Love Story Beginnings: How Celeb Couples First Met
Destined to be together! Ever wonder how celebrity couples like Brangelina, Tom and Gisele, and the Beckhams first met? Whether it was through mutual friends or at work, check out their love story beginnings here!
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Tom Brady and Gisele
The moral of their story is trust your friends! The NFL hunk and supermodel were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend in 2006. "This friend told me he knew a girl version of me," Brady said in Details magazine's July 2009 issue. Gisele, chimed in from the background: "And he said to me he'd found a boy version of me." Brady, who had just split from Bridget Moynahan, agreed to dinner with Bundchen in NYC. The couple now shares two kids, daughter Vivian and son Benjamin.
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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Hollywood's ultimate power couple first met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith back in 2004. At the time of their first encounter, Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston. "I didn't know much about exactly where Brad was in his personal life," Jolie said in Vogue's January 2007 issue. "I think we were the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn't."
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Despite Daredevil's shortcomings, Affleck said there was one redemptive quality of the 2003 superhero flop. "That's where I found my wife," he told Playboy magazine in its December 2013 issue. "We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil." The two started dating in 2004 and married one year later.
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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
"I met him when I was 19 at an audition for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," she told YourTango. "After we had known each other for many years, we went out for dinner one night and I saw that he had grown from this lanky kid to this really responsible man. We started courting each other and our friendship turned into romance."
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Jennifer and Justin
The engaged couple first met on the 2007 set of Tropic Thunder. "I thought he was very sweet and he was always very nice," Aniston told PopSugar of Theroux, who co-wrote the comedy. "But I remember thinking he was very dark." She added of the American Psycho actor, "At first you think he could be like a serial killer, but he is actually the nicest person in the world."
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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Country music's cutest couple first met back in 2005 at CMT's 100 Greatest Duets Concert. At the time, Shelton was still married to his first wife Kaynette Williams. Lambert later told Dateline of that fateful encounter: "It was just this draw to each other." She added, "I didn't know if it was just initial butterflies because of that or, I don't know what it was." Shelton, backing up her claim, told VH1: "Looking back on that, I was falling in love her, right there on stage."
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Giuliana Rancic and Bill Rancic
The Fashion Police co-host first laid eyes on her future husband at an NBC Upfront party and thought he was a "cutie pie." Giuliana, though, was with her boyfriend at the time. She eventually interviewed him on E! News, and after the segment, Bill asked her out in the parking lot. "And the rest is history," he later told Us.
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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Thank those pals! "There was nothing starry about the way we got together," Timberlake said in a press conference for Trouble With the Curve back in 2012. "It was very un-Hollywood-esque, in fact," recalled Timberlake. "We met and got talking. Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said yes, and so I called her. I did it the old fashioned way -- by telephone."
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Eva Mendes and Ryan
Gosling and Mendes knew each other in passing, but fell in love on the set of the Place Beyond the Pines. The director of the movie, Derek Cianfrance, revealed that Gosling had actually recommended Mendes for the role. "He said, 'You should meet with Eva because she's great, I think she's got a lot to offer that maybe people haven't seen, which would be great,'" Cianfrance told Moviefone.com. "So I said 'okay.'"
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David and Victoria Beckham
He had his eye on her long before they even met! Though the two first met at a Manchester United charity match back in 1997, the soccer stud admitted to The Sun that he had the hots for his future wife after watching the Spice Girls' "Say You'll Be There" music video. Beckham recalled to the paper how he thought: "That's the girl for me and I'm going to get her! She's my idea of perfection. I knew that if she wanted me, we would be together forever."
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Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Another mutual connection! The couple first met through friends in late 2008, a few months after Hathaway had split from her ex-beau Raffaello Follieri. Their romance quickly blossomed with Hathaway inviting the jewelry designer to accompany her to red carpet events. In November 2011, Shulman popped the question, and the two married in September 2012.
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Blake and Ryan
Costar couple alert! The Green Lantern costars met in Louisiana while filming the superhero movie back in March 2010. Reynolds, at the time, was still married to Scarlett Johansson, whom he divorced in December 2010. Lively and Reynolds went public in late 2011 and in September 2012, the two married in a top-secret South Carolina ceremony.
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Jay-Z and Beyonce
Music's power couple first met when Beyonce was still a member of Destiny's Child. "I was 18 when we first met, 19 when we started dating," she told Glamour magazine. It was speculated that the two were dating back in 2002, after they collaborated and starred in his "Bonnie & Clyde" music video. The two married in an April 2008 wedding, and welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy, in January 2012.
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Jessica Simpson and Eric
The soon-to-be-married couple first hooked up in May 2010. At the time, Johnson was estranged from his first wife, stylist Keri Johnson, to whom he was married for five years. The Yale grad even skipped getting his MBA at Wharton to start a life with Simpson. The two will wed in a July 4 weekend ceremony this summer.
