We Don’t Support These 40+ Adult Celebs Who Reportedly Dated Young Stars

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Hollywood has no shortage of age-gapped relationships, where one person is a lot older than their romantic partner. In the case of some relationships, the difference between ages was especially extreme, bringing with it quite a bit of criticism for the couples in question. Take a look at these relationships, which made headlines and caught lots of attention in Hollywood.

Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere

Milo Ventimiglia met Hayden Panettiere on the set of Heroes — where he played Peter Petrelli, and she played Claire Bennet. At the time, Panettiere was 17 years old, and Ventimiglia was 29. Shortly after Panettiere’s 18th birthday, the two announced their romantic relationship.

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They broke up after two years. In an interview, Panettiere explained, ”It was never a case of me making a decision, saying, ‘I want to date older men.’ But I am drawn to people who make me up my game, who bring me up to their level.”

Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder

According to Johnny Depp, when it came to Winona Ryder, it was love at first sight. The two met at a premiere in 1989 when Depp was 26. Ryder was 17 at the time. Despite quickly falling in love, the two only began officially dating about four months after Ryder’s 18th birthday.

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Five months later, they were engaged. Depp famously got a tattoo of the actress’s name to mark his love. He then altered that tattoo to say ‘Wino forever’ after the two ended their engagement three years later.

Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith

Way back in 1972, 22-year-old Don Johnson met the daughter of his costar Tippi Hedren, 14-year-old Melanie Griffith, and fell in love. The two very quickly became attached, and by the time Griffith had turned 15, they had moved in together.

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On her 18th birthday, Johnson proposed. They married in 1976, but less than a year later, they divorced. After several other failed relationships, the two rekindled their romance and remarried in 1989, which soon led to the birth of Dakota Johnson. Five years later, they split for good but still remain close.

Bill Wyman and Mandy Smith

When Bill Wyman was 47, the ex-member of Rolling Stones was the subject of quite a controversy. In 1984, he met Mandy Smith, who was just 13 at the time. It’s unclear how romantic their relationship was at the time.

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Their relationship became public when she turned 16, and in 1989, when Smith reached the age of 18, the two were married. In his 1990 autobiography, he wrote, “She took my breath away…she was a woman at 13.” They divorced just two years later.