Aaron Taylor Johnson: ‘Second I met Sam, I knew I wanted to stop running’


This is one of the weirder photoshoots I’ve ever seen from Flaunt. Aaron Taylor Johnson posed for what turned out to be a 40-photo editorial – you can see the full slideshow here. Some of the photos are amazing, some not so much. The theme of half the pics is, like, Aaron is some kind of Charles Manson-like cult leader, I think. The other half is just Aaron chilling in the desert. And yes, everyone is talking about the butt shot – you can see it here, it’s kind of NSFW. He has a great butt though. And a really gross belly button. I’m sorry if outies are your jam, but for me, his belly button is a big NOPE. Some highlights from the interview:

He’s so selective: “It’s not just about character, it’s about the filmmaker as well. It’s about working with great directors. I’m so selective. The roles that I’ve turned down are just due to the fact that the character itself didn’t really do it for me, didn’t challenge me enough. I have to connect to that character and know that I’ll be able to properly execute its story alongside the director. When I pick characters, there’s a diversity, something I obviously associate with, and I embed myself in that.”

His marriage to Sam Taylor Johnson: “There’s not much people don’t already know. It’s tricky to be open and candid while maintaining privacy, but the veil’s already been lifted and I think I have a handle on it now.”

His life before Sam: “I worked hard, played hard, and had money to burn. I got myself into some serious, crappy situations. My adolescence was all about wild exploring and experimentation, about doing and trying everything. Searching for what fit right.”

He used to think he was stupid: “I thought I was stupid, wasn’t clever enough. I had really low self esteem, but when I started making films, and was around all these people in the film world, I felt empowered and I felt special. Not because I was an actor, not because of the fame from it. I felt like I finally had a voice. I was able to be openly and freely myself. I was allowed to cry and be emotional. I was allowed to yell and be as bold as I wanted.”

Meeting Sam: “I took my exams at fifteen, finished school and never looked back. After school, I threw myself more into acting, did job after job. Constantly running away. Ultimately, I was just lost. Then my life completely changed with Nowhere Boy, when I met Sam. We just clicked from day one. We’re very close and instantly had a connection. I was just on the cusp at that point. In a way, she helped me transition out of that nomad kind-of-lifestyle. Because I felt secure with her. Second I met Sam, I knew I wanted to stop running, I just wanted to stay in the moment with her. And that’s what it’s been ever since then.”

[From Flaunt]

His journey to Sam, marriage and fatherhood would be a beautiful story – and it is, sort of – except for the fact that Aaron’s “wild adolescence” was basically from the age of 16 to 18. He was 18 when he met Sam and they worked together on Nowhere Man. By the time he was 19, he and Sam were engaged and she was expecting their first child together and he was helping her raise her two daughters from a previous relationship (one of the daughters was 13 when her mom got engaged to a 19-year-old). While I believe that they “clicked” and I think their love is real and everything, I think Aaron plays up the idea that he was such a wild child and Sam saved him somehow, because that is a better story than a 40-something woman perving on a teenage boy.



Photos courtesy of Michael Muller/FLAUNT.

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  1. Krista says:

    Cracks me up when actors in popcorn movies try to show us how deep they are. I like the guy, but ya know…Godzilla and Avengers.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      but he “connected” with the character….it had nothing to do with the HUGE paycheck! Yeah, right!

  2. carol says:

    He looks a cross between Jesus and Joe Cocker in these pics

  3. LookyLoo says:

    I’m sorry, but she stole that boy’s youth. You are supposed to be out exploring at 18, not having children with a 40+ year old who’s having a mid-life crisis. No one thinks its romantic when pervy old men do this, so I refuse to fall in line with this bull.

    • Katie says:

      Agreed. Their whole relationship is gross and weird. It says more about her than him. Also I hate that I think he’s so pretty.

