These Celebs Are Linked Up With Normal People, So Maybe We Have a Chance
There’s this expectation that celebrities have to be in relationships with other celebrities in order to fully enjoy their lives. After all, they already have fame and fortune, so why not end your day by snuggling up with a fellow famous person in your gold-plated, leopard skin, revolving bed with a built-in champagne dispenser?
However, when you look at the way A-list celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise are living their lives (i.e. single and loving it), you start to realize that every celebrity does things differently. Meaning, you don’t necessarily need to be in a relationship with Angelina Jolie to be happy.
To help pull back the curtain on life as a celebrity, feel free to take some notes from 10 stars out there who’ve strayed from their colleagues — and the world’s expectations — by getting into meaningful relationships with us non-famous folk.
1. Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld (born Nina Danielle Sklar)
After a brief, but not brief enough, four-year relationship with then-17-year-old high school student Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Jerry Seinfeld set his sights on Jessica Sklar in 1999. The refreshingly un-famous Vermont native is the author of four children’s cookbooks as well as the founder of the Good + Foundation, which provides essential goods for under-resourced families.
2. Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso
Now that we’re long past the days of Damon/Affleck jokes, we can finally focus on the romantic endeavors of the 50-year-old star. Will Hunting did good tying the knot with Luciano Barroso. The couple met during the filming of the 2003 Farrelly brothers bomb, Stuck On You. Legend has it Damon and the movie crew went out one night and happened to stop in a Miami bar owned by none other than Barroso herself.
“I was working as a bartender in South Beach (Miami) and he was shooting a movie there and the crew ended up in the bar one Saturday night,” Barroso told Vogue Australia in a 2018 interview. “Matt’s story is that he saw me across the room and there was a light on me. And I’m like: ‘Yeah it was a nightclub — there were lights everywhere!’”
3. Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe
The Fantastic Beasts actor met Bagshawe, a financial publicist, at Eton College following a charity event where both were working as models. The pair became friends and actually stayed friends for more than 12 years before making the jump to a more romantic relationship. Two years and a pregnancy later, the beautiful couple officially tied the knot.
4. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin
Way, way before she was known as Mrs. Baldwin, the yoga teacher who pretends to be from Spain, she was just Hilaria. Alec met Hilaria “on an unseasonably warm February evening” at NYC’s Pure Food and Wine in 2011. Now, a decade and five kids later, the two are still happily married.
5. Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
2004 was a big year for Cynthia Nixon. Sex and the City ended and the actress-turned-politician began dating activist and LGBTQ+ advocate, Christine Marinoni. Who exactly is the woman who stole the heart of one Miranda Hobbs, you ask? After leaving Seattle for Brooklyn in 1995, Marinoni opened a coffee shop and bar specifically catering to a lesbian clientele. Following a hate crime directed at one of her employees, Marinoni transitioned to rallying for LGBTQ+ rights full-time. Thrust into the spotlight during Nixon’s 2018 gubernatorial run, Christine Marinoni first met Nixon in 2001 while fighting the good fight for small class sizes within New York’s public school system.
6. Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond
Tina Fey’s love life is going a hell of a lot better than that of her 30 Rock character Liz Lemon. Fey and now-husband Jeff met at Del Close’s iconic iO Theater in Chicago where he worked as an in-house pianist. It was 1993 after she and a then-unknown Amy Poehler enrolled in improv classes.
“We started hanging out offstage,” Richmond told New York Post in 2018. “Tina always made me laugh. She used to eat a lot of chocolate cake in those days, and she’d black up one of her teeth during conversation. It may be losing something in translation here, but it was very funny and very, very adorable.”
Little did he know that the chocolate-toothed improv hopeful would end up as one of the funniest people in showbiz.
7. Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic
Married for more than two decades, this beautiful power couple has none other than Winona Ryder to thank for their relationship. Bale met Blazic while she was working as a personal assistant for Ryder, quickly falling in love and tying the knot in 2000. Not only is Blazic refreshingly non-famous, but the work she has done in Hollywood is nothing short of badass based on an interview with Bale in The Wall Street Journal.
“My wife was a stunt driver, she was chasing me through the city in Batman,” he said. “She was driving one of the cop cars. She can do 180s and stunts and all that. She terrifies me. My wife terrifies me.” Hear that, guys? Find yourself a woman who terrifies you.”
8. Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian
Aaron Paul must hold Coachella close to his heart considering how much the music festival has contributed to his love life. The story goes like this: Paul met actress/director Lauren Parsekian at Coachella, fell in love a year later again at Coachella, and eventually “ran off together at Coachella,” the actor told GQ in 2012. His 34-year-old partner-in-life is best known for co-founding Kind Campaign, which is a “movement, documentary and school program based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl crime.”
9. Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
Does anyone else find it refreshing to see celebrities do normal things? Well, here’s a meet-cute that could’ve been taken from your own life. The writer, comedian, and host of Late Night with Seth Meyers met his wife at — you guessed it — a wedding in June 2008. Sure, it was fellow SNL alum Chris Kattan’s wedding, but a wedding nonetheless. Alexi attended the wedding as a guest of her sister’s who worked as a designer on Saturday Night Live. Meyers attests Ashe was “the closest I’d ever met to someone who I could see myself with,” marrying the human rights attorney only three years later in 2011.
10. George Clooney and Amal Clooney
Life was so much more simple when George Clooney was the rich and handsome playboy actor who couldn’t be held down. Clooney met Amal Alamuddin, a barrister specializing in human rights, at the actor’s Lake Como home in 2013 after a friend stopped by with Amal in tow. The couple married a year later and now George is known, within tight inner-circles, as “the guy who’s married to Amal.”
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