Sam Taylor-Wood (43) gives birth to 20-year-old Aaron Johnson’s baby


Do you all remember the British couple Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood? Sam is a 43 year old director, photographer and artist who fell in love with her leading man, a then 18-year-old actor Aaron Johnson (he was the star of Kick-Ass). Over the course of a year and a half, they began dating, then shacking up, then he got her knocked up, and then they became engaged. Aaron just turned 20 years old a few weeks ago. And just in time! Because who likes to hear “19-year-old father…”? That’s right, Sam gave birth on Wednesday, to a little girl the couple named Wylda Rae, from Ye Olde English, meaning “untamed… Rae” or “willow tree”.

Artist Sam Taylor-Wood has given birth to a little girl – her first child with her toy-boy fiance actor Aaron Johnson. The acclaimed British artist turned film director, 43, gave birth to Wylda Rae today with her 20-year-old lover by her side.

Johnson’s Kick Ass co-star Christopher Mintz-Plasse confirmed the news as he wrote on his Twitter account: ‘Crazier news. Aaron Johnson’s baby was born!! So exciting!’

The pair met on the set of Miss Taylor-Wood’s directorial debut Nowhere Boy, where Mr Johnson played a young John Lennon. Their relationship raised eyebrows, but the artist, who has two daughters by her ex-husband, art dealer Jay Jopling, recently insisted that the age gap between them was not a problem.

Speaking in May, Miss Taylor-Wood stated: ‘I’m in love, I’m blissfully content and I’m pregnant. No one’s getting hurt. We’re in a loving relationship. We’re engaged. Everyone who matters is happy. Hang on… Exactly which bit of that do I have to defend or apologise for?”

Johnson, in turn, said that his fiancée was far younger in spirit than her age as he called himself an ‘old soul’. She then replied: ‘That’s definitely what he is. Since childhood he’s spent so much time away from home and in the company of established actors. I think it made him grow up fast. This whole age thing is abstract to us anyway. We don’t ever think about it. He’s more mature now than are a lot of men my age. He stops me from spinning out and being a complete nutter, which I’m definitely capable of. He grounds me and keeps me calmer.’

Just weeks after giving birth for the first time to her daughter Angelica, now 13, Miss Taylor-Wood was diagnosed with colon cancer. She recovered from that, however, then in 2000 was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. But she managed to battle back.

She added: ‘You know, this whole age obsession thing is funny. If I were going out with another woman, you wouldn’t ask me what advice I’d give to someone contemplating doing the same thing. If I were in a mixed race relationship, you wouldn’t say, ‘So what’s it like?’ People in love don’t see gender, colour or religion. Or age. It’s about the other person, the one that you love and who loves you. You don’t think of them in terms of a label. You just go with your heart. This, if anything, is what I find frustrating, the having to think of ways for people to accept our situation. You try and try and eventually you just think, ‘Oh, f*** it.’’

Mr Johnson, who recently appeared in the critically lauded film, Kick-Ass, lives with Miss Taylor-Wood and her daughters, Angelica and five-year-old Jessie, in an £11 million north London townhouse. It is believed that she was able to afford the huge property without a mortgage as part of her 2008 divorce settlement from art dealer Jay Jopling, who is said to have a fortune of £100million. In 1993 he set up the White Cube Gallery in London and has sold works by many of the world’s most famous artists, including Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst.

Asked in a recent interview whether she was claiming 50 per cent of Jopling’s money and art collection, she said: ‘No, nothing like that. I don’t want any battle on that front. We’re all done and settled and fine.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Congratulations to the happy family. For real. I’m glad that Sam’s pregnancy was healthy and that she gave birth without any complications. I wonder if Aaron is prepared for the life that he and Sam have gotten themselves into? He’s now father of one, stepfather of two, and the fiancée and soon-to-be-husband of a 43-year-old woman with a history of health problems. But I get it, love knows no bounds, etc, etc. They fell in love, and I don’t really judge them for that.