    • Snazzy says:

      I’m with you on this. I think it’s pretty gross

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Agree. Who isn’t somewhat “lost” at 18? And while it’s a little, or even a lot, uncomfortable, it’s no reason to get married just because you meet someone who eases the discomfort for the first time. You need to find out how to do that yourself, not depend on someone else. If she had been his age when they met, it’s likely that neither of them would have suggested making it permanent, at least for a few years. I think she was selfish to marry him. She should have known better. And the way they are constantly defending and justifying their relationship makes me raise an eyebrow, too.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes. As my sons get closer to his age when he met Sam I get even more grossed out. Boys that age may have the outward appearance of men but truly they are still so immature in many ways. Trying to spin his “wild adolescence” of a couple of years as if it was decades-long isn’t convincing me one bit that this relationship is healthy.

      • Liv says:

        I so agree. And I can’t hear them defending their relationship anymore. She just made herself a husband. So creepy and sad.

    • G says:

      HAHAHAH OMG she stole nothing. it was HIS choice. GTFO with this attitude.

      • PhenomenalWoman says:

        Yes, she STOLE it. She was a 40 year old woman with kids who had had her life and youth to do with as she pleased. He was an 18 year old BOY who had barely lived. Unless you’re also a borderline child molester, I don’t see how the truth of that is evading you.

      • bluhare says:

        That last sentence should not have been published, in my opinion, and no I’m not a borderline child molester or any kind of non borderline child molester. But calling someone something like that for disagreeing with you is just plain ugly. This is addressed to PhenomenalWoman, whose name I find quite ironic right now.

      • Ennie says:

        c’mon, I understand the “boy” term, but at that age they can go to war and kill and get killed, can buy guns and make stupid decisions in my country, that includes cig and alcohol.
        MEn younger than that become parents too, he can always divorce later, and even rebuild his life if it is so destroyed. Heck, Leo is still a teen at his age.
        well, what do I know, I am a cougar myself, married a 25 yr old at my old ripe age of 35. Currently 45 and 35 still together.

      • qwerty says:


        Oh cmonn now. Biologically you’re not a child at 18, or 16 or even 15. Once the puberty hits you’re not a child, and it’s not considered pedophilia when someone is attracted to an 18 or even 16 year old at 45. It’s called ephebophilia, attraction to adolescents… pedo is when they’re before puberty which an 18 year old is obviously not. What I think about it is another story altogether though…

      • G says:


        That’s bullsh!t

    • EN says:

      Some people don’t want wild youth, some want security.
      It is quite an eye opener for me how many people are agreeing with the original poster and see her view as obvious and expected.
      It is the first world view of the youth. Nobody else can afford wild youth and experimenting.

      At 18 y.o. I was studying math and physics 12-14 hours a day, to secure my future. I didn’t go to any parties. I didn’t want to. I was too scared for my future and where my food would come from.

      • Erinn says:

        But there’s a difference between being really buckled down in your late teens, and having a 40 year old girlfriend who was directing you. I buckled down young, and got my shit together, and was a home owner before 23. But I also wasn’t dating someone old enough to be my father. No matter how buckled down you are in your teens- your brain isn’t fully developed. You’re not at the same level as an adult in many ways. Sure, you can be more mature than a lot of adults- but it’s just not the same thing. Not everyone wants a wild youth – but a 40 year old woman shouldn’t be creeping for teenage boys to marry and impregnate her – and I say the same thing of 40 year old men.

      • Reeely?? says:

        It’s biologically offensive that 18yr olds can legally kill or drink alcohol. The brain isn’t developed until around age 25. I agree that her position of power as a successful person in his field enabled her to coerce him emotionally. It may last but his development is impaired though it was a “lawful” choice.

  4. MrsBPitt says:

    If it was a forty something year old guy, having a “relationship” with an 18 year old girl, I would say the same thing….gross and inappropriate….

