Who Knew?

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

In 2016, Prince Harry made headlines by dating stunning ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle. The two were reported to have met at private members club Soho House in London and have been a tabloid favorite ever since. Due to Meghan being harassed by the press, Kensington Palace broke Royal protocol to confirm the new relationship between the Prince and Actress and requested that their privacy was respected. Since then the couple has been spotted attending friend’s weddings and visiting each other in their residing countries.

  • Emma McQuiston, the daughter of a Nigerian oil tycoon
  • Has wed Ceawlin Thynne, Viscount of Weymouth,
  • His father, the Marquess of Bath, is notorious for his harem of ‘wifelets’
  • The Viscount is heir to Longleat House and its 100,000 acre estate
  • Emma’s half-brother Ian is married to Ceawlin’s aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne


Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto

Twice married Basketball legend and sneaker entrepreneur Michael Jordan met his second wife Yvette Prieto in a Miami club. The two immediately hit it off, and after 5 years of dating, they got hitched in 2013 in a lavish, star-studded ceremony in Palm Beach, Florida, witnessed by over 500 guests. Being 15 years his junior, Michael’s bride became a step-mother to his 3 grown children from his marriage to Juanita Vanoy, and in February 2014, the two welcomed their own children, identical twin girls named Victoria and Ysabel.

Eddie Murphy & Paige Butcher

Eddie Murphy started dating Australian model turned actress Paige Butcher in 2012. The two are not married and have not shown any signs of taking that step; perhaps Eddie’s previous failed marriages have played a part in that decision. Nevertheless, in May 2016, they welcomed a beautiful daughter named Izzy Oona Murphy.

George Lucas & Melody Hobson

Star Wars creator George Lucas met the beautiful Melody Hobson in 2006 during a business conference. Hobson was a well-known name in the entertainment industry being the Chair of the Board of Directors at Dreamworks Animation. The couple were together for 7 years before announcing their engagement in January 2013 before being married 6 months later in July at the Lucas Skywalker Ranch. Just a month later, the newlyweds welcomed their first child via surrogate named Everest Hobson Lucas.

Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves

After being linked to Hollywood beauties including Sandra Bullock, Ashely Judd, and Penelope Cruz, Matthew McConaughey met his Brazilian model and television personality Camilla Alves in 2006. The couple dated for 5 years and had first son Levi in 2008 followed by their second Vida in 2010. The following year on Christmas Day, Matthew proposed to his stunning partner and the two were married in June 2012 in Texas. The couple welcomed their third child Livingston 6 months after they were wed.

Michael Strahan & Jean Muggli

Former American football player Michael Strahan married Jean Muggli in 1999. The couple had 2 daughters together but separated in 2005 when Muggli called the police claiming Strahan threatened violence. Michael filed for divorce, claiming she had taken $3.3 million from their bank account. The divorce got increasingly ugly when Muggli further claimed that he had cheated on her and secretly recorded her sister undressing. She also claimed his violence caused her kidney damage. Although Michael and the judge dismissed such claims, Muggli was given a $15 million settlement and $18,000 a month in child support.

Alfre Woodard & Roderick Spencer

Alfre Woodard is one of the most successful and talents African-American actresses turned producers in the industry. She has been married to writer husband, Rodrick Spencer, since 1983. Although the two appear to have a great marriage, they have publicly spoken about their struggles about being a biracial couple and receiving criticism from both her and her husband’s families over their racial differences. However, they have overcome their marriage troubles and went on to adopt 2 children named Mavis and Duncan.

Tina Turner & Erwin Bach

Tina Turner met her toy boy husband, Erwin Bach, at an EMI record label party back in 1985, although their relationship remained platonic for the first year before they decided to start dating. The two were together for 27 years and have enjoyed a blissfully happy romance, with Tina gushing about her beau at any opportunity. Tina moved to Zurich for the German record mogul and has resided there for over 15 years. The two finally exchanged vows in 2013 in a star-studded Buddhist ceremony attended by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and David Bowie on the stunning shores of Lake Zurich.

Randy & Erika Jackson

Randy Jackson and his partner Erika Riker were married for 18 years until Riker filed for divorce from the Jackson family member citing irreconcilable differences as the cause. The couple had two children together, of which Riker was seeking full physical custody and joint legal custody of their 17-year-old son Jordan. Riker’s demands did not end there as she wanted to revert to her maiden name, have spousal support and have Jackson pay her attorney’s fees. When the couple married, there was no prenup set in place, so Erika was reportedly in line for half of his $40 million fortune.

Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez

Bond girl bombshell and Academy Award winner Halle Berry met her Frenchmen actor Olivier Martinez back in 2010 on the set of Dark Tide and began dating after that. 2 years later, the couple became engaged and married the next year in a stunning ceremony in romantic France. Just three months after their wedding, Berry gave birth to their son Maceo Robert Martinez. However, after only two years of marriage, the couple announced they were filing for divorce. In 2016, their divorce was finalized and it was said that Berry rushed proceedings so that her ex-husband could not have access to her pending financially rewarding deals.

Chris Noth & Tara Lynn Wilson

The notorious Sex and the City star Mr. Big has not had quite the exciting dating life off screen as he has on. Noth had met his wife Tara Lynn before he made it ‘Big’ while working at the bar The Cutting Room of which he was a co-owner. Wilson had appeared in TV shows including Frame of Mind and Law and Order: Criminal Intentbefore Noth joined the cast. The two started dating in 2004 and had their first child named Orion in 2008. On April 6th, 2012, the two got married and have been a solid unit ever since!

Robert De Niro & Grace Hightower

Two-time Oscar winner met his wife Grace Hightower in 1987 in London at the restaurant Mr. Chow where she was working as a hostess. The couple did not comment much on their meeting but only revealed that it wasn’t exactly a whirlwind as they weren’t married until a decade later in 1997 at which time they had their first child Elliott. However, in 1997 the couple filed for divorce, but it was never finalized and later in 2004 the couple renewed their vows. In 2011 the couple welcomed their second child via surrogate named Helen Grace.

Cuba Gooding Jr. & Sara Kapfer

Another couple on our list who met as teenagers were actor Cuba Gooding and his wife, Sara Kapfer. The couple were together for 30 years with 22 of them as husband and wife. The couple were married in 1994 and had 3 children during their relationship named Spencer, Mason, and Piper. Unfortunately, their marriage went downhill along with Gooding’s career, and they legally separated in 2014. Their divorce was later finalized in 2017, and the couple agreed to joint custody of their youngest child, 11-year-old Piper.

Robin Thicke & Paula Patton

‘Blurred Lines’ singer, songwriter, and producer Robin Thicke, met ex-wife Paula Patton in 1991 at the age of 14 in a hip-hop club named Balistyx on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip and then started dating her two years later. It was truly a high school sweethearts tale for these two who married in 2005 and welcomed their son Julian Fuego Thicke in 2010. However, their love story came to a dramatic end when Robin Thicke was photographed with his hand up a fans dress and in a series of events it led Patton to file for divorce in 2014 which was then finalized in March 2015.

Wolfgang Puck & Gelila Assefa

Austrian-born, world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck was dating Ethiopian beauty Gelia Assefa for just over four years before he decided to pop the question in 2005. The couple had two children before they got engaged at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California. Wolfgang stated that it felt like they were already married and he didn’t need a ring to confirm his commitment to Gelia. Their fairytale wedding was a celebrity-studded affair on the beautiful Island of Capri, off the coast of Italy.

Karyn Parsons & Alexandre Rockwell

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ star Karyn Parsons married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003, and the couple has two children together, son Nico and daughter Lana. Parsons had discussed the importance on educating her children on her heritage and the history of Black Americans. The family posed together in a portrait, making a statement and portraying how society has evolved so that people of all backgrounds and races are accepted and celebrated. The portrait was created to keep the momentum of an evolving society moving forward.

Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Ellen Pompeo met her music producer partner Chris in a grocery store in Los Angeles back in 2003. The loved-up couple got married in 2007 and have 3 children together Stella, Sienna and Eli Christopher. While Sienna was confirmed as being carried via surrogate, the couple never commented on Eli. Although the two always look in love, they’ve been plagued with their fair share of divorce rumors and ‘cheating’ scandals. However, Ellen and Chris have overcome the rumors, and their marriage has gone from strength to strength.

Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego

In 2013, Hollywood starlet Zoe Saldana started dating Italian Artist Marco Perego in 2013. Only a couple of months later, the pair secretly married in London. In a reversal of tradition, Zoe revealed in 2015 that her husband was to take her name after marriage and became Marco Perego-Saldana while Zoe’s last name changed to Saldana-Perego. In 2014, the couple welcomed their twin boys named Bowie and Cy Perego-Saldana,and in 2017, their third male arrival came who they named Zen.

