Robin Wright, 47, and Ben Foster, 32, ‘planning to wed by the end of the year’?

Do you know how long Robin Wright and Ben Foster have been dating? I think the first report of them acting couple-y was back in February 2012, but they could have been together before that. So, they’ve been together for well over a year. And there’s no drama in Cougar Town from what I can see. She’s 47 years old, divorced, and a mom to two (nearly) grown-up children. Ben is 32 years old, never married, with no kids. Can this work in the long haul? I think it’s a matter of expectations and desires. Like, if he wants kids, I don’t think this will last. But if he loves her and he’s fine with the way things are… why not? Well, Star says that everything is going so smoothly and their love is so deep and profound that Ben and Robin are talking about getting married:

Robin Wright may be permanently setting up shop in Cougar Town – because, according to sources, she is ready to marry her much-younger boyfriend, 32-year-old Ben Foster.

“They’re in the early stages of planning,” spills a pal. “They’ll tie the knot by the end of the year.”

Robin, 47, who split from Sean Penn in 2009, isn’t fazed by the 15-year age difference.

“Robin calls Ben an ‘old soul’,” says the insider. She even jokes that she feels like the younger one.”

But while Sean is apparently none too pleased with his ex-wife’s impending nuptials, Robin isn’t letting her past affect her steamy present.

“Their sex life is great,” reveals the source. “Ben can’t get over how awesome Robin’s body is, despite already having children.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Well… it could work. Who knows? My natural inclination is to give this the side-eye, but I also think it might work out better than I expect. I like the fact that Robin and Ben aren’t pushing their relationship in our faces and I like that she isn’t making a big production out of being a cougar, like, say, Demi Moore. Plus, I’m giddy at the thought of Sean Penn’s douche-face turning beet-red from pure rage at the thought of his ex-wife marrying her young lover. Take that, Sean.

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  1. muffin says:

    you go girl. ive loved her since santa barbara in the 80s! she will always be the original kelly capwell to me. 🙂

  2. brin says:

    I love how they are low key, they seem like they are genuinely happy…good match! And a big upgrade from douche Penn.

    • skyler1 says:

      +1. She deserves someone to adore her and treat her right. Putting up with that douchbag all those years couldn’t have been easy.

  3. j.eyre says:

    “Ben can’t get over how awesome Robin’s body is, despite already having children.”

    That is one of the dumbest sentences I have read in a while.

    • Dref22 says:

      LOL I came here to say this.

      • amilu says:

        Haha. I came here to say this, too. But I thought it was as gross as it was dumb.

    • Elle says:

      I read your comment with Cliff Huxtable’s voice in my head, which made it perfecter.

    • Rachel says:

      Also the “he’s an old soul” quote.

      You don’t have to justify your relationship Robin. You’re gorgeous. He obviously adores you. You don’t have to age his soul to defend your relationship choices.

      And the sex thing… no one needs to know about your sex life. Period.

    • Happy21 says:

      Yeah, I’m sure he wants to marry her because of her bod and how he can’t get over it” Pure effing genius quoting that is. God, I think my IQ just dropped.

  4. Kaboom says:

    She deserves some happiness after toughing it out with that douche Penn.

  5. Thora says:

    Ugh. I hope she doesn’t end up like Demi Moore.

  6. Holly says:

    I can’t get behind calling Robin a “cougar.” I reserve that for either a totally comical context or for desperate women like Demi and the desperate housewives of everywhere.

    Robin is just amazing and Ben Foster is having sex with the Princess Bride: everyone wins!!

    • Lauli says:

      May I ask you how do you call a man who dates someone who’s much younger than him?

      • Fartin Lawrence says:


      • Trek Girl says:

        I think “Cradle Robber” is what those men are usually called.

      • Lauli says:

        Thanks, Trek

      • nuzzybear says:

        They’re usually called by their given name because there’s too many of them to keep them straight with just a label…

      • Lauli says:

        It’s time to change this disequality.

        Well done, Robin (from a 25 year-old.

      • Trek Girl says:


        Come on, Nuzzybear. Cradle robber is indeed one of the common labels for men who date much younger women.
        That’s what labels are used for: boiling people, relationships or things down to one or two traits. In fact, you could say it’s to “keep them straight” simply because there are enough of them to be put into a category.

    • Lauli says:

      Also women are fortunate. That’s not an answer.

  7. Sirsnarksalot says:

    I can’t stand that hair cut on her. It make her look like a tired 9 year old boy.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Yessssss! beautiful woman but that cut makes her look like Ashlee Simpson – she’d look better with longer locks – and should try her natural colour – even if it is grey.

    • nuzzybear says:

      It’s more masculine than she can carry off, sadly. I’d love to see something a touch longer and softer on her…

  8. misstressofsylar says:

    I hate it when people use the term “old soul” to describe a much younger lover. like what is that even supposed to mean? It’s become such a cliche.

  9. Soporificat says:

    Really hate the word “cougar.” It’s such a diss. Maybe I’d feel differently if there were an equivalent name for older men. Or maybe we should start calling men cougars, too?

    • Guad says:

      And the word “boy toy”. I cant stand that term!

      I dont know why the kids thing would come up. Many people arent interested in reproducing. Hell, lots of people dont like kids. In any case, there are many assumptions here. Who says she doesnt have frozen eggs? Or that he isnt sterile? Or that he hasnt always wanted to adopt anyway? Or that they wouldnt break up if they had kids?

      • Soporificat says:

        You make so much sense. Personally I know a surprising number of people who don’t ever want to have kids. I have such a strong drive to reproduce that I find it hard to understand, but it’s totally legit.

