A study carried out for the release of a book called The Rosie Project showed that the average woman will go on two blind dates in her life, while men will generally go on three as they look for the perfect partner. Famous people also go on blind dates and some of them have found true love in this way.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen
The NFL star and the Brazilian model can thank a mutual friend for helping them to get together. They started dating in 2006 after Bündchen had split from Leonardo DiCaprio and Brady from Bridget Moynahan. The un-named friend told each of them that that they had found someone perfect to go on a blind date with.
The couple hit it off right away and got married in 2009 before going on to have a couple of children together, while their respective careers have continued to blossom.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher
Some reports suggest that the NHL player met Underwood at one of her concerts, but the country singer said that friends set up a blind date for them to go on. She pointed out that it was difficult dating someone who lived in another country, as Fisher was then playing in Canada and Underwood was continuing with her career in the US. They got married in 2010 and he moved to Nashville so they could be together.
This dating 101 in 2021 article from Bumble points out that virtual dating tools will help more couples who live far from each other find out if they are a good match. These tools include virtual dating badges and distance filter options, allowing people to look further afield for potential partners.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
One of the most famous examples of a blind date leading to great things came in the summer of 2016. According to the Finding Freedom book about their relationship, a friend arranged for Harry and Meghan to meet at a bar in London for drinks. It turned into a three-hour meeting that left both of them keen to get to know the other better.
The couple married in 2018, have a child together and left the UK to start a new life together in the US, but they still haven’t confirmed who it was that set up their initial blind date. Most sources confirm that it was probably Violet von Westenholz who brought them together, as she is a friend of the Royal Family and met Markle through her work.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
The English actress and American actor met thanks to friends Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, with reports stating they first went on a double date with the other couple. After hitting it off right away, the new couple kept their relationship out of the spotlight as long as they could before announcing their engagement to the world in 2009.
A year later, they got married in Italy and the couple now live together in New York City, with Blunt becoming a naturalized US citizen. They have two children and both continue to have successful acting careers.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
This couple had an unusual start to their time together, as the Mexican actress now says that their blind date in 2006 made her angry. This was because her friends had set up her without telling her that she would be meeting a man, knowing that she didn’t want to go on any dates. Instead, they told her she was going to an event with lots of other people.
Things improved after the initial shock of discovering that she was only meeting Pinault, and they got married in Paris in 2007, before renewing their vows in Venice a couple of years later. Their daughter, Valentina, recently became a teenager and the family spend most of their time in London these days.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky
One of the most powerful couples in the film industry came together thanks to a dialect coach who was working with both of them and thought that they would be a good match. Pataky told an interviewer on Spanish TV that the coach spoke to each of them about the other, but they had never met until that point.
Finally, they went on what the actress said was “like a blind date” and discovered that the coach had been right all along. They began dating at the start of 2010 and had married by the end of the year. The couple have three children and now live in Hemsworth’s home country of Australia.
The success rate of blind dates in the celebrity world shows us that this can still be a very good way of finding a partner, especially when we can now use the latest technology to make the process a lot simpler.