In dating, there are tons of social norms that are common to see in a couple. For example — the man is usually the protector, he is usually bigger in every way, and the women is relatively smaller. Despite the fact that that’s a tad sexist, the world is pretty okay with it because that’s just the way it’s always been. Even in 2016, it’s hard not to be thrown off by a woman who’s bigger than her male counterpart.
Society has made it seem weird for men date women that are taller than them. In most cases, the man is at least an inch or two taller than his spouse. However, sometimes you’ll see men with women that tower above them. As odd as it is to try and accept, a man dating a woman taller than him really isn’t all that rare, especially in Hollywood, where models are tall and actors are short. Here are 15 male celebrities who have no problem dating taller women.
15. Katie Holmes & Tom Cruise
Even though the pair is no longer together, it’s hard to avoid one of the most infamous couples in Hollywood history. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise had their relationship out on blast for years. Holmes is only two inches taller than Cruise – she stands at 5’9″ and Cruise is at 5’7″. Even though that doesn’t seem to be that big of a difference, when the actress would wear heels, she would soar above her husband. Weirdly enough, Holmes had a huge crush on Cruise while she was growing up. He was famous while she was young, which is what sparked her crush in the first place. When Holmes grew up and started to give magazine interviews, she admitted that she had a crush on Cruise. In 2005, the pair met on the set of Mission: Impossible 3 and then shortly after that, they were together. All good things must come to an end, though. The pair ended up getting divorced, which didn’t go unnoticed in the public at all, in June of 2012. Holmes and Cruise have a daughter named Suri together.
14. Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban
Nicole Kidman, an Australian actress, married Keith Urban, an American country artist, in 2006. Previous to being married to Urban, Kidman was married to none other than Tom Cruise – it’s rumored that he just has a thing for taller women. Kidman is a whopping 5’11” and Urban is 5’10”. When Kidman and Urban got married, her love for him was strong enough that she wasn’t going to have any sort of prenup crafted. However, her financial advisers battered her down until she finally decided to have it done. The prenup states that Urban, if they ever divorce, will receive $640k for every year that they are married. Urban used to be an addict, so the prenup states that if he ever uses drugs while him and Kidman are married, he won’t receive a penny of the prenup. The couple has two kids together, and Kidman also has two kids from her marriage with Cruise.
13. L’ Wren Scott & Mick Jagger
L’Wren Scott and Mick Jagger were together from 2001-2014, when the American fashion designer then passed away. L’Wren Scott’s real name was Laura Bambrough, but was known by L’ Wren Scott in the limelight. L’Wren Scott committed suicide in 2014, and after her death, many people mentioned that she was always made fun of for her height. Some people regard Scott’s suicide as suspicious, because she was remembered as a very kind person who would always reach out to family and friends on a daily basis, even if just to have a short conversation. When Scott committed suicide, she didn’t even leave a note. This caused many people that were close to her to have some speculation about her death. Scott stood at 6’3″, while Jagger is only 5’10”. The couple was able to keep their relationship a sceret for two years, but they were seen at a party in Prague together, and that’s when rumors of their relationship swirled. Jagger and Scott bonded together over fashion – they both are infamous for their eclectic style.
12. Janet Jackson & Jermaine Dupri
Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri were together from 2002 to 2009. It’s kind of hard to find anything about their relationship, as the pair kept kind of private while they were together. Now, Dupri has been quoted in several interviews and in several articles for admitting that he messed things up with Jackson. In recent interviews, Jackson has also opened up positively about her and Dupri’s past relationship. Over the course of her life, Jackson recalls being made fun of for her body or just not feeling comfortable in her skin. Dupri was one of the only people that made her feel beautiful in her body. Jackson, 50, is now pregnant with her current husband, whom she married in 2012. Jackson and Dupri are another couple that are just a tad bit apart in the height department. Jackson is 5’5″ while Dupri is 5’4″. While the pair was together, they collaborated on a few music projects as well.
