Difference: 25 Years
Sometimes it’s just meant to be. Despite their quarter-century age difference, the stars all pointed the way to this surprising romance — both Douglas and Zeta-Jones were born on Sept. 25, 25 years apart. The handsome couple got hitched in 2000 when she was 31 and he was 56, and they have two kids together.
While their marriage has had its rough spots, with a throat cancer diagnosis for Douglas and Zeta-Jones recently revealing she deals with bipolar disorder, the couple remains as solid as ever.
9. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Age Difference: 22 Years
When Hans Solo and Ally McBeal started dating, people couldn’t believe it, and now they’re one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples. The unlikely pair started dating back in 2002 when Flockhart was 38 and Ford, 60, and finally wed in 2010. Flockhart was already mom to adopted son Liam when they got together and Ford is now the legal father.
As for their major age gap? Flockhart tells People she doesn’t even notice. “Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me.' It doesn’t factor into our relationship at all. I like the way he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not handsome, it’s cuter. He looks like a little boy.”
10. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas
Age Difference: 26 Years
Following the nasty and public divorce from Baldwin’s first wife, actress Kim Basinger, the actor found love again with yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas who was 26 years his junior. The couple married in 2012 and are now parents to four children.
Hilaria claims that their generational differences have impacted how they parent, “He’s a little bit more old school, ‘You’re the mom, you take care of the kids, and then I will come and go, and I will read a book with them every once in a while’ kind of thing.”
11. Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Age Difference: 20 Years
The action star and model met on the set of “Transformers” and started dating in 2010 when Statham was 43 and Huntington-Whitely, just 23. After dating for five years, the couple got engaged in 2016 and recently welcomed their first baby boy, Jack, in June 2017.
12. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
Age Difference: 19 Years
The former “Joan of Arcadia” actress and her comedian husband definitely turned some major heads with their nearly two-decade age difference when news of their romance first broke back in 2012 when Tamblyn was 25 and the “Arrested Development” actor was 44. Fast forward to today, and the couple is still going strong as the proud parents of daughter Marlow.