23 People Who Ended Up Marrying Their Celebrity Crush
Many of us can only dream of marrying our celebrity crush, but a few lucky people out there actually have. And while saying "I do" with your idol might seem like the ultimate fantasy, the fan-celebrity romance doesn't always end in a happily ever after. Whether sparks flew during a CD signing or a mutual friend was kind enough to set them up, keep reading to see how each and every one of their fan-ry tales panned out.
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber first met when the two were introduced by her dad, Stephen Baldwin, at one of Justin's meet-and-greets back in 2009. After dating on and off since 2014, the two finally made things official with a courthouse wedding in 2018. A year later, they celebrated with a reception in South Carolina.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Gwyneth Paltrow first caught Chris Martin's attention during Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head tour stop in LA back in 2002. After the show, the singer invited Gwyneth backstage, and sparks flew. Gwyneth and Chris were married from 2003 to 2016 and have two beautiful kids together, daughter Apple and son Moses. Chris has since moved on with Dakota Johnson, while Gwyneth is now married to Brad Falchuk.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey first crossed paths when he presented her with an award at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, and they began dating three years later. "At one point, I was like, 'I'ma get Mariah Carey,'" Nick recalled on TV One's Uncensored. "It turned from my celebrity crush to like, 'Nah, she's about to be my girlfriend.' People were like, 'You're bugging. There's no way you can get Mariah Carey.' I was like, 'Watch, I'm telling you.'" Nick and Mariah ended up tying the knot in 2008 but split in late 2014. They have two beautiful kids together, 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.
Nick and Vanessa Lachey
Nick and Vanessa Lachey's relationship began as a friendship after the two met on MTV's TRL. Nick was married to Jessica Simpson at the time, but after they divorced in 2006, things turned romantic between them. Nick recruited Vanessa to star in his "What's Left of Me" music video, and Vanessa ended up developing such a huge crush that she called in sick when he stopped by TRL to promote the video. "I was so nervous and so crushing on him that I didn't show up for work that day. I called in sick," she told Billboard. Fast-forward to present day, and the couple are happily married and have three kids together, sons Phoenix and Camden and daughter Brooklyn.
Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox
Maureen Cox was a regular at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where Ringo Starr's band, The Beatles, frequently played. They began dating shortly after meeting and were married from 1965 to 1975. "Here I was a silly 16-year-old hairdresser dating the most popular drummer in Liverpool," Maureen previously told The Telegraph.
Ruben Studdard and Surata Zuri McCants
The second season American Idol winner was signing CDs for fans in an Atlanta Walmart when he first laid eyes on Surata Zuri McCants. Instantly infatuated, he followed her to the toy department and asked for her phone number then and there. They wed in 2008, but sadly the pair's relationship hit a low note and they divorced citing irreconcilable differences in 2011.
Adam and Jackie Sandler
Jackie Titone was an actress and model looking for her big break when she was cast in Big Daddy alongside one of her favorite actors, Adam Sandler. The two shared mutual friends, and they began dating soon after bonding on the set of the movie. They tied the knot in 2003 and share two daughters, Sadie and Sunny.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have one of Hollywood's most famous relationships, but it took them a while to get there. Kanye was a huge fan of Kim for years after seeing her in a photo with Paris Hilton in the early 2000s, but there was always something keeping them apart (Kim's second husband, Kris Humphries, for the most part). He was so enamored with her that he bought his first cell phone because he felt he had to "speak to her or something." They got hitched in a lavish Italian wedding in May 2014 and are parents to their four kids, North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm.
Matt and Luciana Damon
Luciana Barroso was working as a bartender in 2002 when big-time movie star Matt Damon strolled in. "I literally saw her across a crowded room, literally," he told Ellen DeGeneres about their meet-cute at a Miami bar while he was shooting Stuck on You. "Eight years and four kids later, that's my life. I don't know how else our paths would've crossed if that didn't happen." The low-key couple later made things official in a ceremony at New York's City Hall in December 2005.
Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim
In 2004, the Snowden actor crossed paths with fan Alice Kim when he ate at Los Angeles restaurant Kabuki, where she worked as a waitress. They got married a mere two months later in order for her to travel with him to South Africa to film Lord of War but divorced after 11 years together in 2016. They share a son, Kal-El (yes, named after Superman).
Prince William and Kate Middleton
At the age of 13, Kate Middleton attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England, where she was rumored to have had a poster of Prince William on her wall. Flash forward a few years, and Kate found herself meeting her childhood crush in the flesh at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. "I actually think I went bright red," she revealed. "I sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy." It didn't take long for the two good friends to realize they were something more, and they eventually tied the knot in 2011. They are also parents to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway
Actor-turned-jeweler Adam Shulman might have admired Anne Hathaway from afar, but when the pair finally met through a mutual friend at the Palm Springs Film Festival, it was the Les Misérables actress's turn to feel smitten; she revealed that after laying eyes on him, she told the friend they had in common, "I'm going to marry that man." They married in 2012 and welcomed a son, Jonathan, in April 2016. They are currently expecting their second child together.