11. Taylor Bagley & Zach Braff
Sadly, Taylor Bagley and Zach Braff called it quits in 2014 after Braff received a role on Broadway that he decided to pursue. The couple was together for five years, so it came as a surprise to their fans. Bagley is a big time model – she is signed to Wilhemina Models in London, Ford Models in New York, and Vision Los Angeles. She has also appeared in Vogue Italia. Braff is most commonly known for his role on the hit television show, Scrubs. Zach Braff stands at 5’11” while his ex stands at 6’0″. In 2015, Braff was spotted walking with a rumored new girlfriend who was indeed shorter than him. It appears that the Hollywood star is still single, though. Bagley on the other hand hasn’t been struggling at all in the dating world since her breakup with Braff. Since 2015, she’s been spotted in intimate situations with new boyfriend Alex Turner. Turner is the lead singer for the indie band Arctic Monkeys.
10. Erin Darke & Daniel Radcliffe
The name Erin Darke might not ring any bells for most people, but anybody who hasn’t been living under a rock knows who Daniel Radcliffe is. Radcliffe is none other than the Harry Potter star – he’s also appeared in many other movies and productions, but it’s safe to say he’ll always be Mr. Potter in the eyes of this generation. Radcliffe met Darke on the set of How To Kill Your Darlings, where they filmed an intimate scene together. Radcliffe opened up in a 2015 interview with Playboy about the two and said that there was hardly any acting happening in that scene, because there was real chemistry between the two of them. The pair isn’t actually apart in height at all – they are both a petite 5’5″. Considering Darke wears heels during events, though, it makes it seem as if Radcliffe pales in comparison to her.
9. Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham
Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham have been married since 2009, and they’re still going strong. According to a recent article by People, Wahlberg admits that the way to a strong, healthy marriage is to spend “lots of quality time together.” The two met in New York during a press junket and Wahlberg asked Durham to go out with him. They decided that their first date was going to be a church the next morning. Wahlberg says that after that date, he knew she was the one. The couple now has four kids together. Durham is an American fashion model that’s appeared on lots of big name magazine covers. Wahlberg, on the other hand, is recognizable from numerous movies. The pair isn’t that far apart in height – Durham is 5’9″ while her beau stands at only 5’8″.
8. Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish
Kevin Hart and longtime girlfriend Eniko Parris, just tied the knot in August of 2016. The couple has been together for seven years and got engaged in 2015. Since Hart has become crazy famous in the last couple of years, people have blamed Parrish for just being in the relationship for money. However, during an interview with The Breakfast Club in early 2016, Hart set the haters straight, saying, “I didn’t meet Eniko when I was ‘Kev’ famous. I met her when it was ‘Oh, it’s about to get crazy.’ I was doing some shows in the theatre I wasn’t in arenas yet or movies. She’s been around. Through public eye, it looks like ‘Aww man, that’s your money chick. She popped around when the money came.’ Nah, she been around. We’ve got seven years!” Hart often refers to Parrish as his “rib” on social media. The reason he calls her his “rib” is because of a reference to the Bible. The Bible states that the rib is something you cannot live without, which is why he chose that nickname for her. Anyone that has watched a Hart movie or stand-up knows that he’s a small guy – 5’4″ to be exact. Parrish, his now wife, is 5’7″.
7. Benji Madden & Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have been married since 2015, and are still going strong despite cheating and splitting rumors over the years. Madden is famously known for being in the band Good Charlotte, and Diaz is known for being a famous actress. Madden and Diaz were loosely connected for years but they never met. Diaz is friends with Nicole Richie, who is married to Joel Madden, Benji Madden’s brother. Diaz was going to be hosting a dinner party and Joel Madden inquired about whether or not his brother could come to the party as well. When Diaz approved, that’s when they met for this first time. According to an interview on Andy Cohen‘s radio show Radio Andy, Diaz admits that the first thing she had ever thought about him when she saw him was that he was hot. The two are definitely noticeably different in the height department – Diaz is 5’9″ and Madden is 5’6″.
6. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley & Jason Statham
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham are notoriously famous for keeping their relationship very, very private. The couple has been together since 2010 and they’re now engaged, but that’s just about all everyone knows about their relationship. Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her modeling work with Victoria’s Secret and many other brands. Statham is an actor, most recognized for his movies The Transporter and Crank. According to some magazines there is wedding planning and baby talk, but no one is really to know besides the two lovebirds. In an interview in 2015 with US Weekly, Huntington-Whiteley talks about how she feels like she’s “never had a proper boyfriend” because of how well her relationship with Statham has gone. While the two don’t look very far apart in age, Statham is actually twenty years older than his fiance. Another difference is their height – Huntington-Whiteley is 5’9″, while Statham is only 5’6″.
