You’re supposed to date around a bit when you’re young: play the field, sow your wild oats, pinpoint the qualities you like in a romantic partner, that kind of thing. But some people don’t need to do that—they find their soulmate and permanent sex buddy when they're teenagers, and then lock it down for good. Here are some famous people who said yes to the first one who came along.
1. Bono and Ali Hewson.
Ali Stewart and Paul Hewson (he hadn’t thought up his ridiculous nickname yet) met in 1973 when they were both attending Mount Temple Comprehensive School in Dublin—she was 12, and he was 13. Although Hewson pursued her for years, Stewart wasn’t interested because he dated a lot of different girls. They were just friends until his mother died, whereupon Stewart says she kind of had to step in to fill that role for Hewson, doing his laundry and feeding him and stuff. U2 formed in 1976, Hewson started calling himself Bono, and Stewart still agreed to marry him in 1982.
2. Sarah and Todd Palin.
While governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin’s husband Todd was the state’s “First Dude.” And it would seem he was her First Dude as well. Sarah Heath and Todd Palin dated as teenagers, and were both in the 1982 graduating class of Wasilla High School. Six years later, they got married at the Palmer County Courthouse in Alaska because they didn’t want a fancy wedding. And seven months later, their first of their five children, Track, was born. "Track" was their first choice name.
3. Robin Thicke and Paula Patton.
Thicke and Patton didn’t go to the same high school, but they met when they were teenagers, in 1991. They actually met at a teen nightclub in Los Angeles called Ballistyx, co-owned by David Faustino of Married… With Children, which makes this the most 1991 story ever. Somehow the goofy Thicke (who is white) charmed Patton (who is half-African-American) by singing Stevie Wonder’s song “Jungle Fever” to her as they danced. They started officially dating in 1993, got married in 2005, had a son in 2010… and then Thicke went and messed the whole thing up.
4. Stephen and Ayesha Curry.
While Steph is a basketball player of some reknown and Ayesha is a chef, the Currys are best known as the parents of Riley Curry, beloved toddler celebrity and the only person to ever enjoy a press conference. They’ve known each other since they were teenagers in the same church youth group in North Carolina, but at the time, Ayesha wasn’t allowed to date. However, Steph always had a thing for her, and after she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, he found her on Facebook when he was in town for the ESPYs. They got married in 2011.
5. Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley.
At the peak of his rock god powers and feathered hair good looks in the late ‘80s, Bon Jovi could have had any woman he wanted (the guy Bon Jovi, not the band Bon Jovi, although this was probably true for the rest of the band as well). But the only woman he wanted was his high school girlfriend, Dorothea Hurley. They were just friends when they met in a history class in their New Jersey high school in the late ‘70s, mostly because Dorothea was dating a friend of Jon’s. When that friend left home to join the Navy, Jon made his move. They secretly got married on a one-day break on a 1989 Bon Jovi tour.