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Cougars? Cradle Snatchers? For These Couples, Age Is Just a Number

A huge age gap does not have to be a disadvantage.
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As Mark Twain famously said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” There have been couples with wide age gaps from time immemorial, including notable historical figures such as Mark Antony and Cleopatra. Today it is still a hot topic, what with the rising fame of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, who is 25 years younger than his wife Brigitte.

Here are famous couples who belong to different generations and prove that age, truly, is just a number.

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Clooney (17 years)


If there’s one thing that keeps George and Amal Clooney together, it would have to be their shared interest in international affairs such as the Armenian genocide and Elgin Marbles. It also helps that they seem to genuinely admire each other. In a rare interview, George gushed about his younger wife's intelligence and sense of style. They usually keep mum about their relationship.

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Emmanuel Macron and Brigitte Trogneux (25 years)


The idea of being with a woman 25 years your senior is still considered taboo in this day and age, but French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte seem to be going strong and are not afraid to show it. They long kept their relationship under wraps, and when it was finally revealed to the world, they were constantly put under scrutiny and “misunderstood by many." They have been photographed numerous times sharing kisses.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness (13 years)

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, who is 13 years older, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year. When asked about what makes their marriage works, Hugh simply said, “Happy wife, happy life.

Mark Twain and Olivia Langdon Clemens (10 years)


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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (better known by his pen name, Mark Twain) is the renowned author of literary works such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. His younger wife, Olivia, helped him edit his books, articles, and lectures; Samuel even described her as a “faithful, judicious, and painstaking editor.”

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively (11 years)


Aside from being a beautiful couple, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are the perfect example of how having a sense of humor can maintain a happy and sound relationship. Ryan once quipped about using his younger wife as a human shield for their daughter and Blake joked about the way Ryan looks at Dame Helen Mirren. This Hollywood couple is, dare we say, in it for the long haul—complete with laughs.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart (22 years)


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Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart first met at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards, and they have been inseparable ever since. One thing that keeps them together is how they support each other’s passions. An avid flyer, Harrison crashed his plane into a golf course and broke a leg in 2015. Calista was initially against the idea of her older husband flying again, but she eventually let him continue on with his hobby.

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