    • Lauli says:

      I couldn’t agree more.

    • Trek Girl says:

      Men who date younger women are often called cradle robbers and dirty/gross old men. I don’t know about you, but cradle robber and dirty/gross old man sound a bit worse than Couger to me.

      • Soporificat says:

        Nah, people only call men that if they are really a lot older than their partner, AND they look a lot older. Like they basically look like animated corpses standing next to fresh young things, lol! Then they are “dirty old men.” But, I’ve seen women called cougars who were only 6 years older than their partners. Certainly if they are 10+ years older then they are automatically “cougars.” And, it’s always meant in a derogatory way.

        So, like this couple look pretty similar in age, but she is a “cougar.” Hmmmm. Makes sense.

      • Trek Girl says:

        Well, that’s certainly not true.

        The term “cradle robbing” and title “cradle robber” have been used for age differences of 10 to 15 years and sometimes less. They’ve also been used for both men and women. I have seen and heard about men who were in their early to mid 40’s who dated or married twenty to twenty-five year old women be laughed at and called cradle robber to their face and behind their back. It certainly isn’t reserved for men and women who are so old that they have one foot in the grave already.

      • Soporificat says:

        It sounds like where you live there is one standard of treatment for both men and women. That’s amazing! I sure wish I lived there, cuz it sure isn’t that way where I live or in the general, mainstream media.

      • Lauli says:

        I’m sorry but I think Sopo is right on the disequality of treatment towards men and women on this subject. (as it is on many other subjects…)

  10. Mia 4S says:

    If only for the passive aggressive meltdown/hissyfit that Sean Penn is sure to have, I wish them a long and happy marriage. 🙂

  11. Mia 4S says:

    If only for the passive aggressive meltdown/hissyfit that Sean Penn is sure to have, I wish them a long and happy marriage. 🙂

    • trina says:

      He looks like a younger, calmer version of Sean Penn.

      But why get married? Especially when she’s been through one long and difficult marriage.

      • Trek Girl says:

        Some people just like marriage.

        She might also understand that the person she was married to was the problem, not marriage itself.

      • fingerbinger says:

        This would be her third marriage and why would Sean Penn care what she does.

      • Cheshire says:

        He does! Physically looks like penn- opposite in temperament

  12. Atlanta says:

    I like them together. Robin is such a good actress who is finally getting the work she deserves. And Ben Foster is one of the best actors of his generation. I feel like they genuinely have something in common despite the age difference.

  13. whipmyhair says:

    If Mandy Patinkin doesn’t go to the wedding I think I will die a little on the inside. ..

  14. Cam S says:

    They look like twins.

  15. hadleyb says:

    She doesnt look 47 and he looks older than 32, but they both look relaxed.

    She looked so .. tense with Sean. For years even whens she was younger.

  16. videli says:

    On an irrelevant note, based on what I saw from House of Cards, she has the most enviable body.

  17. Happy21 says:

    I don’t mind her but besides Forrest Gump I’m not really familiar with her work but Ben Foster IS AWESOME! I love him. He is an amazingly underrated actor. He is going to be huge and I can’t wait. If they are together that’s cool. At least he’s not wasting his awesomeness on some 20 year old floozy.

  18. Kelly says:

    Cute couple. She shouldn’t have squandered her career for Sean Penn but her choice.

  19. Jayna says:

    I love her, but, man, does that haircut make her look old.

  20. Emily says:

    1) People do not fall in love over “hot bod”s.
    2) Good sex and a “hot bod” don’t have much to do with each other.

    I think I’m dumber for having read that Star Magazine quote. They’re always dumb, but this takes the cake. There should be an internet law making people put Warning: Star Magazine Excerpt before quoting them.

  21. Bobbiesue says:

    I love her. Always have, always will. She can do NO wrong in my book. Number one celebrity crush of all time. Live you bliss Robin!

  22. Terry says:

    So it is okay for an older woman to date a younger man but if it is a man doing the same it is suppose to be gross.

    People can be such hypocrites cheering on a woman dating younger but hating on men for doing the same.

    • fingerbinger says:

      I agree. Women get a hi five and a “you go girl”when they date younger men,but if this post was about a 47yr old man and his 32yr old girlfriend the comments would be a little different. He would be a pervert and she would be a gold digger with daddy issues.

    • Irishae says:


    • Agitation says:

      I was just about to say this! The only difference is that women are more apt to bitch about being labeled, although I’ve never personally found the term Cougar offensive. Creeper, cradle-robber, and dirty old man, are way worse, than Cougar…

  23. the original bellaluna says:

    “A matter of expectations and desires” is right, as long as one also understands that said expectations and desires may change over the course of time, as may life circumstances.

    (Spoken like the women married for 13 years to someone 7 years younger.)

  24. Mew says:

    “He can’t get over how good her body is” Yeah, that’s the only reason why people are together right? It’s not that he couldn’t get over how good her personality is or how fun and great time they have together or anything like that, it’s only about sex and bodies. Right… right…

    I like Ben for some reason quite a lot, he has always seemed to me like a really good guy so I hope it works for them and they are both happy, with a lot more things than just sex and their bodies.

  25. Kosmos says:

    Robin is an amazing woman and talented actress. I’m sure he realizes he has hit the jackpot with her because shallow she is not. They look great together and in this case, I do not think the age difference is going to matter. I’m happy that she has found love again because she deserves it.

  26. jilly says:

    These relationships rarely last forever. At some point the age difference just catches up with you. That said, I’m happy that they are happy. For now.