I knew something was up when Focus Features sent us some promotional stuff for Anna Karenina and they listed Aaron Johnson’s name as “Aaron Taylor-Johnson”. Focus Features had the name change in a hurry, because at the same time the Anna Karenina trailer was getting a big PR push, Aaron and his baby-mama announced that they had gotten married. It happened last Thursday. And both changed their named – he is now Aaron Taylor-Johnson (I wonder if he’s officially changing his SAG name too?) and she became Sam Taylor-Johnson. They are the Taylor-Johnsons. I don’t know… I think that’s kind of wonderful and feminist. I like when the rare dude changes HIS name too.
But I guess I should say something about the age difference and all of that. Aaron and Sam got together when she was 40 years old and he was 18 years old. By the time he was 19, she was pregnant and they were engaged. She had two baby girls in a row – first Wylda Rae (she turns 2 next month) and then Romy, who is just 5 months old. Aaron is now 22. Sam is 44. And now they are legally wed.
Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson have taken their romance to the next level.
The couple, who have been together since meeting on the set of Taylor-Wood’s directorial debut Nowhere Boy and got engaged in October 2009, were married on Thursday in Somerset, England, they confirm to the Associated Press.
Taylor-Wood wore a dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, while Johnson wore a suit by Tom Ford. Both husband and wife will now use the surname Taylor-Johnson.
Johnson, 22, who starred in Kick-Ass and will next appear in Anna Karenina, and Taylor-Wood, 45, are parents to two daughters together – Romy, 5 months, and Wylda, 2 next month.
Of their age difference, Johnson has said, “I’m an old soul and she’s a young soul. We don’t see an age gap, we just see each other.”
This is the second marriage for the director, who also has two daughters with ex-husband Jay Jopling.
Yeah. I mean, I’m happy for them. I’m glad they’re still together, because usually when an 18 year old and a 40 year old get together, it doesn’t last – regardless of which gender is 40. Sam’s oldest children are closer in age to Aaron than she is. But… whatever. Hopefully, they’ll be the exception to the rule. And maybe Sam just thinks, “Hey, even if this only lasts for five years, it will be an amazing five years.”
What bugs me is that she seems to be putting an enormous amount of psychological pressure on this kid. Last year, she said in an interview, “Aaron, almost before anything started between us, said he wanted kids. He was very clear about wanting a family. We hardly go out now – it’s just us. Aaron has brought a set of values I didn’t even know I was looking for – family values. He is more grounded. He has been getting work offers which he has turned down because he wants to be here for the crucial first months of Wylda’s life.” THAT is pressure. Yes, it’s cool that he’s taking responsibility and maybe he was the one to talk Sam into having those babies… but he was 18 years old, for God’s sake!!! What you do and say when you’re 18 years old should not define who are for the rest of your life. But good luck. Mazel tov!
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