21 Real-Life Couples Who Cozied Up in Music Videos
The couple that makes music videos together, stays together. Or not. In any case, it is Valentine season, so we figured we'd look back at some of the all-time most unforgettable music videos starring real-life romantic couples.
Sure, Katy Perry and John Mayer and Kanye West and Kim Kardashian recently made epic music videos, but for truly iconic coupling, we dug a little further back in the video vaults. These lovebirds once all canoodled on-camera for the sake of getting some MTV airtime, but which ones kept on making beautiful music together after the final cut? Let's find out.
20. Paula Abdul & Arsenio Hall
Before she was hanging out with Simon Cowell, or Emilio Estevez, or even MC Skat Cat, Paula was forever Arsenio's girl. OK, so it didn't last forever... but they were together long enough for the dogpound leader to make a cameo in the classic "Straight Up."
19. Robert & Mary Smith
Few people know much about the longtime wife of the Cure's Robert Smith, other than her equally generic name, Mary Smith. But you can catch a quick glimpse of her in the "Just Like Heaven" video — she's the pale-skinned, black-haired lass dancing in Robert's arms during the guitar solo. Childhood sweethearts, the two have been married since 1988, and certainly seem made for each other. They even have matching hair!
18. Cyndi Lauper & David Wolff
The so-unusual pop star cast many of her relatives and friends in her charming early videos, and in "Time After Time," then-boyfriend David portrayed her love interest. The video was foretelling, since it depicted a couple that had grown apart and was forced say goodbye; the two parted in real life soon after. Their "acting" is so sad and convincing here, it's almost painful to watch. A classic.
17. John Mellencamp & Elaine Irwin
In late 2010, John split from his third wife, a supermodel whom he met at a 1991 album cover photo shoot and proposed to only 10 weeks later. Despite their insta-marriage, not to mention a nearly two-decade age difference, their union lasted longer than anyone might have predicted (18 years). And they did certainly seem cozy in this clip for "Get a Leg Up."