Actor Hugh Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for 17 years. A recent article in magazine looked at a handful of real-life May-December romances, focusing mainly on those between older women and younger men.
The age gaps spanned anywhere from 10 to 14 years, with women in their late 40s and early 50s enjoying relationships and/or marriage with men in their late 20s or 30s. Couples in this situation had to address the fertility concern head-on, with some choosing to take the leap relatively quickly while others took a pass.
But that fear has forced her to come up with her own solution to the issue. ’ Your answer could be, ‘I’m going to get a facelift.’ My answer is, ‘I’m going to be such a beautiful person inside that it’s going to shine through to the outside,'” she told the magazine.
Celebrities like Demi Moore, Cameron Diaz, Ivana Trump, and Linda Hogan all have had significant others more than 10 years their junior.
With age differences sometimes pushing 20, or even 30 years, these couples obviously never learned (or at least, never followed) the “Never date anyone under half your age plus seven” Rule.
“In high school everyone is basically on the same level of maturity, but in college you gain so much independence,” Chelsea says.
“Many women start dating younger men when they are in their 20's,” Barkley says.
Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, 33.
Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.
These younger “cougars in training” have very specific names.
Barkley says a woman in her 20's is a kitten, a woman in her 30's is a puma, and a woman over the age of 60 is a panther.
Everyone knows that older men love dating younger women (and many of my female coaching clients complain about this).
A lot depends on the age difference between you and how much younger you're talking about.
And then there’s also the concern about one’s looks.