Florence Pugh & Zach Braff, Al Pacino & Meital Dohan, Plus More Celeb Couples Whose Romances Bridge the Age Gap
Age is but a number for these famous couples
Zach Braff & Florence Pugh
While sitting down with Elle UK for the publication's June 2020 issue, the Little Women star, 24, addressed the constant criticism she and her boyfriend Braff have received over their relationship and age difference.
"I have the right to hang out and be with and go out with anyone I want to," she told the outlet of Braff, 45. "I’ve always found this part of what people do really bizarre. I’m an actor because I like acting and I don’t mind people watching my stuff, but people have no right to educate me on my private life."
"I know that part of being in the spotlight is that people might invade your privacy and have opinions on it, but it’s bizarre that normal folk are allowed to display such hate and opinions on a part of my life that I’m not putting out there," Pugh continued.
"It’s a strange side of fame that you’re allowed to be torn apart by thousands of people even though you didn’t put that piece of you out there. My point to all this is that isn’t it odd that a stranger can totally tear apart someone’s relationship and it’s allowed?"
Braff and Pugh have kept their relationship low-key and out of the public spotlight ever since they seemingly became close friends in 2018.
Age Gap: 21 years
Peter Cook & Alba Jancou
“We are very happy,” Cook told PEOPLE.
The couple was on vacation when the then-60-year-old Hamptons-based architect popped the question with a six-carat Glenn Bradford diamond ring in front of a church, according to Page Six.
“We consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have found, in each other, our soulmate,” Cook added in a statement to the outlet. “We are looking forward to many years of wedded bliss!”
Age Gap: 39 Years
Al Pacino & Meital Dohan
The 80-year-old actor has been linked to Israeli actress Dohan, 43. The pair were first spotted out and about in September 2018, and were most recently seen together at the premiere of Pacino's film, The Irishman. Pacino brought Dohan to the event along with his teenage daughter, Olivia.
Neither Dohan or Pacino have commented on their relationship.
Age Gap: 37 Years
Dennis Quaid & Laura Savoie
After stepping out at Hollywood hotspot Craig's in May 2019, PEOPLE confirmed Quaid's relationship with University of Texas student Laura Savoie, 29.
Since they started dating, Savoie hasn’t held back from sharing her happiness and has featured Quaid, 66, in several photos on her Instagram, which is currently set to private.
In October 2019, Quaid asked Savoie to marry him in Hawaii, the actor confirmed to Extra.
Quaid said of the proposal, “I had the ring in my pocket. It has been kind of a month-and-a-half plan — I wanted it to be private. She was actually taking a selfie of us, and I put the ring in front and said, ‘Will you marry me?’ And then she fell down.”
“It was kind of spontaneous," he added. "It was very much a surprise.
Age Gap: 37 years
Steven Tyler & Aimee Preston
These two are far from "jaded" when it comes to love! The legendary Aerosmith rocker, 72, shared a smooch with his girlfriend of more than three years at the premiere of his daughter Liv Tyler's film Ad Astra on Sept. 18, 2019, in Hollywood.
Preston, 32, worked as the famous musician's personal assistant before the pair took their romance public in February 2016. And for fans who "don't want to miss a thing," she makes sure to share some (often PDA-filled!) updates on their date nights from time to time.
Age Gap: 39 years
Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet
Momoa, 40, and Bonet, 52, started dating in 2005 after being introduced by a mutual friend, and tied the knot in 2017. They share two children — daughter Lola Iolani and son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha.
“Not a lot of people know how absolutely hysterical she is,” Momoa told PEOPLE. “She makes me laugh and is just really quirky.”
Age Gap: 12 years
Mickey Rourke & Anastassija Makarenko
Rourke, 67, and his longtime model girlfriend, 33, have largely kept their relationship private since getting together in 2009, but were spotted looking happy as can be at a holiday party in Beverly Hills on Dec. 16, 2018. The Oscar-nominated actor spoke to PEOPLE about their relationship in January 2010 saying, “She’s a gift from heaven.”
“Obviously, she’s a very beautiful woman,” he continued. “But she’s got the biggest heart, she’s got a great family, she’s really close to her mother and father — they’re great people.”
