How many couples do you know who met in their teens? Probably like one or two, right? It’s very rare that people who meet in high school, or even earlier, get married and share their lives together. In show business circles, staying married is like winning the lottery. Yet, here are stories of celeb couples who not only defied the divorce rate in Hollywood, but met as kids, survived adolescence together, and continue to enjoy a long and happy marriage.
Bono Says It Wasn’t Love at First Sight
“It wasn’t love at first sight for her”, he clarifies with a smile. “She’s working up to that,” the U2 frontman adds jokingly. The couple met at school when Ali Hewson was 12 and Bono (Paul Hewson) was 13. But they didn’t start dating officially until they were both 15.
They married in 1982, just after the release of October. The lovebirds met in 1973 and have 38 years of marriage and four children together.
They Are More in Love Than Ever
Bono told Dublin Live news, “Ali and I are probably more in love now than when we got together.” He praised their relationship saying, “I don’t think it is given much credit, but when people work through their problems and stay together—Ordinary Love is that.” Referring to the song, he added that he hopes it is interesting to write genuine love songs, songs that are about more than the initial passion. His song “Sweetest Thing” was famously inspired by Ali.
Ali is a businesswoman and a long-time anti-nuclear advocate. She contributed to a documentary film about the Chernobyl disaster and has been a patron of Chernobyl Children’s Project International since 1994.
Ron Howard and Cheryl Alley
“I felt really lucky when we met. It’s crazy". Showbiz couple Ron and Cheryl Howard married 44 years ago, and Howard knows the secret to a happy marriage.
When asked how they've managed to stand the test of time, Ron says, “You have to learn to communicate and have difficult conversations in constructive ways.”
They Met in High School
The couple met at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. “I met her, and there was never anybody else.” They married in 1975 and have four children, all in show business.
They’re also proud of their five grandchildren.
This Couple First Met in Grade School!
Lauren Atkins and Thomas Rhett knew each other in the first grade. When they were 13, they went to church camp together, and when they were both 15, they started dating.
While they did not date long, this meant-to-be couple could not say goodbye and decided to be best friends instead. They stayed best friends until they married at age 22. Now, they have one child adopted from Uganda and a second daughter who was born in 2017.
Both Had Serious Relationships in Between
“I almost married someone else, and she did too,” Thomas explained during a CBS This Morning interview. It was Lauren’s dad who intervened. Thomas’ future father-in-law told him, under no uncertain terms, “If you don’t come over here tonight and tell Lauren how you feel about her, then I’m going to tell her how you feel about her.”
As soon as Lauren broke her engagement, Thomas said he went for it. He “moved in for the kill,” he said. Adding, “We kissed and that was it. We dated for probably six months, and we got engaged.”She’s been an inspiration for his hit songs “Marry Me” and “Die a Happy Man.” The chart-topping country tunes share their special love story. Thomas says, “We love to let people in on our lives and be an example of what it means to be in love.” His latest album is out, and it’s called 'Life Changes'.
Snoop Dogg Is Smitten With His High School Sweetheart
Shante Taylor and Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. were teenagers when they met. They became boyfriend-girlfriend and went to prom together long before Snoop Dogg rapped himself a hip hop fortune.
They married in 1997 and are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary. Their first son arrived in 1994, and they now share three children.
Together for 30 Years
The couple met in 1990 and stuck by each other, for the most part. The high school sweethearts have had some ups and downs, they recently lost a 10-day-old grandson. And they also faced divorce in 2004. Snoop served the papers for “irreconcilable differences.” All that came to a close when Snoop surprised Shante and renewed their vows in 2008 in front of 200 guests.
When MTV asked Snoop about the divorce, he said, “I was trying to get a divorce, but I went back home, and I fell back in love with my wife and kids.” He also revealed how he got into that situation in the first place. “A lot of times you get cloudy. This music industry is a mother, and it’ll take your vision and blur it. But God is good, so I understand that I need my wife and my kids in my life—so I threw the papers away.”
