Celebrity couples are the focal point of many tabloid magazines. Then again, they’re the focal point of any magazine or newspaper these days, as celebrity couples are in fact pretty interesting news for much of society. Just take a look at all the scrutiny and attention that the relationship and subsequent break-up of John Cena and Nikki Bella received these past few weeks. Indeed, many people were flooding online magazines and racing to newsstands to get the inside scoop as to what happened.
Yup, celebrity relationships definitely catch the eyes of many and that’s sort of what we’re getting at in this article, in a roundabout way of course. Bear with us, please. Such scrutiny leads to a lot of press and for stars such as Kim and Khloe Kardashian, the men they frequent undoubtedly receive just as much attention, and whether they like it or not. Who can forget all the attention Lamar Odom received during his time with Khloe? It was indeed a lot to go through and both bad and good, as you’ll read on in this article.
And so is the same for many of the athletes on this list. In this article, we’ve got 15 of the most gorgeous celebrity women who have garnered more than success with their time in the limelight and some of the lesser known men they have dated in the world of sports. Now some of these athletes may have had decent careers, yes, but they were certainly not as “big name” as the women they dated.
So essentially, here are 15 gorgeous celebs who put these dudes on the proverbial map, big time!
15 Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson
Talk about scrutiny. This young woman has been scrutinized by journalists for years, and although she is a singer, all that attention didn’t come because of her career. As it turns out, her love life and fluctuating weight has often been a concern of many writers and photographers looking for the next big scoop. As far as we’re concerned, we think she deserves a break, as she’s shown that anyone can change, but not anyone can look as good as she does no matter what the scale says.
Yes, her time with Tony Romo was well documented and the two definitely couldn’t catch a break, with paparazzi chasing them around and at all the odd places imaginable. That relationship ended in utter disaster. She has also been known to have dated other celebrities and was even married to Nick Lachey, a member of boy band 98 Degrees. But when the smoke cleared and the years passed, she settled down with Eric Johnson, an athlete that didn’t end up making a whole lot of noise during his football career, but sure rose to the challenge of securing himself the love of Jessica Simpson and capitalizing where Tony Romo failed so miserably. The two have a beautiful family and are doing well.
14 Kim Zolciak & Kroy Biermann
Kim Zolciak is a television personality who has risen to fame in the last 10 years or so. And no, it hasn’t been that long, but yet she made quite the impact having appeared on the sensational reality show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta. No… we don’t use the term sensational in a good way, only to explain that sensationalism was what brought her her fame, as it does most reality stars. She was also on Dancing With The Stars.
Her success only shows the power of reality stars in this generation, much like the Kardashians and the Hiltons before them.
In 2012 she left the show and was granted her own spinoff series entitled: Don’t Be Tardy For The wedding, which chronicled her engagement to Kroy Biermann. Does his name sound familiar? It should, especially to you sports fans out there. He once played college ball in Montana and was drafted to the pros by The Atlanta Falcons. He had a decent career and was a 2 time all-American. He is currently a free agent. But he wasn’t introduced to the mainstream world until he started dating Kim. It's interesting to see a guy who made a decent name for himself get catapulted to fame by reality television.
13 Rihanna & Matt Kemp
If her exceptional complexion and piercing blue eyes don’t get you, then her particular accent and speaking voice will. Rihanna is no doubt a gorgeous and successful woman with a take no prisoners approach to her career and as it turns out, her love life as well. The music star has been romantically linked to many lucky men over the years, most prominent in that time was her terrible time with rapper Chris Brown. That relationship ended in disaster, and of course the beautiful Barbadian moved on, as she most definitely should have.
Her music has reached billions of people and she is indeed successful and she garners attention wherever she goes, so her relationship with Matt Kemp definitely put the dude on the map, so to speak. She has had albums hitting record sales in the millions and songs to hit the Billboard top 100 at successive speeds, and her star is clearly on the rise, no doubt eventually securing her a spot at the top of the music industry for years to come. Matt Kemp plays for the illustrious LA Dodgers, and yes, his career is nothing to laugh at, trust us, but he has never been the source of juicy gossip and the focal point of tabloid magazines like when he was seen with the lovely Rihanna.