What bothered me – and still bothers me – is that Sam moved so quickly on someone so young, and that she seems to be using him completely as her emotional and psychological crutch (“Since childhood he’s spent so much time away from home and in the company of established actors. I think it made him grow up fast… He’s more mature now than are a lot of men my age. He stops me from spinning out and being a complete nutter, which I’m definitely capable of. He grounds me and keeps me calmer.”). What happens when he’s got his 20-year-old sh-t to worry about and can’t hack being what “grounds” her? Yes, call me sexist, whatever, but I’ve called out other couples where they genders were reversed, and when there’s this kind of out-of-whack age difference. I understand that they’re in love now – what I don’t understand if why we’re all supposed to think it’s going to last longer than a couple of years.



Sam and Aaron on May 19, May 26 & June 8, 2010. Credit: WENN.

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  1. Teig says:

    UGH, I’m so happy for them. And yes, being the gay guy that I am, would so love to f**k that Aaron dude. And have his baby might, I add. So going cray-gay for his ass.

  2. tiki says:

    aww, how sweet. she gave birth to her own child and grandchild at the same time.

  3. DD says:

    good for them. I hope if he leaves her she doesn’t get crushed. I have a hard time believing that a 19 year old boy was ready to be a father and in a committed relationship in the short time that they were dating. But there is no crime being committed here, and men have been doing this for ages.

  4. Zelda says:

    I have no opinion on their relationship. If they are happy, then wonderful.

    I do, however, have an opinion on the topic of pigtails after forty. And it is scathing…

  5. Kaiser says:

    Zelda – I totally agree, and that’s why I used that photo. I mean, pigtails?!? Come on.

  6. Lady Nightshade says:

    She is really irresponsible. 19 is really young, he might not know any better than to rush into a relationship and a baby, but you think she would seeing as she already has 2 kids!

  7. Kayleigh says:

    I hope he doesn’t do what most 20-y/o fathers do and bail after the reality kicks in. I’m sure she can manage but not so much the little one. It’s hard to imagine being a dad at 20, but to each his own.

  8. IceKitty says:

    Shit! I wear my hair braided in pig tails like that all of the time, and I’m 36…I guess I only have 4 more years.. hum-ho…

  9. pebbles says:

    Thought that was Heather Mills.

  10. Missfit says:

    Wow, I’m sorry, but this is disturbing. But hey, some older women like to pound it with those young boys and same with older men, they like to pound the young girls. I WAS about to say…”Isn’t that the guy from Kick-Ass?” lol He IS pretty handsome, but that’s where I draw the line, too young for me and I’m not even that old,lol.

  11. pooky says:

    “Wylda”. Seriously?!! Because that’s giving absolutely no extra ammunition to the little monsters she’s going to have to go to school with on top of all the “Why’s your Daddy kissing his Mum?”…

  12. Larissa says:

    Oh well, she needs a 20 year old to keep her grounded, you can tell how grounded she must be!
    He sounds rather naive and I think he would have probably knocked up a girl/woman of any age just because he is so in love and nth else matters!
    Regardless of what happens to their relationship in the future wish them and the baby the best!

  13. MSat says:

    He’s hot. I’d give it a spin, but would I keep it in the garage forever? No.

  14. Maritza says:

    Life is short so its best to live it up and to love as much as you can for whatever time that may be. He seems happy, so if the age difference doesn’t bother him who are we to judge.

  15. Rosanna says:

    For one, she doesn’t look 43. For two, even if she did, if she is comfortable, I am comfortable.
    A woman who divorces an art dealer AND doesn’t ask for a lot of money in support is a VERY MATURE woman in my book. Actually more mature than most.

  16. LindyLou says:

    I give this relationship a year or two at the most.

