Celebs who married their high school/college sweethearts
You know them as the influencers in many aspects of our lives, from fashion choices to music taste. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to admit some celebrities grow on you after a while. This list would put them in that category. And to that end, you also have to respect relationships with longevity. Here are 30 celebrities who ended up marrying either their high school or college sweetheart.
Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins
Country music singer Thomas Rhett has a long and blossoming past with his former girlfriend, and now wife, Lauren Akins. While they first met before their high school days, they didn’t get married until well afterward. In fact, they almost didn’t end up together at all.
They went their separate ways after breaking up, and almost got married to two different people entirely. However, they eventually got back together and got married in 2013 after just six months of dating!
Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
While they’ve been split up as of late, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton certainly had long-standing roots to hearken back to. Before their divorce in 2014, they were together for 21 years and had a son named Julian. Their ultimate reason for the divorce was ‘irreconcilable differences.’
Nowadays, Thicke is probably most known for being the recipient of Miley Cyrus’ notorious dance during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013. As for Patton, she’s busy with her acting career and trying to build on past successes like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Elizabeth Banks & Max Handelman
For a high-caliber celebrity Hollywood couple, people should probably take notes when it comes to Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman. They’ve been together for about 30 years, and are still going strong last we checked. In fact, Banks told the Huffington Post in late 2019 they were doing just fine and that she’s particularly proud of what they have.
She beamed about their relationship during the interview, saying “We definitely grew together. We were constantly making decisions that kept us close.” They met in college, have two kids, and have even worked together on a couple films, with both producing hits like all of the Pitch Perfect movies.
Clayton Kershaw & Ellen Melson
He’s probably one of the most accomplished MLB pitchers of the 21st century thanks to many impressive accolades, including three Cy Young Awards and multiple All-Star appearances. He’s also accomplished in the dating arena, too. Since the age of 15, Kershaw and Melson have been together and haven’t looked back since.
They got married in 2010, and eventually started their own organization to help children, specifically the underprivileged in Africa. They also aren’t your typical couple — both coauthored a book called Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself. It details how they go about their charity by putting their beliefs in practice.
Eli Manning & Abby McGrew
College sweethearts Eli Manning andGabby McGrew first met each other at the University of Mississippi in 2002, when Eli was in his junior year and Gabby in her freshman year. They quickly became a couple after dating in the spring and going out in the fall during the same year Manning was playing quarterback for Ole Miss.
Five years later, Manning decided to pop the big question with a giant emerald-cut center stone ring for Abby’s wedding ring. That’s a pretty hard deal to resist. And McGrew of course accepted, leading to their marriage the subsequent year.
Mike Sorrentino & Lauren Pesce
Also known as “The Situation” for his crazy Jersey Shore antics, Sorrentino got most of his fame from just that — acting insane. However, his type of personality didn’t seem to stop Pesce from pursuing him during their college years. They dated for four years in total before he reportedly ended it in 2009.
But there was a strategy to this. Sorrentino ended the relationship shortly before he appeared on the show, which was necessary for him to get into character. After it ended, he got back together with her, and they married in 2018. However, shortly afterward, he was imprisoned on tax evasion charges. Fortunately, it was last reported they were still together.
Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky
The daughter of former president Bill Clinton is married to successful business investor Marc Mezvinsky. The pair has a history going back to Stanford University, where they first met and began dating. They later also attended the same graduate school at Oxford University.
Many outlets purport Bill likes Mezvinsky, and the two seemingly have gotten along and have been seen multiple times in public, too. The couple also kept their dating life under wraps and didn’t go public with their relationship until 2007. And hey, we can’t blame them. It’s good to opt for privacy!
Tyler Posey & Seana Gorlick
Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey’s high school sweetheart was Seana Gorlick. We’re using the past tense here because their relationship ending was unfortunately a foregone conclusion. In 2014, they had to call off their engagement for unknown reasons, despite 10 years of “being in love.”
Life certainly hit Posey hard afterward, including the loss of his mother, which happened shortly after his failed engagement. He has since said that he wanted to stay on the single market so he could have “time to grow,” according to People. We wish him the best so he can pick up the pieces and move on.
Stephen & Ayesha Curry
Basketball superstar and Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry has a genuine and unique story when it comes to his relationship. He and Ayesha first met at a church youth group in their early youth, then started dating in college. They eventually got married in 2011 and are also proud parents.
Nowadays, Ayesha has taken to a career of publicity, cooking while her husband shoots his trademark long-range three-pointers while making millions. Both are celebrities and are doing well for themselves either way. They also had very innocent initial dynamics, with Ayesha refusing his first kiss; only to eventually accept after he proposed.
Sarah & Todd Palin
It turns out former vice presidential nominee goes way back with her spouse, Todd Palin. They first met in high school, and eventually tied the knot in 1988. But their marriage hasn’t been without its struggles, which may have something to do with Sarah’s leapfrogging into prominent celebrity status after the 2008 election.
To the likely dismay of her friends and family, divorce rumors surfaced in the early 2010s. But in late 2019, Sarah said in an interview with People that she and Todd weren’t officially divorced. We can only wish them the best of luck in the future.
