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19 Celebrities Who Dated People Under The Age Of 18

We're talkin' decades, people.

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Disclaimer: Consent laws have become more stringent over the years, and the age of consent varies from state to state.

1. Jerry Seinfeld met Shoshanna Lonstein in Central Park in 1993, when he was 38 years old and she was just 17.

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They claimed to be "just friends" until she turned 18, and then went public with their relationship. They dated for four years and broke up shortly after she graduated college.

2. Milo Ventimiglia was 29 when he started dating his Heroes costar, 17-year-old Hayden Panettiere.

Milo and Hayden posing together on the red carpet.
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When asked what he learned from his relationship with Hayden, Milo told "MR PORTER," "Never do it again. There are things that happen to you in your life that shape who you are. Everything I've been through from jobs to friendships to partnerships, everything has built me to who I am. You learn from it. You learn a better way of doing things. It wasn't until my mid to late twenties that the job wears on you, relationships wear on you."

3. Doug Hutchison was 51 when he married 16-year-old Courtney Stodden. Her mother signed off on it, and her father walked her down the aisle.

Doug and Courtney posing together on the red carpet.
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They divorced in early 2020.

4. Marvin Gaye was 34 when he met 17-year-old Janis Hunter at a Los Angeles recording studio one night in 1973. He expressed an intense interest in her and they started dating. They got married four years later.

Marvin on the left and Jan on the right.
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Janis — who now goes by Jan — revealed in her memoir that, while she loved Marvin, their relationship was tumultuous. They both were addicted to drugs and sex.

5. Don Johnson was 22 when he started dating 14-year-old Melanie Griffith. They moved in together when she was 15.

Young Melanie linking arms with Don — both of them smiling.
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They met on the set of The Harrad Experiment, a movie that Griffith's mother — Tippi Hedren — and Johnson were both starring in. Hedren recalled feeling "sheer panic" when she realized they had made a connection.

6. Bill Wyman was 47 when he started dating 14-year-old Mandy Smith. They got married when she was 18.

Mandy and Bill posing together.
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After their wedding, Smith said they only had sex two times before they divorced. "The wedding day is a bit of a blur now. It doesn't feel it was me," she said in an interview.

7. Luc Besson was 31 when he started dating 15-year-old Maïwenn Le Besco. They met when she was 12, and she gave birth to their daughter when she was 16.

Maïwenn and Luc posing together.
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Le Besco directed the 2011 film Polisse, which follows French police officers trying to catch suspected pedophiles.

8. Chad Michael Murray was 24 when he started dating 17-year-old Kenzie Dalton. She played a cheerleader extra on his hit show, One Tree Hill. He proposed to her in 2006, when she was still a senior in high school.

Kenzie posing with Chad on the red carpet.
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They broke up in 2013 after a seven-year engagement.

9. Jerry Lee Lewis was 22 when he married his third cousin — 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown. The press found out after Brown accidentally told a reporter that she was Lewis's wife.

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His tour was canceled and Myra Williams (formerly known as Myra Gale Brown) said in an interview with Cuepoint that “his career took a nosedive right into the concrete.”

10. Stacy Ann Ferguson (aka "Fergie") was 23 when she briefly dated 16-year-old Justin Timberlake.

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"One of my good friends was dating J.C. Chasez, and so we’d all hang out with NSYNC. Justin and I would go out together and have fun and make out,” she said in a 2006 interview. "We went to Hawaii together, but we were never serious. He was 'Mr. Right Now.'"

11. Linda Blair began dating and allegedly lost her virginity to Rick Springfield when she was 15 and he was 25.

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He later described her as an “enthusiastic learner” in his memoir (ew), and Linda Blair said in an interview, “my mother loved [him]!"

12. Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu met and quickly got together in Germany while he was 24 and she was 14.

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They eventually married in 1967 when he was 32 and she was 21.

13. Wilmer Valderrama was 29 years old when he met Demi Lovato at 17, but the two didn't begin dating until Demi turned 18.

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They were together for six years before splitting up in 2016.

14. Wilmer also dated Lindsay Lohan in 2004 when he was 24 and she was 18 (although they allegedly started their relationship when she was only 17).

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Lindsay told Elllen Degenerous in a 2014 interview that she’d written the single “Over” on her debut album Speak about their breakup.

15. Steven Tyler met Julia Holcomb in 1973 when she was 16 and he was 27. They quickly began dating shortly after that, and Julia’s mother even signed over guardianship to Steven while Julia was living with him in Boston.

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Julia left Tyler in 1977 after he pressured her to abort their first child together following a fire that had caused lung damage for her and oxygen deprivation for the baby.

16. Infamous rock star “groupie” Lori Mattix met David Bowie when she was just 14, and the two saw each other on and off for 10 years after that.

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In an essay for Thrillist, Mattix described losing her virginity to Bowie at 14 years old: “He got into the tub, already filled with water, and asked me to wash him. Of course I did. Then he escorted me into the bedroom, gently took off my clothes, and de-virginized me.”

17. Lori Maddox also met Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page when she was 15, and the two dated for about two years before she caught him in bed with another woman.

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Describing their relationship, Maddox said, “It became so serious that Jimmy asked my mom for permission to be with me.”

18. Joel Madden started dating Hilary Duff when he was 24 and she was just 16 years old. Their relationship lasted three years.

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They made their debut “out in public” together as a couple at the 2005 VMAs.

19. And finally, Woody Allen originally met Soon-Yi when she was 11 years old while he was dating her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. They began dating in 1991 when Soon-Yi was 20 and Allen was in his mid-fifties.

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Soon-Yi continues to defend their relationship.

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