While we have made leaps and bounds in our levels of tolerance, we still have quite a journey ahead of us. Just take a look at the marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Of course, the royal couple is just one example of these romantic game-changers.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Peaceful Love
They're one of the most iconic and artistic couples who ever lived. The pair lasted for a strong 11 years until the unfortunate assassination of John Lennon. The two bumped into each other in an art gallery in mid 60s London.
Ever since then, the pair were inseparable and even had two-week bed-in protests for peace. They were purveyors of love and they had both had a huge influence in the hippie movement.
Sammy Davis Jr. And May-Britt Fought For Equality
Famous singer Sammy Davis Jr. was well known for his voice but he also played the violin, the trumpet, and even the drums! He married Swedish actress May Britt and raised a lot of eyebrows during their time together. Even though Davis had the public's attention for his marriage with Britt, they still pursued the romance.
Despite getting threats and even capturing John F. Kennedy's attention in a negative way, he still didn't mind. They loved each other for a solid 8 years until the two decided to split ways.
Bowie And Iman the Dynamic Duo
Many people know David Bowie for his spellbinding contemporary pop music. With classic hits like "Let's Dance" and "Space Oddity" who could forget the spandex-wearing sensation? Bowie married Iman and they were happily married for 24 years.
The two met at a dinner party and Bowie claims that he was drawn to her almost instantly. The two lived their lives together happily with their kids until Bowie passed away due to liver failure.
Richard Loving And Mildred Jeter's Love is Straight Out of a Movie
Richard Loving And Mildred Jeter's Love was so special when it lasted in the 1950s due to the controversy that arose because they were a mixed couple. The union was illegal by all means and the state of Virginia didn't allow their marriage until 1967. Their love story was so unique that musicians even wrote songs about them and their romance appeared in several movies.
The two met thanks to family friends and they became a part of each other's lives at an early age. Little did they know that they would be jailed for their love - how crazy!
Pearl Bailey And Louie Bellson the Musical Pair
Singer Pearl Bailey and drum maestro Louie Bellson were a match made in heaven back in the 50s. Their love was controversial because they were mixed and during their time people looked down on interracial couples.
The couple moved on to adopt a son and were happily married for 28 years before Pearl passed away. The two both loved music and the spark was almost instant for both of them.
The Boxing King Jack Johnson And Irene Pineau
Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever win the heavyweight champion in the early 1900s. He was unbeatable, unstoppable and in 4 years, no one had ever knocked him down. Irene admired his courage and passion for boxing and the two got together after Jack's first 2 marriages died down.
Irene loved Jack until the very end when he got into a car accident. The two were bonded for life and the spark remained even after he passed.
Betty And Barney Hill Are out of This World
This duo is a strange one because of its backstory. And we're not talking about their love life, it's even weirder than that. They claimed one day that they were driving but don't fully remember the order of events. Their watches stopped and they saw two gray creatures emerge from a floating metal disc. The two had come out of this world experiences that bonded them together.
Later on, further investigation was conducted to find out the source of the so-called aliens but no concrete evidence was drawn. They were famous in the 60s for their wacky story and different colored skin.
Alfre Woodard And Roderick Spencer Married Happily for 36 years
The love affair of Alfre Woodard And Roderick Spencer wasn't initially accepted by the public and there was drama pouring down on them from all sides. Even in the 80s, interracial marriages were still not accepted but they dated for a few years before eloping in 1983.
Alfre is a reputable actress and she has many awards for her superb acting. Rodrick is currently a writer so it's no surprise that the two hit it off so well. With a shared background in acting and writing, Alfre and Roderick were made for each other.
The Spy Josephine Baker And Jean Lion
Josephine Baker And Jean Lion sound like a pair from a romance movie. The two lived a life similar to a movie and they had starkly different careers in life. Jean Lion was of French descent and heir to a wealthy fortune. His partner Josephine later became a French citizen and naturalized into a citizen after marrying Jean.
She loved animals including cheetahs and even worked as a spy at some point. The two were a strange pair and only lasted for 3 years.
President Seretse Khama and his Lady Ruth Williams
President Seretse Khama and his Lady Ruth Williams had one of the most iconic romances that were also incredibly controversial in the twentieth century. It was so well known that it even became a movie called The United Kingdom. The African prince and his western partner were not loved by the media and they had to grow their relationship slow and steadily.
She received backlash in the streets of London when walking with her partner and people boo-ed their relationship. Despite this, the two got married and remained in love until Seretse passed away in 1980.
