11 Celeb Couples Who Met At Totally Normal Places
It's no secret that a ton of celebrities have met their future spouses on the set of their TV shows or movies. I mean, it's only natural: they spend long hours there together, and on-set romance just happens to be a more fun version of the regular person's workplace flings. But not all stars find love on-set — some celeb couples have met at a party or bar, just like we civilian folk do. As Us Weekly has told us time and again: "Stars, they're just like us!" And they even meet their true loves at social gatherings that aren't red carpet premieres or film festivals. Crazy, right?
As much time as celebs spend on set, they also make appearances at parties and unwind at bars, just like you and I do. Sure, they may get to hang in the VIP area, but many stars have met their future loves or spouses while mixing and mingling with the famous and not-so-famous alike. Reese Witherspoon has met both of her husbands at parties, Britney Spears met her latest beau at a party, and Matt Damon met his wife at a bar in Miami Beach after a long day on set.
See, it can happen — check out the list of celeb couples who met at a bar or party below.
1. Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth
According to an interview in Elle, the Oscar-winning actor met her CAA agent husband at a friend's party, when a drunk man was hitting on her. "He was like, [slurring, scowling, pointing finger in her face] `You don't know me,'" she told the magazine in 2012. "And I was like, `Yeah, I know. I don't know you!' Jim came over and said, `Please excuse my friend. He's just broken up with someone.' Jim was a really good friend, pulling him out of that situation. That's just kind of who he is, a really good person."
2. Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso
In 2011, the Bourne actor told Ellen DeGeneres that he met his wife in 2002 while she was a bartender at a bar in Miami Beach and he was filming the Farrelly Brothers movie Stuck On You. The movie was actually supposed to film in Hawaii, but changed locations to Miami. After a long day of shooting, some of the crew invited Damon to get a drink and he was reluctant to agree, but went anyway.
"We ended up at a bar where my wife was the bartender," he told DeGeneres. "I literally saw her across a crowded room, literally, and eight years and four kids later, that's my life. I don't know how else our paths would've crossed if that didn't happen. If all those things didn't happen."
3. Drake & Rihanna
This short-lived maybe couple met at a birthday party in 2009. The Toronto rapper said Rihanna was the first famous woman to "pay me any mind," he told Elle in a 2011 interview. "All of a sudden you have this number-one song and you're at some birthday party and there she is," he said. "And you're just some naive kid from Toronto staying in some sh*tty-ass hotel who got invited to this party on a whim. That's just how it happened."
4. Robin Thicke & Paula Patton
This couple was married from 2005 until their divorce 10 years later. They met as innocent teenagers at under-21 hip-hop club Balistyx on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, according to The Daily Mail.
5. Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan
According to The New Yorker, the Facebook founder met his bride at a frat party while they were both attending Harvard. They were both standing in line for the bathroom at the Jewish frat Alpha Epsilon Pi, of which Zuckerberg was a member.
"He was this nerdy guy who was just a little bit out there," Chan told the publication. "I remember he had these beer glasses that said ‘pound include beer dot H.’ It’s a tag for C++. It’s like college humor but with a nerdy, computer-science appeal."
6. Ryan Reynolds & Alanis Moriessette
This once-engaged Canadian couple first met at Drew Barrymore's birthday party in 2002, according to People. They got engaged in 2004 and split in 2007.
7. Britney Spears & David Lucado
The former teen pop star told DeGeneres that she met her former lawyer beau at a party in 2013. "My friends brought me up to him...They brought me to him just to introduce me to him," she said, according to E! Online. Unfortunately, their love was short-lived and they broke up in 2014.
8. Ryan Phillippe & Reese Witherspoon
The Cruel Intentions co-stars were married from 1999 until 2007. They first met each other at her 21st birthday party in 1997, where she reportedly joked with him that she thought he was her birthday gift, according to Us Weekly. Too cute!
9. Bradley Cooper & Suki Waterhouse
These two former lovebirds met at an after-party for the Elle Style Awards in 2013, according to Hello magazine. "We were dancing at the after-party, and he asked me if I fancied going to a club," Waterhouse told the publication. "We went to Cirque Le Soir in London – and he's a ridiculously good dancer."
10. Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom
This complicated couple originally met in 2009 at a birthday party for Odom's basketball teammate Ron Artest, according to Us Weekly, and they got married one month later.
11. Leah Remini & Angelo Pagan
The King of Queens actress married the salsa musician in 2003 after they met at Cuban club and restaurant El Floridita in Hollywood, according to Heavy.
Hey, if it worked for them, maybe one of us will be lucky enough to meet our future A-list spouse the next time we go out for drinks.