It’s easier and common for celebrities to marry people who are famous like them because they’re more likely to have a lot in common and understand the challenges that come with their careers. However, sometimes the reverse holds true and celebrities find themselves in love with normal people who admire their works and end up tying the knot with them. Here is a list of 20 celebrities who married their fans, proving that you can find love with just about anyone.
List of Celebrities Who Married Their Fans
20. Patrick Dempsey
Patrick is best known for portraying Derek Shepherd, the renowned neurosurgeon in the award-winning series Grey’s Anatomy. Although most people were not aware of his previous acting roles prior to Grey’s, his future wife Jillian Fank was a huge follower of his work from the beginning. So it was a dream come true when he walked into the hair salon she worked at one day. The two hit it off almost instantly and were married three years later in 1999.
19. Tom Cruise
The Mission Impossible star has been to the altar several times to marry fellow Hollywood stars and this was the case when he married Katie Holmes. She was 16 years younger than him and had practically grown up watching his movies. When she was 16, she’d say a prayer to Tom Cruise every time she was in religion class and dreamed about marrying her celebrity crush someday, and she did. Katie and Tom crossed paths and got married in 2006, however they got divorced in 2012. Nevertheless, the marriage made Tom Cruise one of the celebrities who married their fans.
18. John Travolta
John was one of the biggest action movie stars of the 70s through 90s and this made him beloved by many women and young girls around the world. Kelly Preston was one of them. She had a huge crush on Travolta when she was only 16 and knew after seeing him in the movie Grease that he was the man she wanted to end up with. Her fantasy became a reality when they got married in 1991. Even as Kelly is equally famous as an actress and ex-model, it didn’t change the fact that her union with John earned him a spot among the celebrities who married their fans.
17. Reese Witherspoon
Like most of her counterparts, Reese only dated high profile celebrities like herself. She was once married to Ryan Philippe and was in a long-term relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal, but none of those affairs worked out. However, she met Jim Toth, a talent agent who was a huge fan of her work and they were soon in love. They married in 2011, welcomed their first child a year later and have been together since.
16. Steve Harvey
As the legend goes, Steve met his third wife Marjorie Bridges while he was performing at a comedy club. She was a member of the audience and he made a joke about marrying her. They kept in touch and began dating after Harvey’s second marriage ended. The couple said “I do” in 2007 and Steve joined the list of celebrities who married their fans.
15. Nicholas Cage
Alice Kim was a 19-year-old aspiring actress working as a waitress in Los Angeles to make ends meet when one of her favorite actors and celebrity crush, Nicholas Cage, walked in to grab something to eat. Despite being 20 years older, Cage asked her out and she married the Oscar winner in 2004. Their union lasted 11 years until they parted ways in 2016. They share joint custody of their son.
14. Kelsey Grammer
The Frasier star had been married three times already until he met and fell in love with Kayte Walsh who was an enormous fan of his work. She was 25 years younger than him and a flight attendant when they crossed paths on one of his travels. They began dating and wedded after he signed the divorce papers of his last marriage in 2011. They have three children and are still together.
13. Julia Roberts
Daniel Moder considered himself the luckiest fan alive when he scored a gig to work as a cinematographer in a film his favorite actress, Julia Roberts was starring in. The pair shared a connection that soon blossomed beyond the set. It was a timely affair considering he was recently divorced and she separated from her long-term boyfriend. They married in 2002 and have been together ever since. Their marriage has been blessed with three children.
12. Tobey Maguire
Tobey‘s wife Jennifer had been trapped in his web long before they ever met. She was a jewelry designer and a huge fan who was hell-bent on meeting the actor of her dreams. So when they finally met in 2003 while Tobey was filming a movie, she didn’t hesitate to introduce herself. Sparks began to fly and four years later the couple was married, although the union ended in divorce in 2016.
11. Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon was a big fan of Mariah Carey way before they met and he often referred to her as his dream girl. Lucky for him, dreams do come true because they met while she was shooting a music video for her song Bye, Bye, and began dating. The pair were married in 2008, but two children and eight years later, they signed their divorce papers.
