Falling In Love
Most people have their first crush when they are in grade school. They have their first real relationship in high school, and some wait until college. Many high school and college romances don’t stand the test of time. The two people grow apart; they change and realize that things just weren’t meant to be. There are, however, some relationships that do stand the test of time. It happens with ordinary people, but it also happens with celebrities. This is shocking, considering that many celebrity relationships seem disposable. Here are 23 famous married couples who were high school sweethearts.
High School Sweethearts: Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
Jon Bon Jovi likes to keep his private life private, which is why many people didn’t know that he married his high school sweetheart. In 1989, during his Jersey Syndicate Tour, he brought Dorothea along, and the two were married, and they have been ever since. The couple was married in Las Vegas, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. The couple share three sons and a daughter. When asked how she keeps their marriage strong, Dorothea says that she has gone to every one of his concerts for 27-years.
High School Sweethearts: Tyler Posey and Seana Gorlick
Tyler and Seana met when they were very young. Then, Tyler says that he knew when he was 11-years-old that he and Seana were meant to be due to the strong connection that he had with her. He asked Seana to marry him when they were kids, and in 2013, his dream came true, and Seana accepted his proposal. Sadly, it turned out that it wasn’t meant to be. The couple stayed together for ten years, and a year after getting engaged, they split. A source close to Tyler gave a very selfish reason for ending the relationship. His career was beginning to take off, and he believed that if he settled down in real life, it would stall his career. What a jerk!
High School Sweethearts: Bono and Ali Hewson
When Bono was just 12-years-old, he met Ali Hewson. They were both high school students in Dublin when they met. Ali went on to become a businesswoman and activist. She has a passion for anti-nuclear war activism, fair trade promotions, and child rights. Bono says that the red carpet has kept the couple so close. He calls it a magic carpet ride. The couple has been together for over 30 years and have four children together. The family divides their time between Ireland, France, and the United States. Bono says that ever since they met, Ali has told him, “Don’t look down on me and don’t look up at me. Look across to me. I’m here.”
High School Sweethearts: Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
Elizabeth and Max met on her first day at the University of Pennsylvania and have been together ever since. Max is a sportswriter and a producer, and they have been married for over 15 years. Before getting married, Elizabeth started converting to Judaism but never finished. She says that she feels as Jewish as she ever is going to be. The couple has two children, both through a surrogate.
High School Sweethearts: Snopp Dogg and Shante Taylor
Snoop and Shante met in junior high school, and over the years, they have had plenty of ups and downs. Their first son, Corde, was born on August 21, 1994. Snoop filed for divorce on May 21, 2004, citing “irreconcilable differences,” but he threw the divorce papers away. He says that he realized that he needed his wife and son in his life, and he won’t be asking for divorce again. The couple has been together for 22 years, and say that they couldn’t be happier.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson
LeBron and Savannah have been together since they were in high school. They went to rival high schools in Akron, Ohio, but that didn’t stop them from being together. In high school, he played football, and she was a cheerleader, and she played softball. He took her to Outback Steakhouse on their first date, and she remained by his side during his NBA career. They have been happily married for 15 years and have three children together.
Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Treado
Jeff and his wife, Kathleen, met in high school in Michigan. They went to college, where they were college sweethearts. After getting married in 1979, Jeff went on to win two Emmy Awards and various nominations for Golden Globes, a Tony, and Screen Actors Guild awards. They have been married for 40 years and have three children, Ben, Lucas, and Nelly.
LL Cool J and Simone Smith
LL Cool J and Simone were introduced when they were in high school by a mutual friend. They were married in 1995 and have four children together and a grandson named King-James. In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. LL stopped working entirely so that he could be there for his wife. Simone beat the cancer thanks to her husband, and they have been married for almost 24 years.
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson
Samuel and LaTanya met at Morehouse and were married in 1980, and they had a baby girl a year later. Today, he is 70, and she 69. Over the years, Samuel had problems with drugs, but his family wouldn’t give up on him.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall
Julia and Brad met in the ’80s when they were both attending Northwestern University. Brad was producing a college play, and Julia auditioned. The rest is history. In June 2019, the couple celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. They have two children, Henry and Charlie, and in 2018, Brad proved how devoted he is to his wife. She battled breast cancer in 2018, and Brad was by Julia’s side the entire time.
Rainn Wilson and Holiday Reinhorn
Rain and Holly met while they were both performing in a play at Washington University in the mid-’80s. The couple was married for ten years before they had their first and only child, a son named Walter.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan
Mark and Pricilla met at a frat party in 2003 before he became the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. We all know a lot about Mark, but not as much about Priscilla. She is a pediatrician and a philanthropist, who can speak fluent Cantonese. The couple was married in their backyard in Palo Alto in May 2012 at a surprise wedding ceremony.
Timothy Olyphant and Alexis Knief
Timothy and Alexis met when he visited the University of Southern California. They were only 23-years-old when they got married in 1991. It has been 30 years since the couple graduated from college, and their marriage is stronger than ever. They have three children, Grace, Henry, and Vivian.
Eli Manning and Abby McGrew
Abby and Eli met at Ole Miss when she was a freshman, and he was a junior. The couple dated, and in 2008, they were married at a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. The couple has three children, Ava, Lucy, and Caroline.
Eminem and Kim Scott
Eminem met Kim in junior high when he was sitting on a table, rapping to “I’m Bad” by LL Cool J. When Eminem was 15, Kim and her twin sister moved in with him, and they ran away. The couple married in 1991, and in 1995, Kim gave birth to their daughter, Hailie. The couple had a very rocky relationship and divorced. After saying that he would never get married again in 2002, he married Kim again in 2006. That marriage didn’t last either, and they divorced again. Today, the two are friendly, but they didn’t get married again.
Sarah Palin and Todd Palin
Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and former presidential candidate, met Todd in high school. The couple stayed together, and in 1988, they were married. They have five children together, CJ, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper. They also have four children. When Sarah found out she was pregnant with Trig, they were told he had Down’s syndrome. Despite all of the challenges, the couple has remained as tight as ever.
Mariano and Clara Rivera
New York Yankees star, Mariano Rivera met Clara in junior high back in 1991. The couple has three children, Mariano III, Jafet, and Jaziel. Until 2000, the family lived in Panama. After that, they moved to Westchester County, NY, and then to Rye, where they are living today. Things between the couple haven’t always been picture perfect. In February 2019, a woman in Panama claimed that Mariano fathered her 11-year-old son and her 15-year-old daughter, and didn’t pay child support. He has rejected the claims, and currently, there are five lawsuits against him in Panama. Clara is standing by his side.
Joey Fatone and Kelly Baldwin
In the ’90s, Joey was one of the most recognized teens in the world, thanks to being a member of NSYNC. At the time, he was in a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Kelly Baldwin. The couple dated on and off for ten years and were married in 2004. They have two daughters together, Kloey and Briahna. In 2019, Joey filed for divorce, and shortly after, he appeared on the red carpet with his new girlfriend, Izabel Araujo. It turns out that the couple was dating for four years before Joey filed for divorce.
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton
Robin met Paula in 1993 at the LA Teen Night Club. The couple dated for 12 years before getting married. In 2010, they welcomed a child together. They were together for over 21 years and married for nine before things got ugly. Robin has been accused of drug abuse, infidelity, and domestic abuse by his wife. When they filed for divorce, they said it was due to irreconcilable differences.