Stars who married their childhood sweethearts

We love love! Join as we take a look at all the stars who married their childhood sweethearts… starting with Jordan Fisher. The Broadway actor-singer met Ellie Woods when they both attended a theater school as teenagers in Birmingham, Alabama. “We’ve been best friends for over a decade before we started dating, and so there was a pretty easy transition into going into dating,” Jordan told Us Weekly. “And then it didn’t take any time at all for me to know she was my person. Ellie’s amazing.” They married in December 2020. Keep reading for more…

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Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins’ love story is one of our favorites! The “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker and the nurse-turned-author met in first grade and became close friends while at church camp in middle school before eventually dating in high school. “We dated once when we were 15, and it didn’t work out,” the country music singer told Taste of Country. “We dated for like, six months. We remained best friends even after we broke up. We both dated other people for like, five years. When I heard that she had ended her other relationship … I moved in for the kill. We kissed, and that was it. We dated probably six months, and we got engaged…” The couple, who married in 2012, share three daughters: Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon Love.

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Chance the Rapper met Kirsten Corley at their parents’ work party when they were just 10 years old! The moment Chance knew she was the one? When he saw her perform a Destiny’s Child song. “Now I’m locking eyes with the prettiest girl I ever seen in my almost-a-decade of life on earth,” he wrote on Twitter. “I really shouldn’t even say locked eyes cause really, I was just staring at her; as she and her girls were conquering this choreography and mastering the art of lip-synching in a way even the most professional performers have yet to accomplish.” Adorable! The pair married in March 2019 and share two daughters: Kensli and Marli.

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“Promising Young Woman” actress Carey Mulligan first laid eyes on her future husband, Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, as pre-teens at a Christian church camp. After the camp concluded, they remained in touch via letters. “Carey and Marcus began sending each other letters through their churches when they were kids,” a source told The Sun in 2011, a year before their wedding. “After becoming friends again, things got more serious this year and romance blossomed.” The couple now share children Evelyn and Wilfred.

Another couple who got close due to their faith? Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry and his wife, cookbook author Ayesha Curry. “I wasn’t allowed to date in high school,” Ayesha told Parents Magazine, explaining the situation when she met Steph at 14. “We always laugh that we were both focused on God.” Then, after many years spent as friends, the pair began dating early in their 20s. “I was 23; she was 22,” Steph explained. “But I knew I had found the right woman and I wanted to start a life with her.” They married in 2011 and now share three beautiful children together: daughters Riley and Ryan and son Canon.

Jon Bon Jovi met wife Dorothea Hurley when they were both in high school in Sayreville, New Jersey. In 1989, the pair, who share four children together, eloped in Las Vegas. “We work hard at it, but we enjoy each other and we never fell for the trappings of what celebrity can do,” Jon told People magazine. “We’ve witnessed that happen over the years to people that were close to us and people that we knew from afar. It’s just what I do, it’s not who I am. I write songs. I happen to be very good at performing them. That’s it.”

How did “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” actor Eddie Redmayne meet his wife, former publicist Hannah Bagshawe? They were students at neighboring boarding schools in England! Hannah, who attended an all-girls school, invited Eddie and some of their friends from the all-boys school to participate in a charity fashion show. “I had to walk across the stage topless — I was this pasty, freckly guy, and when I came on, the girls in the audience didn’t take much notice of me, but I was followed by the best looking boy in the school and all the girls erupted in cheers, which was emotionally scarring!” the Oscar winner told the Daily Mail. “I saw Hannah across the room at a party afterwards and she was very beautiful and very funny and she loves the arts and theatre just as I do, so we became friends.” Eddie and Hannah, who married in 2014, share two kids: Luke and Iris.

Snoop Dogg married his teenage girlfriend Shante Broadus in 1997, and the pair temporarily went their separate ways in 2004. In fact, they even filed for divorce. “It was up to me to try to put it back together because I’m the one who said I didn’t want to be a part of it no more… It’s hard now to this day,” the rapper told journalist Larry King in the aughts following the couple’s reunion. “There’s a lot of roller coaster to a relationship. You know, we’ve been together for 17 to 18 years. We’ve been married for 10 years, but, at the same time, it’s like, you know, some people in life are chosen for you. And I feel like we’re chosen for each other.” The pair, who renewed their vows in 2008, are parents to sons Corde and Julian and daughter Cori.

How did U2 frontman Bono meet wife Ali Hewson? When they were teens! “We were teenagers, we went to the same school, high school. … I walked her to her bus — isn’t that mad?” the rocker told “Extra” in 2016. The rest is history! Bono and Ali married in 1982 and have since become parents to four children: Jordan, Eve, Elijah and John.

“The Newsroom” actor Jeff Daniels married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Treado, back in 1979! They’ve since welcomed three children: sons Ben and Lucas and daughter Nellie.

Prolific rapper Kendrick Lamar began dating longtime love Whitney Alford when they were both in high school. “I wouldn’t even call her my girl,” he told Billboard in 2015 prior to asking for her hand in marriage. “That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.” Kendrick and Whitney became first-time parents in 2019.

“Dancing With the Stars” pro Witney Carson began dating husband Carson McAllister, with whom she tied the knot in January 2016, when they were in their final year of high school. They’ve since become parents: In January 2021, they welcomed son Kevin Leo.

In May 2015, “Glee” star Heather Morris married Taylor Hubbell, her high school sweetheart, after reconnecting via MySpace. “I want to marry him so bad. That’s what I really care about. I want to marry Taylor and have kids with him. I love acting, but if it affects my relationship, then I won’t continue doing it,” Heather told Fitness magazine in 2011. Luckily, she’s managed to keep both loves of her life! The duo are parents to two sons: Elijah and Owen.

Ja Rule has been in a relationship with wife Aisha Atkins since middle school! While chatting with Ebony magazine in 2002, the rapper explained, “the first time I met her, I was getting off the school bus, and she was the new girl in school.” They tied the knot in 2001 and are parents to three children: Jeffrey, Britney and Jordan.

Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry Seaborn met in high school in Suffolk, England, though it took a while for things to turn romantic. The pair found each other again in 2015 in New York City. “She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like, six shows. It was around then, and we reconnected,” he told People. “I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor [Swift]’s Fourth of July party. I was texting [Cherry], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a Fourth of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.” Ed and Cherry, who married in 2019, welcomed their first child a year later.

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