Aaliyah once sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number, throwing down ain’t nothing but a thang.” Well, if Aaliyah said it, then it must be true. But then again, she was married to R. Kelly at the time. Regardless, these lyrics and others like it must have resonated with the celebrities on this list.
Celebs have been leaving their wives for younger women since the dawn of Hollywood. There is nothing that the media loves more than a famous couple splitting up. Actually, the only thing better is if a younger woman is involved, adding to the juicy story and another person they can harass. Having millions of dollars, a massive mansion, and the most expensive cars just isn’t enough for some celebs. They decided to trade in their older model women for younger supermodel versions. In many cases, the famous celeb remained with the younger version until their death, and other times until they found someone even younger when they got older. In fact, many of the celebs are dating or are married to women that could be the same age as their daughters; maybe even younger. To paraphrase Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused, “That’s what I love about these girls. I get older, they stay the same age.” If you’re only as old as you feel, age is just a number, and money can buy you anything. Here is a look at 15 celebs who left their wives for women that could be their daughters.
15 Rowan Atkinson
In the ‘90s, Mr. Bean was synonymous with physical comedy and absurd situations. He’s now known for ditching his wife for a much younger woman. Rowan Atkinson is best known for his role in the sitcom Mr. Bean. However, his current girlfriend probably doesn’t know that he also appeared in the sketch comedy Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, and Never Say Never Again. In 1990, Rowan married Sunetra Sastry and they have two children. His daughter, Lily, was born in 1995. It appears that even Mr. Bean left his wife for a woman that could have been his daughter. After roughly 23 years of marriage, Rowan left his wife for actress Louise Ford. They started seeing each other in 2014 when she was in her late 20’s. In 2014, Rowan and his wife separated with the divorced finalized in 2015. Rowan, 62, is still in a relationship with Ford who is 31.
14 Tony Curtis
The iconic actor, Tony Curtis, had his greatest success during the 1950’s and 1960’s. He was universally praised for his roles in several critically and commercially acclaimed films, including The Defiant Ones, Some Like It Hot, and Spartacus. All of these movies were completed filming over ten years before the birth of Curtis’ last wife. Tony was married six separate times in his life. His first marriage was to legendary actress Janet Leigh. Their first daughter, Kelly Curtis, was born in 1956, and their second daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, was born in 1958. Curtis and Leigh divorced around 1962, and he immediately married 18-year-old actress Christine Kaufmann. Later, he was married for a fifth time to Lisa Deutsch for one year from 1993 to 1994. During the marriage, he met Jill Vanderberg at a restaurant. She was 45 years younger than Curtis and was much younger than both of his eldest daughters. They married and remained together until his death at the age of 85 in 2010.
13 Peter Brant
Peter Brant is a businessman, film producer, and avid art collector. In the 1970’s, he started working in a paper conversion company co-founded by his father. At the same time, his future wife, Stephanie Seymour, was just born. His first marriage was to Sandra Simms with whom he has four children. While still married, he started a relationship with supermodel Stephanie Seymour. She was born in the late ‘60s and is likely the same age as some of his children. Stephanie had appeared in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, Victoria’s Secret catalogs, and Playboy magazine. When she was 16, she dated 42-year-old head of Elite Model Management, John Casablancas, who was married at the time. Later, she was in an intense relationship with Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses. In fact, she appeared in the music video “November Rain.” Peter’s divorce was finalized in 1995, and he married Stephanie later that year.
12 Leslie Moonves
Leslie Moonves is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board, and President of CBS Corporation. He had major career advancements in the ‘80s and ‘90s. At one point in his career, he gave the green light to both Friends and ER—likely two shows that his future wife enjoyed watching. He would later make several guest appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and the first episode of Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In 1978, he married Nancy Wiesenfeld with whom he has two children. They were married for several years and seemed to be in a loving marriage. However, in 2003, Nancy filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. In 2004, he began dating CBS’ The Early Show host Julie Chen. They started dating before his divorce was finalized, but he was essentially a single man. However, she is still 20 years younger than him. She’s young enough to be his daughter. They married later in 2004 and have one son together.
