Cougars and toyboys: how and why?
Cougar celebrity trend and celebrity toyboys
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Cougar celebrity trend and celebrity toyboys

Ah our dear friends the celebs, the forerunners when it comes to any type of trend!

Who can forget how the former Mrs Bruce Willis whipped up media interest when she started flirtiing with Ashton Kutcher (14 years her junior) in 2003. Several front pages and a wedding later, this pair are going strong after 7 years together. So not such a voracious cougar, this one.

Also in the cougar-esque category is Madonna (51). In 2008, she hooked up with hot young Brazilian model, Jesus Luz, who was 22 at the time. The couple split up earlier this year but the singer has since found another toyboy in the form of Jon Kortajarena, model and actor... and 24 years of age.

But they're not the only ones working their charm on younger more tender prey. We can also add Kylie Minogue and Andres Velencoso (11 year gap) to the list, along with Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, now separated (10 year gap).

And our British celebs haven't escaped the trend either: New Tricks TV star Amanda Redman (52) is dating designer Damian Schnabel (12 year gap); 43-year-old artist Sam Taylor-Wood is engaged to actor Aaron Johnson (23 year gap); while actress Joan Collins (77)'s 5th husband is production technician Percy Gibson (32 year gap).

Kylie Minogue/Andres Velencoso © Sipa

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