Star: Henry Cavill gave his 19-year-old girlfriend ‘a sapphire promise ring’


Henry Cavill is 32 years old. His girlfriend, Tara King, is 19 and a freshman in college. Tara takes a lot of time off from school to attend events with Henry, like the Vanity Fair Oscar party, or the BvS premiere, or some random events in Asia. To be completely fair, Henry has made an effort to make his relationship seem less creepy – he’s not hiding her away, and he talks about her openly in interviews, praising her strength and even claiming that she “protects” him from all of the bulls—t that comes with being Henry Cavill. So would it be weird to hear that Cavill is thinking about marrying her? No. But it does surprise me that a 32 year old man would give his 19-year-old girlfriend a pre-engagement ring. As in, he gave her a PROMISE RING.

Henry Cavill has no intention of letting Tara King go. Sources tell Star that Henry has given Tara, 19, a sapphire promise ring to wear until he replaces the rock with a diamond engagement ring after she graduated from Bristol University.

“They’re in no rush to tie the knot,” says a source close to the actor, who met the art history major at a London nightclub last year, “But Henry wanted Tara to have something, a symbol of how serious he is about spending the rest of his life with her.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

If you want to buy your teenage girlfriend some jewelry, God bless. I kind of think Tara deserves some nice jewelry after “protecting” Henry so well over these past six months. But don’t call it a f—king promise ring. It’s not 2005. And we’re not in middle school. Act like a big boy and buy her some lovely jewelry and tell her that you love her, end of story. Don’t get “pre-engaged” or make a “promise” to be together forever like a Twihard.

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  1. Nancy says:

    Tara, promise me you’ll never get older than 21. I promise you my never ending use of my credit card.

  2. Lizzie McGuire says:

    & Prince Harry can’t even text me back? FML.

    Well, he looks happy in those pictures with her idk it’s still kinda creepy to me. At least he’s not hiding in the dumpster a la Leo DiCaprio but ugh still creepy. I guess congrats to both for promising something (still creepy)

    • partoftheproblem says:

      Does anybody else find him creepy now?

      That video he did in Manhattan really rubbed me the wrong way.

  3. mia girl says:

    Just a thought… Maybe this is a promise ring more in the vein of “I give you this ring and you promise to show up when I need a date or pap shots. Oh and you promise not to reveal sh*t about me.”

  4. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Oh for God’s sake, this man is just mentally in high school. What, no fraternity pin? A promise ring. I’m starting to think she is too mature for him.

    • Tash says:

      I wonder what’s next for them? He’ll let her wear his varsity jacket during lunch?

    • InvaderTak says:

      They can share a malt with their diamond encrusted straws next.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Swear to god, my first thought was “I hope she didn’t roll her eyes at him, his teenage self wouldn’t be able to take it.” That man-child needs to grow up. Even if he were 19, what 19-year-old would do that??? She’s dating a minor, basically.

    • Kitten says:

      Yup. It’s all so very cringeworthy.

    • Alex says:

      He gifts her with his class ring. or she gets lavaliere lol

    • teacakes says:

      GNAT, he’s British and posh. Thwy don’t have fraternities but I’d expect a club tie or whatever they do where he came from.

  5. SilkyMalice says:

    She looks quite mature and self possessed, doesn’t she? And he looks like a proud peacock next to her. Aw, God bless.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She’s very pretty, but she looks like she could be a British reality star. Like she’d fit into Made in Chelsea.

      • Kitten says:

        I generally shy away from this word but I think it suits her: BASIC.
        I mean, very basic, like Boston-college-student-basic.
        Where is her black North Face, black leggings and chestnut Uggs?

      • Hudson Girl says:

        I think she’s very pretty- I love people with cat/almond shaped eyes.

        But, Kitten! As someone who lives in Boston, I am laughing SO hard at this description right now.
        She should also be holding a Starbucks and what? A… Vineyard Vines totebag?


      • Kitten says:

        YES! Spot-on with the Vineyard Vines and Starbucks lol.
        Fashionable, Bostonians are not.

      • Michelle says:

        Kitten!! You just described every girl under the age of 24 in my hometown in North Carolina! Long, straight, stringy hair, heavy black eyeliner, leggings as pants (which can be an unfortunate sight for some of them), the North Face jacket and either the Vineyard Vines bag or long sleeve t-shirt. Let’s not forget the Uggs and pearl earrings! I will be glad when this trend is over…

      • Who ARE these people? says:

        Girl with a Pearl Earring and Uggs … a newly discovered Vermeer?

