Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde are said to be “very serious” about each other. Will their 10-year age gap help or hurt them?
Much has been written about May-December relationships, usually when the man is older, but what about when it’s the woman?
In Hollywood almost anything goes and role reversal isn’t that uncommon. Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore famously had a 15 year age gap.
In a 2008 interview, Moore said their age gap wasn’t a problem.
“People made such a fuss about my relationship with Ashton. You would have thought they had never seen it before. Age wasn’t what I was thinking about, but to the rest of the world it was a very big deal,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
Moore and Kutcher first began dating in 2003 and married at Los Angeles’ Kabbalah Centre in 2005.
But it wasn’t a marriage made in heaven. Kutcher got caught in two cheating scandals in 2010. They divorced a year later.
Both Moore and Kutcher said their decision to have a threesome with another woman led to the infidelity. Moore said she felt pressured to be a “cool wife.”
Kutcher went on to date Mila Kunis, who was in his age demographic. The married in 2015 and are still together.
An Australian study of 8,682 households and 19,914 individuals over a 13-year period examined how age differences affected relationships.
Men tend to be more satisfied with younger wives and less satisfied with older wives. Interestingly, women felt the same way; they were more satisfied with younger husbands and less satisfied with older husbands.
“Women are also particularly dissatisfied when they’re married to older husbands and particularly satisfied if they’re married to younger husbands,” says study coauthor Terra McKinnish, economics professor at the University of Colorado, in the report.
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In Hollywood age is just a number. Here are some notable relationships and the age at which they married.
Robert Duvall, 73, and Luciana Duvall 32, age gap 41 years.
Alec Baldwin,54, and Hilaria Thomas, 28, age gap 26 years.
Joan Collins, 68, and Percy Gibson, 36, age gap 32 years
Harrison Ford, 67, and Calista Flockhart, 45, age gap 22 years,
Jeff Goldblum, 62, and Emilie Livingston, 31, age gap 31 years
Michael Douglas, 56, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 31, age gap 25 years
“The larger the age gap between you and your partner, the more likely your marriage will end in divorce,” Randy Olson, senior data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, told the AARP.
“Only being one to five years away from your partner is nothing to worry about, but if you’re old enough to be your partner’s parent, then your marriage might be in trouble,” he says.
Wilde, who is 36, and Styles, who is 27, would appear to be facing age challenges that could weigh on their relationship down the road.
Their backgrounds are also dissimilar. Wilde grew up in the posh Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and summered in Ireland.
She attended an exclusive private Georgetown Day School, in Washington, D.C., and an equally exclusive boarding school at Phillips Academy, in Andover, Mass.
Harry attended a public high school until he was 16.
Wilde was previously married when she was 19 to Italian film director Tao Respoli, who is 10 years her senior. They divorced in 2011.
She began dating actor, comedian, and screenwriter Jason Sudeikis, who is also 10-years her senior, the same year.
They had two children together, son Otis, six and daughter Daisy, four before splitting in last year.
Wilde and Styles, who is better known as a singer, started a “locationship” while filming “Don’t Worry Darling.”
The film, Styles’ second, is a psychological thriller about a housewife in the 1950s who finds out her husband has a dark secret. Styles is starring opposite Florence Pugh, 25. Wilde is directing.
The couple went public with their relationship last month and reportedly have been inseparable ever since.
“They seem very serious and spend all their time together. Olivia is very happy with Harry,” a source told People.
“Olivia and Harry continue to film in Los Angeles. Filming has been tricky because of COVID. They have shut down the set several times for testing and breaks. Olivia is amazing to work with though. She stays calm and very focused despite all the breaks.
“As they spent time together on-and off-set, their friendship quickly turned romantic. Their chemistry was very obvious,” the source said.
“Olivia and Harry created this loving and warm environment. Everyone loved working with them. She takes her work very seriously, but everyone saw it coming.”
Styles, who is British, gained fame as singer with the boy band one direction, before launching a successful solo career.
He landed his first film role, a cameo, in the 2016 war epic “Dunkirk.”
Styles has had a wild and varying dating history. He began dating British TV host Caroline Flack when he was 17. She was 45 at the time.
He briefly dated Taylor Swift later in 2012, which infamously crashed and burned.
His longest relationship from 2017 to 2018, was with French-American model Camille Rowe, 31, who inspired his 2019 album Fine Line.