FKA Twigs & Robert Pattinson

Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson suffered a painful breakup with his co-star lover Kristen Stewart when she got caught having an affair with married director Rupert Sanders. Since then the actor has found love with a fellow Brit singer FKA Twigs. The two met in 2014 and have been inseparable ever since, attending highly publicized events together including the famous Met Gala in New York City. In April 2015 the two took their relationship to the next level and became engaged, leaving Twilight fans devastated in their hopes for an Edward and Bella reconciliation.

Laura Dern & Ben Harper

American singer and activist, Ben Harper met his then-wife Laura Dern in 2000 at one of his concerts, the same year he was separated from his first wife, Joanna. The two were then married in 2005 in a private ceremony in their home in Los Angeles. The couple had two children together with a son named Ellery and a daughter named Jaya. However, in 2010, Harper filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences however they briefly reconciled and attended the 2012 Golden Globes together but he later proceeded with the divorce and it was finalized in September 2013.

Bill de Blasio & Chirlane McCray

Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio married his activist and poet wife Chirlane McCray in 1994. They met when they were both working for Mayor Dinkins’ administration and fell in love from then on. Before moving to the traditional residence of the New York City Mayor, Gracie Mansion, the two resided in Park Slope, Brooklyn where they enjoyed their first few years of marriage. The couple has two children named Dante and Chiara, with both of them attending college during their fathers time as mayor.

Iman & David Bowie

After 2 failed marriages, supermodel Iman, married rock music legend David Bowie in a private ceremony in Laussane, Switzerland. The couple were together for over 20 years, a complete rarity in the entertainment business. The couple shared a daughter named Alexandria who was born in 2000 and are step parents to children from their other marriages. When Bowie sadly died in 2016, his passing was hardest on his widowed wife, someone that she described as her ‘forever love’, it was said he was most happy when they were together.


Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey got together with radio host and tv personality Nick Cannon and married in 2008 at her private estate on Windermere Island in The Bahamas. They had fraternal twins on their third wedding anniversary in 2011 named Moroccon and Monroe. In 2013, the two celebrated their twins birthday and fifth wedding anniversary in Disneyland where they renewed their vows in a big ceremony. However, their love did not last, and they separated in 2014, and their divorced was finalized in 2016.

Sammy Davis Jr. & May Britt

American entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. was married three times, but the relationship which caused the biggest controversy was the marriage to actress May Britt. The two were married in 1960 and Davis received hate mail as he was marrying a Swedish-born white woman. During this time, interracial marriages were illegal in 31 states but New York was exempt. The two had a daughter together named Tracey and went on to adopt two sons. However, their controversial marriage did not last and the two were divorced after 8 years together. Davis later admitted he was having an affair with singer Lola Falana during his marriage to Britt.

Tyra Banks and Erik Asla

Supermodel Tyra Banks started dating her Norwegian boyfriend Erik since 2013 and reportedly met on the set of Norway’s Next Top Model where Erik played photographer. Erik’s occupation as a professional photographer led him to relocate to Los Angeles, which may have a lot to do with his relationship with Tyra. Erik is no stranger to Tyra’s modeling work as his website states he has had work published in fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour, German Vogue and German Vanity Fair. In early 2016 the couple welcomed a son via surrogate, adding to their brood of Erik’s two daughters from a previous relationship.

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Jacob Fishel & Rutina Wesley

‘True Blood’ star Rutina Wesley met Jacob Fishel while the two were both students at the prestigious Julliard School in New York, prior to Rutina hitting screens on the racy vampire hit show. The two married after graduating back in 2005. However, their college love story did not last and Rutina filed for divorce in 2013, citing irreconcilable differences after 8 years of marriage. The couple had very separate career paths, Rutina became successful with roles whereas Jacob did not,leading his former wife making sure he could not get his hands on her assets.

Ashlee Simpson & Evan Ross

After Ashlee Simpson divorced singer Pete Wentz, she moved on to actor Evan Ross, son of legendary singer Diana Ross. In 2013, it was reported the two had begun dating and they quickly got engaged a year later in 2014. The two were married in a beautiful intimate ceremony on Diana Ross’ estate in Connecticut. Ashlee and Evan wasted no time and 4 months after their wedding they announced they were expecting their first child together, a daughter named Jagger was born in July 2015.

Dr. Dre & Nicole Threatt Young

World-renowned producer, rapper turned successful entrepreneur Dr. Dre had a colorful dating past, having four sons and two daughters by five different women but in 1996 settled down with Nicole Threatt. Prior to meeting Dre, Nicole was previously married to NBA-star Sedale Threatt. Although Nicole’s occupation was an attorney, her life with Beats mogul Dre had allowed her to become more of a socialite and housewife than a practicing lawyer. Dre won over his wife by penning a letter in pursuit of her love. Dre’s creativity has certainly paid off and the two have been married for 18 years and have 2 children together.

