In this recent article, Jake T. Austin of such shows as Wizards of Waverly Place and The Fosters disclosed through social media that he was dating a fan of his (the article itself is a bit snide about it). They met at an autograph signing and apparently became familiar with each other on social media over the years.
Is it appropriate or wise for a public figure to date a fan?
Here are some examples that it’s really not that odd of a notion:
- YouTuber Boogie2988 is the first, more down-to-Earth example, who often credits his YouTube career for bringing his wife Dez to him, as she discovered his videos when she was depressed and trying to cope with the loss of someone in her life. You can even see him using YouTube to propose to her in this video. Now, she plays the voice of his sister in his hilarious, unhinged Francis videos.
- Anne Hathaway, through some friends, found her husband some years ago. It is reported he was a HUGE fan of hers before they met. She is now pregnant with their child!
- Nicolas Cage met his wife when she was a waitress. They are still together and have had a child, despite some serious financial problems Nicolas has gone through over the years. Now, we just need to get his wife Alice to help him with his choice of films he takes part in…
- Jessica Alba met her husband and father of her children when he was a production assistant and was reportedly a big fan of hers before they met.
- Matt Damon hit it off with a Miami bartender when he was ironically trying to get away from a pack of eager fans. It just so happens she also was a fan of his work before they got together more than a decade ago. It’s like something out of Casablanca – “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, HE walks into mine.”