The world has been in a tizzy since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their highly anticipated engagement. The stunning couple, who have been dating for about a year and a half, will wed in spring 2018. Though Prince Harry has grown up in the spotlight, Markle, who is an actress and philanthropist, has led a fairly low-key life, despite her success on the mega-hit USA series Suits. Now, the 36-year-old is about to move to the U.K. permanently, take on a royal title, and become a British citizen.
The romance looked like a whirlwind. However, it all started with a blind date set up by a mutual friend of the couples. Here are 15 celebrity couples whose friends also played matchmakers in their romantic lives.
Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz
Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz were set up by Madden’s sister-in-law, Nicole Richie. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2014, Richie said, “I approve of anything that’s going to make Benji happy. I’m going to take responsibility for everything!”
The actress and the Good Charlotte singer have been married since 2015.
Next: A match made on the set of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci’s work in The Devil Wears Prada also got him a wife. His co-star Emily Blunt set him up with her older sister, Felicity.
Tucci had tragically lost his first wife to cancer, and the Mary Poppins actress thought he’d get along well with her literary agent big sis. The couple has been married since 2012.
Next: When Iron Man plays cupid
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston
It looks like Iron Man does way more than save the world. Back in 2007, Robert Downey Jr. introduced Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston. The actors got married in a surprise ceremony in 2015.
Downey Jr. said of the paring, “[Justin] and Jen fell in a real, legit fashion, and he was willing from the jump to make sacrifices.”
The couple recently announced their separation after two and a half years of marriage.
Next: With a little help from Anne Hathaway
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt was set up with her hubby John Krasinski by their good friend, Anne Hathaway, and apparently, it was love at first sight.
The Office alum told Ellen Degeneres, “I wasn’t really looking for a relationship, and I was thinking I’d take my time in LA and everything. Then I met her. I was so nervous. I was like, ‘Oh God, I think I’m going to fall in love with her.’ As I shook her hand, I went, ‘I like you!’”
Next: A late-night host’s unintentional match-making skills.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kimye might never have been a thing if it wasn’t for Jimmy Kimmel. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West met back in 2008 when they were filming a Comedy Central pilot that never aired. It was produced by Kimmel.
Though Kardashian was in a relationship at the time, West was immediately infatuated and even went on to appear on a couple of episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Kimye has been married since 2014. They have three children together.
Next: A real twist on a ‘Modern Family’
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara can thank Vergara’s Modern Family co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, for their meet-cute. Ferguson introduced the pair at a party, and Ferguson slipped Manganiello Vergara’s phone number afterward.
The sexy couple has been married since 2015.
Next: $80 can get you a fiance.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus had the hots for each other when they worked on the film, The Last Song, together. However, neither of them were willing to admit it at the time. Bobby Coleman, who played Cyrus’ younger brother in the film, actually had to help facilitate their relationship.
On Good Morning America, the 25-year-old singer explained, “He is probably one of the most hysterical kids I’ve met in my life. This kid will do anything for five bucks. By the end, he literally had a receipt for me. It was like $80. I paid him ten bucks to go ask Liam if he liked me. I sent him back and forth. It was really funny.”
The engaged couple is now back on after breaking up in 2013.
Next: The male and female version of each other
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
The NFL baller and his supermodel wife were set up by a mutual friend who thought they would be perfect for one another.
In 2009, Brady told Details Magazine, “This friend told me he knew a girl version of me.”
Next: When you accidentally set yourself up
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
The Deadpool actor and the Gossip Girl alum met on the set of the less-than-stellar Green Lantern, and they became really good friends. Ironically, they were on a double date (each with other people) when sparks began to fly, so they kind of set themselves up.
Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly, “That was like the most awkward date for the respective parties because we were just like fireworks coming across [the table].”
Next: A match fit for a Princess
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The newly engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a friend who is responsible for their impending nuptials. According to E!, that person is Violet von Westenholz, an old friend of Harry’s.
During their engagement interview, Prince Harry explained. “It was definitely a set-up — it was a blind date. It was a blind date for sure.”
After their initial date, they had a second one in London and then spent some time in Botswana. Over the next year and a half of their courtship, Markle revealed that they never went more than two weeks without seeing each other.
Next: Some old-school courting
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake met by chance, and then the “SexyBack” singer called up a mutual friend of theirs to see if he could ask Biel out. Timberlake told reporters about how they met during a 2012 interview. He said,
There was nothing starry about the way we got together. It was very un-Hollywood-esque, in fact. We met and got talking. Afterwards, I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said yes, and so I called her. I did it the old-fashioned way — by telephone.
Next: Love at first sight
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway met her producer hubby Adam Shulman through a mutual friend at the Palm Springs Film Festival in 2008. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life.”
The couple has been married since 2012.
Next: The perfect ’90s rom-com
Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson
The tennis champ spotted his wife in the ’90s at a movie theater, and he was instantly infatuated. In 2000, he told InStyle Magainze, “I said to my friend, half-kidding, ‘I’d love to meet her.'”
Pete Sampras’ friend got Bridgette Wilson’s number from another mutual friend, and he tried to set up a date. Wilson had no idea who the tennis champ was, but it worked out in the end. The pair has been married since 2000.
Next: A little extra work for an agent
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
Actor Chris Hemsworth met his actress wife, Elsa Pataky, through their mutual agent in the summer of 2010. The pair were married before the end of that year.
Next: For the love of tattoos
Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac
Though the couple is no longer together, exes Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac first met through their mutual tattoo artist, Fuzi Uvtpk.
The couple was married for three years and now share a daughter.
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