    • A says:

      Yeah, you might but society wouldn’t.
      Older man/younger woman/girl is so normalized that people don’t think twice about it and older women have come to accept it because unlike women, men don’t give a f*ck and will do as they please.
      No policing each other, no infantilizing of women, no making excuses, just getting on with it and without a care in the world.
      Man, I wish women would take some of that not giving an F attitude and apply it to their own lives.

      • Erinn says:

        I’m not sure about that, A. I have an ex-friend who (besides being a horrible person) decided that at 21 she would start dating her 40 something year old boss. Nobody thought it was normal. She was closer to the age of his kids than his age. People didn’t go out of their way to call them out, but they thought it was gross. How many women who are with older men are called gold-diggers or told they have daddy issues?

        It might be more prevalent, but I wouldn’t say it’s normalized or socially as accepted as one might think. There’s a lot of people who will call a guy out for having a ‘mid-life crisis girlfriend’ as well. The only people that congratulate them on it are the kind of skeezeballs who’s praise doesn’t matter. And as far as movies go – it’s because women have unfortunately been made disposable after 30 for the most part. Casting young actresses with older men happens a lot. But in the real world – most people will say it’s creepy with big age gaps.

  5. Willa says:

    Look at me. I’m so hot. I’m God’s gift to ALL you older women!

  6. Greek chic says:

    I am sure he was SO wild all these two years from 16 to 18.
    I don’t know what a woman in her 40s sees in a 19 year old boy (or what a man in his 40s sees in a 19year old girl) and I don’t think that relationships like these are fair or healthy but maybe they know better.

    • Lola says:

      I understand what you are writing, and I agree as society moves to “protect” children’s rights and women’s rights these scenarios will appear odd – except -apparently- in Hollywood. But in a way if you take the “how long people have been in existence,” the major age difference between relationships – especially – between older men and younger women – and people “feeling Yuky” about them is relatively new. People – some cultures to this day – will marry young women to older men in order to “give” them security.
      Still, I wish them well, not buying his story though.

      • Greek Chic says:

        Lola in this case it’s not the 20 year difference itself that is weird, but the phase that these people were in when it started. He was a 19 year old boy with zero life experience that felt lost and she was woman in her 40s with kids. If he was 35 and she was 55, there would be a 20 year gap also, but the relationship would be more fair in my opinion.
        I wish them well too.

  7. Tapioca says:

    Can we stop trying to make “Fetch” happen? Pretty please? The only even vaguely interesting thing about this guy is being creeped on by a middle-aged woman when he was still legally a child, ‘cos he has ZERO screen presence or personality.

    Chris Pratt, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, etc… only needed ONE memorable movie performance to become a A-list stars, whilst ATJ has been given chance after chance – seriously, his ImDb page is a treasure trove of “I don’t remember him being in that” – to break through and still meh…

    • Naddie says:

      Lol, “fetch”!

    • Kitten says:

      But I don’t think he’s aspiring to be a Will Smith or a Tom Cruise. At all.
      Re: Chris Pratt, he’s not in the same league as Cruise or Smith. Not yet anyway.

      • Jegede says:

        Hi Kitten. But he DOES sign up to these blockbusters. Fact.

        You don’t do that if you’re not going for mainstream appeal or some power

        Tapoica is correct. Dude like all ahem – artists -, doth protest too much.

      • Kitten says:

        *waves to Jegede*

        That is absolutely not true. By that logic, then Hardy is trying to be an action hero as well, and he’s said numerous times that is not his goal or his desired niche. And I think Hardy’s resume backs that up-The Dark Night (blockbuster) Locke (Indie) The Drop (Indie) Mad Max (blockbuster) and so on.

        Look, smart actors do indies AND blockbusters. It’s a great way to balance a hefty paycheck with creative and challenging roles, while diversifying their resume and making themselves more marketable.

        Out of the 35 or so projects Aaron Taylor-Johnson has worked on in his entire career, only TWO are considered “blockbuster” action movies-the Cap America franchise and Godzilla. Based on his IMDB alone, it’s pretty logical to assume that he’s not gunning to be the next Will Smith, not by a longshot.

