When it comes to falling head-over-heels in love, a lot of stars just don't care about age. After all, it's just a number, right?! Wonderwall.com rounded up a slew of celebrity couples with a significant number of years between them, including these newlyweds… In October 2016, the world learned that Sean Penn, then 56, was romancing actress Leila George, then 24, after they were photographed sharing some PDA in the ocean. More than three years later in January 2020, the couple — who have nearly 32 years between them — made their official solo red carpet debut as a couple at an event for his CORE charity, and six months after that, they tied the knot, a friend revealed on Instagram in July 2020 along with a photo of the couple's wedding rings. Sean, by the way, is only a year younger than Leila's father, actor Vincent D'Onofrio, and just a few months younger than her mother, actress Greta Scacchi. Keep reading for more celeb couples with big age gaps…
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In June 2020, "Rocky" franchise star Dolph Lundgren proposed to Norwegian personal trainer Emma Krokdal. The Swedish action star was 62 at the time and Emma, according to reports, turned 24 that summer — which makes Dolph more than 38 years her senior (and Emma about the same age as his eldest daughter from his first marriage, Ida).
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Dennis Quaid's fourth wife, Laura Savoie, is 39 years his junior. The actor was 65 and the graduate student was 26 when they were first photographed together in May 2019 (reports revealed they'd been dating for several months at the time). Dennis proposed in Hawaii in October 2019 and they married in June 2020. Laura, who was valedictorian of her class at Pepperdine University and previously dated actor Jeremy Piven, has been working toward her doctorate in accounting at the University of Texas. But this isn't the first time Dennis has romanced a significantly younger woman…
Dennis Quaid and Santa Auzina turned heads when they began dating in late 2016. Why? Their good looks, obviously, but it also had something to do with their 32-year age difference. Fun fact: When he started seeing the model, he was more than twice her age.
In April 2020, 46-year-old Kate Beckinsale was photographed holding hands with 22-year-old Canadian musician Goody Grace while on a walk in Los Angeles. DailyMail.com reported that the pair — who have nearly 24 years between them — were first spotted spending time together in January 2020. Goody is just a year and a half older than Kate's daughter, Lily Sheen.
Kate Beckinsale is living her best life — she's romanced significantly younger men before… She and comedian Pete Davidson were first linked in January 2019 when the actress was 45 and the "Saturday Night Live" comedian was 25. Over the next few months, they flaunted their budding romance with PDA in both Los Angeles and New York City. They ultimately split after less than four months of casually dating. In 2017, Kate dated comedian Matt Rife, who's 22 years her junior, and in 2018, she shared a steamy, PDA-filled night out at a Los Angeles nightclub with British actor-comedian Jack Whitehall, who's nearly 15 years younger than her.
In April 2019, actor-director Zach Braff was photographed holding hands in New York City with "Fighting With My Family," "Little Women" and "Black Widow" actress Florence Pugh, who was newly 23 at the time. The pair — who have 21 years between them — later took their romance more public.
Nicolas Cage was 56 when he made his public debut with girlfriend Riko Shibata at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, in February 2020. A few weeks later, Britain's The Sun and DailyMail.com reported that Riko — seen here with Nic in New York City in March 2020 — is 30 years the actor's junior and three years younger than his eldest son, Weston.
Scott Disick was 34 when he and Sofia Richie began dating in 2017 shortly after she turned 18. They called it quits in May 2020, with reports citing Scott's long-standing issues and Sofia's frustration with them as the main reason for the breakup — not their age difference.
There's a 32-year age gap between Sarah Paulson and girlfriend Holland Taylor. "There's a poignancy to being with someone older," the "American Horror Story" star told The New York Times in 2016. "I think there's a greater appreciation of time and what you have together and what's important."
In May 2017, reports swirled claiming that David Foster, then 67, and Katharine McPhee, then 32, were dating, which came as quite a shock to many, considering their 34-year age difference. However, the musician-producer and the singer-actress didn't let that get in the way of their love, and they were practically attached at the hip by late 2017. Then, in July 2018, they got engaged while on vacation in Italy. David and Katharine married almost a year later in London in June 2019.
In 2003, "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis married Julius Tennon, who's 13 years her senior. According to the actress, she prayed for a man in her life, and three weeks later, there he was! "I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before," she told Essence magazine in 2013. "I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself." Viola and Julius have been happily married since 2003! They share daughter Genesis.
