Although you might catch a heartwarming story now and then about a celebrity falling for someone with a “normal” job, such as a waitress, artist or lawyer, the reality is that many stars tend to date and marry other big-name types.
They know the same people, go to the same places and live the same sort of lifestyle. Of course, these relationships are not always with other celebs. In many cases, stars find love with professional athletes. Check out some of the top celebs who are currently or have in the past been romantically linked to pro sports players.
Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick
Model and actress Brooklyn Decker met tennis star Andy Roddick on a television talk show. Roddick was immediately taken with Decker and asked her out repeatedly for five months before she finally said yes. The pair married in 2009 and have two children: a daughter Stevie and a son named Hank.
Candace Cameron and Valeri Bure
Known for her childhood role of D.J. Tanner on “Full House” (and the 2016 spin-off “Fuller House”) as well as her previous co-hosting duties on “The View,” Candace Cameron met professional hockey player Valeri Bure in 1995. She was at a charity hockey game cheering on “Full House” co-star Dave Coulier when she met the young Montreal Canadiens player. They married a year later and have three children together.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Country singer Carrie Underwood met Mike Fisher backstage at one of her concerts. The Ottawa Senators hockey player was friends with her bassist. The two hit it off immediately and were engaged a year later. The couple wed in 2010 and are currently expecting their second baby.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
R&B singer-songwriter and dancer Ciara and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson began dating in 2015. The couple exchanged vows in 2016 at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England. Together, they are raising her son, Future, and their daughter, Sienna.
Elisha Cuthbert and Dion Phaneuf
The Canadian actress and model has become well known in the U.S. following her roles in “24” and “The Ranch.” In 2013, she married Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings. They welcomed their first baby, daughter Zaphire, in 2017.
Eva Longoria and Tony Parker
Actress Eva Longoria met professional basketball player Tony Parker at a Spurs game in 2004 and they married in 2007. Three years later, they divorced amid rumors of his infidelity. They have both since remarried and had children with their current spouses.
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
The actress met the NBA player when they were co-hosting a Super Bowl party in 2007. They began publicly dating in 2010 following his divorce and tied the knot in 2014. Although they have no children together, Union parents Wade’s sons and nephew with him.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and NFL quarterback Tom Brady met through a mutual friend in 2006. In 2009, they said, “I do.” They’re raising three children together: their kids, Benjamin and Vivian, as well as Brady’s son Jack, whose mom is Brady’s ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.
Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter
Hannah Davis was a supermodel when she met the former pro baseball shortstop. They met through a mutual friend, although Davis had no idea who Jeter was. After dating for several years, the pair married in 2016. Their daughter, Bella Raine, was born in 2018.
Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko
When Panettiere was just 19 years old, she met Ukrainian boxing champ Klitschko at a friend’s book launch. The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship for several years before getting engaged in 2013. Their daughter was born in 2014. The couple split, however, in 2018.
Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
The actress and singer met the Canadian hockey player when they were both visiting an Idaho resort. They began dating in 2007 and tied the knot in 2010. Their son was born in 2012. Although the couple divorced a few years later, they remain good friends.
Becky G and Sebastian Lletget
Born Rebecca Marie Gomez, singer, songwriter, actress and rapper Becky G landed a recording deal after her YouTube cover of Kanye West’s song “Otis” went viral. The 21-year-old has been dating LA Galaxy soccer player Sebastian Lletget since 2016. Her Power Rangers co-star, Naomi Scott, played matchmaker, introducing Becky to Lletget, who is friends with her husband.
Jana Kramer And Mike Caussin
Actress and country music singer Kramer reportedly met NFL player Caussin on Twitter after he favorited some of her tweets. He proposed after they had been dating for just four months and they were wed the following year. Their daughter, Jolie Rae, was born in January 2016. After Caussin reportedly cheated on his wife multiple times, the couple sought therapy. They are currently expecting their second child.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
The actress, singer, dancer and producer met the professional baseball player in 2005 when they were both married to other people. Eleven years later, they happened to meet up at a restaurant in Los Angeles. J-Lo and A-Rod began dating publicly in 2017.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
In 2010, Simpson met former pro football player Johnson through mutual friends. Although she had been divorced from her first husband, Nick Lachey, for several years, Johnson was separated but still legally married. A month after his divorce was finalized, the couple got engaged and were wed in 2014. They are currently expecting their third child.
Jessie James and Eric Decker
The singer and the NFL wide receiver were set up by friends in 2011 and started texting, chatting and talking on the phone before meeting in person. Decker proposed to James in 2012 and they were married in 2014. The couple welcomed their third child in 2018.
Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo
Duggar, of “19 Kids and Counting” fame, met soccer player Vuolo through her brother-in-law. The pair hit it off and Vuolo began courting Duggar. They were engaged in 2016 and married the same year. Their daughter Felicity was born in 2018.
JoAnna Garcia and Nick Swisher
The “Reba” and “Once Upon a Time” actress met the Major League Baseball player when they were set up on a date by a mutual friend. The pair said, “I do” in 2010. They have two daughters.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich
The dancer, actress and singer met the NHL player in 2014 when Hough was filming a movie with a friend of Laich’s. He popped the question in 2015 and they were wed in 2017. Hough told Celebrity Insider that their marriage is strong because they not only accept change but embrace it.
Karrueche Tran and Victor Cruz
Tran and Cruz were friends for some time before they began dating in 2017. Cruz later attended the VMAs with his actress girlfriend in August 2018. Hours later, the NFL star announced he would be retiring from football to become an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Kate Upton and Justin Verlander
Upton and Verlander met while filming a video game commercial together in 2012. A year later, the professional baseball player suffered a serious injury. The actress/model visited him during his recovery and their relationship blossomed. They were married in 2017 and are expecting their first child.
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
Actress Kerry Washington and former football player Nnamdi Asomugha are quite private about their marriage. Although they don’t discuss how they met or provide many other details about their relationship, they became husband and wife in 2013. They have two children together.
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson
The reality show star began dating the Cleveland Cavaliers player in 2016. The couple welcomed a baby girl in 2018 amid alleged reports of Thompson’s infidelity. Kardashian was previously married to professional basketball player Lamar Odom.
Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler
The pro football quarterback asked the actress (through her publicist) to come to Chicago for a date, which Cavallari declined. A year later, the two met up when she was in Chicago and they hit it off. They married in 2013 and are now the parents of three children.
Monica Arnold and Shannon Brown
R&B singer Monica and professional basketball player Shannon Brown met during a video shoot and immediately began dating. The couple was married in 2010. Together, they are raising her two sons from a previous relationship and their daughter.
Olivia Culpo and Danny Amendola
The former Miss Universe and the NFL star began publicly dating in 2016. According to Amendola, they met while walking down the street in Hollywood. Although the couple was on the outs at one point, they seem to be happily together once more.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
The singer and the soccer player met at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. By 2011, they were officially a couple. The pair has two children together.
Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden
When her makeup artist showed the actress a picture of former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, Taraji P. Henson was smitten. They met soon after and became inseparable. The couple got engaged on Mother’s Day 2018.
Victoria and David Beckham
The Spice Girls singer and the soccer player met at a charity game in 1997. When they met up again a couple weeks later, “Becks” got up the nerve to ask “Posh” for her phone number. They were married in 1999 and have four children.
Yvonne Orji and Emmanuel Acho
The actress is best known for her role as Molly in the HBO series “Insecure.” The former linebacker is currently working as an analyst for ESPN. The couple has only recently gone public with their relationship. The pair state that faith is at the center of their love.