Bill de Blasio And Chirlane McCray A Controversial Pair
Chirlane McCray told the public in an interview in the 70s that she was identified as being gay until she met McCray and her mind changed. She met the love of her life who was also an aide to the deputy mayor of New York while she was a budding writer.
McCray loved a strong woman and Chirlane was a determined feminist who spoke her mind. They went together like peas in a pod.
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen The Showbiz Duo
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen both grew up in the entertainment industry and were well sought after for their many talents. John Legend's buttery voice makes all the girls' hearts melt while Chrissy exudes confidence in everything that she does.
Despite the negative comments, they got from people for dating because of their mixed races since Chrissy is part Asian while John is black, they continued their relationship and even had children! Chrissy now makes fun videos on Youtube of her cooking shows with her beautiful family.
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche And Juliette Lafargue Joined the Titanic
When you think back to the movie Titanic, the ending is a tragic one. Unfortunately, Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche and Juliette Lafargue were aboard the titanic after they decided to flee from France in the early 1900s. They vacated France since the country wasn't accepting of their relationship and decided to visit Joseph's family in Haiti where they would be more accepted.
We all know how the story ends with Titanic and luckily Juliette was able to make it and their kids. Joseph, on the other hand, wasn't so lucky but their journey for freedom will always be remembered.
Tina Turner Marries German Producer Erwin Bach
Tina Turner is an icon for voice and the films she starred in. It comes as no surprise that she would end up with German producer Erwin Bach. They dated for only a few months until they decided to tie the knot since their chemistry was spot on.
Tina emerged from a difficult previous relationship where she got out of it with mental scars and all. She's much happier with her current beau and they've been married and living in Switzerland for the past 15 years.
Kim Basinger and Prince's Love Affair
Prince started out as a singer in his hometown of Minneapolis where he was famous for his unique voice. He was a strange man with many interests. Little do people know he struggled as a child with his seizures. He grew up to be an incredible musician and it shows in his roots.
Kim Basinger was drawn by him so much so that they moved in together in his hometown. Even though their love didn't last, they mentioned that they were both very civil about the breakup.
Paula Abdul And Arsenio Hall's Brief Romance
American Idol judge Paula Abdul dated Arsenio Hall who had his very own show. The two lived lives immersed in the entertainment industry and they even met on the set of a movie. Coming to America was a classic Eddie Murphy comedy and the two met there and were inseparable.
Even though the pair didn't last, Arsenio mentions how he only has fond memories of Paula. They ended things on a good note and remained friends so much so that he even had her on his show post-break-up.
Donna Summer’s Love Bruce Sudano
Sudano grew up in a family surrounded by artists and bands and he wrote music for some of the biggest names in the industry. Donna and Sudano were a perfect fit since they both loved music and even co-wrote songs together. Collaborating with his wife was one of the best times of Sudano's life and the two had a grand time touring.
Eventually, they wanted to settle down and they had two beautiful children together. Sudano ended up managing his wife Donna, and the two have been together happily married to this day.
Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian Prove That Opposites Attract
Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian are two completely different individuals. They met purely by chance while they were both having breakfast in Rome in the same hotel. He even had to lie to get her attention by saying his table had a rat so he could sit closer to her.
The two had a blooming relationship even though Alexis was a part of the social media world owning Reddit while his wife was a tennis superstar. The two had a beautiful bouncing baby girl and even though they work very hard they manage to spend quality time together.
Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs
After an unstable relationship with ex-girlfriend and co-star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson found love in a beautiful British singer who goes by the name of FKA Twigs. Since getting engaged in 2015, the two have been in the press with talks of FKA being pregnant with their baby.
After postponing and delaying their wedding over and over again, we have understood that these love birds are no longer together. We must admit, they surely made a beautiful couple, don't you think?
Jamie Chung And Bryan Greenberg Spend Time Apart
While some couples might think that quality time is the epitome of a relationship, Jamie Chung And Bryan Greenberg admit that spending time apart is what makes a relationship work. Jamie was instantly drawn by Bryan and she found him adorable. They met at a house party and hit it off quite well.
Afterward, they separated and only met in New York after a while but then went their own separate ways once more. They stopped talking for a year until they finally met again and rekindled their love. Now they're married and couldn't be more pleased with life.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery Accept and Love Each Other
If you've seen Grey's Anatomy then you can't forget Ellen Pompeo's character. She's been on the down-low with her relationship with her husband Chris Ivery whom she married in 2007. The two met at an unlikely place: a grocery in LA!
