Vincent Cassel, 51, married gorgeous 21-year-old model Tina Kunakey in France

Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey tie the knot in the Basque Country

I’ve been a low-key fan of Vincent Cassel for decades. I remember when I first saw him in the ‘90s, in the French film La Haine (Hate). When he turns up in English-language movies, it always makes me happy because his talent translates no matter the language. He was married to Monica Bellucci for years, and they were perhaps the most beautiful couple in all of Europe. They were not faithful to each other, or shall I say, Monica let it be known that she never expected fidelity from her husband. Monica and Vincent split in 2013 and since then, I didn’t keep up with his love life. Apparently, he began dating a young model named Tina Kunakey at some point. They got married last Friday. He’s 51 years old. She’s 21 years old. Good lord.

French actor Vincent Cassel is officially off the market! The Black Swan star, 51, tied the knot with French model Tina Kunakey, 21, on Friday during an intimate ceremony at the city hall in Bidart, France, nearly 500 miles from Paris. The couple looked overjoyed as they were photographed arriving at the venue. The Ocean’s Twelve actor looked mesmerized by Kunakey as he greeted her outside.

The bride wore a custom Vera Wang strapless white gown with a plunging neckline and a princess skirt, while the groom wore a cream suit, pink dress shirt and dark sunglasses.

[From People]

Let’s be real: she’s drop-dead gorgeous and 21 friggin’ years old, she could have worn a burlap sack to her wedding and still looked amazing. Her Vera Wang gown was… pretty-but-obvious. I’m actually shocked that Vincent would marry a young woman in such a traditional ceremony, while she wore such a traditional princess wedding gown. He must be like, “Eh, she’s 21 and gorgeous, I’ll do whatever she wants.” But yes, it does look like a beautiful young woman is being escorted by one of her dad’s friends, or by a dodgy “uncle.” Or maybe even her granddad’s dodgy friends. YIKES, SHE WAS BORN TWO YEARS AFTER LA HAINE WAS RELEASED OMFG.

Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey tie the knot in the Basque Country

Vincent Cassel and Tina Kunakey tie the knot in the Basque Country

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  1. P says:

    The bride looks gorgeous, Vincent looks 51 hehe.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Smart first marriage for her, though. Especially if she has any desire to get into film or gain greater access to any career that is film/media related. THIS is the way you do a starter marriage- not with some stupid little boy who doesn’t have anything. I hope she had wise counsel when she signed the pre-nup.

      • Christo says:

        This comment is so gross. So much for any attempts at being self-made. You speak of this as one would a starter home—-so mechanical and utilitarian.

      • truth says:

        It is maybe gross but totally true in this business (although i hope they really love each other)

      • Naddie says:

        Christo: Thought I was being too moraslist, but I’m glad you agree.

      • Veronica S. says:

        I know it’s gross, but honestly…if you’re going to marry a man thirty years older than you and waste your precious youth on him, why NOT have it benefit you beyond the relationship? It’s not like this man could be under any delusion that his staggering good looks and personality is what attracted a twenty-one year old woman to him.

      • L says:

        lol you really think they married each other because they just have *sooooo* much in common? Sis is securing the bag. He’s a good looking guy and I’m sure a lovely one at that, but he’s 30 years older than her – they both know what they’re doing. He’s okay with it clearly and so is she. It’s not like she’s taking advantage of him or the other way around. It’s a good starter marriage.

    • RoyalBree says:

      Starter marriage!!! OMFG, that made me laugh out loud. Thank you! And she is gorgeous. Never heard of him.

  2. Lexilla says:

    Kim Kardashian’s dress when she married the ball player, right?

    • Mgsota says:

      It looks like the dress she wore on the cover of Vogue with Kanye. **nope, just looked it up**

      That woman is DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. I saw the pics yesterday and my jaw dropped. I kept zooming in on the pics. I thought maybe they got the age wrong because she doesn’t look 21, I thought late 20’s. I’ve always had a crush on Vincent, but he’s too damn old for her.

      • billypilgrim says:

        In the first picture, she looks a bit like Carly Simon.

      • Leigh says:

        Yeah, she’s a pretty mature 21, but it’s still your middle-aged dad marrying your college friend, ewww.

