A look at the celebrity couples whose families set them up
As matchmaker kids pair up their single parents on My Mum, Your Dad… a look at the celebrity couples whose families set them up from Billy Ray Cyrus to Stanley Tucci
Brand new reality TV show My Mum, Your Dad will see single middle-aged parents set up on dates by their matchmaker children.
The ITV show, hosted by Davina McCall, will kick off on Monday and will see eight single parents arrive in West Sussex in a bid to find their second love.
But their adult children get quite a surprise as Davina reveals that they will watch their parents from a nearby bunker and play matchmaker, setting their parents up on dates and deciding their fates.
Ahead of the show, dubbed the ‘middle-aged Love Island’, launching, MailOnline takes a look at all the celebrities whose families have played a hand in their romances.
Billy Ray Cyrus met his partner Firerose on the set of his daughter Miley’s show Hannah Montana, while Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt were set up by her sister Emily.
New concept: Brand new reality TV show My Mum, Your Dad will see single middle-aged parents set up on dates by their matchmaker children
Finding love: Ahead of the show, dubbed the ‘middle-aged Love Island’, launching, MailOnline takes a look at all the celebrities whose families have played a hand in their romances
BILLY RAY CYRUS
Billy Ray Cyrus and his fiancée Firerose first met on set of his daughter Miley’s Disney series Hannah Montana over 12 years ago.
Miley Cyrus had a role to play in their initial meeting as they first came to know each other through her Disney Channel show, which her father Billy Ray also starred on.
But the country star, 62, and the singer didn’t start dating until more than a decade later and confirmed their romance in August 2022.
Their relationship came after they teamed up for a musical collaboration together the year before in 2021.
Their engagement was then announced in November 2022, just months after their romance was officially confirmed.
Billy’s romance with Firerose came after he split from his now-ex-wife Leticia ‘Tish’ back in 2020, and their legal separation followed.
Billy and Tish were married for 28 years before they legally separated for the third time in April after 28 years of marriage, according to TMZ.
The exes share children Miley, 30, Braison, 29, and Noah, 23 – who has also followed in her family’s footsteps and launched a successful music career.
Billy has another son Christopher Cody, 31, with his ex-girlfriend Kristin Luckey. He also adopted Trace, 34, and Brandi, 36 – Tish’s children from her relationship with Baxter Neal Helson.
Connection: Billy Ray Cyrus and his fiancée Firerose (pictured in August) first met on set of his daughter Miley’s Disney series Hannah Montana over 12 years ago
Stanley Tucci was introduced to his wife Felicity Blunt by her actress sister Emily at The Devil Wears Prada premiere back in 2006, a movie which Stanley also starred in.
At the time, the actor, 62, was with his late wife Kate, who sadly passed away from breast cancer three years later in 2009.
In 2010, Stanley and literary agent Felicity then met once again at Emily’s wedding to actor John Krasinski in Italy, and struck up a romance.
The couple went on to tie the knot at Middle Temple Hall in London in 2012, where Felicity’s famous sister Emily served as a bridesmaid.
Stanley, who has three children from his first marriage, now lives in a lavish London home with Felicity and their two children Matteo, eight, and Emilia, five.
Previously reflecting on their romance, Stanley revealed he was initially doubtful about their romance because he is 21 years older than Felicity.
‘I was afraid to get into a relationship and I kept trying to break it off because I am so much older than she is and I didn’t want to feel old for the rest of my life. But I knew this was an incredibly special person,’ he told Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
He went on to gush over his wife and told how she is ‘incredible’ for supporting him and his three children.
‘Felicity has been so incredible taking on a widower and three children,’ he says. ‘That’s a huge thing at a very young age too. If anybody made things better for all of us, it’s her. She’s the one.’
Romance: Stanley Tucci was introduced to his wife Felicity Blunt (pictured in June) by her actress sister Emily at The Devil Wears Prada premiere back in 2006
Pals: In 2010, after Stanley’s late wife Kate’s death, he met literary agent Felicity once again at Emily’s wedding to actor John Krasinski in Italy (Stanley is pictured with pal Emily in 2010)
BEYONCE’S MOTHER TINA KNOWLES
Tina Knowles started dating her now-ex Richard Lawson back in 2013, almost 40 years after they first met.
The mother of Beyoncé was first platonically introduced to Richard by his sister Gwen, who Tina was best friends with at the time.
Tina was married and pregnant with Beyoncé at the time, and they remained friends over the years, only forming a romantic connection more than 30 years after that.
In 2021, actor Richard opened up about his and Tina’s first meeting and later romantic connection in a lengthy Instagram post.
‘Thirty-nine years ago my sister Gwen (RIP), your best friend, introduced us. I thought you were one of the most beautiful women I had ever me,’ he wrote.
‘You were pregnant with Beyonce at the time, and married, so my incredible attraction for you then, could only live in my fantasy.
‘As we remained friends throughout the years, I took great pleasure in observing you become the ultimate mother, especially for your own daughters, but also for the way you care for and nurture women all over the world.’
The couple tied the knot in 2015 but Tina filed for divorce from her second husband after eight years of marriage in July.
She filed the paperwork on Wednesday, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split as per TMZ.
In the documents, Tina asked ‘to terminate the court’s ability to award spousal support’ to Richard, 76, or her.
Tina – born Celestine Ann Beyonce – had changed her name to Celestine Lawson when she wed Richard, and reportedly wants to change it back to Celestine Knowles, the name of her ex-husband.
Tina shares two kids with her first husband, Mathew Knowles, 71: superstar daughter Beyonce, 41, and singer and actress Solange, 37.
Family: Tina Knowles started dating her now-ex Richard Lawson (pictured in March) back in 2013, almost 40 years after they were first introduced by Richard’s sister Gwen
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