These superstars are superior to their beaus.
First things first: It's hard for anyone to date on her own "level." Everyone's standards are different and fluid, and everyone is attracted to different things, people, characteristics and lifestyles. That said, it's even harder for famous faces to find partners that are right for them: Celebrities run the risk of being used for their money, fame, connections, notoriety and, well, popularity: It's easy to imagine posting an Instagram photo with Jennifer Lopez will get a few more likes than one of the girl next door, and there are lots of attention whores out there. The latest celebrity lady with a less-famous gentleman caller? That'd be Taylor Swift, she of the new-found feminism who swore off dating indefinitely. Swift has been spotted out and about with DJ Calvin Harris, who is famous in his own right, but isn't on the level of, well, Taylor Swift. And reports indicate that he knows it. See more famous femmes who've dated lessers in the gallery below.
1. Jennifer Lopez
After Diddy or whatever the Hell his name is now, Jennifer Lopez had a quickie wedding to dancer Cris Judd, then moved on to Ben Affleck. Batfleck was the only exception to her "dating down" pattern. She's even married down since then: While one could argue that Marc Anthony is a star in his own right (and he is), he still looks like a gargoyle. And Casper Smart? I mean, you do you, J. Lo, but nah.
3. Britney Spears
After her split from snake-in-disguise Justin Timberlake, the best Britney Spears could hope for was a lateral move. Instead, well, there was her Chaotic relationship and marriage to the ultra-fertile Kevin Federline. She was left with a divorce, a public meltdown, two adorable boys and some accountability for "Popozao."
4. Taylor Swift
Calvin Harris reportedly admitted to pals that while he genuinely enjoys Taylor Swift's company, he also really likes the publicity that comes with dating the human Pinterest board.
5. Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera has the least illustrious dating history ever. Jordan Bratman? Matt Rutler? Both of her baby daddies (who, respectively are former and future spouses) are way under the radar ... and probably relying on her for her cash.
6. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato dated Joe Jonas, who broke her heart and used her for press. She also dated Miley Cyrus' vaguely equestrian brother, Trace Cyrus, for like, 10 minutes and split on Twitter. Now she's with Wilmer Valderrama, who has only gotten work every-so-often since That 70s Show ended and is more known for his borderline predatory dating history of much younger (think barely legal) women. Girl, you can do better.
Rihanna dated Chris Brown. Multiple times. If I have to add anything to this, I don't know how to help you.
8. Jennifer Aniston
I mean, did you know who Justin Theroux was? Be honest.
9. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has an Oscar and stars in two franchises. Nicholas Hoult was in About A Boy a long time ago and co-stars with her in the X-Men movies, but admit it. You still have to Google him every once in a while because you forget about those.
10. Kaley Cuoco (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting)
Kaley Cuoco is one of the highest paid actresses on TV. Ryan Sweeting is a mediocre tennis player who looks like a serial killer stereotype. (Kaley, we love you. If he suggests adding a crawlspace to your home, run.)
Oh, please. Like anyone is ever going to be good enough for Madonna.
12. Mariah Carey
After a failed (and possibly abusive) marriage to Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey dated Derek Jeter and Luis Miguel before marrying Nick Cannon after a whirlwind courtship. Nick Cannon. The White People Party Music and Drumline star is reportedly writing a tell-all about his marriage to the music legend because she refused to give his broke ass $30 million of her own hard-earned money when they split. Good riddance, jackass. This chanteuse better be elusive to you because she deserves so much better.
13. Miley Cyrus
Before she was naked everywhere, Miley Cyrus dated Nick Jonas, who can't stop squinting or jacking her PR tactics. Then she dated that nobody underwear model Justin Gaston, even reportedly living with him when she was still a minor. (Good job, Billy Ray!) She eventually moved on to Liam Hemsworth back when no one knew or cared who he was. She's currently dating Patrick Schwarzenegger, who may or may not have cheated on her during a spring break trip. Girl, learn to love yourself.
14. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman's dating history is pretty much comprised of men you need to Google to know anything about. Her husband, Benjamin Millepied, left his longtime live-in girlfriend for Portman after working on The Black Swan — and there was likely overlap within those relationships. Sounds like a catch, Nat! Maybe dating down is just karma for helping to wreck that home.
15. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj had a tumultuous relationship with Safaree Samuels, who basically stood in her shadow forever. After their dramatic split, she moved on to Meek Mill, a rapper with some cred — but who's still nowhere near her legendary level.
17. Phaedra Parks
Phaedra Parks married down to Apollo Nida's level. He tried throwing her under the bus when he got busted for fraud, saying he had to resort to it to support their lifestyle. Cool story bro.
18. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is now married to Kanye West, who's been trying to morph her into an opinion-less blow-up doll for a while, which is just ... ugh. And her previous husband, Kris Humphries? Kourtney Kardashian put it best: "I think if she was going to [marry] for publicity, she'd pick someone that people knew."