10. Christian Bale
The Batman star met his wife Sibi Blazic, a former makeup artist and model, in 1994 at a party. She was working as Winona Ryder‘s personal assistant at the time, and it was Winona who introduced the couple knowing how big a fan of Christian she was. They got married in 2003, and have two children together.
Although Josh Duhamel was by no means just a regular guy, the actor was a huge fan of the former Black Eyed Peas first lady, Fergie, so much that he became tongue-tied the first time he met her and made an absolute mess of the situation. However, he found the courage to approach her and utter “You’re hot,” and she replied, “I know”. Fergie decided to give him a chance anyway and they became lovers in 2004, and later tied the knot in 2009.
8. Ringo Starr
The Beatles are arguably the biggest band in music history. They changed the landscape in ways we’re still trying to come to terms with. In the 1960s, when they were at the peak of their career, the band members were considered some of the hottest men alive and women were constantly throwing themselves at them.
Ringo Starr was the drummer of the band, and Maureen Cox considered herself one of their biggest fans and she always found a way to attend their shows. Ringo noticed her at one of their performances and they soon started dating. By 1965, they were married, but the union ended ten years later. Nevertheless, history will always count Ringo among the celebrities who married their fans.
7. Jessica Alba
Jessica is easily one of the A-list actresses in Hollywood. She is known for her works in Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Good Luck Chuck, and Honey. She could have had her pick of choice suitor from the legion of eligible bachelors in Hollywood, but it was an ordinary production assistant on the set of a movie she was filming that caught her eye. She fell in love with Cash Warren who was a huge fan of her work, and they began dating. The couple were married in 2008 and went on to have two daughters and a son.
6. Conan O’Brien
Like Steven Harvey, this television star met his wife, Liza Powel when she was sitting in the audience on the set of his show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2000. It was love at first sight; he was captivated by her from the very moment he laid eyes on Liza and did not hesitate to ask her out. They soon discovered how much they had in common. Conan and Liza wedded in 2002, and they have two children together.
5. Adam Sandler
Sandler was already at the top of his career when he crossed paths with his future wife, Jacqueline Titone. She was only an aspiring actress at the time and completely taken with Sandler. A friend of hers introduced her to him one day and a love story began blossoming. They exchanged vows in 2003 after dating for a couple of years, and they have two kids.
4. Billie Joe Armstrong
If one must take record of celebrities who married their fans, this Billie shouldn’t be left out. Billie Joe was the front man for the popular band, Green Day. He was also a Broadway star sometimes and he’s been married to his beautiful wife, Adrienne Nesser for nearly three decades.
Admittedly, Billie Joe could date celebrities or supermodels if he wanted, but he found all he was looking for when he met Adrienne backstage at one of the band’s concerts. It was a classic fan-meets-star love story. The pair have two children together.
3. Jerry Seinfeld
The famous actor, writer, comedian, producer, and director Jerry Seinfeld is one of the richest and most successful names in all of Hollywood. He is the star of the hit comedy show Seinfeld. By all standards, Jerry was a very eligible bachelor, and half the single women in the industry wanted him. However, his wife did not belong to this league of high-profile women. She was just a fan who worked as a public relations expert. Jessica met Jerry at the gym in 1998, and they hit it off so spectacularly that they were married a year later, with three children to follow.
2. Lisa Bonet
Jason Mamoa is one of those men women automatically swoon for on sight. He is incredibly handsome, tall, and built like a wall. He probably could have had any woman he wanted, but Mamoa has had his eyes set on Lisa Bonet since he was 8 years old. He knew the first time he saw her on TV that he wanted her no matter what it took. Fortunately for him, their paths crossed in a jazz club, they started talking and he charmed her with his best moves. Lisa married Jason in 2017 after they already had two beautiful children together.
1. Elvis Presley
Elvis is one of the biggest talents the industry has ever seen. He was already a gigantic star with a ridiculous amount of fame when he met his future wife, Priscilla who was only 14 years old at the time. She was a big fan of his music and absolutely adored him. They crossed paths when Elvis joined the army and got stationed in a little German town called Bad Nauheim.
The pair kept in touch after their first meeting, and four years later, Priscilla relocated to the United States to be with him. They got married in 1967, but the marriage ended in 1973. The lovebirds have a daughter together.