      • Jegede says:

        Gotta disagree there Kitt.

        Saying it is one thing, Doing it is another.
        They all make those proclamations

        God help me, but Olivia Munn was absolutely right in quoting how actors always proclaim to detest fame while signing up for big movies, fashion contracts e.t.c

        Hardy starred in rom coms which misfired, I believe he was up for Suicide Squad
        The recent disaster of Child 44 is making him sing a different tune.

        He wants to be able to put bums on seats, as well as control his career, a la his friend Dicaprio

        And Aaron is getting shot after shot for huge franchises, like those 2, despite not even performing in the smaller films (or being that big a name).
        He could stick to Rhys Meyers career style if he wished.

      • Kitten says:

        @ Jegede-

        Hardy starred in literally ONE rom com called “This Means War” and he said this of his experience: “I didn’t understand how you could do something, which is so much fun, and be so miserable doing it. I probably won’t do a romantic comedy again. Do you know what I mean?”

        If you’re gonna start quoting Olivia Mumm we’ll have to shut this conversation down..lol

        But seriously, I don’t think ATJ’s statement was indicative of someone who’s trying to be an action hero. He simply said that he gravitates towards roles where he can identify with the character. Sure, we can argue all day about the bullshittery behind that statement, but the fact remains that roles that interest him COULD include the occasional action flick, but a film being a blockbuster is not a draw in and of itself.

        As I said, it’s simply a smart move for an actor to diversify their resume. Not everyone wants to be Rhys Meyers or Will Smith, a lot of actors want to be somewhere in-between as those are the actors who get the most interesting parts and have the most enduring, successful careers.

        Anyway, Happy Friday ;)

    • Dolce crema says:

      Really? I loved him in the movie where he’s a teenager… It’s about a British girl (petite brunette) “coming of age” I suppose, in a seaside town, and her funny family. Can’t think of the name but he was charming and it’s an adorable movie.

      • AnnieT says:

        It’s called Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging and I loved it too. I saw it a long time ago, before he was with Sam, and remember thinking “Damn. I’d hit that” and feeling naughty about it because he was so young (I’m 41 now).

        I don’t feel so bad about it now. :)

  8. NewWester says:

    I just can’t help wonder if Sam had been a school teacher and Aaron was her student if they would getting such a free pass?

    • Pamela says:

      Excellent point NewWester. The fact is, I like him and I have wanted to just believe that maybe they are the real deal. But I am 44, and I can’t see how I could ever get involved with an 18 year old. Hell—when I see pics of gorgeous actors on this site and then see that they are 20 I feel a kinda gross about it. And all I am doing is appreciating a pretty picture. She actually married the guy.

      And yes, her position as established director does put her in a bit of a “teacher” role here.

  9. Luca76 says:

    I think the time frame has been pushed up somehow. I’ve read several times he was 17 during the shoot and turned 18 on set. It’s creepy and no one that was making fun of Richard Gere yesterday can defend this LOL.

  10. Freebunny says:

    He was searching a mummy, creepy.

  11. jkl says:

    Intentions are good, bad man is he a bad actor.

  12. Mila says:

    “When I pick characters, there’s a diversity, something I obviously associate with, and I embed myself in that.”

    if a talented actor said that i would have said it sounds very pretentious. HIM saying it is hilarious.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I think his first inclination about himself, may have been correct….dumb as a box of rocks!

  13. original kay says:


    I’m running away from his incessant need to tell everyone, in every interview, how happy he is with his wife.

    actions speak louder eh Aaron? maybe find someone else to discuss?


    • Lama Bean says:

      This! I’m so tired of every interview being about how happy he is with her, how he’s so mature, how she changed his life, etc etc etc.

    • OhDear says:

      Methinks he doth protest too much.

    • cait says:

      Yeah, I always get the vibe from him that he’s trying to justify their relationship/marriage. Like, he is publicly trying to reassure himself. “It’s okay, because I’m happy. It’s what I wanted”. Most people who are happy and confident in their marriage don’t have to constantly say so.

