A few weeks ago, Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood announced that they were expecting their second child together. He’s 21, she’s 44. They got together when he was 18. Their first child together, Wylda Rae, just turned one year old. So… it’s intense. Anyway, they were spotted last night after dining at Claridges in England. These are some photos of them in the taxi, but if you want to see Sam’s latest bump, go here to The Mail. I’m glad they’re out and about, and they do look happy with each other, with the world, with everything. So I guess they’re solid? Sure. For now.
They raised eyebrows when they got together because of the 23-year age gap and critics said it would never last – but Sam Taylor-Wood and fiancé Aaron Johnson showed just how blissfully happy they were together on a night out in London last night. It was the first time Croydon-born artist Sam, 44, and Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson, 21, have been seen since announcing they are expecting their second child together – and their deep love for each other was clear for all to see.
The couple, who raised eyebrows when they began dating in 2009 due to their 23-year age gap, already have a one-year-old daughter called Wylda Rae.
Ms Taylor-Wood, who was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts earlier this year, is due to give birth early in 2012, her representative confirmed last month. The pair met on the set of Ms Taylor-Wood’s directorial debut Nowhere Boy, in which Mr Johnson, 21, played a young John Lennon. The couple, who live in a £11million townhouse in Primrose Hill, north London, then got engaged on Halloween of that year.
Ms Taylor-Wood, who also has two daughters from her marriage to art dealer Jay Jopling from 1997 to 2008, previously revealed it was Johnson who wanted the couple to start a family.
She said: ‘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.’
She added: ‘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.’
Ms Taylor-Wood also attacked the media for concentrating on relationships between younger men and older women, who have been labelled ‘cougars’.
She said: ‘In the old days, “controversial” in a relationship meant same-sex or mixed races. Now, it is a woman with a younger man. That would not happen with a man.’
Mr Johnson has also defended the relationship, saying: ‘I’ve got a wonderful woman. I’m an old soul, and she’s a young soul.’
[From The Mail]
Wow, Aaron had “family values” at the age of 18?!? I guess I shouldn’t be so shocked. After all, there’s a segment of the American population who think it’s fine for two 16, 17 or 18-year-olds to get married in general, or if the guy got the girl pregnant. What’s so different with this? That Sam is older and wiser and she’s already had plenty of experience raising two nearly-adult children? I think Sam and Aaron make more sense than two 17-year-olds getting married and having a baby, honestly.
Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News, and one photo from June, courtesy of WENN.