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14 Huge Age-Gap Celebrity Couples That Didn’t Get Much Support

Some celebrities have had love partners who were much, much younger than them. In fact, they were far under the age of 18 when they first started dating. They may be reluctant to talk about it now. Some of these relationships ended in marriage, while others (*cough* R. Kelly*cough*) resulted in controversy and arrests.

Even while we may like the work of some of these performers, it’s vital to recognize that they chose to have relationships with young people who were less equipped to defend themselves because of their celebrity. Here is a list of mature adults who have dated teenagers.

1. Jerry Seinfeld

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In 1993, Jerry Seinfeld met Shoshanna Lonstein, a 17-year-old high school student, in Central Park in New York City. Jerry Seinfeld had recently received an Emmy for his revolutionary show Seinfeld (she turned 18 shortly after they started dating). Lonstein, who was 21 years Seinfeld’s senior, relocated from George Washington University in Washington, DC to UCLA as their relationship progressed in order to be nearer to him.

When Seinfeld met his current wife Jessica Sklar, they broke up in 1998.

2. Jerry Lee Lewis

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Jerry Lee Lewis, the father of rock ‘n’ roll, married Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old third cousin, in 1957 before his divorce (his second) was even official. At the time of their marriage, Myra Gale Brown apparently still believed in Santa Claus. Lewis, who was 22 at the time, had a major scandal following the wedding when the media labeled him a “cradle robber” and his performance pay dropped from $10,000 per night to $250.

His career finally rebounded after the couple’s divorce in 1970, but it never reached the heights that “The Killer” had during his prime in the mid-1950s.

3. Bill Wyman

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The former Rolling Stones bassist has always been a ladies’ man, and as he grew older, his lovers appeared to become younger. When he started seeing Mandy Smith, who was (reports differ) either 13 or 14 at the time, while Wyman was in his late 40s, this reached its peak.

According to Smith, they started having intercourse when she was 14 (at the time, the legal age of consent in Britain was 16), and they got married when she was 18. Wyman (now 82) says in the documentary The Quiet One about him that he was “very dumb to ever imagine it could possibly work” when they split up two years later. She was not old enough.

4. Don Johnson

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Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith met when he was 23 and she was just 14. They are now best known as the stars of the television shows Miami Vice and Working Girl, as well as the parents of Dakota Johnson, who plays Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Griffith was 15 years old when they first moved in together and 18 years old when they wed in 1976. Later in the same year, they were divorced. Griffith wed actor Steven Bauer in 1981; their union ended in divorce in 1989. She wedded Johnson in the same year and went through her second and last divorce in 1996.

5. Fergie

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Black Eyed Peas star Fergie dated Justin Timberlake when she was just 16 years old, demonstrating that it’s not just males who have improper relationships with youngsters.

Fergie was 23 at the time. In a 2006 interview with Cosmopolitan, she remarked, “Justin and I would go out together, have fun, and make out.” “Though we traveled to Hawaii together, we never took things seriously. Mr. Right Now, he was. He was only a teenager, so meeting you halfway would obviously be difficult for him.

6. Nicole Scherzinger and Harry Styles

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Similar to Fergie and Justin, One Direction member Harry Styles had a brief relationship with Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger. When Scherzinger and the then-16-year-old rising sensation first met, their age difference undoubtedly caught people’s attention. Scherzinger was in her 30s.

The 16-year age difference (and the timeframe of when they met) created a lot of rumors, even though sources suggest the couple didn’t really start dating until Styles was 19.

7. Elvis Presley

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When Priscilla Beaulieu, then 14 years old, first encountered Elvis Presley in 1959 when he was serving in the military and stationed in Germany, he was 24 years old and possibly one of the biggest performers in the world. When The King was discharged from service in 1960, they started dating and later had a long-distance relationship.

The 16-year-old moved to Memphis in 1962 to be nearer to Elvis; Vernon, Elvis’ father, is said to have driven her to school until she could earn her driver’s license. Lisa Marie was born the next year after their marriage in 1967 when Priscilla was 21. The divorce was finally formalized in 1973 after they separated in 1972.

8. Jimmy Page

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Even though she was only 14 years old, Lori Mattix (also known as Lori Maddox and Lori Lightning) was one of the most well-known groupies of Led Zeppelin during the mid-1970s, when they were one of the largest rock bands in the world. Maddox and Jimmy Page had a sexual connection that lasted until she was 16 years old, when she discovered him having an extra-marital affair with a groupie.

She would patiently wait in Page’s hotel room until he got back because their relationship was logistically difficult while the band was on tour because moving a juvenile over state boundaries for sexual purposes involved severe criminal repercussions.

9. Luc Besson

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Luc Besson, the Taken and La Femme Nikita director, was 32 when he started dating Mawenn Besco, a 15-year-old actress who gave birth to the couple’s daughter the following year at the age of 16. Due to the fact that the legal age of consent in France is 15, Besson has never been accused of statutory rape in his country of origin.

10. R. Kelly

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The Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, in which multiple women claim they were sexually assaulted by the R&B artist when they were in their teens, brought long-simmering rumors about R. Kelly and young females to light.

Kelly initially met promising teenage singer Aaliyah when she was just 12 years old, and according to a marriage document that came to light years later, they secretly wed when she was 15 years old. The marriage was eventually dissolved, but Kelly still maintains that they were never wed. After being detained and facing a 13-count federal sex trafficking accusation, Kelly was refused bond. Justice was done.

11. Doug Hutchison

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Doug Hutchison, best known for his scary roles in The Green Mile and Lost on television, was 51 when he wed Courtney Stodden, a 16-year-old aspiring actor, and singer, in 2011. The pair used their notoriety to become something of a reality-show pseudo-celebrity, making appearances on Couples Therapy and Britain’s Celebrity Big Brother. Following their 2013 breakup and subsequent reconciliation, a subsequent pregnancy ended in miscarriage. Stodden’s divorce petition was submitted in March 2018.

12. Steven Tyler

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frontman of Aerosmith When he started dating Julie Holcomb, then 16 years old, Steven Tyler was 24. Strangely enough, while the band was on tour, Tyler persuaded Holcomb’s mother to name him Julie’s legal guardian so she could cross state borders.

13. Woody Allen

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While Woody Allen’s marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his longtime girlfriend Mia Farrow, and the accusations of child sex abuse made against him by Dylan were both scandalous, Christina Engelhardt revealed in 2018 that she had an eight-year affair with the director who was then 42 years old that started when she was 16 years old.

Three years later, Allen released Manhattan (in a scene shown above), in which his character was having an affair with a 17-year-old high school girl played by Mariel Hemingway. This is probably not a coincidence. While he may have written entertaining films in the past, we are avoiding his work because of his real-life predation on young women.

14. Wilmer Valderrama And Demi Lovato

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Wilmer Valderrama deserves a place in the hall of fame for dating adolescent females. When he began dating Demi Lovato, at 17 years old, the former That ’70s Show star was 30 years old. Their romance lasted six years. While Lindsay Lohan was 17 and Mandy Moore was 16, Valderrama also dated both of them. When Moore attended Stern’s show, she refuted Valderrama’s allegation that he stole her virginity, which he made during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

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