13 Stars Who Said “I Do” for the First Time After 40 and Are Now Insanely Happy
Finding your soulmate can happen at any age. And no one knows this better than these stars who didn’t meet the right person until later in life. While some of them never thought of being tied down, others just took their time finding their Mr. or Mrs. Right.
1. Paris Hilton
The singer and actress tied the knot with entrepreneur Carter Reum when she turned 40, and she’s sure it was worth the wait. “I am so proud to stand beside you as your wife. There was a piece of me that always felt I had to go on this journey in life by myself, but now I know the stars were just aligning for us to find each other again,” she wrote.
2. Cynthia Nixon
The Sex and the City star was in a long-term relationship with her high school sweetheart Danny Mozes until she met her true soulmate, education activist Christine Marinoni. The actress was 46 when the couple got married in 2012. "I had never dated a woman before or even kissed a woman or anything. It wasn’t something in me that was waiting to come out. It was like, “this person is undeniable. How can I let this person walk by?” she said.
3. Jerry Seinfeld
The stand-up comedian was in his 40s when he married author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld. “Every night for us is date night. We just like to hang out and it’s not like a big deal for us to go to a restaurant. It’s just about being the same room for us. We love being in the same room,” he said.
4. Geri Halliwell
The Spice Girl was 43 when she married Christian Horner, the team principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. The singer admitted she knew right away she was going to marry Horner. “The thing is, my mother, she got divorced, so it kind of put me off a bit if I’m honest, and I hadn’t met anyone that I felt it was right with, really. And when I met Christian, I automatically knew, I did, I actually said to my friend, ‘I think I’ve met the man I want to marry,’” she shared. At the age of 44, she gave birth to his son.
5. Julianna Margulies
The actress best known for playing the role of Alicia Florrick in the drama series The Good Wife waited 41 years to become a real-life wife. Margulies married attorney Keith Lieberthal in 2007, and she believes it was the right time for her to take the plunge. “I feel very grateful that I had the courage to say no when I did and say yes when I could, that I waited to find the right mate and to have this little family. There’s something about this time in my life where I feel like it’s never going to get better,” she said.
6. Vince Vaughn
The Four Christmases star was 40 when he married real estate agent Kyla Weber. Vaughn admitted that after years of being a bachelor he was finally ready to start a family. “It’s the first time that I really want to have kids,” he shared.
7. Amy Adams
The award-winning actress and her husband Leo Gallo got married when she was 41 years old. “We always had the commitment, but now he’s stuck with me and I can really act out. I’m kidding. The truth is, I feel a stronger sense of family, a bigger sense of permanence, which is a nice thing for me,” the Enchanted star said.
8. Jim Parsons
The actor best known for his role of Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom The Big Bang Theory and his husband Todd Spiewak were together for almost 15 years before they decided to get married. "We just didn’t care about the act of it that much. That sounds cold in a way but I finally thought: “Well, let’s have a party then for the celebration and we’ll go ahead and legalize this thing,” he said. “It was so much more meaningful in the moment for me than I predicted, and it’s been resonantly much more meaningful for me afterward than I ever saw coming,” he continued.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
The Glee star walked down the aisle when she was 46 years old. Her husband, Brad Falchuk, was the co-creator of the series, and the 2 met on set. The actress explained that before she met her husband, she had 2 types of relationships. “One where I was constantly chasing and trying to win someone over, and one where I was put off by the person’s capacity for the relationship — and those relationships were very short-lived. For the first time, I feel like I’m in an adult relationship that demands a certain level of intimacy and communication that I haven’t been held to before,” she shared.
10. Neil Patrick Harris
The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor and his husband David Burtka have been together for a long time, but they finally decided to tie the knot in 2014 when Harris was 41. “Well, we’ve been together for much longer than 7 years, because we weren’t allowed to get married for a long time. So, I think we’re on like 17 years of being together,” the How I Met Your Mother star said.
11. Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain admits that she is very modest, so she does not advertise her personal life. Of her former affairs, the public only knows about her relationship with director Ned Benson. But the actress has been waiting a long time to tie the knot. She got married to Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo in 2017 when she was already 40 years old. And a year later, the couple had their first child.
12. Kirsten Dunst
Before meeting Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst tried to build a relationship with some of her colleagues several times. She dated Jake Gyllenhaal and Garrett Hedlund, but it never came to marriage. In 2016, Dunst began an affair with the Fargo star. Two years later, they had their first child. In 2021, the couple became parents of another baby, and in 2022, they finally got married.
13. Emma Bunton
Emma Bunton began dating Jade Jones in 1998. However, the couple’s relationship was like a roller coaster — they’d get together and then break up. The last time they gave each other another chance was in 2004, and they’ve been together since then. During this time, they had two children. Emma and Jade didn’t plan to get married: “We don’t need a wedding to justify our relationship.” But as time went on, their attitude toward marriage seemed to change. In 2021, at the age of 45, Bunton tied the knot.
Do you know any other celebrities who found their love later in life?