While we have made leaps and bounds in our levels of tolerance, we still have quite the journey ahead of us. Just take look at the recent marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Of course, the royal couple is just one example of these romantic game-changers.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Peaceful Love
They're one of the most iconic and artistic couples who ever lived. The pair lasted for a strong 11 years until the unfortunate assassination of John Lennon. The two bumped into each other in an art gallery in mid 60s London.
Ever since then, the pair were inseparable and even had two-week bed-in protests for peace. They were purveyors of love and they had both had a huge influence in the hippie movement.
Sammy Davis Jr. And May-Britt Fought For Equality
Famous singer Sammy Davis Jr. was well known for his voice but he also played the violin, the trumpet and even the drums! He married Swedish actress May Britt and raised a lot of eyebrows during their time together. Even though Davis had the public's attention for his marriage with Britt, they still pursued the romance.
Despite getting death threats and even capturing John F. Kennedy's attention in a negative way, he still didn't mind. They loved each other for a solid 8 years until the two decided to split ways.
Louisa And Louis George Gregory The First Interracial Baha'i Couple
To this day, there are about 5 million people who abide by the Baha'i faith. If you're not familiar with this faith its core belief is very similar to Christianity but with a few tweaks. Louisa And Louis George Gregory defied all odds when they were the first recognized interracial Baha'i couple in the early 1900s.
They went through multiple difficulties to be accepted within the community. Luckily, the marriage was eventually approved by leader Abdu'l-Baha and they ended up together for as long as 40 years.
Bowie And Iman the Dynamic Duo
Many people know David Bowie for his spellbinding contemporary pop music. With classic hits like "Let's Dance" and "Space Oddity" who could forget the spandex-wearing sensation? Bowie married Iman and they were happily married for 24 years until the pair had children.
The two met at a dinner party and Bowie claims that he was drawn to her almost instantly. The two lived their lives together happily with their kids until Bowie passed away due to liver failure.
Richard Loving And Mildred Jeter's Love is Straight Out of a Movie
Richard Loving And Mildred Jeter's Love was so special when it lasted in the 1950s due to the controversy that arose because they were a mixed couple. The union was illegal by all means and the state of Virginia didn't allow their marriage until 1967. Their love story was so unique that musicians even wrote songs about them and their romance appeared in several movies.
The two met thanks to family friends and they became a part of each other's lives at such an early age. Little did they know that they would be jailed for their love - how crazy!
Pearl Bailey And Louie Bellson the Musical Pair
Singer Pearl Bailey and drum maestro Louie Bellson were a match made in heaven back in the 50s. Their love was controversial because they were mixed and during their time people looked down on interracial couples.
The couple moved on to adopt a son and were happily married for 28 years before Pearl passed away. The two both loved music and the spark was almost instant for both of them.
The Boxing King Jack Johnson And Irene Pineau
Jack Johnson was the first black man to ever win the heavyweight champion in the early 1900s. He was unbeatable, unstoppable and in 4 years, no one had ever knocked him down. Irene admired his courage and passion for boxing and the two got together after Jack's first 2 marriages died down.
Irene loved Jack until the very end when he got into a car accident. The two were bonded for life and the spark remained even after he passed.
Betty And Barney Hill Are out of This World
This duo is a strange one because of its backstory. And we're not talking about their love life, it's even weirder than that. They claimed one day that they were driving but don't fully remember the order of events. Their watches stopped and they saw two gray creatures emerge from a floating metal disc. The two had come out of this world experiences that bonded them together.
Later on, further investigation was conducted to find out the source of the so-called aliens but no concrete evidence was drawn. They were famous in the 60s for their wacky story and different colored skin.
Alfre Woodard And Roderick Spencer Married Happily for 36 years
The love affair of Alfre Woodard And Roderick Spencer wasn't initially accepted by the public and there was drama pouring down on them from all sides. Even in the 80s, interracial marriages were still not accepted but they dated for a few years before eloping in 1983.
Alfre is a reputable actress and she has many awards for her superb acting. Rodrick is currently a writer so it's no surprise that the two would hit if off so well. With a shared background in acting and writing, Alfre and Roderick were made for each other.
The Spy Josephine Baker And Jean Lion
Josephine Baker And Jean Lion sound like a pair from a romance movie. The two lived a life similar to a movie and they had starkly different careers in life. Jean Lion was of French descent and heir to a wealthy fortune. His partner Josephine later became a French citizen and later naturalized into a citizen after marrying Jean.