      • Veronica S. says:

        It’s the wedding makeup, IMO. if you look at pictures of her on the Instagram, she looks more her age. But even then…most people don’t change THAT much between 21 and 31. It’s just that most of us still have some baby fat in the earlier twenties that makes us look rounder in the face.

  3. KLO says:

    She is gorgeous.

  4. Miss Margo says:

    But why the sun glasses?

    • Beth says:

      Take off the shades. During a romantic thing like a wedding, you’d think they’d want to look into each other’s eyes

  5. RBC says:

    My eyes automatically went to the bride. Such a beautiful woman and a lovely smile! At first glance it does look like the man beside her is a relative escorting her down the aisle and not the groom.

  6. SM says:

    He seems to have a weakness for strikingly beautiful women, as long as they are young. What to say other than congrats, let’s hope it last, which probaby means that we may see him as a groom in his seventies.

  7. Flying fish says:

    She is beautiful and he is just strange!

  8. Snazzy says:

    I love Vincent Cassel. I’m sad he’s such a cliché

  9. Jenns says:

    She’s too damn young to be married to a 51 year old. That’s what kills me about these men and their egos. They never even consider that these young women are wasting their youth being stuck with a man who could be their father.

    • Rescue Cat says:

      Just because they’re married doesn”t mean it’s going to be a long term relationship.

    • Nova says:

      Am I missing something? As far as I know Vincent did not drag her to the wedding. Ugh men… Thinking women can decide to waste their time however they like…

      • Jenns says:

        Of course not didn’t drag her down the aisle. But let’s not act like a 21 year old has the life experience to know what she’s getting into.

        I think 21 is too young to be married at all.

      • HadleyB says:

        Oh please they met when she was 18? You can mold and manipulate young women very easily.

        Were you the same person at 20 vs 28? 30? She is still way too young to be married period much less to an old man who has lived his life already.

      • Veronica S. says:

        She can do what she wants, but I’m a woman in my thirties, and I’m not fooled by the motivations of people like him. I’ve known plenty of men and women who date significantly younger, and they are all after exactly the same thing – power and control. It doesn’t matter if they’ve been groomed or not, the experience and economics gap is too much for both partners to ever have equal footing in the relationship. It isn’t and never will be a true partnership. And the only kind of person who thinks that’s a laudable marriage is not somebody who views it as a meeting of equals but a form of ownership and propriety.

    • It’sJustBlanche says:

      A friend of mine married a guy who is 14 years older than her when she was 26 years old. At the time it wasn’t a big deal, he was only 40, but by the time he hit 50 she was disgusted by “sleeping with an old man.“

      Of course, let’s be honest, she’s in it for what he can do for her.

      • Beth says:

        Exactly. Young people marrying someone considerably older like that, usually don’t think about the future and relize that she’ll still be young when he becomes old, slow, and undesirable

      • Dee Kay says:

        I always say this when a younger woman marries a significantly older man. It’s all cool when he’s a sexy mature middle-aged man but when *she* is a sexy mature middle-aged woman, she is saddled with an old needy lump for a life partner.

      • Self-Sabotage says:

        They have done research on this. From both sexes. When they marry, they are happy but after following up after so many years, the younger partner is miserable and disgusted they have to be intimate with the older person.

        In the studies, the only person happy was the older man who got to marry the younger girl! The younger girl was miserable. The younger guy was miserable. The older girl married to the younger guy was also miserable. Only the older man. Hahahaha

    • Val says:

      ^^THIS!

    • Veronica S. says:

      They know exactly what they’re doing marrying partners that young. She’s too inexperienced to know better in some regards, and she lacks the socioeconomic assets to really compete with them on an equal level. It’s a skewed power game at its heart, and they are well aware of that.

  10. B says:

    Wow she’s stunning! But yes, way too young for him.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      Actually I think 21 is young for ANYBODY to get married, let alone to someone who has more in common with your father. Now don’t all pile on if you married at 18 and are still going strong. I got married at 22 myself and got a lot of grief because my husband was an ancient 26! But this makes me cringe. There is such an imbalance of age and experience. Does beauty really put a thumb on the scale and even out the difference?

