Sarah Robles, the American super heavyweight competing in 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships, managed to hold onto the lead in the final event of the competition.
After her third place finish in the 2016 Olympics, she cleaned up big time in the final event, winning gold medals for snatch and clean & jerk for total weight in the event that took place in Anaheim, California.
Robles’s win makes it the first time the United States has earned a world champion title in weightlifting since Robin Byrd took gold in 1994.
There have only been four American women in history who have women international titles, and Robles is the first to take gold in the World Championships since weightlifting was added to the Olympic roster in 2000.
This is not the first time that Robles has broken records. When she won the bronze at the Olympics in 2017, she broke a losing streak that saw the US going 16 years without earning a single Olympic medal in weightlifting.
At 29 years old, she managed to lift a total of 626 pounds between her events, which is actually less than her total from the 2016 Olympics. History was also made by the second place winner, Laurel Hubbard, who won New Zealand’s first international medal for a sporting event.
Hubbard is also notable as one of the first openly transgender athletes to compete in the world championships for an Olympic sport.
While transgender athletes are allowed to compete in the Olympics, so far, none have. Hubbard has previously competed in men’s weightlifting, under the name Gavin Hubbard. It seems other competitors weren’t as thrilled by her presence, which nonetheless was impressive.
Robles and Hubbard likely prevailed in this year’s World Championship due to a number of disqualifications prior to the event. Both the Chinese and Russian teams were barred from competing in the championships due to the recent discovery that many of their athletes were taking steroids.
North Korea, the other big contender in weight lifting, did not send a team this year.
30+ Musicians With Wives and Girlfriends Way Out of Their League
When you’ve got some talent and a whole lot of fame, it seems that you’re just a little bit more attractive to possible partners. Why else would all of these musicians have such stunning wives and girlfriends? Well, we’re sure the lifestyle helps too. Check out who the big hitters from pop, rock, country, and rap are dating or married to. For some, it’s long-term love. But for others, it’s just the newest person on their arm. Let’s take a look!
Ice Cube and Kimberly Woodruff
Rapper and actor Ice Cube is definitely a long-term relationship kind of guy. He’s been married to Kimberly Woodruff since 1992, and they have a bunch of kids together. Some sources report they have four, but others list five — O’Shea, Shareef, Karima, Deja, and Darrell.
When Ice Cube first met his future wife, she was already in a relationship and not interested. However, when they met again six months later, her circumstances had changed. And the rest is history!
Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphries
Now, if you’re a much older rock star, then chances are you’ll have a very young and beautiful partner. This becomes more true the more iconic the rock star is, and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is no joke. To begin with, the English musician was the first of his generation to grow up on dry land!
Besides that, Ronnie Wood was married several times before his current spouse. He married Sally Humphreys in 2012 and they have twins together. The pair have a 31-year age gap.
Marc Anthony and Madu Nicola
Another famous musician who’s often seen with much younger models is Marc Anthony. Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband has been recently spotted with new girlfriend Madu Nicola at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Besides being married to J.Lo, Marc Anthony has also been married two other times. His most recent divorce, from model Shannon De Lima, was finalized in 2017. In total, the Grammy award winner has six kids. As for Madu, she’s thought to be around 20 years old.
G-Eazy and Josie Canseco
Next up is rapper G-Eazy and his colorful love life. Unlike the others on this list, we haven’t got a good snap of these two together. Apparently, G-Eazy is currently dating Josie Canseco, the recent ex-girlfriend of Brody Jenner. Prior to that, the star was linked to actress and model Ashley Benson.
Josie Canseco is a former model, and the daughter of baseball star Jose Canseco. Before being linked to Brody Jenner, she was spotted with YouTuber Logan Paul.
Bono and Ali Hewson
And now for a classic rock coupling. Bono, the frontman of Irish band U2, has been married to Alison Stewart since they were in school together. These two met way back in the ’70s and tied the knot in the 1980s. Now, they’re the parents of four kids — Jordan, Eve, Elijah, and John.
Ali Hewson is an activist and businesswoman who has founded various ethical businesses. She has also inspired some excellent songs, such as U2’s “The Sweetest Thing.”
