Ah, love. It truly is what makes the world go around. When we fall in love, we tend to overlook the more negative aspects of our partner — their annoying quirks, their temper, and even their physical flaws. That’s amore for you! But as a celebrity, love can change so many things and complicate situations even further. That’s why actors and actresses take the utmost care when it comes to who they associate themselves with. With a simple mistake such as a ruined marriage, or a falling out, their reputations could be marred for life.
But there are some star couples who push through despite it all. They are not bothered by the offhand comments about how their partners look, or how they don’t go together. Life isn’t perfect, and even in Hollywood things don’t also really go their way, despite how many awards these celebrities receive. Having a less-than-attractive partner while being in the spotlight is immense pressure, and it could easily break the relationship.
Here we count down the couples that have a slight… imbalance when it comes to looking good on camera. There must be something else keeping the relationships afloat because it sure isn’t good looks! Here are 15 celebs whose partners are not as good-looking as they are.
15. Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee
The Grey’s Anatomy star and his wife have been a couple for five years. Jesse Williams has received comments from his fans regarding the difference between him and his lady, but these haven’t stopped him from staying with her. The couple has two beautiful children, but it seems trouble may be brewing for the two. In April 2017, Jesse filed for divorce.
Everything has gone downhill from there for the couple. According to reports, Jesse claims his wife does not allow him to spend a lot of time with his kids. This became the start of a tough custody battle between the two. The couple is now estranged and the custody battle is still going on. We hope they come to an amicable resolution for the sake of the kids.
14. Beyonce and Jay-Z
This “Crazy In Love” pair have been together since the early 2000s. Since the beginning of their relationship, Beyonce and Jay-Z have become the ultimate music power couple, taking the world by storm. Queen B and Jay-Z have won numerous Grammy awards as a couple and on their own, and have earned other awards as well. With their net worth in the millions, there’s no stopping this gilded couple.
Recently Jay-Z has come clean about rumored philandering and shady affairs. Beyonce clapped back, mentioning her husband’s cheating on her latest album Lemonade. The public had a strong reaction to these revelations, quickly taking sides and judging the couple. The couple seemed to be on the brink of a divorce, but they worked it out. In 2017, they welcomed twins into their family.
13. Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness
Who could forget about Hugh Jackman? This Wolverine star has become a pop culture icon for comic book fans and movie buffs all over the world. It came as a surprise to many fans that he was actually already married — and has been for a long time! Hugh has been with his wife, Deborra Lee-Furness, for an amazing 21 years.
Deborra may not seem like the type of woman a buff guy like Hugh Jackman would go for, but she has her moments. She is an Australian producer and actress, which is probably how the two met. She’s also an advocate for adoption, and donates regularly to numerous charities. This just goes to show that a heart of gold wins over good looks any day!
12. Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
The Mexican-born actress and her French beau have been together for eight years. Salma Hayek is known as a bombshell in Hollywood, so people expected her to have a partner as hot as she is. She swung the other way and caught even her fans off guard by going for a man much older and decidedly less attractive than her. She married Francois-Henri Pinault on Valentine’s Day in 2009.
Francois-Henri may not be as much of a looker as Salma, but what he lacks in looks, he makes up for in his net worth. He is worth a whopping $17.3 million, and is the CEO of Kering, a French company that handles fashion labels like Gucci. He’s got cash for days, and maybe that’s how he wooed Miss Hayek. Their marriage just reeks of luxury, and we wish this happy couple nothing but the best
11. Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend
Christina Hendricks is one of Hollywood’s most bodacious leading ladies. She starred in the hit TV series Mad Men as Joan Holloway, and recently became part of the cast of the comedy flick Fist Fight. With her red hair and stunning body, it should come as no surprise that she would have a partner who is just as attractive as she is. After all, she is Christina Hendricks, and this is Hollywood, right?
Well, her husband, Geoffrey Arend, might not seem that much at first glance. A television, movie, and voice actor, Geoffrey Arend has made a bit of a name for himself in the industry as well. He and Christina have been married since 2009. The two have not made a decision yet on whether they want kids or not, they say it’s all up in the air for now.
10. Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith
He is probably one of the most memorable men to have played the iconic James Bond. Pierce Brosnan is a film and theater actor who has had a long and pretty impressive career. And, let’s admit it, he’s one heck of a silver fox as well! With the bevy of young babes that Hollywood has to offer, one would expect Pierce Brosnan to go for someone younger.
Instead, he has been loyal to his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, for thirteen years now. Keely is an actress, journalist, author, and activist who met Pierce in Mexico. The two have two sons together, and are still going strong. The couple are constantly snapped exchanging public displays of affection. With a husband like Pierce, one can only imagine how lucky this lady feels.
9. Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts was the iconic 90s sweetheart. Her megawatt smile and girl-next-door personality won hearts all over America, and scored the actress multiple starring roles. But she reveals that she was “not as approachable” before she met her current husband, Daniel Moder. Being with him, she claims, has softened her hard edges. Unexpected, but totally not impossible in Hollywood.
Unfortunately, their relationship got off on the wrong foot. In 2001, when the two started dating, Daniel was already married to makeup artist Vera Steimberg. Vera would not back down easily– she made sure that the divorce would be rocky and not as quick as the new couple hoped. Once the divorce was settled, Daniel quickly moved on with Julia. The two now have three children together, and seem happier than ever.
8. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth Banks’ marriage proves that college sweethearts can find a way to stay together! She and Max Handelman met at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and have been together ever since. Banks is best known for starring in the satirical comedy Wet Hot American Summer, and for her role as Effie Trinket in the action-drama trilogy The Hunger Games. She has also done some voice acting in a video game for Lego.
Max Handelman, however, is a sports writer, blogger, and film producer. He has also penned a book entitled Why Fantasy Football Matters. The two were rumored to be headed for a split, but the couple denies everything, claiming that they are just fine. Elizabeth and Max have two sons together.
7. Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Sacha Baron Cohen proves that funny guys get the upper hand when it comes to relationships. Isla and Sacha met at a party in Sydney, Australia, where she is from. He used his quick wit and sense of humor to capture her heart. The two have been together for sixteen years now, and have two daughters and one son.
Due to his outlandish characters and affinity for pushing boundaries in film, Sacha Baron Cohen would often come home from filming with brand new shenanigans to relay to his wife and kids. Fisher dishes to The Independent that he “sometimes confuses his kids” with his characters. But she gushes that the glue of their relationship is good humor and lots of laughs. They win in that department, for sure!
6. Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy
Nothing gets more iconic than being one-half of the Olsen Twins. Mary-Kate Olsen seems to have had the ideal Hollywood experience: starting out as a young star, making her way as a teen idol, and becoming a full-blown fashionista. An accomplished actress and mogul such as herself would surely have the pick of the litter when it comes to dating men. But her unconventional romantic choice surprised everyone once news of it surfaced.
Olivier Sarkozy is a French banker living in the United States. If you’re wondering why his last name sounds familiar, it must be because you read the news– Olivier is half-brother to France’s former president, Nicolas Sarkozy. He and Mary-Kate seem like an odd match, especially given that Sarkozy was photographed patting Mary-Kate on the head like a little child! But they do seem pleased with each other, so maybe there’s more to their relationship than just looks.
5. Paulina Porizkova and Ric Ocasek
Paulina Porizkova is one of the world’s most recognizable models, and one of the most beautiful at that! Besides being a world-renowned model, she is also an author and an actress who advocates feminism and gender equality. At age 52, she still manages to look catwalk-ready and glowing at all times. Paulina might be older now, but she’s one of the lucky few that age like a fine wine.
Ric Ocasek is a musician, songwriter, and music producer. The two met when Paulina was only nineteen, at a shoot for one of Ocasek’s music videos. Ocasek was married at the time, but he chose to leave his wife and chase Paulina instead. They currently have two children, and are still happily married. Music must be what keeps them together, because it sure isn’t his looks.
4. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross
Amber is best known for her role as Tibby in the much-loved franchise, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. While, David Cross has a slew of movies and television shows under his belt, some of which are: The Chipmunks, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Pitch Perfect, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Modern Family. He is a comedy show writer and a comedian. David, is nineteen years older than Tamblyn, but the age difference isn’t a big deal for these two since they both share the same sense of humor.
The couple met at a comedy gig in New York City and the attraction they felt was nothing short of magnetic. She was a huge fan of his, and he was a huge fan of hers. Their wedding photos are iconic in the most romantic way. Guests at the ceremony included her Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants co-stars, Amy Poehler, and Ryan Reynolds. Now this is what we can call, a match made in comedy heaven!
3. Adriana Lima and Marko Jarić
Brazilian model and one of the longest serving Victoria Secret angels, Adriana Lima married Serbian basketball player, Marko Jarić in 2009. After meeting at a party in 2006, the two quickly became a couple and got engaged two years later. Their 2009 private Valentine’s day wedding happened in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The only guests were close family and friends.
Adriana was reportedly a virgin on the day of her marriage. An admirable trait for one as steamy and red hot a model. Unfortunately, the two divorced in 2014. Months before the split, Adriana, one of the highest-paid models in the world already showed hints that things were not well between her and her beau. The pair have two equally perfect looking daughters, Valentina and Sienna.
2. Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
This pair was one of the weirdest pairings in Hollywood, by far. In a Rolling Stone interview, Evan Rachel Wood spilled the beans about her relationship with heavy metal/goth rock singer Marilyn Manson. Evan Rachel met the singer at a party at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood 2006 when she was just eighteen years old. At that time, Manson was still married to iconic burlesque performer, Dita Von Teese.
Soon after they met, Manson made Evan the star of one of his controversial music videos for the song “Heart-Shaped Glasses.” The two dated for four years and even got engaged in 2010. They split for good in 2011, and Wood has said she still appreciates the years she spent with Manson. In the same interview, Evan Rachel explains that she cherishes everything Manson taught her and adds that he was a good man and that they just weren’t right for each other.
1. Aaron Taylor Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is 23 years younger than his wife, Sam Taylor-Wood. She is a renowned film director and he is an up-and-coming film star. Aaron says his wife saved him from his self-destructive teenage years and that he doesn’t notice their age gap. Sam and Aaron’s relationship has been fodder for gossip for quite some time, but the two just brush it aside and are not bothered at all.
Aaron was nineteen when he met the 42-year-old Sam on the set of Nowhere Boy in 2009. He portrayed young John Lennon in the film and she was the director. Sam Taylor-Johnson is arguably one of the most successful female filmmakers in Hollywood having directed the steamy R-rated movie, Fifty Shades of Grey. Fast forward to six years of marriage, the Kick-Ass star revealed that he doesn’t even think about the age gap anymore.