15 photos of celebrities stopping to admire their other halves on the red carpet

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Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix on the 77th annual Golden Globe red carpet.

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  • It's not often we see a candid moment shared between a celebrity couple on the red carpet. 
  • So when Joaquin Phoenix stopped posing for photos at the 2020 Golden Globes so he could admire his fiancée Rooney Mara – we took notice. 
  • But they're not the only couple who have shown their love for one another on the world stage. 
  • Insider rounded up 21 photos of celebrities who stopped to admire their other half on the red carpet.
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By virtue of being on a red carpet, the couples on it often look unnatural — albeit very well groomed — when posing for photos.

So when a couple gets snapped sharing a rare candid moment at events — we tend to take extra notice. 

Like at the 2020 Golden Globes when photographers captured the moment Joaquin Phoenix stopped posing for pictures to instead admire his fiancée Rooney Mara from afar. 

But Phoenix and Mara aren't the only celebrity couple who have shown off their love for one another on the world stage. 

Will Smith presented his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith — in the biggest "ta-da" picture moment — as he dramatically pointed at her on the 2007 SAG Awards red carpet.

In June 2019, Joe Jonas proved to be the perfect Instagram boyfriend when he whipped out his phone to take a picture of his wife Sophie Turner at an Amazon Prime Video event.

Insider rounded up 21 times celebrities stopped to admire their other halves on the red carpet.

2007: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are known for being honest about their relationship.

Jada said during an interview on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in August 2019 that one of the most most beautiful parts about being with Will is how he taught her to laugh and "have a good time with life."

And back in 2007 — Will did, as he made Jada the centre of attention at the SAG Awards.

 

 

2014: David Beckham and Victoria Beckham

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The soccer star and former Spice Girl turned designer met back in 1998, and 19 years and four kids later, Victoria Beckham said they're still going strong.

At the Met Gala in 2014, David Beckham stopped to stare at his wife in admiration — who wore one of her own designs. 

 

 

 

2014: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively are known as one of Hollywood's power couples — who also know how to have fun with one another.

At the 2014 Met Gala, after taking the stock standard couples pictures, Reynolds couldn't help but stop and smile at his wife. 

 

 

 

2015: Jay-Z and Beyoncé

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé are one of the most famous pairs in the world, and were dubbed by Forbes in 2019 as "music's first billionaire couple," but sometimes even Jay-Z needs a minute to just absorb the fact he's married to "Queen Bey."

The rapper and businessman gazed at his wife while she posed on the 2015 Met Gala red carpet.

 

 

 

2017: Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet

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Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet dated for over a decade before finally tying the knot in 2017. 

Just after their marriage, Momoa revealed on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" that he had a crush on Bonet ever since he saw her on "The Cosby Show" when he was just eight years old.

At the premiere of "Justice League" in 2017, he took a moment to pause and admire his childhood crush. 

 

 

2017: Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe

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"This is Us" star Sterling K. Brown thanked his wife of 12 years after he received his Best Actor Emmy award in 2017 and said, "you're everything ... you make my life worth living." 

The following Emmys, he showed how much he appreciated her by fixing her dress on the red carpet.

 

2018: Viola David and Julius Tennon

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Tennon graciously presented his wife in a hot pink dress on the red carpet at the Oscars in 2018. 

 

 

 

 

2018: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez

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Jennifer Lopez first met Alex Rodriguez in 2005 at a baseball game, but the pair didn't start dating until February 2017.

Three years later, Rodriguez showed he's still a devoted partner as he opted to take a photo of Lopez on his phone as she turned around for photographers at the 2018 VMA's.  

2019: Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett

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"Black Panther" actress Angela Bassett and Courtney B.Vance met at the Yale School of Drama back in the 1980s and married in 2007. 

In 2018, they opened up to Black Doctor.org about their relationship with Vance saying, "I had to learn that when the Queen is happy, the land is happy." 

And to show his love for his "Queen," he snapped a personal picture of Bassett while she posed on the red carpet at the 2019 SAG Awards

2019: Cardi B and Offset

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Cardi B and Offset secretly got married in 2017, but when it comes to the red carpet, they're rarely shy about PDA.

But at the 2019 Grammy's, Offset took a step back to allow Cardi B (who was performing) to shine as he showed her off to the paparazzi. 

2019: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra

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Nick Jonas met Priyanka Chopra in 2017 and said he knew he was going to marry her even after just a few dates. 

The couple have been tied at the hip ever since they got married as evident above when Nick affectionately embraced her at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars After Party.

2019: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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While Chrissy Teigen's Twitter bio may be "currently sleeping with the sexiest man alive," — it's obvious the feeling is mutual.

Teigen jokingly pushed her husband away at the 2019 Vanity Fair After Party so she could take solo pictures, but John Legend didn't seem to mind as he stepped back to allow her to have her moment. 

 

2019: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

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Young couple Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have supported one another not only on screen as Turner starred in two of the Jonas Brothers' music videos but also during red carpet events. 

Joe took some time out from posing for pictures to take one for himself at an Amazon Prime Video event in 2019. 

 

2019: Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso

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Matton Damon met his wife Luciana Barroso on the set of his 2003 movie "Stuck on You," and the couple began dating shortly after. 

Damon regularly takes his wife to red carpet events but this picture of him smiling at her during the TIFF premiere for his movie "Ford v Ferrari" in September 2019 reveals his adoration.

2020: Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara

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At the 2020 Golden Globes, Joaquin Phoenix stopped paying attention to photographers so he could admire his fiancée Rooney Mara on the red carpet. 

And when Mara finally noticed Phoenix was no longer posing beside her, she had to try and stop herself from giggling. 

The pair reportedly met on the set of "Her" in 2012 and later dated for three years until they announced their engagement last year.

 

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