5. Pharrell Williams & Helen Lasichanh
Musician Pharrell Williams married his wife Helen Lasichanh, in 2013. Lasichanh, like most Hollywood wives, is a model and fashion designer. When Williams and Lasichanh first met, she wouldn’t even give him the time of day because she had a boyfriend at the time. Even though Williams was interested, he knew that he couldn’t make a move. When she finally broke up with said boyfriend, she still played hard to get and wouldn’t even respond to his text messages which she admitted in an interview with Oprah. After they finally got together though, they dated for quite a while before deciding to even get engaged. However, they finally wed in October of 2013 and they’re still going strong. Lasichanh and Williams even have a joint Instagram account together that’s called Pharrellandhelen. Even though Williams stands at an average height, 5’9″, his wife is taller than him at 5’11”.
4. Sean Penn & Charlize Theron
Sean Penn and Charlize Theron are both actors, so it’s no wonder that they ended up together. Before they even started dating, the actors were friends for a whole eighteen years. Theron adopted her son in 2012, so she was caught up in enjoying being a mom and wasn’t looking for a relationship at all. Naturally, her and Penn kind of just fell into a relationship and even though it was working really well, she opened up to US Weekly and admits she thought it was too good to be true due to past relationships. Her relationship before Penn was a nine year relationship to a man that treated her badly and was never in a good mood, she told the magazine. So after Theron broke up with him, she decided to adopt her son and let relationships sit on the back burner. Penn has two adult children himself from a past relationship – he’s a little bit older than Theron. She’s 32 and he’s 53, and he’s also shorter than her at 5’8″ whereas she’s 5’10”.
3. Aziz Ansari & Courtney McBroom
Sadly enough, Aziz Ansari and his girlfriend of two years, Courtney McBroom, broke up in early 2016. McBroom isn’t exactly in the Hollywood spotlight at all – she’s a chef. Ansari is known for being a comedian and for his work on the television show Parks & Rec. McBroom and Ansari met at an event and literally bonded over cookies that were there. When they were still together, they would describe their relationship story as being very “sweet,” due to the fact that they met over a dessert. As a couple, the two became known for throwing parties together. She controlled the food and he controlled the cocktails. After they broke up, there was no real reason that was revealed, but it’s thought that Ansari’s hectic work schedule could be to blame. Since McBroom isn’t exactly “famous”, her height isn’t really known to the world – however in pictures, it’s clear that she’s at least a few inches taller than Ansari who is 5’6″.
2. Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo were married in 2014. Most people know Levine for being the face of Maroon 5 and for being on The Voice. Prinsloo, on the other hand, is known for being the face of Victoria’s Secret PINK and for being a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Levine is no stranger to dating Victoria’s Secret models. He and Prinsloo actually dated already back in June 2012, but they broke up. After their breakup, Levine took the time to date a couple more models before coming back to her. Prinsloo is just one in a string of many, but it appears he’s decided that she’s worth the ring. Recently, the couple had their first child together which they named Dusty Rose Levine. Prinsloo is actually one inch shorter than Levine, but due to her wearing heels during events, it’s commonly thought that she is much taller than the Maroon 5 singer.
1. Chrissy Teigen & John Legend
One of social media’s favorite stars, Chrissy Teigen and musician John Legend, met on the set of one of his music videos in 2007. Teigen has definitely become more famous after marrying Legend, but she has no problem holding her own in the public eye. She’s known for her social media presence and for being one of the hosts of Lip Sync Battle, even though her main career is as a model and an author. After meeting, Teigen admitted to US Weekly that her and Legend hooked up, but right after he had to go on tour. Not wanting to push into anything, she kind of just let Legend be Legend without questioning what they were. Legend also admits that it wasn’t love at first sight because he’s “more cautious” than that. However, the couple married in 2013 even though they both never thought they were the traditional type. Given that Legend’s hit song “All Of Me” is about Teigen, and that they now have a daughter together, it seems that the couple has fallen quite in love with each other. Teigen is a tad taller than Legend – she’s 5’10” and he’s 5’9″.