You take two steps forward, then you take two steps back. In the worlds of the great Paula Abdul, we come together because opposites attract. How boring would life be if our partners were exactly like us? Life is full of twists and turns and best enjoyed with someone who can see things from a different perspective than you. And you’d be surprised to know how much you can have in common with someone who is completely different from you. And although there may be friction because of the different characteristics in you, there is comfort in the fact that the happiest couples never have the same character. They just have a better understanding of their differences.
Here are 7 celebrity couples who show us that opposites attract in love.
George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.
He’s a Hollywood bigwig, acting, writing, directing and producing films; she’s a smart, exotic, successful British barrister who does the kind of work reserved for the likes of saints and good Samaritans. The esteemed human rights lawyer and the Hollywood actor first crossed paths in Lake Como, an Italian resort area in which George owns a home. The Ocean’s Eleven star said it wasn’t all plain sailing from the start, however, and he pursued the British-Lebanese barrister for some time before they made it official. How he landed her is beyond most people but the seemingly eternal bachelor put a ring on it in 2014 and more recently, the happy couple became another pair of celebrity parents who have twins.
Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell.
The actors have both talked about their mismatched yet somehow perfectly complementary personalities. In 2015, Bell told Good Housekeeping that their relationship is “the Paula Abdul video ‘Opposites Attract’ personified.” According to Bell, their different attitudes actually helped them build a healthy relationship. “I loved slamming doors – I wanted a dramatic exit! But he, having worked through a variety of emotional issues to get sober, said, ‘This isn’t going to work. This isn’t how I’m going to communicate for the rest of my life.’ When someone doesn’t fight back and goes, ‘I don’t want to do this,’ that threat is real. It makes you re-evaluate your behaviour. The way Dax and I argue now — and we argue a lot; we disagree on almost everything! — is so healthy,” she explained. As for Shepard, he admitted to the mag, “When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness. I thought, ‘Something stinks here; they’re in a cult.’” Cleary, the actor learned to appreciate Bell’s upbeat nature.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s love story is one for the ages. There’s been drama, a lifetime of rumors, sweet reunions, and of course, that Neil Lane diamond engagement ring. And they are complete, absolute opposites! She’s so wild, he’s so … not. And they were one of those celeb couples who are always on-off. Miley and Liam first met on the set of The Last Song, aka your favorite Nicholas Sparks movie after The Notebook. They have been on and off so many times that one might have lost count. But, lately, they’re on and going strong. so maybe it’s good to bring those qualities out in your partner, right?
Kate Middleton and Prince William.
He’s royalty! She’s… not. It doesn’t get more opposite than that. Prince William and Kate Middleton met whilst studying at St. Andrews University. Kate was the shy, sporty, History of Art student who caught Prince William’s attention when she walked into that infamous university fashion show. William was a world-famous Prince who won Kate’s heart with his charm, wit, and kindness. But the most famous couple on the planet does try to keep their lives fairly ordinary while balancing the duties of a Duke and Duchess so perhaps they’ve brought out the best in each other. They not only show us that opposites attract, but also that fairytales do come true!
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
It seemed odd when they began dating in 2008, after she and Michael Bublé broke off their engagement. Krasinski was best known for playing lovable Jim on The Office; she was a British star who mastered the art of snoot in The Devil Wears Prada. But now we can’t imagine the parents of two without one another. They are incredibly cute and a couple we all look up to.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
Lively used to crave the spotlight but ever since she married the fiercely private Reynolds, she is a changed woman. They are reported homebodies who are the parents of two girls and maybe the pair isn’t so opposite after all. Their love story is seriously adorable—and sounds as though it were ripped from the pages of a rom-com script. First off, Lively and Reynolds became friends first, on the set The Green Lantern. They were friends for a long time, but they didn’t stay just friends forever. About a year after Green Lantern had come and gone and they were both single they went on a double date. That date turned out a lot like that infamous one in When Harry Met Sally. “It was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across,” Reynolds said. And the rest is history!
David and Victoria Beckham.
He was a successful soccer player, she was one-fifth of one of the biggest girl groups in history, all it took was her attending one of his games for him to realize she was it. Posh and Becks are now the parents of four but they’re still the most glamorous couple from across the pond. Plus, they’re one celebrity couple who proves true love stands the test of time. Opposites, yes. True love? Big yes!