Andrea Bocelli, 55, Weds Longtime Girlfriend Veronica Berti, 30

Most peo­ple assume that older men are drawn to dat­ing a younger woman sim­ply because of their youth­ful beauty. But not all of these May-December rela­tion­ships are based solely on phys­i­cal attraction—many of them are built on the foun­da­tion of real chem­istry between two peo­ple, regard­less of the age difference.

Award-winning singer Andrea Bocelli, 55, is the per­fect exam­ple. After meet­ing in 2002, Bocelli started dat­ing Veron­ica Berti. At the time, he was in his mid-40s, while she was only 18. You might nat­u­rally assume that Bocelli was drawn to the young woman’s looks, but the singer has been com­pletely blind since the age of 12.

The celebrity cou­ple has been together ever since. In fact, their May-December rela­tion­ship has been so suc­cess­ful that, after 12 years of dat­ing and one child, Andrea Bocelli and Veron­ica Berti (who’s now his man­ager) finally tied the knot on March 21, 2014. The celebrity cou­ple had a small, inti­mate wed­ding cer­e­mony in Italy and exchanged vows in the pres­ence of close friends and fam­ily mem­bers, includ­ing Bocelli’s two teenage sons from his first marriage.

This celebrity couple’s love story coin­cides with what we main­tain here at A suc­cess­ful May-December rela­tion­ship is about much more than a phys­i­cal or sex­ual con­nec­tion. Like any con­ven­tional rela­tion­ship, it’s still rooted in mutual respect, under­stand­ing, com­pat­i­bil­ity, and love. It’s not always about sex or money; it’s about find­ing some­one whom you con­nect with on a phys­i­cal and emo­tional level, regard­less of whether or not there’s a sig­nif­i­cant age difference.


John­son, Z., “Andrea Bocelli Mar­ries Veron­ica Berti—See Pic­tures From the Ital­ian Tenor’s Wed­ding in Tus­cany!” E! News web site, March 24, 2014;

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