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Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Roberts, and Other Celebs Who Married Their Fans

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Crushing on a celebrity is more or less a rite of passage. Whether you’re a huge Hollywood buff, or barely pay attention to the latest celeb gossip, chances are there’s at least one famous person that you’ve found to be attractive. So, it’s easy to imagine how totally crazy it would be if you ended up marrying that person.
It’s happened, though — and more often than you might expect. Many celebrities have ended up in long-term relationships with people that once admired them from afar. Here are 25 Hollywood stars that married their fans.

1. Reese Witherspoon

For quite some time, it seemed that Reese Witherspoon only had eyes for other actors. She had a string of high-profile romances, including a marriage to Ryan Phillippe and a long-term relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal. But after she met talent agent Jim Toth, the Walk the Line Oscar-winner started singing a different tune.

Toth has Hollywood roots, but was by no means a household name. He was, however, a big fan of his future wife’s work. The pair married in 2011 and welcomed a son in 2012.

2. Ringo Starr

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Imagine developing a huge crush on the drummer of your favorite band. Then, imagine marrying him. That was Maureen Cox’s life — at least, for a short time. The hairdresser was a regular fixture at early Beatles shows. Ringo Starr eventually noticed her, and the two started dating just as the Fab Four began to gain notoriety.
Starr and Cox were married in 1965, shortly after the pair found out she was pregnant. However, the Beatles’ rock-and-roll lifestyle eventually took a toll on the union, and they divorced in 1975.

3. Steve Harvey

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Legend has it that when Steve Harvey first saw his wife, Marjorie Bridges, at a comedy club in Memphis, he told her he was going to marry her. Whether or not that’s true, it makes for a great Hollywood love story. Bridges, a fashion blogger, and Harvey have, in fact, known each other for years.
While he rose to become a famous comedian, she remained one of his biggest fans through the highs and lows of his career. The couple married in 2007, following Harvey’s previous two marriages.

4. Billie Joe Armstrong

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Green Day’s front man, and occasional Broadway star, doesn’t just have a passion for music. He’s also devoted to his wife of 25 years, Adrienne Nesser. And while many musicians wind up romancing models or other celebrities, Armstrong met his completely not-famous wife the old-fashioned way: backstage at a concert.
Though Armstrong called the wedding an “impulsive” move, he credits his long-term relationship with helping him navigate the chaotic aspects of life on the road. Today, Armstrong and Nesser have two children.

5. Nicolas Cage

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When aspiring actress Alice Kim was just 19 years old, she was working at a Los Angeles restaurant when one of her favorite actors, Nicolas Cage, came in for a bite to eat. Despite their age difference — Cage was roughly 20 years her senior — the waitress and Oscar-winner connected and soon began dating.
Cage and Kim were married in 2004, and had one son together, before separating in 2016.

6. Julia Roberts and Danny Moder

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When Daniel Moder met Julia Roberts in 2000, he was already a huge fan. How could he not be — after all, she was one of the biggest stars in the world. He acted as cinematographer on her film, The Mexican, and the pair hit it off. Following his divorce from his first wife and her separation from long-time partner Benjamin Bratt, the two married in 2002.
Thus far, they’ve managed to sustain one of the longer marriages in Hollywood. They have three children, and keep a relatively low profile despite her perpetual A-list status.

7. Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld | Michael Smith/Newsmakers

Though Jessica Seinfeld has never aspired to her husband’s level of fame, she’s seen her share of tabloid headlines over the years. The author and former public relations professional met Jerry Seinfeld while working out at a gym in 1998. And she raised eyebrows when she dumped her first husband in favor of the comedian, despite having just returned from her honeymoon.
Since then, Jessica has made a career for herself writing cookbooks and founding the charitable organization Baby Buggy. She and Seinfeld have been married since 1999, and have three children together.

8. Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

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Amber Rose had already carved out her own career as a model and musician when she met Wiz Khalifa. But she was also a pretty big fan of the rapper in her own right. The pair met in 2011, hit it off, and began dating. In 2013, they wed, shortly after the birth of their son.
Despite their shared passions for hip hop music and each other, Rose and Khalifa couldn’t make it work. She filed for divorce in 2014.

9. Jessica Alba

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When Jessica Alba met Cash Warren in 2004, she probably could have dated anyone she wanted. But she was drawn to the Fantastic Four production assistant, and the pair soon hit it off. They married in 2008, and have settled into a solid routine raising their two daughters together. These days, Warren works as a film producer while Alba splits her time between her acting career and running The Honest Company.

10. Fergie and Josh Duhamel

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Actor Josh Duhamel has always exuded that kind of classic Hollywood cool. So it’s hard to imagine him being tongue-tied around anyone, especially his future wife. But he’d been a long-time fan of Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie — so he totally botched his chance to impress her when they met on the set of his series, Las Vegas.
He recently told the team at Good Morning America that he approached her and said, simply, “You’re hot,” to which she replied, “I know. I read it in a magazine.” It turned out that he’d mentioned her in an interview before, and she was well aware of his long-standing crush.
It all worked out in the end — they began dating in 2004, and eventually married in 2009.

11. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

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If you grew up in the 1980s or ’90s, it’s almost a given that you knew and loved Mariah Carey. But in Nick Cannon’s case, he got to translate his long-term crush on the pop songstress into a full-fledged romance. The couple married in 2008, and Carey gave birth to their children, fraternal twins, on their third wedding anniversary in 2011.
Sadly, the couple separated in 2014 and ultimately divorced in 2016.

12. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

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You’d think that Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, would have been starstruck when an Oscar-winning actress came backstage to meet him. But it seems as though the opposite may have been true. Gwyneth Paltrow sought out the band’s front man after being wowed by their concert, and the two hit it off.
They married in 2003 and had two children together. Though they divorced in 2016, Paltrow remains a fan of her husband’s music. She was spotted at a Coldplay concert last summer.

13. Anne Hathaway

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It takes a special kind of person to keep up with the pressure of life in the public eye. Anne Hathaway was lucky enough to find that in Adam Shulman, her producer husband. The pair met in 2008 through a mutual friend — it turned out that Shulman had admired Hathaway from quite some time. Their chemistry was undeniable, according to the Oscar-winning actress, and they soon became inseparable.
Hathaway and Shulman married in 2012, and welcomed their first child in 2016.

14. Christian Bale

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Before Christian Bale met Sibi Blazic, he wasn’t ever planning on getting married. But the personal assistant, who worked for his friend Winona Ryder, changed his mind. The pair hit it off instantly, and married in 2000.
Now 15 years into their marriage, their relationship seems to be stronger than ever — he thanked her profusely during his Academy Award acceptance speech, and has credited her with grounding him during even his most extreme bouts of method acting.

15. Patrick Dempsey

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In the mid 1990s, Jillian Fink was working in a Los Angeles salon. And when she saw the name of one of her favorite actors, Patrick Dempsey, in her appointment book, she figured it was just a Hollywood prank. So when the Can’t Buy Me Love star actually showed up, she was understandably geeked.
The pair flirted with each other for a while — they were both already in relationships — before coupling off officially. They married in 1999, and have three children together. Their relationship has had its ups and downs: Fink filed for divorce in January 2015, but the pair reconciled soon after.