      • Dietcokehead says:

        I’ll agree with this, 21 is just too damn young to get married. There are success stories, of course, but I think most couples married at that age end up divorced.

      • Beth says:

        I was proposed to at 21, but I wasn’t mature enough and knew I was too young to make a serious commitment like marriage. Most of my family and friends who were married at that age, ended up divorced

  11. JAC says:

    She is stunning, but looks older to me. She looks way more mature than 21, so they don’t look that off to me.

  12. Fifi says:

    I’m honestly just so over these age gap cliches at this point. Also she looks 30.

  13. Eleonor says:

    51 years old marrying a 20 something model.
    How astonishing.

  14. Jane says:

    If I was 21 I would still marry him.

    Always found him really sexy.

    I will see myself out now.

    • L84Tea says:

      (Slowly raising hand) I’ve always had a thing for him too…

    • Alexandria says:

      I’d date him but not marry him, or anyone. I still want freedom (for lack of a better word) at 21.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Most twenty-ones probably would since he’s still relatively good looking and has money and fame to boot. That’s generally why most of the criticism gets aimed at the older partner – they’re old enough to know better.

  15. classicmoviecat says:

    I was reading this, totally nonplussed (cliche, cliche), until it HIT me: Wait, I’m 23!! OMG she’s younger than me, and I can’t imagine getting married right now much less to someone 3 years older than my father!!! YUCK

  16. Kimberly Guichard says:

    I agree with the opinions that 21 is too young to get married, especially to a man old enough to be your father LOL.
    My father is the same age so I guess that’s why I cringe at this union.

    I’m 23 and I can’t imagine myself settling down so soon……And yet I get so many comments from people telling me that it’s time to get married and have kids at my age.

    Anyway congrats to them.

    • Izzy says:

      You should tell those people to stop talking about your marital and reproductive choices because it’s none of their damn business. I did, and people stopped making comments. I have found it quite liberating, but then I am 45 and never married with no children, and tired also of people asking if I ever considered having kids on my own. It’s astounding what people think they have the right to ask when they are not a treating therapist.

      • Kimberly Guichard says:

        @Izzy
        Thanks for the advice.

        I get these type of comments like
        “You can’t only focus on school. Start a family while you’re YOUNG before it’s too late” and “it’s time to get MARRIED. What are you waiting on?”

        I’ve confronted a few ppl about it. Grown men and women. Some are co-workers…..and family (even worse) The sad part is that some of them give this reaction that they pity me. Their body language makes it seem that way at least.
        I’m enjoying my freedom from these type of commitments ATM but you know how some people are. Always insistent of shoving their beliefs down our throats.

        Good for you for making YOUR own choices. Once you’re happy, that’s the most important thing.

  17. Eliza says:

    30 years his junior? Hmm when did they meet? When she was 18? He’s probably older or the same age as her dad.

    She’s a beautiful bride but the cups don’t fit her assets.

  18. Lala11_7 says:

    Okay…me and Babygirl are rocking the same hairstyle…WHICH I LOVE!!!! I remember seeing “La Haine” when it first came out….LAWD HAVE MERCY!!!! Me and my boy was TRAUMATIZED…like…”DANG…EVEN OVER THERE?!?!” So I’ve always loved Vincent…and the fact that he married his Granddaughter is gross, I’m sorry…It is…But that’s what this world is setup for…men to be boys FOREVA! Oh…and for men to get a “do-over” like the past don’t matter…Sigh…

  19. Maum says:

    That dress is a disaster. She looks way younger and cuter IRL.
    They’ve been together at least a year or 2 and have recently started posting sexy pictures of themselves to annoy the haters.

    Not sure what to make of it all. Cassel is an odd man.

  20. Marty says:

    They started dating when she was 19….so, so gross.

  21. Ann says:

    Hope she’s got a young stud on the side.

  22. Mira says:

    I’m her age and I would never get near a guy that old. To each their own though!

    Congrats to the happy couple! She’s simply gorgeous.

  23. sommolierlady says:

    She’s stunning, he’s always been a little dodgy. Big no to this union.

