It’s said that age is just a number. On the one hand, this seems to be a notion celebrities often reject. Some of our favorite stars are notorious for being coy or downright lying about their age. In an industry that places enormous value on youth and the beauty that so often accompanies it, who can blame them?
On the other hand, one area where celebs don’t seem to care about age is in their love lives. Many celebrity couples don’t let generational differences stand between them, pairing up with people 10, 20 or more years their junior or senior.
Check out this list of celebrity couples with a major age gap between them.
Phoebe Cates And Kevin Kline, 16 Years
You probably know Phoebe Cates, 54, and Kevin Kline, 70, best for their status as 1980s Hollywood darlings. Cates turned heads with an iconic pool scene in 1982’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” and also had roles in other notable films from the decade, including “Gremlins” and “Shag.” Klein starred in “Sophie’s Choice” and “The Big Chill.” Cates and Kline met while auditioning for the latter film. Although she didn’t snag a part, Cates met the man she would one day marry.
The pair has been married since 1989, which makes for an impressively long union in Tinsel Town, especially considering their 16-year age gap.
Annette Bening And Warren Beatty, 22 Years
Unlike some couples on this list, actors Annette Bening, 59, and Warren Beatty, 81, have proved that they can make their May-December relationship work for the long haul. The two have been married since 1992 and share four children.
Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones, 25 Years
Actors Michael Douglas, 73, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 48, actually share the same birthday—a quarter of a century apart. The couple has been married since 2000 and have two kids together. Douglas revealed that the two like to have a good laugh about the years between them.
“[Zeta-Jones will say], ‘Oh honey, I can’t wait when you get older and you’re going to be in the wheelchair and I’m going to be wheeling you around and you’re going to be saying, ‘where are we going?’ and I’ll whisper it to you, ‘Cartier, darling, Cartier.’ She’s got it all figured out,” he told Hello Magazine.
Arlene Silver And Dick Van Dyke, 46 Years
Multi-talented entertainer Dick Van Dyke’s lifelong partner, Michelle Triola, passed away in 2009. Van Dyke, 92, has once again found love with makeup artist Arlene Silver, 46, whom he married in 2012.
“She’s very mature for her age and I’m very immature for my age so it’s just about right,” Van Dyke told Parade back in 2013.
Jay-Z And Beyonce, 12 Years
Jay and Bey are arguably the music industry’s biggest power couple. Jay-Z, 48, and Beyonce, 36, have been together since 2001. They wed in 2008 and share three children, Blu Ivy Carter and twins Rumi and Sir.
Sarah Paulson And Holland Taylor, 32 Years
Actresses Sarah Paulson, 43, and Holland Taylor, 75, have been dating since 2015. Paulson has a history of dating people much older than her and shrugs off the notion that others might find that strange.
“My choices in romantic partners have not been conventional, and therefore the idea that it is ‘other’ makes it compelling,” she told the New York Times.
Richard Gere And Alejandra Silva, 33 Years
The man who will always be known for his role in “Pretty Woman,” Richard Gere, 68, and Spaniard Alejandra Silva, 35, met at a hotel she was managing. The couple tied the knot in April 2018.
John Stamos And Caitlin McHugh, 23 Years
“Fuller House” star, John Stamos, 54, and his wife, Caitlin McHugh, 31, got married in February 2018 after he proposed at Disneyland. The couple welcomed their first child, Billy, shortly after in April 2018.
David Hasselhoff And Hayley Roberts, 27 Years
Actor David Hasselhoff, 66, and Welsh model Haley Roberts, 38, wed in July 2018 in Italy. Although Hasselhoff has 27 years on his new wife, Roberts says the former “Baywatch” star is “young at heart.”
“At the very start I thought the age difference was a lot and I was nervous about it but it doesn’t bother me now,” Roberts told OK! Magazine. “David acts so much younger, he doesn’t see his age. I’m probably older than my years. I don’t feel like he’s that much older than me.”
Zachary Quinto And Miles McMillan, 12 Years
Actor Zachary Quinto, 41, and model Miles McMillan, 29, have been a pair since 2013, and the couple lives together in New York City with their two dogs and a cat. McMillan is a painter as well as a model.
Scott Disick And Sofia Richie, 15 Years
Scott Disick, 35, famous for his association with the Kardashians (he’s dad to Kourtney Kardashian‘s three kids), has been dating Lionel Richie’s 20-year old model daughter, Sofia Richie, for about a year. Despite rumors that their romance was on the rocks, they recently vacationed together in Mykonos, Greece.
Olivier Sarkozy And Mary-Kate Olsen, 17 Years
Fashion designer Mary-Kate Olsen, 32, married French banker Olivier Sarkozy, 49, in 2015. (Sarkozy is the half-brother of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy.) They usually keep their relationship fairly private, but they were spotted out together here at the Take Home A Nude Art party and auction at Sotheby’s in New York City in October 2017.
