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These Celebrity Couples Were So Young When They Got Married

Ah, young love. It can be the most wonderful thing in the world — and the most devastating. And in Hollywood, it’s more common than you might realize. When stars like Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore, or Macaulay Culkin grow up in the spotlight like they do, that often means they get a crash course in adulthood long before their peers, and sometimes, they make their family planning decisions ahead of schedule too. As we celebrate one couple that definitively proves young love can work out — Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, who are celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary after marrying when they were both 25 years old — we’re looking back on all the young couples who made it down the aisle before 25.

While some of these young newlyweds have stood the test of time like Ripa and Consuelos or long-wedded Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar, others you may be surprised to learn ever married at all. Janet Jackson’s brief marriage at age 18 or Uma Thurman’s brief marriage at age 20 didn’t define these stars — it was just another step in the road to becoming who they were.

Of all these couples, we can’t help but notice just how many of them seem to have met while shooting a movie together, and it seems like the possibility of falling for your co-star is extra high when you’re a young 20-something paired with another rising star. Whether that’s by design or by circumstance, we can’t know — but it’s got to be exciting to experience the early rush of stardom with someone who really gets it.

However they met, read on for all the celebrity couples who threw caution to the winds and tied the knot in their teens or early 20s.

A version of this story was originally published in 2021.

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