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Jacinda and Clarke, Richie and Gemma, Ashton and Mila: How celebrity couples met

Double dates, Facebook messages and music videos. Stories of how celebrities met their partners are often just as adorable as the couple themselves. And then there's the star who met his now-wife while he was ironing his underwear...

By Alex Blackwood

How Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford met

When Colin Mathura-Jeffree brought Jacinda Ardern as his plus one to the Metro restaurant of the Year awards in 2012, he spent the night introducing the now-Prime Minister as "the future Prime Minister of New Zealand."

Colin's quip now looks like prophecy, and has us wondering if he is something of a fairy godmother to Jacinda, because he also introduced her to the then-C4 host, now-Prime Minister's baby daddy, Clarke Gayford.

Colin told Stuff that there were "lots of smiles" when the pair got chatting.

"I do know that when they got together I was like, 'Wow, nice couple.' Because I knew them both."

An alternate tale, from Clarke himself, is that the fisherman phoned up National MP Nikki Kaye to have a go at her about a constituency issue. When he couldn't get through, he phoned Jacinda to have a rant. Must have been a good rant because they had coffee, and now they have a child.

To be fair to Clarke and Colin, those stories aren't mutually exclusive. Both could have happened and we don't reckon anyone is lying. That said, we would love for one of the involved parties to set the record straight. Clarke, Colin, Jacinda, what happened? And what would have happened if Nikki had picked up the phone?

Either way, their first date was apparently a "champagne day" out fishing on the water.

How Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis met

When Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis met on the set of That 70s Show in 1998, he was 19. Mila, having dodged questions about her age to get the role, was just 14. The kiss shared between their characters was Mila's first ever kiss. Even more impressive, she was cast in the show only seven years after moving to the US from Soviet Ukraine when she couldn't speak a word of English.

Sound like a cute (if a little age-innapropriate) love story? It wasn't. She wasn't into him. "He was so not the guy that I was like, 'You're so hot'," Mila told James Corden on The Late Late Show in 2016.

Ashton wasn't into it either: "It was really weird. I was like, 'Isn't this illegal?' It was really awkward. She was 14! She was like my little sister," he told The Howard Stern Show.

Mila may have been playing coy because Ashton recently found an old diary of hers in which she talks about his good looks. Curiously, the pair didn't start dating until April 2012, and he didn't file for divorce from his previous wife Demi Moore until December the same year.

They were married in February 2014, and now have two children.

How Richie and Gemma McCaw met

There aren't many couples who come close to New Zealand's first family in power-couple ranks. But with a combined CV of Richie McCaw: ex-All Black, helicopter pilot, the most capped test rugby player of all time, recipient of the Order of New Zealand merit, and Gemma McCaw: ex-Black Stick, ambassador for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, Woman's Day wellness columnist and mum-to be, the McCaw's make the rest of us all look a little bit lazy.

It is only natural then, that these super-human ex-sportspeople ended up together.

And according to Richie himself in his biopic, Chasing Great, it all started when Richie messaged Gemma on Facebook. He wrote to her commiserating her loss in a big hockey game, saying "sorry for her loss in a hockey game and that he knew exactly what it feels like to lose a big match."

You'd expect that message to explode into a whirlwind romance full of flowers and fireworks but in reality, Gemma was on a hockey tour and promptly forgot about the message for two weeks.

Evidently she got around to replying at some point because the pair wed in January 2017 and are expecting their first child together later this year.

How John Legend and Chrissy Teigen met

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's social media presence is down to earth, relatable, bubbly and yet worthy of acknowledgement in a rom-com. The way they met is no different.

When the supermodel arrived on set to star as John's love interest in the music video for Stereo in 2007, she found him in his dressing room, ironing his underwear.

Like us, Chrissy was pretty amazed a big star like him does his own ironing. "I said, 'You do your own ironing!?' He said, 'Of course I do.' I gave him a hug," Chrissy told Cosmopolitan in 2014.

Post-video-shoot, the now-married couple went back to John's hotel room and got In-N-Out burger. "I'm not going to lie. We hooked up," says Chrissy. Not long after, they said their goodbyes and he went off on tour to Europe while Chrissy kept it low key. "I was pretending that I didn't really care, but I wasn't with anybody else," she said.

"The worst thing you can do is try to lock someone like that down early on, then have them think, 'There's so much more out there.' I played it cool for a long time."

They kept in touch though and clearly Chrissy's legendary social media prowess works over text too, because in 2016, John told ET "I started to fall in love with her over the phone because she is good with those 140 characters."

They dated for four years before marrying in Como, Italy in 2013. Their second child, Miles Theodore Stephens, was born in May.

How Victoria and David Beckham, AKA, Posh and Becks, met

In 1997, when he was a world famous soccer player and she was a pop star named Posh, David Beckham saw the Spice Girl in her group's 1996 hit Say You'll Be There music video on TV.

"I turned around to Gary [Neville, his future best man,] and said, 'That one there, that's the girl I'm going to marry'," said David.

And indeed, at a charity football game, David heard that there were a couple of the Spice Girls in the stadium and plucked up the courage to talk to her. She was impressed that he was "with his mum, dad and sister while a lot of the footballers were at the bar getting drunk."

"I could sense right from the start that David was a gentleman, and very family-oriented, which is important because I'm the same," Victoria said.

He didn't ask her out that very night, but they met two weeks later and he asked for her number. She wrote her number on a London-to-Manchester plane ticket, and he has kept it to this day.

Dubbed Posh and Becks by the media, they married in 1999 and are still together today.

How Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky met

When Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky were introduced by William Ward, a talent agent, it was 2010.

It is hardly unusual to meet through a mutual friend, but what is unusual is that the couple married just three months later. It was so much of a whirlwind wedding that neither the Bride nor groom remember the date.

"Uh, I should know the answer to this. There's a bit of a dispute...So yeah, the answer about the date of my wedding: somewhere in December," Chris told the Daily Mail.

Another almost scarily cute detail is that Elsa has had the Thor insignia tattooed on her bicep since she was 15 years old - way before she met her now-husband, who co-incidentally signed on for the role of Thor in 2009, the year before they met.