13 Photos of Celebrity Couples When They First Got Together

Sage Young
·6 mins read

We all hold onto our favorite celebrity couples, whether their love has stood the test of time or not. And while you're now used to seeing these particular pairs together, there was a time when their romance was new. We went back into the archives to find snaps of some of our favorite star duos, both past and present, the year they first got together (or first took their relationship public). So keep scrolling, and see if you can spot the stars in their eyes. And for stars whose partners were already their admirers, check out the Celebrities Who Married Fans.

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1

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at 1999 Emmys
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at 1999 Emmys

Though they reportedly started dating in 1998, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt went to their first public event—that year's Emmy Awards—arm and arm in 1999. They broke up in 2005, but some fans are still holding out hope that they'll get back together.

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2

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie, Doug Liman, and Brad Pitt on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Angelina Jolie, Doug Liman, and Brad Pitt on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Pitt was still married to Aniston when he and Angelina Jolie shot the spy romance Mr. and Mrs. Smith. They confirmed later that they fell in love on set, leading to Pitt and Aniston's split. Pitt and Jolie eventually married, but Jolie filed for divorce in 2016. And for more on-set romances, here are 50 Celebrity Couples Who Met on Set.

3

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar 2000
Freddie Prinze Jr and Sarah Michelle Gellar 2000

The two teen heartthrobs met while filming the 1997 slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, and became friends thanks to what could have been an inconvenience: Sarah Michelle Gellar didn't have a driver's license, so Freddie Prinze Jr. would drive her around. "We just would talk about life and stuff like that, and we had completely different philosophies on just about everything," Prinze told Us Weekly. They became a couple in 2000 and have been married since 2002. As for those stars who've been in each other's lives for even longer, check out Celebrities You Didn't Realize Grew Up Together.

4

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade 2010
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade 2010

Actor Gabrielle Union and former Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade were first photographed together in 2010. They took a break in 2013, but Wade proposed at the end of that year. The two have been married since 2014 and are beloved by fans for their fiercely stylish Instagram photoshoots as well as their enthusiastic support of transgender daughter Zaya.

5

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson 1986
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson 1986

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson started going out publicly in 1986, five years after meeting filming an episode of his sitcom Bosom Buddies. They walked down in the aisle in 1988 and are one of Hollywood's longest-lasting couples.

And for stars who prefer staying close to home, here are 24 Celebrities Who Still Live in Their Hometown.

6

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner in 2017
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner in 2017

Jonas Brothers singer Joe Jonas and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner reportedly started seeing each other in 2016, but didn't take their relationship public until 2017. Last year, they got married (twice—once by Elvis in Vegas and once in France in a more traditional ceremony), and welcomed their first child in 2020.

7

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas 2017
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas 2017

Joe's brother Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra had been texting for months before they actually met in person in 2017. That year, they attended the Met Gala as a couple and tied the knot the next year. And for the highest profile celebrity that shares your birth year, here's The Biggest Star Who's the Same Age as You.

8

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2003
Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2003

Jay-Z and Beyoncé's paths first crossed in 1999, but they didn't flirt with the idea of a romantic relationship until 2000. The early years of their courtship were private—the entertainers started hanging out publicly in 2003. They've been married since 2008, and famously weathered an alleged cheating scandal that inspired Bey's acclaimed visual album Lemonade.

9

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt 2009
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt 2009

The Office star John Krasinski and British actor Emily Blunt went on their first date in late 2008 and were engaged by the time this photo was snapped at the late 2009 premiere of It's Complicated. They wed in 2010 and have two children.

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10

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith 1996
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith 1996

Jada Pinkett Smith didn't get the role when she auditioned to play one of Will's girlfriends on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1994, but she did start dating the man himself around 1995. Will Smith's first marriage was coming to an end as he realized his feelings for Jada, but by 1996, the pair were out and about together. (The shot above, if you can't tell from their outfits, is from the premiere of his movie Independence Day.) They got married in 1997 and have stayed that way, despite airing some of their private issues during a much talked about 2020 episode of Jada's chat show, Red Table Talk.

11

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor

Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor 2015
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor 2015

Actors Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor remember meeting at a party in 2005, but their relationship didn't kick off until 2015, via the magic of Twitter. They hit various events together and spoke about each other; and then, in 2016, Paulson told The New York Times, "What I can say absolutely is that I am in love, and that person happens to be Holland Taylor."

12

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan

Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in 2006
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan in 2006

They may have broken up in 2018, but fans of Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum's relationship will always have the movie Step Up. The future stars met on the dance flick, their 12-year romance kicking off when Tatum appeared at the door of Dewan's hotel room in a sombrero and confessed his feelings.

13

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in 2008
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend in 2008

It was instant sparks for singer-songwriter John Legend and model/lifestyle queen Chrissy Teigen when they played love interests in the video for Legend's 2007 song "Stereo." Teigen told Cosmopolitan that, though they stayed in touch for a while after that, she didn't push for them to make anything official or exclusive. "The worst thing you can do is try to lock someone like that down early on," she said. The pair walked down the aisle in 2013 and have kept us up-to-date with their adorable family photos since then.