Love conquers all. Regardless of color, sexuality, gender and any other details that would have been extremely scandalous in the not so recent past. Given below are 11 high profile couples who have proven love is not limited by race.
1- Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower
Popularly considered to be amongst the greatest Hollywood actors of all time, Robert De Niro is married Grace Hightower in 1997. Although the couple split in 1999, they renewed their vows 5 years later. Robert De Niro has acted in over 100 movies and is known for classics such as Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and The Godfather II, and for providing some of the best dialogues and monologues in history, including the improvised “Are you talking to me?” from Taxi Driver.
2- Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto
Renowned American basketball champion Michael Jordan married Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in 2013. The retired basketball player was known for winning the Most Valuable Player Award five times, and for leading the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships. The couple had identical twin daughters in 2014.
3- George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
The prolific creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, George Lucas married Mellody Hobson in 2013, more than seven years after they met during a business conference! Mellody Hobson is the Chair of the Board of Directors at DreamWorks Animation and the president of Ariel Investments. The couple got married in true star wars style, at the Skywalker Ranch!
4- Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves
Matthew McConaughey is known for his intense acting in lead roles of movies such as Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club, the True Detective series and his “Alright, alright, alright!” dialogue in the cult classic Dazed and Confused. He met model and designer Camila Alvez in 2006, and tied the knot with her in 2011. After having three children!
5- John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
The popular R&B musician who gave us instant classics like “All of me” (which just happens to be about his wife!), “Tonight” and “Made to Love”, married supermodel Chrissy Teigen in 2013. The couple saw each other first on the set of the music video shoot for “Stereo” back in 2007, and they have enjoyed a steady relationship ever since.
6- Ron and Opal Perlman
Actor and voice actor Ron Perlman is best known for his role as the comic book character Hellboy in the movies of the same name, giving the voice of Vincent in the hugely popular Beauty and the Beast television series and playing as Clay in the Sons of Anarchy television series. He has been married to wife Opal Stone Perlman since 1981 and they have two children together.
7- Justin and Keisha Chambers
One of the leading actors in popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, Justin Chambers has probably the most enduring and endearing love stories in this list! He married Keisha in 1993, and have had five children together. Keisha used to work at a modeling agency when Justin was a rising model, and she eventually wound up in the same room as him, and they have been together ever since!
8- Joanna Shimkus and Sidney Poitier
African American actor and director Sidney Poitier married Canadian former actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976. He has had two daughters with Joanna Shimkus, one of who is Sydney Tamiia Poitier who has played a number of roles in movies and television series. The actor had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy before ending the relationship in 1965.
9- Wolfgang Puck and Gelila Assefa
Celebrity chef and occasional actor Wolfgang Puck married Ethiopian-born designer Gelila Assefa in 2007. The couple now has four children, out of which two are from Wolfgang Puck’s previous marriages. The celebrity chef was featured in the Smurfs movie and a number of food shows.
10- David Bowie and Iman
Prolific singer and songwriter David Bowie was married to wife Iman for 23 long years before he lost his battle with cancer early this year. The now widowed Iman is a Somali fashion model, an entrepreneur and an actress, and she is well known for her philanthropic work. The couple had multiple children from their own as well as previous marriages. RIP David Bowie, you will always be the Starman in our hearts!
11- Chris Noth and Tara Lynn Wilson
The actor who played the role of Mr. Big in the popular series “Sex and the City” seemed to have done a a great job, because his taste in women are way different from the character in the show! He married wife Tara Lynn Wilson in 2012 and they have a son together. The couple first met back in 2002 at Chris’s bar The Cutting Room where Tara used to work, and spent nearly a decade together before tying the knot.
So there you have it! Nearly a dozen couples who have looked beyond the color of their skin to find true love, and have made it work despite the unsaid judgment they faced from society! We could use more people like them, who can teach us what it is to truly love someone!