They enjoy spending quality time hanging out at home and Ellen's secret for maintaining a happy marriage is to focus on each other's strong points instead of their weak points. She mentions how she loves Chris and doesn't ever try to change him.
George And Amal Clooney's Big Age Gap
George And Amal Clooney met through the help of a shared friend. The two are quite different from George being a famous actor while Amal works with International law and human rights. She even worked for the minister of Ukraine!
The two started out as friends but they eventually got married when Amal and George fell more and more in love. The two had beautiful twins and currently, they feel like their spark is going strong. We wish this gorgeous couple lasts for a very long time.
The Power Couple Piers Williams And America Ferrera
You might remember America Ferrera from her cute and geeky role in Ugly Betty. In real life, America met her partner Ryan when he invited her for a casting for a film he was in - but this was back in the days of college when they were both students. They instantly clicked and became good friends before they eloped.
They both share a love for storytelling, movies, and writing which makes for a perfect match! In the beginning, America admitted to having doubts about the relationship because it was moving too fast but now they're happily married with a son.
Maya Rudolph And Paul Thomas Anderson Are Together but Not Married
While Maya Rudolph And Paul Thomas have been together for ages, they actually are not married. Even though they've been dating since 2001.
The two met on the set of the movie Punch Drunk Love and have been together for 17 happy years. Whatever setup they may have in their relationship, it seems to be working!
Director George Lucas And His Partner in Crime Mellody Hobson
Thank the heavens for George Walton Lucas because, without him, the Star Wars movie franchise wouldn't exist! This genius director married the businesswoman, Mellody Hobson. She was one of the first African-American women to spearhead the Economic Club of Chicago. Both of them were creating waves in the world of business and film and they both have an inner drive for what they love doing.
They both met at a business conference back in 2006, and George popped the big question later on after seven years together. This isn’t George’s first marriage since he was previously married with 3 adopted kids.
The Fantastic Two Jessica Alba And Cash Warren
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have both lived a paparazzi-centered life. The two met in the filming of Fantastic Four, where Jessica was smack in the center of filming while Cash was in the backend area working as a prod assistant. In 2008, they tied the knot and told the press how the relationship was very serious.
The two aren't shy about being themselves and they love public displays of affection. Jessica mentioned that it helps show how healthy their intimate moments are. They live to give and take kind of relationship which makes for a successful marriage.
Love Knows No Limits With Wanda Sykes And Alex Sykes
Wanda Sykes is famous for her many comedic roles in shows and she even wrote for the Chris Rock Show back in the 90s. She met her partner in New York on a ferry trip to a Gay resort called Fire Island. It's a strange encounter, but Wanda met Alex when she was talking to a kid and she immediately felt an attraction to her.
Wanda wasn't always open with her sexuality and only came out of the closet after her marriage with her French lover.
Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova are From Different Worlds
Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova and Their Beautiful Marriage The two are both from completely different countries with Enrique hailing from Spain and his partner who's a professional tennis player. In 2001, she starred as his partner in his music video "Escape" and the two started dating after the filming. They've been married for around 18 years and now have 3 beautiful children.
Enrique claims that being a parent isn't easy and they've gotten backlash from the media for not being married. Either way, the two are as happy as clams even though they've not said their vows.
Gorgeous Lisa Bonet and her Stunner Partner Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa has been deeply in love with Lisa ever since he laid eyes on her in the Cosby show. Currently, the couple has been together for 14 successful years despite their 12 year age gap. Lisa was previously married to her rocker ex-husband, Lenny Kravitz, and had one child Zoe Kravitz.
The two are still on good terms despite the breakup. Lisa mentions how Jason is the ultimate sweetheart despite his intense role as warlord Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones
Salma Hayek Pinault And Francois Henri Pinault's Romantic and Lavish Story
François-Henri Pinault is a French billionaire who married his actress partner, Salma Hayek. Salma received a lot of backlash from haters since they didn't think they were a good match. They like to maintain their private life despite how exposed their lives are on social media.
The pair opted for two weddings: one rather intimate one with friends and family. While the other one was a lavish and star-studded night in Italy.
Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos are Patient and Persevering
Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos both met on the set of All My Children a soap opera about several families and their history together and their connections with one another. The love birds were partners both in the show and later on, they developed their love off-screen. The blooming couple has had 3 children together and Kelly has shared her secret with the public for keeping their relationship alive.