She loved animals including cheetahs and even worked as a spy at some point. The two were a strange pair and only lasted for 3 years.
President Seretse Khama and his Lady Ruth Williams
President Seretse Khama and his Lady Ruth Williams had one of the most iconic romances that were also incredibly controversial in the twentieth century. It was so well known that it even became a movie called The United Kingdom. The African prince and his western partner were not loved by the media and they had to grow their relationship slow and steadily.
She received backlash in the streets of London when walking with her partner and people boo-ed their relationship. Despite this, the two got married and remained in love until Seretse passed away in 1980.
Bill de Blasio And Chirlane McCray A Controversial Pair
Chirlane McCray told the public in an interview in the 70s that she identified as being a lesbian until she met McCray and her mind changed. She met the love of her life who was also an aide to the deputy mayor of New York while she was a budding writer.
McCray loved a strong woman and Chirlane was a determined feminist who spoke her mind. They went together like peas in a pod.
Josephine Cogdell Was Drawn by George Schuyler
George Schuyler was an attractive figure to Josephine since he was a writer who was known for his blunt words. She was also a big fan of his work as a journalist. She was fond of politics and decided to reach out to him by writing him a letter.
Gone are the days where couples now would write intimate letters to each since we just send texts. Their love was pure and they eventually decided to meet in New York. The couple bore one child together despite the controversy that was inflicted on their relationship.
Gunjiro Aoki Worked For Gladys Emery
In the beginning, Gunjiro Aoki worked in the Emery household as a helper, folding laundry and taking care of dishes and such. At the ripe age of 20, he finally decided to ask Gladys out but back in the 20s this was taboo so they had to wait.
Gladys' parents weren't happy about the setup and they had to get married in another city that would accept their romance. This is the definition of couple goals, working hard to make a relationship work and doing whatever it takes.
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen The Showbiz Duo
John Legend And Chrissy Teigen both grew up in the entertainment industry and were well sought after for their many talents. John Legend's buttery voice makes all the girls' hearts melt while Chrissy exudes confidence in everything that she does.
Despite the negative comments, they got from people for dating because of their mixed races since Chrissy is part Asian while John is black, they continued their relationship and even had children! Chrissy now makes fun videos on Youtube of her cooking shows with her beautiful family.
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche And Juliette Lafargue Joined the Titanic
When you think back to the movie Titanic, the ending is a tragic one. Unfortunately, Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche and Juliette Lafargue were aboard the titanic after they decided to flee from France in the early 1900s. They vacated France since the country wasn't accepting of their relationship and decided to visit Joseph's family in Haiti where they would be more accepted.
We all know how the story ends with Titanic and luckily Juliette was able to make it and their kids. Joseph on the other hand, wasn't so lucky but their journey for freedom will always be remembered.
Tina Turner Marries German Producer Erwin Bach
Tina Turner is an icon for voice and the films she starred in. It comes as no surprise that she would end up with German producer Erwin Bach. They dated for only a few months until they decided to tie the knot since their chemistry was spot on.
Tina emerged from a difficult previous relationship where she got out of it with mental scars and all. She's much happier with her current beau and they've been married and living in Switzerland for the past 15 years.
Kim Basinger and Prince's Love Affair
Prince started out as a singer in his hometown of Minneapolis where he was famous for his unique voice. He was a strange man with many interests. Little do people know he struggled as a child with his seizures. He grew up to be an incredible musician and it shows in his roots.
Kim Basinger was drawn by him so much so that they moved in together in his hometown. Even though their love didn't last, they mentioned that they were both very civil about the breakup.
Paula Abdul And Arsenio Hall's Brief Romance
American Idol judge Paula Abdul dated Arsenio Hall who had his very own show. The two lived lives immersed in the entertainment industry and they even met on the set of a movie. Coming to America was a classic Eddie Murphy comedy and the two met there and were inseparable.
Even though the pair didn't last, Arsenio mentions how he only has fond memories of Paula. They ended things on a good note and remained friends so much so that he even had her on his show post-break-up.
Donna Summer’s Love Bruce Sudano
Sudano grew up in a family surrounded by artists and bands and he wrote music for some of the biggest names in the industry. Donna and Sudano were a perfect fit since they both loved music and even co-wrote songs together. Collaborating with his wife was one of the best times of Sudano's life and the two had a grand time touring.
Eventually, they wanted to settle down and they had two beautiful children together. Sudano ended up managing his wife Donna, and the two have been together happily married to this day.
Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian Prove That Opposites Attract
Serena Williams And Alexis Ohanian are two completely different individuals. They met purely by chance while they were both having breakfast in Rome in the same hotel. He even had to lie to get her attention by saying his table had a rat so he could sit closer to her.
The two had a blooming relationship even though Alexis was a part of the social media world owning Reddit while his wife was a tennis superstar. The two had a beautiful bouncing baby girl and even though they work very hard they manage to spend quality time together.
Jamie Chung And Bryan Greenberg Spend Time Apart
While some couples might think that quality time is the epitome of a relationship, Jamie Chung And Bryan Greenberg admit that spending time apart is what makes a relationship work. Jamie was instantly drawn by Bryan and she found him adorable. They met at a house party and hit it off quite well.
Afterward, they separated and only met in New York after a while but then went their own separate ways once more. They stopped talking for a year until they finally met again and rekindled their love. Now they're married and couldn't be more pleased with life.
Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery Accept and Love Each Other
If you've seen Grey's Anatomy then you can't forget Ellen Pompeo's character. She's been on the down-low with her relationship with her husband Chris Ivery whom she married in 2007. The two met at an unlikely place: a grocery in LA!
They enjoy spending quality time hanging out at home and Ellen's secret for maintaining a happy marriage is to focus on each other's strong points instead of their weak points. She mentions how she loves Chris and doesn't ever try to change him.
George And Amal Clooney's Big Age Gap
George And Amal Clooney met through the help of a shared friend. The two are quite different from George being a famous actor while Amal works with International law and human rights. She even worked for the minister of Ukraine!
The two started out as friends but they eventually got married when Amal and George fell more and more in love. The two had beautiful twins and currently, they feel like their spark is going strong. We wish this gorgeous couple lasts for a very long time.
The Power Couple Piers Williams And America Ferrera
You might remember America Ferrera from her cute and geeky role in Ugly Betty. In real life, America met her partner Ryan when he invited her for a casting for a film he was in - but this was back in the days of college when they were both students. They instantly clicked and became good friends before they eloped.
They both share a love for storytelling, movies, and writing which makes for a perfect match! In the beginning, America admitted to having doubts about the relationship because it was moving too fast but now they're happily married with a son.
Maya Rudolph And Paul Thomas Anderson Are Together but Not Married
While Maya Rudolph And Paul Thomas have been together for ages, they actually are not married. Even though they've been dating since 2001.
The two met on the set of the movie Punch Drunk Love and have been together for 17 happy years. Whatever set up they may have in their relationship, it seems to be working!
Director George Lucas And His Partner in Crime Mellody Hobson
Thank the heavens for George Walton Lucas because, without him, the Star Wars movie franchise wouldn't exist! This genius director married the businesswoman, Mellody Hobson. She was one the first African-American woman to spearhead the Economic club of Chicago. Both of them were creating waves in the world of business and film and they both have an inner drive for what they love doing.
They both met at a business conference back in 2006, and George popped the big question later on after seven years together. This isn’t George’s first marriage since he was previously married with 3 adopted kids.
The Fantastic Two Jessica Alba And Cash Warren
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren have both lived a paparazzi centered life. The two met in the filming of Fantastic Four, where Jessica was smack in the center of filming while Cash was in the backend area working as a prod assistant. In 2008, they tied the knot and told the press how the relationship was very serious.
The two aren't shy with being themselves and they love public displays of affection. Jessica mentioned that it helps show how healthy their intimate moments are. They live to give and take kind of relationship which makes for a successful marriage.
Love Knows No Limits With Wanda Sykes And Alex Sykes
Wanda Sykes is famous for her many comedic roles in shows and she even wrote for the Chris Rock Show back in the 90s. She met her partner in New York on a ferry trip to a Gay resort called Fire Island. It's a strange encounter, but Wanda met Alex when she was talking to a kid and she immediately felt an attraction to her.
Wanda wasn't always open with her sexuality and only came out of the closet after her marriage with her French lover.
Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova are From Different Worlds
Enrique Iglesias And Anna Kournikova and Their Beautiful Marriage The two are both from completely different countries with Enrique hailing from Spain and his partner who's a professional tennis player. In 2001, she starred as his partner in his music video "Escape" and the two started dating after the filming. They've been married for around 18 years and now have 3 beautiful children.
Enrique claims that being a parent isn't easy and they've gotten backlash from the media for not being married. Either way, the two are as happy as clams even though they've not said their vows.
