More often than not, celebrities date other celebrities. It’s Hollywood’s form of incest that has all of the benefits—good looks, $$$, more fame—and none of the disadvantages, a.k.a. severe heath problems.
Once in a blue moon, a Hollywood angel gets swept away by one of us plebeians and decides to actually marry him/her. It’s a rare occurrence, but it’s real and it’s inspiring, especially in an age when your Tinder date can’t commit to getting a coffee with you.
The following celebrities married ordinary people with super-ordinary jobs. We can’t be 100% sure how much these people were making at their 9 to 5’s, but via the government’s definition of “poor” in 2016 as a single person making under $47,080 a year and by taking a look at the median annual salaries (via sites like Salary.com and Payscale) for their respective professions, these people were poor AF.
Respect the hustle. Always.
Barroso’s profession at the time: Bartender; the median annual salary for a bartender in the U.S. is $18,845
Damon met Barroso while he was filming Stuck on You in April of 2003. Damon was reportedly hiding from paparazzi inside the Miami Beach bar where Barroso worked. The two got married two years later on December 9, 2005.
Federline’s profession at the time: Dancer; the median annual salary for a dancer in the U.S. is $30,201
Spears and Federline began dating in 2004 while Federline’s ex, Shar Jackson, was still pregnant with his child. Spears and Federline married after three months of dating and divorced in 2007. “I met her at a club in Hollywood,” Federline told People of Spears in 2008.
Fink’s profession at the time: Hairstylist and makeup artist; the median annual salary for a hairstylist and makeup artist in the U.S. is $33,821
Dempsey and Fink met in 1994 at Fink’s hair salon. She apparently didn’t think that it was Patrick Dempsey, the actor, who had scheduled an appointment at the salon, but—surprise, surprise!—it was. The couple married on July 31, 1999.
Fentress’ profession at the time: Elementary schoolteacher; salaries for an elementary school teacher in the U.S. start around $44,755
O’Donnell and Fentress first met while attending Boston College. They got married in 1997, when O’Donnell was 27, and now have five children together.
Kim’s profession at the time: Waitress; the median salary for a waitress in the U.S. in 2014 was $18,730
Kim used to work at Los Angeles’ Kabuki and Korean nightclub Le Privé as a waitress. She and Cage wed on a private ranch in Northern California on July 30, 2004. They have one son, Kal-El, together.
Marinoni’s profession at the time: Education activist; the median annual salary for an education activist or community organizer in the U.S. is $33,767
Nixon and Marinoni started dating in 2004, one year after Nixon and Danny Mozes ended their 15-year-long relationship. Nixon and Marinoni got engaged in April of 2009 and married in New York City in 2012.
Sanov’s profession at the time: Highway patrol officer; the median annual salary for a highway patrol officer in the U.S. is $48,222 (just over poverty)
The Biggest Loser host and Days of Our Lives actress Alison Sweeney married David Sanov, a California highway patrol officer, on July 8, 2000. The two have two children: Ben, 10, and Megan, six.
Getson’s profession at the time: Waitress; the median salary for a waitress in the U.S. in 2014 was $18,730
Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston met while Bridges was working on Rancho Deluxe. Geston was a waitress at the time and also did odd jobs on a ranch resort, according to About Relationships. The two got married on June 5, 1977, five days after Bridges proposed.
Deleasa’s profession at the time: Hairdresser; the median annual salary for a hairdresser in the U.S. is $24,969
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa met one another while on vacation with their families in the Bahamas in 2007. The two dated for two years before getting married on December 19, 2000. They had a reality TV show on E! called Married to Jonas that followed their lives as a married couple.
Yaeger’s profession at the time: Publicist; the median annual salary for a publicist in the U.S. is $43,466
Paul Rudd and Julie Yaeger have been married since 2003, and have been together for 21 years. The couple has two children: a son named Jack Sullivan and a daughter named Darby.
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