Athletes and Hollywood celebrities don't normally complement each other. They have wildly different careers, different interests, and little in common to chat about. It’s a little like high school - you wouldn't catch the jocks partying with the drama club.
Yet, it happens. Star athletes and Hollywood celebrities do seem to hang out. They often attend the same parties, and celebrities tend to get seats at games only a few feet from the players. Their world is a mutual admiration society. The celebs are impressed by the athlete's skills, and the athletes are eager for a taste of Hollywood-level stardom.
So sometimes, athletes and performers date. And sometimes they even marry. These couplings, however, seem doomed to fail. They've rarely been successful. Perhaps that's not surprising, given the explosion of publicity surrounding the merging of two separate, attention-grabbing worlds.
Does it ever work? Take a look at how it worked out for these memorable sports-and-celebrity couples who took the romantic plunge.
15 Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
A tabloid sensation, this pair were the celebrity power couple of their generation. When they first met in 1952, Joe had retired from baseball and the much-younger Marilyn was still on her way up. Marriage came in 1954 but it didn’t last.
DiMaggio was possessive and violent, while Marilyn didn’t want to be just a wife who catered to the needs of Joe and his baseball buddies. It was all over in under a year and Marilyn moved on to other troubled relationships.
14 Mike Tyson and Robin Givens
The boxing champ and the sitcom star, dubbed Beauty and The Beast, were tabloid gold in the 1980s. They seemed like an odd combo of sophistication and brute strength.
Wed in 1988, their marriage was a mess from almost the beginning. Tyson resented his wife’s spendthrift nature and the interference of his mother-in-law. Givens claimed physical abuse, and detailed her disastrous relationship with Tyson on a Barbara Walters TV special.
13 Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones
They were Canadian royalty, and still are. This couple first met in 1984 when Wayne was a guest judge on Dance Fever and Janet was a dancer. They reunited at a Lakers game in 1987, and got hitched the following year. The marriage of the actress, best known for movies like The Flamingo Kid and A Chorus Line, and the hockey superstar was a lavish affair. It was also carried live across Canada.
12 Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries
When TV and tabloid star Kardashian married NBA player Humphries, it wasn't so much a marriage as a media blitz - and a high-rated, two-part E! special. While Kim has denied her 72 day marriage to Humphries was a publicity stunt, her own publicist said it was (and was sued). Adding fuel to the fire of this rumour, Humphries filed for a marriage annulment based on ‘fraud’. The details of their final separation agreement were never released.
11 Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
This couple are a bit baffling. The 5-foot-2 cheerleader from Heroes dating the 6-foot-6 heavyweight champion - how does that work? They look like Rocky and Bullwinkle walking down the street together (if Bullwinkle worked out a lot).
10 Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting
Ryan probably doesn't get recognized on his own too often. The tennis pro has never ranked higher than #60 in the world. But on the arm of his beautiful wife Cuoco, who continues to star on the top-rated The Big Bang Theory, he’s a real tabloid fave.
9 Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
The Grammy-winning American Idol singer met then Ottawa Senator back in 2008 when the hockey player showed up at one of her concerts. Hockey players get backstage passes of course.
8 Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti
The sexy movie star was a constant presence at the race track when her driver husband was winning big and winning often over the last decade. They married in 2001 and seemed happily married right up till their separation in 2013.
7 Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
This month, Duff made it official. She filed divorce papers from former NHLer Comrie, effectively ending their four year marriage. They’d been separated for nearly a year, but Duff had publicly talked about a reconciliation as recently as last fall.
Many tabloids reported the divorce filing followed a wild night on the town for Comrie.
6 Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf
The star of The Girl Next Door and TV’s Happy Endings has always been a hockey fan. She even had a blog on the NHL web site at one time. But Toronto Maple Leaf Phaneuf wasn't Cuthbert’s first hockey dalliance. She once dated hockey player and bad boy Sean Avery. He got suspended for three games after some crude remarks about ex-girlfriend Cuthbert.
5 Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky
Paulina's mom was also a star who fell for a sportsman – her parents featured at number 13 on this list.
Celebutante Paulina is more famous as a tabloid and Twitter star than for any accomplishments. She first met high-ranked golfer Johnson in 2012, and after seven months they were engaged. But their relationship hasn’t been all smooth. Johnson took some time off last year to deal with personal issues that may have involved his reputation as a partier. Paulina's dad Wayne Gretzky is said to have suggested Johnson clean up his act.
4 David and Victoria Beckham
They were the most famous couple in the world when they married in Ireland back in 1999. He was the good-looking British soccer superstar, and she was Posh Spice of the chart-topping Spice Girls. The paparazzi had a field day.
3 Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
You wouldn’t think the Scandal star would have any time for a personal life – what with her TV and movie roles and all of them award shows she attends. But she found time to not only marry NFL football star Asomugha in 2013, but have a child (Isabelle) in 2014.
2 Shakira and Gerard Pique
She's the platinum-selling singer/dancer from Colombia whose hips don't lie. He’s a superstar soccer player with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. They met on a 2010 music video set when Shakira was recording her theme song for the World Cup. Wow. A beautiful girl who likes soccer? Gerard must have thought he'd died and gone to heaven.
1 Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
No one can claim Giselle was after football quarterback Brady for his money. Bundchen was a hugely successful Victoria Secret’s Model and Vogue Magazine cover model when she met her footballer husband. She is often listed among the most beautiful and most powerful women in the entertainment field. And of course, she dated playboy, Leonardo DiCaprio.
The story goes that Brady and Bundchen met on a blind date in 2006 - though it's hard to believe that Tom had never seen Gisele's picture on the cover of every magazine in the world. The pair apparently hit it off and were married in 2009. They have two kids (Ben and Vivian), a stepson (John) and a whole room full of football trophies.
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