  24. Betsy says:

    Vincent Cassel has always walked the hot/creepy line. Now he’s tiptoeing in hot and stomping around in creepy. Shudder. So gross for there to be a THIRTY YEAR AGE DIFFERENCE.

    Bride’s gorgeous. That dress is repellent though. Like bad enough that I think she has low self esteem.

  25. Amelie says:

    She’s completely stunning but she looks way, way older than 21 here. I’d peg her at 35 in these pictures. The top part of that dress is unfortunate though.

  26. Cupcake says:

    I feel badly for her parents. She’s legally a grown up and she can do whatever the hell she wants but if I were her Mama my heart would be aching. Hopefully her marriage to him will help her career, at least.

  27. minx says:

    I’ve always been a fan of his but he looks older than 51. Maybe smoking?
    She’s gorgeous.

  28. BaBaDook says:

    Such a cliche. Sure there are definitely individual couples that fall in love and thrive despite a large age gap but when it’s such a celebrity trend it’s not about love, is it? It’s just about men trying to feel like they’re still virile and about the world we live in fetishising youth and condemning women over 40. I’m just bored of seeing older men with people who are barely out of their teens on their arms – at this point a hollywood man staying with his long term partner is sexy af to me, all these middle aged men ignoring the value and beauty of experience and running around acting like they’re still 20 is not.

  29. Tiffany says:

    Why do I have a feeling a pregnancy announcement is coming…..

  30. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    He has a type – gorgeous & busty. I covet her hair & her great smile.

  31. D says:

    Don’t hate me for this OK? But look at her smile. She looks beyond happy. I would like to think this guy learned a lot of lessons and will bring that to this relationship. Until he messes this up and going to give him the benefit of the doubt first time ever in this kind of situation only because of her smile I wish her the best and woman deserves to be happy on her wedding day and throughout her marriage

    • Kitten says:

      It won’t last. She does seem overjoyed in these photos though. But then again, she has an exceptionally beautiful smile–that rare kind that lights up the whole face.

  32. Ginger says:

    He’s a great actor, but he treated Monica Bellucci like sh*t for years (infidelity and emotional abuse). Now he marries someone so much younger…nothing dodgy there. I doubt that Tina will fare much better than Monica. Good luck to her.

    • Dee Kay says:

      I read that gossip when Cassel and Bellucci when they were married. That he lost his temper frequently with her and would yell at her in front of dinner party guests, really go on a rampage. Never heard about physical abuse only verbal but please isn’t that enough? Especially when you’re Monica freaking Bellucci.

      I think Cassel is beyond brilliant as an actor but would not wish him on any woman as a husband. If he could marry the most beautiful woman in France and maybe the world and treat her like that…

      • Artemis says:

        I think she really loved him. She stuck by him even when he was ditching her to live in Brazil months on end carrying on affairs. She defended his lifestyle with her quotes on him being a different kind of man and not expecting fidelity.
        He on the other hand always loved Monica on a superficial level. Always obsessed with her looks and treating her like a prize object. Even when he was asked what he would do if the end of world was near was ‘having sex with my wife’. And he was a father then already! He’s vile. Men like that of course are verbally abusive, and maybe Monica thought that was normal for a man like Vincent who’s ‘passionate’.

        I feel like for women like Monica they really cannot deal with that behaviour anymore once they reach a certain age and age out of their sexy image (she’s still a sexy woman to me but showbusiness is brutal in that regard). What kind of man would she be married to if he was always chasing youth and thrills? Monica always sounds very mature and philosophical, they were a weird match the older they got.

      • Dee Kay says:

        @Artemis Yes I believe all of that. I pity truly beautiful women like Bellucci who fall for men who mostly only value them for their looks/hotness/desirability/social status. Because, as you say, women age out of all that in our society. And then what are you to your husband when you’re no longer the sexist woman on earth?

        Bellucci is amazingly talented and at least somewhat intelligent based on her interviews. She was always more than just a pretty face and great body. I hope that she felt justified in leaving Cassel and that she only has ppl in her life who admire and respect her as a whole person.

  33. TyrantDestroyed says:

    Middle aged divorced man gets married again with a beautiful 20 something woman… Are these supposed to be news?

