Celebrity couples gain more attention than a critically acclaimed Oscar-worthy film. They’re front-page news when they start dating and steal the headlines if they ever break up. Their engagements and wedding are often the number one trending topic. The couples that stay together and start families only gain more attention over time. The beginning of a relationship is just as fun for the media as it’s the couple. The media and fans go over every minor detail at the start of a relationship. Some couples might try to keep it a secret but there is no point because the media always finds out.
Most Hollywood couples meet just like any other couple. There are many ways to meet someone now. There is the old fashioned way of being set up by friends and the new forms of matchmaking, such as online dating. However, some celebrity couples have the most bizarre love story. Regardless, it’s their beautiful love story but they just happen to meet in a strange way. While some couples spot each other from across the room others have a more unconventional story. Some fans might even be surprised to find out how these couples met. Here is a look at 25 Celeb Couples That Met In Strange Ways.
25 Sarah Michelle-Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
It seems like Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle-Gellar have been together forever. They first met on the set of the 1997 film I Know What You Did Last Summer. They became friends first and developed the friendship for several years. Prinze went on several dates with Hollywood stars and noted “they didn't eat, they ate salad.” He went out with Gellar one night and started to have feelings for her. He said, “She ate everything, including a crab that they let walk across the counter, then kill while it was alive in some oil and said, ‘It’s popcorn, try!’ And she ate it without even blinking, and I was like, ‘Yo, my girl is legit.’” (Huffingtonpost)
24 Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth
Reese Witherspoon has starred in several popular romantic films. In fact, her real life love story is like a typical romantic comedy come to life. Witherspoon is one of the most popular Hollywood stars in the world. Jim Toth is a CAA agent and represents several major stars. They met at a mutual friends party but it wasn’t a set up. In fact, one of Jim’s intoxicated friends was hitting on Witherspoon. Toth jumped in to save her from his friend. They eventually started dating and married.
23 Peter Andre & Emily MacDonagh
There are many ways to find love nowadays. Turns out that you can also find love by needing major surgery. Peter Andre met his first wife Kate Price on the reality series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. That’s actually a pretty conventional way to find love for a celeb. He met his second wife Emily Macdonagh through her father. Her father is a surgeon and performed a kidney operation on Andre. He stayed in touch with the family and eventually started a relationship with Emily.
22 Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden
Cameron Diaz has dated a long list of gorgeous Hollywood men. However, she decided to settle down with Benji Madden. They might seem like a typical Hollywood couple but they had one of the more unique meetings. Diaz had seen Madden around town but didn’t know he was. He was just some hot guy that she saw. Later, she attended a BBQ at Nicole Richie and Joel Madden’s. Joel invited his brother to the BBQ and Diaz immediately recognized him. They hit it off instantly and fell madly in love.
21 Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald
At one time, it seemed the universe was pushing Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald together. It seemed that wherever she turned he was there. Reed had never watched an episode of American Idol but gave it a shot because her Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner loved it. That was the first time she saw Paul McDonald. Later, she saw him at the premiere of Red Riding Hood. Reed wasn’t in the film and normally didn’t attend premieres unless she was in the movie. Most father's try to keep their daughters away from guys but Reed's father convinced her to approach McDonald. They soon started dating and married but divorced in 2015.
20 Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were already two of the biggest stars in Hollywood when they first met. Despite their fame, they had never crossed paths but that soon changed. They first met at the Deauville Film Festival in France in 1998. A mutual friend, Danny Devito, introduced them. Rumor has it that the first thing Douglas said was, “I’d like to father your children.” That might seem like a strange line but it worked. They’ve been together since 2000 and Zeta-Jones said, “I was in love with my husband at first sight.” (Nickiswift)
19 Kate Hudson & Matt Bellamy
Being a gentleman often pays off as Matt Bellamy learned. Kate Hudson and Bellamy had one of the strangest meetings. That’s because neither one remembered meeting each other before. In 2010, they both attended Coachella with a separate group of friends. Hudson got separated from her friends and Bellamy helped her find them. As they searched, they soon realized they had met years earlier in Australia. Hudson gave Bellamy her number and they started dating. They were engaged but broke things off in 2014.
18 Michael Caine & Shakira Baksh
Michael Caine is one of the greatest actors of his generation. He’s an icon that has transcended time. At one time, he dated every beautiful celeb there was. He could have any woman he wanted but had a little trouble with one. Caine has been married to his beautiful wife and former model Shakira Baksh since 1973. He saw her in a Maxwell House advertisement and fell in love instantly. He was prepared to fly to Brazil to find the model but turned out she lived nearby. He got her number from a mutual friend and had to call her 10 times before she’d finally agree to go out with him.
17 Kate Moss & Jamie Hince
Google is one of those inventions that have completely changed the world. It’s even changed how celebrities meet each other. Supermodel Kate Moss probably has thousands of guys trying to get her attention. Those guys should just focus on putting their best pictures online. Moss met guitarist Jamie Hince is a very strange way. She was hanging out with a friend and were Googling men just like they do any other Saturday night. As they were Googling, Hince’s pic came up. Moss was impressed and said, “Ooh, I like the look of him.” (Nickiswift) Eventually, a friend set them up and they married in 2011 but later divorced in 2016.
16 Frankie Sandford & Wayne Bridge
James Corden is best known as the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden. However, he’s also one of the world’s greatest matchmakers. Corden helped set up retired footballer Wayne Bridge with pop star Frankie Sandford. Corden was out one night with Bridge and ran into Sandford. He put their numbers in each other’s phones. Eventually, they started texting back and forth leading to a romance. They’re now happily married with a family and have Corden to thank.