Patience, perseverance, and compromise are the three keys to a successful marriage she concludes. They both have mutual love and respect for each other which helps improve their relationship every day.
Robert De Niro And Grace Hightower's Winding Romance
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower's relationship is the definition of taking it slow. The two started their relationship in the 80s in a London nightclub but they didn't even start dating then. It took them 10 years to begin seeing each other and then finally getting married. Both of them are phenomenal actors who lived their lives constantly in front of a camera.
Their relationship encountered several bumps with the first one being in 1999 where they almost went their separate ways. After almost 21 years of marriage, they decided it was best to separate for good.
Matt Damon Married His Non-Hollywood Parter Luciana Barroso
Some high-class celebrities like to stick within their circles when it comes to marriage and love affairs but Matt Damon is different. He wanted to go for someone outside of his clique and that was the day that Luciana Barroso fell into his life.
While he was in South Beach and shooting for his film Stuck on You his friends dragged him outside for a few drinks to loosen up. Little did he know that he'd find his wife bartending at the bar they were in! Now that's a story to tell the kids, because what are the chances?
Woody Harrelson Turns Over a New Leaf With Laura Louie
When Woody Harrelson was in his younger years, he never thought that he would settle down. He had a playboy background and didn't believe in monogamy until the right woman crossed his path. Loving Laura Louie made him realize that sticking to one lady is better than dating multiple women.
The two met when Laura was his assistant for three years, then they started dating for 10 years. They, later on, developed their family of three and now live a happy and simple life. Woody says that he doesn't need much in life except a good home and his loving family.
Michael Caine Was Persistent to Know Shakira Baksh
Michael Caine starred in 100 movies and even wrote a few memoirs on his life. His wife came from different background since she came from a life of hardship. Despite her struggles, she attended beauty pageants where she won the title of "Miss Guyana."
Her beauty led her to work in commercials and this is how Michael found her. He came across a Maxwell commercial where he saw the love of his life and decided then and there that he would find her. He flew to Brazil and said it took his love 2 hours to fall in love with him.
Eddie Murphy And Paige Butcher Like to Remain Private
Eddie Murphy And Paige Butcher have been on and off again in their relationship for several years until they decided to become serious. The two met when they were working on Big Momma's House 2 and the attraction was instant but they did not push through right away with the relationship and they only got together 6 years later.
Murphy wasn't so lucky in love and was divorced several times and had 8 kids prior to dating Paige. Now the two live a happy and private life since Paige deleted most of her Social accounts to live a more normal life.
Tamera Mowry-Housley And Adam Housley Weren't Accepted by People
Many interracial relationships have their fair share of struggles especially when both partners have starkly different cultural backgrounds. Adam was the first person to initiate the relationship when he saw a picture of Tamera in his professor's classroom. Tamera was his professor's favorite student and he knew he couldn't pass up on the opportunity of meeting her.
He invited her out to PF Chang's and the rest of their relationship went uphill from there. Tamera was initially worried about the criticism since she is a person of color and he was white but her family fully embraced Adam.
Zoe Saldana And Marco Perego's are Couple Goals
Perego grew up in Italy and was a former soccer player before he moved to the United States. In the US, he started developing himself as an artist, and later on, he met actress Zoe Saldana after one of her shootings. Marco was climbing up the ladder work, becoming increasingly more recognized by art institutes such as the Royal Arts Academy in London.
His success eventually led him to meet his future wife. The two had a very private wedding setting in London and later on had 3 beautiful boys. They're currently raising their sons in a gender-neutral household - way to go for them!
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Superstar Lives
When Kim K and Kanye got together, the world thought the pair wasn't actually a thing and it was just for publicity's sake. Kim is mixed and is part Armenian but she grew up in the United States.
They've proved people wrong and showed the world that they truly love each other from the early 2000s until 2021. The two have constantly been around the entertainment industry being two hard-working celebrities and they've both managed to maintain their careers while raising their family.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan The Power Duo
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan locked eyes in one of the most random places you could ever imagine. They met in a college bathroom when they were both waiting in line for their turn. Priscilla was also studying at the Ivy League school and the two brilliantly intelligent people stuck to each other from there on out.
It's no surprise that he'd be attracted to Priscilla since she's not just beautiful but also insanely intelligent - she's also fluent in 3 languages! The two have gone on working together in a joint foundation and so far they're doing great.
