Famous men have a reputation for dating women who are much younger, and rightfully so, it happens all the time, but two can play that game.
Celebrity women have been snatching up younger men for years now, and as evidenced by 40-year-old Heidi Klum’s recent romance with 27-year-old art dealer Vito Schnabel, sometimes the guy isn’t even famous.
According to a survey by dating website Elite Singles, 20-something men actually have a preference for older women three to six years older than themselves.
The 2009 sitcom Cougar Town originally explored the difficulty and stigma of many so-called cougars.In The Graduate (1967), a married mother pursues a much younger man (21 in the film).Similar to their younger male counterparts, younger women have reflected this interest in older men.Women between 20 and 29 years old desire men who are up to 10 years their senior and no younger than up to three years.From Hollywood to global politics, the idea of a man marrying an older woman seems to shock a lot of people. Lots of studies have been done on why older women and younger men are more compatible, ranging from reasons like energy levels to maturity levels.
Personally, we feel you love who you love and age doesn’t have to play a part in it.
On the soap opera Days of Our Lives, character Eve Donovan is a cougar, repeatedly sleeping with the much younger JJ Deveraux.
However, it is documented that the trend of influential women dating younger men extends back a lot further through history to notable figures including Cleopatra, Catherine the Great and Elizabeth I.
Of course, in the case of celebrities, there’s the classic tale of unknown younger women gravitating toward older actors, singers, and other male celebrity types for the money, the fame, the perks—and men being men, well, they eat it right up.
In the gallery above, check out 22 younger women who either date or have married much older men.
This affirms the stereotype that younger women do seek older men because they tend to be emotionally mature, have more financial freedom, and have an established career that lets them devote more time to a relationship and fatherhood.