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
When it comes to athletes hooking up with pop stars, David and Victoria Beckham are pretty much the golden couple. They first got together all the way back in 1997 when David was a young soccer superstar and Victoria was one fifth of famous British girl group the Spice Girls. While most figured it was just a typical athlete-musician fling that would last a few months at most, they ended up becoming inseparable. The couple are still happily married and have four children together. While they’ve moved on in their careers, with David taking a step back from soccer and Victoria moving into the fashion world, they’re still the former golden athlete-pop star couple.
15 Nick Young and Iggy Azalea
Many professional athletes end up dating supermodels and actresses, but there are very few who can say that they’ve dated a rapper. Well, kind of. Aussie Iggy Azalea catapulted to stardom thanks to her gorgeous curves and rapping skills, but she quickly proved that she had what it took to become a pop superstar. While she raps on all her songs, they’re all found on the pop charts, and she’s even collaborated with the original Pop Princess, Britney Spears, on the song “Pretty Girls.” We bet that Young, a player with the Los Angeles Lakers who is originally from Los Angeles, never thought he’d be hooking up with a blonde Australian bombshell.
14 Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood
Countless actresses and models end up hooking up with hockey players. I mean, the term “puck bunny” was invented for a reason. However, hockey players seem to fall into two camps – either they bounce from fling to fling or they end up settling down into married life. When Mike Fisher met Carrie Underwood, they were both at the top of their respective games. Underwood got her start as a true country girl on American Idol, but her gorgeous looks and powerhouse voice eventually led to her rising up the charts with a unique blend of pop-country. The duo are still going strong after five years of marriage.
13 Mike Comrie and Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has been in the spotlight since her teenage years, when she gained fans around the world as the lovable Lizzie McGuire on Disney’s Lizzie McGuire. Duff eventually outgrew the Disney mold and ventured into the music industry, where she put out several hit songs, such as “Why Not,” “So Yesterday,” “Come Clean,” and the recent “Chasing The Sun.” Then, she met NHL player Mike Comrie and the two eventually ended up hooking up, getting married, and having a son, Luca, together. The relationship didn’t work out, but thanks to their child they’re still very much involved in one another’s lives.
12 Ashley Cole and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole)
North American audiences might not know who exactly soccer star Ashley Cole and pop superstar Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are, but to anyone in the U.K. they’re absolutely household names. With his charm and her dimples, insane physique and gorgeous looks, they were one of Britain’s golden couples. He was playing for popular teams Arsenal and Chelsea, she was taking center stage with pop group Girls Aloud, and the public loved them. However, Ashley’s wandering eye eventually led Cheryl to split up with him. Now, she’s rocking a solo career and is an even bigger superstar than ever. Guess we know who won in that split!
11 Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson’s first high profile public relationship was with fellow pop star Nick Lachey, who was her co-star on reality show Newlyweds. Things didn’t work out between them, so it only makes sense that Simpson would step away from Hollywood when looking for another suitor and look towards the football stadium. Johnson has since hung up his NFL helmet and Simpson no longer tours as frequently as she did earlier in her career. They mostly enjoy the luxuries that two successful careers have afforded them, spending time with one another and with their children.
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
Many female athletes end up hooking up with other athletes, or just regular people, so it can often be tough to find a female professional athlete who turned to the celebrity world for a partner – until you get to Anna Kournikova. The Russian bombshell could easily have been a Hollywood starlet thanks to her beauty, but she took the tennis route instead. Sure, she was never on the level that the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova are, but she’s still made a career of it. And, awhile back, she hooked up with the king of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias. Kournikova is notoriously private regarding her relationships, but most sources say that the two are still together.
7 Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger
Out of all the athletes, Formula One drivers probably get the least celebrity attention. However, Lewis Hamilton struck gold when he ended up wooing pop star and former Pussycat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger. The two were basically the definition of on-again, off-again romance, hooking up and them splitting up countless times since 2007. For now, the two have gone their separate ways, and there have been rumors of Scherzinger dating young tennis player Grigor Dimitrov. Seems that she’s got quite the preference for pro athletes!
6 Matt Kemp and Rihanna
Let’s just be real for a second – it takes a hell of a man to date Rihanna. She’s smart, she’s sassy, she’s ultra successful, and she’s proud of all she’s earned. Plus, with an ex like Chris Brown, one is likely to be extra cautious around any man. However, baseball player Matt Kemp seemed like just the guy for the job and the two dated for about a year. Eventually they ended up calling it quits, partly because of the insane schedule that a pop superstar like Rihanna keeps, but there’s no doubt that Kemp gave hope to countless baseball players around the world.
5 Gerard Piqué and Shakira
Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s love story is basically the type of thing romantic comedies are based on. He was a young soccer star, playing for Spain in the 2010 World Cup. She was an established pop superstar with a string of hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie” under her belt. She ended up singing the World Cup tournament’s official song and the worlds of sports and singing crossed during the filming of the video. And the rest, as they say, is history – the duo have been together ever since, and have even started a family together.
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:
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been dating Ciara for a few months and the two show no signs of splitting up. Now, the question is, could a born and raised Southern girl ever make a home in Seattle? Because we have a feeling that the Seahawks definitely don’t want to give Wilson up anytime soon.
3 Andre Drummond and Jeannette McCurdy
When young Detroit Pistons player Andre Drummond began hooking up with a young, hot blonde, many assumed that she was just a regular girl. Younger fans, however, realized that she was Jennette McCurdy. McCurdy got her start as an actress, eventually landing a leading role on the Nickelodeon series iCarly. Her other passions eventually led her towards the music industry and though she’s only released one self-titled album so far, there’s no doubt that she could very well follow in the footsteps of former child actors-turned-pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. This relationship was definitely just a hook up, as McCurdy quickly admitted the chemistry was off and it just wasn’t working.
2 Lleyton Hewitt and Bec Hewitt (Cartwright)
It seems that every country has their own version of the professional athlete and gorgeous pop star super-couple, and for Australia, that couple is Lleyton and Bec Hewitt. Lleyton Hewitt is a former No. 1 ranked tennis player and he infamously proposed to Australian actress and singer Bec Cartwright after just six weeks together. However, it seems to have worked out for the couple, as they have three children together and couldn’t be happier.
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.