When you’re a millionaire celebrity, it’s easy to treat the one you love. Whether an expensive holiday or a flashy car, when money’s no object, you’ve got to go all out on the gesture. In the spirit of old-fashioned romance, here we bring you five blind-sighted lovers who went the extra mile and really pushed the romance boat out to impress their sweethearts.
Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe –
Marilyn Monroe might have won the hearts of millions of men the world over, but none more so than her husband of nine months, baseball player Joe DiMaggio. After Marilyn’s untimely death in 1962, a grief-stricken Joe ensured that their romance would always live on. He took out a 20-year standing order with a local flower shop, ensuring that, three times a week, a bunch of long-stemmed red roses would be placed on Marilyn’s grave.
Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor –
The love story between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor is famous for being as tumultuous as it was passionate. Marrying and divorcing each other twice, the pair loved as deeply as they hated. In 1969, Burton decided to put a price on their love, bidding on a 69.42 carat Harry Winston diamond. Despite losing the bid auction to business tycoon Robert Kenmore for over $1 million (in 1969 prices!), Burton wouldn’t take no for an answer and battled Kenmore, buying him out for a still undisclosed sum. After the couple again parted ways, Liz sold the diamond in 1979 for $5 million, which she donated to charity.
Eric Clapton & Pattie Boyd –
When guitarist Eric Clapton moved into the same neighbourhood as his best friend George Harrison, he probably didn’t realise the havoc it would cause. Clapton soon fell in love with Harrison’s wife, beautiful model Pattie Boyd. Feeling like he had nowhere to turn and repeatedly being rejected by her, Clapton set about writing them their very own love song. Based on Persian love poem ‘The Story of Layla and Majnun’, Clapton wrote the now world famous classic ‘Layla’, finally winning Boyd’s heart in the process.
The building of the Taj Mahal –
It’s a little known fact that India’s most infamous tourist attraction – The Taj Mahal – is actually a mausoleum built in order to commemorate the death of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of Emperor Shah Jahan. After Mahal died giving birth to their 14th child in 1631, the Shah commanded 20,000 workmen to build the impressive marble tomb. Not only did it take 22 years, but on its completion, the Shah insured that nothing would ever compare to its grandness by chopping off the right hand of the chief mason. All in the name of romance.
Edward VIII’s abdication –
The love lives of the rich and famous have always been a point of fascination for us mere mortals. And who were the first celebrities of the world? The monarchy of course! In 1936, King George V died, leaving the British throne to his son, Edward VIII. Edward’s reign as King was controversial, namely due to his relationship with an American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Not only was she not British, she was also divorced – scandalous at the time. Gossip circled that she was everything from a gold digger to a German spy and Edward was forced to choose between his lover and his crown. A true romantic, Edward abdicated the throne in December 1936 and the couple spent the rest of their lives loved up in France.
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