If you love escaping into a good love story, then we’re here to help you do just that with stories of how celebrity couples met and fell in love. Good ol’ fashioned love stories aren’t only meant for the big screens, some real-life meet-cutes are even more magical than their movie counterparts. Let’s walk down memory lane and see how paths crossed for these famous celebrity couples—from Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas, every pair’s ‘happily-ever-after’ began in the most adorable way, and their meet-cute stories will live on forever.
Here’s a list of our favourite real-life, star-studded love stories that are worthy of being immortalised in romantic comedies:
David and Victoria Beckham
Legendary footballer and heartthrob of millions around the world, David Beckham’s affections were captured by his now-wife Victoria aka Posh Spice through a TV screen and she didn’t even know it yet. Beckham had his sights set on her right from the moment he saw her performing on television. He cheekily admitted that he fell for the enigmatic pop star instantly and vowed to marry her one day, after seeing her in the ‘Say You’ll Be There’ music video with his Manchester United teammate Gary Neville. “My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly. It felt straight away like we’d always been meant to be together,” Beckham’s autobiography reads. They met IRL for the first time at a charity football match, where she scribbled her phone number on one of his old aeroplane tickets and the rest, as we say, is history.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Schmidt and Cece from New Girl really came to life with PC and Nick’s cute modern-day love story, don’t you think? Nick stole our desi girl’s heart by slyly sliding into her DMs back in 2016 and winning her over. Enamoured by his forthrightness, Chopra gave him her phone number instead and asked him to drop a text. Their online chemistry was put to test when they met at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars after-party where, according to them, sparks flew instantly. The couple got married in 2018 and hosted two big fat weddings to honour both their cultures and backgrounds, and even have a baby girl together now, Malti Marie Jonas. Cue the *awws*!
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian
Tennis icon Serena Williams crossed paths with her now-husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, in Rome, Italy—the story is already off to a romantic start given the location, we’d say! Williams was there for a tournament, while Ohanian was there to attend a conference. Fate united them at an idyllic cafe when the tennis star’s assistant urged Ohanian to move tables due to the presence of a scurrying rat around them. As per the grapevine, Ohanian won her over with his sense of humour when he quipped, “Thank you, but I’m from Brooklyn—I see rats all the time. It’s really not a big deal.” Williams’ interest was officially piqued and she turned around to strike up a conversation that led them straight into marital bliss.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s meet-cute story collectively restored our faith in blind dating—truly a hard feat to achieve! Markle revealed in an interview that she and Prince Harry were set up by mutual friends and that they felt a deep connection right off the bat. “Yes, it was definitely a set up. It was a blind date,” Markle shared, and also confided that she didn’t realise, as an American outsider, how overwhelmingly strong the global interest was in the royal family until they started dating. The couple got married in 2018 and have two gorgeous children together.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
The internet’s most beloved power couple has a meet-cute story that should definitely be enshrined in a romantic comedy. The pair has one of the most enviable and drama-free relationships in Hollywood, and we love to watch them troll each other endlessly on social media. Lively and Reynolds met on the set of their film Green Lantern in 2010, began dating the year after, and then had a quiet, low-key wedding in 2012. Reynolds revealed in an interview that they went on a double date with two different people, “That was the most awkward date for that respective party because we were just like fireworks.” Reynolds added, “We were such good friends for so long and we both got to know each other in that capacity first. I think the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends.” Hear! hear!