A Firestorm of Troubles with Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts
Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts' love story takes us way back to the 1800s. The two were an unlikely pair back in the day since they both came from different backgrounds and looked very different from each other. Helen, his partner was a suffragist writer who worked in Douglass' office and that's how they met.
She even helped him publish his own autobiography - talk about true love! Douglass' family couldn't accept their love but at least they found solace with their closest friends. They stuck together for at least 11 years until Douglass passed away.
Tyra Banks & Erik Asla
You go, Tyra! The stunning supermodel has been dating Norwegian hunk Erik Asla since 2012, but they have been so impressively secret about their relationship you probably don’t even recognize his name! Every couple should follow this model of secrecy because it brings forth higher chances of longevity to the relationship.
The couple met on the set of Norway’s Next Top Model and fell head-over-heels behind the camera. They now share a son together with the help of a surrogate! Outside of their child together, Asla also has three other daughters that live in Los Angeles. By the time these lines were published, we learned that the couple is no longer together. Shame.
George Takei and Brad Altman Had to Hide Their Relationship
You might remember George Takei from his role as Sulu in Star Trek where he moved from one place to another. Brad and George met at a gay club called the Frontrunners. George was awestruck by Brad's running skills and later on, the two worked hard to train together.
The two make a great team and George says the secret to their relationship is working together. George works hard at being a writer and actor while his partner is generally a great manager. The two make for a great pair and have been together for 35 whopping years!
Rupaul's Drag Star Jujubee and Chris
If you've seen Rupaul's Drag Race, you can't forget Jujubee. Airline Inthyrath is his given name but he prefers to go by his drag name. He's originally from Laos, Thailand, but grew up in Boston where he met his partner Chris.
They were both seen sporting beautiful wedding rings in Paris back in 2013 where they got engaged. The two were engaged for 12 years and Chris was even Jujubee's manager at one point but the two decided to call the entire relationship off after multiple struggles and differences.
The Star-Studded Couple Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry are both famous for their distinct careers that somehow mesh together quite well. They both had strong solo careers and Portuguese-Brazilian singer Linda Perry was drawn to Sara Gilbert's acting in her hit show "The Talk."
Sara mentioned in an interview how they were both very different women but somehow they were able to click because of some shared interests. They were together for 5 years until they decided to split ways and file for divorce.
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti are Millenials at Heart
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti are Millenials at heart because they met online through social media. Peele was the first person to slide into her DMs, being a huge fan of Chelsea's when she was on the road to making her own web series.
The two got together 3 years later and try to maintain a low-key type of lifestyle. The producer and Brooklyn 99 star have a child together and they're usually seen on the gram showing off their funny family moments.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Met on A Blind Date
The British-American power couple has been making waves for their radical exit from the Royal House. Prince Harry didn't want to live in the limelight of the Royal House so he sought out the unconventional path and went for the love of his life.
Despite living a life of fame and having cameras in their face almost all the time, the two just want to live a normal life with their children. Prince Harry truly wants to live an average life which is why they had to make some drastic changes to be fully happy.
Omari and Jae Hardwick Got a lot of Shade
Omari Hardwick the actor from the hit show Power is well known for starring in hit movies and even collaborating with Spike Lee at one point. When Omari was working on the show Power, he said that his partner gave him a lot of strength to move forward with his life.
The two eventually had children together. Jae also had a background in communications and entertainment and even worked in NBC's Primetime Entertainment Publicity Department. Even though their fans and people in the entertainment world were ambivalent about their relationship, they stuck by each other's side.
Rockstar Joel Madden and his Love Nicole Richie
You might remember Nicole Richie from the show The Simple Life with her ex-best friend, Paris Hilton. What you might not also know is that her father's Mexican and she hails from a mixed background. Good Charlotte vocalist, Joel met Nicole at one of his concerts back in 2010.
They instantly clicked and even had children together. Recently, they've admitted that they've had their fair share of struggles and have been thinking about divorcing. They've mentioned in interviews that they aren't getting along as well as they used to. We sure hope they'll be able to remain friends at least.
Matt Stone Married Angela Howard
Angela Howard was an executive at Comedy Central when Matt Stone fell in love with her. The stunning couple met in 2001, married in 2008, and have been together ever since. They prefer to avoid publicity, but we do know they live in Venice Beach with their two children.
The five-time Emmy Award-winning actor has been creating “South Park” for almost a quarter-century. Stone also won three Tony Awards and a Grammy for “The Book of Mormon.” Stone and partner Trey Parker sealed a $900 million deal with Viacom in 2021 to make six more seasons of “South Park.”
