Until the early 2000s, most women hadn’t even considered moving backward a generation in their search for a partner, and if they did, their friends and the rest of society served them with a cool dish of disapproval. Then, the cougar craze peaked when couples like Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher became household names. Single women everywhere finally felt free to scope out younger men in their hunky hunt for love. Now, nearly a decade later, the publicity over cougars has slowed to a crawl and with the dissolve of the Kutcher-Moore marriage, some have been left to wonder if the phenomenon has passed. Newsflash: it hasn’t! The press may have moved on to newer stories, but these couples prove that women have been following their hearts, regardless of age, long before the cougar craze hit, and they’ll continue to do so long after:
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1. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: Married April 30, 2008
With 11 years between them, this duo’s whirlwind romance proved to be more than a fling when Cannon placed a rock hard diamond on Carey’s hand. The birth of their twins in 2011 only solidified their union, and the pair shows no sign of slowing down.
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2. Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman: Married April 11, 1996
Mrs. Wolverine slashed her way into sexy Hugh Jackman’s heart in the 90s, stepping over their 13 year age difference long before being a cougar was trendy. Fifteen years and two children later, Furness isn’t regretting her decision to ditch society’s sense of normalcy as the couple prepares to celebrate another anniversary in April.