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The Internet has been startled to hear that comedian Jon Lovitz, 58, and model Jessica Lowndes, 27, say they're engaged. (That's a 31-year age difference, if you're counting.) Lowndes later hinted that their coupling was an April Fools' joke. Here's a look at some other surprising celeb pairings.
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News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, 84, and former model Jerry Hall, 59, married Friday, March 4. This is Murdoch's fourth marriage. Hall was previously in a lengthy relationship with rocker Mick Jagger, with whom she has four children.
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He's a little bit country; she's a little bit rock: "The Voice" judges Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton are dating, his rep confirmed to E! in 2015. Both were previously married to other musicians: She to Gavin Rossdale of Bush, he to country star Miranda Lambert.
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Melissa Gilbert dropped a bombshell on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" in January: she used to date Tom Cruise waaaay back in the day. "Actually, when I dated him, he was Tom Mapother still," Gilbert told "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen. "It was when he first moved to Los Angeles, and I think I was ...16? 17? I did not have sex with him. We made out, but honestly, there was no sex." Intriguing!
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Sharon Osbourne said in 2013 that she and former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno had a "flingy-wingy" when she was 25. (It was before her marriage to Ozzy Osbourne.)
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Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg famously dated in 1993. The two played on-screen love interests in the comedy "Made In America," and they were soon moving the romance off screen as well.
Whitney Houston and Ray J had an affectionate bond that fueled endless rumors that they were a pair following Houston's 2007 breakup with Bobby Brown.
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Let's time-travel back to 1989, when New Kids on the Block wasn't an aging boy band but rather the hottest thing on, well, the block. At the time, it did make sense that Danny Wood would fall for another rising star: Halle Berry.
Perhaps it's because of the timing -- Matt Damon's career was just taking off with "Good Will Hunting" when he hooked up with Winona Ryder -- but it's easy to forget these two were a serious couple between 1997 and 2000.
Yes, before Kanye, Kris or Reggie, Kim Kardashian apparently had a little something going with Nick Lachey after his 2005 divorce from Jessica Simpson. Lachey told Details magazine that they had a date in 2006, but he thinks it was a ploy for Kardashian to be seen with an MTV-famous boy band member.
John Stamos has fond memories of dating Paula Abdul in the late '80s, just as he began starring on "Full House." "She was so adorable; she was America's sweetheart," Stamos told Ellen DeGeneres in 2009. "She was the biggest star in the world ... and we had the time of our lives."
When Billy Corgan and Tila Tequila got cozy on the red carpet in 2009, the best word to describe most people's reaction was "confused." For whatever reason, the Smashing Pumpkins star seemed to be enjoying the company of reality minx Tequila at Bravo's 2009 "A-List Awards."
In the case of Lisa Kudrow and Conan O'Brien, it seems that like attracted like. According to Kudrow, she and O'Brien dated for a bit prior to her acting career before realizing they were better off as friends. But O'Brien's apparently been a great pal to Kudrow: She's credited him with helping her launch her career.