Jodie Turner-Smith is Obsessed with Joshua Jackson
Jodie says Joshua Jackson loves that she is obsessed with him. She watches videos of the “Dawson’s Creek” actor whenever they are apart. Yet their blissful true love story has not escaped prejudice. Turner-Smith said she was actually shocked at the reactions of some people.
It came from within her own community. “In America, interracial dating or marriage is not something that is as accepted,” she said. “I don’t want to give it too much energy. The horrific things that people were saying” taught her to keep things to herself.
James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart
James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart first knew each other playing opposite roles in a 1979 TV series. But it was a 1982 Broadway production of “Othello” when Jones played Othello to her Desdemona, and that’s when they married.
The voice of Darth Vader and actor in so many roles faced prejudice for being black throughout his life. Much of it hit home. His grandmother who raised him was bigoted. Jones and actress Cecilia faced interracial prejudice too. They were married for 34 years until her parting at age 68.
Nikki Park and Wesley Snipes
Actor/producer Wesley Snipes, famous for “White Men Can’t Jump,” met Nakyung “Nikki” Park making Marvel superhero horror movie “Blade.” They married after three years of dating and have four children, two born before marriage.
Nikki is a Korean artist. The painter hails from South Korea but has dual citizenship from Canada. Her father was a television series producer. She met Snipe and the pair married in 2003.
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian
According to the Rock, it’s the greatest. Lauren Hashian and Dwayne Johnson met on the film set of “The Game Plan” in 2006. The Fast and Furious star is known to gush over his wife, especially on social media.
Lauren is a singer-songwriter and music producer. Most recently they have been working on “Young Rock,” an NBC series about his early life. They married at a beautiful Hawaiian wedding on August 18, 2019.
Jameela Jamil and James Blake
Jameela and James dated for five years before the wedding engagement was announced. Quietly, they were together. Model Jameela told the British press, “We moved in with each other almost as soon as we kissed.”
Jameela was planning on buying a place while she lived with James, but it turned into a living situation. James, a singer-songwriter out of London is sure to run to her side whenever social media rears its ugly head. “It’s pretty disgusting to watch the woman I love just be dog piled on every day for such ridiculous things,” Blake wrote.
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
We’ve known Matthew McConaughey as a rom-com heartthrob, so it might come as a surprise that he’s on the cover of “AARP The Magazine.” At 51, he’s happily married with children.
Not surprisingly, the Oscar-winning actor’s wife Camila backed him 100 percent when he announced his plan to leave romance comedies behind. It took declining a $14.5 million contract. But the pair is happy to move on to other film roles like “Dallas Buyers Club.”
NBA Icon Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
When the “Air” Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” came out, so have details about the hush-hush marriage. Not because it is depicted in the film, but because it was missing. They didn’t date until his Chicago Bulls days were over.
Now we recall Cuban model Yvette Prieto met the basketball great at a nightclub in 2007. After moving into Jordan’s Miami home, the engagement was announced in 2011. They flew under the radar, but that did not mean they skimped on the wedding. It was a $10 million bash with 300-plus guests and musical entertainment by Robin Thicke.
Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
Khloé Kardashian and NBA star Tristan Thompson found each other in 2016. It hasn’t been easy. Being traded from team to team put a strain on their marriage. Luckily, he signed with the Sacramento Kings. This helped assuage Khloé’s worries. She wants the family on the same coast because she wants the best for her gorgeous daughter True who was born in 2018.
Unfortunately, Tristan is not true. Plagued with being unfaithful and having a baby out of marriage, it has strained their marriage significantly. Khloé hopes that they can co-parent together but she’s losing hope in the marriage.
Justin Chambers and Keisha
In January 2020, Justin Chambers made the tough decision to leave the show that made him famous. Dr. Alex Karev was one of the television series’ most popular characters. He won the Best Actor People’s Choice Awards in 2017. Now, he is ready to broaden his acting career.
Justin and Keisha were both models when they met. He was working on a Calvin Klein advertising campaign, and she was working at a modeling agency. The couple has five children together, including a set of twins. Their family also includes two rescue dogs.
Sidney Portier and Joanna Shimkus
Sidney Portier has the special acclaim of being the first black person to win a Best Actor Oscar. He won the award in 1964 for “Lilies of the Field.” His philosophy was to present an image black people would be proud of. He said he did it for his kids since so few positive images of blacks in films existed at the time.
