In the world of showbusiness, age-gap relationships aren’t uncommon, with many Hollywood veterans and successful businessmen in the public eye opting to date women decades younger than them.
And after it was announced that The Godfather actor Al Pacino was to become a father again at the age of 83, attention was drawn to his age-gap relationship with Noor Afallah, who is a staggering 54 years his junior.
While their age gap of more than five decades has certainly turned heads, they are not the only couple within the world of A-listers bridging several generations in their unions.
It was revealed that Ghostbusters star Bill Murray, 72, and singer Kelis, 43, had been ‘getting close for a while’ after meeting in the United States following the passing of Kelis’s husband, Mike Mora, last year from stomach cancer aged 37.
In the case of many celebrity couples, a great deal has changed since the elder person in the relationship was the age of their partner – from fashion, to hair styles and culture.
FEMAIL has dived back in time to take a look at the age-gap couples in the celebrity world and see what famous faces looked like when they were the same age as their much younger partners…
Bill Murray at 43
Pictured: Bill murray during an NBA Championship game in May 1993 at Madison Square Garden, New York City
It was revealed that Ghostbusters star Bill Murray (right), 72, and singer Kelis (centre), 43, had been ‘getting close for a while’
Billy Murray, 72, best known for his roles in Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, is reported to be dating singer Kelis, 43, and are one of the wackiest couples around.
At 29 years her senior, Murray was spotted watching a number of his rumoured new girlfriend’s most recent shows, including her latest ‘from the side of the stage in London,’ according to the U.S. Sun.
‘They’ve clearly hit it off,’ the insider added. ‘They were both seen at the same hotel, and he’s been to watch her perform several times before he went to Mighty Hoopla [in South London].’
It is thought that the pair could have connected over their ‘shared relatively recent bereavements’ – after both losing partners.
But it is not the first time Murray has raised eyebrows with his relationship choices.
He married his first wife in 1981 at a 4.30am ‘elopement’ ceremony in Las Vegas – and, despite being married for 15 years, embarked on a scandalous extramarital affair.
And, although Murray went on to marry his lover, their 10-year relationship was not all plain sailing either and ended in a bitter divorce engulfed with accusations of adultery, domestic violence and addictions to sex, alcohol and cannabis.
Al Pacino at 29
Large age gaps are not uncommon in the celebrity world, with many famous men dating women several decades younger than them. After it was revealed Al Pacino is due to become a father at the age of 83 with his much younger girlfriend, FEMAIL has gone back in time to recall how these older men looked when they were the same age as their current partners. Pictured: Pacino as a young man
The American actor, 83, made a shock announcement last week that his 29-year-old girlfriend Noor Alfallah is heavily pregnant with their first child together
Pacino’s super glamorous girlfriend Noor Alfallah (pictured) is expecting her first child with the veteran actor – and has dated men decades older than her in the past
Al Pacino, best known for his roles in gangster movies including The Godfather and Scarface, is dating 29-year-old Noor Alfallah. At 83 years old himself, he and his partner have a staggering 54-year age gap.
Recently, Pacino revealed his girlfriend was heavily pregnant and expecting their first child together, making him a father for the fourth time.
He already has a daughter called Marie, who at 33-years-old is four years older than her father’s girlfriend, and 22-year-old twins Olivia and Anton.
After Pacino and his new girlfriend got together during the pandemic, they have managed to keep details of their romance out of the limelight.
However Noor is no stranger to age-gap relationships and is a former flame of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who is also several decades her senior.
When Pacino was the same age as his glamorous girlfriend it was 1969 and he was on the cusp of career success.
At the time, he was already a big star on stage and that year won a Tony Award for a production of Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?
However, with career-making titles like The Godfather and Scarface still to come, a handsome, 29-year-old Pacino was still relatively unknown to many.
The White House was occupied by newly-sworn in President Richard Nixon, who was fresh to the role and had not yet been undone by the Watergate scandal.