Harrison Ford And Calista Flockhart, 22 Years
Harrison Ford, 76, and Calista Flockhart, 53, have nearly a quarter of a century between them, but they have been going strong as a married couple since 2009, having met eight years prior. Flockhart says their age difference doesn’t bother them one bit.
“It doesn’t faze me. Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me’,” she told Hello! Magazine in 2003. “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 more cute. He looks like a little boy.”
Alec And Hilaria Baldwin, 26 Years
Alec Baldwin, 60, and Hilaria Baldwin, 34, married in 2012 and have four children together. The actor and yoga teacher are certainly from different generations, but that hasn’t impacted their incredible bond.
“He’s my soulmate,” Baldwin told Hello! Magazine in 2013. “We can spend all day taking and we never get bored. With us, everything is very simple. Our wedding rings are engraved: ‘We’re a great team’. In the end, that’s what it’s all about.”
David Foster And Katharine McPhee, 34 Years
Musician and composer David Foster, 68, and former “American Idol” star Katharine McPhee, 34, got engaged during summer 2018. Despite the fact she’s half his age, McPhee says they couldn’t be more in love.
“I just pinch myself when I get to spend time with him on a personal level,” she told Entertainment Tonight last year. “I love his outlook on life and how he treats people. He’s really a special person in my life.”
Hugh Grant And Anna Eberstein, 18 Years
Actor Hugh Grant, 57, and Swedish entrepreneur Anna Eberstein, 39, married in May 2018 in London. They have three children together. Grant has said he has just one regret in their relationship, and that’s that he didn’t marry Eberstein sooner.
Idris Elba And Sabrina Dhowre, 16 Years
Actor Idris Elba, 45 and model Sabrina Dhowre, 29, became engaged shortly before Valentine’s Day 2018. They made their first public appearance together on the red carpet for “Molly’s Game,” in which Elba co-starred alongside Jessica Chastain.
William H. Macy And Felicity Huffman, 13 Years
Actors William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are another famous couple with more than a dozen years between them. Macy, 68, tried to woo Huffman, 55, for years before she finally realized he was the one for her.
“Bill Macy asked me to marry him several times over several years. And I was finally smart enough to go: ‘I’m going to marry this guy or really lose him for good.’ And it was after we broke up for four or five years when he asked me again, I knew I couldn’t say no,” she told Tribune News Service in 2013.
Sylvester Stallone And Jennifer Flavin, 22 Years
Actor Sylvester Stallone, 72, and model Jennifer Flavin, 50, have been married since 1997. Although they’ve gone through some ups and downs together, they’re still going strong and share three daughters together: Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
Tony Bennett And Susan Benedetto, 40 Years
Legendary singer Tony Bennett, 92, and Susan Benedetto, 52, wed in 2007 but have been together since the ’80s. Susan uses Bennett’s real last name, Benedetto.
Rupert Murdoch And Jerry Hall, 25 Years
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, 87, and model Jerry Hall, 62, wed in 2016. Hall has four children with her former partner of two decades, Rolling Stones’ frontman, Mick Jagger. Murdoch has six children and more than a dozen grandchildren.
Julie Chen And Les Moonves, 21 Years
Former CBS CEO Les Moonves and wife, Julie Chen, whom you may know from her hosting gigs on “Big Brother” and “The Talk” have been in headlines lately following accusations of sexual misconduct against Moonves, 68.
Chen, 48, has apparently decided to stand by her man, announcing her resignation from “The Talk” on Sept. 18. She will reportedly stay on as the host of “Big Brother.” Moonves and Chen met in the 1990s while both working for CBS, and they married in 2004, just two weeks after Moonves’ divorce from ex-wife, Nancy Wieselfeld, was finalized.
Anna Paquin And Stephen Moyer, 13 Years
“True Blood” costars Anna Paquin, 36, and Stephen Moyer, 48, met and fell in love on set. They married in 2010 and have 6-year-old twins, Charlie and Poppy. The couple plans to work together again on Pop TV’s upcoming drama series “Flack,” Paquin as an actress and Moyer as an executive producer.
Jason Momoa And Lisa Bonet, 12 Years
The one-time “The Cosby Show” actress, 51, and the “Aquaman” star, 39, have been together since 2005 and got married in 2017. Momoa said he had fallen for Bonet during her days on TV, and the pair finally met one fateful night in L.A. Bonet said in an interview that they have been together ever since. They have two kids.
Viola Davis And Julius Tennon, 12 Years
Academy Award winner Viola Davis, 53, and actor and producer Julius Tennon, 64, celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary earlier this year. The couple met on the set of TV show “City of Angels” in the early 2000s. They are parents to 6-year-old Genesis, and Tennon has two children from a previous relationship.
Matthew McConaughey And Camila Alves, 13 Years
Texas native Matthew McConaughey was approaching 40 and his “clock was ticking” when he first met his wife, Brazilian-American model Camila Alves, 36. McConaughey, now 48, married Alves in 2012, and they have three children: Levi, 9, Vida, 8, and Livingston, 5. Alves said earlier this year that she and McConaughey keep the spark alive by cooking together and getting away without the kids once in a while.
