It was pretty surprising when Carole Radziwill started dating Adam Kenworthy on Real Housewives of New York City, but it's even more surprising that they are still together. I say that with the least amount of shade possible, but there was just so much drama surrounding this relationship. The main "concerns" that came out on RHONY were the 23-year age difference between the love birds and the fact that the dude previously dated Luann de Lessep's niece. Oh, and he used to work for Luann as a chef and that's how Carole met him, but even with all of this, these two really seem to be a pretty stable couple. And it's not like they are the first public couple with an age gap. There are actually a lot of other celebrity couples with same age gap as Carole and Adam, so it's not as if they are doing something completely unusual here.
People — Real Housewives and fans both — just need to let them live and realize that there are plenty of pairings with big age gaps who make it work. Adam and Carole have been together for over a year, after all. They're clearly not just messing around.
Here are some other famous pairs who have made their age gap work.
Johnny Depp & Amber Heard
I'm more surprised that Jonny Depp actually got married than by the fact that his wife is 23 years younger than him. Depp and Amber Heard have been together since 2012 and tied the knot in February 2015. They have the same age difference as Carole and Adam, with a gender swap, so maybe that's why they haven't been as highly criticized. Also, it's Johnny Depp, so I don't really see anyone hating on anything he does.
Bruce Willis & Emma Heming
Bruce Willis and his wife Emma Heming have an age difference of 24 years, but this isn't the first time Bruce Willis has been with a lady with a significant age gap. His girlfriend Brooke Burns was 23 years younger. But yeah, it's obvious that he did not get as much attention for being with someone younger like his ex Demi Moore did. Double standard much?
Donald & Melania Trump
I know that the Trumps are polarizing, but they've been together for 11 years, so I guess they're making it work. The couple has a 24-year age difference between them. I'm seeing a pattern when it comes to gender with this age gap situation...
Catherine Zeta Jones & Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones are exactly 25 years apart since they have the same birthday. I'm sure that makes life a lot easier for both of them with just one birthday to remember.
Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart
There is a 22-year age difference between Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, but neither seems to care. In an interview with Closer Weekly Flockhart said, "That’s a non-issue. It’s like, we met and, by the way, there’s a big age difference. And the truth is, I sometimes feel very much older than Harrison.”
Warren Beatty & Annette Benning
Warren Beatty and Annette Benning married in 1992 and have a 21-year gap. They're super in love, proving that numbers (of any kind) do not matter in a relationship.
Kevin Costner & Christine Baumgartner
Kevin Costner and his wife Chrisine Baumgartner are 20 years apart in age. They've been married for over 12 years, so it's safe to say that the two decades between them really doesn't make a difference.
Kris Jenner & Corey Gamble
There are plenty of public couples with a significant age gap, but there are very few (who are still together) with the woman being the significantly older partner. Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner has been seriously dating Corey Gamble for a little over a year and the two are 25 years apart. This means that her oldest daughter, Kourtney Kardashian, is actually older than Corey, while Kim is the same age.
Jason Statham & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
To be honest with you, I never noticed the age difference with these two. I feel like they both are just youthful and attractive, so it never crossed my mind. Nevertheless, Jason Statham is 20 years older than Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. In a Glamour interview she said, "We have a connection that has nothing to do with age. Work comes and goes, but if you have someone at home who thinks you're the greatest person in the world, that keeps you going." Aaawww. How cute.
Nicolas Cage & Alice Kim
Nicolas Cage had a pretty interesting romantic history before he married Alice Kim. He had public marriages with Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Pressley. His current wife is 20 years younger than he is and they have been married for a pretty long time. Maybe it's just a third time is the charm kind of thing?
I really do feel bad for Carole and Adam. They are unfairly judged for having a significant age difference, but they really are a solid couple. Plus, it's obvious that they are far from the first pair to be over 20 years apart in age. People really need to chill with the hate — especially some of Carole's RHONY costars.