30 athletes who married beauties half their size
Athletes and celebrities are some of the most popular individuals on the planet. Tabloids and paparazzi track their whereabouts virtually every day, and fans keep updated with the latest with what’s going on both on and off the field. In general, athletes are much taller than the average person. So in this list, we’ll take a look at some of fans’ favorite players, and their significant others who aren’t quite as tall as their athlete partners!
Shaquille O’Neal and Laticia Rolle: 7’1 and 5’6
Longtime NBA center Shaquille O’Neal is known for being one of the biggest humans in NBA history (and on the planet). The 7-foot-1 superstar dominated his competition for decades before eventually beginning a relationship with girlfriend Laticia Rolle. Only one thing: At 7-foot-1, Shaq stood nearly two feet taller than his girlfriend!
O’Neal and Rolle were a beautiful couple, but unfortunately, the Big Diesel and his girlfriend didn’t last. At that point, O’Neal once again became a free agent. Shaq has had a few girlfriends throughout the years, but the discrepancy in height between he and Rolle was definitely the most noticeable.
Gerard Piqué and Shakira: 6’4 and 5’0
Some celebrity couples are just so famous that it’s difficult to figure out which one is more famous. This is one of those couples, with Barcelona soccer star defender Gerard Piqué and world-renowned music artist Shakira. One thing that stands out with this pairing is how much taller Piqué is than his wife.
At 6-foot-4, Pique towers over Shakira, who is surprisingly just 5 feet tall! (Who knew the singer was so short?) The Barcelona defender is one of the taller players at his position, and with a 16-inch difference between he and his wife, it’s safe to say there’s a fair height difference here.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson and Kelsey Henson: 6’9 and 5’2
Björnsson may be best known for his role as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in HBO’s Game of Thrones, but the popular actor is also a professional strongman. In fact, the Icelandic strongman is the first person to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic, Europe’s Strongest Man, and World’s Strongest Man in the same calendar year.
On his right is wife Kelsey Henson, whom he married in 2018. At 5-foot-2, she’s around average height. But Henson looks tiny next to her massive husband, who measures in at a staggering 6-foot-9. Björnsson appears to be larger than life, and his wife’s lack of height exaggerates that even more.
Eric Johnson and Jessica Simpson: 6’3 and 5’3
Famous singer Jessica Simpson is yet another celebrity to marry a tall athlete. In 2014, she married former NFL tight end Eric Johnson, who played for the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints. He spent seven years in the league and even managed to score seven touchdowns. But his biggest score was marrying Simpson.
Simpson stands at 5-foot-3, which makes her exactly a foot shorter than Johnson, who’s 6-foot-3. That’s a pretty big difference in height between a husband and wife! The celebrity couple have had three kids together to date, and as of 2019, they’re still going strong.
LeBron James and Savannah Brinson: 6’8 and 5’7
When most people think about LeBron James, his height is far from the first thing on their minds. But at 6-foot-8, James is one of the tallest players in the NBA and one of the tallest people on Earth. Compared to his wife Savannah Brinson, who measures above average at 5-foot-7, James looks like a giant!
With more than a foot in height separating the two, it’s safe to say James is super tall. His height often goes unnoticed, with the constant debate instead surrounding whether he’s the greatest basketball player of all time, or just the greatest of his generation.
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian: 6’9 and 5’3
One of the most notorious celebrity-athlete marriages of all time, the marriage between former NBA player Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian lasted a mere 72 days. Humphries, who stands at 6-foot-9, spent more than a decade as an NBA big man, but his marriage to Kardashian lasted less than 11 weeks.
With Kardashian measuring in at 5-foot-3, the couple had an 18-inch difference in height. The celebrity has since gone on to marry rapper Kanye West, while Humphries has remained single. However, Kardashian’s former husband has been spotted on dates with a model. Maybe marriage could be in his future as well.
Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian: 6’10 and 5’10
It seems former NBA players and Kardashian sisters are the perfect formula for a couple with a major height difference. Longtime Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom married Khloe Kardashian all the way back in 2009. The two spent more than half a decade together, before eventually splitting in 2016.
Odom is tall — even for an NBA player. Measuring in at 6-foot-10, he’s exactly a foot taller than the 5-foot-10 Kardashian sister, who is pretty tall in her own right. Seeing them side by side, it’s easy to see what a foot difference in height looks like between two people.
Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere: 6’6 and 5’0
Former professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko stands at 6-foot-6, which isn’t especially tall for this list. But standing next to his wife, Hayden Panettiere, he looks like a giant. That’s largely due to the fact that Panettiere stands at just 5 feet tall, giving the couple a height difference of 18 inches.
