Everyone has a preference when it comes to relationships. For instance, some people like to date people who are especially tall, while others prefer shorter mates. People also have age requirements when it comes to dating. Women commonly state that they prefer a man who is older, since this often means the man is more mature and ready for commitment. Men, on the other hand, sometimes go for younger women. Maybe dating a woman who is younger makes a man feel youthful, or gives him an ego boost when his friends see him with the woman. Or, maybe being in a relationship with someone in a different age bracket gives the older person a feeling of youthfulness.
Whatever the case, there are men out there who have had flings and even long-term relationships with women who were their juniors. Some of these women were actually young enough to be their daughters! Apparently, age is just a number to some individuals, while others view this dating trend as just a little creepy. However, it’s not impossible for a relationship with a huge age gap to be healthy, functional and fulfilling. Here are 10 celebs who have chosen much younger women as their mates.
11 Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum is an actor who is known for his role in the 1970s movie The Fly, as well as the blockbusters Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World. He has also made several television appearances over the years. He was married in the 1980s to Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis, respectively. Years later, he began a relationship with Olympic gymnast Emilie Livingston, who is 30 years his junior. Apparently, the two hit it off pretty well, and became husband and wife in 2014. Goldblum announced on David Letterman’s late night talk show that he and Livingston are expecting a son in 2015.
9 Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart is a legendary rocker who plays by his own rules on the stage and in life. His hit albums include An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down, and in 2006, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. Due to his career choice, it’s no surprise that he would date a woman who is 26 years younger than him. His current flame, Penny Lancaster, is an actress and model who is perhaps best known for her work with the lingerie brand Ultimo. Something about her apparently caught Stewart’s eye when they met in 1999 and Rod offered to let Lancaster photograph him during his tour. The two married in 2007 and have two children together.
8 Ryan Phillippe
Ryan Phillippe is an actor and director who started his career on One Life to Live and is known for his boyish good looks. He also starred in I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions, alongside his then future wife, Reese Witherspoon. He and Witherspoon have since split, and he has dated women who were younger than him, including actress and model Alexis Knapp, with whom he has a daughter. But Ryan’s most recent relationship with Paulina Slagter is the real shocker. She’s 17 years his junior! Their age gap is almost equivalent to the age of his oldest daughter Ava, who is 15. Clearly this isn't too big of a deal for him, as the couple have been spotted at award shows and other events together, proudly embracing.
7 Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis rose to fame when he starred on the show Moonlighting, in the 1980s. He is also known for his leading role in the Die Hard film series and his roles in the movies Unbreakable and Sin City. Willis was married to former actress Demi Moore from 1987 to 2000, and began dating Emma Heming years later. The Malta-born actress is 36 years old, which isn’t too alarming, except that this makes her Bruce Willis’ junior by 24 years. She’s also 26-year-old Rumer Willis’ stepmother, and that can be kind of awkward since the two are not far apart in age. The couple married in 2009 and have two children together.
6 David Cross
David Cross, a comedian, voice and screen actor and writer, is best known for his HBO series Mr. Show. He has also appeared on Modern Family and voiced the character Crane in the Kung Fu Panda series. Clearly, David Cross doesn’t mind doing things that make him feel young. His former girlfriend, Amber Tamblyn, who is 19 years younger, is also an actress. and the only reason that she’s no longer his girlfriend is because the two got married. Tamblyn has guest starred in shows such as CSI:Miami and Boston Public, and has starred in the films The Unusuals and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which her husband wrote.
5 Dominic Purcell
Dominic Purcell is an Australian actor who is known for his work in John Doe and Blade: Trinity. He was married to Rebecca Williamson for 10 years, and the former couple have 4 children together. He has a 15-year-old son, which means that his last girlfriend, AnnaLynne McCord, who is 18 years his junior, was definitely young enough to be his daughter. McCord is a model and actress, who is popular for her roles on Nip/Tuck and 90210. AnnaLynne was homeschooled and graduated at the age of 15, so perhaps she’s a little wise beyond her years. Maybe that’s what attracted her to an older man.
4 Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy is a veteran comic and actor, as well as a producer and director. His career spans decades, and he has been linked to producer and businesswoman Tracey Edmonds (former wife of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds), and Spice Girl Mel B. Murphy also has five children with his ex-wife Nicole. His oldest daughters with Nicole are pretty close in age with his current girlfriend, Australian model Paige Butcher, who is 18 years his junior. They’ve been spotted on vacations together and have been photographed enjoying date nights. Butcher was even his date to the 2015 Oscars. Looks like the two are getting pretty serious.
3 Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper is an actor and producer, and was crowned with the “Sexiest Man Alive” title in 2011. He was briefly married to fellow actor Jennifer Esposito, from 2006 to 2007. Since then, he has had high-profile relationships with Renee Zellweger and Zoe Saldana. Cooper’s most recent relationship is with actress and model Suki Waterhouse, who is 18 years younger than him. As of March 2015, there has been media reports that the two have broken up, but neither has confirmed this. Perhaps the age difference got in the way. Bradley is known for films such as Wedding Crashers and The Hangover films.
2 Doug Hutchison
Doug Hutchison is known for playing sinister and troubled characters in movies. His film credits include The Green Mile and The Chocolate War. His former training at the Julliard School could indicate that he is simply a talented actor who knows how to make his characters believable. But then, he dated and married Courtney Stodden. Stodden was 16 when the two got married, which means she was even younger than that when the two started dating. Hutchison and Stodden are 35 years apart, and many wonder what the two could possibly have in common in terms of conversation topics and interests.
1 Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner is the ultimate playboy. He’s had lots of “girlfriends” through the years, and is also known for his business savvy. He is the publisher of adult magazines, including the ever-popular Playboy, and was a former writer for Esquire. In 1949, he married Mildred Williams, and the couple had two children together. When Hefner, who is a WWII veteran, returned home, his wife admitted that she had been unfaithful. Hefner was devastated, and his wife allowed him to sleep with other women in hopes it would ease her guilt and save the marriage. However, the couple parted ways 10 years later. Perhaps this is what propelled Hugh Hefner into his current playboy reputation. He got married for the third time to his girlfriend Crystal Harris, in 2012. Harris was Playmate of the Month in December 2009 and is a model, singer and DJ. She is 60 years younger than Hefner.