15 Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke
Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke didn’t meet at a party or were set up by a friend. According to Hawke, they had met years ago at a New York City ATM. Hawke tried to talk to her but she ignored him and apparently didn’t realize it was Hawke. Years later, they worked together on the film Gaataca. It was during that time that they connected and soon started dating. They eventually married but divorced in 2005. However, they’ll always have the ATM.
14 Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy first started dating in the early 80’s. However, they didn’t get together in the most conventional way and stirred up a bit of controversy. They met when Huffman was a student at the Atlantic Theater Company. Macy was a co-founder and teacher at the time they started dating. They were both adults but Huffman was one of his students nonetheless. They started dating but it took Macy 15 years and a plethora of proposals before she finally agreed to marry him.
13 Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are clearly meant for each other. They’re the perfect couple and one of the few couples that fans think might actually make it. Most people assume that Gosling has no problem approaching the ladies but even he needs some help. He convinced director Derek Cianfrance to cast Mendes in Place Beyond The Pines. Gosling thought she was perfect for the role but it was also a convenient way to get close to her. They ended up falling for each other during filming and are now married.
12 Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had many ups and downs throughout the relationship but have always managed to stay together. The relationship has had its fair share of strange moments starting from the very beginning. In 1970, Sharon was working for her father Don Arden who was the manager of Black Sabbath. In 1979, Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath and Sharon began to manage his solo career. The relationship went from strictly professional to romantic and they started dating. In 1982, they married despite the volatile relationship and have remained together.
11 David & Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham are two of the most beautiful people in the world. They’re one of those couples that just makes sense. They’re perfect for each other. David first saw Victoria in a music video when she was a member of the Spice Girls. He fell in love instantly with her and knew that she was his soul mate. In 1997, they met a charity football game and it was love at first sight. They're one of the most recognizable couples in the world and their marriage is still going strong.
10 Rita Ora & Calvin Harris
Rita Ora and Calvin Harris had a very public and a bad break up. However, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise since they got together after feuding on social media. They had a brief Twitter feud over the song “Call My Name”. Ora claims the song was written for her but Harris denied that. Instead, Cheryl Cole recorded the song and Ora and Harris had a heated exchanged. Somewhere along the way, the feud turned into a romantic relationship. However, they soon started to face several problems and the relationship ended much like it started.
9 Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady are made for each other. They’re the perfect couple that is always making headlines. The supermodel and Patriots Quarterback have a fairy tale love story but didn’t have a typical beginning. They didn’t have an adorable meet cute where they bumped into each other at an awards show like in the movies. They were actually set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. The sparks started to fly instantly and they’re now happily married with children.
8 Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are another beautiful couple that is a perfect match. However, their love story is like a 90’s sitcom about two best friends that are in love but don't know it. Reynolds and Lively became close friends while shooting the film The Green Lantern. After filming, they became even closer and went on a double date with other people. It was during the double date that they realized the chemistry was between them and not with their respective dates. They soon started dating and eventually married. They’re one of the most popular couples in Hollywood.
7 Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are one the most famous couples in the world. The Smith Family is world famous and nothing about them is normal. It all started with Will and Jada's unique love story. In 1995, Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s girlfriend Lisa in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The role went to Nia Long because the producers felt Jada was too short for Will. Turns out the producers were wrong about that. They eventually started dating and married in 1997.
6 Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are always making headlines. They’re one of the most popular couples in the world. However, they were actually friends for several years. They first met when West collaborated with Brandy on a song and Kim was working as Brandy’s assistant. A friendship developed and they would spend hours talking on the phone. In fact, West wrote several lyrics that implied he was jealous of Kardashian’s relationship with Kris Humphries. Luckily for West, it didn’t work out and he ended up with Kim in the end. They’re now married and have three kids.
5 Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are perfect for each other but don't have a typical Hollywood love story. Timberlake has dated a long list of beautiful women in Hollywood. Just about every woman would jump at the opportunity to be with him. Well, except for Jessica Biel. They met through a mutual friend and Timberlake later asked if it would be okay to ask out Biel. However, Biel actually turned down Timberlake several times before saying yes. Timberlake said, “I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say ‘yes.’” (Nickiswfit)
4 Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher first worked together when they were just teenagers. In fact, they portrayed love interests Jackie Burkhart and Michael Kelso in That 70’s Show. Kunis was underage when the series started and had her first ever kiss on camera with Kutcher. However, off screen, there was no attraction and both were later in high profile relationships. Years later, Kutcher ran into Kunis and invited her to a party with the intention of introducing her to his friend. Instead, sparks flew between the two and they’re now married with a family.
3 Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso
In 2003, Matt Damon begrudgingly went out with his friends and ended up meeting the love of his life. Damon was in Miami shooting the film Stuck On You. After a long workday, his friends decided to go to a bar. Damon wasn’t in the mood and wanted to stay in. His friends persisted and dragged him out. It would be the best decision he’d ever make. It was that night he met his future wife Luciana Barroso. She was working as a bartender at the bar his friends dragged him to. It was love at first sight.
2 Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo
Nick Lachey was once in a high profile relationship with Jessica Simpson. They even had their very own reality show. Like many celeb couples, the relationship came to a bitter end. Lachey was so heartbroken that he wrote a song about it, “What’s Left of Me”. After he shot the video, he wasn’t thinking about Simpson anymore. TV personality Vanessa Minnillo was cast in the video and sparks started to fly. They soon started dating and are now happily married.
1 Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford
Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford have one of the most incredible Hollywood love stories. They didn’t meet online or on a movie set. They met years before either one became a big star. Their love story actually starts when they were children. In fact, Mulligan and Mumford were pen pals when they were kids. They met through their churches and began writing back and forth. They eventually lost touch but reunited when they both became famous. A romance soon sparked between them and they married in 2012.