In the celebrity world, many superstars end up dating one of their own, so to speak. Actresses find love with fellow leading men and often even star in films alongside their partners – after all, why not make use of that amazing chemistry? Musicians hook up with other musicians, making sweet music together both in private and on stage in duets. Professional athletes date other professional athletes, who understand the rigors of their fitness regime and active lifestyle. However, every now and then, someone ventures outside their zone of fame into an entirely different world. We’re talking about the mix of professional sports and pop stars.
In a way, professional athletes and pop stars are kind of perfect for one another. Sure, they may seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum, but they’re really more similar than you might think. For example, they’re both used to being adored by huge fan bases and to performing in front of thousands of screaming fans. They’re both used to suiting up (albeit in entirely different sorts of outfits) for performances. And, they’re both used to doing whatever they can to stay at the top of their game, whether that be vocal exercises or training drills. They’re competitive, they’re talented, and they’re accustomed to being under constant public scrutiny.
So, it might not come as a surprise that many professional athletes have ended up dating pop stars at one point or another. Of course, the results are extremely varied. Some ended up being matches made in heaven, where the couple is still together today and as much in love as ever. Some were just fiery flings, started suddenly and ended just as soon. Some were serious relationships where both parties just ended up changing and growing apart. Either way, they once hooked up happily.
Here are 15 athletes who hooked up with gorgeous pop stars.
16 David and Victoria Beckham
15 Nick Young and Iggy Azalea
14 Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood
13 Mike Comrie and Hilary Duff
12 Ashley Cole and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole)
11 Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson
10 Tulisa and Danny Simpson
It seems to be a common occurrence that a pop star dates another musician and, when the relationship goes sour, ends up heading to the arms of a professional athlete. Perhaps just the lure of a new, different world? Either way, after British pop star Tulisa split with her band-mate Fazer, she went the way countless British pop stars go – towards the Premier League, into the arms of Danny Simpson. It was never really a match made in heaven, but hey – Tulisa is pretty drop dead gorgeous. We bet that Simpson has a lot to brag about in the Leicester City locker room.
8 Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
7 Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger
6 Matt Kemp and Rihanna
5 Gerard Piqué and Shakira
4 Russell Wilson and Ciara
When R&B and pop princess Ciara sang the national anthem in a semi-revealing dress, many individuals on social media were critical of her wardrobe choices. Not her current beau, though – he was nothing but supportive, tweeting out:
3 Andre Drummond and Jeannette McCurdy
2 Lleyton Hewitt and Bec Hewitt (Cartwright)
1 Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
At first glance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/singer Hayden Panettiere seem like a complete mismatch on physicality alone – he’s absolutely enormous and she’s notoriously petite. However, the two seem to be happy together and recently welcomed a child. Panettiere is perhaps better known for her acting career, but her starring role on Nashville as country-pop princess Juliette Barnes stunned fans as the realized Panettiere had quite the set of pipes. In fact, she’s been involved in the music industry almost as long as she’s been involved in Hollywood. She’s recorded several songs for motion pictures, compilation c.d.s, commercials, and even released a single “Wake Up Call” independently. Of course, now that she’s on Nashville, she’s recorded and released several huge hits as part of the Nashville cast.
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