Joanna and Sidney met in 1969, but it was one of her last roles. After she married Portier, she decided not to pursue acting. Her last film was in 1972, so it was a surprise when she returned to television in 2018.
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song
It was fate when Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song met on the set of “Changeland” (2019). The two clicked over their Hollywood experiences.
Macaulay is, of course, the “Home Alone” (1990) star. He’s the quintessential child actor, immortalized as that kid Kevin. Song starred in all The Disney Channel’s top shows, like “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Flashforward to 2021, and the two are married with one child, born in April 2021. “I am [the] luckiest person in the world because I am loved by you,” Song gushed on Instagram for Macaulay’s 40th birthday. It’s like the happiest Hollywood love story on Earth.
Josh Holloway and Yessica Kumala
Yessica, a Chinese girl who was born in Indonesia, was working at the nightclub when she met Josh Holloway. They exchanged numbers and kept in contact for five years before marrying. They share one of the most successful Hollywood relationships and two children.
The pair wedded in Hawaii in 2004. About that time, Josh was just wrapping up with the shoot of the pilot for “Lost.” When they met, he was doing modeling work and taking small roles. Yessica was by his side all the way to the top as “Lost” found him international fame.
Ice-T and Coco Austin
At first, it’s jarring. Here’s one of L.A.’s oldest gangster rappers starring on a reality TV called “Ice Loves Coco,” but it’s all real. Ice-T says they make their marriage work by communicating well and staying on the same team. Breaking up was never part of the plan, so they don’t fight or raise voices. They demonstrate how to resolve conflict in a “functional” way, rather than the oh-so-common reality TV dysfunction.
They met at a music videotaping. Ice-T asked Coco if she’d date a gangster rapper. Their conversation yet flows. They married in 2005 and literally have not left each other’s side.
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon
A love story between an actor and a writer, in our opinion, is as good as it can get. These two have had their share of the not so pretty side of life, but as always, love wins it all. Kumail and Emily are known for their shared movie The Big Sick, based on their real life romance, and in 2017 was chosen as one of the best movies of that year.
In the movie, Kumail played him self, and in our eye, if they manages to go through that, they will probably be able to go through anything in life. Its not easy living together and working together we say!
Dr. Dre and Nicole Threatt Young
Gangster rapper Dr. Dre, an L.A. original, was a founding member of N.W.A. He went solo and nabbed six Grammy Awards. He produced famous acts like Eminem. Unfortunately, the man is a misogynist and treats his wife badly. They were not on the same team.
Nicole and Dr. Dre met in the 1990s. He wooed her to his side with a love letter. Yet, after 25 years of marriage, they ended up in a messy divorce. A rancorous settlement of $2 million only came, finally, two days after the rapper suffered from a medical condition. He’s worth $800 million.
Rap Artist Eve and Maximillion Cooper
When Eve married a white guy, it was not received well, at all. People lashed out at her on social media posting the “worst crazy messages” that were so terrible she couldn’t believe it.
The animosity has leveled off. Millionaire businessman Maximillion Cooper and Eve married in 2014. The two are blissfully married and are working on expanding their family. Before she left “The Talk” she spoke openly about their struggles to conceive.
Musicians Paul Wall and Crystal Wall
Paul Wall, a rapper, songwriter, D.J., and actor from Houston began dating Crystal when they were both 21, although the lovebirds met in high school. They dated for several years and now they have a strong marriage and two children. They attribute a mutual love of music as the thing that makes their relationship great.
Crystal is a fitness instructor and a country music singer. Paul has talked about feeling tensions because his wife is black. Living in Texas, prejudice is expected, but he says he experiences even more dirty looks and snide comments traveling to the east coast.
Derek Luke and Actress Sophia Adella
Empire star Derek Luke stands behind his woman. In response to naysayers, Luke says Sophia may not be black but “She’s mine and she’s mine with a heart of gold,” he wrote on his Instagram page.
The couple has been married for 17 happy years. Luke also expressed some frustration. He asked his followers why it is, in 2015, that it’s a problem to date, other colored people. “Why is that an issue AGAIN?”
Reggie Bush and Dancer Lilit Avagyan
Lilit took Reggie Bush’s last name when they tied the knot at a lavish wedding in Bush’s hometown in San Diego. The celebration hit a high when the “Dancing with the Stars” bride performed a beautiful dance number, just for her new hubby.
The two met in 2011 and waited until the birth of their first baby to marry. Bush said Lilit, who has Armenian background, is a great mom with a “calming spirit.” He also said he is really enjoying family time after formerly committing his life to football.
