LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many greeted the news of Rupert Murdoch’s engagement to Jerry Hall with a resounding “Huh?”
The 84-year-old media mogul and the 59-year-old actress announced their betrothal Tuesday with a classified ad in the London Times, a newspaper owned by Murdoch’s News Corp.
This will be his Murdoch’s fourth marriage. Hall had a long relationship (and unofficial Hindu wedding) with Mick Jagger, with whom she has four children.
While their coupling may be curious, it’s hardly the first celebrity pairing to draw attention. Here are some other romantic match-ups that raised eyebrows:
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— Lisa Marie Presley & Michael Jackson: Presley and Jackson became close in the early 1990s. They wed amid a swirl of publicity in 1994, after Jackson faced accusations of child molestation (later settled out of court) and canceled concerts for health reasons. They divorced two years later.
— Liza Minnelli & David Gest: The relationship between the Oscar winner and the TV producer was marked by awkward public displays of affection. They married in 2002 and separated 18 months later. After their split, he sued her for $10 million claiming she physically assaulted him during their relationship; she countersued over claims he’d stolen $2 million in earnings from her performances. They finally filed for divorce in 2007.
— Sandra Bullock & Jesse James: Bullock edged up her image when she married the custom motorcycle builder in 2005. A cleaned-up James was by the actress’ side when she won her best actress Oscar in 2010. A week later, reports surfaced that James had been unfaithful and Bullock canceled several public appearances. She filed for divorce later that year.
— Mary-Kate Olsen & Olivier Sarkozy: She’s a 29-year-old American child star turned fashion designer; he’s a 46-year-old French banker and his brother was the country’s president. They reportedly wed in November, 2015.
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