    • Alex says:

      He’s trying very hard to defend his marriage. Which honestly there is no defense. If he really was having that much trouble than he was taken advantage of and during a time where she had all the power at a job. A power imbalance like that makes for a really unhealthy dynamic. And I wonder how okay the older daughter really was with this relationship…
      Either way it’s gross to me. Because to hear him explain it, it’s like she mothered him out of his “wild” years which again is weird.

    • LizzyFizzy says:

      Remember that sad Villi Fualaau interview that Celebitchy covered awhile back and Fualaau’s quote about not wanting his daughters to follow in his footsteps? I seriously wonder if that will be ATJ in 15-20 years. It’s depressing.

  14. Lucy2 says:

    I would still find it questionable if he were a confident, secure, mature young man at the time. But, according to him, he was a mess and felt really lost. I can’t see that as a healthy place to go from into any relationship, but because of their vast age and life experience difference, it makes this extra questionable.

    • original kay says:

      excellent points. I did not even consider that, and it makes very good sense.

    • LookyLoo says:

      That’s because he was a BOY, not a man and she preyed on him. I look at my son now, just growing into the man he will be and I swear, I would beat some 40 year old heifer into the ground if she was creeping around him.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Lol, you go Mama

      • Esmom says:

        I hear you. If my son in just two short years when he’ll be 18 came home with a 25-year-old I’d probably flip out a bit. But a 40-something? I think my head would explode. No to mention I can’t imagine him even considering it. In my corner of the universe she’d be branded as a predatory lunatic.

    • Pamela says:

      I have a male friend who was 16 when he met a 26 year old woman. He dropped out of high school, moved in with her and stayed with her for 8 years. They fought horribly. And the relationship really left him with a skewed view of how relationships work.

      But he HATES if anyone implies that she was being gross by dating him. He likes to point out how mature he was. Thing is– it’s been 15 years since they split and he STILL isn’t very mature. How mature could he possibly have been?

      Now she was “only” 26, not 40. And a 10 year age difference is no biggie. But the difference of THAT 10 years? She had him living like a married man at 16 when he should have been going to prom. And it really messed with the trajectory of his life.

      Long story short, he hates to be painted as a victim. He has nothing nice to say about her as a person— but the one place he defends her is when someone tries to say she was a predator.

    • tracking says:

      There are always exceptions, but, yes, I agree with all of this. I’d flip if my son came home with a partner that much older too.

    • senna says:

      It also makes me wonder what SHE was thinking. You’re in your 40s, with two young kids, and this 18 year old who had been “wild” for the past two years suddenly wants to settle down with you and become a family man. (I guess “wild” means partying and into drugs? Cannot confirm what “wild” entailed for him with a quick googling.) Any sane 40-something would think, “It’s never going to happen.” Even if it DID happen, the whole, “I will change for you!” promise is never a very good idea. Though it is a neat reversal of the “bad girl turned good wife” trope we see all the time, isn’t it?

      I feel ridiculous that I’m not hardline for or against their relationship. He was a minor when it started. Perhaps entering the relationship that way has clouded his judgment about it, but he’s stayed voluntarily. I feel like there’s many ways to “mess up” your 20s and it’s not necessarily like having a family young is going to steal away all your potential experiences. You could dick around and live like a wild child before suddenly deciding you should “grow up,” at age 29. You could devotedly study and enter a career and then freak out when it’s not what you wanted and change paths. You could have a family young and it doesn’t work out with your spouse, and it’s tough on the kids, but it’s not necessarily as though your entire life has been ruined by this phase. They both have money, so it’s not as though a divorce would be financially disastrous to them. And that’s the worst case here. Their relationship could last, in theory (though no one really does in Hollywood.)