  6. vauvert says:

    I always thought that this is really his mental level, around 19-20, so their relationship never creeped me out. I don’t think it will last, because honestly she will outgrow him (or she would if he weren’t a rich, famous star). So maybe they will get married – who knows. But the move doesn’t surprise me that much, although the fact that it is called a “promise ring” – who called it that? If the source quoted Cavill on it, then yeah. he’s even dumber than he looks, but maybe that was the mag’s or the source’s spin on it.

  7. jack says:

    So he mentally never got out of junior high. A promise ring. Seriously?

  8. MexicanMonkey says:

    Are we sure Henry Cavill is 32 years old? Like, has someone checked?

  9. ell says:


  10. Sayrah says:

    “Engaged to be engaged” Peggy Hill

  11. Mia4s says:

    Awww, come on now, I once got a promise ring from a boyfriend…

    …when I was 14. 🙄

    This guy need a new publicity team. Badly.

    • Don't kill me I'm French says:

      Or he needs a new brain .
      if the guy is totally idiot,his RP can’t do nothing .

    • FormerFan232 says:

      He did hire a new team recently like a week or two ago. But apparently they’re doing about as well as the last people he hired.

  12. ichsi says:

    Ew. Ew ew ew ew ew.

  13. Hejhej says:

    Why is Henry getting more shade than Sam Taylor-Johnson? I don’t get it. He’s a creep but Sam is cool. This girl will regret it and is a victim but Aaron isn’t. Colour me confused.

    That being said I do find this relationship reflects quite poorly on Henry. I just don’t get the difference in how this kind of relationships are talked about..

    • jsilly4e says:

      Hejhej…this! I just wrote similar below.

    • Kitten says:

      When was the last time you visited a Sam Taylor-Johnson thread? Because that woman has been pretty consistently ripped to shreds around here.

    • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

      People on this site literally bash every relationship with a massive age gap. Every single one. There is no discrimination.

    • Alex says:

      I rip them to shreds in every article. That relationship will never be anything BUT creepy to me. She preyed on a vulnerable kid who was her employee. It will always be gross

      • detritus says:

        Yes. They might be the creepiest couple. He capitalized on his need if a mother figure AND she was his boss.
        I have a hard time thinking of creepier.
        Except the Courtney Stodden relationship. That sounds worse.

        Cavill is just regular gross.

      • Greyson says:

        Yeah, I still think their relationship is gross. As the years go by, I wonder if he’ll have a different view.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I think the general consensus around here is that the Sam Taylor-Johnson relationship is exploitive and creepy.

    • tealily says:

      I think that relationship is kinda creepy too, but at this point they’ve been married for something like 4 years already. And he was at least a *couple* years older at the time. I think the heat’s off them at this point.

    • Baskingshark says:

      S T-W and her son/husband are every bit as creepy as this, but they are both so messed up it probably works in a really, really warped way.

      Plus I’m willing to cut her a little slack for going up against the ego-driven abomination that is EL James.

    • Kate says:

      No. She is not cool at all. She’s just as creepy and gross and most people say that here.

  14. jsilly4e says:

    Did he take her to prom too? Ha. I still give him a bit of side eye but I have more trouble with people that are in their 20’s when their significant other is born. That’s when it ups the ick factor.

    That’s why I’ll write it now like I always do, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Steven Bauer now they need to be told “eww” a lot more.

  15. lila fowler says:

    She looks at least a decade older.

  16. Who ARE these people? says:

    Could be stranger, could be a purity ring.

  17. QQ says:

    A Promise of what??! dear god is he 12?!?!??!

    • Sarah says:

      If she is now 19, I guess that he is promising to still be dating her when she is 20??

      Beyond that, I got nothing.

    • byland says:

      I just look at as something for her to sell to help pay for that college education she keeps skipping out on when he dumps her for someone more available to his needs and/or younger. So gift on, Mr. Cavill – which is what I assume is her knee-jerk way referring to him.

  18. kri says:

    She looks like Lindsay Vonn. A sapphire promise ring. Hmmmm. WTF is up with this dude? !! The Block really is acting like he is about 15 years old. I dunno. It’s just all so odd to me.

  19. Naddie says:

    She looks emotionally mature. Also, a slow clap for her for not being posting duck face pics all the time or making ridiculous statements.

  20. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I want to say, “Just. Shut. Up. You. Tw@t.” But then, I really want to save it for the Bethenny thread.
    Decisions, decisions…

  21. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    “Golly gee Henry, I love my promise ring so much! Not many girls get a ring that says a man promises to make a million dollars, take me on unlimited shopping trips, and be a big movie star forever! Oh…that’s not what this ring promises?”

    Everytime this creepy man speaks and says something disturbing my mind slowly deducts a millimeter from his hairline, so at this point the damage has been done and Henry Cavill can just keep talking with his shiny bald head.

  22. Tiffany says:

    Is she going to wear his letterman jacket around campus too.

