Never Give Up: Celebs Who Married Later In Life

October 1, 2014  |  
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Proving that you shouldn’t give up on love no matter the age because you just never know where life could lead you, these celebrities tied the knot a little later in life than others.

George Clooney

After his first marriage ended in disaster, George Clooney swore he would never get married again. But proving that you should never say “Never,” the “Ocean’s 11” star fell madly in love with British lawyer Amal Alamuddin just several months after they began dating. This past weekend the city of Venice, Italy was inundated by swarming paparazzi hoping to catch the first photos of Clooney, 53, tying the knot to Alamuddin. The former mayor of Rome officiated the ceremony.

Mariah Carey

After her first marriage to music executive Tommy Mottola fizzled out, few people thought that she would marry an actor turned rapper 12 years her junior but that is exactly what she did. Carey’s month-long relationship to Nick Cannon managed to stay out of the media and hardly anyone knew they were together until they eloped in April 2008. The legendary diva was 38 at the time. On their third wedding anniversary, she became a mother for the first time after she gave birth to fraternal twins. Over the summer Carey and Cannon announced their split.

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union has enjoyed a successful career in Hollywood but there was a time where she couldn’t say the same thing about her love life. The “Being Mary Jane” star began dating Dwyane Wade a few years ago and soon after they went public with their relationship, people were wondering when they were going to get married. Union and Wade briefly separated early last year and he got another woman pregnant during their time off. But soon after he welcomed his third son into the world, he popped the big question and Union, 41, happily accepted. They were wed last month.

Vanessa Williams

After her marriage to NBA player Rick Fox ended in divorce in 2004, Vanessa Williams went silent about her love life. But during a recent appearance on “The Queen Latifah Show,” Williams eagerly announced that she was off of the market. Her boyfriend of one year Jim Skrip, a retired accountant from Buffalo, had asked for her hand in matrimony. This will be Williams’ third marriage. The 51-year-old former Miss America was also married to public relations consultant Ramon Hervey II and had three children with him and another daughter with Fox.

Sherri Shepherd

2014 has been filled with a lot of ups and downs for Sherri Shepherd. She found out that the bosses over at “The View” would not be renewing their contract with her, essentially letting the comedian go after holding down her seat at the table for seven years. Shepherd also announced the end of her three-year marriage to second husband Lamar Sally. She tied the knot in 2011 at the age of 44 and their wedding was filmed for a special on the Style network. Shepherd and Sally are currently duking it out in divorce court with the television writer asking for spousal and child support for his infant son that was born via surrogacy.

Viola Davis

At the age of 38, Viola Davis became a wife for the first time. She tied the knot to fellow actor Julius Tennon in 2003 and became a stepmother to his two sons from previous relationships. In 2011, the Academy award-nominated actress became a mom after she and her husband adopted a baby girl. A couple years ago when the “How To Get Away With Murder” star first turned heads by showing up to the Oscars rocking her natural hair, she credited her husband Tennon for giving her the courage to ditch her wigs.

Niecy Nash

Niecy Nash worked her butt off and had numerous guest appearances on television shows to up her profile. While her career was taking off, the “Reno 911” star had also found love again. At the age of 41, the single mother of three got married again, this time to electrical engineer Jay Tucker. Like her good friend Sherri Shepherd, Nash’s nuptials to Tucker were filmed for a special two-hour special for television.

Michael Ealy

Even though he’s one of the sexiest Black men in Hollywood and has dated a bevy of stars and beautiful women, Michael Ealy values his privacy. The “Almost Human” actor preferred to keep his private life out of the weekly gossip magazines. So it was a bit of a shock when a 39-year-old Ealy announced in 2012 that he was officially off of the market after marrying his girlfriend of four years. Earlier this year, they became the proud parents of a baby boy.

Angela Bassett

The story behind Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance could be made into a romance movie. The pair met back when they were both students at Columbia University. But the two friends lost touch with each other soon after graduation. They bumped into each other years later and decided to go out. It took three dates for Cupid to work his magic and more than a decade after they first met, the 39-year-old “Waiting to Exhale” actress married Vance. They struggled with infertility for several years before welcoming twins via surrogacy.

Ellen DeGeneres

Even though Ellen DeGeneres had once starred in a film about a woman who was about to marry a man everyone thought was wrong for her, in real life she had no plans of marrying a Mr. Wrong or Mr. Right. After coming out of the closet, DeGeneres started dating actress Portia De Rossi. The comedian decided make an honest woman out of Portia following the news that the same-sex marriage ban was overturned. She was 51 years old when they tied the knot.

Salma Hayek

Despite being one of the hottest Latina stars in Hollywood, Salma Hayek remained a single woman for much of her career. In 2007 the “Grown Ups” star announced that she was pregnant and engaged to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault. A year later the couple called it quits but the split wouldn’t last long. They patched things up and Hayek married the father of her child at the age of 44.

Rosie Perez

2014 shaped up to be a very big year for Rosie Perez. In addition to landing one of the most coveted jobs on daytime television as a co-host for “The View,” the actress and political activist also got married. The 49-year-old “Do The Right Thing” actress married artist Eric Haze earlier this year in a top-secret wedding in Las Vegas. “He is the best guy ever,” Perez gushed about her new husband. “I’m so in love, it’s disgusting.”

Demi Moore

When she first started dating Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore became the Cougar of the Year. Despite their 16-year age gap, the couple’s relationship progressed and Ashton asked the 42-year-old to be his wife. Their marriage lasted six years until the “Two and a Half Men” star was busted spending their wedding anniversary with another woman. Moore and Kutcher announced their split and fought over the details surrounding their divorce for more than a year before it was finalized.

Eva LaRue

Many soap opera fans will remember Eva LaRue as Dr. Maria Santos and one-half of one of “All My Children’s” favorite couples. In real life, LaRue has taken several trips down the aisle. Her first marriage was to actor John O’Hurley and that union lasted just two years. In 2010, figuring that third time’s the charm, the “CSI: Miami” star got married once again at the age of 43.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock waited a long time to say, “I do.” America’s sweetheart was romantically linked to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and actors Ryan Gosling and Matthew McConaughey but it was reality star Jesse James who was able to finally to wed Bullock. The couple tied the knot back in 2005 when the “Gravity” star was 41 years old. But even though she was older, Bullock still managed to pick a loser of a husband when after several years of marriage, reports surfaced that the “Monster Garage” star had been unfaithful with several different women.

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