Dating someone who looks like one of your parents can be a touching tribute to the people who raised you and mean so much to you. However, if you take it a little too far, it could get a little creepy. Most people have a preference on the type of person they like to date. There is also scientific evidence to prove that many people are prone to gravitate towards people who have similar facial features to their fathers or mothers. The concept is based on something called sexual imprinting, which indicates that people are hard-wired to choose romantic partners who are similar in physical appearance to their parents.
If you have a great relationship with your mother or father, choosing a mate who reminds you of a parent can bring about a sense of comfort and peace of mind for you. There are several celebrities who have proven this theory to be true. Even if these famous people don’t stay with their romantic partners for very long, some celebs make it clear that they do have a type, and you can see their preferences with each new relationship. Here are 10 celebrities who have dated people who look like their father or mother.
10 AnnaLynne McCord
Actress AnnaLynne McCord has been romantically linked to actor Dominic Purcell for quite some time. The two seem to be getting along pretty well, and have been photographed being adorable and affectionate with one another. This seems great, but Purcell looks a whole lot like McCord’s actual father. The two men have the same physical build and bald head. There’s even a picture floating around of McCord riding on her dad’s back, and it's hard to tell whether she’s having a playful moment with her boyfriend or reliving a fun part of her childhood. Sweet or creepy? Maybe a little of both.
9 Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain is the daughter of late rocker Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Frances has been pretty vocal in the media lately about her father’s life and tragic death. She states that she doesn’t think people should view him as a hero, and that he could have done a better job as a father. It’s also no surprise that Frances likely has more than a few issues with her mother, since Courtney Love is just as well-known for being the lead singer in the band Hole, as she is for her public spectacles, which are usually alcohol or drug-induced. Frances Bean Cobain is dating Isaiah Silva, a rocker who could be a dead ringer for a young Kurt Cobain. The two are also possibly engaged.
8 Cameron Diaz
The actress and former model who is known for her roles in films like The Mask, Shrek, Charlie’s Angels and Bad Teacher, recently married rocker Benji Madden. Madden tends to wear his hair slicked back, which is quite similar to the way that Diaz’s late father Emilio, styled his hair. Cameron Diaz has also been romantically linked to baseball player Alex Rodriguez and singer/actor Justin Timberlake, but these handsome guys don’t look much like Cameron’s father. Unfortunately, Diaz’s father passed away in 2008 from pneumonia, so he never got the opportunity to see his daughter choose a pretty nice looking guy for a husband. The couple got married in January 2015, and seem to be getting along great.
7 Kelly Osbourne
The Fashion Police host and clothing designer has been romantically linked to Matthew Mosshart, who bears a striking resemblance to Ozzy Osbourne during the Black Sabbath era. Mosshart has long, dark, wavy locks, along with a carefree yet edgy sense of style that is pretty appealing. However, we can’t help but wonder whether Kelly can see that Matthew Mosshart looks like a young version of her father. Perhaps she has noticed the similarity, but thinks that Mosshart is such a sweet guy that it doesn’t matter if he’s an Ozzy Osbourne doppelganger. After all, Kelly has never been the type to care much about what people think.
6 Lance Armstrong
Former Olympic athlete Lance Armstrong’s mother, ex-wife and ex-girlfriend (who happens to be award-winning singer Sheryl Crow), have similar physical characteristics. For instance, they are all blonde and have long faces and slim builds. Due to sexual imprinting, Lance Armstrong is likely not conscious of the fact that the women he has fallen in love with have a bone structure that is similar to his mother’s. A professor from the University of Pecs in Hungary even stated that it’s common for men to choose women who have similar jawlines and lips to their mothers. It’s not likely that Armstrong’s wife and girlfriend wanted to hear that they had lips like his mom. If nothing else, that’s just weird.
5 Angelina Jolie
The beautiful and mysterious actress proves that the notion that women pick men who look like their fathers isn’t just an old wive's tale. Jolie’s equally hot husband, actor Brad Pitt, looks very similar to Jolie’s father in his younger years. The two men also have the same eyes and hair color, which is not uncommon. Angelina Jolie has long been in the media for her strange preferences when it comes to love. She married fellow actor Billy Bob Thornton, who is considerably older than she is. This caused many to speculate that she wanted an additional father figure in her life. There were also rumors that she was in a romantic relationship with her brother (who looks a lot like her), which is just plain strange.
4 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren have been together since he was a production assistant on her film Fantastic Four. Warren is also the son of actor Michael Warren, so some would say that it was just a matter of time before he and Jessica met. Cash Warren and Jessica’s father Mark, could also both be considered pretty handsome. That is, if you’re into the dark-haired, tanned skin type. Alba has stated several times that she has a close relationship with her father, which may have something to do with why she felt so comfortable marrying Cash in 2008. The couple have two daughters together, and Jessica has been making a name for herself in the business world lately with the Honest company, a business she founded, which sells natural baby and cleaning products.
The singer and dancer has the sweetest relationship with her father, Carlton. The two are so close that Ciara even hired her dad to be her son’s nanny. Ciara has a son named Future with rapper Nayvadius Wilburn, who goes by the name Future. The two were previously engaged, but have since parted ways. Ciara has recently started dating football player Russell Wilson, but it’s pretty clear that Future looks more like her dad than Wilson. Future and Mr. Harris (Ciara’s dad) have similar complexions and facial structures. Honestly, they’re both handsome men, so baby Future is sure to be even more of a looker when he gets older.
2 Brad Pitt
Pitt has long been known as a sex symbol in Hollywood, so it’s only right that he would be married to fellow sex symbol Angelina Jolie. It’s possible that Jolie was attracted to Pitt because he looks so similar to her father, but Angelina and Brad Pitt’s mother look similar to each other as well. The two women have piercing eyes, a sparkling smile and high cheekbones. Even though Angelina and Mrs. Pitt wear their hair in two different styles (Angelina’s hair is long and Mrs. Pitt’s is short), it’s pretty easy to see that they share some of the same features. Brad and Angelina’s daughter Shiloh, also looks a lot like her paternal grandmother.
1 Jennifer Aniston
John Aniston is the actor who plays Victor Kiriakis on the soap opera Days Of Our Lives. He is also Jennifer Aniston’s father. The Greek-American actor, who has also appeared on shows such as The West Wing, Cold Case, Mad Men and American Dreams, is still quite handsome for an 81-year-old. John Aniston also looks a lot like Jennifer Aniston’s ex-husband, Brad Pitt. So, it looks like Pitt is either falling in love with women who look like his mother, or serving as a father lookalike for an ex-wife. Jennifer Aniston has since moved on to a relationship with Justin Theroux; the two are still together after a long engagement.