Since the dawn of music videos, pop stars and rockers alike have been giving their significant others starring roles.
Back in the early days of MTV, Billy Joelcast Christie Brinkley in the video for “Uptown Girl,” which debuted in 1983. The duo were just friends at that point, having met earlier in the year in St. Barts, but two years later, they tied the knot.
“I tried to look like me on an album cover,” the “Piano Man” singer recalled in 1986, describing his first meeting with his future wife. “I gave it every angle I could. … The music was the key to the introduction.”
Brinkley and Joel split in 1994, but the tradition of couples appearing in music videos together lived on. In 1995, the late Michael Jackson made headlines when he appeared in a semi-nude scene with his then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, in the “You Are Not Alone” video. The pair divorced the following year, but the video remains online.
According to the model, Spears herself chose him for the role and later introduced herself on set. “She said, ‘Hi, I’m Britney,’ and I said, ‘I’m sorry. What’s your name again?'” Asghari told Men’s Health in 2018. “I tried to be funny. I don’t think anybody got it.”
They quickly got past the awkwardness, though, and started chatting about their favorite things to eat. “Then text messages and next thing you know, just like a normal couple,” he recalled.
Three months later, the Transformers star made several cameos in “Drunk Face,” another of her beau’s videos. She also lent her voice to one of the interludes on MGK’s Tickets to My Downfall album. “I burn other memories just to make room for those ones,” the rapper says on the track where Fox speaks. “Because also if the world was coming to an end, I don’t wanna close my eyes without feeling like I lived.”
Keep scrolling for a look back at the couples who’ve appeared in music videos together over the years:
Celebrity Music Video Couples: Beyonce and Jay-Z, Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner and More
Since the dawn of music videos, pop stars and rockers alike have been giving their significant others starring roles.
Back in the early days of MTV, Billy Joelcast Christie Brinkley in the video for "Uptown Girl," which debuted in 1983. The duo were just friends at that point, having met earlier in the year in St. Barts, but two years later, they tied the knot.
"I tried to look like me on an album cover," the "Piano Man" singer recalled in 1986, describing his first meeting with his future wife. "I gave it every angle I could. ... The music was the key to the introduction."
Brinkley and Joel split in 1994, but the tradition of couples appearing in music videos together lived on. In 1995, the late Michael Jackson made headlines when he appeared in a semi-nude scene with his then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, in the "You Are Not Alone" video. The pair divorced the following year, but the video remains online.
The sets of music videos have also served as a great place to meet future partners, as Britney Spears and Sam Asghari proved in 2016. The couple met while filming the "Toxic" songstress' video for "Slumber Party," which also featured Tinashe.
According to the model, Spears herself chose him for the role and later introduced herself on set. "She said, 'Hi, I’m Britney,' and I said, 'I’m sorry. What’s your name again?'" Asghari told Men's Health in 2018. "I tried to be funny. I don’t think anybody got it."
They quickly got past the awkwardness, though, and started chatting about their favorite things to eat. "Then text messages and next thing you know, just like a normal couple," he recalled.
Some couples, meanwhile, have made their music video debut before publicly confirming their relationship. Megan Fox starred in Machine Gun Kelly's "Bloody Valentine" in May 2020, but the couple weren't spotted kissing in public until one month later. After photos of the duo's PDA appeared online, the singer tweeted, “I’m calling you my girlfriend, what the f—k,” referencing one of his own songs.
Three months later, the Transformers star made several cameos in "Drunk Face," another of her beau's videos. She also lent her voice to one of the interludes on MGK's Tickets to My Downfall album. "I burn other memories just to make room for those ones," the rapper says on the track where Fox speaks. "Because also if the world was coming to an end, I don’t wanna close my eyes without feeling like I lived.”
Keep scrolling for a look back at the couples who've appeared in music videos together over the years:
Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
The "Vienna" singer was one of the earliest to try the couples-in-videos trend when he starred alongside Brinkley in 1983's "Uptown Girl."
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
The country superstars have collaborated many times over the years, releasing a full joint album titled The Rest of Our Life in 2017. The album's release also coincided with the opening of a dual exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
All three of the Jonas Brothers brought their wives to work for the "What a Man Gotta Do" video, released in January 2020. Joe and Turner, who tied the knot in 2019, played Danny and Sandy from Grease.
Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Continuing with the vintage theme, the Quantico alum and the "Jealous" singer paid homage to Risky Business.
Danielle Jonas and Kevin Jonas
Kevin and his wife, who wed in 2009, played characters inspired by the film Say Anything.
Tyga and Kylie Jenner
The Life of Kylie alum made waves when she starred in Tyga's 2015 video for "Stimulated," which came out shortly after Jenner's 18th birthday. The pair called it quits in April 2017.
The Weeknd and Bella Hadid
The supermodel starred in The Weeknd's November 2015 video for "In the Night." The on-and-off couple called it quits in August 2019.
Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine
The model appeared in the 2014 Maroon 5 video "Animals," which caused controversy at the time of its release for glamorizing violence against women. Levine later said the clip "was supposed to be creepy."
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
The No Doubt singer starred in Shelton's "Happy Anywhere" video in 2020. The twosome, who tied the knot in July 2021, have collaborated several times since their romance began in 2015.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
The pop stars have collaborated several times since going public with their romance in 2019. "Señorita," their June 2019 duet, won an American Music Award and two MTV Video Music Awards.
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber
The model made a cameo in "Stuck With U," Bieber's 2020 duet with Ariana Grande. The video also included a brief glimpse of Dalton Gomez, who wed Grande in May 2021.
Quavo and Saweetie
Before their 2021 split, the Migos rapper appeared in the video for "Emotional," a song from Saweetie's 2019 EP, Icy.
Sam Asghari and Britney Spears
After meeting on the set of Spears' 2016 hit "Slumber Party," the pair got engaged in September 2021.
Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott
The Kylie Cosmetics founder made an appearance in her rapper beau's "Stop Trying to Be God" video in 2018. The on-and-off couple welcomed daughter Stormi in February 2018.
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly
The Jennifer's Body star appeared in two MGK videos released in 2020: "Bloody Valentine" and "Drunk Face."
Cardi B and Offset
The rappers have appeared in a handful of each other's music videos, including 2019's "Clout" from Offset's debut solo album. The couple share daughter Kulture, born in July 2018, and a son, born in September 2021.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik
The former One Direction member included his girlfriend in the video for "Pillowtalk," his first single as a solo artist. The duo welcomed daughter Khai in September 2020.
Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin
The country star featured her husband in her October 2020 video for “Settling Down.” The project was the former police officer’s music video debut and showed him as Lambert’s Prince Charming. The couple were also seen flirting in the kitchen, swinging in a hammock and dancing in the field on their Tennessee farm in the romantic video. McLoughlin also made a cameo in the August 2021 video for the "Tequila Does" remix.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Crazy and drunk in love! Beyoncé and her husband, Jay-Z, collaborated once again as the rapper appeared in her music video for "Drunk in Love" in December 2013. The couple first worked together in 2003 for "03 Bonnie & Clyde" and in 2009 for Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love."
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
One month after Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on her 33rd birthday, the reality star appeared in his "Bound 2" video. The raunchy video featured Kardashian shirtless while straddling her fiancé, which led to a hilarious spoof by Seth Rogen and James Franco. West and Kardashian called it quits in February 2021 after nearly seven years of marriage.
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey
Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey both appeared in Simpson's "Where You Are" music video in 2000 from her debut album, Sweet Kisses. Simpson also appeared in Lachey's 98 Degrees video "My Everything" in 2000. The pair tied the knot in October 2002 and divorced in June 2006.
Anne Vyalitsyna and Adam Levine
Levine's ex Anne Vyalitsyna was in two music videos for the singer's band Maroon 5. In June 2010, the blonde stunner appeared in the group's video for "Misery." She also appeared in "Never Gonna Leave This Bed" in 2011. The pair eventually called it quits in April 2012.
Jason Trawick and Britney Spears
Spears' boyfriend Jason Trawick appeared in her "Criminal" music video from her 2011 album, Femme Fatale. The two showed off some major PDA between the sheets. The couple got engaged in December 2011, but called off their three-year romance in January 2013.