12 Kim Kardashian & Kris Humphries
Ah, Kim K! Yes, indeed. There is no one more concerned about what the public thinks of her than Kim Kardashian herself. This young woman’s claim to fame comes because of her work, if you can call it work, on her reality show based on her and her family’s life. And what makes her and her family so interesting to watch, you ask? Well, her and her sisters happen to be the children of some pretty important people from past generations. Case in point, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney’s father was Rob Kardashian, one of the lawyers to OJ Simpson when he ran into a little legal trouble back in the '90s. You remember, it had something to do with a pair of gloves and a white Bronco. Anyways, enough about all that!
Reality producers got it into their heads to film the lives of Rob’s children.
Seems odd now, but as it turns out, the world was hooked and The Kardashians are now a brand name and franchise larger than most shows on TV, with Kim being the most famous. And yes, she is indeed absolutely incredibly gorgeous. She has dated many in the sports community, but her time with Kris Humphries has probably been the most documented. He had a basketball career, of course, but the only attention he got from the media came at the hands of Kim. To show how influential this family is, her sister Khloe appears twice in this article, and so does another member of her family. Read on and find out which of her sisters made the cut.
11 Iggy Azalea & Nick Young
Iggy Azalea has risen to fame in recent years and has quite a few accomplishments to her name. She’s from Australia and has recently been granted a green card in 2018. She has been romantically linked to a few men over her short time in the mainstream and each made as much noise as the next, but her relationship with Nick Young definitely garnered quite a bit of attention and rightfully so. So many celebrity females date sports stars, as you’ve probably deduced from this article, and to see Azalea do the same was indeed interesting.
Nick Young has had a pretty good basketball career… Nothing really to write home about of course, but decent nonetheless. He’s played with The Washington Wizards, The Los Angeles Clippers, The Philadelphia 76ers, The LA Lakers and most recently, The Golden State Warriors. He hasn’t had many honours or accolades, but he’s stayed afloat, so to speak, and is well known in the world of sports. But he didn’t achieve the notoriety he enjoyed, or didn’t enjoy while he was with Azalea. They were engaged, but it was called off in 2016. The circumstances surrounding the situation have been discussed at length, with the friendship between Nick Young and his former teammate D'Angelo Russell being destroyed in the process.
10 Jessie James & Eric Decker
Named after the famous outlaw of the Wild West, Jessie James is a country/pop singer who has two albums to her name and yes, you guessed it… a reality TV career to go right along with it. Most notably for sports and wrestling fans alike, she has hosted the reality show Redneck Island with none other than the great Stone Cold Steve Austin on the CMT network. She dated and is currently married to Eric Decker, who is currently a free agent in the NFL.
He has played with The Denver Broncos, The New York Jets and The Tennessee Titans.
Here’s yet another example of a football star that did well in his field and established a name for himself, but would he have been as known if he hadn’t involved himself with the music star is the question that has crossed the minds of many. The two were even granted their own reality show, Eric & Jessie: Game On. The cutesy title didn’t garner much respect and adulation, the show was canceled after a short time, but returned in 2017. The two have three children: 2 sons and a daughter. They were married on June 22nd, 2013 and have been living happily since.
9 Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom
This poor guy has definitely been through a heck of a lot. His personal issues have certainly played a part in his hardships. But it was his relationship with Khloe Kardashian that many say led to his ruination, both financially and personally. His tirades on tabloid TV are indeed infamous, and many have claimed that Khloe made him famous, and although that’s the point of this article, that isn’t exactly true. If we can defend his career, he was actually pretty good and made his own name on the courts… that is definitely true. But at the same time, there is no way he would have garnered the attention he did receive had he never been with Kardashian. But seeing how things turned out, we’re likely to think that he would have been a-ok with that.
Being a part of the infamous Kardashian dynasty has not gone well for the men that have passed through their gates, and Lamar was no exception.
His and her relationship was well documented on their reality show and all was bared for the world to see. The good, the bad, the gritty and the not so pretty. It’s very sad… considering he did have a great legacy in the NBA.