Jay Z and Beyoncé
Jay-Z has got a lot of bad press over the years from people who don’t think he’s as good-looking as his megastar wife. We reckon that’s all a matter of taste, but no one can deny the power of Beyoncé. The couple met while collaborating on a track in 2002, then married privately in 2008.
Though the couple has had their issues, they’re one of the strongest units in the music business. In fact, they’ve sold over $300 million records between them.
Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer
It’s time to turn to Nashville now for a country star and their partner. Singer-songwriter Luke Bryan married wife Caroline Boyer in Turks and Caicos in 2006. In the years that followed, the star tragically lost both of his siblings in separate incidents. In response, the star and Caroline took in their nieces and nephew.
Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer also have two kids of their own. Caroline also runs a foundation for congenital heart defects and awareness of Down’s syndrome.
Steven Tyler and Aimee Preston
And now for another aged rock star! Steven Tyler is the lead singer of Aerosmith, and he’s in his 70s. However, age is just a number when you’re a legendary rocker. Currently, Steven Tyler is dating Aimee Preston, his former personal assistant. The couple has a casual 40-year age gap!
These two first went public in 2016 at an Oscar viewing party, and seem to still be together. They were locked down together during 2020, which surely was a big test for the relationship.
Fat Joe and Lorena Cartagena
And now for another rapper, this time it’s Fat Joe. The Latino star has been married for over 25 years and keeps the relationship rather low-key. Joseph Antonio Cartagena married Lorena in 1995, and they have a daughter together, as well as two sons from Joe’s previous relationships.
This couple faced a cheating scandal in 2012, but they came out on the other side. While Lorena did speak about her husband in a documentary about him, she generally keeps far from the spotlight.
Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir
Not all partners would wait while their other half was behind bars, but this one did. Keyshia Ka’oir waited two years for Gucci Mane — or Radric Delantic Davis — to serve his sentence, then married him. The pair tied the knot in 2017 and the whole lavish affair was documented on a BET series. The couple has a son together, named Ice Davis.
Jamaica-born Keyshia Ka’oir is the founder of various cosmetics and fitness companies. She’s known for being a ‘ride or die’ for her man.
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams
Here’s another pair of ride or dies! Country star Brad Paisley has won multiple top awards and sold over 11 million albums. But, what does that matter if you don’t have someone to share it with? The singer-songwriter married actress Kimberly Williams in 2001.
The couple actually got together because Brad had seen Kimberley in a movie, then invited her to star in one of his videos. Now, they have two sons together and seem over the moon.
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
We have to assume that being with Kylie Jenner made rapper Travis Scott much more famous. Sure, he was working and had a career before he met her, but was he known by millions of people all over the world? We think not.
It’s unclear exactly how long Travis and Kylie have been together versus not, though we know they started dating in 2017. Together, they are parents to daughter Stormi, and currently awaiting the arrival of their second child.
Brendon Urie and Sarah Orzechowski
Panic! at the Disco singer Brendan Urie started singing for the pop-rock band when he was just a teen. At one of his shows, he met Sarah Orzechowski, though she was in a relationship at the time.
Some months later, Hayley Williams from Paramore brought Sarah to another show, and this time it stuck. Brendon and Sarah got married in 2013, and the song “Sarah Smiles” is about her.
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster
Did you know that Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood were in a band together at one stage? Clearly, the pair share a taste for much younger women. In total, the English singer has been married three times and has eight children with five mothers.
However, Rod seems settled with his third wife, Penny Lancaster. The pair started dating in 1999 and got hitched in a medieval monastery in 2007. The former model has since trained as a Special Police Constable with powers of arrest. Rod better watch out!
Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan
Jon Pardi is a country singer with several number one hits. He got engaged to hairdresser Summer Duncan in 2019 after proposing from the stage at one of his concerts. They initially planned to wed on Memorial Day weekend but had to change their plans because of lockdowns.
Instead, they canceled their destination wedding and got married at Saddle Woods Farm in Tennessee. Summer has said, “We hope to eventually have a ‘wedding tour’ as Jon calls it and celebrate with all our family and friends.”
Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian
Who in the world isn’t currently obsessing over Kravis? Sure, we know that Kylie and Travis Scott could technically be called Kravis too, but Kourt and Mr. Barker definitely deserve the title. The pair recently got engaged after a whole lot of headline-hitting PDA.
