They say that age is nada but a number...and that’s especially true when it comes to love! While some studies claim that the ideal age range for a relationship is between three and five years, more and more couples are opting to break the norm and settle down with partners who are much older or younger!
These 10 celebrities have all sworn-off convention and fallen in love, despite a huge age difference:
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Thalía and Tommy Mottola: 22 years
Mexican pop star Thalía, 42, and Tommy Mottola, 64, have been happily married for 12 years! Thalía claims that the age difference works for them, partly because both were settled and successful before beginning the relationship. She wrote of her husband, “Tommy and I met at a great point in our lives. Tommy was already successful. So, we came together as equals.”
JLO and Casper Smart: 18 years
Jennifer Lopez, 44, has never been shy about admitting to the steep age difference between her and boyfriend, Casper Smart, 26. She told People: “You think, ‘Okay, in 10 years I’m going to be like this and [he’s] going to like that...I think all different things. The truth is we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re loving this moment right now. We make each other happy.”
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: 10 years
The decade-wide age gap doesn’t seem to bother Nick Cannon, 33, who claims to love older ladies! “We connected at a spiritual level,” he said of 43-year-old Mariah Carey on an episode of Lopez Tonight, “We are both kids at heart. She is the funniest ever and she has a great sense of humor.”
Shakira and Gerard Pique: 10 years
Despite a ten-year age difference, colombiana Shakira, 36, and her beau, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, 26, seem very much in love. The two have an adorable child together, baby Milan, and Pique is the first to admit that his lady love is an amazing mother. “She is the best mom in the world, next to mine.” he told The Huffington Post, “I learn a lot by her side...she came into my life to transform it and that makes me very happy. She and Milan are my everything.”
Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth: 7 years
Thor 2 star Chris Hemsworth, 30, is married to one sexy older woman! Elsa Pataky, 37, seems to have a serious hold on Hemsworth -- who appears to be madly in love with his Spanish wife! In fact, the hunky Aussie always wears a dog tag around his neck with his love’s name and number inscribed.
Demi Lovato and Wilmer Valderrama: 12 years
Demi Lovato, 21, and Wilmer Valderrama, 33, have been dating on-and-off for years, reportedly breaking up in the past because of their vast age difference. Valderrama, when asked directly about the age difference, answered: “You know, it wasn’t even...it was a real interesting time for her. We really were just best friends. To be honest, I couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas: 26 years.
Alec Baldwin, 55, tried his luck at love a second time -- marrying Spanish yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, 29, last year. The two now have a child together, and appear to be living happily ever after, despite the 26 year age difference.
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling: 7 years.
The seven year age gap doesn’t seem to bother these two lovebirds! Eva Mendes, 39, and Ryan Gosling, 32, met on the set of The Place Between the Pines, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Marc Anthony and Chloe Green: 22 years.
Marc Anthony, 44, has dated a series of beautiful, high-profile women since splitting with JLO in 2012. His current flame, Chloe Green, is the heir to the Topshop fortune...and at just 22-years-old, she's half his age!
Edward James Olmos and Lymari Nadal: 31 years.
After two unsuccessful marriages, Edward James Olmos, 66, married boricua Lymari Nadal, 35, in 2002. Despite the massive age difference, the two have been happily married for over 10 years!