We just reported on Friday that 19-year-old Kick Ass star Aaron Johnson is planning on marrying and starting a family with 42-year-old director Sam Taylor-Wood. Perhaps people are grossed out by this simply because Aaron isn't even out of his teens yet, but older woman/younger man couplings have always been considered more "shocking" than older man/younger woman ones. Society is constantly reinforcing the idea that men get better with age while women just get older and wrinklier, so it's no wonder that people have a hard time believing that there are young men who prefer older women.
Here then 10 celebrity couples (each with at least a 10-year age gap) prove that age ain't nothing but a number and "sexy" is in the eye of the beholder.
1. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher - Since the day Demi started dating Ashton, 15 years her junior, the still-sexy star became the patron saint of cougars. Together for seven years and married for five, Demi and Ashton have quieted all the skeptics who thought that it would never last.
2. Joan Collins and Percy Gibson - Before Demi's day, Joan was the ultimate cougar. Although two of the Dynasty star's five marriages were to older men, she's more often been involved with the young'uns. She started out with barely younger men, like third husband Ron Kass (two years younger) and a brief fling with Warren Beatty (four years younger). She ramped it up with fourth husband Peter Holm (14 years younger) and ex-boyfriend Robin Hurlstone (25 years younger), before settling on current husband Percy Gibson, who is 32 years Joan's junior. The couple has been married since 2002.
3. Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield - Juliet (best known for her roles in Nanny and the Professor and Passions) married Maxwell (best known as Grease 2's cool rider) in 1980, soon after meeting in a stage production of The Elephant Man. The 18 years between them isn't the important number in their relationship—it's the 30 years their marriage has lasted!
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