  17. Cinderella says:

    I don’t see this one lasting for years, either. I’m sure her wealth and connections weren’t enticing at all…

  18. Annie says:


    Zelda-100% thought the same. Add to which she’s wearing some crazyazz outfit that a five year old wears. Which leads one to question if she doesn’t care about being so much older than he, why is she dressing like she’s five?

  19. Iggles says:

    This couple creeps me out! So do extreme older man/younger woman couples!

    People in their 30s and 40s have no business dating/shacking up/marrying/knocking up teenagers! Period. It’s unfair to that young person because you go through so much growth between your teenage years and your early twenties. I’m 25 and I’m definitely NOT the same person I was at 20.

    FYI, previously 30 year old Milo Ventimiglia dating his 18 year old co-star Hayden Panettiere creeped me out too! Thankfully he didn’t get her pregnant and the relationship ran its course (incidentally he found she was too immature for him — wonders never cease..)

  20. gabs says:

    It wont last. Hes going to flip out once reality kicks in and he sees his buddies partying and hooking up. Like she said herself, he missed out on a childhood so at some point hes gonna wanna get out there. Especially in the movie business, there will be temptations

  21. snowball says:

    He’s pretty – I’d love to see him without all that hair.

    She’s..ugh. There’s a difference between being a cougar and being an emotionally needy woman who has to look to an 18 year old to validate her self-worth. Nothing about this relationship says healthy.

  22. meme says:

    he’s pretty, she’s not (pigtails, really? good grief). i can’t see them staying together forever at all.

  23. denise says:

    He’s kinda hot. He looks like an old fashioned vampire.

  24. Anti-icon says:

    I agree with your sentiments about this exactly. Love is a beautiful thing, pedophilia, not so much. Where do we draw the lines. The thing that troubles me the most about this really very free spirited love is the 13-year-old daughter. That’s a tough age for big changes, and it seems this pre-teen has seen quite a few with her parents. I’m free spirited too, so I say keeping throwing the love at it. Hope it works, because this woman has already faced a lot of scares in life.

  25. meme says:

    @roseanna – yeah this VERY MATURE 43 year old woman in pigtails and baby clothes took her huge payout UPFRONT so she doesn’t need to ask for more financial support from her ex.

  26. Alexa says:

    It’s none of my damn business! Nothing illegal or immoral is going on.

  27. ! says:

    You know what I thought when I heard about them? “She’s taking advantage of him”. Which mirrors my thoughts when its an older man and younger woman. Not sexist at all, if you ask me. And I have a pretty sensitive trigger on my sexist alarm. It looks ridiculous and smacks of manipulation no matter who does it–we just “have” to put up with it in men because they are in the position of power.

  28. Moore says:

    I hope it lasts if they are truly happy. Congrats on the baby.

  29. nana says:

    im happy for them. this youngish guys make 40ish women happy and appreciate life. 40 is difficult stage you know.
    anyway, go ahead and multiply..

    love his lips by the way

  30. Kitten says:

    I would have trouble dating a guy who is prettier than me….

  31. Mouse says:

    Well, if all is well between them, I wish them the best and hope they’re happy. BUT…somehow I doubt it.

    There’s something creepy about her, I get the same vibe from her that I do from BAG and that Milo guy that was with Hayden P., like the age difference is a kind of control factor.

    I think she’s got a major screw loose and if this guy ever tries to leave her, she’ll pull some major crazy shiz. By the same token, I seriously doubt long term love is on his mind, he’s young and didn’t know better and probably having an older woman come onto him and throw the L word at him gave him a big ego boost. But I’ll bet he gets tired of it really quickly.

  32. eggy weggs says:

    As Lainey pointed out, this woman is “of a certain class.” She’s upper crust. I feel bad for him; I think she’s using him. That’s rare for me to say. But I do. I think he’s a toy.

  33. Novaraen says:

    She must really have something he likes…but it can’t possibly be her face.

    Sorry…this relationship is really creepy and most likely wont last.