11 Ric Ocasek
Ric Ocasek is best known as the singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the band The Cars. Ric was one of the founding members of the band. They first performed from 1976 to 1988, and reunited in 2010. He also had a very successful solo career. Ric has been married three times in his life, which is probably not that much compared to some other rock gods. In 1971, he married his second wife Suzanne Ocasek. However, she might have been too “old” for him because he soon met a much younger woman. In 1984, while shooting the video for the song “Drive,” Ric met model Paulina Porizkova. Ric was still married at the time, and Paulina was only 19. In fact, when The Cars first formed, Paulina was just a young child. They soon started seeing each other, and Ric divorced Suzanne. Ric and Paulina married in 1989, and have since remained together.
10 Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood is best known as a member of the iconic band The Rolling Stones. Unlike the Stones fanbase, Ronnie Wood’s wives keeping getting younger. In fact, he dated women that are his daughters’ age and younger. Wood met his second wife, model Jo Wood, in 1977. Ronnie and Jo married in 1985 but their daughter, Leah Wood, was born in 1978. In total, Wood has six children and six grandchildren. Everything seemed perfect for Ronnie and Jo. Suddenly, in 2008, it all fell apart when Ronnie left his wife for 18-year-old waitress Ekaterina “Katia” Ivanova. So, Ronnie and Jo divorced in 2009. However, the relationship with Katia didn’t work out. In 2012, Wood married Sally Humphreys who is 31 years younger than Ronnie. In fact, she is the same age as Wood’s first daughter, Leah. In 2016, Sally and Wood welcomed twin girls into their family only days before Ronnie’s 69th birthday.
9 Patrick Stewart
In the 1980’s, Patrick Stewart became known to the world for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. By that point in his career, he was already an accomplished TV, film, and stage actor. However, most of the women he’s dated know him for his portrayal of Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise. Patrick was married to his first wife for 24 years before divorcing in 1990. He has two children from that marriage, with his son appearing in a 1992 episode of Star Trek. In 1997, he became engaged to Star Trek producer Wendy Neuss, and they married in 2000. Months before the end of his marriage, he began dating actress Lisa Dillon. Lisa was born in 1979 and was young enough to be his daughter. However, Patrick and Lisa eventually broke up. In 2008, he started dating singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell, and they married in 2013. Sunny is also young enough to be one of his daughters as she was born in 1978.
8 Marilyn Manson
Marilyn Manson is one of the most controversial and beloved musicians alive. His music has influenced an entire generation of young people while freighting an older generation. He is best known for the albums Antichrist Superstar, Mechanical Animals, and Holy Wood. Manson was first in a highly publicized relationship with actress Rose McGowan. In 2005, he married burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. They married in a private ceremony and everything was wonderful in their world. However, Manson decided he wanted to be with someone who was young enough to be his daughter. A nearly 40-year-old Marilyn Manson had an intense love affair with 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood. In 2007, Dita filed for divorce from Manson who continued his relationship with Wood. In 2010, Manson proposed to Wood while on stage in Paris. However, they soon broke up as well, and he later dated photographer Lindsay Usich.
7 Rod Stewart
In 1962, iconic rock star Rod Stewart began his career busking with a harmonica on the streets of London. His current wife wouldn’t be born for another 10 years, and her parents hadn’t even met yet. Rod has almost as many wives and children as he has hit singles. Rod’s been in several relationships and has been married three times. He has eight children with five different women. His first daughter was born in 1963. Rod has been married to, not one but two, women that could have been his daughters. He left his first wife, Alana Hamilton, to be with model Kelly Emberg. He was with Kelly from 1983 to 1990, having one child together. In 1990, he married his second wife, model Rachel Hunter, who is 25 years his junior. In 2006, he literally traded in for a younger model when he married model Penny Lancaster. Penny is 24 years younger, and they have two children together. Currently, Rod is 72 and Penny is 46.
6 Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer has been universally praised for his critically acclaimed performance as Frasier Crane in the sitcom Cheers and its spin-off, Frasier. Kelsey’s been married to a dance instructor, exotic dancer, Playboy model, and flight attendant. He seems to have a type. Kelsey has dated some women that are so young they haven’t even heard of Cheers. Kelsey has been married four times, and has seven children and a grandson. His first child, actress Spencer Grammer, was born in 1980. His third marriage was to former Playboy model Camille Donatacci. They met in 1996 on a blind date and married in 1997. They have two children together. It seemed as though Kelsey had finally found his soulmate. Well, not until he met a hot flight attendant 25 years his junior. In 2010, he started dating British flight attendant, Kayte Walsh, and divorced his wife in 2011. He married Walsh, and they now have three kids together.