  23. Lbliss says:

    Is it me or is his face getting wider? Ugh. What happened? So not my type anymore.

  24. Juliet says:

    Good lord this man never ceases to amaze with the petty … Maybe he saw the writing on the wall… He needs to marry the teen because no else wants him now

  25. Somegirl says:

    How did he go from so hot on The Tudors to… this?! It’s like something sucked all of the sex appeal and charm from him, and there’s this weird empty shell left behind…

  26. Mike says:

    What the fuch. A promise ring? You just lost major bro points-AGAIN with this shiz.

  27. Cali says:

    He has officially lost ALL sex appeal, what a weirdo immature perv he has revelaed himself to be.

  28. Magnoliarose says:

    I’m convinced The Tudors never happened. I can’t believe this doppelgänger is the same man at all. He’s just dude gross now.

    • elle says:

      I just rewatched the Tudors to be sure, and his grossness is retroactive.

    • donna says:

      I am so sad about this as well. He was SO HOT in the Tudors. SO HOT. His real life is killing me. Too bad.

  29. Tanya says:

    Oh grow up Henry, Tara is 19 and needs to live her life. The fact you’re giving her a “promise ring” don’t mean a thing these days. Find someone who is your own age, and let this young girl enjoy being young. I really think you should just stay single for a while, clearly you have issues deeper that needs resolving. Just focus on acting and finding inner peace. She’s seems upset all the time in public, she looks like she doesn’t get on with your family too well. I saw a picture of your nephew and he don’t seem impressed with her at all. Stop dating these younger women. Go to a nice place where you can meet someone your own age.

  30. a reader says:

    So based on the comments, my future hubs and I must have high school mentality too.

    I think this is a lovely idea and I back it. My boyfriend gave me a promise ring shortly after we began dating, as he was going through a divorce. It symbolizes where we want to be in a year after everything settles down. He gave it to me as a promise that he wasn’t taking our relationship lightly, that he was fully committed to growing with me.

    I don’t see how this is any different minus our ages.

    • ernesto says:

      “My boyfriend gave me a promise ring shortly after we began dating, as he was going through a divorce.”

      a promise ring from a STILL married man…Lawd Have Mercy!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      If it’s special to you, then that’s what matters. I just think of it as something that a very young person, who wasn’t old enough to get engaged, would do. It’s a pretty meaningless and juvenile gesture in this case.

  31. Richard J says:

    Mr Cavill, you need to find someone your own age. Yes in some rare cases it can work but in this day and age it’s unlikely. Let Tara go and enjoy life and grow more. 13 years isn’t bad I agree but I know many people who at 19 weren’t ready for marriage no matter how mature they were. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re like wth have I done? I really think you should stay single, and sort out these insecurities you have because there is only so much a person can do until their like ugh…. right i can’t do this no more.

  32. “Promise ring” Henry believe me that means nothing these days. Trust me she’s not into that way, she’s apparently feeding the press with information about you both. Her close friend works for I believe a magazine so just watch yourself.

  33. Sam says:

    His new management team needs to intervene. He’s a very good looking man, why he feels that a woman his own age won’t protect him is beyond me. Tara I’m sure is a lovely young lady, and I hope I’m wrong about her. It’s not the age that bothers me it’s the fact she seems to being sneaky and was extremly rude to his fans. I get it she’s not a celeb but she could have simply said no i’m sorry or state she’s not a celeb. I’ve seen videos of them he seems happy and really enjoying her company, her face on the other hand just seems unimpressed, not bothered and I’ve seen the looks of disgust she’s given people. She needs to grow up and accept that her bf, will work with beautiful women it’s just acting cleary she’s not that mature if she’s upset or jealous of his co-stars.

  34. FormerFan232 says:

    And just when you hope he may have learned a lesson by hiring a new PR team, boom! Another bad PR. Seriously dude! I could do better then whomever you’ve had before and have currently hired right now!

    • Ikr. I just don’t understand. He was once so private about his love life now all you hear is he’s dating a 19 year old. That’s not the issue the issue is she’s sneaking out of university, she looks upset and snobby towards people he’s associated with. His own nephew looked disgusted with her. Idk I just hope he grows out of this stage and finds a woman his own age who has her stuff together. At 19 your still in need of a helping hand.

  35. Ryan Jameson says:

    Is this really true? who’s the source that has confirmed this. I think this relationship is just interesting. Tara King isn’t into you Henry I can assure you that at 19 when a man pays attention you love it that goes for men when a older woman gives you attention.

    I think Henry should call it quits!

    1. You have women falling at your feet
    2. You have deeper issues personally that you need to sort.
    3. How old are you? 32 giving promise rings :/
    4. You should stay single until you are mature

    Sorry but you need to realise that you’re doing more damage than good.