Chris Evans & Naomie Harris

In 2008 the rumor mill went into overdrive when stunning British actress Naomie Harris, turned up to the movie premiere of ‘Street Kings’ on the arm of handsome actor and star of the ‘Captain America’ franchise, Chris Evans. Although there was never an official word on what happened between the two, we’d like to think that they were something more than just movie co-stars. There’s still time for these two as both of them have reportedly become single recently.

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Dave Chappelle & Elaine Erfe

Comedian and movie star Dave Chappelle has managed to keep his personal life out of the spotlight and away from tabloids allowing for him and his Filipino wife Elaine to have a smooth sailing marriage. The two were married in 2001 and since then have had three children together, sons Sulayman and Ibrahim and daughter Sonal. The multicultural family lives on a 65-acre farm in Ohio Cornfields. The couple are only really ever seen together on Dave’s red-carpet gigs.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica Olsson

In 2010, Dallas Mavericks player and German basketball star Dirk Nowitzki met Jessica Olsson at a charity event for the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) in February 2010. The two connected on many levels including intellectually and over sports. The couple were married 2 years later in an intimate African ceremony in Dallas, Texas. Nowitzki discussed the ceremony and his life in being married to an African woman. He stated that he loved the ceremony and he is fascinated by the traditions.

Tamera & Adam Housley

Actress, singer, and model Tamera Housley is best known for her role as 90’s Disney star on ‘Sister, Sister’ starring her and her twin. In later life, the sisters starred in the Style Network reality show Tia & Tamera for three seasons. The program showed Tamera’s wedding plans to now-husband Adam Housley. The two were dating for almost six years before getting married to the Fox News Correspondent. Tamera revealed in 2013 that she was as a devout Christian, she stayed a virgin until 29-years-old and she felt guilty for losing it before she was wed. The couple now has two beautiful children together.

Kris Jenner & Corey Gamble

The Kardashian interracial relationships have even extended to the matriarch Kris Jenner herself. Since her divorce to Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce), Kris moved on to Atlanta native and member of the Justin Bieber team, Corey Gamble. Although Kris’ new toy boy is 25-years her junior, he appears to be an old soul, favoring art and music over the party lifestyle. Corey has proved he can keep up with the Kardashians and appears to keep Kris grounded on many things while playing ‘momager’ to her large, crazy family.

Woody Harrelson & Laura Louie

Acting superstar Woody Harrelson met his wife Laura Louie in 1987 on set while filming the classic TV show ‘Cheers’. Laura then became Woody’s assistant for two years and later married in 2008 in an intimate ceremony at their Maui home attended by industry friends Owen Wilson, Willie Nelson, and Sean Penn. Alanis Morissette provided the music, singing in the ceremony. The couple had three daughters together before they got married. Woody has been married once before to Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil but the marriage lasted only 10 months.

Taye Diggs & Idina Menzel

Frozen star and Broadway singer Idina Menzel was married to fellow Broadway star for 10 years. The two met on the Broadway show Rent and immediately hit it off and were married in January 2003. The couple welcomed their son Walker in 2009. Menzel had publicly spoken about their marriage stating that it’s not as easy as it looks and they have to work hard at it. Four years later in 2013, the Broadway duo announced their separation after 10 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in December 2014.

George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin

Notorious, eligible bachelor, George Clooney, has had many relationships with some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women but none of them went the distance. Clooney met Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer and activist back in 2013 and almost immediately knew she was the one he wanted to settle down with. It was said that George was attracted to her intelligence and their shared passion for activism and charity work in conflict and poverty-stricken regions. The two were wed in 2014 and 3 years later in 2017, it was announced that the two were expecting twins.

Wanda & Alex Sykes

Comedian and television actress Wanda Sykes married her French partner, Alex Niedbalski in 2008 after meeting in 2006. The two became parents when Alex gave birth to fraternal twins Olivia Lou and Lucas Claude in 2009. Although Wanda seems more comfortable than ever with her wife, she had not always been attracted to women. Wanda was previously married to record producer Dave Hall from 1991 to 1998; she only came out in a same-sex marriage rally for Proposition 8 in Las Vegas in 2008.

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and his bride, the fashion designer Angela Gisela Brown, at their wedding at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York in 2000.CreditStephen Chernin/Associated Press

A Mixed-Race Royal Couple? It Wouldn’t Be the First

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By Monica Drake

  • Nov. 30, 2017

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Princesses fictional and real, from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Princess Diana, all have in common skin as pure white as the driven snow.

