Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson
Probably one of the most visually disturbing couples around, Courtney Stodden and Doug Hutchinson are no strangers to publicity. The pair met when Stodden took an acting class taught by Hutchinson and were promptly married in 2011. The catch? At the time, she was 16 and he was 51. Vilified by the media from day one, they embraced all press as good press and appeared on talk shows up and down the country defending their relationship — including an appearance on TV show "Couple's Therapy." These days, the pair's favorite pastime is showing up to random publicity events and posing raunchily for photos that might earn them a few inches of press the next day.
Delta Goodrem and Nick Jonas
Although Australian songbird Delta Goodrem only dated the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers for ten months between 2011 and 2012, the nine-year age gap (she was 27, he was a just-legal 18) certainly raised some eyebrows. While Goodrem has commented in the media that it was genuine love, she also noted that it began as a rebound relationship following her breakup with Westlife singer Brian McFadden in early 2011 due to the fact that she wanted something completely different and new. Surprisingly, Jonas fans embraced the couple, with many still calling for them to reunite after they broke up in February 2012.
Sam Taylor Wood and Aaron Johnson
The huge gap between these two means that candid pictures of this celeb couple usually look like a hip, fashionable mother taking her stylish son out for a walk. They met on the set of 2009 film "Nowhere Boy," which Sam Taylor Wood directed and Aaron Johnson starred in as a young John Lennon. They wasted no time in cementing their relationship, announcing their engagement at the film's premiere. Although Taylor Wood is 23 years older than Johnson, the pair has already had two children together, and the considerable age difference means that Johnson is only seven years older than one of his stepdaughters from Taylor Wood's previous marriage. Talk about uncomfortable.
Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn
In a relationship that crosses the line from simply disturbing to downright creepy, Woody Allen met his current partner, Soon-Yi Previn, because she was the adopted daughter of his ex-partner Mia Farrow. Although Allen never married Farrow or obtained legal custody of Soon-Yi, the relationship is often seen as a father getting romantically involved with his stepdaughter. They began seeing each other when Soon-Yi was 19. Woody was 56 and still in a relationship with Farrow. Although they stay relatively out of the limelight these days, the scandalous relationship sparked a messy custody battle for all of Allen and Farrow's children and earned Allen a lot of criticism from the celebrity community.
Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olsen
In a move that surprisingly few people have noticed, celeb twin Mary Kate Olsen began dating Olivier Zarkozy, half-brother of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in 2012. Separated by a 17-year age gap, the pair seems to still be going strong today, spotted recently getting cozy at a basketball game. Although pictures of the couple are distinctly awkward, the French banker is reportedly eager to put a ring on it, but understandably Mary Kate is holding off for now due to her young age.
Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson
Although we could have put Marilyn Manson on this list several times over, his relationship with Evan Rachel Wood was probably the most disturbing of all. The couple began dating in 2007 when Wood was 19 and Manson was 38. The tabloids had a field day with the two; concocting stories about Manson controlling Wood's career and life choices. Pictures depicting a fresh-faced Wood next to Manson and his trademark heavy make up did nothing to help press. Their bond was tumultuous, with several on and off periods and a failed engagement, but Wood has been quoted saying that it was a relatively healthy and positive experience. The pair separated for good in 2010, and Wood is now married to British actor Jamie Bell.
Simon Cowell and Carmen Electra
Picturing Simon Cowell with anyone is a little bit disturbing, but his relationship with American model and celebrity personality Carmen Electra was especially shocking. The couple seemingly sprung out of nowhere in late 2012, the same year that Cowell broke off his engagement with make up artist Mezhgan Hussainy. Photographs of a glamorous Electra sidling up to an aging Cowell (sporting his usual terrible haircut) are enough to spark wonderment at the very existence of this relationship. Fortunately, this pairing was short lived, breaking up after only a brief couple of months.
Britney Spears and Adnan Ghalib
This relationship was all the more disturbing due to the fact that it occurred just as Britney was on her downward spiral in 2007-2008. Ghalib, a paparazzi photographer, was still married when he met Spears. He did not formally divorce his wife until 2008, although he had been dating Spears for some months. However, the most unsettling parts of the relationship emerged later in 2009, when it was revealed in court that Ghalib had conspired with Spear's former manager Sam Lufti to control her affairs as well as informing other paparazzi of her location when she was out. The Spears family successfully obtained a restraining order against Ghalib in 2009, and this particularly unsavory character has since fallen off the map.
Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton
The classic go-to for a disturbing celebrity couple, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton really took the crazy to new heights, although this is often forgotten due to the prominence of her current relationship with Brad Pitt. Jolie met Thornton while filming "Pushing Tin" in 1999, but she did not begin dating him until 2000, as Thornton was engaged to actress Laura Dern at the time. They married after only two months of dating and became infamous for their over the top antics on red carpets, including multiple episodes of PDA in front of paparazzi, and a particularly unsettling incident when the two wore vials of the other's blood around their necks to a film premiere. Although the two adopted a son from Cambodia in 2002, they divorced unexpectedly shortly after, leaving Jolie to become one half of the renowned 'Brangelina'.
Ryan Gosling and Sandra Bullock
This particular relationship is less disturbing than it is shocking, as the fact that they were ever a couple seems to have flown relatively under the radar, probably because it preceded Bullock's turbulent and well-publicized relationship with Jesse James. Bullock met Gosling on the set of 2002 movie "Murder By Numbers" and they dated quietly for about a year, despite the sixteen-year age gap. Gosling was not quite the same heartthrob that we know, and it's hard to picture the smoldering actor with signature funny woman Bullock now. However, Gosling has specifically stated that Bullock was one of his best girlfriends (along with Rachel McAdams) and that Hollywood and the media were to blame for the end of their relationship.
It's no doubt that the surreal and fast-paced life of Hollywood can produce some strange and unexpected couples that come and go in the blink of an eye (often followed by bitter divorce battles), but these couples represent the most shocking and surprising pairings to come out of celeb-land. Some may have split and others may still be together, but there's no doubt that these celebrities have provided us all mere mortals with endless entertainment as a result of their relationships.