5 Clint Eastwood
Academy Award-winning actor, Clint Eastwood, has always been associated with the ‘ultimate tough guy’ image. He received universal praise for his roles in the Dollars Trilogy, The Dirty Harry franchise, and Unforgiven. He also directed several critically and commercially acclaimed films, such as Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Sully. However, his dating list is far longer than the list of movie he’s directed and starred in. Eastwood has been married three times and has had an enormous amount of affairs. During his first marriage to Maggie Johnson, he had several affairs, including the one he had with Roxanne Tunis that lasted 14 years. His third wife, Dina, was 31 years younger than him, but they divorced in 2014. During his second and third marriages, he continued his cheating ways. By this point, most of the women he had affairs with could have been his daughters. Months after his divorce, he took Christina Sandera to the 87th Academy Awards. She is 33 years his junior. Not long after that, he dated photographer Erica Tomlinson-Fisher who is 41 years younger.
4 Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas had his first big break when he starred in the police drama The Streets of San Francisco. The series ran from 1972 to 1977 on ABC. It’s highly unlikely that Michael’s current wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, watched that series as she was born in 1969. However, she did get to see him in his universally praised performances in Romancing The Stone, Fatal Attraction, Traffic, and Wall Street. Technically, Michael didn’t leave his wife for Catherine but was still married when they started dating. In 1977, 32-year-old Michael Douglas married 19-year-old Diandra Luker, and they have one child together. In 1995, she filed for divorce. However, it took several years to process. In 1998, while still married, Douglas was introduced to Catherine at the Deauvillle Film Festival by Danny DeVito. They soon started secretly dating despite Douglas still being married and being 22 years older than her. His divorce was finalized in 2000 ,and they married later that year.
3 John Derek
John Derek was a director, photographer, and former actor. However, he is best known for discovering and launching the career of his fourth wife, Bo Derek. In 1948, John married his first wife, Pati Behrs Eristoff, and had two children together. In 1955, he met 19-year-old actress Ursula Andress, and walked out on his family. They eventually got married, but she ended up leaving him first. In 1968, he married actress Linda Evans who supported him by paying his child support. In 1973, Derek and Linda traveled to Greece to shoot And Once Upon a Time. Joining them was a 16-year-old Mary Cathleen Collins who would later be known as Bo Derek. During filming, John and Bo started having an affair. Linda returned to the U.S. and filed for divorce. However, John and Bo remained in Europe until she was 18, to avoid statutory rape charges. They married in 1976 and remained together until John’s death.
2 Johnny Depp
In 1987, a 23-year-old Johnny Depp had his big breakthrough when cast as Tom Hanson in the police series 21 Jump Street. Also in 1987, Depp’s third wife, Amber Heard, just turned one. Johnny Depp has starred in numerous critically and commercially acclaimed films, such as Edward Scissorhands, Donnie Brasco and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He portrays Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Depp has dated several famous celebs, including Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder, and Kate Moss. In 1998, he began a serious long-term relationship with actress Vanessa Paradis. They never married, but they had two children together. During their relationship, he started seeing actress and model Amber Heard in 2011. If Depp had a daughter in his 20’s, she would have been the same age as his second wife. In 2012, Depp and Paradis officially ended their relationship, and Depp and Heard soon married. However, things didn’t work out for Depp and Heard as their relationship was intense and volatile.
1 Woody Allen
Woody Allen is widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. However, his career is overshadowed by one of the most scandalous relationships. Allen has been married three times and was in a relationship with actress Diane Keaton. When he was 42, he dated 17-year-old actress Stacey Nelkin. In the ‘80s, he started a 12-year relationship with actress Mia Farrow. They never married nor lived together but lived across from each other. Mia had three biological and three adopted children from her previous marriage. In 1978, Mia and her former husband, Andre Previn, adopted Soon-Yi, who was roughly 7 years old at the time. During Farrow and Allen’s relationship, he adopted two of her biological children. In 1992, Farrow discovered that Allen was having an affair with then 21-year-old Soon-Yi. Farrow and Allen soon separated in a nasty public break up. Allen and Soon-Yi married in 1997 and still remained together.