The leading ladies proving that love with a younger man can last

By Luisa Meltcalfe 


Who says relationships between older women and younger men don’t work? As these couples prove, true love doesn’t mind the age gap. Good news for Kate and Nikolai. 


Kate Moss & Count Nikolai von Bismarck



Kate, 43, struck up an on-off relationship with Nikolai, 30, in 2015, soon after splitting from her rocker husband Jamie Hince. But now the supermodel and the party-loving photographer – who call each other ‘Piggie’ – appear to be going strong again, sharing kisses aboard a luxury yacht in Capri this month.


AGE GAP: 13 years

TOGETHER: 2 years



Sam Taylor-Johnson & Aaron Taylor-Johnson



Love blossomed between director Sam, then 42, and Aaron, who was just 19, on the set of Nowhere Boy in 2009. Three years later they were married with two daughters. Sam, 50, says, ‘I feel blessed’, while her 27-year-old husband raves: ‘I love every minute I’m with her.’


AGE GAP: 23 years

TOGETHER: 5 years



Joan Collins & Percy Gibson



The 84-year-old actress made Percy, 52, husband number five in 2002, after meeting on the set of her Love Letters tour. When asked about the age gap between her and theatre company director Percy, Dame Joan famously quipped: ‘If he dies, he dies.’


AGE GAP: 32 years

TOGETHER: 15 years



Hayley Mills & Firdous Bamji



Former child star Hayley, 71, and Indian- American actor Firdous, 51, got together after appearing in a 1997 production of The King and I. However, Hayley – formerly married to film director Roy Boulting, 23 years her senior – won’t wed again: ‘We’re happy the way we are,’ she says.


AGE GAP: 20 years

TOGETHER: 20 years



Brigitte Macron & Emmanuel Macron



France’s new president, 39, and his wife Brigitte, 64, met at school when he was a 15-year-old pupil and she, a married mother-of-three, his drama teacher. The future firebrand pledged to marry her and now says, ‘Without, her I wouldn’t be me.’


AGE GAP: 25 years

TOGETHER: 10 years



Barbara Windsor & Scott Mitchell



The EastEnders star, now 80, wed actor-turned-recruitment-consultant Scott, 54, in 2000. Despite her failed marriages to Ronnie Knight and Stephen Hollings – and a two-year split from Scott – she insists: ‘This one is for keeps.’


AGE GAP: 26 years

TOGETHER: 17 years



Cheryl & Liam Payne



The twice-married X Factor judge, 34, and One Direction’s Liam, 23, shocked fans when it emerged that they had been dating since December 2015 and shook them further when they became parents to son Bear in March. Cheryl gushed to Liam on Instagram, ‘You are the most amazing daddy… we adore you.’


AGE GAP: 11 years

TOGETHER: 21 months