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Top 10 Celebrities Who Scandalously Dated Teenagers

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Aaron Cameron They say you can’t choose who you love, and these celebrities chose partners that were much younger in age than them. The famous cases of Elvis Presley marrying Priscilla Wagner and Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his 13-year-old cousin come to mind due to the controversy they stirred. However, more recent instances regarding the late Paul Walker, Henry Cavill, Aaron Taylor Johnson and many more are sure to surprise you on this list!

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Top 10 Celebrities Who Scandalously Dated Teenagers

They stole hearts and robbed the cradle. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Celebrities Who Scandalously Dated Teenagers.

For this list, we’re looking at celebrities that have one thing in common: they’ve all dated a teenager. Some of these unions were short-lived, others longer lasting, and some even bloomed into marriage, but they all feature a famous adult partnered up with a lover from the under 20 club.

#10: Doug Hutchison (50) & Courtney Stodden (16)

Hutchison is an actor perhaps best known for 1999’s The Green Mile, but he re-entered the spotlight in a big way when he married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden in 2011. The two met online through an acting workshop Hutchinson was teaching, with the 50-year-old apparently unaware that his love interest was not even one third his age. Stodden’s mother approved, at least at the time, while Hutchison lost his agent and was alienated from much of his family. Since tying the knot, the pair have split, reunited, been expecting, renewed vows, and split again, with Stodden bumping up her Cs to double Ds and releasing a solo sex tape along the way.

#9: Henry Cavill (32) & Tara King (19)

The handsome, well-spoken Superman actor tends to keep a pretty low profile, which made the gossip-worthy 13 year age gap with girlfriend Tara King all the more surprising. After meeting Cavill at a London nightclub in 2015, King later accompanied him to the “Batman v Superman” premiere as well as a Vanity Fair Oscar Party. The actor spoke glowingly about his ladylove in interviews throughout 2016 - but by year’s end they had parted ways, with King reportedly wanting something more serious than Cavill. It wasn’t the first age-gapped relationship for Cavill either, as, oddly enough, he himself dated a 32-year-old when he was 19.

#8: Paul Walker (33) & Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell (16)

Paul Walker’s accidental death was a shocker, but amid the tragedy came to light a previously unnoticed detail about his life - his girlfriend’s age. 23 when Walker died, and having dated him for roughly 7 years, Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell was most likely 16 when her relationship began with the then 33-year-old actor. Although just 8 years her senior, Jasmine took on a step-motherly role to Walker’s daughter, Meadow. A bit of math, and a few details involving ex-girlfriend Aubrianna Atwell, suggest that Pilchard-Gosnell was not the first 16-year-old an adult Walker had been involved with.

#7: R. Kelly (27) & Aaliyah (15)

“Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” takes on more meaning when you consider the fact that the album’s adult producer and very underage singer were an alleged item. That R. Kelly also wrote the track... only makes things more scandalous. They first met when she was 12, with Kelly becoming a mentor to the young singer, but at some point, things became… strange – most notably, when they got married. Because she was 15, rather than the 18 claimed by the paperwork, the marriage was illegal, and annulled soon after by her parents. Both parties claimed it never happened. However, later legal matters would see her seek to have the records expunged - proving that legal or not, it happened.

#6: Jerry Seinfeld (38) & Shoshanna Lonstein (17)

The fictional Jerry Seinfeld has had many notable romantic interests - a deaf woman, a phone sex operator, a supermodel, a woman who always wore the same outfit, a woman with man hands and many more. The actual Jerry Seinfeld... dated a high school student. Meeting her when she was 17 - and rollerblading - Seinfeld and Shoshanna Lonstein became tabloid regulars and Howard Stern fodder. The two were an item throughout her university days and Jerry also allegedly made two attempts at engagement, including a proposal on her 21st birthday. However, they also broke up at least once during their couplehood, before splitting for good in 1997 after roughly 4 years together.

#5: Sonny Bono (27) & Cher (16)

It’s doubly impossible to believe - that Cher was ever a teenager, and that Sonny Bono was capable of dating her - but it’s true, all of it. By then a high school dropout, 16-year-old Cher was a dancer keen on cracking into showbiz when she met Sonny in November of 1962. He instead hired her as a housekeeper, but eventually found her work as a backup singer. After about a month of living together the two became involved, culminating in an “unofficial” - and nonbinding - wedding in Tijuana in October, 1964, when she was 18. A real wedding followed in 1969, after the birth their child, Chaz, born Chastity Bono.

#4: Sam Taylor-Johnson (42) & Aaron Taylor-Johnson (18)

Freshly divorced and deep into directing her debut feature film, Nowhere Boy, the then 42-year-old Sam Taylor-Wood fell for her star, the then 18 Aaron Johnson. Although Johnson was just seven years older than her eldest child, the pair hit it off and by the film’s premiere in October 2009, were officially engaged. Marrying in June of 2012, the couple both took on the name “Taylor-Johnson” and also adopted a one film per year policy, which allows either of them to work, while the other raises the family... and tend to the garden. In Aaron’s case, he enjoys his fathering and gardening so much, that as of 2017 he’s contemplated retiring from acting.

#3: René Angélil (46) & Celine Dion (18)

Although they were ultimately together until his death in 2016, the beginnings of the Angélil-Dion union saw Dion meet Angélil when he was 38, and she was 12. With Dion seeking management, René not only took Celine on as a client but also put up his house to bankroll her debut album. When she was around 17 or 18, Dion began to have feelings for the older René, despite him still being legally married. They began secretly dating in 1987, and while Celine’s mother was initially opposed to the courtship, it actually had more to do with René’s prior failed relationships than the whole position of authority thing... or the massive age gap.

#2: Jerry Lee Lewis (22) & Myra Gale Brown (13)

Jerry Lee Lewis has been married many times, but the only one that lasted in the public memory was wife #3 – 13-year-old first cousin once removed, Myra Gale Brown. The discovery of Lewis’ child-bride (unsurprisingly) completely derailed his career. Busted at the beginning of a quickly aborted 1958 tour of the UK, Lewis’ booking fees dropped from $10,000 to $250 per show, while radio blacklisted him. Despite this, the couple was married until 1970 – by which time Brown had doubled in age, and given birth to two children.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- Joel Madden (25) & Hilary Duff (16)
- Joaquin Phoenix (39) & Allie Teilz (19)
- Tyga (25) & Kylie Jenner (17)

#1: Elvis Presley (24) & Priscilla Ann Wagner (14)

Presley’s army life was eventful to say the least. The only time he left the U.S. was when he was stationed in Germany, and this was also when he was introduced to pills, karate, and 14-year-old Priscilla Ann Wagner. Meeting in 1959, Elvis was smitten, but was initially denied a second date when he broke her curfew. Regardless, the couple dated until Presley returned stateside in 1960. They then kept it up long distance, until Priscilla moved into Graceland in 1963. In 1966 they were engaged, and married in 1967 - which - per Priscilla, at least - was also the first time they did the deed. Lisa Marie, the couple’s only child, was born nine months later.

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