Marie Osmond and Steve Craig Met in the 80s
The showbiz diva married Steve Craig in 1982. He was a Brigham Young basketball star who went on to play professional ball in the NBA. But their marriage only lasted three years.
At the time, Osmond said that she'd never met anyone who she respected and loved more than Steve.
The Couple Remarried in 2011
With one marriage and seven kids in between, Marie Osmond and Steve Craig re-tied the knot. They were involved in a secret relationship for two years before the wedding pictures came out. Marie wore the same wedding gown she wore when they first exchanged vows. She also showed off both rings.
Craig bought the original ring from an estate in France, and the new one sparkles with an eight carat Asher diamond. Osmond was 51 when she remarried. Struggling with depression and the suicide of her 18-year-old child, it was Craig who was at her side helping her cope.
Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell
The pair were high school sweethearts, pictured below, and began dating seriously when Taylor Hubbell returned from playing basketball in college at the University of Louisiana.
Hubbell reached out to Heather Morris on MySpace, and they reunited.
Morris played Brittany Pierce on 'Glee'
In a turn of coincidence, Morris’ character, Brittany, married her high school sweetheart in the final season of the series. In 2015, that same year, the couple married in real life. They share a son Elijah, who was 17 months old when they wed.
The wedding was hailed as a 'Glee' reunion party. Glee’s last airing was March 20, 2015. Now they have two children. They welcomed another son, Owen, a year after marriage. It was a dream come true.
Tyler Posey’s High School Romance Sadly Came to an End
They were together for 10 years. As pre-teens in junior high school, the darlings fell in love. When the 'Teen Wolf' star first met Seana Gorlick, he knew he loved her. “Since I was 11, I couldn’t really put it into words when I was that young, but I always had this really strong connection to her.” The lovebirds continued to date through middle school and into high school. Posey romantically proposed to Seana in 2013, on a Hawaiian vacation. He called it “the coolest thing in the world,” but later that year, they called it off.
Some sources say the break-up made him very sad, but he prefers that the circumstances be kept private. Others say he realized he wasn’t ready to start a family and wasn’t ready to commit.
Months after the engagement fell apart, Posey’s mother died. “She was my best friend,” Posey says, talking to People in 2016 about his abysmally bad year. He called it the hardest year of his life. “She was the glue that held our family together.” Losing his mom was like losing his entire family. Struggling with depression, he said, “Whenever I have too much down time, I start to get sad.” Season 5 of 'Teen Wolf' was dedicated to the memory of his mother.
Times have been bad, but, who knows, maybe the preteen romance will reignite, and the story will take a happy turn again.
Jon Bon Jovi Met His Future Wife in 1980
Even wilder, Jon Bon Jovi has been married to his high school love Dorothea Hurley since 1989. Right in the middle of his Jersey Syndicate Tour, the two eloped and tied the knot. The couple hopped on a commuter plane, flew to Las Vegas, and were married with the cabbie as the witness. They did not even stay the night.
The secret marriage caused an apoplexy of angst when news got out that the 27-year-old heartthrob summarily ended his bachelorhood. The backlash against his bride was intense. They stowed off to Vegas 31 years ago and were wed at the world-famous Graceland Wedding Chapel, made famous after the Bon Jovi couple graced its nuptial altar. The couple share four children, one daughter and three sons.
Bon Jovi's “syrupy” Love Songs Are About His Wife
Bon Jovi claims to be the "crazy visionary" of the relationship, while his wife is the glue that keeps everything together.
They're obviously doing something right, because staying married for over 30 years is hard enough. But doing it in Hollywood seems virtually impossible!
Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks Met in College
According to the couple, they fell in love with each other on the first day of college. After dating for ten whole years, they finally tied the knot. Max Handelman caught Elizabeth Banks completely off guard with a surprise proposal. On July 5, 2003 they were wed at the beautiful Graystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. They have two sons.