      Yes, they are talking a lot about their relationship. However, their May-December thing does enter every single conversation had about them, so they’re being proactive in talking about it. Maybe it is a case of protesting too much. If this was anyone I knew directly, I would judge them and point to the reasons it should not work. But I would not turn them away from a dinner party because I was still mad about them years after they got married.

      I think some people get off on the fight for legitimacy of their relationships, and maybe that’s something that turns both of them on; the legitimizing of a (formerly) illicit relationship.

  15. Jayna says:

    I saw some interview maybe four years ago with Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caufield. They met when he was 20 and she was 38 and married a year later. I looked up their ages now. He’s 55 and she’s 73 and still doing little plays, sometimes together. I recognize him from Grease 2. It’s interesting that they are still married going on 35 years. I got the impression that he was at least bisexual before he settled down with Juliet.

    At 18, it’s creepy, though. At least, Maxwell was 21 when he married, not a teenager. But maybe they will last. I just think hooking up with and marrying a much older woman when you are 18 is strange and that goes if the genders were reversed also.

  16. Kiddo says:

    From the slide show: It’s like Charles Manson, or zombie Jim Morrison and the girls were trippin’ and didn’t notice that the Burning Man festival wasn’t scheduled that week, or that he came equipped with gluteus maximus; he seems to have made this discovery when his pants fell down.

    That said, I like the slim fitting jeans SO MUCH MORE than skinny jeans.

    • Esmom says:

      Lol. You nailed the butt shot perfectly, he seems somewhat amazed at what he sees.

      And yes, slim fitting jeans are great. Flattering and current-looking without looking like hipster costume bottoms. But those super-light-washed, high-waisted ones made me cringe.

    • belle de jour says:

      “…he came equipped with gluteus maximus; he seems to have made this discovery when his pants fell down.”

      My first thought: he was trying to figure out just how far up his head would fit.

      Physics is hard.

  17. InvaderTak says:

    Somebody once commented on here about the TJ’s that eventually all their relationship would become is defending their relationship. spot on. That’s all they ever do. If they keep getting asked they should shut down the question already.

    • NewWester says:

      That is what I don’t understand, why do they keep talking about their relationship? Just refuse to answer any questions about their personal life. Frankly I would answer back ” we are a happy family together, what does that have to do with the project I am promoting?”

  18. Abbott says:

    I guess I’m in the minority but I like them as a couple. Two consenting adults, no drama, happy kids… I can’t hate on that. I also think he’s a really great actor. His belly button is nightmare fuel, though.

    • Kaiser says:


      • LookyLoo says:

        Lol. It’s a belly button; it’s not doing anything to you.

      • Kiddo says:

        haha, we’ve learned Kaiser’s weak spot.

      • Greek chic says:

        Belly button shamer!
        The belly button is weird but he can do nothing about it.

      • Mel M says:

        Aw, my son has an outie :( . He was a premie and it was a tiny pinhole at first and one day it just popped out. I was really worried at first but his pediatrician said it happens and the fact that he had virtually no baby fat, it was just skin and muscles probably contributed. I hope people don’t say “Ew” when they see it now when he’s young or when he’s an adult, it can’t be helped.

      • mayamae says:

        It’s not the belly button itself that bothers me, it’s how abnormally high it is on his torso. Is this a photo shop fail? It looks like it’s at least a foot above his waistband.

      • I Choose Me says:

        Outie shamer! *examines my own outie for lint*

      • Cali says:

        I am so on the icky belly button train with you, Kaiser. It’s creepy. And why is it so HIGH up his stomach?

    • Kitten says:

      I’ll sit in the corner with you, Bottz.
      They seem solid.

    • FingerBinger says:

      He’s not a great actor. Not even close.

  19. kri says:

    I can’t make myself look at his belly button, because I have a fear of giant outies. I know, I know-that sounds a bit mad, but NO. And this relationship does bother me. He was barely 18. yikes.

  20. Mia4S says:

    I get the feeling he was supposed to be a big deal after Godzilla and Avengers.

    Not so much.