John Mayer and Katy Perry
John Mayer and then-girlfriend Katy Perry rode mechanical bulls in the music video "Who You Love" for their duet in December 2013. The two began dating in summer 2012, briefly split in August 2012, and got back together one month later. They eventually called it quits in 2014.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
At the height of the first Bennifer era, Ben Affleck appeared in Jennifer Lopez's 2002 video "Jenny from the Block," where the Argo director rubbed his girlfriend's famous backside on a yacht. The couple later reunited in 2021 after Lopez called off her engagement to Alex Rodriguez.
Pink and Carey Hart
Pink and her motocross racer hubby have had their ups and downs, but the songstress couldn't help but feature him in her 2012 music video "True Love." Another surprise guest? Their adorable daughter, Willow. Pink and Hart began dating in 2001, got engaged in 2005 and separated briefly in 2003. They reconciled and tied the knot in 2006, but split again in 2008 and rekindled the romance in 2010.
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
Where it all began! Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova first met — and had steamy make-out sessions in a car and a bathroom — on the set of Iglesias' "Escape" music video in 2002. The duo welcomed twins Nicholas and Lucy in December 2017. Daughter Mary arrived in January 2020.
Jordin Sparks and Jason Derulo
Hinting much? Young lovebirds Jason Derulo and Jordin Sparks didn't shy away from hiding their affection for each other in Derulo's "Marry Me" music video in 2013. In the footage, Derulo is seen shopping for an engagement ring, kissing Sparks in bed and popping the question. It didn't last, however — the couple called it quits in 2014.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Just in time! John Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen, appeared in his video for "All of Me" shortly after the two tied the knot in Lake Como, Italy, in September 2013. In fact, Legend wrote the song just for the model. "I will be singing for her, 'All of Me,' which I wrote for her," the singer told Us of serenading his bride at their ceremony. "I wrote most of the album about her."
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Carrie Underwood featured both her mother Carole and husband, Mike Fisher, in the music video for her November 2010 ballad "Mama's Song." The hockey player briefly appears to help the American Idol winner put on her jacket and walk to a private jet.
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney met while the Chicago Fire actor appeared in her music video "You and I" in August 2011. "We were in the middle of this scene and I remember that he kissed me and it wasn't scripted for him to kiss me," Gaga said about Kinney's role during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013. The duo later called it quits in 2016.
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey
No goodbye here! Mariah Carey and then-husband Nick Cannon got up close and personal in a pool while filming her 2008 video "Bye Bye." The international megastar and America's Got Talent host tied the knot in April 2008 and welcomed twins, son Morrocan and daughter Monroe, in April 2011. The pair later divorced in 2016.
Luisana Lopilato and Michael Buble
So sweet! Michael Buble had his then-girlfriend Luisana Lopilato (and a marching band) appear in the video for his 2009 song "Haven't Met You Yet." The two lovebirds cuddled in bed and danced in a grocery store for the over-the-top video. The Canadian singer and Lopilato married in March 2011 and welcomed their first child, son Noah, in August 2013.
Paula Patton and Robin Thicke
Paula Patton stripped down with then-husband Robin Thicke in his 2011 music video "Love After War." The couple said "I do" in June 2005 and welcomed son Julian in April 2010. The duo called it quits in 2015.
Candice Accola and Joe King
Bar fight! Shortly after popping the question to Candice Accola, The Fray's Joe King featured his fiancée in his band's "Love Don't Die" video in 2013. As the group performed behind a cage at a rundown bar, King saved his lady love from a pesky bar guest.
Heidi Klum and Seal
Heidi Klum was featured in Seal's 2010 music video "Secret" from his album Commitment. Two years later, the couple announced their separation after seven years together. In April 2012, the former Project Runway host officially filed for divorce. The pair share four children: Leni, Henry, Johan and Lou.
Madonna and Jesus Luz
Getting the party started! Madonna asked her then-boyfriend Jesus Luz to be part of her 2009 video "Celebration." Her young beau appeared as a DJ in the dance video, but the couple called it quits one year later.
Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour
Rocking out! Amid his high-profile relationship with Stephanie Seymour in 1992, Axl Rose had the supermodel appear in Guns N' Roses' music video for "November Rain." One year earlier, Seymour also filmed for the band's single "Don't Cry." The two became engaged in February 1993 but separated three weeks later.
Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson
In his music video for "You Are Not Alone" in 1995, the King of Pop was joined by his then-wife. The pair married in May 1994 and divorced in January 2006.