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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Talk about immediate spark! DeGeneres and de Rossi met in a photo shoot back in 2004. "I instantly adored her," de Rossi told CBS Sunday Morning in an October 2011 interview. "But I was very closeted and very heavy," she said of her weight. "And I thought that no one would ever love me if they knew I was gay and especially if they saw I was fat." It didn't matter to DeGeneres. "The fact that she noticed me at that point and liked who I was, was kind of significant. Yeah, it was great."
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Though Kimye briefly met years ago, Kim Kardashian revealed that she hit it off with her husband Kanye West thanks to Jimmy Kimmel! "I should thank you right now, right?" North West's mom said to Kimmel on his show back in 2012. "I did meet him years before, but we really got to get to know each other on a show that you guys produced together."
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Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
Garfield said he immediately knew there was something special about Stone when they first connected during the Amazing Spider-Man auditions. "We got on really well as people, in between [takes]," the actor told MTV News in June 2012. "That was the fun stuff: In between, we'd just mess around and I felt, 'Ah, this is different.' I wasn't really aware of what was happening in the screen test. She keeps you on your toes and that wakes you up. That was the beginning."
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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
Celebrities play matchmaker, too! The odd couple actually met through a mutual link: Nicole Richie. Diaz was good friends with the former reality star, while Madden's connection to Richie via his twin brother, Joel, who married the Simple Life alum back in 2010.
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Nicole Richie and Joel Madden
When in doubt, beg! The Good Charlotte rocker revealed in an Australian 60 Minutes segment back in April 2013, that though the two were previously friends, he had to be slightly more persistent to get Richie to date him. "I'm always like, 'Just give me a shot, just give me one date.' If I can get my foot in the door, that's how it's always been with girls. I've never been the obvious [choice]," he said. It worked -- Madden and Richie wed in 2010.
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LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
Both Rimes and Cibrian were married when they first hooked up on the set of their 2009 Lifetime movie Northern Lights. Us Weekly broke the news that the two had engaged in a steamy affair, after they were filmed getting affectionate over dinner in March 2009. Eventually, both parties divorced and wed. "We were both married to other people," Cibrian recently said on his VH1 reality show promo. "Now who we really are is a couple and in love."
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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green
Sparks fly! "I liked him right away," Fox told the New York Times of meeting Green on the set of sitcom, Hope & Faith. "Everyone was around the monitor watching a scene, and Brian accidentally touched my leg. I remember literal electricity shooting through me and out me from every direction," she recalled in the 2010 interview. "It was like magic."
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Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey
Mixing business with pleasure! The happily-married couple first met on the 2006 set of Lachey's "What's Left of Me" music video. Eventaully, the two started dating, split briefly in 2009, and married in 2011. Both Lachey and Minnillo are now proud parents to son Camden.
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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick
Another mutual connection! Disick and Kardashian met through mutual pal Joe Francis at his home down in Punta Mita, Mexico. The two started dating in early 2007, right before Keeping Up With the Kardashians kicked off! The couple, still unmarried, shares two children, daughter Penelope and son Mason.
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Prince William and Kate Middleton
Duke meets Duchess! Royal biographer Katie Nicholl, author of Kate: The Future Queen, revealed that the Duke and Duchess crossed paths long before they had enrolled at St. Andrews University. "I was speaking to some of her friends at Marlborough School, which was where she went before St. Andrews, and they said, 'Uh uh, she didn't meet him at St. Andrews. She met him before she got there...through some of her friends. They knew Prince William and Prince Harry,'" Nicholl explained.
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George Clooney and Amal
He sure met his match! Shortly after splitting from girlfriend of two years Stacy Keibler, Clooney met Alamuddin at a charity event in 2013. It took some wooing, but Clooney ultimately won the London-based barrister's heart and proposed to her in April 2014. "She's very smart and can hold a conversation," a pal told Us of Alamuddin. "He does like having her around."
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Vincent Kartheiser and Alexis
The Mad Men actor didn't know who the Gilmore Girls alum was when they first met on the AMC series' set. "We were completely professional," Kartheiser said of his beginnings with Bledel. Added his costar Jon Hamm: "I did know he liked her from a very early point… I was a supporter of that union."
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Eva Longoria and Pepe
The Desperate Housewives star and handsome businessman started dating in October 2013, a few months after Longoria had split from another entrepreneur, Ernesto Arguello. "They have been spending a lot of time together and like each other a lot," a source told Us. "He's super sweet to her and a complete gentlemen."
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Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
The Good American founder revealed that she met the NBA star on a blind date! “I was at the Bel-Air Hotel. He came to the dinner. I didn’t want to go on a blind date,” the reality star revealed during the Keeping Up With the Kardashians Ten Year Anniversary Special. “So [our mutual friend] kind of ambushed the blind date. So I had a bunch of people, and he brought him and we just connected.”
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