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
10 Christian Bale
9 Samuel L. Jackson
8 Tina Fey
7 Paul Rudd
6 Marcia Cross
5 Julia Roberts
4 Lisa Kudrow
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
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."