Gorgeous Lisa Bonet and her Stunner Partner Jason Momoa
Jason Momoa has been deeply in love with Lisa ever since he laid eyes on her in the Cosby show. Currently, the couple has been together for 14 successful years despite their 12 year age gap. Lisa was previously married to her rocker ex-husband, Lenny Kravitz, and had one child Zoe Kravitz.
The two are still on good terms despite the breakup. Lisa mentions how Jason is the ultimate sweetheart despite his intense role as warlord Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones
Salma Hayek Pinault And Francois Henri Pinault's Romantic and Lavish Story
François-Henri Pinault is a French billionaire who married his actress partner, Salma Hayek. Salma received a lot of backlash from haters since they didn't think they were a good match. They like to maintain their private life despite how exposed their lives are on social media.
The pair opted for two weddings: one rather intimate one with friends and family. While the other one was a lavish and star-studded night in Italy.
Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos are Patient and Persevering
Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos both met on the set of All My Children a soap opera about several families and their history together and their connections with one another. The love birds were partners both in the show and later on, they developed their love off-screen. The blooming couple has had 3 children together and Kelly has shared her secret with the public for keeping their relationship alive.
Patience, perseverance, and compromise are the three keys to a successful marriage she concludes. They both have mutual love and respect for each other which helps improve their relationship every day.
Robert De Niro And Grace Hightower's Winding Romance
Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower's relationship is the definition of taking it slow. The two started their relationship in the 80s in a London nightclub but they didn't even start dating then. It took them 10 years to begin seeing each other and then finally getting married. Both of them are phenomenal actors who lived their lives constantly in front of a camera.
Their relationship encountered several bumps with the first one being in 1999 where they almost went their separate ways. After almost 21 years of marriage, they decided it was best to separate for good.
Matt Damon Married His Non-Hollywood Parter Luciana Barroso
Some high-class celebrities like to stick within their circles when it comes to marriage and love affairs but Matt Damon is different. He wanted to go for someone outside of his clique and that was the day that Luciana Barroso fell into his life.
While he was in South Beach and shooting for his film Stuck on You his friends dragged him outside for a few drinks to loosen up. Little did he know that he'd find his wife bartending at the bar they were in! Now that's a story to tell the kids, because what are the chances?
Woody Harrelson Turns Over a New Leaf With Laura Louie
When Woody Harrelson was in his younger years, he never thought that he would settle down. He had a playboy background and didn't believe in monogamy until the right woman crossed his path. Loving Laura Louie made him realize that sticking to one lady is better than dating multiple women.
The two met when Laura was his assistant for three years, then they started dating for 10 years. They, later on, developed their family of three and now live a happy and simple life. Woody says that he doesn't need much in life except a good home and his loving family.
Michael Caine Was Persistent to Know Shakira Baksh
Michael Caine starred in 100 movies and even wrote a few memoirs on his life. His wife came from different background since she came from a life of hardship. Despite her struggles, she attended beauty pageants where she won the title of "Miss Guyana."
Her beauty led her to work in commercials and this is how Michael found her. He came across a Maxwell commercial where he saw the love of his life and decided then and there that he would find her. He flew to Brazil and said it took his love 2 hours to fall in love with him.
Eddie Murphy And Paige Butcher Like to Remain Private
Eddie Murphy And Paige Butcher have been on and off again in their relationship for several years until they decided to become serious. The two met when they were working on Big Momma's House 2 and the attraction was instant but they did not push through right away with the relationship and they only got together 6 years later.
Murphy wasn't so lucky in love and was divorced several times and had 8 kids prior to dating Paige. Now the two live a happy and private life since Paige deleted most of her Social accounts to live a more normal life.
Tamera Mowry-Housley And Adam Housley Weren't Accepted by People
Many interracial relationships have their fair share of struggles especially when both partners have starkly different cultural backgrounds. Adam was the first person to initiate the relationship when he saw a picture of Tamera in his professor's classroom. Tamera was his professor's favorite student and he knew he couldn't pass up on the opportunity of meeting her.
He invited her out to PF Chang's and the rest of their relationship went uphill from there. Tamera was initially worried about the criticism since she is a person of color and he was white but her family fully embraced Adam.
Zoe Saldana And Marco Perego's are Couple Goals
Perego grew up in Italy and was a former soccer player before he moved to the United States. In the US, he started developing himself as an artist, and later on, he met actress Zoe Saldana after one of her shootings. Marco was climbing up the ladder work, becoming increasingly more recognized by art institutes such as the Royal Arts Academy in London.
