Pop culture's obsession with celebrity relationships has existed for about as long as the concept of 'celebrity' itself. Gossip magazines and entertainment channels attract huge attention through relaying stories about the world's most famous couples. Indeed, there are many celebrity couples out there who are idolised to the point where their existence seems almost hyper-real: Take Jay-Z and Beyoncé, AKA entertainment's power couple. With more than $1 billion dollars between them, the pair rule the roost of the music industry. Their every move is stalked by papparazzi, and countless fans obsess over their relationship which appears to be outlasting most other celebrity marriages.
The media circus that has surrounded Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston has been one of the most well-known, controversial media stories of the 21st century. Did Brad cheat or didn't he? Are you on 'Team Jen' or 'Team Angie'? More recently, the ruckus that followed Kristen Stewart's betrayal of Robert Pattinson left fans divided, with many turning against Kristen Stewart. It seems that any information we can glean on a celebrity's personal relationships has a significant impact on how we view the celebrity in question. A relationship can even damage or benefit a celebrity's career.
However, a few select celebrities have decidedly broken the mould and dated 'normal' people. Although this isn't a common decision for those in the music and movie industries - these stars often claim that only other famous people understand the challenges of the celebrity lifestyle - there are more stars who date non-celebrities that you may be aware of. These sorts of relationships are typically more low key than star couplings, but their stories are heartwarming, Cinderella-esque tales of down to earth celebrities who fell for 'ordinary' people just like you and me.
The following couples met in a variety of unexpected ways, from a chance meeting in a restaurant to backstage at a concert. These 11 non-celebs are living every fan's dream!
11 Matt Damon
Matt Damon married his wife Luciana Barroso in 2005. The pair met a few years previously in Miami. Damon was shooting a film in the area and met Barroso in a bar where she was working as a bartender. The Damons are known for being incredibly private about their relationship. However, Matt did open up to Esquire about marrying a non-celebrity: "I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double - it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom."
10 Christian Bale
Christian Bale, the star of blockbusters such as The Dark Knight Rises and American Psycho, has had an incredibly successful film career since he was a young boy. Bale is one of the most well known actors in Hollywood. In 2000, Bale married Sibi Blazic. Blazic had worked as a model before becoming a personal assistant. Blazic was Winona Ryder's PA when she met her future husband. As the story goes, Blazic was introduced to Bale at a barbecue.
9 Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, met when they were college students at Morehouse College. At college, both Jackson and Richardson had a passion for political debate and became heavily involved with the Black Power movement. This passion continued when the pair left college. Both of them joined the Black Image Theatre Company, a heavily political performance movement, and performed around the country with the group. They married in 1980.
8 Tina Fey
Tina Fey met her husband Jeff Richmond when he worked with The Second City, a travelling act of improvisational comedians. Tina Fey was working as a comedian with the group at the time. The pair met on the job and have been inseparable ever since. Richmond works as a composer; he used to write the music for Saturday Night Live, the show that made Fey a household name.
7 Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd, one of Hollywood's most beloved actors, has been acting for decades. After finding worldwide fame as Mike Hannigan on the sitcom Friends, Rudd starred in popular films like Knocked Up and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. It was in 1995, however, that Rudd met his wife Julie Yaeger in New York. Rudd was in the city doing promotional work for the hit film Clueless, when he happened to run into Yaeger and fell in love with her immediately. The pair have been together since 1995, marrying in 2003.
6 Marcia Cross
Marcia Cross is the well-known star of Desperate Housewives, one of the most famous shows to ever air on television. Marcia made her name - as well as a personal fortune of $45 million - thanks to her role as the formidable Bree Van de Kamp. Cross was always a woman who put her career first, but after her success in Desperate Housewives, Cross began to focus on her personal life. Perhaps this is why Cross made a very daring move one day in Los Angeles: After she spotted Tom Mahoney, an ordinary civilian, outside a flower shop, Cross left her number with the shopkeeper with a request for Mahoney to call her. Years later, the pair are still happily married and are raising twins.
5 Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is one of the most well known actresses on the planet. Since her 1990 hit film Pretty Woman, Roberts has become one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood, as well as a household name. Many of her later films, such as Notting Hill, have become modern classics. Roberts met Daniel Moder, a cameraman, when she was filming The Mexican. Despite the fact that Roberts was in a relationship and Moder was married, the pair soon started a relationship. However, the couple's long-term relationship has reportedly hit breaking point, with many reports claiming that Moder has filed for divorce.
4 Lisa Kudrow
Lisa Kudrow's relationship with advertising executive Michel Stern certainly got off to an awkward start. Stern was dating Kudrow's friend for a number of years before the pair decided to get together. Kudrow has admitted to always liking Stern, but she waited until his relationship with her friend was over to make a move. In addition, Kudrow has admitted that she did not sleep with Stern until after their wedding night.
3 Billie Joe Armstrong
Adrienne Armstrong is probably one of the most envied women on the planet. Adrienne managed to marry a rockstar that she had been obsessed with for years - a reality that not many fans will ever experience! Adrienne was obsessed with Billie Joe and his band Greenday for years. In 1990, Adrienne was at one of their concerts when Billie Joe spotted her in the crowd. Adrienne was brought backstage after the concert, and from that moment the pair became a couple. In 1994, the pair married and have been inseparable to this day.
2 Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage is one of the most well-known actors in the world. The nephew of the legendary Francis Ford Coppola has starred in almost 100 films to date. In 2004, Cage tied the knot with sushi waitress Alice Kim. This was Cage's third marriage. After meeting Kim in a booking club, Cage began to frequent the sushi restaurant at which Kim worked. After just two months, Cage proposed to Kim. The pair are still together, but their relationship has reportedly experienced plenty of ups and downs, including domestic violence allegations against Cage.
1 Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor, the renowned Scottish actor who starred in Danny Boyle's cult classic Trainspotting, married production designer Eve Mavrakis in 1995. The pair married in Mavrakis' native France after a short relationship. Despite rumours of infidelity on McGregor's part, the pair have remained together. McGregor was widely accused for breaking up Nicole Kidman's marriage to Tom Cruise. After starring with Kidman in Moulin Rouge!, the media speculated that the pair had become more than friends. However, McGregor has maintained that he is more than happy in his long-term relationship - "I found my partner, my life partner, and I really am in love with my wife and we have a lovely time and we share a long history together and children together and that's it."
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