Sports Star Relationships With Uncomfortable Age Gaps

Professional athletes often have it easy when
it comes to attracting beautiful women. With tons of fans watching them on the field
or on the court, there’s never a shortage of gorgeous fans interested in dating a star. Sometimes these women just so happen to be
young…very young. Though many popular athletes were once married
to women with whom they were close in age, some left those marriages behind to begin
relationships with younger women who captured their hearts. Apparently, the massive age gaps just couldn’t
keep these older athletes and their young partners from falling more deeply in love. These athletes’ relationships are proof that
love knows no bounds. Here are some sports star relationships with
uncomfortable age gaps. Derek Jeter’s ‘old soul’ mate Once upon a time, Derek Jeter was one of the
sports world’s most eligible bachelors. He dated everyone from Mariah Carey to Jessica
Bielaz, though no one locked him down for long. But the former New York Yankees star changed
his relationship status from single to taken when he met Sports Illustrated swimsuit model
Hannah Davis in 2012. Despite their 16-year age difference, a source
told Us Weekly, “Their relationship works because they are
both supportive and sweet to each other. […] They almost never fight.” Perhaps they get along so well because Davis
is more mature than her age would suggest. A family friend told the New York Post, “Her mom told me, when Hannah was about 16,
that she was an ‘old soul’. […] She definitely has a wisdom beyond her
years.” The couple later tied the knot in 2016 when
Davis was 26 and Jeter was 42. And in August 2017, the couple welcomed a
baby girl. Julius Erving’s younger mistress Pro basketball player Julius Erving’s philandering
past is no secret — thanks to his autobiography, Dr. J, where he spilled the tea on his womanizing
ways. As he explained, the Hall of Famer was married
to his then-wife, Turquoise, at the height of his career. The couple had four children together, but
having cheated multiple times, Erving would father two children outside of his marriage. The first child was with a woman named Samantha
Stevenson, and the second child was carried by his mistress, Dorýs Madden, who is 19
years his junior. But Erving and Madden’s relationship wasn’t
just a fling. Instead, it appeared to be the real deal. Erving and Madden got married in 2008 after
he finalized his divorce, and they went on to have two more children together. Michael Jordan’s 15-year gap After divorcing his ex-wife, Juanita, in 2006
and being ordered to pay $150 million in the divorce settlement, fans thought for sure
that basketball legend Michael Jordan was done with romance. But the sports star hit a slam dunk when he
met Yvette Prieto in 2008. After getting engaged in 2011, the high-profile
couple tied the knot in 2013, when Jordan was 50 and Prieto was 35. The following year, Prieto gave birth to twin
daughters. Wladimir Klitschko’s knockout lady It’s pretty obvious that Nashville star Hayden
Panettiere has a thing for older men. During the height of her acting career, she
dated her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia when she was barely 18, and he was 29. After their 2009 breakup, Panettiere upped
the stakes when she went completely gaga over former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko,
who was 13 years her senior. Even Panettiere knew that she and Klitschko
were an odd match, telling Cosmo in 2014, “On paper, a relationship between the two
of us looked crazy. From where we live to where we come from,
the differences in our lives are fairly big.” After meeting at a book party and becoming
an item in 2009, they briefly split before getting engaged in October 2013. The couple later welcomed their first child
together in 2014. Steve Nash’s young lover Although his first marriage to Alejandra Amarilla
— with whom he shares three children — may have hit the skids after nine years, that
didn’t deter former professional basketball player, Steve Nash, from giving marriage another
shot when he met Lilla Frederick. He and Frederick, a former college volleyball
player, got engaged in March 2016, according to TMZ. They later tied the knot in September of that
same year when Frederick was just 26 and Nash was 42. Frederick gave birth to their son, Luca, in
2017, and the sports star and his young bride were ecstatic about the new addition to their
family. Nash captioned a pic: “Mom’s a serious champ