That summer, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon after NASA’s successful Apollo 11 mission.
Mick Jagger at 36
When Mick Jagger was the age of girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, it was 1979 – and he was married to model Jerry Hall. Pictured in Paris
The Rolling Stones singer, 79, began dating 36-year-old Melanie Hamrick in 2014, after he met the former ballerina at a concert in Tokyo
Melanie Hamrick, 36 (pictured) welcomed her first child with rockstar Mick Jagger in 2016, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger. Last year Melanie’s Instagram selfie sparked engagement rumours as fans were convinced they could see a rock on her ring finger
The Rolling Stones frontman, 79, began dating 36-year-old Melanie Hamrick in 2014, after he met the former ballerina at a concert in Tokyo.
With a 43-year age gap between them, Melanie is younger than three of her partner’s children, with Karis Jagger aged 52, Jade Jagger aged 51 and Elizabeth aged 38.
However the pair, who have now been together for nearly a decade, seem happier than ever and share a son, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger, who is six years old.
Last year, the couple even sparked engagement rumours after Melanie posted a mirror selfie on Instagram in which a sparkler could be seen on her ring finger.
Jagger has eight children by five women. His first child, daughter Karis, 52, was a result of a fling with actress and singer Marsha Hunt. He then went onto have daughter Jade, 51, with his then-wife Bianca.
The Satisfaction hitmaker also has four children with Jerry Hall: daughters Elizabeth, 38, and Georgia, 31, and sons James, 37, and Gabriel, 25.
When Jagger himself was the same age as his current partner Melanie, the year was 1979.
At the time, he was married to supermodel Jerry Hall (who has since gone on to marry and then divorce media mogul Rupert Murdoch).
The year saw the UK’s first ever female prime minister Margaret Thatcher elected to office – and she remained in power until 1992 when she was ousted by her own party and replaced with John Major.
Robert de Niro at 45
Robert de Niro was the age of his current girlfriend in the 1980s, when he was starring in films including Raging Bull
The Godfather actor, 79, has just welcomed his newest addition to the family with 45-year-old Tiffany Chen
The Godfather actor, 79, has just welcomed his newest addition to the family with 45-year-old Tiffany Chen. Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro was born on April 6, but her birth wasn’t announced until the following month.
De Niro has six other other children; Drena, 51, and Raphael, 46 with his ex-wife Diahnne Abbott, Elliot, 25, and Helen, 11, with ex-wife Grace Hightower, and twins Aaron and Julian, 27, with former girlfriend, Toukie Smith.
Tiffany and Robert are thought to have first met in 2015 when they worked on the film The Intern together. She had a small role as a Tai Chi instructor who helps out de Niro’s character.
The actor was spotted with Tiffany in August 2021 as they enjoyed a vacation in the South of France together – and were photographed kissing and holding hands.
When she isn’t acting, Chen is a martial arts instructor and has won several competitive medals during her career. By the age of 26, she was listed in Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Fame.
Although the pair have a 34-year age gap between them, they have never publicly commented on the difference – in fact, the couple have remained tight-lipped altogether about their relationship since they got together.
Although it was De Niro who last month confirmed the birth of his seventh child, he is so private about his relationship that he didn’t specify who the mother was, leaving fans guessing.
However, during a promotional tour for De Niro’s new film, About My Father, his co-star Kim Cattrall confirmed De Niro had welcomed Gia Virginia with Tiffany.
De Niro was the age of his girlfriend in 1988 – the year he starred in Midnight Run.
The presidency was held by Ronald Raegan at the time, and it was also the year the world was rocked by the Pan Am 103 disaster, in which a commercial flight from Frankfurt to Detroit containing 243 passengers and 16 crew was blown up over Lockerbie in Scotland – a tragedy which became known as the Lockerbie bombing.