  34. Marianne says:

    Well Congratulations. As long as they happy, then who are we to judge really. That being said Wylda Rae is a little bit of a strange name. I don’t think its particularly pretty but I don’t find its very atrocious either.

  35. DrM says:

    As she says they aren’t hurting anyone. He’s of age, he was at 18 so I think using the P word is a bit of a stretch and actually rather insulting, particularly considering the seriousness of the mentioned offence and the true damage it does cause. You know if I’d beaten cancer not once, but twice I’d probably be giving my life a really good ‘go’ as well…and I sure as hell wouldn’t worry about what others thought of me (come to think of it I don’t now!! LOL). And as for the relationship ‘lasting’…how many of you are still with the partner you were at 18 or 19? Please…at least be realistic. I had my first child a week after I turned 20, I didn’t marry the father, I went on to get married at 21, that lasted for 16 years and I’m remarried. All good. If you counted all the live in (but not legally married) relationships that people have in their lives the stats would look a hell of a lot different and much more interesting. The vast majority of people have several long term, or important relationships in their lifetime. What you want at 20 is usually not what you want at 40. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go for what you want at 20.

  36. Camille says:

    I completely agree with you Kaiser.

  37. DiMi says:

    I’m a woman in my early 40s (41) and I find this disturbing regardless of whether it’s an older man or older woman. I know that society frowns on older women more than older men, but I think it’s psychologically unfair to the younger person – regardless of gender – who is simply not done growing yet emotionally. I feel like it robs the younger person of the life experiences of youth that they deserve.

    They both look great. I do think he’s using her for her amazing connections and wealth. But I think they care about each other.

    However, I don’t see how this can possibly last or be healthy for their child.

    In other words, I think they are using each other, but she is the one who will suffer in the end. If they divorce after 15 years, she will be looking for another partner in her late 50s while he will still be young and – because of her – quite wealthy. He wins.

  38. gg says:

    You can tell she’s delusional just in the photos. What’s with the Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm getup?

    Plus, he’s really cute and will be dogged by girls his own age, who are ruthless. Can Sam handle all that? Only time will tell.

  39. Anti-icon says:

    This has been a very thoughtful thread. Probably because the “celebs” are not in this country, so we are a bit removed from their choices.

    I appreciate the various thoughts about this subject, because it affects us all–this love and age thing.

    Best of luck to all in the arena of love–always a mine field for me personally. LOL

  40. CB Rawks says:

    I just saw Kick-Ass and thought he was really great in it and adorable. Eep, now I feel all skeeved and like I want to call Child Welfare to go rescue him.

  41. Anonymous says:

    “He stops me from spinning out and being a complete nutter, which I’m definitely capable of. He grounds me and keeps me calmer.” Sam’s pathetic. If anything her CHILDREN should be the ones keeping her grounded. She borders almost on obsession with Aaron. I hate to think what she’ll do if he decides to up and leave her. I feel sorry for him.

  42. Girlwithattitude says:

    Oh yer, this relationship is goin to last. Heh! So it’s not just a coincidence that her previous husband of eleven years left her for a woman 20 something years younger than him and that she just got with this boy who is 20 something years younger than her within less than a year of their divorce. I can’t believe she expects people to buy this bullshit that she’s happily in love with Aaron, she is using him to get back at her husband. She’s low, that’s all I can say for her.

  43. kaitlyn says:

    You can see in his face that hes already getting aggravated by her,she says she dont care but im sure she did hurt someone,like his parents do you honestly think his mum was happy with this? at the age of 18 come on!!..hes a baby,im 21 and im still growing myself.What i think is its a scandel She probly knew at the age of 18 he will see money and be naive so why not take advantage of him?..and having his kid so he wouldnt leave. I just find it disgusting,I asked my own mother if she would approve of it…she would whip my ass lmao >.>…another thing is hes missing out on discovering so much and adventuring out,Now he has to play daddy to kids that are almost his age…you watch he will get fed up..