Klitschko is one of the most accomplished Ukrainian athletes of all time, and his athletic career made him a celebrity. In fact, he’s become so popular that he now serves as the mayor of Kyiv. Klitschko remains the only heavyweight boxer to ever reign as a champion in three different decades.
Carmelo Anthony and La La Anthony: 6’8 and 5’6
Superstar NBA forward Carmelo Anthony has been a fixture in basketball for decades, as he’s been one of the most talented offensive players in the league. In 2010, he married La La Anthony, who is a TV personality, New York Times best-selling author, and actress. At 5-foot-6, she’s more than a foot shorter than her basketball-playing husband.
Heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, it appears as though the 6-foot-8 former star will no longer be playing NBA basketball. But regardless of whether Anthony is able to mount a comeback, this power couple will surely have big plans for the future.
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria: 6’2 and 5’2
Longtime San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker and actress Eva Longoria made quite the power couple. But they also had a height difference of exactly a foot, which is why they made the cut on this list. At 6-foot-2, Parker wasn’t a particularly tall NBA player. After all, he was a point guard. But at 5-foot-2, Longoria is definitely petite.
Unfortunately, the love between Parker and Longoria didn’t last, as the two divorced in 2011. Since then, Longoria has remarried, and Parker announced his retirement from professional basketball. Though they’re no longer together, the time they spent as a couple is hard to forget.
Chris Bosh and Adrienne Williams: 6’11 and 5’0
The third member of the “Big 3” assembled in Miami, Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade and LeBron James to form one of the most legendary trios in NBA history. Together, they won championships in 2012 and 2013. But in 2011, he married Adrienne Williams, forming a couple with a major difference in height. At 6-foot-11, Bosh towers over his wife.
Williams, who stands just 5 feet tall, is a former beauty pageant contestant and model. She may be 23 inches shorter than her husband, but that doesn’t stop her. In addition to her former success as a model, Williams is now also an accomplished businesswoman.
Great Khali and Harminder Kaur: 7’1 and 5’9
“The Great Khali” is the most successful Indian wrestler of all time. He spent time with the WWE from 2006 to 2014, towering over opponents and dominating them in the ring. He also towers over his wife, Harminder Kaur, despite the fact that she is 5-foot-9. That’s because Khali is an incredible 7-foot-1, giving the couple a height difference of 16 inches.
Before his time in the WWE, Khali actually worked for the Punjab state police as an officer. His career has expanded beyond wrestling even further, as Khali has been in multiple Hollywood and Bollywood shows, as well as television shows.
André the Giant and Jean Christensen: 7’4 and 5’8
Another all-time great wrestler, André the Giant lumbered into the ring at a whopping 7-foot-4. The French wrestler and actor was best known for his role as Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride, but he also feuded with Hulk Hogan himself at WrestleMania. He married Jean Christensen, but the couple never registered their marriage license in the United States.
Christensen and André the Giant had a huge difference in height: 20 inches, to be exact. The couple had a child together, but unfortunately they did not stay together for very long. Both members of this iconic couple have since passed away, but their respective legacies live on in their daughter, Robin.
Big Show and Bess Katramados: 7’0 and 6’3
One of the most legendary wrestlers in the history of the sport, Big Show is hard to miss. Measuring in at 7 feet tall, he generally towers over those around him. He’s so tall that he makes his partner, Bess Katramados, look tiny! But Katramados is extremely tall herself, standing at 6-foot-3.
Despite Big Show’s massive stature, the height difference between the members of this couple is only 9 inches. That’s pretty surprising, considering the wrestler’s size. But again, it’s a testament to how tall Katramados is herself. The former model is the tallest woman on this list, which makes this a true power couple!
Mark McGwire and Stephanie Slemer: 6’5 and unknown
Longtime St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is one of the most notorious baseball players of all time. The 6-foot-5 slugger ranks 11th all-time, with 583 home runs throughout his baseball career. In 2002, he married Stephanie Slemer. Though her height is unknown, she appears to be pretty tall! Nevertheless, McGwire is of course even taller.
This power couple definitely packs a punch when it comes to height — and hitting baseballs. McGwire would be a surefire Hall of Famer if it were not for his admitted steroid use. Though it’s unclear whether he’ll end up in Cooperstown, McGwire at the very least has a beautiful wife to come home to.
Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra: 6’7 and 5’3
Widely recognized for his odd antics on and off the court, Dennis Rodman is known around the world for being one of the most unique individuals in NBA history. Whether it’s the crazy haircuts, fashion trends, or friendships with world leaders, Rodman definitely marches to the beat of his own drum.
One moment of Rodman’s career that is often forgotten is his brief marriage to Carmen Electra. The 6-foot-7 forward towered over Electra, who is only 5-foot-2. Oddly enough, Rodman filed for an annulment nine days after they were married in Las Vegas. He says he was not of sound mind when he agreed to the wedding.
Joe Flacco and Dana Grady: 6’6 and unknown
Super Bowl champion quarterback Joe Flacco stands at 6-foot-6, meaning he towers over pretty much anyone who isn’t a professional athlete. In 2011, he married Dana Grady, who looks like she’s just a bit shorter than the longtime Baltimore Ravens QB. Though her height is unknown, Grady appears to be average or below-average in height.
Nearly a decade after he led the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory, Flacco was traded to the Denver Broncos. The couple has since moved their family to Denver, as Flacco looks to rekindle some of the magic he had in his 2013 Super Bowl run with Baltimore.
Phil Mickelson and Amy Mickelson: 6’3 and 5’5
Professional golfers aren’t generally known for their height. Most of the all-time great golfers are either average size, or even short. But one notable exception is Phil Mickelson, who measures in at 6-foot-3. Mickelson is tall, but he’s not NBA tall. But when he stands next to his wife, Mickelson looks NBA tall.
Amy Mickelson is about 5-foot-5, which makes her husband look even taller. This couple has a remarkable 10-inch difference in height, which is something most other golf couples do not have in common. Ten inches may not seem like much compared to other couples on this list, but it’s almost a foot! That’s pretty surprising.
Kobe Bryant and Vanessa Bryant: 6’6 and 5’5
One of the greatest scorers in NBA history, Kobe Bryant is somewhat surprisingly tall. Normally, NBA guards measure anywhere from 6 feet tall to 6-foot-3 or so. But at 6-foot-6, Bryant is one of the tallest guards of his generation. With his wife Vanessa by his side, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers star looks even taller.
By the time the two met, Bryant was already a 21-year-old NBA superstar. Vanessa, meanwhile, was still in high school. They’ve been married for nearly 20 years and are still going strong today. And with 13 inches separating the two, there’s definitely a difference in height!
Dirk Nowitzki and Jessica Olsson: 7’0 and 5’9
Easily the best German professional player to ever grace the NBA game, Dirk Nowitzki is a hard player to miss. He stands at 7 feet tall, yet Nowitzki still manages to play the game like a point guard. The 7-footer is married to 5-foot-9 Jessica Olsson. At 5-foot-9, Olsson definitely isn’t short. But she looks minuscule standing next to her 7-foot husband!
Nowitzki is an NBA legend and a surefire Hall of Famer when he’s eligible. The big man’s incredible shooting touch is unparalleled for a player of his size. In some ways, his ability to shoot from outside revolutionized the way forwards operate in the modern NBA.
Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku: 6’7 and 5’6
He might not be a household name, but Rick Fox was an integral role player for the early-2000s Los Angeles Lakers dynasty that took control of the NBA. The forward won three NBA championships and has since been very involved in endeavors outside of basketball. He has enjoyed a long, successful acting career, and he owns his own esports organization called Echo Fox.
Having spent some time in Hollywood, it’s no surprise Fox’s former girlfriend of five years would be an actress. Eliza Dushku made Fox look taller than he already is, with a 13-inch difference between the 6-foot-7 Fox and 5-foot-6 Dushku.
Shawn Bradley and Annette Evertson: 7’6 and unknown
He certainly wasn’t an NBA legend, but Shawn Bradley was an unforgettable player in his own right. Perhaps best known for being the guy who got dunked on in impressive fashion several times, Bradley still managed to grow into a shot-blocking force. Considering he’s 7-foot-6, that’s not a total surprise.
Bradley may be the only man on Earth who is taller than his wife when he’s taking a knee. Though her height isn’t listed publicly, Annette Evertson is estimated to be around 5-foot-3, which is certainly short. That would give the couple a staggering height difference of 27 inches! That’s got to top the list.
Kevin Garnett and Brandi Padilla: 6’11 and unknown
The first NBA player to be drafted straight out of high school in 20 years, Kevin Garnett immediately became a superstar in the league. Over 21 years in the NBA, he built a Hall of Fame-caliber résumé on and off the court. In 2004, he voluntarily missed the Olympic Games to marry his wife, Brandi Padilla.
