10 celebrity couples who started out as friends

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesAshton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were friends for years before coupling up.

Friends can often turn into the best partners, whether it’s because they share similar interests, can finish each other’s sentences, or just enjoy a good belly laugh together.

Establishing a romantic relationship based on mutual admiration and trust can help make it easier to deal with the inevitable challenges you will face. Because when you’re in love with your best friend, it makes it a lot easier to deal with their dirty socks on the floor.

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have also found that the longer people in a relationship take to get to know one another, the more likely they are to find things that are appealing about their partners, other than physical attractiveness.

Below, see 10 famous couples who were friends way before they took their relationship to the next level.


Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett were drama school classmates who fell in love.

Award-winning actors, Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett have been married for over 20 years. But before they embarked on their love story, Vance and Bassett spent years as friends.

The actors met when the two were students at Yale Drama School in the ’80s. Things never got romantic at the time because Vance had a girlfriend who Bassett described as “beautiful” in an interview with People magazine earlier this year.

The couple reconnected years later in Hollywood, eventually married in 1997, and are now the parents of twins, 12-year-olds Bronwyn and Slater. In 2007, Vance and Bassett co-wrote the book, “Friends: A Love Story,” which follows their relationship through the years.


Former Disney kids Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears found romance in the spotlight.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe two dated from the late ’90s to the early ’00s.

Before they became a pop music power couple, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake worked together on “The Mickey Mouse Club” from 1993 to 1995. The two developed a friendship as they grew up on screen in front of their fans.

After the show ended, the friendship developed into a romance and the pair started dating in 1999 before splitting in 2002.


Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan started as pen pals.

WPA Pool/Getty ImagesThey have known each other since their pre-teen years.

To say that Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan took their time getting into a relationship would be an understatement. The Mumford and Sons front-man and “The Great Gatsby” actress’ friendship began in their tweens. The two attended the same Christian summer camp and kept in touch by writing letters.

They lost touch after a while but reconnected as adults at a party in Nashville in 2011. At that point, it didn’t take long before their friendship turned into a romance. Mumford and Mulligan tied the knot in 2012 and have two kids together.


Hailey Baldwin can thank her dad for introducing her to Justin Bieber.

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe two met nine years ago.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin first met in 2009, when Hailey’s father, actor Stephen Baldwin, introduced them backstage at “The Today Show.”

After becoming friends, the two denied relationship rumours over the years until they were spotted hanging out together in February of 2015. In 2016, Bieber and Baldwin were spotted vacationing together, but things didn’t last long, and the two split up later that year.

Bieber and Baldwin were spotted back together in May 2018, when the paparazzi caught the pair getting close on the streets in New York City. And the couple delighted fans when they announced their engagement in July.

On September 13, according to TMZ, “several eyewitnesses” claimed they spotted Bieber and Baldwin at a New York City courthouse where marriage licenses are issued – although it’s not yet clear whether the pair tied the knot.


David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris hung out for a bit as friends before going on their first date.

Jason Merritt/Getty ImagesThe couple now has two children.

When the two actors first met in New York City, Patrick Harris was in his mid-20s and said he thought he’d be single forever, according to a joint interview the couple gave Out magazine in 2012. At the time, Burtka was in a long-distance relationship with someone in Los Angeles.

At first, the pair hung out platonically with other friends in the city. “We had a lunch or so, but nothing romantic,” Burtka told Out.

But Burtka ended up breaking up with his boyfriend, and a week later, he and Patrick Harris went on their first date together. “We started hanging out every single night, and after three months, it was just nonstop,” he said.

The couple, who married in September 2014, are now fathers to a pair of fraternal twins, who they had via a surrogate in 2010.


Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie were roommates before they were married.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe living situation worked out well for both of them.

Tom Ackerley met actress Margot Robbie in 2013 when the two worked together on the film, “Suite Francaise,” for which Ackerley was the assistant director. The two formed a friendship when they lived together with a group of friends in a London house.

After a year as roommates, Robbie began a romance with Ackerley, who was working as assistant director on a “Mission Impossible” sequel at the time. The pair began to date but kept their relationship a secret from the rest of their roommates.

The couple got married in 2016 in Australia.


Deborah Roberts and Al Roker developed a platonic friendship first.

Noam Galai/Getty ImagesThe couple has been married for over 20 years.

Al Roker and Deborah Roberts met in 1990 when Roberts started working at NBC as a reporter. When she arrived, the veteran weatherman took Roberts to lunch to welcome her to the network.

Back then, Roberts didn’t have any romantic feelings about Roker, who was married at the time. “I just thought he was a nice guy, and that was that,” Roberts told People in 1999.

Roker and Roberts maintained their friendship and kept in touch via email after Roberts left NBC. But when Roberts came back to New York in 1992 to work on “Dateline,” their relationship changed. Now divorced, Roker began to show Roberts his romantic side with a series of gestures including leaving food and flowers at her apartment while she was away covering the Olympics in Barcelona.

Roker proposed to Roberts on New Year’s Day in 1994, and the couple married one year later in September.


Kanye West declared his love for Kim Kardashian West on a song.

Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesThe two have been married since 2014 and have three children.

The reality TV star first met the rapper in October 2010 while filming “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” At the time, Kanye had recently ended his relationship with Amber Rose, but Kim was dating model Gabriel Aubry.

The couple now known as Kimye maintained a friendship until things took a romantic turn in 2012. While Kardashian West was married to NBA player, Kris Humphries, Kanye released a track called “Theraflu,” on which he admitted that his feelings for Kim were a little more than friendly.

In July 2012, the KKW Beauty founder was spotted on vacation with Kanye. In December of that year, she announced that she and the rapper were expecting their first child. Kardashian West finalised her divorce from Humphries in 2013 and married Kanye in France in May 2014.


Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively found love on a double date — with other people.

Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty ImagesThey now have two daughters together.

“Green Lantern” costars Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively met in 2010 while filming the superhero flick. At the time, Reynolds was married to Scarlett Johansson and Lively was dating her “Gossip Girl” co-star, Penn Badgley.

In late 2010, both Reynolds and Lively found themselves single and maintained their friendship as they promoted the release of “Green Lantern” in the summer of 2011.

But about a year after the film’s release, things went from platonic to romantic. Reynolds and Lively were on a double date with other people when they realised that they had more of a connection with each other than their dates at the time.

The two tied the knot in 2012.


Mila Kunis married her first on-screen kiss.

Jesse Grant/Getty ImagesMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher now have two children together.

When Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis played a couple in the hit sitcom, “That ’70s Show,” the pair had no idea that they would end up together in real life. The series premiered in 1998 when Kunis was 14 and Kutcher was 19. And although Kunis shared her first kiss with her costar, there were no signs of a romance back then.

When the show ended in 2006, the two kept in touch though they were involved in other relationships. Kunis dated Macaulay Culkin from 2002 to 2011, while Kutcher was married to Demi Moore from 2005 to 2013.

Things changed for the couple when Kunis spotted a “really beautiful man” – as the actress put it on an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast – backstage at an awards show. To her surprise, Kunis said, she was checking out was her former costar and friend, Kutcher.

The two reconnected and married in 2015. The couple currently has two children, Wyatt and Dimitri.

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