  36. emmi says:

    What’s the big deal? Very few Hollywood romances are real. He’s obviously trying to project something. Anyway, I find him weird looking. He was good looking during his Tudor days but now he looks just weirdly stuffy & uncomfortable most of the time. Being a really bad actor doesn’t help either with the hotness factor.

    • Dlo says:

      This! He looks totally different! I only knew he was the hogtie from Tudors because of the Celebitchy posters.

  37. Spiderpig says:

    It’s hilarious that her name is Tara King.

    Was Emma Peel busy with English class?

  38. Chase says:

    Idk this whole thing seems odd. You would think new PR team and new management would have sorted this. I was at the BvS premiere Tara wS very rude! She looked miserable and upset for whatever reason. There are clips where I’m like hmm… Her family seem to be into getting fame and what a way to do it. Henry grow up please. You can date a younger woman like 25+ but Tara is still very young in her ways.

  39. Trashaddict says:

    Promise ring. Mmmmmm-hmmmmm. I see.

  40. Serihanna says:

    There’s something wrong with him. That’s way too big of an age gap.

  41. Holmes says:

    The story is likely BS. Engagement rings are barely done in the UK and are mostly seen as a weird American thing. I can’t imagine that most of them have even heard of promise rings, let alone that they’d make use of them.

    • Froop says:

      What? Literally every engaged or married person I know has an engagement ring.

    • ernesto says:

      well, if this story is fake, either he or his management team need to clear it up quick. henry is being dragged all over the internet for this and it’s brutal! BRUTAL, I TELL YOU! almost to the point of one feeling sorry for him…almost. he is allowing himself to become a walking, talking joke in the entertainment world with the things he says and does and that’s not good if he’s trying to brand himself as superman – considering his looks are waning and the man can’t act.

      good or bad, WB can ALWAYS find themselves another superman.

      henry best remember that.

  42. Queenie says:

    Not every young person aspires to date around just to see what’s out there. Plenty know themselves and what they value even younger than 19. I don’t get Courtney Stodden vibes. I think it’s possible to be relatively innocent and yet also self assured. Not everyone in America wants to wait until they’re 30+, with a trail of exes, to find the one. It’s a trend of modern American culture, but not necessarily the right lifestyle for everyone.
    The ring is a personal gesture between 2 people that likely know each other well. If she appreciates it and he feels good about it, I am able to be happy for them. I would defintely encourage my 19 year old to build a quality relationship, rather than date around just to live a little. If my daughter brought home a man his age at her age, I’d obviously know sexual attraction was a big part of it, but with men that’s always the case. I’d prefer a horny 32 year old who is committed than a horny 22 year old who is going to need to “live life” at some point and leave my child with breakup baggage.

    • say what says:

      @Queenie-you obviously haven’t seen this girl’s instagram pics and from her friends. Either that or you are Tara King’s crazy mother.

      • Natalia says:

        What’s been posted on Instagram? It’s been reported to be a lie that Tara invented the whole thing to get publicity. Idk if their still together tbh if I was Henry i wouldn’t be with her firstly but this just shows someone who is obsessed and crazy! Henry Cavill! i really hope you see this and snap out of whatever trance you’re under and get back on track! the last 2 gf have been nuts! I hope his bro charlie speaks some senes into him they seem close.

    • Bonbons says:

      Personally I think this whole thing is bogus–a plant by her to her tabloid connections. Some childish promise ring story sounds like just the thing a teenager WOULD spread for more attention and to prove how adult she is. “See, my totes mature and grown-up superman bf is serious about me, you guys.”
      That aside though, and regardless of the insanely cliche and immature teenage BS from her social media I’ve seen on other sites:

      1) He’s been with her 8 months, and met her when she was EIGHTEEN. How “well” can you know someone in that amount of time to know you want to spend your life with them, especially given the age gap, power imbalance, and all the other complications of this relationship.

      2) Just like that hypothetical 22-year-old young man, this 19-year-old young woman will need to live her life at some point as well. She is already sacrificing her education for this man. That’s why it’s best, when you’re this young, to date within a sensible age range–lest those pesky life stage differences, which by the way have jack diddly to do with maturity and self-assurance, inevitably cause heartbreak on one side or the other. This isn’t 1800, no 19 Y.O. needs to be thinking in terms of a permanent, suitable “match.” If I were her mother, I’d be worried sick. . .

  43. Skye says:


  44. tw says:

    This guy is such a disappointment. I finally got Netlix and I’m watching The Tudors. He’s a hottie. Man, I wish I knew nothing about his personal life! My attraction dwindles with each interview or tacky piece of promise ring gossip.