On July 17, 2019 — not long after it emerged that they were dating — Welsh actor Michael Sheen, who was 50 at the time, took to Twitter to reveal that he and then-25-year-old Swedish actress Anna Lundberg were expecting a baby together. "Very happy to let everyone know that my partner Anna and I are expecting a little angel of our own," the "Good Omens" star wrote. They welcomed daughter Lyra that September.
There's a 24-year age gap between "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek and his wife. The game show legend, who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer at 78 in early 2019, and Jean Currivan Trebek, 54, married in 1990 when she was 26. Shortly before his diagnosis, Alex told People magazine that his one regret in life was that he and Jean hadn't been together longer. "My wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years," Alex said. "I thought, oh my gosh… if I'd just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together. I guess if I'd met her when I was in my 20s, she wouldn't have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good!"
"Oceans 12" star Vincent Cassel is 30 years older than his wife, model Tina Kunakey. The couple tied the knot in August 2018 when he was 51 and she was 21 and welcomed a daughter the following year. They began dating when Tina was 19.
Heidi Klum is 16 years older than third husband Tom Kaulitz. In 2018, the model gushed about her then-boyfriend to InStyle. "My boyfriend is many years younger than me, and lots of people are questioning that and asking about it," she said. "That's really the only time when age seems to be shoved in my face and I have to give an answer for it. I don't really think about it that much otherwise. You have to just live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think because worrying is only going to give you more wrinkles." The model mogul and the German rocker tied the knot in 2019 when he was 29 and she was 45.
In January 2020, Pamela Anderson tied the knot for the fifth time, marrying "A Star is Born" producer Jon Peters — who's 22 years her senior — in Malibu. But just 12 days later, it was over. The couple first dated 30 years earlier when Pam was 22 and Jon was 44 (they're seen here in 1989).
"Full House" alum John Stamos met wife Caitlin McHugh — who's 22 years his junior — while shooting an episode of "Law and Order: SVU" in 2015. After nearly two years of dating, John proposed at one of her favorite places — Disneyland! The couple married in February 2018 when he was 54 and she was 31. They welcomed their first child, son Billy, that same year.
Richard Gere is 34 years older than his wife, Spanish socialite Alejandra Silva. The duo was first spotted out together as a couple in June 2015. They quietly tied the knot in April 2018 and welcomed their first child together in 2019 and second in 2020.
Gavin Rossdale and Sophia Thomalla began dating in April 2017 when he was 51 and she was 27. And get this: The German model is actually one year younger than Gavin's eldest child, daughter Daisy Lowe. They split in late 2018.
This power couple has overcome far more than an age gap! Beyonce is 12 years younger than husband JAY-Z, whom she started dating when she was 19. In 2003, Bey released her smash hit single "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay, which was reportedly inspired by the beginning stages of their romance. The "Everything Is Love" musical duo tied the knot in 2008 and now share three children — daughter Blue Ivy Carter and twins Sir and Rumi.
There's a 13-year age difference between "The Greatest Showman" star Hugh Jackman and his real-life leading lady, Deborra-lee Furness. The couple met in 1995 on the set of "Correlli," an Australian television series. After admitting they had crushes on each other (how cute!) they began dating, and the rest is history! They married less than a year later when Hugh was 27 and Deborra-lee was 40. They now share two kids, Oscar and Ava.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra started off as friends, but things turned romantic in the summer of 2018 and they got serious in a hurry. Priyanka, who's 10 years older than Nick, even introduced him to her mom within weeks! Within the first few weeks of dating, they couple was seen in India, Brazil, New York City and Los Angeles — and they were engaged by the end of July. On Dec. 1, 2018, they married in India when the actress was 36 and the singer was 26.
George Clooney met the love of his life in 2013. The long-time bachelor fell hard for Amal Alamuddin, an international law and human rights attorney, and the two were married a year later in Venice, Italy, when George was 53 and Amal was 36. The 17-year age difference never seemed to be a factor for the duo, who welcomed twins in 2017.
Art imitates life! Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander co-starred as husband and wife in the 2016 flick "The Light Between Two Oceans." An 11-year age difference was hardly a problem for the couple — in 2017, they tied the knot in Spain when Michael was 40 and Alicia was 29.
There's a 35-year age difference between Randy Jackson and his musician girlfriend, Simone. But it doesn't faze this duo. You want perspective? She was born when George H.W. Bush was in the White House. Randy, however, was born when Dwight D. Eisenhower was commander in chief.