  34. Mi says:

    When she was 15 she travelled to Spain to live with her spanish bf and her parents were ok with it. At least she is 21 now.

  35. maggiegrace says:

    Gross.

  36. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Girlfriend has varied taste in men. I just Googled her and apparently she dated ASAP Rocky. Lol.

  37. Naddie says:

    I can smell her old soul from here! It’s all about her maturity, guys…

    • Rachel S. says:

      Right?! Lol. It kills me the crazy mental gymnastics that people come up with to excuse this crap. People love talking about how fast women mature, but societal expectations have almost everything to do with it. Society is very eager to age up young girls and women so we can be used by men for their benefit.

      • MarDelSur says:

        Yup. “She looks older”, “at least she’s 21″ (seriously!?…), “nobody dragged her”… Meanwhile, the comments on Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were to a large extent about how their 11-year age difference just won’t do – because the older party is a woman, after all, and we can’t have that.

        I’d care a lot less about these age-difference stories if it weren’t overwhelmingly males on the (much) older side of the equation.

  38. Rachel S. says:

    Vincent isn’t a prize. There’s been rumors forever about him messing with young, teenage models even when he was with Monica, i’ve also heard that he was abusive towards Monica too. He’s not a friendly guy and has a rep for being nasty towards the locals in Brazil where he lives. Tina and Vincent have been messing with each other for longer than the two years that they claim, there were photos of them together before 2016. I believe they concocted the story to avoid it coming out that Vincent was dating a minor. To muddy the waters even more, I also believe, that Vincent is also helping out Tina’s family which will cause problems if she ever decides she wants to leave him in the future. This also isn’t her first time dating a much older man, her parents allowed her to leave home when she was sixteen, without a high school education, to live in another country, with a man several years older than her, to pursue modeling. So, I don’t find anything romantic or cute about this relationship, besides the ridiculous age gap. It’s crazy how ingrained it is for all of us to see no problem in a man leeching off of young women because of ~nature~, even when these types of relationships overwhelmingly never benefit the younger partner. It’s really messed up. I hope I don’t see any of y’all in a Priyanka/Nick Jonas post lambasting their relationship because of the age gap.

    • Pandy says:

      Ew, he’s no prize is an understatement! I’m looking at how thin he looks in those pants and imagining him naked. Ugh. She’s just hooker made legit. I don’t think much more of these age gap marriages than that really. It’s all about money.

    • Artemis says:

      Can confirm this sad tea of him being abusive to Monica.

      Also it came out after their divorce in a French or Spanish tabloid that he lead a double life in Brazil. That’s why he split his time in Europe and Brazil. He was often away from his family and I believe Tina was his main mistress he was shacking up with. He bought a property for her I believe (read the article a while ago) and was snapped by locals with Tina before his separation. So Tina’s kept woman basically. I’m sure he likes it this way.

      • Rachel S. says:

        Yup, we’ve heard the same things. Vincent is not a good person and he’s made plenty of misogynistic comments in regards to women and men over the years that highlights what a garbage person he is. But, all people see is that he’s famous and rich so they look past everything else.

    • Sara says:

      I don’t know anything about that old mans history but you must be confusing her with someone else. Tina is French not Brazilian.

      • Rachel S. says:

        I’m aware that Tina is French, lol. Read Artemis’ comment above. They confirm what I was saying. Tina was one of his mistresses back when he was married to Monica.

      • Artemis says:

        Just to set the record straight as French tabs have reported on the real reason of their split (his cheating/double life), I forgot the details as it was reported in 2017:

        source 1: https://www.legossip.net/monica-bellucci-vincent-cassel-raison-de-divorce-enfin-precisee/288471/

        Source 2: https://www.legossip.net/monica-bellucci-vincent-cassel-raison-de-divorce-enfin-precisee/288471/

        Tina was not the girl he was having an affair with, they met in 2015 when she was 18 (barely legal). It was Ana Cristina Fernandes Dos Santos, a Brazilian woman. He met her when she was early 20s as well (she’s 30 now). The affair was very long-term (hence the double life) and he was papped with her but cannot find the pictures. 1 year before Monica and Vincent’s break-up (reported by Ici Paris, a tabloid), Monica discovered this affair so Ana Cristina was about 24 then.

