Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson have defended their relationship — and their age gap — through the years.
The couple originally met when Aaron auditioned for Sam’s directional debut, Nowhere Boy. According to Sam, her now-husband didn’t have much availability due to his Kick-Ass filming schedule, so he auditioned at her home.
“It was so inconvenient,” Sam, who was going through a divorce with Jay Jopling at the time, recalled during a 2017 interview with The Sunday Times UK. “In the end, I was like, ‘OK, he’ll have to come to my home.’ I opened my door to John Lennon. I instantly knew he was the guy.”
The director noted that she shared a “connection” with Aaron while they worked on the project together, saying, “He was very intense and absolutely mind made-up [about us dating].”
Over the years, Aaron and Sam have clapped back against criticism of their 10-year age gap. In 2017, Aaron slammed the “intrusive” response when he and Sam first took their relationship public.
“But having to deal with that early in my career probably got me to a place where I can more quickly just go, ‘Oh, f—k it’ instead of wanting to rip someone’s head off for asking questions I don’t like,” he shared during an interview with New York Magazine.
Sam, meanwhile, praised the bond she formed with Aaron. “I literally found my soulmate,” she detailed in 2017. “I feel so blessed: every day I wake up happy. We spend every minute of the day together.”
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