Amidst their whirlwind romance, Kourt managed to get Travis onto a plane, despite his lifelong fear of flying. It seems like we might actually get to see the eldest Kardashian walk down the aisle!
Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox
Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly have also been in on the Kravis action, posing with the pair at events and in Kardashian ads. While actress Megan Fox was married to Brian Austin Green for over a decade, she’s truly head over heels for MGK.
The pair gush about each other in interviews and are regularly seen engaging in some major PDA. Apparently, Machine Gun Kelly used to have a poster of Megan Fox in his bedroom. Truly, who can blame him?
Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
Look, when Good Charlotte first appeared in the noughties, we didn’t think its band members would marry such stunning women. Yes, we sang along to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” but we didn’t predict the Maddens would actually marry into these lifestyles.
Joel Madden started dating socialite and actress Nicole Richie in 2006. They had two children together — Harlow and Sparrow — then got married in 2010. We didn’t predict this one, but we’re delighted it has worked out.
Big Boi and Sherlita Patton
Next up is rapper Big Boi, one half of Southern hip-hop duo Outkast. The star is married to Sherlita Patton, and they have two kids together. Sherlita was co-owner of a clothing boutique in Atlanta that attracted various celebs and media attention.
These two got married in 2002, but they had children Jordan and Antwan back in the ’90s. While Sherlita did file for divorce in 2013, the couple must have reconciled and sorted things out. She’s currently a realtor.
Offset and Cardi B
Here’s another couple of big hitters — it’s rappers Offset and Cardi B. As with Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, it’s not always easy to follow whether these two are on or off. Kiari Kendrell Cephus (or Offset) and Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar (or Cardi B) started dating in 2017.
The famous rappers got hitched the same year, but have been on and off following reports that Offset cheated while Cardi was pregnant. Now, the couple has two kids together and they seem to be doing well.
Shay Mooney and Hannah Billingsley
Our next celebrity wife is Hannah Billingsley, the spouse of country singer Shay Mooney. The star is one-half of the popular duo, Dan + Shay — along with Dan Smyers. These two walked down the aisle in 2017, and are now proud parents to sons Asher and Ames.
The beautiful Hannah Billingsley is a former Miss Arkansas contestant. She met her hubby when he performed near her hometown. You can see their wedding in the music video for Dan + Shay’s “Speechless.”
Iggy Pop and Nina Alu
It’s time for another rocker in his 70s! James Newell Osterberg Jr. — or Iggy Pop — has been married three times. He first met his third wife, Nina Alu, in 1999 when she was working as an air stewardess. The pair made it official in 2008, and are still happily married.
Speaking of their relationship, the rocker has said, “I found myself hitting 50 and realizing that I was lucky to meet her. Happiness with a woman doesn’t need to be complicated. When you find the right one, it’s easy.”
Flea and Melody Ehsani
From one musical stage name to another, it’s time to check out Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Michael Peter Balzary was married for several years in the ’80s, but then was unmarried for decades. In 2019, the famed bassist married designer Melody Ehsani just one month after announcing their engagement.
In Instagram posts from their wedding, the 59-year-old musician said, “My life has changed forever and I am eternally humbled and grateful. The person who sees all of me and knows who I am.”
Jeezy and Jeannie Mai
Our next celebrity musician got married just this year, to TV host and stylist Jeannie Mai. Jay Wayne Jenkins — or Jeezy — is a rapper and trap music pioneer. He and his wife started dating in 2018, and got hitched at home in Atlanta.
Jeannie Mai has hosted a makeover show and appeared as a fashion expert on multiple entertainment shows. The daytime talk show host announced in 2021 that she and Jeezy were expecting their first child together.
Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell
When we think of Paul McCartney’s wives, we immediately go to Linda and Heather. However, for many years now, the former Beatle has been happily married to Nancy Shevell. The couple got married in Marylebone Town Hall in 2011 in a small ceremony.
As you might expect, there’s a bit of an age gap between these two — 18 years to be precise. Paul and New Yorker businesswoman Nancy had known each other for several decades before making it official.
J. Cole and Melissa Heholt
There aren’t many pictures of rapper J. Cole and his wife, Melissa Heholt, together. That’s why they look so young in this one! The pair first met when they were both studying at St. John’s University, but we don’t actually know when they got married.