"One Tree Hill" actress Hilarie Burton and "The Walking Dead" star Jeffrey Morgan are separated by 16 years. That makes no difference to them. The couple began dating in 2009 when she was 26 and he was 42 and wed in 2019. They share two children.
There's a nearly 26-year age difference between Alec Baldwin and his second wife, former yoga instructor Hilaria Baldwin. They wed in 2012 when he was 54 and she was 28.
Josh Duhamel and Eiza Gonzalez didn't let their 17-year age difference get in the way of their romance. The couple began dating in June 2017, five months after he and music star Fergie announced that they were separating. After about a year of dating, Josh and Eiza split.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have been married since 2000. They treaded some rocky waters and separated for a short while in 2013 but are happy together now. Michael is 25 years older than the Oscar-winning actress, whom he wed when he was 56 and she was 31.
Steven Tyler hired Aimee Preston as his assistant in 2012 when she was just 23 years old. The two hit it off and made their public debut as a couple in February 2016 when Steven was 68 and she was 27. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a 41-year difference in age. (Aimee is actually younger than two of Steven's daughters.)
Dane Cook and Kelsi Taylor started dating in 2017 when she was 18 and he was 44. On their one-year anniversary, Dane posted a picture of himself with his love, writing, "Kelsi thank you for so many nights filled with laughter, days filled with creative thoughts & expressions and mostly thx for the love." She posted a picture as well, writing, "I have the most amazing guy by my side with the sweetest of hearts. I love you with all of mine."
Twenty-five years is nothing! That's the span of the age gap between Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner and boyfriend Corey Gamble, who's a year younger than her eldest daughter, Kourtney Kardashian. The two have been an item since November 2014.
It was essentially love at first sight for director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The pair met on the set of the Sam-helmed 2009 biopic "Nowhere Boy," back when the actor was just 18. But despite their 24-year age gap, and meeting when Aaron was just venturing into adulthood, they managed to defy the odds. The lovebirds tied the knot in 2012 and have two daughters, Wylda and Romy.
Can you believe there's a 20-year age gap between Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham?! They don't look two decades apart in age! The British lovebirds have been together since 2010, got engaged in 2016 and welcomed their first child in 2017.
Kelsey Grammer was married and divorced three times before finding love again with a 27-years-younger Kayte Walsh, who happens to be just two years older than his eldest daughter, actress Spencer Grammer.
Sylvester Stallone was 42 in 1988 when he began dating model Jennifer Flavin, who was 19 at the time. The couple tied the knot in 1997. They now share three daughters — Sistine, Sophia and Scarlett. The "Rocky" writer-actor gushed to The Telegraph in 2010 about his wife, "I realized that women have a knack, at least Jennifer, for making incredibly erudite, wise, smart decisions," he said. "I always leap without looking. She always looks and never leaps. She's incredibly safe. So now finally, I say: 'Honey, you make all the decisions. Done, done, done. I trust you.' I never had that before. Ever."
Mel Gibson's latest girlfriend is 35 years his junior! The actor-director welcomed his ninth child — son Lars — with champion equestrian vaulter-turned-screenwriter Rosalind Ross in early 2017 when he was 61 and she was 26.
Susan Crow is Tony Bennett's third wife, and she is 40 years younger than the singer, to whom she's been married since 2007. In Tony's memoir, "Just Getting Started," he wrote that he "met" Susan when her mother was pregnant with her during a meet-and-greet in New York in 1966. Weird.
Here's a fun fact about Bruce Willis: His second and current wife, Emma Heming, is 10 years older than his eldest daughter, Rumer Willis. The action star is 24 years older than his wife!
Not only is David Hasselhoff's wife 27 years his junior, but she has the same name as one of his kids. In 2018, The Hoff married Hayley Roberts, who is only two years older than his daughter, Hayley Hasselhoff.
Jeff Goldblum and Emilie Livingston married in 2014 and have since welcomed two children together. The "Independence Day" actor is 31 years older than his wife, a former champion rhythmic gymnast.
Harrison Ford's son, Ben Ford, is only three years younger than Harrison's third and current wife, Calista Flockhart. The "Star Wars" actor is 22 years older than his missus.
Rowan Atkinson is 28 years older than girlfriend Louise Ford, who is currently pregnant with their child. The couple moved into his multi-million-dollar London home just weeks after his divorce from his wife was finalized in November 2015.
