The recent news that Benicio del Toro was expecting a child with Kimberly Stewart (Rod Stewart’s daughter) had us all scratching our heads yesterday. Who even knew that they had ever met, much less become so intimately acquainted that they made a baby? But this isn’t the first time that a celeb couple has us all asking: What the heck is going on here?!
Here are five couples, some successful and some not, that shocked the world:
1. Unexpected Couples: Kat Von D & Jesse James
Kat von D & Jesse James
How They Met: Jesse James became America’s Most Hated Man when news broke that he’d cheated on Sandra Bullock (repeatedly) just days after her triumphant 2010 Oscar win. But apparently, that didn’t stop famed LA tattoo artist Kat Von D from falling for his charms and they two began dating in later that summer. After denying their romance for a few months, the couple finally came clean and have been photographed all around town since.
Current Relationship Status: Von D and James are currently engaged, and possibly already married. They are avid believers in Twitter PDA so it’s easy to keep tabs on this tattooed twosome.
2. Unexpected Couples: Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
How They Met: Nick Cannon fessed up to having a crush on the “Honey” singer long before they ever met, but it was on the set of Mariah’s music video for “Bye, Bye” that the sparks really began to fly. Less than two months later, Carey and Cannon married in an intimate ceremony at Mariah’s Eleuthura, Bahamas home on April 30, 2008—and we were just as shocked as everyone else when we broke the news!
Current Relationship Status: Married happily for three years and expecting their first set of babies, a matching set of boy & girl twins; this couple is going stronger than ever despite their apparent age and fame difference!
3. Unexpected Couples: LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian
How They Met: LeAnn and Eddie met on the set of their made for television movie Northern Lights. Though both were married at the time, they couldn’t stop that feeling and soon found themselves embroiled in a cheating scandal when US Weekly magazine obtained video of them making out in a restaurant.
Current Relationship Status: Surprising everyone, us included, LeAnn and Eddie both divorced their significant others to start anew with each other. They are now engaged and plan on marrying sometime in 2011.
4. Unexpected Couples: Lindsay Lohan & Wilmer Valderrama
Lindsay Lohan and Wilmer Valderrama
How They Met: Wilmer is one of Hollywood’s most notorious Lothario’s and Lindsay Lohan is just notorious. So maybe it made more sense than we originally thought when they hooked up in May of 2004, but then again maybe not. The 17-year-old Freaky Friday starlet was barely legal when they began dating and they didn’t go public with their romance until her 18th birthday that July.
Current Relationship Status: Just four-months after going public (though they dated for nearly a year), their heavily documented relationship was over. We can’t say we were that surprised. Valderrama spoke out about his relationship with Lohan (and Mandy Moore and Jennifer Love Hewitt) in an infamous Howard Stern interview in 2006.
5. Unexpected Couples: Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas
Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas
How They Met: The dashing Spanish actor and American Working Girl met on the set of the comedy Two Much in 1995. Though Griffith was still in an on-again-off-again relationship with Don Johnson, and Banderas was married to his first wife, he swept his leading off her feet and they were married a year later in May of 1996. Though Griffith has struggled with substance abuse many times over the course of their marriage, Banderas has always stood by her side.
Current Relationship Status: Still married and going strong, the couple has one daughter, Stella del Carmen Banderas Griffith. On his relationship, Banderas told Hello! magazine: “There were people who literally didn’t give us more than six months! But we love each other and above all we love our family. We’ve figured out how to get past obstacles - and some of them have been really tough ones.”