Age Gap: 34 years
John Stamos & Caitlin McHugh
The Fuller House star and his wife, 33, tied the knot on Feb. 3, 2018, in Studio City, California. After almost two years of dating, Stamos, 56, proposed Oct. 22, 2017, at Disneyland, one of McHugh’s favorite places. The pair first met while filming an episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2011, but it wasn’t love at first sight.
“I played a guy who was so egotistical that he thought he should spread his progeny, so he had like 60 kids or something. He was poking holes in condoms and stuff. And Caitlin, ironically, was one of the girls that I was trying to fool and have a baby with,” Stamos explained. “That was a long time ago. She was in another relationship. And we just met back up again. Her roommate was on an episode of Fuller House, and so she was in the audience. I walked in, I went, ‘Hey, are you stalking me?’ She was like, ‘No…’ That’s why I love her. She’s like, ‘What? No. I haven’t thought of you twice.' ”
Age Gap: 23 years
Bob Saget & Kelly Rizzo
The actor, 63, married Rizzo, a 40-year-old food and travel blogger who hosts the streaming series Eat Travel Rock, in October 2018. After splitting from his first wife, Sherri Kramer, Saget didn’t think he’d find happily ever after.
“I didn’t think I’d have a relationship again,” he told Closer Weekly. “I was kind of in that ‘just work, make people happy and take care of your kids until they’re 90’ mindset.”
The couple met in 2015 through a mutual friend.
“I don’t really see him as Danny Tanner,” Rizzo told Michigan Avenue magazine. “To me he’s just Bobby, my love.”
Age Gap: 23 years
Dane Cook & Kelsi Taylor
Cook, 48, and his 21-year-old girlfriend, singer Kelsi Taylor, have been quietly dating for more than two years, and regularly share couple snapshots on their respective Instagram accounts. "My girl @itskelsitaylor is one of my favorite people on the planet. She's a talented singer but more importantly, she's a genuine person. Check out her music and get to know her. She's gonna go far!" Cook captioned a photo of the couple in April 2017 to support her aspiring music career.
To celebrate their two-year anniversary in May 2019, Cook posted an emotional tribute to his love. "When I met Kelsi I had zero idea I was actually meeting my best friend," he began. "I’ve never felt so loved & I’ve never been able to give the amount of love that I can with her. ... I’m happier in my life & career than I’ve ever been before. Her support and love is the greatest."
Age Gap: 26 years
David Hasselhoff & Hayley Roberts
The TV star reportedly flew out daughters Taylor, 30, and Hayley, 27, to the southern region of Puglia for a small ceremony among close friends and family, seven years after Welsh model Roberts, 39, first charmed the 67-year-old actor at a hotel in 2011.
At the time, Hasselhoff was approached by Roberts for an autograph and agreed on the condition that she give him her number. Five years later, the couple were engaged.
Age Gap: 28 Years
Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra
The newlywed couple's whirlwind romance took them across the globe in late 2018, from India to Brazil. Despite hitting it off at the 2017 Met Gala, they didn’t become romantically involved until the following year. Chopra, 37, and Jonas, 27, first began dating in May 2018, and things steadily heated up from there.
In July 2018, PEOPLE confirmed the couple got engaged while in London celebrating the actress’s 36th birthday. Jonas closed down a Tiffany store to buy an engagement ring, according to the insider. "They are so happy," the source shared.
Age Gap: 11 years
Heidi Klum & Tom Kaulitz
The model, 46, revealed the biggest issue with marrying a 30-year-old is not the age gap — it is other people. "Lately, I’m being reminded more about my age by people other than myself," Klum told InStyle.
"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," Klum said.
Klum and the Tokio Hotel musician sparked dating rumors back in March 2018 after they were spotted kissing on set while she was filming America’s Got Talent. They announced their engagement on Christmas Eve of that year, and wed in the summer of 2019.
Age Gap: 17 Years
David Foster & Katharine McPhee
Music producer Foster, 70, popped the question to his actress love, 36, in early July 2018 while on a romantic vacation in Italy, and the two wed one year later. The marriage is the fifth for Foster — who separated from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid in 2015 — and the second for McPhee.
The couple first met when McPhee competed on American Idol back in 2006, and have been friends for years, but romance rumors began swirling in September 2017, after Foster's daughter, Erin, posted a photo of them together in Los Angeles. They first made their debut as a couple on the Met Gala red carpet in May 2018.
