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Women who date younger men

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A new study has found that three quarters of men in Britain fantasise about dating an older woman, while 70 percent of women aged over 35 say they fancy younger men. In the face of such overwhelming stats, we decided to have a look at famous relationships - both past and present - where older women have dated younger men. Read on for a history of Hollywood's most famous age-gap couples...

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  • Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher

    Age difference: 15 years

    For several years, these two were held as an example of how major age gaps can work in Hollywood. But recent and well-publicised marital troubles have thrown their status as a couple into doubt.

  • Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

    Age difference: 11 years

    "Age ain't nothing but a number," Nick once said, when questioned by Oprah about the 11-year difference between him and Mariah. Looking at them together, we couldn't agree more.

  • Sam Taylor-Wood & Aaron Johnson

    Age difference: 23 years

    The artist and Kick-Ass star are expecting their second child together. Sam has shrugged off speculation over the age gap betweeen them, saying, "In the old days, 'controversial' in a relationship meant same-sex or mixed races. Now, it is a woman with a younger man. That would not happen with a man."

  • Madonna & Jesus Luz

    Age difference: 28 years

    Madonna began a relationship with Brazilian model Jesus in 2008, shortly after divorcing Guy Ritchie. They eventually split, apparently over lack of mutual interests.

  • Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman

    Age difference: 13 years

    These two have been married for 15 years and have two children together. "The romance is always hot and alive," Hugh said earlier this year, when asked about his wife.

  • Joan Collins & Percy Gibson

    Age difference: 32 years

    Joan and theatre manager Percy married in 2002 and have always dismissed questions over their three-decade age gap. "I've always felt age shouldn't be a chronological issue," Joan once said. "I know that I look and act a lot younger than I am."

  • Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins

    Age difference: 12 years

    Susan and Tim were regarded as one of Hollywood's most enduring couples - having been together 23 years - when they split in 2009. They were admired for their long relationship in the face of the pressures of show business.

  • Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry

    Age difference: 9 years

    The movie star and model separated in April 2010, after nearly five years and a daughter together. "She is, and will forever be one of the most special and beautiful people that I have ever known, and I am certain that we will continue to have only love and respect for one another," Gabriel said at the time.

  • Mira Sorvino & Christopher Backus

    Age difference: 14 years

    Oscar-winning actress Mira and Christopher met at a friend's charade party in 2003. They are now married and have three children together.

  • Tina Turner & Erwin Bach

    Age difference: 17 years

    Tina met music producer Erwin at Heathrow airport in 1985 and the pair have been together ever since.

    Asked about the age gap, Tina once said, "We're past that. What's love got to do with it? A lot!"

  • Katie Couric & Brooks L Perlin

    Age difference: 17 years

    US news anchor Katie has been dating triathlete Brooks since 2007. "I am in the process of figuring out the future and so is he. I am really happy in my personal life ... but it is complicated," she said, in a rare admission about her personal life earlier this year.

  • Cameron Diaz & Justin Timberlake

    Age difference: 11 years

    One of showbiz's favourite couples met at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in 2003. They split four years later.

  • Jennifer Aniston & John Mayer

    Age difference: 9 years

    Jen and John enjoyed an on-off relationship through 2008 and 2009. The Friends star eventually called time on her younger lover, reportedly because he was unwilling to commit.

  • Barbara Hershey & Naveen Andrews

    Age difference: 21 years

    Lost star Naveen generated headlines when he first started dating Hannah And Her Sisters actress Barbara; but the pair were together 12 years before heading their separate ways in 2010.

  • Portia de Rossi & Ellen DeGeneres

    Age difference: 15 years

    Ellen and Portia started dating in 2004 and were married in 2008. "I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot and she took my breath away," Portia once said, recalling their first meeting. "That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and [experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry. My knees were weak."

  • Julianne Moore & Bart Freundlich

    Age difference: 9 years

    Julianne wed writer and director Bart in 2003 and the couple have two children together. "The only reason I got married in 2003 was for my children," she said in an interview earlier this year. "I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family and that made sense to me."

  • Daryl Hannah & David Blaine

    Age difference: 12 years

    Age never got in the way when these two dated at the beginning of the naughties. They are now both with other people, however.

  • Elizabeth Taylor & Larry Fortensky

    Age difference: 20 years

    Larry was the late star's eighth and final husband. They wed in 1991 and divorced five years later. "She was funny and sweet and the more I got to know her the sweeter she became," Larrty said in an interview after Elizabeth's death this year. "Of course she was very pretty and I wasn’t too bad-looking in those days either. We had an instant physical attraction."

  • Usher & Tameka Foster

    Age difference: 8 years

    They have two children together, but Usher split from his stylist wife after less than two years of marriage, in 2009. A lawyer representing Tameka in the divorce said she was " a faithful wife and loving mother."

  • Eva Longoria & Tony Parker

    Age difference: 7 years

    Eva split from her NBA star husband Tony in 2010 after seven years together. They cited "irreconcilable differences" with Eva adding, "We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness."

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