In fact, the star only revealed he was married in a 2016 interview. Several years later, in a different interview, he revealed that the couple had a son. Now, we know they have two kids.
Dave Grohl and Jordyn Blum
After Ringo Starr and Phil Collins, musician Dave Grohl is the third wealthiest drummer in the world. The Foo Fighters founder has been married twice, though his first union only lasted three years.
Dave married Jordyn Blum in 2003 and they’ve been going strong ever since. Together, they’re parents to three kids — Harper Willow, Violet Maye, and Ophelia Saint. Before settling down, Jordyn Blum worked as a model and an MTV producer. She also directed a music video and documentary for the Foo Fighters.
Juicy J and Regina Perera
Founding member of Southern hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia, Juicy J is a rapper and producer. Impressively, he also has an Oscar under his belt for one of his most famous songs. The star married Regina Perera in 2016, and they share a son and daughter.
Before marrying a world-famous musician, Regina Perera was a registered dental hygienist. However, the stunner has since moved into the world of influencing, representing companies like Calvin Klein, Rolex, and Fashion Nova.
Wyclef Jean and Marie Claudinette Jean
Haitian superstar Wyclef Jean has been on the scene for quite some time. The former Fugees member has multiple Grammys and even ran for president in his birth country. The musician married Marie Claudinette back in 1994, then renewed their vows in 2009.
As for Marie Claudinette, well she’s pretty ambitious too. The designer founded her own company and fashion line, and has dressed many celebs. These two adopted their daughter, Angelina Claudinelle, in 2005.
Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick
We’ve already had one Rolling Stone on our list, but what about Mick Jagger? Of course, the iconic frontman was with model Jerry Hall for many years. Then, he was with model L’Wren Scott for over a decade. But, since 2014, his other half has been American ballet dancer Melanie Hamrick.
There’s a whopping 43-year age gap between these two. When Melanie gave birth to their son, Deveraux, Mick was 73 years old. He has eight kids in total.
Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie
Metal singer and horror director Rob Zombie isn’t as tough as he looks. For example, he’s a vegan that keeps rescued farm animals at his property. The artist married Sheri Moon Zombie in a Halloween-themed wedding in 2002.
She was the leading lady in his first two movies and has starred in many of White Zombie’s music videos. Sheri Moon is an actress, model, dancer, and designer. She was with Rob for nine years before they got married at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.
Gerard Way and Lindsey Ballato
Did you know that My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way is the cousin of podcaster Joe Rogan? Well, now you do! But, you may ask, who’s he married to? Well, the singer-songwriter and comic book writer married Lyn-Z, or Lindsey Ballato, in 2007. She was the bassist of another band.
These two got hitched after one of Gerard’s concerts, on the final date of the Projekt Revolution tour. Together, Gerard and Lindsey are parents to daughter Bandit Lee Way, and live in L.A.
Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge
Three brothers and one cousin make up the rock band, Kings of Leon. Lead singer Caleb Followill met his future wife, model Lily Aldridge at Coachella in 2007. Some years later, the couple got married at a ranch in California. Now, they’re the proud parents of daughter Dixie and son Winston.
Lily is best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret from 2010 to 2018. As one of the brand’s famous Angels, she got her wings in 2010. She has appeared in two Kings of Leon music videos.
Lil Scrappy and Bambi
The Prince of Crunk, Lil Scrappy, has been on reality TV for quite some time now. Viewers know that the musician is married to wife Adizia “Bambi” Benson, referred to as “Bam.” Together, this attractive couple has three kids — Xylo, Breland, and Cali.
Bambi has her own brand, House of Shimmer, including a beauty salon, cosmetic line, and supply store. Naturally, she’s the face of the brand and promotes it regularly on her social media. Looking good, girl!
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
We’ve seen some already, and here we have another set of celebrity childhood sweethearts. Country singer Thomas Rhett met future wife Laura Akins way back in the first grade. They made their relationship legally binding in 2012 when they finally said “I do.”
Together, these two have three daughters — Willa, Ada, and Lennon. Thomas mentions his family in “Life Changes” and they all appear together in its video. As of 2021, the couple is expecting yet another daughter!
Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz
Alright, remember how we said that we didn’t predict the Madden brothers would end up with such gorgeous wives? Well here’s the other side of that equation. We know that Joel Madden married Nicole Richie, but his brother Benji managed to land Cameron Diaz. What on Earth?!
