Hollywood beauty finally weds at 42 – to a heavily tattooed rocker with a pot belly
As you’d expect, given that the bride is an A-lister worth £65 million, this was a very Hollywood happy ending.
As dusk fell in Beverly Hills on Monday night, actress Cameron Diaz finally said ‘I do’ under a snow-white marquee, surrounded by a forest of fragrant, white, stephanotis flowers and lit by Chinese lanterns.
As one of the world’s best-known actresses — famous for lead roles in films such as There’s Something About Mary, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Charlie’s Angels, as well as her megawatt smile — she was watched by famous friends including Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon.
But this happy ending has been rather a long time coming. For despite being one of the world’s most beautiful women, Cameron, 42, has suffered more than two decades of heartache at the hands of a string of commitment-shy celebrity heart-throbs.
Indeed, many assumed the former model would never marry and wondered at her lack of long-term love. But, this week, Diaz — 5 ft 9 in of utter perfection — finally did wed, albeit to a rather unlikely contender.
After dating many of the world’s most eligible bachelors, she walked down the aisle to meet Benji Madden as her groom: a short, shaven-headed, heavily-tattooed rocker with a pot belly. He was, perhaps, the only thing that wasn’t picture-perfect about the wedding.
Seven years her junior, Benji, 35, has long suffered from being the less charismatic identical twin in U.S. punk band Good Charlotte with his brother Joel — whose wife, Nicole Richie, set up the couple eight months ago. The pairing and speedy wedding have proved all the more surprising, given that the U.S. actress previously said she felt no desire to marry and couldn’t relate to monogamy.
On Monday, however, Cameron appeared overjoyed at the lavish ceremony at her Beverly Hills mansion. ‘We couldn’t be happier to begin our new journey together surrounded by our closest family and friends,’ the couple said in a statement.
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Diaz — famous since starring with Jim Carrey in The Mask — has had a rather unlucky love life. Her past liaisons range from actors and models to international surf champions, pop stars and, reportedly, even billionaire businessmen. Most of them left her bereft and broken-hearted.
So, what’s behind the sudden rush? Some gossip in America suggests that Cameron is desperately keen to have babies. She mused before meeting Madden that she still had not ruled out becoming a mother, possibly by adoption or other means.
Besotted: Actress Cameron Diaz started dating rocker Madden just eight months ago. Right, his back tattoo
Others say it is Madden — whose extensive tattoos cover his entire torso and arms, and include a huge picture of Benjamin Franklin on his back — who has turned her head.
The rocker, who once dated heiress Paris Hilton (again to general disbelief) is well-known in the U.S. and has sold seven million records with Good Charlotte, as well as winning MTV Music Awards. Last year, he set up new band The Madden Brothers with Joel.
The couple’s engagement was announced after a successful holiday to Sardinia and, at the start of December, Madden asked Cameron’s mother Billie for permission to propose. She gladly gave her blessing — apparently, she ‘adores’ Madden.
Benji, 35, has long suffered from being the less charismatic identical twin in U.S. punk band Good Charlotte with his brother Joel (far right) — whose wife, Nicole Richie, set him up with Cameron (left) eight months ago
Certainly, the speed at which the wedding was arranged was not evident at the ceremony. Nicole Richie was bridesmaid — along with Diaz’s sister, Chimene, and her assistant, Jesse Lutz — while Nicole’s son, Sparrow, five, was ring-bearer. Guests included film executive Jeffrey Katzenberg and actress Toni Collette.
But then five party planners were observed at the event, and a large entourage of security lined the street. Yifat Oren, who planned Drew Barrymore’s wedding, was said to be the mastermind behind this one, too.
On Saturday night, the bride and groom had a pre-wedding celebration at swanky Italian restaurant Il Cielo in Beverly Hills. It was also reported that on Sunday evening Cameron threw a bachelorette party at an LA hotel.
Friends say the couple looked madly in love. One can only hope Cameron’s previous musing on marrying and loving someone for the rest of your life — which she deemed ‘bulls***’ — is proven wrong, and that she finally finds the luck in love that has for so long eluded her.
17 failed romances and 25 years of heartache
In 1990, as a young model, Cameron was bowled over by video producer Carlos de la Torre while shooting an advert for LA Gear clothes. They moved in together in 1994, but she dumped him a year later as her career took off with The Mask
She fell for actor Matt Dillon, eight years her senior, in 1995 when both were making films in Minnesota. She gushed: ‘I love him incredibly.’ They split in 1998, when he wanted to settle down and Cameron didn’t
When Cameron met Yale graduate Edward Norton in 1998, he’d just been nominated for an Oscar for Primal Fear. The romance didn’t last and Norton, now married, swiftly moved on to something more serious
She dated actor Jared Leto from 1999 to 2003, seeing in the millennium together and wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring at the Golden Globes. They split soon after amid rumours he may have cheated
A year after breaking up with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, 22, met Cameron, 30, at an awards ceremony. Things swiftly turned serious. There were reports of infidelity on both sides and they parted in 2007
Here sporty Cameron is seen with champion surfer Kelly Slater just after her 2007 split from Timberlake. She spent time at Slater’s house in Hawaii having first met years before on a conservation trip to Honduras
Jude Law and Cameron (left) had undeniable chemistry in rom-com The Holiday in 2006 — and there were reports the two dated in 2007, 2009 and 2012, apparently set up on a date by mutual pal Gwyneth Paltrow. Right, Hunky banking heir and eco activist David de Rothschild also caught Cameron’s eye in 2007
Cameron’s best friend Drew Barrymore suggested she date actor Bradley Cooper, newly single after splitting from wife Jennifer Esposito in 2007. But the demands of their careers put paid to the fledgling liaison
She got close to actor Gerard Butler (left) in LA in 2008. Observers noted ‘a lot of thigh touching’ and giggling. Right, despite denials, it seems Cameron Diaz had a romance with rapper Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs after hanging out at the 2008 Oscars. Recent reports say he still thinks she is ‘the sexiest girl in the world’
British model Paul Sculfor, Jennifer Aniston’s ex, caught her eye in 2008. He moved into her LA home and she visited his family here, but busy careers and distance ended it all
Friends since meeting on a film set in 1996, left, Cameron and Speed star Keanu Reeves were spotted out in LA in 2009. They left arm in arm, but romance wasn’t to be. Right, Cameron was set up by mutual pals with Adam Levine, frontman of rock band Maroon 5, in 2009. Reports suggested she constantly called and texted and even dropped in unannounced — with her mother in tow. In the end he ran for the hills
She bumped into New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez (left) at a Superbowl party in 2010. She met his children and watched him training, but after a year she was dumped. Right, PayPal billionaire Elon Musk was linked with her in 2013 after she bought one of his cars. He denied a romance
Source : Daily Mail