Bridge the gap with love

Lasting relationships in the notoriously volatile world of showbiz are rare, and when other factors like an age gap come into play, you could be forgiven for thinking they’re doomed.

The case in point is Kim Kardashian, who recently ended her nine-month relationship with SNL star Pete Davidson, even though she denied his “immaturity” was the main reason for their split.

The 41-year-old mother of four is said to have been “totally exhausted” by the antics of the 28-year-old comedian, who is 13 years her junior.

A source told Page Six that the split was due to the two being at “different stages of their lives,” with Kim wanting to focus on the four children she shares with ex-husband Kanye West.

But other celebrities who have come together despite their age difference are still thriving to this day, including the growing number of famous women who have teamed up with much younger men. FEMAIL takes a look at some of Hollywood’s strongest partnerships:

Heidi Klum, 49, and Tom Kaulitz, 32
Married: 2019
Age gap: 17 years old

The 49-year-old model and the 32-year-old musician began seeing each other in 2018, got engaged within eight months of their relationship and married a year later in 2019. When the couple made their relationship official in 2018, Klum addressed their age gap in an interview with InStyle magazine.

She said: “A lot of people are questioning that and asking about it. It’s really the only time age seems to be pushed in my face and I have to give an answer for that.

But she added that she personally doesn’t care about her age difference between her and the Tokio Hotel guitarist.

“I don’t really think about it much otherwise. You just have to live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think because worrying will only give you more wrinkles,” she said.

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas, 40, and Nick Jonas, 29
Married: 2018
Age gap: 10 years

The Indian actor, who just turned 40, and the American singer, who is 29, have been very open about their 10-year age difference. After logging on social media in 2015 and meeting in person through a friend in 2017, the couple celebrated a lavish traditional Indian wedding in 2018.

Priyanka, who welcomed daughter Malti Marie earlier this year, opened up about her and Nick’s age difference in an interview with The Sunday Times in 2021.

She said the cultural difference and age gap between the two was not a “barrier”, and said the musician took to Indian culture “like a fish to water”. “Just like a normal couple, you have to understand each other’s habits and what the other likes. So it’s more of an adventure than trying to figure out the obstacles. None of that was really difficult,” she said.

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Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, and Hugh Jackman, 53
Married: 1996
Age difference: 13 years

The Wolverine star, 53, married his wife, Australian producer Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, in 1996, and 26 years later they are still happily ever after. Jackman, who shares two adopted children with Deborra, met her when she was 27, when the couple were both working on the set of Australian TV series Corelli.

At the time, Deborra was the famous one, while Jackman was a newcomer to the screen. They confessed their attraction to each other at a dinner party hosted by Hugh in 1995, with Deborra refusing to go party with Mick Jagger so she could stay with her future husband.

Jackman said his wife tried to break up with him several times early in their relationship, but he was able to convince her to stay with him.

In 2014, the couple celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by reliving their honeymoon away from the kids. Speaking about his marriage, the actor attributed the success of his relationship to the fact that his acting career took off late.

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Olivia Wilde, 38, and Harry Styles, 28
Meetings since: 2021
Age gap: 10 years

The relationship between the actress and director, 38, and the singer, 28, has been discussed at length by gossip columns since they made it official in January 2021. The couple met on the set of the new director of Wilde Don’t Worry Darling, where Style plays a leading role.

There is speculation as to whether Styles caused the collapse of Wilde’s nine-year relationship with Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis.

And the fact that the singer is 10 years younger than Wilde also raised eyebrows.

Speaking to Vogue in 2021, Wilde addressed the criticism, saying, “I think what you realize is when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think of you.”

Styles has dated several older women in the past, including the late Caroline Flack when he was 17 and she was 31, and Taylor Swift, who is five years older than him.

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Ryan Reynolds, 45, and Blake Lively, 34
Married: 2012
Age difference: 11 years

The Deadpool actor, 45, and Blake, 34, met in 2010 while working on Marvel’s The Green Lantern. At the time, he was married to Scarlett Johansson and she was dating his Gossip Girl co-star Penn Badgley.

However, the pair are believed to have started dating a year after their relationship broke up. They married in 2012 and are now raising the three daughters they share, James, Inez and Betty in Pound Ridge, New York.

The two actors have become known for teasing each other on social media, and not much has been said about their age difference. Speaking about her successful marriage to Extra magazine earlier this year, Reynolds said: “We really love each other. We really liked each other before as friends. We love each other even more now. And in 2021, he told Entertainment Weekly, “We don’t take each other too seriously, but we’re friends too. Falling in love is fine, but do you love each other?”

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George Clooney, 61, and Amal Clooney, 44
Married: 2014
Age gap: 17 years old

The Ocean 11 actor had established a reputation as an eternal bachelor and was 52 when he met Lebanese-British lawyer Amal Alamuddin, then 35, in 2013.

The couple’s friendship blossomed into romance, and Clooney went out of business when he and Amal finally tied the knot in 2014.

However, the actor admitted that he initially doubted Amal would want to pursue a relationship with him, due to their 17-year age difference.

Their romance took both the actor and the lawyer by surprise, with Clooney admitting he was shocked that it took him 52 years to find a woman he wanted to marry.

At the 2015 Golden Globes, Clooney said, “It’s humbling to find someone you love, even better when you’ve waited your whole life, especially when your life has been 53 years. Amal, whatever whatever the chemistry that brought us together, I couldn’t be prouder to be your husband.

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Michael Douglas, 77, and Catherine Zeta Jones, 52
Married: 2000
Age difference: 25 years

Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones may share the same birthday, but their age gap is 25 years. Douglas, 77, and Zeta-Jones, 52, met at the Deauville American Film Festival in 1998, however, their first conversation was not a success.

The Basic Instinct actor told The Jonathan Ross Show in 2016 that the couple started talking at the Mask of Zorro premiere: “I said to him after about half an hour, ‘You know, I’m going to be the father of your children.”

He then revealed that the daring pick-up line caused Catherine to cut the conversation short and leave the event early. Douglas later apologized for the comment by delivering a flower to the actress’s address.

They soon started dating and, 24 years later, the couple, who married in 2000, now share two children, Carys, 19, and Dylan, 22.

The actress has repeatedly said that she never gave much thought to the age difference between her and her husband.

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