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Are Young Engaged Celebs Setting a Bad Example?

With the recent buzz about the engagement of Harry Potter and Twilight stars Bonnie Wright, 19, and Jamie Campbell Bower, 21, I had to wonder: could young celebs getting hitched influence the kids and tweens who watch their shows? I mean, we're talking about a demographic still playing with Barbies.

This news also comes on the heels of 19-year-old Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson and his 43-year-old fiancée Sam Taylor-Wood's baby announcement.

Obviously, there's a big difference between a young couple tying the knot and a young person marrying someone twice his age, but how young is too young for such a big commitment? And while many of these celebs are forced to grow up quickly in the spotlight, could their less-mature teen fans be influenced to marry young as well? Is this good or bad? And really, is marrying young that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things?

What do you think?

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pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i was 18 when i got married (hubby was 27) and it seems to be working out good.. well be celebrating our 5 year anni soon.. so i dont think its a necessarily bad idea but i believe that regardless of age, one should be mature enough to take on a wife/husband. also, i think the guy should be older. its not necessarily the case for all guys, as some are mature at an earlier age, but in general i think girls mature faster while guys think theyre still kidsor w/e..
weffie weffie 7 years
I dated a 40 year old man when I was 19. It wasn't icky, he was hot and really hilarious. I didn't want to marry him, mind you, but I don't see why it's gross just because the woman is the older one. Most people have been with someone outside of their own age group, haven't they? He just fell in love with his, bfd!
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I agree that the 19/43 thing is weird, but as for Bonnie and Jamie both have been work in a very adult industry since they were children. It causes you to grow up quickly, and maturity wise they are probably much older mentally than their physical age. I hope things work out for them.
ejr ejr 7 years
Okay I'm not going to address the 19/43 thing, because that's just weird. I don't feel like young couples are setting a bad example by getting engaged. What I think is weird is that Bonnie Wright and Jamie Campbell Bower don't seem to have been dating for a long time (I could be wrong about that.)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I think that looking for guidance for any subject from people that live in La-La land is a bad idea.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Let's look at other celebrites that got married young: LeAnn Rimes, Macauly Culkin, Kim Kardashian, Nicky Hilton, Britney Spears, Kate Hudson, Sofia Bush & Chad Michael Murray . . . they married young and then all got divorced in their 20s. I think that, if anything, celebrities who get married young make marriage look less appealing rather than more appealing because it never works out.
bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 7 years
I think it depends on the person. I would say it's too young, as my brother was married at 21 and is now going through a divorce, but my parents were married at 18 and 21, and they are still happily married after almost 30 years. I believe every engaged couple should attend pre-marriage counseling to make sure they fully understand the commitment involved, and how to problem solve. The divorce rate has soared in recent years, because people lack the commitment they used to have. Too often people rush into things and would rather run away from problems instead of solve them together as a couple.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
the more i look at that picture the more i'm pretty sure they're both totally high
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
I have to agree with Anonymous up there. Anyone who buys or plays with those dolls over the age of 12 is pretty immature and probably shouldn't be getting married.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
It depends, I know a lot of people getting engaged right now (all under 21), but my boyfriend and I want to wait until I'm out of nursing school. Weddings can be expensive ,and why rush it anyway?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
19 and 43? I'm sorry, but what does a 43 year old woman really have in common with a 19 year old boy? That confuses me to no end. I wouldn't date someone that young, and I'm comparatively young at 28. Anyways, I know I wouldn't have gotten married young. I've changed so much since then that I can't imagine it, and I was definitely still not mature enough to set up a home. I guess with celebs the money part is pretty much taken care of, but I can also see it as a recipe for growing apart pretty quickly. Plus, if I'd married at 19 I would've married my college BF. Ugh, shudder.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
Nah, they probably get ideas from their grandparents who got married at 17. I would hope that kids aren't basing their relationships on what celebrities are doing. Aaron Johnson is a bad example. That's quite the age gap.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
It depends what you'd consider a bad example. The one thing I will say is that anyone who thinks doing something is okay because a celeb does it, isn't mature enough to get married anyway.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
I do think it's probably different for actors that have grown up a little faster than the rest of us, but I don't think your normal 19-year-old is ready for a lifelong commitment. Not to say that it can't work, but most 19-year-olds don't even know who they are yet, let alone can make a decision about who to spend the rest of their lives with.
Miss-Infamous Miss-Infamous 7 years
Everyone is different! Plus that doesnt mean they are getting married anytime soon Im sure they will have a nice long engagement
silicapathways silicapathways 7 years
Nope. I was engaged and married at 19 (no, I wasn't pregnant) and 2 years later we're still going strong! Granted my husband is 26, and not 21.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i dont know who either of those people are it's definitely setting an exampel, but i dont think it's necessarily a "bad" example per se...who is to say that 21 is too early to get engaged anyway? but it's an example for sure, and since non-celebs are usually not in a position to marry at 19 or 21, as they should be in school and establishing themselves, it's hard that they might look up to these celebrities, who live a much different life - a life of priviledge, where they don't have to work (at least not regularly), don't have substantial pressures like paying bills, and don't go to school etc. it's not like these celebs shouldn't get engaged just to set a different example, it's their lives, but it would worry me a little if i had a 14 year old daughter!
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