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We've seen plenty of confusingly paired couples on TV (Curb Your Enthusiam's Larry David and Cheryl Hines as well as the mismatched marrieds on King of Queens come to mind), but unequal couplings happen in real life, too. Some of Hollywood's loveliest ladies have linked up with some of some famous though, well, less lovely men. Call them Baffling Boyfriends.
It goes without saying that attractiveness is subjective and doesn't always depend on physical appearance. Our list of Baffling Boyfriends focuses primarily on outer unattractiveness, but we encourage you to chime in with your own nominees for Baffling Boyfriends of all shapes, sizes and temperaments.
The Counting Crows frontman with the confounding crow's nest of dreadlocks has nabbed some of Hollywood's hottest ladies. The 45-year-old's most recent catch is 23-year-old actress Emmy Rossum, and she's but one in a long line of gorgeous celebrities. Mary Louise Parker, Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston have all been on Duritz's arm at one time or another. Sure, "Mr. Jones" is one of the most enduring songs of the '90s, but good music doesn't always mean a good romantic choice.
Cisco Adler is loosely defined as a musician, but he's better known for his many high-profile relationships with highly good-looking women. As for Cisco himself, well, let's just say he's probably an acquired taste. He first made a name for himself in the gossip mags as the boyfriend of Mischa Barton, but he didn't stop there: Rod Stewart's daughter, Kimberly Stewart, The Hills' Lauren Conrad; publishing heiress Lydia Hearst-Shaw; and Paris Hilton have all been linked to the rocker.
When Bill Maher, the perennial bachelor, isn't hosting his HBO talk show, he's likely to be in the company of some seriously boom-pow sexy ladies. Maher's taste tends to skew towards the skin-trade women, with many of his companions having spent time in the Playboy Mansion. His first well-known girlfriend, Coco Johnsen, was once the magazine's "Cyber Girl of The Week," and most recently he's been linked to Karrine Steffans, whose resume includes work in porn films, strip clubs and music videos.
Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes
Add Chris to the list of Musicians Who Attract Beautiful Women Despite Their Bad Hair. His six-year marriage to Kate Hudson provided much fodder for the tabloids, and the raspy singer's love life has continued to give good headlines. The Black Crowe's current girlfriend, beautiful model-turned-yoga-instructor Alison Bridges is expecting their first child in early 2010 (Ryder Russell, his son with Hudson, turns 6 in January).
There are, of course, many examples of the opposite: Women who date and/or marry guys who are in a higher "cute-gory" than they are (to borrow a term from a 2007 Time magazine article about couples of mixed attractiveness).
What's your opinion? Do you think looks matter when it comes to choosing a mate? Chime in below!