        In 2011 Monica said she doesn’t mind affairs as long as there is commitment and loyalty. It’s interesting to read back on this (they were like the French Brangelina!) because it’s clear that Monica couldn’t expect Vincent to stay with her long stretches of time and probably wanted to be ahead of the cheating story (they kept it under wraps for 5 years once Monica and Ici Paris knew). She was more with the kids and said her husband was a ‘different’ man because he liked to live in Brazil and doing Capoeïra. It was clear he wasn’t faithful and she needed to be graceful about it I suppose but an affair vs living with another woman and ditching your kids was probably one bridge too far for Monica. Plus the fact he’s sexist and a douche who was verbally abusive, yeah the marriage went on the rocks.

        I’m a huge fan of Monica and followed the French tea as this was never reported in US tabloids. I feel like Monica became too ‘old’ for Vincent and probably expected him to stay home and he knew he wanted to frolic a la Leo D with barely legal models. They definitely sold their power couple relationship for long time so it’s interesting he hated the paps with Monica in candids but now prances around with Tina on Insta of all places! Men will be men.

  39. Mar says:

    Wow she’s a total knockout.

    He has something rather youthful about him, kind of like Jason Statham, hopefully he can stay that way.

  40. Carly says:

    Anything for fame and money no way no how would she have married him if he was a construction worker.

  41. Charfromdarock says:

    This is just gross.

  42. Karen says:

    What a creep. But that’s patriarchy for you.

    What really disturbs me is that this guy has two daughters, one of them is 13. What kind of message is he sending to these young girls? That women are simply prized for their (extreme) youth and beauty? That life experience, maturity and being on an equal footing is unattractive in men’s eyes?

    Because really, that’s what Vincent Cassel is saying. Yes, sometimes people find their soulmate in spite of an age gap. But let’s be honest, no one believes that is the case here.

    • Valerie says:

      How can we know, though? I’m not WKing for him, but why is it not the case here?

    • MarDelSur says:

      @Karen – Well, to be fair, life experience and being on an equal footing with them is unattractive to quite a few men. So, yes, he’s telegraphing a disgusting message about a disgusting reality.

  43. Sara says:

    Not a fan of this union to say the least but some posters in here are trying to make her sound like she was plucked out of obscurity in Brazil by Vincent and brought to france by Vincent. She’s not even from Brazil she’s French. I feel like some people have cultural stereotypes when they see a black girl with an older white man
    She’s been working as a model since she was young and had features in vogue. She’s not some random girl he came across.

    • Artemis says:

      She’s been working in an industry that exploits the youth, naivety and beauty of girls. Once they grew up and become women (max. 25) their career is done. Tina is not snatching up campaigns and becoming a household name which helps with long-term career prospects. Tina’s work can be done by any 18 yo on the scene, she’s disposable. Her type of modeling is a lot of hard work with little pay off.

      From what others here have written, she’s been running to and around with older men since she was a teen with parents that don’t seem to care. Add the filthy modeling industry on top of that and no wonder she ended up with a skeeve like Vincent who can charm the pants of any woman! They met at a shoot btw, classic story. At the very least, she’s got more financial security but if this will make her happy in the long-term, who knows? Monica had a career and status and he treated her like dirt, who’s to say he will treat Tina better and what does she have to fall back on then? Girl better have a plan B because his ass will snatch up Brazilian beauties when he gets sick of her and their routine, that’s the way he is.

  44. bears says:

    Just came to say, it is (again) very creepy when a man with 3 decades more life experience marries a person who basically equates to a child for them. Way to advertise that you have no more depth than a mud puddle and that the complexities of aging have only spurred in you a desire to conquer very young vaginas. Congrats, you pedophile.

  45. Jenn says:

    I disagree that she looks so happy to be with him or marrying him or whatever. It could easily be she likes dressing up and being the center of attention. In the pic where he is wearing shades you can’t even tell if she’s really looking in his eyes, or down, or what.
    Also disagree that she looks older than her age. No she doesn’t. Check out her IG.