    • Ratchetosity says:

      They can’t make him happen because of his weird marriage. And its a shame because he is SMOKING HOT and has all of that weirdness just under the surface that is really appealing on screen or could be with better material. But he comes across as really unlikable, just this self absorbed tw** because he spends 60% of his interviews defending his choices. Kind of like Tom Hardy. If they would both shut the fuck up they would both be bigger stars.

      • Kitten says:

        Tom Hardy is a great interview IMO, and a pretty big movie star.
        He just starred in Mad Max which grossed $138,608,000. I get that you might not like the dude but you need to accept the reality that he’s happening.

      • Mia4S says:

        I have to agree @Kitten. Hardy may not be everyone’s cup of tea but there is genuine excitement about him as a performer, particularly at the studios. I love that Spielberg called him personally to compliment him on Locke.

        Johnson is just missing…something. No one is excited. I think he’s pretty good, he’ll likely work a long time, but two franchise films with making little impression doesn’t bode well.

      • EN says:

        They can’t make him happen because he lacks on-screen charisma. Nothing to do with his marriage. Most people watching him don’t know about it,

  21. Heartsease says:

    I’m with you, Kaiser, on the bellybutton. NOPE. Ack.

  22. Jaded says:

    Just shaddup already. It’s sounding like a broken record. Lots of people around the world are in love, not just you.

  23. G says:

    Whatever. They’ve been together for 6/7 years now , married with 2 children, yet people still act like she’s ruining his life. He’s a big boy now and he’s still obviously into her. They look very happy. Is it gonna last? Haha no, i very much doubt he will never want to be with a 25 year old when she is in her 60s, but maybe she knows this and will turn a blind eye. Either way, they are happy for now so screw the begrudgers!

  24. G says:

    I will say that the only thing interesting about Aaron is his marriage to Sam. Without that i don’t think he would be even half as relevant.

  25. Irene says:

    It really is a classic love story for the ages; confused, lonely teen meets powerful predator twice their age and….. SO ROMANTIC.

    Also, when is Hollywood going to stop trying to make this guy happen?

  26. Elfie says:

    It’s one thing for a forty something to have a fling with an 18 year old but I really think it’s wrong to tie a person that young down with babies. An adult should know better. At that age we were still experimenting with the type of person we were becoming and it’s essential that kids are allowed that space to develop. There’s a huge power imbalance between a middle aged person and a teenager and any teenager who is going to gravitate toward someone old enough to be their parent is already vulnerable.

    Just because something is legal doesn’t make it morally right.

  27. Jess says:

    How many years do you need to party before realizing it’s not you? Some people need a long time. Some people like one month of reckless youth and Aaron needed two years.

    Also, some people are going to cheat in the best circumstances and some people don’t have it in them to cheat. Everyone is different. I really want to believe these are two consenting adults who are in it for the long haul to create a stable family for their kids.

  28. qtpi says:

    I always hear “mommy issues” when these two talk about their relationship.

    • Eleonor says:

      And honestly I am a bit over him repeating “I wanted to make a baby with her the second I met her”. Just STOP. Please.

  29. EN says:

    I am not grossed out by the relationship. Some people have old souls, they are never truly “young”. They want stable future and security. I am like that.
    I was never comfortable around wild college guys/ gals or kids. I never was interested in losing myself in drink or drugs. I was too afraid of consequences. I wanted to get on with my life, I wasn’t interested in any kind of pointless experimenting.

  30. Cassie says:

    People keep on seeing him as a naive and innocent teenager before he started his relationship with Sam. Judging by his interviews he was a piece of crap as a teenager like many others are. I don’t know why teenagers have to be seen as innocent and naive, it’s ridiculous.

    Sam apparently is everything you girls called her here. Ther’s no salvation in her character. I guess her daughters are being raised to be the same.

  31. serena says:

    Well, of course he thinks of it that way and I’m no one to judge but she definetely took advantage of him. Anyway he has a really good butt, he’s really handsome, but I dislike the beard (and what a gross belly-button, yikes)!