Black girls, popular folklore suggests, don’t grow up to be princesses.

The engagement this week of Princess Diana’s youngest son Prince Harry to a biracial American actress named Meghan Markle delighted many African-Americans, who greeted the news on social media with increasingly rapturous gifs, memes and liberal use of all caps.

#blackprincess gained traction on Twitter and Instagram, with users celebrating Ms. Markle’s African ancestry and the fact that Prince Harry’s mother-in-law would be a dreadlocked black Californian. (For the record, Ms. Markle will probably be a duchess, not a princess.)

The reaction is understandable. Since the trans-Atlantic slave trade and colonialism created the idea of a single African race, the term “black princess” has been an oxymoron. The conception of black womanhood that scholars frequently cite — mammy, jezebel or sapphire — is antithetical to the idea of a princess, a cosseted women whose prince comes to sweep her off her feet and solve all of her troubles.

In fact, black women have become royals for years and years, unbeknown to many.

Some aristocratic families in Europe have already broadened the idea of what sort of spouse is acceptable, said Archduke Franz Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen, whose great-great-great-grandfather was Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, king of Hungary. His wife, Archduchess Lei von Habsburg-Lothringen, is an African-American lawyer who grew up in the traditionally black New York City neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant and in Columbia, S.C.

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“For the modern Habsburgs,” Mr. von Habsburg said in a telephone interview, “the importance of who your wife is is more about whom you have fallen in love with than how they fit into the aristocratic family.” That he is an archduke rather than a count reflects his family’s shift. In the past, he would have lost his title for his marriage, but now he and his wife have kept it and are presented in family gatherings as such. “The family modernized its rules to survive,” he added.

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and his bride, the fashion designer Angela Gisela Brown, at their wedding at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York in 2000.

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and his bride, the fashion designer Angela Gisela Brown, at their wedding at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York in 2000.CreditStephen Chernin/Associated Press

He and Ms. von Habsburg are not the only mixed-race couple. Mr. von Habsburg’s brother married a South Sudanese woman, and other European royals with black spouses include Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein, whose wife, Angela Gisela Brown, is an Afro-Panamanian from New York City, and Christian Louis, Baron de Massyof Monaco, who married a Guadeloupian.

The history of black royalty, and of race itself, may be more complicated than contemporary mythology would suggest. One historian theorizes that Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III (who ruled England from 1760 to 1820) was the descendant of a Portuguese royal family with African ancestry. He also suggests that Alessandro de Medici, the 16th century duke whose progeny inhabits royal houses across Europe, was mixed race.

And black women have, of course, married African aristocracy for millenniums and continue to do so.

The fact that those unions are not celebrated with such fanfare was not lost on critics. They noted that the progeny of an empire that transported Africans as chattel and occupied broad swaths of the Continent as a colonial power was being celebrated for marrying a person whose ancestors it likely subjugated.

But the vision of a black princess is alluring because it supplies a bit of escapism. African-American women still face a number of ills: We are more likely to have suffered from depression than white women but less likely to be treated for it, more likely to die from cervical cancer, and less likely to find our Prince Charming through dating apps, according to OKCupid.

A young Motor City Comic Con attendee, dressed as Tiana from the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog,” in Novi, Mich., in 2014.CreditPaul Warner/Getty Images

A young Motor City Comic Con attendee, dressed as Tiana from the Disney film “The Princess and the Frog,” in Novi, Mich., in 2014.CreditPaul Warner/Getty Images

The hunger for a black princess was only partly sated by fictional characters like Princess Tiana, the Disney character; Nella the Princess Knight, the biracial Nick Jr. character; and Lisa McDowell, the character who would go on to marry the prince of Zamunda in “Coming to America.” Even the show “Scandal,” in which Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope, the daughter of a man so powerful that he controls the rulers of nations, is a royal drama delivered in the trappings of modern American life.

So is princessing all it’s cracked up to be? Ms. von Habsburg, the American archduchess who married into Austrian-Hungarian aristocracy, said that she has a low-key life except for occasional formal large family gatherings in castles throughout Europe. And when she and her husband think of cultural clashes, Thanksgiving is what comes to mind rather than royal etiquette. (At one point, he asked for col-LARD greens, much to her amusement.)

“It’s not an American princess fantasy, but an American opportunity fantasy,” she said of her life. “Sometimes, in our communities, we don’t get across that all children — children of color — have a right to experience everything in the world. If you are standing in a castle at a black-tie affair next to your husband, you belong there.”



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