Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number? Adult Celebrities Who Date Teens
It’s not unusual for there to be a significant age gap between a celebrity couple but these stars took things a bit too far when they started dating someone who was technically still a teenager.
For the past several years, Tyga was off the market because he was in a relationship with his baby mama Blac Chyna. The couple broke up earlier this year but before the California rapper could get used to the single life, word on the street started to spread around that he was dating 17-year-old Kylie Jenner. It didn’t help that the two soon appeared in Paris together. Although they have denied that there was anything going on between them, they spent Thanksgiving Day volunteering at a soup kitchen.
Paula Patton has been a constant in Robin Thicke’s live ever since they were teenagers. The young love birds started dating back in 1993 and they eventually tied the knot and welcomed a son. But the sudden attention that “Blurred Lines” attracted also brought along the attention of the ladies and Thicke took advantage at the cost of his marriage. He tried to woo his wife back with the “Paula” album but after realizing she was done, Thicke has moved on as well. His new girlfriend is 19-year-old April Love Geary and apparently things are serious enough for her to meet his son Julian. The trio was spotted taking in the football action at the Rose Bowl last month.
R. Kelly helped discover Aaliyah and was very instrumental in helping her launch her career. But their professional relationship quickly grew into something more and before anyone knew it, the Chicago singer/songwriter had secretly wed his 15-year-old protégé when he was 27. But their quickie marriage was soon annulled and the R&B songstress’ controversial relationship with Kelly was portrayed in the recent Lifetime biopic “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.”
When Paul Walker tragically died last year in a fatal car accident his fans got to know a little about his personal life. The “Fast & Furious” star had been in a long-term relationship with live-in girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard Gosnell up until his death. The couple started dating when she was 16 and he was 33. A year later Gosnell is still shaken up by her boyfriend’s untimely death and is in grief counseling. “You have to understand that she is still terribly wounded by Paul’s death and will be for a long time,” her father Casey Gosnell said.
Nick Lachey and his new bride Jessica Simpson became household names by becoming one of the first stars of reality television. The former boy band member started dating Simpson when she was 18 years old and he was seven years older. They dated for several years before tying the knot and Simpson remained a virgin until their wedding night. The couple stayed together for three and a half years before separating for good.
Doug Hutchinson was never an A-list actor but he is known more for who he married than his professional career. The “Green Mile” actor became tabloid fodder when he married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden in 2011. At the time, he trotted around his young blonde wife, who was 34 years his junior, declaring the two were madly in love. The couple popped up on VH1’s “Couples Therapy” and then two-and-a-half years after they said, “I do,” they were calling it quits. But this past summer Hutchinson and his estranged wife reconciled.
Ladies, be warned: if you date singer John Mayer don’t be surprised if you wind up in one of his songs. The musician has a tendency to include his romances in his lyrics but Taylor Swift beat him to his own game. The two started dating when she was 19 years old and after they called it quits, Swift penned the song, “Dear John” where she blamed him for messing around with her young heart. Mayer retaliated a year later with a diss song of his own aimed at the pop star.
Wilmer Valderrama played the awkward and socially inept foreign exchange student on “That 70’s Show” but in real life the young star had no problems talking to the opposite sex. He has been romantically linked to numerous women including Mandy Moore, Demi Lovato, Ashlee Simpson Avril Lavigne. He tried to keep his relationship with child star Lindsay Lohan out of the media and limelight because she was barely 18 while he was in his early 20’s. They were together for about a year before they moved on to new people.
Woody Allen’s long career behind a camera may be overshadowed by his personal life. The famed director was in a long-term relationship with actress Mia Farrow when he started dating her adopted daughter Soon-Yi. She was 19 years old at the time. The 56-year-old Allen endured a lot of negative criticism over his new relationship but he was in love and didn’t care what anyone said. They tied the knot in 1997 and have since adopted two daughters.
On “Heroes,” Hayden Panettiere was the indestructible high school cheerleader that was going to save the world. The show was short-lived but very popular. And it was where Mito Ventimiglia first laid eyes on his co-star Panettiere. It didn’t matter that he was 33 years old and she was just 18 at the time. The couple dated for two years and was broken up while still working on the show together.
The last time we say Joaquin Phoenix was a few years ago when his peculiar appearance on David Letterman prompted many to think that the actor had finally snapped. It turns out his bizarre performance was for a mockumentary that he was secretly filming. He popped up again late last year but this time he had a beautiful young lady on his arms. The 39-year-old “Gladiator” star was photographed out and about with his new lady 19-year-old DJ Allie Tielz.
Chad Michael Murray
“One Tree Hill” star Chad Michael Murray has the kind of good looks that made him a heartthrob with the young ladies. And he had his eye on one of them. Murray started dating young model Kenzie Dalton after she appeared on the show as an extra. He popped the question while she was still a senior in high school. They remained engaged for seven years before calling it quits in 2013.
Don Johnson starred in a movie alongside Tippi Hendren but somehow ended up dating her 14-year-old daughter Melanie Griffin. Within a year, the two were living together. He popped the big question on her 18th birthday and even though they made it down the aisle their marriage barely lasted six months. Years later Johnson and Griffin would reunite and try their hand at marriage one more time but that too ended in divorce.
A young Brandy was known as the lovable yet wholesome girl next door when she first emerged on the music scene. She fell in love with Wayna Morris of Boyz II Men after going on tour with the group. She was just 15 years old at the time. The couple tried their best to hide their relationship from the media because she was underage and he was six years her senior. Brandy was left brokenhearted after the R&B crooner fell in love with another woman.
Britney Spears wasn’t the only pop star that dated Justin Timberlake way back in the day. In 1996 while JT was still with the boy band N’Sync, he dated Fergie. She was part of the pop-trio Wild Orchid at the time. “He was 16 and I was 23,” Fergie explained. “It was before he got real heavy with Britney.”