Katie Couric, 56, was admittedly surprised when her boyfriend of over a year, John Molner, 49, proposed. It’s not that she didn’t want to get married. In fact, finding a “life partner” was a goal she says she pursued “with some purpose.” And for a while there it looked as if that goal was going to be realized with a different guy — a much younger guy. Katie dated Brooks Perlin, 17 years her junior, for five years. They even lived together before calling it quits in 2011.
It’s funny because dating a much younger guy made Couric — who certainly looks fantastic at any age — a hero to her legions of fans. But when talking about her current relationship with John, she described their partnership as “a little more age-appropriate.” Hmmm. Maybe age is one of the reasons why her relationship with Brooks went south and why her relationship with John seems to be working. But for many couples, a decade — or two! — of difference is hardly worth noting.
Check out the gallery below of celebrity couples who are going strong even if one was in college when the other was born. Newlyweds Patrick Stewart, 73, and Sunny Ozell, 35, we’re talking about you!
Katie Couric & John Molnar 1 of 12
When John Molnar proposed to Katie in East Hampton — on the beach at sunset no less! — the moment was so unexpected that she didn't quite get it. "It took me a while to say yes, because I was so confused!," she said to People magazine. "It took a long time for my brain to process what was going on."
Bradley Cooper, 38 & Suki Waterhouse, 21 2 of 12
Remember when Bradley Cooper, 38, squashed rumors of a romance with co-star Jennifer Lawrence, 22, by saying: "I could be her father"? Well, new-ish girlfriend Suki is 21! Bradley met the British model with the trademark eyebrows earlier this year at the BAFTAs. And if a recent trip to Paris is any indication, the honeymoon is still going strong.
Amber Tamblyn, 29 & David Cross, 48 3 of 12
Amber, 29, and David, 48, met on a flight from Houston to Louisiana. They bonded over a little SkyMall shopping, and they've been inseparable ever since. After dating for three years, they married on October 2, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Mariah Carey, 43 & Nick Cannon, 32 4 of 12
Mariah, 43, and Nick, 32, married in the Bahamas after dating for only 6 weeks! Every year they renew their vows on their anniversary. This year — their 5th anniversary — they brought along their 2-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan to celebrate their nuptials at Disneyland right in front of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Casper Smart, 26 & Jennifer Lopez, 44 5 of 12
What's 18 years really? J.Lo, 44, and former backup dancer Casper Smart, 26, have been together since 2011. Perhaps it took three marriages for the singer/actress/fashion designer to get it right. "For me, it's about having a great partner to walk this life with," says J.Lo. "I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated."
Mary-Kate Olsen, 27 & Olivier Sarkozy, 43 6 of 12
Mary-Kate, 27, and Olivier Sarkozy, 43, the half brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, have been together over a year. If they do ever make it down the aisle, she would be the stepmom to his two children from a previous marriage.
Paulina Slagter, 22 & Ryan Phillippe, 39 7 of 12
Sure, they look the same age from afar, but Paulina Slagter, 22, a model/college student is closer in age to Ryan's daughter Ava, 13, than she is to him! Still, the lovebirds who have been together since December 2011 look happy and relaxed on their recent Hawaiian getaway.
Rod Stewart, 68 & Penny Lancaster, 42 8 of 12
It's been 10 years of marriage and 2 kids for the 68-year-old rocker and his 42-year-old bride. What's the secret to their union? "It's very important to have 'mummy and daddy time' together," says Penny.
Reza Jarrahy, 42 & Geena Davis, 57 9 of 12
The actress and her doctor husband, Reza Jarrahy, don't look that far apart in age. In truth, there is a 15-year age difference between them. Geena Davis, 57, had their daughter Alizeh at 46, and their twins, Kian and Kaiis, when she was 48.
Alec Baldwin, 55 & Hilaria Thomas, 29 10 of 12
New parents Alec Baldwin, 55, and Hilaria Baldwin, 29, welcomed Carmen Gabriela on August 23rd. "It's a second chance for me," Alec told People magazine. He also said that he hopes his little girl takes after her mother. "What a waste of time it would be to marry a woman like that," he said, "and have the kid look like me."
Bart Freundlich, 43 & Julianne Moore, 52 11 of 12
The couple met when Julianne, 52, starred in The Myth of Fingerprints directed by Bart, 43. They have two children together, Caleb and Liv, but didn't actually get married until 2003. "I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family and that made sense to me," said Julianne.
Harrison Ford, 71 & Calista Flockhart, 48 12 of 12
The actors were together for more than 8 years before they tied the knot in 2010. Governor Bill Richardson performed the ceremony in Santa Fe, NM. Harrison, 71, has four children from his previous marriage and together they've been raising Liam, the son Calista, 48, adopted in 2001.
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