The odds are stacked against them, according to Vicki Larson of the Huffington Post. She suggests factors that cause marriages between older women and younger men to end in divorce, ranging from the woman’s insecurities about aging to social stigma and lack of support from others.
Statistics show that even though the number of older wife-younger husband couples doubled in the past five decades (1960-2007), only 5.4 percent of wives are older than their husbands. And, in only 1.3 percent of cases, the age gap is larger than 10 years. The writer points to a study where a mere five-year age gap between the (older) wife and husband increases their chance of divorce.
Let’s take a look at celebrity couples in which the wives are older than their spouses, categorized by the age difference:
5 years: Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin have been married since 2003 (8 years and counting).
6 years: Lucille Ball & Desi Arnez were married from 1940 to 1960 (20 years).
Vanessa Williams & Rick Fox’s marriage didn’t last as long as their age difference (1999 to 2004).
7 years: Audrey Hepburn & Robert Wolders were unofficially married from 1980 until her death in 1993 (13 years).
8 years: Courteney Cox & David Arquette were married in 1999 and separated in 2010 (11 years). They produced Cougar Town, in which Cox plays a divorcee dating younger men.
9 years: Julianne Moore & Bart Freundl started dating in 1996 and have been married since 2003 (8 years and counting).
10 years: Madonna & Guy Ritchie were married from 2000 to 2008 (8 years).
12 years: Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon married in 2008 after dating just 6 weeks (4 years and counting).
13 years: Lucille Ball & Gary Morton were married from 1961 until her death in 1989 (28 years).
15 years: Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher. It was her third marriage and lasted from 2005 until their separation in 2011 (6 years).
16 years: Tina Turner & Erwin Bach have been together since 1985 (27 years and counting).