Just like the rest of us, some celebs take the long way to happily ever after. Occasionally they get derailed by things that didn’t work out or they focus on their careers and wait until later in life to pull together their personal life. Whatever the reason, here are a few celebs who fell in love after 40…
No summary of celeb love after 40 would be complete without our beloved Jen. We watched her go through a very public divorce with Brad Pitt after Pitt met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The somewhat callous timing of Brad and Angie’s getting together (remember the W magazine cover depicting them as a family before Brad and Jen were even divorced?) divided both fan bases. Some fans were Team Jen, others were Team Angelina, but no one was really Team Brad. All that is water under a very old bridge for Jen now. Despite the rumors that Jen and Justin met on set, Jennifer told Good Morning America she knew her new love, and fiancé, Justin Theroux well before they starred together in Wanderlust. After 15 months of dating, Justin asked Jennifer to marry him on August 11, 2012 — his 41st birthday.
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When Salma closed out her 30s, she thought the husband-family ship may have sailed, and came to terms with it. She told Redbook magazine, “As I got closer to my 40s I liberated myself. I said to myself, ‘You know what? A husband and family might not happen, and you have to get over it and enjoy life without that.’ I decided to focus on the other good things I had. Then, all of a sudden!” And by “all of a sudden” Hayek means she met and married French businessman François-Henri Pinault. The couple has a daughter, Valentina, who is now 5 years old. Salma took her time, but apparently Francois was worth the wait.
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Marcia Cross is likely nothing like her muffin-toting, type-A character Bree on Desperate Housewives, but at 44 years old, had she become desperate before meeting husband Tom Mahoney? Yes. She told Oprah Winfrey that she was “desperate to be a housewife.” Desperation, in this case, paid off. When Cross spotted Mahoney outside a flower shop in L.A., she gave her number to the storekeeper to give to Tom. It may sound like our note-passing-in-study-hall days of yore, but it worked! Tom called her a week later, and the rest, as they say, is history. Now Marcia and Tom are the proud parents of twins Savannah and Eden. See, ladies? No guts, no glory! Now go out there and give someone your number to give to someone else!
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While on the topic of gorgeous celebs with enviable red hair, Julianne Moore also found lasting love after 40. She was 42, to be exact, when she married her long-time love, director Bart Freundlich, with whom she already had two kids. In fact, she told The Guardian, “I had a therapist who said marriage is really a container for a family and that made sense to me.” Okay, then. It may not be the most romantic sentiment about why you married someone, but Julianne sealed the deal after she was 40.
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Love after 40 isn’t just for the ladies. Alec Baldwin recently married his yoga instructor love, Hilaria Thomas. But the 54-year-old 30 Rock star didn’t stop at the I-do’s. He took it to the next level and impregnated 28-year-old Hilaria. Baldwin recently told Extra that he was experiencing sympathy pains. “My boobs hurt. My jeans don’t fit.”
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Even before his very public and nasty divorce from Camille Grammer, Kelsey moved on with his now wife, former flight attendant Kayte Walsh Grammer. At 57, Grammer has entered wedded bliss for a fourth time with the 25-years-younger Kayte. The half-centurion plus wasted no time getting his new wife in a family way, and Kelsey and Kayte are now parents to baby Faith.