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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Talks About Her Unconventional Marriage to Younger Husband

Sam Taylor-Johnson marriage‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson opened up about her unconventional marriage to her 27-year-old husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Eco-Age)

She hears it… and doesn’t care. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson is married to a younger man—and she’s more in love than ever.

Taylor-Johnson met and fell in love with Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the set of 2008’s Nowhere Boy. At the time, the actor was cast as a young version of John Lennon. Four years later, the British couple married after welcoming their second child together.

Now 50, the filmmaker tells The Hollywood Reporter that she and her husband, 27, are solely focused on each other. “If I gave a second thought to other people, I would be the unhappiest person,” she said. “Probably still in a miserable marriage.”

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The director’s first marriage to Jay Jopling lasted 11 years until they amicably parted ways in 2008. “People like to talk about it,” she acknowledged. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, but it works better than my last marriage.’ It’s lasted longer than a lot of my friends’ marriages.”

Aaron also spoke out about the relationship, telling THR: “I’m not her muse. I’m her husband.”

The Avengers: Age of Ultron actor added, “We’re already a team. We are already parents that run our house, so when we work together it’s the best.”

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.