Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi engagement: Young celebrity couples from Beckham to Attenborough

Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi announced their engagement on instagram.
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It’s a sign of the changing times that a celebrity engagement at the young ages of 19 and 20 has caused quite such a stir.

Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown and Jake Bongiovi, also an actor and the son of Jon Bon Jovi, announced their engagement via Instagram, after two-and-a-half years together.

The couple have been the subject of abuse online, but people have come to their defence, often pointing out that many of our grandparents and parents were married at such a young age.

And they’re right – they’re hardly the first people, let alone the first celebrities, to get married relatively young.

Here are just some of glamorous young couples, both recent and from further back.

Victoria (25) and David Beckham (24)

Victoria and David Beckham in 1999. (Photo by Sinead Lynch/AFP via Getty Images)Victoria and David Beckham in 1999. (Photo by Sinead Lynch/AFP via Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham in 1999. (Photo by Sinead Lynch/AFP via Getty Images)

The Spice Girl star turned fashion designer, Victoria Beckham, married the Manchester United footballer, David Beckham, in July 1999, after meeting in the Man-U players’ lounge two years earlier. They are still apparently happily married and have had four children together.

Brooklyn Beckham (23) and Nicola Peltz (27)

Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz in 2021. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz in 2021. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz in 2021. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Speaking of which, Brooklyn Beckham, son of David and Victoria, married the American actress Nicola Peltz when he was just 23. Despite a rumoured feud between Nicola and her mother-in-law Victoria, the young couple are still together and recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary.

Amy Winehouse (23) and Blake Fielder-Civil (35)

Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse in 2007.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse in 2007.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Blake Fielder-Civil and Amy Winehouse in 2007. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

The pair met in a pub in 2005, had a whirlwind, and tumultuous, romance, and eloped in Miami in 2007. Although the marriage was fraught with problems - and Winehouse would meet a tragic end - Fielder-Civil is said to be the inspiration for Back to Black, so we can thank him for that.

Sophie Turner (23) and Joe Jonas (29)

Sophie Turner and  Joe Jonas in 2018.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)Sophie Turner and  Joe Jonas in 2018.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas in 2018. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Game of Thrones Star Sophie Turner and musician Joe Jonas tied the knot in 2019 and now have two children together. In true, modern-romance style, the pair hit it off after Joe slid into Sophie’s Instagram DMs.

Colleen and Wayne Rooney (22)

Wayne Rooney and Coleen in 2005. (Photo by David Westing/Getty Images)  Wayne Rooney and Coleen in 2005. (Photo by David Westing/Getty Images)
Wayne Rooney and Coleen in 2005. (Photo by David Westing/Getty Images)

This couple have recently been in the news following Colleen’s Wagatha Christie dispute with Rebekah Vardy. But the start of their romance was very much out of the spotlight. They met when they were both 12, starting dating officially at 16, and married in 2008 when they were 22.

David Attenborough (24) and Jane Ebsworth Oriel (23)

Jane Ebsworth Oriel and David Attenborough. (Photos by Getty) Jane Ebsworth Oriel and David Attenborough. (Photos by Getty)
Jane Ebsworth Oriel and David Attenborough. (Photos by Getty)

David Attenborough, national treasure, married Jane Ebsworth Oriel in 1950. The pair were married for 47 years, until Jane passed away in 1997. On her passing, Attenborough wrote in his 2010 memoir Life on Air: “The focus of my life, the anchor had gone… now I was lost.”