Have you ever looked at a celebrity couple and wondered to yourself about how it is that these two came to be together? If so, you’re like millions of others who have thought the same thing. People meet in all sorts of ways, of course, but it’s sometimes hard to imagine how it is that celebrities first get together and start dating.
In today’s blog, we’re taking a closer look at how celebrities meet and start their dating adventures. We know that not all of them work out and live happily ever after, but how do they get their first foot on the superstar dating ladder?
How Do Celebrities Get Started with Dating?
The fact is that celebrities meet each other in all kinds of ways, but the general picture is that they tend to meet more within their own inner circles and through personal introductions rather than through chance meetings, though the latter can also occur. Being introduced by mutual friends and agents is fairly common, as is meeting at specific social events or being set up on blind dates.
Celebrities who are actively dating have to essentially make a choice. They can have a limited pool of potential dates but a relatively safer and easier time of it by staying within the celebrity world for dating. Alternatively, they can swim into wilder waters and try more chance meetings with regular people, which obviously brings more choice, but heightens some other potential problems. Here are the most common ways celebrities start dating.
Many celebrities started dating their current partner because they were introduced by mutual friends. Interestingly, it is often their agents who fix them up because they hear through their own grape vine that so-and-so would be a good fit with another single star. If not their agents, then it’s often a “friends of friends” kind of situation.
Couples like John Krasinski and Emily Blunt for example, now happily married, were fixed up by mutual friends who thought they’d get along, and it doesn’t stop there. Back in the day when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston first started dating — as ill-fated as they ultimately were — it was their agents who first thought they’d hit it off.
Following on from the previous section, one particular kind of introduction that tends to happen, including for Pitt and Aniston, is the arranging of a blind date. It would seem strange that two famous people could ever truly go on a blind date, since they’ve most likely already heard of each other and perhaps even worked together in the past…or so you’d think.
The celebrity pool is relatively small, but it’s big enough for blind dates to occur. Perhaps two people might have heard of one another, but they know enough not to listen to idle tabloid gossip, and so the two can feel more like they are starting out fresh, and not having to explain themselves or set the record straight for anyone who might only be privy to the gossip prior to meeting a celeb.
Next, various social events such as award shows, charity galas, and private birthday parties are another common place that celebrities meet. Celebrities who don’t even know each other will frequently find themselves on the same social calendar either through organizations that they belong to, or through mutual friends.
The setting of a glamorous awards show or party can be just the kind of thing needed to foster a new relationship. People get caught up in the atmosphere of everything, or perhaps will meet eyes across a silent auction room, for example. Many celebrity events are also very exclusive, and so if they are going to meet potential dates at them, it’s most likely that they too will be fellow celebrities.
Why Don’t Celebrities Just Date Regular People?
For those celebrities who do appear to be habitually single and who are not married or dating, the obvious question for them is why don’t they just go to regular places where people meet and socialize and find a girlfriend or boyfriend that way? That sounds like an elegant and simple solution, but things are rarely as simple as that.
Dating “Normals” Can Be One Sided
First of all, celebrities rarely date what you might think of as regular people because there is a certain tension that is often created when one party in a couple knows the other far better than vice versa. This is often the case when a regular person dates a celebrity. It can leave the famous person feeling exposed and strange, with seemingly nothing for the other person to find out about them and them having no kind of mystique at all.
This problem might not exist if celebrities met their partner years prior to them becoming famous, but it’s a real problem when they’re trying to meet people after transforming into a public figure. Depending on the situation, the celebrity, and local tabloid and gossip culture, there may even be strange rumors or stories about the star that their date has read about, which once again creates an awkward and hardly romantic atmosphere.
It’s Hard to Just “Walk Into a Bar”
Celebrities often hang out at certain night spots and other locations because they know it’s a place where most “regular” people won’t be. If they can be surrounded either by fellow celebrities, or at least by other wealthy individuals who might not be so easily starstruck, then they can be more sure of a better time.
For those celebrities who may be always single, it’s quite likely no good to advise them just to “get out more” and head down to some neighborhood bar or other spot. People will recognize them, and any natural atmosphere conducive to dating will be ruined. It also then runs into the problem we described above where everything is one-sided.
Lifestyles in Common
Finally, a good reason for celebrities dating within their own circles is that they are far more likely to find others who understand their lifestyle, working life, and everything in between. Can regular people live with the kind of schedules celebrities live by? Will they be able to travel with them as they jet around promoting movies or TV projects? Will they feel alright seeing their significant other having on-screen chemistry with other famous people?
These are things that other celebrities deal with best since they’re all in the same boat. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s the more common circumstance that celebrities are dating other celebrities. The problem is that starting that dating journey can be a little harder than people imagine. If you are only open to dating other celebrities, for example, then it does limit your pool of potential partners, for one.