David Cross and Amber Tamblyn, who randomly met and connected on a flight to Louisiana in 2009, tied the knot back in 2012. The funnyman is 19 years older than the actress, who gave birth to their daughter in February 2017.
Comedian Kathy Griffin loves to crack jokes about the 18-year age gap between herself and marketing exec Randy Bick. The couple tied the knot in January 2020 when the actress was 59.
Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey have a 14-year age difference between them and have been together since 2007. The happy couple married in 2012 and have three gorgeous children together: sons Levi and Livingston and daughter Vida.
Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 15 years older than wife Portia de Rossi. The couple married at their home in Los Angeles in 2008.
Seventeen years isn't the only thing that separates French banker Olivier Sarkozy and wife Mary-Kate Olsen. The couple is also more than a foot apart in height: He's 6-foot-3 while the former "Full House" actress-turned-fashion mogul is 5-foot-2. They wed in 2015. Her twin sister likes older men too…
Richard Sachs is 28 years older than Ashley Olsen, but that didn't stop them from kissing at a New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in New York City in November 2016. The two dated for five months before splitting in March 2017.
When Doug Hutchison and Courtney Stodden got hitched in 2011, she was not only 34 years younger than the actor but also just 16 years old. The off-and-on couple separated in September 2017 and the former teen bride filed for divorce in March 2018.
Jerry Seinfeld and wife Jessica Seinfeld tied the knot in 1999 when she was 28 and he was 45 after just a year of dating. The couple — who have a 17-year age gap between them — first crossed paths at a gym while Jessica was newly married to her first husband. Now they share three children — Sascha, Julian and Shepherd.
Late music manager Rene Angelil met and started working with Celine Dion when she was just 12 years old and he was 38. The superstar singer didn't marry Rene until she was 26 (he was 52).
One of the gold standards of age defying romances are Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. The longtime couple is 21 years apart in age. They first met in 1991 while filming "Bugsy." They married a year later, and they now have four kids together.
Madonna has romanced quite a few super-hot younger men! Take Brazilian model Jesus Luz, for example: The couple had a 29-year age gap when they dated back in 2009.
It wasn't a huge surprise when late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner tied the knot with a woman who was 60 years younger — Crystal Hefner — in 2012. After all, the majority of his ex-girlfriends have been a lot, lot younger.
When Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore wed in 2005, she was labeled a cougar because of their 15-year age difference. Her eldest daughter, Rumer Willis, was only 10 years younger than her then-stepfather. After their divorce in 2013, Ashton linked up with actress Mila Kunis, who is much closer to him in age. (Ashton is only five years older than Mila.)
Billionaire businessman Elon Musk and Canadian singer Grimes made their first public appearance as a couple at the 2018 Met Gala. In January 2020, the "Oblivion" singer announced that she was expecting a child with the Tesla founder — who is 16 years her senior.
Golden Globe Award-winning actor Christian Slater is 18 years older than wife Brittany Lopez. In 2013, the couple married at a Miami courthouse after three years of dating when the actor was 44. In 2019, they welcomed their first child together, a daughter.
Former "Friends" star David Schwimmer was dedicated to part-time photographer Zoe Buckman from 2007 to 2017. The two secretly tied the knot in 2010 and welcomed a daughter, Cleo, the following year — despite David being 19 years Zoe's senior.
Actress Rosario Dawson began dating Democratic politician Cory Booker — who is 10 years her senior — in 2018 when she was 39 and he was 49.
Jonathan Bricklin and Susan Sarandon raised eyebrows for their 30-year age gap when they started dating after her high-profile split from Tim Robbins. Although Susan didn't mind being the older woman, she ultimately split with Jonathan after six years.
Martin Mica didn't seem to mind the 30-year age gap between himself and former love Sharon Stone. They were a pretty darn good-lookin' couple, wouldn't you say?
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander tied the knot in 2017 and welcomed their first child in 2019. The model is nine years younger than her baseball player husband, whom she wed at 25.
Mariah Carey was married to Tommy Mottola (pictured), who's 21 years her senior, from 1993 to 1998. She then wed Nick Cannon, who's 10 years younger than her, in 2008. After they broke up, Mariah got engaged to the more age-appropriate Australian billionaire James Packer, who's only three years older than her. After they split, she quickly moved on with dancer Bryan Tanaka, who's 14 years her junior.
Could the 35 years between Clint Eastwood and Dina Eastwood be one of the reasons their marriage failed? The couple divorced in 2014.