At 6-foot-11, Garnett was one of the NBA’s tallest players. Though Padilla’s height isn’t publicly available, photos of the couple together reveal that Garnett is at least a foot taller than his other half. Garnett has enjoyed a long and successful marriage to Padilla, which is just as admirable as his accomplishments in the NBA.
Magic Johnson and Earlitha Kelly: 6’9 and 5’6
At 6-foot-9, Magic Johnson is the tallest point guard in NBA history. The Los Angeles Lakers legend became a basketball icon throughout the 1980s and eventually married Earlitha Kelly in 1991. The Hall of Fame basketball player towers over his wife, who stands at 5-foot-6. That’s a 15-inch difference in height!
Throughout the years, Johnson and Kelly have stood by each other’s side, through all the ups and downs — some of which have been uncomfortably public. Nearly 20 years into their marriage, it’s safe to say these two have become an example for what professional athletes aspire to in a marriage.
Ivo Karlovic and Alsi Karlovic: 6’11 and unknown
A rare tennis player to make the list, Ivo Karlovic stands at a shocking 6-foot-11. For a tennis player, that’s such an aberration it’s surprising Karlovic is a professional tennis player. He may well be the tallest tennis player of all time, which at his height doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Karlovic married his wife, Alsi, in 2005. Though her height isn’t publicly available, it’s obvious that there’s a bit of a difference in height between the two. If her height was listed online, there’s a good chance this could be one of the couples with the biggest difference in height on the list!
Andrei Kirilenko and Masha Lopatova: 6’9 and unknown
A fixture in the Utah Jazz rotation throughout the early 2000s, Andrei Kirilenko was a 6-foot-9 small forward who was one of the league’s best defenders at his position. Nicknamed “AK-47” because of his initials and jersey number (47), the Russian NBA star eventually became a household name throughout the league.
Kirilenko married Masha Lopatova, a celebrity in her own right and a prominent entrepreneur right in the couple’s native Russia. She is a former recording artist and the founder of Fashion IQ. Lopatova herself is the daughter of a professional basketball player, and she ended up marrying one! Still, the 6-foot-9 Kirilenko makes his wife look pretty short when they stand side by side!
Nikolai Valuev and Galina Valuev: 7’0 and unknown
Imagine getting into a boxing ring and squaring off with an opponent who stands 7 feet tall and has an 85-inch reach. Those are inhuman measurements, but that’s what opponents of Nikolai Valuev had to deal with in the ring. The massive professional boxer appears larger than life — especially next to his other half.
Galina Valuev makes her husband Nikolai look massive, as if he wasn’t already one of the biggest humans on the planet. In fact, Valuev is so big that he retired in part due to serious bone and joint problems. Though his wife’s height is unknown, it’s obvious Valuev is more than a foot taller than her.
Pau Gasol and Silvia Lopez Castro: 7’0 and 5’10
Perhaps the best Spanish pro basketball player in NBA history, Pau Gasol is one of the NBA’s longest-tenured active players. The big man was an unsung hero in the Los Angeles Lakers’ back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. For a while, the 7-foot Gasol spent some time dating Silvia Lopez Castro, who is a cheerleader for Dream Cheers.
Unfortunately, their time as a couple came to an end. But when they were together, they formed a perfect height mismatch. The 7-foot Gasol made Castro, who stands at an impressive 5-foot-10, look tiny! It’s unfortunate the couple is no longer together, but fortunately for the big man, Gasol has since become engaged.
Peter Crouch and Abbey Clancy: 6’7 and 5’9
When it comes to tall soccer players, most of those guys generally man the net. But one rare exception to that rule is Peter Crouch. The 6-foot-7 British soccer player was not a goalie. In fact, he played forward. With such a height advantage over his opponents, Crouch would often receive crosses in front of the net, which he’d try to head into the goal.
In 2011, the English forward got married to model Abbey Clancy, who stands at 5-foot-9. With a 10-inch difference in height between the two, this couple was an obvious lock to make the list. Plus, the pair make a really good-looking couple!
Jared Pobre and Stacy Keibler: 5’8 and 5’11
One exception on this list is Stacy Keibler. The former wrestler is well known for her two-year relationship with George Clooney, who was then a perpetual bachelor. Later on, however, Keibler went on to marry Jared Pobre, who measures in at 5-foot-8.
But unlike with other couples on this list, Keibler is actually the taller member of the couple! At 5-foot-11, she has three inches on her husband. In fact, she’s just as tall as he is when she stands a stair below his on a staircase! Once crowned as the “World’s Hottest Athlete,” Keibler is now a part of a beautiful couple.