and we’re in love with this little guy.” Hines Ward’s gameday gal Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Hines Ward
may not be on the field during game days anymore, but the team’s home stadium of Heinz Field
was the backdrop for his 2014 wedding to Lindsey Georgalas. TMZ reported that the former wide receiver
had been dating Georgalas since 2012. Just after walking down the 50-yard line to
say their “I do’s,” the couple appeared on an episode of Celebrity Wife Swap in 2015
when Ward was 39 and Georgalas was 24. During filming, Ward swapped partners with
actor Verne Troyer, and told AJC that his young bride was hesitant to appear on the
reality show, but she was definitely game. Fun fact: On their episode, Georgalas attempted
to redecorate Troyer’s game room, and the Austin Powers star let out a huge fart, in
protest. Bjorn Borg’s ‘perfect life’ Swedish tennis champ Bjorn Borg was swarmed
by fans during his heyday, thanks to his long and luscious hair and, of course, his skills
on the court. He once told The Telegraph, “There were girls on the way to the practice
court, girls by the match court, and girls waiting in the lobby of my hotel.” And after two failed marriages, he was finally
able to rifle through a bevy of eager women to finally find the girl of his dreams. The five-time Wimbledon champ married Patricia
Ostfeldt in 2002, according to Hello! magazine. Borg was 46 on their wedding day and Ostfeldt
was 35. While their age gap may not seem that extreme,
keep in mind that when Borg was 10 years old Ostfeldt wasn’t even born. Even though they have more than a few years
between them, Borg believes he’s finally with his one true love. He told the newspaper, “It feels as though I have found the right
woman for me and I’m now living the way I want to live. I have the perfect life now and I wouldn’t
change a thing.” Tiki Barber’s bombshell intern Scandal erupted when former New York Giants
and Today show host, Tiki Barber, was exposed for having an affair with his babysitter-turned-NBC
intern, Traci Lynn Johnson. What made the story even more scandalous was
the fact that Barber’s wife, Ginny, was pregnant with twins at the time he was engaging in
the affair. Eight days after his divorce was finalized,
37-year-old Barber wed 23-year-old Johnson at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. Their union wasn’t without backlash, though,
especially after details leaked on just how aggressively he had pursued Johnson. A source told the New York Post, “On her 21st birthday, he sent her 21 dozen
roses to her dorm. He also gave her a diamond and sapphire bracelet. At this point, she had a boyfriend, and told
him that she and Tiki were ‘just friends,’ but nobody bought it.” With the scandal finally behind them, the
couple has appeared to be more in love than ever, and welcomed their second child together
in 2016. Robert Kraft’s new love Robert Kraft lost the love of his life, wife
Myra, when she died of ovarian cancer in July 2011. The owner of the New England Patriots found
comfort in his football organization who graciously dedicated the 2011 football season to Myra’s
memory. Kraft described to the Boston Globe how he
felt, having lost his wife, saying, “I sort of feel robbed.” But a year after her passing, he found companionship
in Ricki Lander, a dancer and actress who was 39 years his junior. While getting to know one another, Lander
accompanied Kraft to various events, including the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar party and Fashion
Week. But, in an unusual twist, TMZ reported in
early March 2018 that Lander had secretly given birth to a baby — and it wasn’t Kraft’s. At the time, Kraft’s rep issued this statement: “While Robert Kraft is not the biological
father, he is thrilled with Ricki’s blessing of having a healthy child. With respect to her family’s privacy, we will
not be commenting any further.” Kurt Angle’s Arby’s amore Olympic gold medalist and WWE and TNA Hall
of Famer, Kurt Angle, had just ended his first marriage to Karen Smedley, when he met Giovanna
Yannotti. The two connected on the set of the 2009 movie
End Game, according to an interview Yannotti gave in 2016. Completely ignoring their 18-year age gap,
Yannotti fell in love with the sports star’s “big blue eyes.” After developing a friendship over a few years,
he finally asked her out on a date to Arby’s. Friendship eventually turned into romance,
and the couple later married in July 2012. As of 2016, Angle and Yannotti have had three
children together. Because when it comes to true love, age is
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