As we grow up, compatibility becomes the most important thing for any relationship. We look for a person who is caring and understanding. Usually most of us tend to find that person from the similar age group as ours with hardly a difference of 2-3 years but sometimes in life, you may find that compatibility with the most unusual partners. What happens if your partner is 10 or more years older or younger than you? Age differences also have its reward just as age does. The younger person gets to live with a person who is more experienced and established in the world. They may have more money or maybe more interesting and social life. At the same time, the older person gets a companion who is high in energy, modern who would ultimately help the couple stay fit. And as well know, love is blind and we love whom we love. So, here are ten such age-defying love stories:
10. Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman (12 years)
Megan Mullally is an American actress and singer whereas Nick is an American actor, carpenter and singer. He is known for his role as Ron Swanson in the NBC’s sitcom, Parks and Recreation. In 2000, Mullally, an established actress then, met Nick when he was an unknown actor. They came together for a play in Los Angeles. Without bothering much about the age difference of 12 years the two married in 2003. Twelve years of togetherness, two dogs, and one rock-solid marriage is something they are proud of.
9. Jay-Z & Beyonce (12 years)
In 2002, Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles, who was just 20 came together for the song “’03 Bonnie & Clyde“. Jay and Beyonce remain tight-lipped while dating. Seven years later, in 2008, the couple married secretly in New York City. This wedding with 12 years age difference became a matter of public record as they were listed as the most powerful couple by the TIME magazines. They were also ranked as Hollywood’s top earning couple in 2009 with combined earnings of $162 million by Forbes. Later, in 2011, in MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant with a baby girl named Blue Ivy Carter.
8. Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness (13 years)
Deborra-Lee Furness is an Australian actress, director and producer. Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor and producer. He is a Broadway star, known for his work in X-Men and Les Miserables and People’s 2008 Sexiest Man Alive.The 57-year-old Australian isn’t just famous for her work but also owing a husband who is 13 years younger to her. The two met on the set of Correlli, an Australian TV show. On April 1996, they tied the knot at St. John’s in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. Later, the couple adopted two children; son, Oscar Maximillian and daughter, Ava Eliot after suffering two miscarriages.
7. Annette Bening & Warren Beatt (21 years)
Annette Carol Bening is an American actress who has been nominated in oscars four times for her work in movies like The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia and The Grifters. She has also received Golden Globe Awards for two movies. Henry Warren Beatty is an American actor, director, producer and screen writer. No one thought that the legendary man with ladies like Natalie Wood, Madonna and Collins among his conquests, would ever settle down. Then, Annette came into his life. Annette and Henry met each other on the sets of Bugsy in 1991, when she was 33 and he was 54. According to Benning, both of them took the relationship very seriously right from the start. Twenty years later, the couple have four kids which includes 21 year old Stephen, an advocate for transgender rights.
6. Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart (22 years)
Harrison Ford is a famous American film producer and actor. He is known for his work in the star wars trilogy as Han Solo and also as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. His six decades long career includes roles in Hollywood blockbusters like Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. There was a point in Ford’s life when he was a part of four of the top six box-office all time hits. Calista Kay Flockhart is an American actress, extensively known for playing the title role in TV series Ally McBeal and for the role of Kitty Walker McCallister. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford started dating in 2002 after he spilled a glass of wine on her dress. With an age gap of 22 years, they got married in 2010 in New Mexico where Ford wore jeans and Calista, a sundress. At the age of 70 and 48, respectively, they have a son, Liam.
5. Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall (25 years)
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was an American actor and is commonly regarded as American cultural icon. In 1999, he was ranked as the greatest male star ever in the history of Hollywood by the American Film Institute. Lauren Bacall is an American film actress and model, mostly known for her distinctive sultry looks and husky voice. Lauren is the fourth wife of Bogart. On the set of 1945, Bogart met 20-year-old Lauren Bacall when he was 45. Months later the couple got married and are parents of two children. Over the years, the pair made three films together, until his 1957 death of cancer. When Bogart lost all his faith, Bacall remained devoted and believed that he was her mentor, husband and a friend who taught her how to live.
4. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas (25 years)
Zeta-Jones and actor Michael Douglas, share their birthdays and has an age gap of exactly 25 years. They met each other in France, in 1998, at the Deauville Film Festival after being introduced by Danny DeVito. They started dating in March 1999. And the lines used by Douglas to propose Zeta were “I’d like to father your children.” They got engaged on 31 December 1999 when Michael’s divorce with the previous wife was almost finalized. The Oscar winners tied the knot in 2000 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, when she was 31 and he was 56. In 2011, the couple had a tough time as Zeta struggled with bipolar disorder and Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer. They are parents of two children, their son, Dylan Michael Douglas and daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas.
3. Celine Dion & Rene Angelil (26 years)
René Angélil, is a Canadian singer and manager. He is the husband and manager of Canadian singer Celine Dion. Céline Marie Claudette is also a Canadian singer. Born into a large family, Dion emerged as a teen star only because of her manager and future husband René Angélil. Soon, Dion established herself as an upcoming pop artist in North America and other English-speaking parts of the world. In 1990, when Celine Dion was just twelve met Rene Angelil, she had no idea that this person would become her husband, manager and father of her three children. But the 19 years old couple has weathered many storms together. These days, they spend their free time mostly in Las Vegas and Florida. “It’s really all about family, love, and the children for me,” says Celine.
2. Clint Eastwood & Dina Ruiz-Eastwood (35 years)
The father of seven kids by five ladies, Eastwood has never been known for fidelity. Clint Eastwood, actor cum director married Dina Ruiz who is an American reporter and new anchor on March 31, 1996. With 35 years of age difference between the two, 16 years marriage is quite a surprise. And the secret behind this, according to the couple is their zero resistance relationship. The couple also has a daughter, Morgan Eastwood. In 2012, Mrs. Eastwood starred in a tv series about her own life, Mrs. Eastwood & Company,
1. Charlie Chaplin & Oona O’Neill (36 years)
The daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill, Oona dated two men before settling down with Chaplin. Who knew that the professional relationship between O’Neill and Chaplin would turn into romantic one day? At the age of seventeen,in 1942, O’Neill was introduced to Chaplin for the lead actress of the play Shadow and Substance, by Wallace. In 1943, the two eloped and married in Carpinteria. Due to the young age of O’Neill and the huge age gap of 36 years between the two, the wedding received a lot of media attention. After marriage, O’Neill settled as a housewife and gave up all her career plans. Even though it was Chaplin’s fourth marriage, they remained together for 34 years, until his death in 1977 with eight children.