Couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows. But guess what — it doesn’t really matter to star couples who break barriers and prove the myth that large age gaps don’t work wrong.
It wasn’t very long ago when Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor declared his relationship with his Brahmastra co-star Alia Bhatt during an interview with GQ India, creating quite a stir.
Kapoor, 36, who is currently promoting his latest film Sanju, is 11 years older than Bhatt.
Recently, actress Priyanka Chopra walked hand-in-hand with her 10-year-younger beau, Nick Jonas, at the wedding of the latter’s cousin. She later spent some quality time with the other Jonas brothers on a private yacht. Maybe the age difference is merely a number for these celebrities. Here are eight other couples who have solid relationships despite the age gaps.
1) Shahid Kapoor – Mira Rajput
Actor Shahid Kapoor, 37, took fans by surprise after announcing his marriage to Delhi-based Mira Rajput, 24. Kapoor and Rajput, with an age gap of 12 years, met through their families and got married in 2015 in a private ceremony in Delhi, followed by a grand reception in Mumbai with the creme de la creme of Bollywood in attendance. The couple welcomed their first daughter Misha in 2016 and are expecting their second child this year.
2) Amal Clooney – George Clooney
A love story straight out of the movies, George and Amal Clooney first met in Lake Como through a friend, soon after which they started dating. George, 57, found his soulmate for the second time in the British-Lebanese human rights lawyer, who is 17 years younger than him. A power couple in the truest sense, they inspire many individuals to find love, irrespective of their age. They are now parents to twins, Ella and Alexander.
3) Beyonce – Jay Z
With a combined net worth of $1.16 billion (Dh4.2 billion) in 2017, according to Forbes, rapper Jay Z and his superstar wife Beyonce are a force to reckon with in the music business. Known as Queen B by fans around the world, the singer is 12 years younger to her husband. Parents to six-year-old Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir, Beyonce and Jay Z are currently on the On The Run II Tour, co-headlining and promoting their albums, Lemonade and 4:44, respectively.
4) Saif Ali Khan – Kareena Kapoor Khan
The royal couple of Bollywood Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan’s wedding was no less than a regal affair. Khan, 47, married Kapoor-Khan, 37, making their wedding the most talked about union in 2012 and broke several cultural barriers, including their 10-year age gap. The actors are now proud parents to paparazzi’s favourite star kid, Taimur.
5) Blake Lively – Ryan Reynolds
What’s better than having partner you can make a joke out of all the time? Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively have proved time and again that they’re just another ordinary couple with their humorous antics on social media. Reynolds, 41, and Lively, 30, got married in 2012 and are parents to two daughters, Inez and James. The Deadpool star is 11 years older to his wife, but he never lets go of an opportunity to show his childish side by teasing her, even if their silly arguments lead to separation rumours. Life is just about laughs for these two, and we love it!
6) Adam Levine – Behati Prinsloo
Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine tore several hearts apart when he declared his love for Victoria Secret model Behati Prinsloo in 2012. The couple tied the knot in 2014 and are parents to two daughters, Dusty Rose and Gio Grace. Prinsloo was seen in her singer-husband’s latest video Girls Like You, along with their younger daughter, Grace. The song was an ode to women and featured Ellen DeGenres, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and YouTube sensation, Lilly Singh (Superwoman).
7) Kourtney Kardashian – Younes Bendjima
Mother of three Kourtney Kardashian has had a picture-perfect romance with new beau Younes Bendjima. From fancy holidays to matching denim wardrobes to mushy Instagram posts, the oldest of the Kardashian sister clan has been dating her 14-year-younger boyfriend since October 2016.
8) Scott Disick – Sofia Richie
After his break up with Kourtney Kardashian, whom he dated for nine years and who he has three children with, Disick found love with his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie. With an age gap of 15 years, Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie, was a teen model when she first met Disick in 2017. Ever since, the young couple have been travelling the globe and posting their vacation pictures on Instagram. The couple is often spotted with Disick’s children.
9) Aamir Khan – Kiran Rao
Actor Aamir Khan met his wife, movie producer Kiran Rao, while shooting for his film Lagaan (2001). Khan, who divorced his first wife Reena Dutta in 2003, fell head over heels for Rao, who is nine years younger, during the shoot of their second collaboration together, Dil Chahta Hai. The couple got married in 2005 after dating for a year and now have a son together, Azad Rao Khan.
10) Hugh Grant – Anna Eberstein
It’s never too late to get married, and actor High Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein are proof. Six years after getting together and three children later, Grant and Eberstein tied the knot in May. Eberstein is a producer at Fox News and is 18 years younger to the Love Actually actor.
11) Liam Payne - Cheryl Cole
Liam Payne and his girlfriend Cheryl first met on the set of the X Factor in 2014. They now have son Bear together. The One Direction star is 10 years younger to Cheryl, who was part of the pop band Girls Aloud. Amidst rumours of their break up, Payne and Cheryl have been acknowledging each other as husband and wife during interviews raising speculation of a secret marriage.
12) Catherine Zeta-Jones – Michael Douglas
The high-profile wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones to Michael Douglas, which cost approximately £1.5 million (Dh7.3 million), was labelled the “wedding of the year” by BBC in 2000. A dream wedding at the Plaza Hotel in New York, Zeta-Jones met Douglas in 1998 in France, with the latter being 25 years older to his wife. The couple has stood strong together despite a rough patch in their relationship, and are parents to two teenagers, Dylan Michael and Carys Zeta.
13) Richard Gere – Alejandra Silva
The Pretty Woman actor found love for the third time when he married Spanish Activist Alejandra Silva earlier this year. Gere, a Golden Globe Award winner, is 33 years older to Silva. They dated for three years before tying the knot in a civil ceremony.
14) Bruce Willis – Emma Heming
American actor-producer Bruce Willis married model Emma Heming in 2009 in the presence of his former wife, actress Demi Moore, and their three daughters — Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. Willis and Heming have an age gap of 27 years and are doting parents to two daughters, Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn.
15) Sam Taylor-Johnson – Aaron Taylor-Johnson
The couple met on the set of Sam’s 2009 directorial debut Nowhere Boy, which starred Aaron, who was only 18 at the time. Despite their 24-year age gap, the lovers got married in 2012 and both took the name Taylor-Johnson officially. They are parents to two daughters, Wylda Rae and Romy Hero.