Spago Chef Wolfgang Puck and Fashionista Gelila Assefa
World-famous celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck served a delicious, A-lister affair to celebrate his marriage to Gelila Assefa, an Ethiopian-born fashion designer. They went all out with a three-day affair on the Italian island of Capris. Gourmet specialties, naturally, treated 250 guests.
A documentary film about his life and fame shed some light on their marriage. Wolfgang Puck shared his love for Gelila Assefa saying she has made him a better man and happy in ways “I never knew possible.”
Chris Noth and Tara Lynn Wilson
“Sex and the City” star Chris Noth was working at his bar when he met Tara Lynn. They began dating in 2004 and had their first child in 2008.
The pair exchanged vows in 2012. It’s a happy marriage but it hasn’t been free of haters. Noth talked about receiving angry letters telling him he is not welcome in their state with his wife.
Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada
Khatira Rafiqzada was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She had a brief acting career, preferring a quiet lifestyle and being a stay-at-home mom. They have tried to keep their lives private, especially for their children. But Michael is a doting father and loves sharing about it on Instagram and Twitter.
Michael and Khatira began dating in 2008. The “Think Like a Man” star tied the knot with her after four years of dating. The super-secret ceremony happened in L.A. in 2012.
Ex NFL Player Brian Musso and Heather Headley
Brian Musson is an investment banker these days after a short run with the New York Jets. His wife, Heather Headley brings home the bacon and is a loving mother of their two sons. The pair met in college where she was a musical theater major at Northwestern University, and he played ball.
The actress and Grammy-winning gospel singer appeared in “Chicago Med,” “Sweet Magnolias,” and Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” reboot.
Karyn Parsons-Rockwell and Alexandre Rockwell
“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Karyn Parsons-Rockwell and Alexandre Rockwell found each other on the set of the 2002 film “13 Moons” and they married the following year. Alexandre is a director/producer best known for “The Soup.”
Karyn played teenager Hilary Banks on “The Fresh Prince,” but has since become a writer. The couple returned to film in 2020 with “Sweet Thing.” Karyn and their two kids starred. It won the Crystal Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Leslie Uggams and Grahame Pratt
This couple sorted through their share of hate mail, but they definitely came out on top. They met in Sydney, Australia when they were barely in their 20s. Leslie was concerned about the difficulties they would face as a mixed couple stateside. And she knew Grahame Pratt would not understand race in America in the 1960s.
Leslie Uggams made a splash winning an Emmy and a Golden Globe in the iconic 70s TV miniseries “Roots”. She has a Tony award for “Hallelujah, Baby!” Most recently, she’s in “Deadpool” and “Empire.” They married in 1965 and settled down in N.Y.C. These days it’s easier.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were brave, indeed. It was taboo, marrying in the 40s, a white woman to a Latino man from Cuba. They pitched shows as a comedy duo, but doors closed on them. Finally, they opened their own studio, and “I Love Lucy” became one of the most iconic sitcoms on television. Desilu Productions was incredibly successful. It took on “Star Trek,” for example.
Unfortunately, Desi was unfaithful to his wife. She turned her head, resenting it, and he acted as if it was his right, refusing to stop. They were married 20 years until the 1960 divorce.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley married at the cusp of the 20th century. He was a celebrated composer from Britain, and she was a pianist. They met in high school and married in 1899. Jessie’s parents were adamantly opposed to the union.
On the day of the wedding, Jessie’s parents welcomed Samuel into their home with a handshake. The couple faced intense racial issues. Sadly, Coleridge-Taylor passed away at the age of 37 due to exhaustion and other medical conditions.
Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham
You may not be familiar with this pair who met in a Russian language class in university, in 1960. But you’ll know their son. When Ann Dunham became pregnant, Barack Obama, Sr. married her the following year.
Baby Barack Obama, II was born on August 4, 1961. Dunham was 18 and Sr. was 24. Sr. was required to procure permission to marry a second wife. His first wife stayed in Kenya, pregnant with his first child, while he went off to study at the University of Hawaii. President Barack Obama saw his father once, at age 10.
Diva Alicia Keys and Music Producer Swizz Beatz
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz married in 2010. The doting parents have two sons. They also share their mutual first love, music. Both got into music when they were younger teens.
“We love each other. I mean, we hang out with each other and go to dinner together. Our family is one big, beautiful family,” Keys told ABC News. “It is a real thing, and it’s possible.”