Jack & Kim Johnson
Famous singer-songwriter Jack Johnson first met his wife, Kim Johnson, in college at UC Santa Barbara. However, what is worthy of note is that they first met during their first week of college, which practically means they met in high school.
It seems fitting these two are together, especially given all of their accolades when it comes to giving back to the community. According to The Daily Nexus, they received the 2015 UCSB Distinguished Alumni Award for “sustainability and green initiatives within the Hawaiian education system and the music industry.”
Heather Morris & Taylor Hubbell
Known perhaps most notably for her role on Glee, Heather Morris ended up marrying her high school best friend and sweetheart, Taylor Hubbell. They first met at the school in Scottsdale, Arizona, and ended up marrying in 2015; but prior to that, they welcomed their son, Elijah, into the world.
After high school, however, they went their separate ways, but this didn’t stop them entirely. What was their saving grace, you might ask? Well, they basically got into the online dating scene before it was cool — by connecting through each other’s Myspace accounts. Fun fact about Hubbell: He played baseball in college.
LeBron James & Savannah Brinson
LeBron James is easily regarded as one of the best athletes of the 21st century. What many people don’t know, however, is that he also has had a very successful relationship with his wife, Savannah Brinson — whom he has known since high school.
It’s rare and impressive when you marry your childhood crush, and this relationship is no exception. Purportedly, their first date was at the Outback Steakhouse. But now, since James is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, it can safely be assumed they’re opting for more decadent options.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Hall
Julia-Louis Dreyfus, a recipient of 11 Emmys, first met her future husband in college at Northwestern University in Illinois. It’s also worth noting that she has quite a presence in the realm of comedy, too, especially for women. In addition to her many accolades, Dreyfus has received the “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” consecutively for many years.
The story goes this pair first met at a theater class in college, but more specifically, it was an improv class. Eventually, they were noticed by Saturday Night Live and appeared on the show together. Brad was the first one to eventually leave, and Dreyfus left the following year.
Joey Fatone & Kelly Baldwin
Yes, we know Joey Fatone is going through a divorce with Kelly Baldwin. But it’s still worth noting that they started dating when Fatone was only 15 years old. Eventually, they got married; and before that, they were going through an on-and-off relationship. Unfortunately, this transitioned into their relationship.
You would think a celebrity of Fatone’s caliber would have dated another A- to B-list celebrity. But he went with his childhood love, so you have to give him props for that. According to Us Weekly, Fatone said they had been “quietly separated for quite some time” in a 2019 interview; and he has been seen dating Izabel Araujo.
Rick & Kathy Hilton
The Hilton couple are probably the richest ones on this list, which may also contribute to the fact that they have been married for quite some time. But their history is quite impressive nonetheless, and certainly speaks to their genuine relationship overall to some degree. They met at an extremely young age in their teens, and haven’t looked back ever since!
However, it seems their harmonious relationship didn’t quite carry over to other members of their family. And hey, kids can certainly be a handful. Whether it’s Paris Hilton garnering negative headlines or her younger brother, Conrad, being held on $60,000 bail for attempting to break into his ex-girlfriend’s home, things tend to be rough in the Hilton family.
Bono & Ali Hewson
You know him as the benevolent musician who gives back to humanity through charity. Others know him as the iconic rock star. And some still see him as a faithful and loving father. He and Ali first met at a high school in Ireland and have been married ever since.
Yet despite Bono being the sort of Dalai Lama in the rock world, he hasn’t been able to dodge his fair share of marriage issues with Ali. In a 2014 interview with The Independent, he admitted she saw him as a “figure of amusement.” Nonetheless, they’ve been married since 1982 and are still going strong, last we heard.
Jon Bon Jovi & Dorothea Hurley
This is one of those marriages that’s truly hard to critique because they’re always seemingly blossoming in the news. As with many Hollywood couples, divorce is almost always something that seems to go hand in hand with marriage. However, in this couple’s case, in addition to hitting their marriage anniversary in 2019, the happy couple are indeed high school sweethearts, first meeting in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And unlike many other couples during that era, they took their time to go the extra level in their relationship. While they had known each other well before Bon Jovi reached the stratosphere of celebrity stardom, they didn’t get married until he was well into his career.
Kendrick Lamar & Whitney Alford
One of the most successful and widely promulgated hip-hop stars, Kendrick Lamar first met his girlfriend Whitney Alford at Centennial High School. Since then, they have been dating for more than 10 years and have been going strong as last reported.
They were rumored to be engaged, too; they made their first joint appearance together at the 2014 Grammy Awards, where Lamar received seven nominations. Alford has also been a part of his success by offering background vocals on one of his singles, entitled “King Kunta.” Lamar has been in the news for giving back to his community through nonprofits.
Anthony Mackie & Sheletta Chapital
You’ve seen Anthony Mackie give commendable performances throughout his career. Whether it’s Black Mirror or The Hurt Locker, he has proven to perform at a noteworthy level time and time again. He’s stayed loyal to his sweetheart, Sheletta Chapital, too. And they go way back. In fact, their relationship is pretty special.
