The royal engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was announced on Nov. 27, 2017, and during an interview that same day, the two discussed how they met and fell in love.
The story of how they fell for one another got us thinking about some other love stories between our favorite celebrity couples. Here’s how some of the biggest stars first met and fell head over heels for each other.
1. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
The prince and his soon-to-be bride sat down with BBC and spoke about how they were introduced by a mutual friend before going on a trip to Africa where they really got to know one another. Harry also admitted that he fell for Markle pretty “quickly.”
“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned,” he said. “This beautiful woman just tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”
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2. David and Victoria Beckham
David Beckham knew Victoria was the one for him the very first time he saw her, and that was before he even met her.
While watching a Spice Girls video, the soccer stud reportedly pointed out Posh Spice and told his friend that he was going to marry her. After they did finally meet, she agreed and said it was “completely love at first sight.”
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3. George and Amal Clooney
George Clooney met Amal Alamuddin in 2013 during a dinner gathering with mutual friends in Lake Como, Italy. While the actor said he knew she was “super extraordinary” the moment he laid eyes on her, it took him longer than just one day to realize he wanted to marry her.
“I think it was about three days in I knew she was the one,” he said.
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4. Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith
Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith met in 1994, when she auditioned to play his girlfriend in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She didn’t get the role, which went to Nia Long, but she did eventually get the prince.
They started dating in 1995, tied the knot in 1997, and now have one of the longest-lasting marriages in Hollywood.
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5. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively first met on the set of the 2011 film, Green Lantern.
The pair started out as friends, but soon began dating. The timing was perfect since Reynolds had just split from his first wife, Scarlett Johansson, and Lively was single. They wed a year later during a low-key ceremony in South Carolina.
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6. JAY-Z and Beyoncé
Music power couple Beyoncé and JAY-Z got to know each other through the music business in the late ’90s, but they didn’t start dating until they were both featured on the cover of Vanity Fair in 2001.
They tried to keep their relationship private for several years claiming they were “just friends,” but in 2008, they officially became Mr. and Mrs. Carter.
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7. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
Things got steamy between Chrissy Teigen and John Legend on and off the set of his music video “Stereo” in 2007. After a day of shooting, they went back to his hotel room where Teigen admitted they “hooked up,” but then went their separate ways. It took a little while of getting to know her before Legend realized she was the woman for him.
“I wasn’t like, ‘This is the woman I’m going to marry’ from day one,” Legend explained. “For me, I’m the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever.”
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8. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are married now with two children, but the actress admitted she had crush on him back in 1998 when starred together on the sitcom That ’70s Show. When the script called for them to kiss, he became the first person she ever locked lips with.
She later explained to People how nerve-racking that was for her. “I was like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute. It’s the Calvin Klein model!’ Then I was like, ‘I have to kiss him?'” she said. “I was so nervous and uncomfortable. I had the biggest crush on him.”
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9. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are another couple who met through mutual friends. And when the singer wanted to ask her out, he didn’t do it through text or email.
I did it the old fashioned way — by telephone. That’s something I learned from both my stepdad and my grandfather — that there is a thing called chivalry and it doesn’t have to die with the birth of the Internet. The way I see it, if you’re asking a girl out on a date, it’s only right to do it in a way that she can hear your voice. I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes … And in the end, she agreed.
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10. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill met for the first time at the New Faces Show in Nashville, Tennessee, back in 1994.
In 1996, they went on tour together, and that’s when the sparks really flew. Several months later, they walked down the aisle. After more than two decades, the couple has three daughters together and are still going strong.
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11. Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are the most frequent on-and-off again couple in all of Hollywood. Once you think they’ve called it quits for good, they’re back on. We can hardly keep up. So, how did these two meet and fall in love in the first place? Well, a simple phone call in 2009 brought them together.
“Actually, his manager [Scooter Braun] called my mom, who’s my manager,” Gomez said during an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. “He’s been in my life for so long, and it’s just nice to have someone that understands what you’re going through.”
The pair went public with their relationship in 2011 and the status of Jelena these days is ever-changing.
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12. Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
A mutual friend is responsible for setting up Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. The pal thought the two would hit it off right away, and he was correct.
“I knew Tom was the one straightaway,” Bündchen told Vogue UK in 2015. “I could see it in his eyes that he was a man with integrity who believes in the same things I do.”
They married in 2009 and have two children together.
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13. Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Serena Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, could have had a romantic story about falling in love in Rome the moment they locked eyes, but that’s not how it happened. Far from it. Williams’ first words to Ohanian after he sat at a table next to her and her friends in 2015 at their hotel in Rome were, “We just don’t want you sitting there. We’re going to use that table.”
Instead of moving away from them though, he actually joined their group and they exchanged numbers. Williams and Ohanian then began dating, and in 2016, he proposed to the tennis star. They welcomed a daughter in September 2017 and were married two months later.
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14. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde
Actress Olivia Wilde has said she was the first one to make a move on Jason Sudeikis after meeting on the set of Saturday Night Live and then bumping into each other at events.
I met Jason, and I thought he was so charming … But he didn’t even get my number. Over the next six months we kept running into each other. [One night], my best guy friend walked up to him and said, “This is Olivia’s number. Use it.” That was the beginning.
That was in 2011, and they’ve been together ever since. They also share two children.
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15. Prince William and Kate Middleton
And of course, we needed to include Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, on this list. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met while studying art history at St. Andrews University in 2001.
Middleton admitted that she was so nervous and turned bright red when she came face-to-face with the prince. But he really liked her and even paid for a front row seat to watch her model a racy outfit at a charity event. They started hanging out after that.
“We just spent more time together, we had a good giggle and realized we shared some interests,” William explained. “She has a normal sense of humor which is really good for me because I’ve got a dead sense of humor, and things happened.”
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