8 Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie
Yes, it’s Lizzie McGuire herself! This teenage star rose to fame playing the famous character on the Disney channel and then parlayed that fame to the singing stage and the page, as she has sung and co-authored a series of books. Yes, a fine business woman and entertainer, her name has reached a very broad audience. She eventually got married to former NHL forward Mike Comrie. He was a hockey player who is currently retired. He’s Canadian. Yet, they divorced in 2015 and battled for custody of their son. He enjoyed a little bit of time in the spotlight, that’s for sure, because he wasn’t going to get any mainstream attention on the basis of his career for sure. Well, we hope he enjoyed it while it lasted.
In his time in the NHL, he played for The Edmonton Oilers, The Philadelphia Flyers, The Phoenix Coyotes and a few more teams.
His career was decent at best, with his offensive output declining considerably the longer he played. It’s absolutely certain that he wouldn’t have achieved the attention he got had he not been with Hilary. This is quite common, as you’ve read and will soon read in this article.
7 Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich
Yes, Julianne danced her way onto the scene and she did so with all the rhythm and grace in the world. The highly likeable star parlayed her dancing into the music world and the acting world. All of her accomplishments garnered much attention and success, with fans scrambling to see the talented dancer perform. Some career credits include: many seasons as a competitor on Dancing With The Stars (where she is now a judge), a role in the remake of Footloose, a country music album that ranked 3rd on the Billboard 200, and another key role on the live televised production of Grease that was seen by millions.
Brooks Laich is a Canadian hockey player. Right now he is a restricted free agent. He previously played for The Ottawa Senators, The Washington Capitals, The Toronto Maple Leafs, and The LA Kings. His career can be summed up in a single statement made by Washington coach, Bruce Boudreau: “… I still don't think we've seen the best of Brooks. I think he's going to be a 25-, 30-goal scorer in this league and become a staple for a while …” High praise indeed. The two were married in 2017 and do make a cute couple.
6 JoAnna Garcia & Nick Swisher
JoAnna Garcia, the 38 year old American actress has a lot of television credits to her name. Her body of work includes: Are You Afraid Of The Dark, Freaks And Geeks, Once Upon A Time and Reba. She has also parlayed her talent to the big screen in such films as: The Internship and American Pie 2. At one time she was engaged to Trace Ayala, The William Rast clothing company founder, but that engagement was quietly called off. She then started dating baseball player Nick Swisher. They married in 2010. They since have had two children… 2 daughters, in fact.
Nick Swisher’s career has been decent, having played with: The White Sox, The Yankees, The Braves, and a few others.
Although an all-star, nothing really stands out career-wise. Yes, he made some noise, but not as much as others have in the baseball community. His relationship with Garcia garnered him some attention, but not much. The two are pretty private. Why do so many gorgeous celebrities go for so many athletes—most commonly—smaller name athletes like Swisher? Your guess is as good as ours. Many have speculated that it's the money, but that’s not likely seeing that they all pretty much have a decent amount of their own.
5 Keri Hilson & Serge Ibaka
Here’s another gorgeous celebrity for you… Keri Hilson, the singer, actress and songwriter is definitely a big name when it comes to the entertainment industry. She actually attended Oxford and has written music for the likes of Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, Mary J Blige. She also has her own music, and has done quite well with it, garnering herself some great reviews and some success. And believe it or not, she also has some film credits to her name… Riddick, starring alongside Box Office sensation Vin Diesel, Almost Christmas and Think Like A Man.
She has amassed an impressive amount of awards and nominations in regards to her music and her star is definitely on the rise. We’d say expect great things from this powerful and beautiful woman. From 2012 until 2016, she dated basketball player, Serge Ibaka. He’s had an interesting basketball career to say the least. He has played both in the NBA and overseas in Madrid, Spain. In the NBA he has played with The Orlando Magic and The Toronto Raptors. Interestingly enough, he speaks four languages. His stats, however are mediocre at best. It's clear that if he wasn't with Hilson that tabloid magazines would be far less interested in what he was up to.
