Which Celeb Couples Waited The Longest Before Getting Married?

When Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart finally tied the knot on June 15, our jaws dropped. The couple has been together for more than eight and a half years, so we were beginning to think they’d never hear wedding bells. Evidently, Harrison’s son Ben thought the same thing. “Those crazy kids went off and eloped!” he said. “I think it is wonderful that they finally made it legit. It is really terrific news.” [People]

We think so, too. And so, after the jump, we look at other famous couples who took their time.

  • David Letterman and Regina Lasko took things sloooooow. When they got hitched last year after 23 years as a couple, they shocked us all. They drove to the wedding in a pickup truck, but were delayed when it got stuck in the mud.
  • Jewel and Ty Murray met at a rodeo in 1999 but didn’t get married until last year, when they eloped. When asked why she waited so long, Jewel said, “It was just something we wanted to make sure we got right. I don’t think divorce was ever something we considered an option, so we really wanted to take our time and get to know each other. And it takes a long time to get to know people.” [Celebrity Bride Guide]
  • Beyonce met Jay-Z when she was just 18, but waited eight years before saying “I do.” The singer said, “I really don’t believe that you will love the same thing when you’re 20 as you do at 30. So that was my rule: before the age of 25, I would never get married.” [CelebrityWeddingBuzz]
  • But the trophy goes to (drum roll) … Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal. They had been together for 30 years, but never married, when Farrah was diagnosed with cancer. Ryan asked her to marry him and she said yes. He says it was completely her call to stay unmarried all those years. “I used to ask her to marry me all the time,” he told Barbara Walters. “But it just got to be a joke, you know.” Farrah died three days after that interview, and the couple never had a chance to actually exchange their vows. [ABC News]

Did we miss one of your favorite longtime holdouts? Let us know!