When they met at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, they were both attending a frat party. Things were wrapping up. “The house had run out of beer so the party was pretty much over,” Handelman said in 2010. The lights came on and the fraternity brothers were kicking people out. And that’s when he first caught a glimpse of Elizabeth Banks. He walked over with a buddy and started a conversation.
The College Sweethearts Are Still Sharing Conversations
Talking with HuffPost, Banks shared, “I do think people grow together or they grow apart. We definitely grew together. We were constantly making decisions that kept us close.”
They joined talents as producers and now own a company called Brownstone Productions, which they launched in 2002. They’re responsible for all three 'Perfect Pitch' movies. Before launching the media company, Handelman worked on Wall Street in finance, sinking 80 hours a week into the career. Now things are perfect. “Forming the company really was about trying to combine our professional and personal goals,” Banks said. And it worked.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson Met in High School
They both attended high school in Akron, Ohio. Savannah Brinson was a cheerleader and played softball on one of Akron’s high school teams. LeBron James dominated the court (and the football field) at a rival high school. Savannah dated James when he was a local hero and was by his side for the rise to becoming a national basketball icon and one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Ironically, he thought he wasn’t going to be much more than a local sports hero.
They are pictured at prom in the photo above. Their first date was at Outback Steakhouse. Now, they have three children, two sons and a daughter.
LeBron Proposed on His 27th Birthday
It was New Year’s Eve 2011. LeBron said he felt super nervous, as if it was a finals game. Savannah calmed his nerves when she said “yes” to a life with her high school sweetheart, and the $300,000 diamond ring he presented. A celebrity wedding in 2013, with Beyoncé performing “Crazy in Love” followed. The elegant reception went on like a rock festival. There were three days of scheduled entertainment and celebrations.
Now, the couple shares two expansive multi-million-dollar mansions, one at home in Akron and one in the L.A. area, and the NBA champion’s $275 million net worth.
They Married in 1979, on Friday the 13th
The future comedian said they chose the 13th because that was the number of his high school jersey. Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Treado met as teenagers in Chelsea, Michigan. After high school, they attended the University of Michigan.
The lovebirds both adored the high school drama department where they performed many musicals and plays. 'Fiddler on the Roof' was one. Daniels reportedly said the whole town was in love with him on the stage.
Daniels Got Serious About Acting and Dropped Out
However, the university presented him an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts in 2009. He is perhaps most loved for his role opposite Jim Carrey in 'Dumb and Dumber' (1994). Ironically, his agent tried to warn him against Carrey’s project, threatening it would ruin his career. It looks like Daniels got the last laugh.
Daniels had moved out to Hollywood to pursue his acting career. When he returned to Michigan, Kathleen reminisces the time when he “came over and sat on my porch swing with me for five hours.” Kathleen was able to raise her kids as a low-profile mom, in spite of their famous actor dad. They have three now-grown children: Benjamin, Lucas, and Nellie. Their second son Lucas is pictured above. He is now the tour manager of the Ben Daniels Band.
LL Cool J Married His “Candy Girl.”
The 1983 chart-topping song is just as relevant today as it was when LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) wrote it for Simone Smith. “You are my world / Look so sweet / You’re a special treat / Candy girl / All I want to say / I need your love / Each and every day.” She said to him on Instagram recently, “I’ll be your candy girl forever.” We say, ‘Awww!’
The sweet lovebirds met as teens when their friend set them up. That was in the 80s. Now Simone and Cool J have three daughters together and one grandson, King-James. They have been married since 1995.
The Couple Overcame a Terrible Trial
The couple faced harrowing adversity in 2004. A lump on Simone’s leg came back malignant. She was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. Staying true to vows, “in sickness and health,” LL Cool J opened up with Oprah and said, “You don’t abandon someone in that foxhole, you know.”
The rapper explained, “You got to be there in that foxhole with them. So I made some decisions professionally and decided to be by Simone’s side during that period.” Simone says they are closer than ever after the experience.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
These longtime lovebirds met in college in 1974. Samuel L. Jackson was at Morehouse, active in Civil Rights and the Black Power movements, and LaTanya Richardson was at Spelman.