Bernie Ecclestone at 46
Business mogul Bernie Ecclestone was 46 in 1977 when he was working with Alfa Romeo cards in Formula One
The former chief executive of Formula One, 92, married 46-year-old Fabiana Flosi in 2012, when the Brazilian marketing executive was 35
Fabiana, 46, was working in marketing for the Brazilian Grand Prix when she first met Mr Ecclestone (pictured at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2018)
The former chief executive of Formula One, 92, married 46-year-old Fabiana Flosi in 2012, when the Brazilian marketing executive was 35.
This makes Fabiana a whopping 46 years younger than her husband.
The couple met in 2019 at the World Motor Sport Council, when Fabiana was working in marketing for the Brazilian Grand Prix held in Interlagos.
Ecclestone had just divorced his second wife Slavica, to whom he was married for 24 years, at the time. He married Fabiana three years later.
In 2020, the couple welcomed their first child together, a boy named Ace.
At the time, the mogul hit back at criticism he was too old to father another child at the age of 89, and told the Daily Mail there was nothing wrong with it.
He said: ‘There’s nothing that unusual is there? I haven’t had a job for a little while so I have had plenty of time to practise!’
Following Ace’s birth, he told The Sun on Sunday: ‘There’s nothing that unusual is there? I haven’t had a job for a little while so I have had plenty of time to practise!
We have to travel all the way back to 1977 to find the year Bernie Ecclestone was 46, the current age of his wife.
The mogul was already involved with Formula One at the time and working with the Alfa Romeo team.
The year 1977 saw the release of the first ever Star Wars Film: A New Hope; and was also the year the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, died of a heart attack.
Richard Gere at 40
Richard Gere was at the height of his fame, starring in films that defined his career including Pretty Woman when he was the same age that Alejandra is now
The American Gigolo actor, now 73, has been married to 40-year-old Alejandra Silva since 2018 (couple pictured in New York in January)
Alejandra, the Spanish-born yoga teacher, previously told PEOPLE she felt a strong karmic pull towards Gere when they first met
Richard Gere, best known for An Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman alongside Julia Roberts, is married to 40-year-old Alejandra Silva.
Now at 73 years old, Gere is 33 years older than his wife, but according to Silva, the age gap made no difference to their attraction.
Spanish-born Silva has known her husband since she was young, and previously described him as a ‘family friend’ when she was younger.
Speaking to Hola! in 2015, Silva revealed that she and Gere had met back in the early 2000s, but when they reconnected around a decade later, there was an instant attraction.
She told the publication: ‘Our karma was attracted the moment we saw each other.
‘I’m not ignoring our age difference and what it means to be with a Hollywood star, but when there’s such a strong karmic energy, the problems disappear.’
Gere and Silva each had a child from previous relationships, and welcomed another child in February 2019.
When Gere, the oldest of the couple, was 40 years old as Silva is now, he was at the height of his fame as a Hollywood heartthrob and was about to star in Pretty Woman, where he played Edward, the jaded businessman who falls in love with a prostitute named Vivian (Julia Roberts).
The year 1989 saw the world shaken by images of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square, in which civilians were gunned down by Chinese troops after martial law was declared by the Communist Party.
Steven Tyler at 34
Rockstar and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was the same age as his current girlfriend in 1982, when the band released its album Rock in a Hard Place
The singer, 75, met 34-year-old Aimee Preston in the early 2010s when she began working for Tyler as his assistant
Aimee, 34, often shares photos of herself with her partner Tyler on Instagram, and posts sweet tributes to him to mark special dates including anniversaries
The Aerosmith singer, 75, met 34-year-old Aimee Preston in the early 2010s when she began working for Tyler as his assistant.
Rumours of their romance started to emerge in 2014, despite the musician being 39 years Aimee’s elder.
They went public with their relationship not long after, when they attended Elton John’s annual Oscar’s Viewing Party together. Photographs had emerged of the couple holding hands.
Since their romance came to light, Aimee has paid tribute to her flame several times on Instagram, particularly to commemorate special dates such as anniversaries.
On Tyler’s 72nd birthday, she posted photos of herself with her partner as they celebrated the milestone in lockdown.