  32. kissthis says:

    He’s 25. He’s not going to stay with that grandma.

    Plus he got all cozy with Rooney Mara at a party and Sam wouldn’t leave his side afterwards because of it. I don’t blame her for being jealous of attractive young women that are around her husband’s age. If I was her age, I would be worried too. It’s Hollywood.

  33. Me too says:

    Oh. My. God. Most gorgeous man ever to walk this earth. I don’t care whorm

  34. phlyfiremama says:

    Well, we have blown the gay marriage BS out of the water now maybe we can work on the artificial “age appropriate” constructs aspects of marriage next!!! Obviously it works for them~at least for now. Maybe not for always, but there are no guarantees in life regardless, so get your happiness where and with who you can!!

  35. I think the fotos are stupid, not arty, just stupid. Wish happiness health & long life to this couple. And NO, she’s not phenomenal, she’s judgmental and narrow minded, can’t let other people have an opinion without name calling.

  36. OCGAL999 says:

    All these negative comments… C’mon on this indignation because it is an older woman.

    No one cares if it is an older man married to much younger woman….Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, George Clooney.

    Or dating younger women…Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper to name a few.


    • Valois says:

      I’m afraid you’re wrong. DId Cruise/willis/Clooney marry an 18-year old? I don’t think so.
      Leo’s getting a lot of side eyes for dating young woman- and he doesn’t marry and father children.

  37. Boxy Lady says:

    I have been reading about his life and it doesn’t sound like he had a “normal” childhood in any way. He started acting at 6 and was in Macbeth onstage at 8. According to biography.com, when he was 12, he did a movie that required him to spend 6 months in Amsterdam and then he kept traveling for various acting gigs. In the excerpts that Kaiser posted, he said he graduated school at 15 and just worked after that. To me, this doesn’t sound like someone “lacking in life experience.” And his wife didn’t “steal his young years away.” That was already taken care of early on. I mean, by the time they met, even though he was in his late teens, he was already more than a decade into his career.

    I know that a number of you are comparing your sons to this man but I’m not sure that the comparison fits. His younger years sound rather unconventional and I have no trouble believing that all the working with adults and earning his own money made him mature early. ( I know it doesn’t work like that for everyone but still…) I am willing to take what he is saying about his wife and marriage at face value until I am proven otherwise.

    • A says:

      I find it disturbing how many comment about “My son…”, “Well, if he was my son”, “He’s my sons age!!” etc
      Newsflash; He is not your son! And he is now 25 years old, stop infantilizing men ffs!
      Men never infantilize women or have some weird ideas about how a woman/girl is or could be their daughters.
      At 18 you can legally go to war and kill a human being! You can have sex and drink alcohol in many countries.
      No wonder men never grow up when they have “mothers” everywhere treating them like little boys.

  38. LAK says:

    They really need to stop explaining their relationship. No one understands it, only time will prove who is right.

  39. Cali says:

    So he graduated high school at 15? and partied his head off from 15-18? and then settled down?

    I do think the age difference is creepy. His brain isn’t even done developing at 17/18. A friend just started dating someone who is the same age as our daughter (21) and I just cannot wrap my head around it. I have zero interest in hanging out as couples because I do not want to hang out with kids my daughter’s age when I’m wanting to unwind with other mid-lifers.

  40. tyriana says:

    Interesting comments. It’s to be expected that big age differences cause discontent between people at some point. If you are the same age more or less, you are more likely to have long relationship statistically, partly also as one of you won’t be aged.
    But what constitutes a ‘successful’ relationship? I know people who are divorced who have said it was a great relationship, the guy was meant to be the father of their children, but it was just.. finished.
    I would be curious to see how this relationship looks when he is 42 and she is 66. However, it is unlikely to last that long. Still, I think this relationship has proved to be a successful one already. Whether or not it lasts another week or not.