4 Khloe Kardashian & Tristan Thompson
Ah yes… the absolutely breathtaking Khloe Kardashian. Call her a media sensation, call her a temperamental attention hound, but what you can’t call this woman is unattractive… no sir. She makes our list, not once, but twice, 1st, because she’s doubly gorgeous and second, because she seems to like dating athletes, and always athletes that are lesser stars than her. What did her and her sisters do to become famous, exactly? Pretty much nothing. They were a product of their privileged environment and their mother Kris Jenner capitalized on that.
She and her flock of daughters, five of them--three from Robert Kardashian and two from Bruce/Caitlin Jenner, are milking the old proverbial cash cow for everything it is worth. (Oh yeah, and she has a son, Rob.) The show is on its umpteenth season and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The world loves the Kardashians … what can we say? Khloe is now in a relationship with Tristan Thompson, yet another basketball player. And although his career isn’t as decorated as Lamar Odom’s was, he still gets his salary from the same NBA courts, and maybe his spending cash from Khloe. They also make a very interesting couple for tabloids to hound.
3 Kendall Jenner & Chandler Parsons
See what we mean? The Kardashian clan just keeps on giving. Kendall is the daughter of Kris and Bruce/Caitlin Jenner and has followed suit in her older sister’s footsteps. Her father has been in the media lately, but what is often overlooked is that he was in fact an Olympic hero and athlete, so maybe we can understand where young Miss. Kendall gets her respect for athletes, as she too has developed her older half-sisters’ penchant for dating athletes. And yes, you guessed it… He too is a basketball player, and yes, not a spectacular one.
I swear, it seems like this stuff is pre-planned, doesn’t it? It’s all a little too coincidental and uncanny. Okay … enough with the conspiracy theories and back to the cold hard facts: Kendall has dated a few men and from various walks of life, but she dated and has been linked to Parsons in the past. He has played with The Houston Rockets, The Dallas Mavericks and The Memphis Grizzlies. He’s 29 now and hasn’t made the biggest amount of noise in the basketball game, but he may in the future. But one thing’s for sure. We’ll bet he didn’t get himself as much attention as when he was arm in arm with Kendall Jenner.
2 Adriana Lima & Marko Jarić
The Victoria Secret models are probably the most prestigious group of models in the industry. Much like The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and The LA Laker Girls reign supreme in the world of cheerleaders, the Victoria Secret models are indeed at the top of their game and rightfully so. Being a part of their prestigious clan of models has proved effective in garnering those women stupendous salaries and exceptional careers. Two come to mind immediately. 1: Kate Upton and 2: Adriana Lima. Both have parlayed their skills to the big screen and both have garnered loads and loads of cash. And don’t let their stoic faces fool you.
They’re both intelligent, powerful and successful businesswomen who know exactly how to turn opportunity into success. Interestingly enough, both also have a penchant for dating athletes. Upton who dated and married Justin Verlander, and Adriana has been married to Marco Jaric, a Serbian Basketball player who played much of his basketball in Europe … Italy to be exact. He played in Bologna and Siena and also played in Madrid. In the NBA, he dribbled the ball for the likes of The Clippers and The Timberwolves.
1 Tara Reid & Jeremy Shockey
Who can forget Tara Reid. From my generation … absolutely nobody. She was everyone’s secret puppy dog crush while she was starring in such movies as American Pie and The Big Lebowski. We marvelled as we watched “The Dude” raise his sunglasses onto his head as he gazed at the beautiful actress lounging by the pool in that famous scene from the cult classic by the Cohen Brothers. Yes, her star did rise and fall over the years, but she’s hard at work at getting back on top with appearances in film and television.
She dated and was engaged to many men over the years, but her romantic linking to this sportsman is what got our attention. Tabloid magazines reported that she was dating tight end, Jeremy Shockey. He played for The New York Giants, The New Orleans Saints and The Carolina Panthers. He has since retired from the game and overall, his career was respectable and he even garnered himself decent honors and accolades, which include: 2 Super Bowl championships and 4 Pro Bowl appearances. But somehow, no matter how great an athlete you are, you never get the attention of the media on a large scale as when you’re with a celebrity, especially a gorgeous one, as we’ve seen in this article.