It’s a scientific fact as fundamental as gravity. In romance, every yin needs its yang…or in the immortal words of Lady Abdul, opposites attract.
What better time to explore this confounding phenomenon than XOXO—Fab’s celebration of all things d’amour?
SPOILER ALERT: Some totally-saw-it-coming movie romances revealed ahead.
Baby & Johnny
It’s not called Family-Friendly, Sensible, Adequately Clothed Dancing, people. It’s called Dirty Dancing—and Baby is anything but. Yet as soon as she sets eye on Johnny, the rough-and-tumble guy with a heart of gold, an epic love story (and stellar 1980s soundtrack) begins to unfold. A glimmer of goody-goody in Swayze’s hunky gaze might have prevented the passion that pushes Baby past her comfort zone to have—wait for it—the time of her life.
Billy Joel & Christie Brinkley
An uptown girl and a downtown man can only find lasting love in peppy pop songs right? Perhaps, but supermodel sophisticate Christie Brinkley and trouble-prone piano man Billy Joel had a decade-long romance, which is embodied by everyone’s favorite up-tempo tune. Divorce or no divorce, that song is immortal.
Julie & Tootsie
To be fair, these two never actually get together. But unbeknownst to Julie (Jessica Lange), her romance with actor Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is budding throughout this friendship with Dorsey’s convincing drag persona, Dorothy Michaels.
When all is revealed, Michael aptly summarizes their unlikely love affair: “I was a better man with you, as a woman…than I ever was with a woman, as a man.”
Need we say more?
LiLo & Samantha Ronson
It took everyone’s favorite “mean girl” a while to publicly acknowledge her relationship with the edgy English songwriter-turned-Hollywood DJ. But Ronson’s enigmatic air was a refreshing foil to Lohan’s spotlight-loving persona—and how better to shed that Disney reputation once and for all than trysting with a disc-spinning bad girl?
Kermit & Miss Piggy
Species is just one of the fundamental differences between these two. Personality-wise, they’re like oil and water—Miss Piggy a brash, buxom blonde hog who’s obsessed with fame and Kermit a sweet, submissive amphibian who likes to sing about rainbows and stuff. Still, the two have been inextricably linked since he purportedly set a single webbed foot in her spotlight during a Muppet Show rehearsal in the ’70s.
The state of their relationship has remained dubious at best, but according to MuppetWiki, the two admitted to being together as recently as 2012, on an episode of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Mazel tov, Muppets.
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