They have been together for 46 years. The showbiz couple married in 1980 and have one daughter, Zoe. She was born in 1982 and is also in the entertainment business as a producer.
They're Still Going Strong After 40 Years!
In recent years, the Marvel franchise has been keeping the prolific actor, who brings us Nick Fury, very busy. His wife is busy too. LaTanya has made appearances in Grey’s Anatomy and in films, Sleepless in Seattle and Fried Green Tomatoes, and she was nominated for a Tony for a 2014 stage production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” with Denzel Washington.
After winning a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET awards, Jackson thanked his wife for saving his life and making him who he is.
These Two Actor-comedians Met at Northwestern
After they graduated, they were both picked up by NBC for SNL. It was great, except it wasn’t. Julia was “pretty miserable” with the gig and said the show was ruled by male chauvinists. “It was very political and very male-centric. Very,” she shared with 'Good Housekeeping'.
When Jay Leno asked Julia Louis-Dreyfus the secret to her long relationship with Brad Hall, she told him she “found the right guy.” She said she “knew almost immediately.” The couple married in 1987.
A Happy Family
They have been married for almost 33 years and have two sons, Henry and Charlie. In 2017, the family was faced with terrible news. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” Julia quipped on social media, “Today, I’m the one.”
It was Brad who stood by her as she beat the disease. In 2017, she had a message to share: “Hey cancer, ‘F--- you!’”
These Two Met Back in the Eighties
As students at the University of Washington, Rainn Wilson and Holiday Wilson took the same art class, and haven’t turned back since. The very loving and supportive pair are beyond #relationshipgoals, their bond is completely hands-on.
“I edit all her stories. She helps me on all of my auditions. We have a very collaborative relationship,” Rainn shared with The Seattle Times in 2006.
‘She believed in me more than I ever believed in me.’
At the time, they were scraping to get by, and he was driving a truck working for a moving company. Her support certainly paid off. 'The Office' would not be the same show without Rainn Wilson.
The duo married in 1995. Together they share one son, Walter.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Met Standing in Line for the Bathroom
The two were at a Harvard part, held at the Alpha Epsilon Pi house, his fraternity, and he struck up a conversation with his wife-to-be. Romantically, Mark Zuckerberg proposed, “I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.” If you watched the movie, you know the Facebook founder feared the university was expelling him for launching the prank website 'Facemash'.
As it turned out, he dropped out. The two went on that date, fell in love, and famously became collaborators for the media giant. That’s when Priscilla Chan realized their time together would need to be scheduled and managed. There would be one weekly date and a minimum of 100 minutes of face time. He agreed. “When you’re doing a partnership like this, it’s important to set aside time for your personal partnership.”
‘The Social Network’ is About Mark and Priscilla’s Story
“Without Facemash, I wouldn’t have met Priscilla,” Zuckerberg confessed. “She’s the most important person in my life, so you could say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.”
The couple has been together for 17 years. They married in 2012 and have two daughters.
Timothy Olyphant Adores His Wife
Gushing over Alexis Knief, wife of 28 years, the Hitman star goes on to say, she’s like “life support when it comes to balancing his roles as an actor, a father and a husband.”
The pair are college sweethearts. They met in 1990 at USC and then married a year later. They share three children, Grace, Henry and Vivian.
Their Love is Still Strong
Olyphant revealed to Woman’s Health Magazine in 2011, “You have to be with the right person, and you both have to be willing to do the work, day in and day out, to make it happen.”
The Emmy-nominated actor was also asked how being a father of three kids changed him. “It f---ing exhausts you! That’s how it changes you!” The adoring couple has been together over 30 years, and their love is burning as strong as ever.
These High School Sweethearts Had a Long Run
Sarah Palin and Todd Palin were seniors at a Wasilla, Alaska, high school when they met. They have lived in Wasilla since then. She went on to govern the state and become a vice presidential running mate.