In the snaps, they are standing outside in baking heat while wearing swimsuits, and are covered in mud.
In the caption, she wrote: ‘Thankfully we were a complete f*****g mess going into this…makes the whole ‘birthday under quarantine’ thing just part of the plan.’
Tyler was married twice before his relationship with Aimee – first to Cyrinda Foxe, and then to Teressa Barrick.
His eldest daughter, Liv Tyler, is 45 years old, making her more than a decade older than her father’s partner.
And at 34 years old, Steven’s youngest daughter Chelsea is the same age as Preston.
The singer was Aimee’s age in 1982, when Aerosmith had just released its Rock in a Hard Place album, which features hits including ‘Jailbait’.
Newsworthy events from the year include the Falklands War, while the UK was captivated by baby fever with the birth of Charles and Diana’s eldest son, Prince William.
Sylvester Stallone at 54
Action hero Sylvester Stallone, best known for the Rocky and Rambo films, was 54 in 2000, the year he starred in thriller Get Carter
The Hollywood veteran, 76, married now 54-year-old Jennifer Flavin in 1997 and the couple share three daughters
Hollywood action hero Sylvester Stallone, 76, married now 54-year-old Jennifer Flavin in 1997.
The pair had first dated in the 1980s but split up before rekindling their relationship in 1994.
The couple, who have a 21-year age gap, share three children Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, who are all lookalikes of their mother. In 2007, Stallone defended the age-gap marriage, and the fact he had settled down late in life.
He told Women’s Day: ‘I make a much better father and husband now than I could have earlier… I sometimes think all men should wait till they’re 50 to settle down.’
But after 25 years of marriage, the last year has been somewhat turbulent for the pair.
Last August, People magazine reported Jennifer had filed for divorce, with the former model telling the publication: ‘While we will no longer be married, I will always cherish the more than 30-year relationship that we shared, and I know we are both committed to our beautiful daughters. I ask for privacy for our family as we amicably move forward.’
However just one month later, it was reported the pair were back together – and were even allowing cameras into their lives for a reality TV series on Paramount+, The Family Stallone.
Last month, the pair seemed to be back on track as Jennifer shared a gushing Instagram post to celebrate their wedding anniversary – and to promote the new series.
When Stallone was 54, the same age Jennifer is now, we had just entered the new millennium in the year 2000. At the time, he was filming the action movie Get Carter.
Elsewhere, the world was recovering from Y2K panic after fears that computer systems would crash when the year changed to begin with the digit ‘2’ – but thankfully, it made no difference.
Michael Douglas at 53
American actor Michael Douglas was 53, the age his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones is now, in 1997 (pictured at the premiere of Face Off in LA)
The Marvel actor and Catherine Zeta-Jones, considered one of Hollywood’s power couples, have been happily married since 2000
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are considered one of Hollywood’s strongest couples, following their marriage in the year 2000.
Now 78, Douglas is 25 years older than his 53-year-old wife, but the pair appear happier than ever after making it through some tough times – including Douglas battling cancer.
The couple, who have two children Dylan, 22, and Carys, 20, are open about their relationship and any difficulties an age gap may bring.
Speaking to the WSJ Magazine, Zeta-Jones said: ‘My husband is 25 years older than me. That’s not a secret… [but] the constant is love and respect.’
She added: ‘Historically, older men and younger women have been together.
‘[And] when my mother was telling me about men and telling me the facts of life, she never actually put an age bracket on it.’
The pair met at the Deauville American Film Festival in 1996, after Douglas requested to have a conversation with Zeta-Jones.
According to the Welsh actress, a friendship followed where they enjoyed long phone conversations – until nine months later, she found herself wondering why they weren’t in a relationship.
The brunette beauty is more glamorous than ever at the age of 53 – but her husband marked the same birthday in 1997, right at the beginning of their relationship and before the millennium.
That year, Bill Clinton was the president, and the White House was yet to be rocked by his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.