Brian Austin Green And Megan Fox, 13 Years
“Beverly Hills, 90210” alum Brian Austin Green, 45, and model and actress Megan Fox, 32, wed in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 2010. Earlier this year, the parents of three (Noah, 5, Bodhi, 4, and Journey, 2) returned to the island for a kid-free getaway.
“The thing about that that’s so essential is you remember why you like the person that you had kids with,” Fox told US magazine earlier this year. “When you have so many people pulling at you and needing stuff, you kind of forget. You become like business partners and then you go on a date and you’re like, ‘Ugh! I’m attracted to you!’ So it’s important to do that. I’m gonna try and do it more often.”
Hugh Jackman And Deborra Lee-Furness, 14 Years
Hugh Jackman, 48, and Deborra Lee-Furness, 62, have been together for more than 20 years. They originally met on the set of Australian show “Correlli” in 1995, and married a year later. They eventually adopted two kids, Oscar and Ava. Twenty-one years later, they’re still madly in love, with Jackman calling his wife, “the greatest woman alive.”
Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds, 11 Years
You might be surprised to learn that screen stars Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have a decade between them. Lively, 30, and Reynolds, 41, have been married since 2012. The couple has two children, James and Ines. Despite their seemingly picture-perfect union, Lively says their lives are far from perfect and that they experience ups and downs just like every other couple.
Amal And George Clooney, 17 Years
Actor George Clooney, 57, met human rights lawyer Amal, 40, through mutual friends in 2013. They wed in 2014 and recently welcomed twins Ella and Alexander. Previously a noted lifelong bachelor, George was thrilled to finally find his match in Amal.
“At 52 I found the love of my life and I’m really happy,” he told Esquire in 2016.
Nick Jonas And Priyanka Chopra, 10 Years
Priyanka Chopra — 36-year-old Bollywood-turned-Hollywood star (and famous friend of Meghan Markle) who’s been called one of the most beautiful women in the world — and former Jonas Brothers singer, Nick Jonas, 26, confirmed their engagement in August 2018.
Matt Bomer And Simon Halls, 14 Years
Actor Matt Bomer, 40, known for his roles on Broadway and in films such as “Magic Mike” and “The Magnificent Seven,” has been married to Hollywood publicist, Simon Halls, since 2011. They have three children.
Daryl Hannah And Neil Young, 15 Years
Actress Daryl Hannah, 57, and musician Neil Young, 72, reportedly tied the knot in a small private ceremony during the summer of 2018 after dating for several years. The duo share a passion for environmental activism.
Jeff Goldblum And Emilie Livingston, 30 Years
Actor Jeff Goldblum, 65, who’s currently working on a new show with National Geographic, and former Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston, 35, married in 2014 and have two kids.
Solange Knowles And Alan Ferguson, 23 Years
Singer (and Beyonce’s little sister) Solange, 32, married her long-term boyfriend, Alan Ferguson, 55, in 2014. Ferguson is a music video director who has, of course, collaborated on some of Solange’s latest music videos.
Ellen DeGeneres And Portia Rossi, 15 Years
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 60, and actress Portia de Rossi, 45, have a 15-year age difference, but that hasn’t stopped them from being adorably in love. The couple has now been married for nine years. In a sweet Instagram post, DeGeneres wrote of Rossi, “Being her wife is the greatest thing I am.”
Nikki Reed And Ian Somerhalder, 9 Years
Actors Ian Somerhalder, 39, and Nikki Reed, 30, married in 2015 and in July 2017, they welcomed their daughter, Bodhi Soleil. Despite their age gap, these two seem to be on the same age when it comes to their parenting. including their unorthodox decision to take a month with no visitors or technology following Bodhi’s birth.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley And Jason Statham, 19 Years
Hollywood heartthrobs are notorious for snagging beautiful women half their age. (Um, looking at you Leonardo DiCaprio.) It seems action star Jason Statham, 50, is no exception, as he has been dating stunning model-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 31, since 2010. The couple got engaged last year and welcomed their first child, Jack Oscar, in June 2017.
Adam Levine And Behati Prinsloo, 9 Years
Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” judge Adam Levine, 39, married model Behati Prinsloo, 30, in a secret ceremony in Mexico in 2014. The pair shares two daughters together: 1-year-old Dusty Rose and 6-month-old Gio Grace.
Camila Cabello And Matthew Hussey, 10 Years
Singer Camila Cabello, 21, and British YouTube personality Matthew Hussey, 31, have been an item since early this year, but the pair tends to keep their relationship out of the spotlight. Hussey penned the New York Times bestseller, “Get the Guy: Learn Secrets of the Male Mind to Find the Man You Want and the Love You Deserve,” so perhaps Cabello read it to snag him.
Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade, 9 Years
Actress Gabrielle Union, 45, and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, 36, have been together since 2009 — save for a brief breakup in 2013 — and tied the knot in 2014.