Sarah Palin was elected governor in 2006 and ran alongside John McCain in 2008.
'Time' Named the Couple One of Their 100 Most Influential
Most recently, soon after they celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary, Sarah received an email from her husband’s lawyer—it was a divorce filing. After reading the correspondence, she said, “I thought I got shot.”
The now-struggling pair raised five children together.
This Couple Shares 2 Children and 15 Years Together
And that’s all, folks. The N Sync performer, Joey Fatone hooked up with screenwriter Kelly Baldwin in high school, but after 27 years of on-again-off-again romance, they called it quits.
Fortunately, a prenup resolved issues like alimony, childcare, and splitting the assets. Which were a lot in this case.
The boy-band phenom is worth over $15 million, so the prenuptial agreement came in handy. The couple announced publicly that the divorce is an amicable affair. Fatone filed the paperwork in 2019. The ill-fated pair’s publicist told US Weekly that they support each other “and remain committed to raising their two daughters.” Kelly and Joey want to make co-parenting their girls, Briahna and Kloey, their main priority.
The split was a long time coming. As far back as 2014, the N Sync star has been dating Izabel Araujo. The happy couple strolled the red carpet together at the Critic’s Choice awards in June 2019.
These High School Sweethearts Had 27 years Together
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton met on the dance floor of a teen nightclub in Hollywood, in 1993. It was love at first sight. She was 15 and he was 14 when he asked her to dance. “I knew she was special the night I met her,” Thicke recalled.
Twelve years later, they shimmied down the aisle and said, “I do.” The lovebirds welcomed a son, Julian, in 2010.
But the Relationship Took a Dark Turn
The split spiraled into a bitter custody battle. Paula accused Robin of infidelity and domestic abuse. His attorney said that infidelity isn't relevant when it comes to custody, and claimed that Patton was trying to hurt Thicke at any cost.
The two have both moved on to a new relationship.
Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra Were 15 When They Met
Teen Mom OG contestants Catelynn Lowell and Tyler Baltierra were barely even teens when they met. By 16, she and Tyler were expecting a child. She signed up for the MTV reality program 16 & Pregnant. Viewers followed their journey as they decided to give the baby away for adoption. The couple became engaged on the show, when Tyler surprised Catelynn with a proposal. She said, “Yes.”
The show captured the on-again-off-again drama of the young couple’s relationship. When Catelynn was 22, the couple announced their second pregnancy.
The Teen Love Duo Married in 2015
They welcomed their third child in 2019. Since then, ups and downs, moving out and divorce rumors, riding the waves of their relationship has found them announcing, that after attending couple’s therapy in the past, they are “in a good place.”
The reality star couple wrote a tell-all called 'Conquering Chaos'.
Sam and Lindsay Fell for Each Other in High School
Samuel Cusick and Lindsay Arnold fell in love in high school. When they met, it was a very sweet sixteen.
Lindsay had this to say, “I could never have imagined that when I was 16 years old, I would have met the man I would marry and who would be my partner—yesterday, today and tomorrow!”
They Married in Their Hometown
The couple married in their hometown, at the Salt Lake City Temple, in 2015. The ceremony was low key, but the reception hosted 400 guests for dinner!
The TV personality says of her hubby, “[he] always knows exactly what to do or say to make me laugh.” Lindsay goes on to say, “Dancing with the Stars can be a stressful job, but Sam always reminds me to enjoy myself and have fun.” The adorable couple is quite simply head over heels with each other.
Taylor Hanson and Natalie Hanson Met at a Teen Fashion Show
Others say they met at a Hanson's concert. What we know is that they hooked up as teens and fell wildly in love with each other. By the time Natalie was 18, the adoring couple welcomed their first child into the world. They had just married several months earlier. All this happened in 2002. Now they have a grand total of six children!
Endearing fans of Nat and Taylor just call them 'Naylor'.