Age Gap: 34 Years
Don McLean & Paris Dylan
Dylan, according to her website, "is really into ’60s and ’70s music" and often poses backstage and at fan conventions with icons of the era. This would likely explain how she first came to cross paths with McLean. While it’s uncertain when (or even if) the relationship got romantic, the pair first appeared together on Dylan's Instagram in November 2016.
Age Gap: 48 years
Scott Disick & Sofia Richie
After a few months of relationship rumors, Scott Disick, 36, and Sofia Richie, 21, made their new relationship Instagram official during a trip to Miami. The pair each posted a cute, cuddly picture to their respective Instagram stories, while Richie also shared a photo of a congratulatory dessert that they were presented with after dinner. A friend of the couple even caught them locking lips at dinner, just one week after a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the pair have been “inseparable” and that “they’re spending every day together.” The source added: “Sofia seems smitten. It’s obvious that she looks up to Scott — she constantly giggles around him. They are very flirty."
Age Gap: 15 years
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
Ford, 77, and Flockhart, 55, began dating after meeting at the 2002 Golden Globes. “Harrison and Calista are all about family life,” an insider told PEOPLE of the couple, who wed in 2010 after more than eight years together. The fiercely private pair are parents to teenage son Liam, and share a love of flying.
Age Gap: 22 years
Sarah Paulson & Holland Taylor
Mel Gibson & Rosalind Ross
Gibson, 64, and Ross, 29, first stepped out as a couple in July 2015. In January 2017, the Hacksaw Ridge director and Ross welcomed son Lars Gerard Gibson, their first child together — and Gibson’s ninth. (Gibson, with first wife Robyn Moore Gibson, is a father to seven kids, ranging in age from late 30s to late teens. He also has a 10-year-old daughter with ex Oksana Grigorieva.)
Age Gap: 35 years
Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
Born on Sept. 25 exactly 25 years apart, Douglas, 75, and Zeta-Jones, 50, are still going strong after 19 years of marriage. Douglas was smitten by Zeta-Jones after seeing her in The Mask of Zorro, and he asked a mutual friend to introduce them. On New Year's Eve 1999, Douglas proposed to Zeta-Jones, and eight months later they welcome their first child, son Dylan, followed by daughter Carys. "It's nothing," the actress previously told PEOPLE of the age gap.
Age Gap: 25 years
Mick Jagger & Melanie Hamrick
The Rolling Stones front man, 76, started dating the ballerina, 33, in 2014 shortly after meeting. In December 2016, the couple welcomed their first child together, son Deveraux Jagger. Jagger has fathered a total of eight children — including Georgia, James, Jade, Lucas, Karis, Elizabeth and Gabriel, who range in age from early 20s to late 40s. He also has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Age Gap: 44 years
Aaron & Sam Taylor-Johnson
The couple first met in 2009 on the set of Sam's, 53, directorial debut, Nowhere Boy. In it, Aaron, 29, played a young John Lennon and the two immediately hit it off. Engaged months after meeting, the two wed in 2012 and have two daughters together — Wylda and Romy. Of their age difference, the Nocturnal Animals actor has said, "I’m an old soul and she’s a young soul. We don’t see an age gap, we just see each other."
Age Gap: 24 years
Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Bruce Willis & Emma Heming
It was love at first sight for Willis, 65, and Heming, 41 — despite their 23-year age difference. The couple, who wed in 2009, are parents to two young daughters, Mabel Ray and Evelyn Penn. Willis also has three adults daughters from his previous marriage with Demi Moore: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.
Age Gap: 23 years
Richard Gere & Alejandra Silva
Gere, 70, and his Spanish socialite wife, 37, made their public debut on the red carpet at the 61st Annual Taormina Film Festival in Sicily in 2015, wed in 2018 and welcomed a son in early 2019, followed by another in 2020. The actor was previously married to model Cindy Crawford and actress Carey Lowell, with whom he shares a teen son, Homer.
Age Gap: 34 years
Jimmy Page & Scarlett Sabet
After the Led Zeppelin rocker's, 76, previous marriages to Jimena Gómez-Paratcha and Patricia Ecker failed, he was linked to the British actress, 30, in 2015.
Age Gap: 46 years