Here are 44 celebrity couples with a big age gap between them. 1/44 to "E! News," the year-old singer and year-old relationship coach started dating in Hugh Jackman and Deborra Lee-Furness: 13 years. Romantic couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows. Studies have found partners with more than a year gap in age experience. Is a two year age gap too much in a teenage relationship (13,15)? Stable and loving couples with important age gaps do exist eventhough they're less in the relationship and why they choose to date someone so much younger than them.
This is largely because, with women being the child bearers, the investment is very high on their behalf time and effort in child bearing and rearing. So they are attuned to looking for a partner who will also invest resources into a relationship and family.
In couples with an age gap it's more likely the woman is younger. This is probably because women place more importance on resources and men on fertility. The success of a relationship depends on partners sharing similar values, beliefs and goals about their relationship. So, women being attuned to status and resources might explain why some women may be attracted to older men. In contrast, there's evidence to suggest men value attractiveness and vitality more than women because, from an evolutionary standpoint, youth is seen as an indicator of fertility.
Given men cannot bear children, evolution suggests they're attuned to younger women to enhance the chances of partnering with someone who can provide children. But the evolutionary explanation is limited in that it doesn't explain why the reverse occurs an older woman-younger man pairingor why age gaps exist within same-sex couples.
For this, socio-cultural explanations might provide insights. With more women now working in higher positions and being paid more, they no longer have such a reliance on men for resources. So, fewer women will prioritise resources when looking for a mate.
As for same-sex couples, there's very little research. Some suggest a lack ofor a reduced pool of, suitable age-similar mates may bring about same-sex coupling with large age differences.
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What are the relationship outcomes for age-gap couples? Many people assume age-gap couples fare poorly when it comes to relationship outcomes. But some studies find the relationship satisfaction reported by age-gap couples is higher. These couples also seem to report greater trust and commitment and lower jealousy than similar-age couples. Over three-quarters of couples where younger women are partnered with older men report satisfying romantic relationships.
My husband was quite a bit more cautious about it.
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From his perspective, we were in totally different phases of life. He was deep into a second career and I was still finding myself. As our relationship got more serious, it put us at a crossroads.
I was envisioning the rest of my life with him, while he was worried I was too young to make such a commitment. My husband is my true love, and he also happens to have been born in a different decade.
He'll be sharing wistfully about some college memory, and I can't help but point out that I couldn't yet spell my own name. A song will come on the radio and he'll be flabbergasted that I don't know it, until we both realize that I was in diapers when it was a hit. Just the other day, I made a very obvious pop culture reference to a television show from the 90's and he stared at me blankly.
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He was a full-on adult when the things of my teen years were popular. Gwyneth is fanatical about health and diet, Chris decided he wasn't vegetarian quick-smart post break-up. Which is rather handy since Jen's fond of fast food and burgers.
Both women are bright and undeniably elegant who didn't fall for Jen when she so oh-so-gracefully tripped on her way to receive an Oscar. But there's something very grounded about Jennifer that seems to gel with Chris' consistent shying away from the limelight.
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Which is rather handy since Jen's fond of fast food and burgers' In the face of all that common ground, does it really matter he's been on the planet for 13 more years? We constantly focus on ways society is failing us but acceptance levels of age-gap relationships has never been higher.
This not only shows maturity of attitude, it's practical too! God knows, it's hard enough finding a soulmate without having to make sure you're both matching bookends.