One Big Happy Family
Taylor and his bee-bop brothers, Isaac and Zac (the Hanson Brothers), hail from Oklahoma. If you have never heard the song, “MMMBop” is Hanson’s big smash hit. It came out in 1997. When Entertainment Weekly caught up with the teen band ten years later to see what had changed, they found Corona or Newcastle was preferred backstage (they’re legal!).
Natalie’s mommy blog “Nat On The Wall” was a popular way for fans to follow up on their favorite musicians. Today, the teen stars are in their 30s.
MLB superstar Mariano Rivera Met His First Love in Elementary School
Clara Rivera and Mariano Rivera knew each other in grade school and began dating later. In 1991, the couple tied the knot in their Panamanian hometown. The New York Yankees pitcher played 19 seasons with the team. With the Yanks, he’s a five-time World Series champ. He came to MLB from a small fishing village in Panama. The Riveras lived in Panama until 2000. They moved to New York so Mr. Rivera could pursue his baseball dream. He began pitching for Iona College in New Rochelle.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Rivera, Mariano fell in love with his current wife, Alyssa Picinich at Iona College. They were happily married in 2018.
In 2019, Mariano Was Accused of Having a Secret Double Life
A woman from Panama alleged that Mr. Rivera had a second family. She accused him of fathering two children and not financially supporting them, a boy and a girl. She said he stopped making payments two years earlier.
A total of five lawsuits were filed against him in Panama. Mariano responded saying the demands were “unfounded.”
Eli Manning and Abby McGrew Met at the University of Mississippi
It was 2002, and Eli Manning was the star quarterback for football powerhouse Ole Miss. He was a junior, and she was a freshman.
College sweetheart Abby McGrew was at every game cheering on her unstoppable quarterback. When it came time for the NFL Draft, her boyfriend was the number one pick for the New York Giants.
Destined to Be Together
Abby had just moved to N.Y.C. as a fashion account executive. That same year, in 2004, the Giants signed Manning to the team as a quarterback. The couple coincidentally ended up in the Big Apple together! The lovebirds tied the knot in 2008. They celebrated a spring wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico. They also celebrated Manning’s recent Super Bowl win, his first of two. After 16 solid years with the Giants, Manning retired. .
The Mannings have four children. Dad is outnumbered. The couple has three daughters, and welcomed a baby boy last year. The one-year-old was born on Super Bowl Sunday. An exciting day at the Manning household!
Eminem and Kim Scott Met As Kids
Barely teens, the two got to know each other at a neighborhood youth home. She was 13 and he was 15. Some say Eminem might not be the colossal rap star he is today if she had not spotted the witty performer at that youth home. He was perched on a coffee table and rocking an impromptu parody mocking LL Cool J. Standing near the door, she took notice.
Together, they struggled through poverty, especially after Marshal Mather dropped out of high school. The lovebirds had been living at his mom’s house, and she kicked both of them out once he quit school.
Together Through Tough Times
In 1995, their daughter Hailie, the only child the couple share, was born. They were obliged to live in a rough neighborhood and deal with problems like getting robbed blind. Eminem tells the story of one thief who took pretty much everything, but not before making a P & J sandwich. “He left the peanut butter, jelly—all the sh-t out and didn’t steal nothing. . . . But then he came back again and took everything but the couches and beds.” Fame had an explosive impact on their relationship. Worse than poverty. Eminem’s wife sat home during his long touring stints, knowing he was cheating on her. She told ABC news it was embarrassing and hurtful. Then, she cheated on him.
She described an experience when, at his concert that she attended with friends, he sang a song he promised he wouldn’t sing. She sat listening to the terrible tune, about her, blatantly disrespecting and even fantasizing about murdering her. It was so humiliating it drove her to a suicide attempt. Soon after, he married her a second time. It was a touching ceremony that he thoughtfully planned. It melted Kim’s heart. But he left 40 days later, and the divorce came soon after. Nowadays, the duo claims to be on good terms.