What did Demi Moore learn from her ill-fated marriage to Ashton Kutcher? From the looks of things, absolutely nothing.
While Kutcher, 34, has moved on to the more age-appropriate Mila Kunis, 29, Demi has recently been linked to a man even younger than her estranged husband. According to reports, the 50-year-old actress has been dating art dealer Vito Schnabel, the 26-year-old son of Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel. Sources say the pair were "dancing and grinding all over each other" at Naomi Campbell's boyfriend's birthday party earlier this month.
To be fair, Vito has a history of dating older women. He was involved with model Elle Macpherson in 2008, when she was 44 and he was 21. In 2010, he was linked to actress Liv Tyler, who was then 35.
While it's not unusual for older actors to date younger women (Demi's ex Bruce Willis is currently married to Emma Heming, who is 23 years his junior), it's not as common to find older actresses in relationships with younger men. Here are a few female celebs who are embracing the "cougar" stereotype and dating down in age.
Susan Sarandon and Jonathan Bricklin
After splitting from longtime partner Tim Robbins in 2009, Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon rebounded with her toyboy business partner Jonathan Bricklin, who is barely half her age. At 66, Sarandon is 12 years older than Robbins, and a whopping 31 years older than Bricklin.
In October, Sarandon blamed the media's interest in her relationship on faulty mathematics. "People make him out to be much younger than he is - and me older," she said, adding that Bricklin is "35 - not 33." Though she closed the age gap by two years, Sarandon is still coy about the exact nature of the pair's relationship. "Dating is such a stupid word," she mused, "You can say we are collaborating in a lot of different areas."
Madonna and Brahim Zaibat
Though she's currently involved with 25-year-old dancer Brahim Zaibat, the Material Girl has quite a few younger men in her past. Now 54, Madge was married to director Guy Ritchie, 44, for eight years. Her daughter's father, personal trainer Carlos Leon, is eight years her junior, and she had an on-again, off-again relationship with Brazilian model Jesus Luz, who is 25.
So, what's life with a 25-year-old like for Madonna? It's not as glamorous as it might sound. Earlier this year, she said, "I go home and wash my face and I put on my sweatpants and I lay down on the bed and I say, 'Oh, please rub my feet.'" What's Brahim's typical response? "No, you rub my feet."
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart
After splitting with husband Marc Anthony in July 2011, J-Lo rebounded with backup dancer Casper Smart despite their 18-year age difference. Now 43, Lopez gave birth to twins Max and Emme in February 2008, when Casper was 20 years old.
According to reports, Jennifer isn't taking any chances with Casper, and she supposedly got him to sign a non-disclosure agreement about their relationship. Making a prenup sound downright romantic, a source says, "Jen has been around long enough to know that anyone she dates could possibly turn on her and choose to go to the press if the relationship sours."
Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Though Aaron Taylor-Johnson romances Kiera Knightley in the much-anticipated film "Anna Karenina," his real-life romance is quite a bit different. Earlier this year, 22-year-old Aaron married "Nowhere Boy" director Sam Taylor-Wood, who is 45. After meeting in 2009, the couple welcomed daughter Wylda Rae in 2010, and daughter Romy Hero in early 2012.
Despite the fact that Aaron is only seven years older than Sam's daughter from a previous relationship, the age difference doesn't bother them. He said, "I'm an old soul and she's a young soul. We don't see an age gap, we just see each other."
What do you think about older women dating younger men? Weird or wonderful?
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