Steve and Marjorie Harvey
When Steve Harvey cracked a joke during a 1990 comedy set about marrying a woman in the audience one day, he never realized it would actually come true. He began dating Marjorie Bridges-Woods shortly after calling her out at this show, but they broke up because of the stress long distance put on their relationship. After reconnecting with her later in life, he made good on his promise when they finally married in 2007.
Josh Duhamel and Fergie
Josh Duhamel and Fergie were married for eight years before splitting in September 2017, but regardless of their breakup their origin story is pretty damn cute. Josh had been a longtime fan of the Black Eyed Peas singer and convinced the show he was on at the time, Las Vegas, to write the band into an episode so he could finally meet her. When they did come face to face for the first time, he got totally flustered and could only think to say "You're hot." Thankfully Fergie was into it, and they later welcomed a son, Axl.
Cash Warren and Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba was at the height of her fame while filming Fantastic Four back in 2004, so it might come as a surprise that she fell for the movie's production assistant, Cash Warren. After being enamored with her on set, Cash got his chance to woo her, and they married in LA four years later. Since then, the happy couple have welcomed two daughters, Honor and Haven, and a son, Hayes.
Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose
Before Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose got married in 2013 or even started dating, Wiz couldn't hide how hard he was crushing on the model. "Initially we met through Twitter," Amber explained to Us Weekly. "He did an interview about me and the guy who interviewed him asked, 'If there was one girl in the world who would you be with?' He said 'Amber Rose,' and then I hit him on Twitter, and I said, 'That's really cute' and we fell in love!" She filed for divorce in 2014, and they share a son named Sebastian.
Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien "instantly" fell for future wife Liza Powel when he saw her in the audience at a 2000 taping of his show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. "Somewhere, in the vault at NBC, there's footage of me literally falling for my wife on camera," he said during an interview with Piers Morgan. They got married in 2002 and have two children together, Beckett and Neve.
Sandra Bullock and Jesse James
Sandra Bullock and her godson couldn't get enough of Jesse James's custom motorcycle show, Monster Garage, so she arranged a tour for them at Jesse's West Coast Choppers in 2003. After two years of dating, the couple married in a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, CA. In March 2010, it was revealed James had been having an affair with model Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, and soon more women stepped forward citing similar claims. Sandra filed for divorce a month later.
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
Jillian Fink could barely hide her excitement upon finding out one of her favorite actors from the '80s, Patrick Dempsey, had booked an appointment with her to cut his hair in 1994. "I was shocked," she recalled of that day at the Delux hair salon. "But at the same time, I was happy because he was so cute." She also mentioned that she was "always flirting" with the Grey's Anatomy star, a tactic that paid off. They got hitched in 1999 and welcomed three kids — Tallula, Darby, and Sullivan. Despite a brief separation in 2015, the couple now looks like they couldn't be happier.
Carmelo Anthony and La La
Carmelo Anthony had a big crush on MTV VJ La La Vazquez, so he turned to a close friend to make the introduction happen. "We met through a mutual friend DJ Clue," La La said of the start of their courtship. "I was hosting a show on MTV with DJ Clue at the time and he said 'I really want to introduce you to someone that wants to meet you.' He introduced us and it started off as a friendship which evolved over time into something more." Being so forward ended up working out perfectly for Carmelo, who married La La in NYC in July 2010. The two are now parents to son Kiyan.
Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh
The Frasier actor was still married to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer when he met flight attendant and future wife Kayte Walsh in 2010. He and Kayte hit it off, leading to his prompt divorce from Camille and a 2011 wedding at The Plaza Hotel. They now have three children together: daughter Faith and sons Kelsey and Auden.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
As a young Kelly Preston made her way out of a movie theater, she saw something that would change her life forever. "I did have sort of a flash. I came out of a film, saw the poster for Grease and I knew I'd be with him," she said. "I just knew. I was about 16 years old. I really knew it and it turned into, 'I'm going to marry that man,' and so he likes to tease me that I walked out and said, 'I'm going to marry that man,' and then did, ultimately." Her premonition came true in 1991 when they really did tie the knot, after meeting in 1987 on the set of The Experts. They are parents to daughter Ella and sons Benjamin and Jett, who tragically passed away in 2009.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes became a well-known actress thanks to her role as lovable Joey Potter on Dawson's Creek, but as a little girl she couldn't help but fawn over blockbuster movie star Tom Cruise. One of her former Catholic school classmates claimed Katie kept photos of him in her textbooks and said getting married to him was "her dream come true." The dream was realized when they wed in 2006 in Italy's Odescalchi Castle, but six years later they split. Their daughter, Suri, now spends most of her time with her mom.