The wedding day is a big and crucial day for everyone, whether a celebrity or a simple middle-class man. But, unfortunately, our society today has set an age bar as to when one should tie a knot and lead a happy married life. But, several celebrities have broken these barriers by marrying after the age of 40 and leading a blissful life. These celebrities have proved that the right time to get married is when one thinks it to be and not according to society.
- What percentage of Indians aged 40 are married?
As per the Indian laws, there is no upper age limit for marriage, and clearly, a person can marry at any age. There are several celebrities who married after 35 and are leading a happy life.
The percentage of Indians who married at the age of 40 is 81% for men and 86% for women. Women usually have a very high probability of marrying first than men except at 40.
- Why is it so hard to find love after 40?
Finding love in your 40s might be quite challenging as your life is much settled at that time, and new things do not come easily. Another complicating factor might be when you’re looking for someone just after a divorce.
Dating in your 40s also comes with disparate age-related expectations. No matter what their age is, men and women usually want to date people of different ages. They want to date someone younger and win the trophy on their arm. Moreover, the notion of dating can feel like an unfamiliar concept in the 40s.
- Is 40 too old to meet someone?
40 is definitely not too old to meet someone. And when you reach your 40s, you’ve had enough life experience to do what you want. You can find love at any age, and with various online dating apps, you have plenty of opportunities. All you need is to find a way to open your heart to someone.
With marriage comes several responsibilities, and you should get married only when you are ready to take up those responsibilities. It does not matter whether you are in your 20s or 40s; you can start seeing someone whenever you feel like you can shoulder those responsibilities.
Here’s a list of Indian celebrities who married late in their 40s and proved that age is just a number.
- Preity Zinta
Preity Zinta is one of the female celebrities who married late at the age of 41 and is leading her married life happily. She married an American Financial Analyst Gene Goodenough on February 29, 2016, in a secret ceremony. She is the one who taught us that you could take your time and plunge only when you are ready.
- John Abraham
John Abraham, an actor, model, and film producer, first dated his co-star Bipasha Basu in 2011 and broke up in the same year. This was one of the shortest marriages ever. Later, at the age of 42, he married an NRI Financial Analyst, Priya Runchal. So when he tweeted New Year Wishes signed ‘John and Priya Abraham’ that the public got to know about their secret wedding.
- Saif Ali Khan
Another celebrity who married after the age of 40 is Saif Ali Khan. He tied the knot with his girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor, in a royal wedding ceremony in Pataudi. After his first marriage ended in 2004, he started dating Rosa Catalano, which too ended abruptly. In 2008, he started dating Kareena Kapoor, married her in 2012, and now lives a happy married life.
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- Aamir Khan
After three years of ending his first marriage, Amir Khan tied the knot with director Kiran Rao at 45. His relationship with Kiran Rao and Reena Dutta (his first wife) each lasted for 16 years. Although Amir Khan divorced Kiran Rao, the two shared 15 years of lifetime joy, laughter, and experiences.
- Farah Khan
Farah Khan is the actress who found her love at the sets of “Mai Hoon Na” and married the editor Shirish Kunder. She is a Bollywood actress who married after 30 and has been living together since then and being a parent to triplets.
- Boney Kapoor
The marriage of Sridevi and Boney Kapoor was kind of a tragic event. Their relationship started as an affair that led to an unplanned pregnancy, followed by their marriage in 1996. At that time, Boney Kapoor was 40 and didn’t hesitate to start a new chapter of his life at such age.
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- Sanjay Dutt
There are several celebrities who marry late, and among them is Sanjay Dutt, who married at the age of 49. In 2008, he tied the knot with a 19 years junior named Manyata. After two years of dating, he married the girl in a Hindu ceremony in Mumbai and became a father to twins in 2010.
- Suhasini Mulay
Suhasini Mulay is a National Film fare award winner and the actress who married after 40. She made the headlines when she married a retired physicist, Atul Gurtu, at 60. Before this, she was in a long live-in relationship that ended in 1990 and tied the knot in 2011 with Atul Gurtu.
- Kabir Bedi
Age was not at all a bar to this actor, who married the third time at the age of 70. She tied the knot with his partner Parveen Dusanj in an intimate ceremony in Alibaug that family and close friends attended.
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- Neena Gupta
Out of wedlock, Neena Gupta became a mother at 30 and married at 49, breaking all the norms. Her love life had several ups and downs. She first had a relationship with Indian cricketer Vivian Richards, and then in 2008, she married a Delhi-based CA Vivek Mehra in a private ceremony.
- Urmila Matondkar
In March 2016, Urmila Matondkar married a Kashmir-based businessman Mohsin Akhtar Mir. She did not shy away from marrying a 10 years younger man in her 40s. It was indeed a low-key affair, and close friends and family attended the wedding.
- Kashmera Shah
At 41, Kashmera Shah married Krushna Abhishek, who is twelve years younger than her. The duo married in a secret wedding in 2013. Five years after tying the knot, the two welcomed twin boys through surrogacy.
- Sucheeta Trivedi
Sucheeta Trivedi married at the age of 42. In 2018, she tied the knot to a businessman, Nigam Patel. This actress, who tied the knot two years ago, believes there is no perfect age to get married. However, the actress was not open about her wedding day news but shared a few pictures from the wedding.
- Lisa Ray
Lisa Ray is another celebrity who married at the age of 40. In 2012, she tied the knot with Jason Dehni, and in 2018, the two welcomed their twin daughters, Soleil and Sufi. She also mentioned how happy she was with her decision not to get married at 20.
- Aditya Chopra
Aditya Chopra married Rani Mukherjee at the age of 43. However, the couple managed to keep their wedding and personal life away from the limelight. They had been in a relationship for a few years and tied the knot in a secret wedding in Italy in April 2014.
Although there’s a social stigma attached to marriage at 40 in India, there are several Indian Celebrities who married after 50 and proved that there’s no age to settle down with someone. Any age is good when you are ready to commit.
It’s important to know about your expectations and wants, but at the same time, do not be rigid with them. Just be patient and trust that you’ll meet your perfect match when the time comes.