His success eventually led him to meet his future wife. The two had a very private wedding setting in London and later on had 3 beautiful boys. They're currently raising their sons in a gender-neutral household - way to go for them!
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Superstar Lives
When Kim K and Kanye got together, the world thought the pair wasn't actually a thing and it was just for publicity's sake. Kim is mixed and is part Armenian but she grew up in the United States.
They've proved people wrong and showed the world that they truly love each since the early 2000s until now. The two have constantly been around the entertainment industry being two hard-working celebrities and they've both managed to maintain their careers while raising their family.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan The Power Duo
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan locked eyes in one of the most random places you could ever imagine. They met in a college bathroom when they were both waiting in line for their turn. Priscilla was also studying at the Ivy League school and the two brilliantly intelligent people stuck to each other from there on out.
It's no surprise that he'd be attracted to Priscilla since she's not just beautiful but also insanely intelligent - she's also fluent in 3 languages! The two have gone on to working together in a joint foundation and so far they're doing great.
A Firestorm of Troubles with Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts
Frederick Douglass and Helen Pitts' love story takes us way back to the 1800s. The two were an unlikely pair back in the day since they both came from different backgrounds and looked very different from each other. Helen, his partner was a suffragist writer who worked in Douglass' office and that's how they met.
She even helped him publish his own autobiography - talk about true love! Douglass' family couldn't accept their love but at least they found solace with their closest friends. They stuck together for at least 11 years until Douglass passed away.
George Takei and Brad Altman Had to Hide Their Relationship
You might remember George Takei from his role as Sulu in Star Trek where he moved from one place to another. Brad and George met at a gay club called the Frontrunners. George was awestruck by Brad's running skills and later on, the two worked hard to train together.
The two make a great team and George says the secret to their relationship is working together. George works hard at being a writer and actor while his partner is generally a great manager. The two make for a great pair and have been together for 35 whopping years!
Rupaul's Drag Star Jujubee and Chris
If you've seen Rupaul's Drag Race, you can't forget Jujubee. Airline Inthyrath is his given name but he prefers to go by his drag name. He's originally from Laos, Thailand, but grew up in Boston where he met his partner Chris.
They were both seen sporting beautiful wedding rings in Paris back in 2013 where they got engaged. The two were engaged for 12 years and Chris was even Jujubee's manager at one point but the two decided to call the entire relationship off after multiple struggles and differences.
The Star-Studded Couple Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry are both famous for their distinct careers that somehow mesh together quite well. They both had strong solo careers and Portuguese-Brazilian singer Linda Perry was drawn to Sara Gilbert's acting in her hit show "The Talk."
Sara mentioned in an interview how they were both very different women but somehow they were able to click because of some shared interests. They were together for 5 years until they decided to split ways and file for divorce.
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti are Millenials at Heart
Jordan Peele and Chelsea Peretti are Millenials at heart because they met online through social media. Peele was the first person to slide into her DMs, being a huge fan of Chelsea's when she was on the road to making her own web series.
The two got together 3 years later and try to maintain a low-key type of lifestyle. The producer and Brooklyn 99 star have a child together and they're usually seen on the gram showing off their funny family moments.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Met on A Blind Date
The British-American power couple have been making waves for their radical exit from the Royal House. Prince Harry didn't want to live in the limelight of the Royal House or under his mom's control so he sought out the unconventional path and went for the love of his life.
Despite living a life of fame and having cameras in their face almost all the time, the two just want to live a normal life with their baby son. Prince Harry truly wants to live an average life which is why they had to make some drastic changes to be fully happy.
Omari and Jae Hardwick Got a lot of Shade
Omari Hardwick the actor from the hit show Power is well known for starring in hit movies and even collaborating with Spike Lee at one point. When Omari was working on the show Power, he said that his partner gave him a lot of strength to move forward with his life.
The two eventually had children together. Jae also had a background in communications and entertainment and even worked in NBC's Primetime Entertainment Publicity Department. Even though their fans and people in the entertainment world were ambivalent about their relationship, they stuck by each other's side.
Rockstar Joel Madden and his Love Nicole Richie
You might remember Nicole Richie from the show The Simple Life with her ex-best friend, Paris Hilton. What you might not also know is that her father's Mexican and she hails from a mixed background. Good Charlotte vocalist, Joel met Nicole at one of his concerts back in 2010.
They instantly clicked and even had children together. Recently, they've admitted that they've had their fair share of struggles and have been thinking about divorcing. They've mentioned in interviews that they aren't getting along as well as they used to. We sure hope they'll be able to remain friends at least.