Benji and Cameron started dating in 2014, and got married not even one year later. The star actress had sworn off marriage beforehand but is still happily married to Benji. They welcomed a daughter in 2019.
Kane Brown and Katelyn Jae
Country singer Kane Brown first met his future wife in 2015. He ended up proposing on Easter Sunday two years later, and then announced it at one of his concerts. In 2018, the couple got married in front of 200 people in Tennessee. Now, they’re parents to daughter Kingsley Rose.
Kane says he felt “shy giddiness” when he first met Katelyn. He ended up messaging her, flying her out, and the rest fell into place. She’s featured in some of his music videos.
Chance the Rapper and Kirsten Corley-Bennett
Chancelor Johnathan Bennett — better known as Chance the Rapper — has been married since 2019. The Grammy award-winning star started dating Kirsten Corley in 2013, and they welcomed their daughter Kensi in 2015.
These two actually hit some rough patches over the years, and almost broke up. However, they got engaged in 2018 and said “I do” in 2019. Kimye were just some of the A-list guests that got an invite. Since then, the couple has welcomed another child, daughter Marli.
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr
Here’s another happily married celebrity couple, though it didn’t start out so smoothly. Country singer Jason Aldean was already married with kids when he got together with reality show contestant Brittany Kerr. He ended up getting a divorce, and he and Brittany made their first appearance together in 2014.
That same year, the couple got engaged. And, one year after that, they were Mr. and Mrs. Nowadays, Jason and Brittany have two kids together — daughter Navy and son Memphis.
Lee Brice and Sara Reeveley
Country singer Lee Brice and his wife, Sara Reeveley, were together for a while before getting hitched. Adorably, they met on the beach, in the dark and the rain, when they were just teenagers. Lee ended up playing his guitar for her, and they talked together on the sand. After several years apart, they reconciled and started dating.
The pair got married in 2013 and have three children together. As with many of the couples on this list, Sara has appeared on one of her husband’s tracks.
Trent Reznor and Mariqueen Maandig
As well as being the singer for industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor is a very successful movie composer. In fact, he has both an Oscar and a Grammy for his work. The musician married Filipino-American singer Mariqueen Maandig in 2007, and they have five kids.
Along with others, Trent and Mariqueen formed the band, How to Destroy Angels, back in 2009. It seems that this creative couple has a strong and successful marriage.
Charles Kelley and Cassie McConnell
Singer Charles Kelley is the founding member of country trio Lady A. When he and wife Cassie McConnell got married, they had several ceremonies. First, the couple had a private courthouse wedding in Nashville in 2009. After that, they had a larger Bahamas ceremony for all of their friends and family.
Cassie McConnell is a music rep that works for several country stars. In fact, one of her clients is her husband’s brother, Josh Kelley. Together, these two have one son.
Brantley Gilbert and Amber Cochran
Room for another country star? We think so. Next, we turn to singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert and his wife, Amber Cochran. For a while, Amber was the one that got away. However, this country couple got married in 2015 in a small ceremony.
Apparently, the Georgia school teacher inspired lots of Brantley’s hits, such as “More Than Miles” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” Romantic! The couple welcomed their first child, son Barrett, in 2017. Two years later, they welcomed daughter Braylen.
Ludacris and Eudoxie Mbouguiengue
Rapper and actor Ludacris is no stranger to success. The Dirty South rapper has three Grammys after all. Plus, he’s been successful in marriage. The star began dating Gabonese model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue back in 2009. They made things official in 2014 and are still going strong. In fact, Eudoxie is currently expecting the couple’s second child.
The beautiful Eudoxie has several degrees and founded her own non-profit organization. In 2020, Ludacris, his mother and two daughters got Gabonese citizenship.
Papoose and Remy Ma
We finish up with another reality TV hip-hop couple — Papoose and Remy Ma. These two have been together for quite some time, and they’ve definitely had their ups and downs. To begin with, Papoose and rapper Remy Ma exchanged vows on the phone while she was in prison.
After serving six years behind bars, Remy Ma and Papoose had a proper wedding (on TV and everything) in 2016. She gave birth to their daughter, Reminisce Mackenzie, two years later.