There’s an old saying when it comes to meeting your future spouse: “When you know, you know.” Also: “It was love at first sight.” That’s why some people decide to skip the whole dating-for-a-while thing and march straight toward the altar. And as much as it sounds like a movie plot, fast celebrity engagements happen IRL, too. Sometimes, just like the rest of us, stars fall head-over-heels in love and can’t imagine being without the other person — and rush straight into ring-shopping.
In a pandemic year, stars have had the opportunity to get to know their significant other away from prying eyes. Instead of glamming it up on a red carpet, they hunkered down, making banana bread and whipped coffee with their mates. It’s why we were all surprised when reports surfaced that Shailene Woodley was dating NFL star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. How did they even meet?! By the time we started to try and answer that question, Rodgers let it slip at the NFL Honors that he was engaged. We didn’t even have time to process their dating life, and now they are planning a wedding.
Lightning-fast celebrity engagements certainly aren’t a new thing, and celebs do a great job of falling in love quickly — and also falling out of love quickly. Some of these engagements had a short shelf life, but they always provided interesting moments in the press. Sometimes these celebs make it down the aisle and prove everyone wrong — we’re looking at you, longtime bachelor George Clooney — while other relationships were seriously short-lived. (Hey, no shade, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.) No matter what, a short engagement can lead to a long marriage as long as it’s with the right person.
Take a look at these 21 celebrity couples who got engaged (and married!) quickly.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2021.