Their origins go back to grade school, where Mackie met her when he was just 7 years old. Together, they have two children, and married in 2014. In this age, that is undeniably impressive. However, they would eventually divorce in 2017.
Ja Rule & Aisha Murray
Jeffrey Atkins — aka Ja Rule — first met his eventual wife, Aisha Murray, in high school. And regardless of his subsequent fame, he stayed with her through thick and thin (probably mostly thin, given his success). They first met in Queens, New York, and the rest is history.
They married nine years later in 2001 at the age of 25. They’ve had three children, but their relationship hasn’t been without its struggles. One such problem came in the form of a rumor allegedly started by Aisha that he left her for a man he met in prison. He would later deny these rumors via Twitter.
Jeff Daniels & Kathleen Treado
The love story between Dumb and Dumber star Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Treado is truly a romantic one. They first met at a high school in Michigan, where they acted in numerous plays like Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver! Treado recalled his stage charisma in a 2005 interview with People, saying “the whole town was in love with him.”
He then left the state after college to try out what would eventually prove to be a successful acting career. When he came back, Treado recounted he “came over and sat on my porch swing with me for five hours.” Now if that isn’t true love, we don’t know what is.
Snoop Dogg & Shante Broadus
Snoop Dogg, also known as Calvin Broadus Jr., and Shante Broadus go way back — high school, to be exact. And like many other relationships, theirs has certainly had its ups and downs. Yet through it all, they’ve stuck together, which is pretty impressive given the alleged flirting Snoop has done both past and present.
Yet through it all, Shante has affirmed their relationship has been able to endure through “a lot of forgiveness and understanding.” Sure, you can make the case Snoop’s riches have been able to make that possible, but you have to appreciate Shante’s loving nature.
Eminem & Kim Scott
Not all relationships are perfect, and this is certainly the case here. Eminem — also known as Marshall Bruce Mathers III — and Kim Scott’s former relationship can only be described as tragic. On a positive note, they spent almost three decades together before breaking up. Indeed, they actually first met in high school in their early teenage years.
But what would follow, fame and fortune, would only serve to hinder what they had. They would marry in 1999, but eventually divorce about two years later in 2001, only to remarry five years later and divorce again. Many of their problems stemmed from drug use to other “irreconcilable differences.”
LL Cool J & Simone Smith
Rapper LL Cool J goes way back with his wife, Simone Smith, and they have an interesting past, too. They first met when he was 19 and started dating before he went on a tour, which was going to be a “two-month commitment.” After suggesting they should stay friends with the possibility Smith would want to date other people, Simone gave an amazing response.
She assured him in a romantic way, “I am not gonna date anybody else, you’re my boyfriend,” according to an interview by VH1. Then they were together for eight years before marrying in 1995. They also have four kids together and are a seemingly happy couple.
Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson
Now here’s a couple whose relationship has certainly stood the test of time, especially compared to their other Hollywood counterparts. Jackson has credited the relationship’s nearly 40-year journey to their love for each other and shared appreciation for the theater. In fact, the two are so busy they don’t see each other too often, either.
According to an interview with Us Weekly, Jackson said, “We understand the bond we have, the commonality of shared experiences, the commonality of joy of the theater and of our lives.” Apparently, those things are recipes for success, as they also have kids of their own.
Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan
The cofounder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, first met his wife, Priscilla Chan, where many people do — at a fraternity party. Zuckerberg was reportedly predicting he was going to get kicked out of Harvard at the time for starting a website known as Facemash, so he told her they needed to date as soon as possible.
According to CNBC, Chan was “appalled,” but after spending more time with him, found out he was “very bright.” It’s hard to picture Zuckerberg at a fraternity party in general. But when you take into account what Facemash entailed, it’s not all that surprising.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Hollywood stars Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance first met at Yale’s School of Drama before embarking on what would be robust celebrity careers. However, the pair wouldn’t start dating until around 14 years later, after meeting up in Los Angeles.
What’s hilarious is that according to O, The Oprah Magazine, their first date “wasn’t memorable.” Bassett recalled that Vance came across as a “nice guy” and as “boring.” But after their second date, their relationship took on a new level and eventually led to their marriage in 2007.
Misha Collins & Victoria Vantoch
The beginnings of the love story between Victoria Vantoch and Misha Collins are somewhat humorous. They first met in college during an English class, in which Misha was allegedly the only male. The two tied the knot in 2001 and have reportedly been married ever since.
Vantoch is a writer and her husband is probably most known for his role in Supernatural as a character named Castiel. Either way, we think it’s pretty adorable they met in college and took a class together. That’s a coincidence many people can’t say they relate to.
Peyton Manning & Ashley Thompson
You know him as one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and also as one of the few quarterbacks to retire after winning the Super Bowl. But he also has a college love, too, whom he dated just prior to his freshman year at the University of Tennessee. And to the delight of fans, they have two twin children, too.
Whether those twin boys will grow up to play football remains to be seen, but it’s probably safe to assume they will try, and perhaps even make it into the NFL. Of course, their degree of success will be largely dependent on their throwing strength and whether they can replicate the impressive skills of their father.