When it comes to marriage, timing is everything; and as some of our favorite celebrities have proven, sometimes it’s two, three, or even more times the charm. However, love always prevails, and you can find your soulmate at any age.
From Cameron Diaz’s rocker-style romance to “Bennifer’s” long-anticipated reunion, read (and swoon) on as we break down 15 celebrities who wed after 40 years old and are still married today.
Amy Adams, Married at 41
Actress Amy Adams reportedly met actor and painter Darren Le Gallo at an acting class in 2001, and began dating him a year later while collaborating on the short film Pennies. The couple became engaged in 2008 and wed seven years (and one daughter) later in a private ceremony near Santa Barbara, California, adding the perfect ending to Adams’s Enchanted love story.
Jessica Chastain, Married at 40
After her long-term relationship with writer-director Ned Benson ended in 2010, actress Jessica Chastain began dating Italian count and Moncler executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2012. She officially married into royalty five years later in 2017 at Preposulo’s family's estate in Carbonara, Italy and the couple has welcomed two daughters since.
Cameron Diaz, Married at 42
For actress Cameron Diaz, there was just something about Benji (Madden), whom she wed in 2015 after having been introduced to the Good Charlotte guitarist by her friend Nicole Richie just ten months prior. In 2019, Diaz and Madden became parents when they welcomed daughter Raddix via surrogate. “I think it’s a matter of I just hadn’t met my husband. I had boyfriends before, and there’s a really, really distinct difference between husbands and boyfriends,” the actress revealed during a moderated “In Goop Health” wellness summit panel.
Julianne Moore, Married at 43
Actress Julianne Moore and director Bart Freundlich met in 1996 when they were both working on the set of The Myth of Fingerprints. After welcoming two children (Caleb Freundlich and Liv Freundlich), the couple wed in August 2003 and the rest is Hollywood history. "We have a very solid family life, and it is the most satisfying thing I have ever done,” the actress has noted of their union.
Mariska Hargitay, Married at 40
Actress Mariska Hargitay met fellow actor Peter Hermann on the set of Law & Order: SVU, where Hermann’s been known to play the recurring role of defense attorney Trevor Langan. They wed in August 2004 in Santa Barbara, California—giving birth to a son and adopting two additional children since—delighting SVU fans and challenging the notion that you shouldn’t mix business and pleasure.
Tika Sumpter, Married at 41
Brides cover star Tika Sumpter met actor Nicholas James on the set of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, where the duo both had leading roles. In 2016 they welcomed their daughter Ella-Loren, and were engaged the following year. On May 14, 2022, the couple said "I do" at an intimate, adult-only destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Barbra Streisand, Married at 56
Barbra Streisand was apparently set up with James Brolin on a blind date when they were both in their 50s. They sealed the deal in 1998 when the legendary singer and actress was 56, and have only managed to strengthen their relationship since.
Salma Hayek, Married at 42
March 2007 was a big month for Salma Hayek: she was engaged to Kering CEO François-Henri Pinault and pregnant with the couple’s first child. The actress gave birth to their daughter the following September and tied the knot in Paris on Valentine’s Day of 2009. And as if Paris wasn’t romantic enough, the couple renewed their vows two months later in Venice. Now that’s amore!
Chloe Sevigny, Married at 45
Actress Chloe Sevigny began dating Croatian art gallery director Siniša Mačković in 2018 and announced she was expecting her first child in January 2020. The couple secretly married in March 2020 when Sevigny was 45 and welcomed their son two months later. In May 2022, she re-wed Mačković in an elegant Connecticut, New York ceremony surrounded by loved ones, taking to her Instagram to rejoice the momentous day.
Paris Hilton, Married at 40
Paris Hilton finally met her match in businessman Carter Reum in 2019, becoming engaged in February 2021 and documenting her wedding journey for the world to see. The couple said their vows amidst a high-profile guest list in November 2021 when Paris was 40. "My favorite thing to do is make memories with you... I love being yours and knowing you're mine," Hilton gushed of her doting husband.
Kourtney Kardashian, Married at 43
In January 2021, it was finally confirmed that Kourtney Kardashian was dating musician Travis Barker. After months of speculation, the edgy duo got engaged in October 2021 and said their “I dos” in May 2022 in Santa Barbara, California, with a religious ceremony taking place the following week in Portofino, Italy.
Britney Spears, Married at 40
After a five-year courtship, Britney Spears tied the knot with boyfriend Sam Asghari, whom she’d met on the set of her Slumber Party music video in June 2022. The star-studded wedding was made possible by the conclusion of Spears’s highly publicized conservatorship, which was terminated in November, and marks the singer’s third marriage. “Fairytales are real,” she gushed on Instagram when recalling the momentous night.
Marcia Cross, Married at 44
Marcia Cross became engaged to stockbroker Tom Mahoney in August 2005, sealing the deal in June 2006 in a 200-person ceremony that took place in San Gabriel, California. With the help of in vitro fertilization, the Desperate Housewives star went on to give birth to fraternal twin daughters in February 2007, shortly before her 45th birthday.
Kirsten Dunst, Married at 40
Talk about life imitating art! Kirsten Dunst began a relationship with co-star Jesse Plemons in 2016 after meeting and co-starring as a married couple on the FX series Fargo. The couple was engaged in 2017, welcoming their first son in May 2018, another in May 2021, and making it official in July 2022.
Jennifer Lopez, Married at 52
Jennifer Lopez proved that love has no expiration date when she rekindled her relationship with Ben Affleck in 2021, reclaiming the couple’s “Bennifer” status 20 years after they first started dating in 2002. She and Affleck reinstated the engagement they’d broken off in 2004 and made good on their promise to each other with a Las Vegas wedding that took place in July 2022. “I'd probably say that he is brilliantly smart, loving, charming, affectionate. And I just admire him in every way. I respect him,” the singer and Marry Me star said of her second-chance love.