23 Famous Musicians Who Dated Underage Girls

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Musicians are talented people. Many have released incredible music, sealing their legacy in the industry forever. Unfortunately, there are many cases where musicians have been accused (or found guilty of) inappropriate in their personal lives, choosing to date girls under the legal age.

If you’re interested in learning more about musicians who dated underage girls, you’re in the right place. Unfortunately, we can name 23 who have been associated with this controversy.

1. R. Kelly

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R Kelly Performs on stage at the FOX Theater on December 27, 2016 in Atlanta Georgia – USA. Image from Shutterstock.

First on our list of musicians who dated underage girls is R. Kelly, who was found guilty in 2022 of the allegations against him: multiple counts of child pornography and luring underage girls to have intercourse with him. The infamous singer faces thirty years in prison for his sexual misconduct, and there is sadly video evidence of his actions with minors.

2. Elvis Presley

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Elvis Presley and Priscilla with Lisa Marie, February 1968. Image is in the Public Domain

Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley were one of the hottest couples of their time, but they met when Elvis was 24, and Priscilla was only 14. Priscilla reported she “felt older in life,” which was where the initial attraction came from for her. Although it wasn’t illegal at the time, what Elvis did would be considered statutory rape today, at least assuming that they knew each other in the biblical sense.

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3. Prince

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MIAMI – FEB 4: Prince performs during half-time for Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007 in Miami. Image from Shutterstock.

Prince is another of our celebrities who had a relationship with a minor, with his ex-wife Mayce Garcia reporting the singer first met her and began to fall in love with her when she was sixteen. The pair got married in 1996 when Mayce Garcia was 22 and he was 37. They became one of the most high-profile celeb couples of the time when they were first spotted together in public. 

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4. Diplo

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Diplo came under fire after a woman named Shelley Auguste reported he pursued her anonymous friend when she was a teenager. Although the case was dismissed in 2022, Auguste told authorities that Diplo had taken advantage of her friend without consent. 

Reportedly, the relationship began with online dating, but before long, Diplo began asking the 15-year-old friend for naked pics. While the two were never one of the high-profile celebrity couples, the case made headlines. 

5. Tyga

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Tyga is a professional rapper, but the second most well-known thing about him is his brief time dating the youngest Kardashian sister, Kylie Jenner. Although they did spend most of their time dating while she was over 18, he pursued the reality star when he was 25 and she was 17.

6. Steven Tyler

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Steven Tyler on the red carpet at Celebrity Fight Night XXIV at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. Image by Gage Skidmore on Wikimedia Commons.

Steven Tyler, an iconic singer, once dated an underage girl and even wrote about it in his memoir. He met 16-year-old Julia Holcomb at a Portland concert and gained legal guardianship of her so he could legally bring her across state lines and avoid a publicity scandal. 

7. Sonny Bono

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Sonny Bono met the iconic 16-year-old Cherilyn Sarkisian in 1963, and the rest is history. He didn’t know she was 16 at first, but the relationship continued once they got to know each other, and the significant age difference remained.

8. Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent, famous for his solo career and as a member of the Amboy Dukes, became the legal guardian of Pele Massa when she was 17 years old. This arrangement was made at the agreement of her parents because he couldn’t legally marry her.

9. Jerry Lee Lewis

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Next on our list of musicians who dated underage girls is Jerry Lee Lewis, who married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale, in 1958, all while married to his first wife, classifying his actions as not only creepy but also cheating.

He was eventually forced to cancel his tour after Gale accidentally revealed the situation to the press to squash the rumors, which caused a significant uproar.

10. Marvin Gaye

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Marvin Gaye’s second wife, Janice Hunter, reported she met her ex-husband when she was 17 and he was 34. It was well known that Gaye was attracted to younger women, however, he rarely dated underage girls, except for in the case of Janice, of course. 

11. Jimmy Page

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Led Zeppelin lead singer Jimmy Page began to date Lori Maddox when she was 14 years old, with Maddox reporting the singer was very forward about his desire for her. She reported much mystery in their meetups as he didn’t want the relationship to get out into the open. 

Gossip magazines rarely kept these things quiet, however, and their relationship was eventually exposed, causing a lot of uproar about the age difference between the two.  

12. Taylor Swift

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Dating someone underage is not something that is isolated to men, as older women can also make dating mistakes. It might seem like a shock, but Taylor Swift is not free from her share of underage relationships. She has been known to date younger men with some frequency.

Her examples aren’t as egregious as many on this list, though. For example, she used to date Taylor Lautner when he was 17 and briefly dated Conor Kennedy when he was 17, though he turned 18 soon after they began their relationship.

Related: All The Men Taylor Swift Has Dated So Far

13. Iggy Pop

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Iggy Pop had a relationship with Sable Starr, an underage groupie of the 70s. He wrote a song about the experiences he had with her, “Look Away.”

Of course, in the 70s, things were a bit different, but if this situation happened today, it would be considered sexual abuse, sexual assault, and extremely creepy. It should have been that way back then, too, obviously.

14. Bill Wyman

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Rockstar Bill Wyman had a relationship with an underage girl in the 80s, with Mandy Smith reporting the couple met at an English club when she was 13 and he was in his 40s—which is quite a big age difference!

She ended up marrying him when she was 18, but the duo divorced after only two years. In a strange twist of events, Wyman’s son ended up marrying a cougar, who was none other than Smith’s mother!

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15. Mick Jagger

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Next on our list of musicians who dated underage girls is Mick Jagger, yet another famous singer who reportedly had a relationship with the underage Lori Maddox. The relationship began when she was 17 years old, and the age gap between her and Mick Jagger was quite large.

Lori Maddox had many celebrity relationships over her young years, two of which are on this list. However, some of the allegations of her hookups with stars have been dismissed as rumors rather than facts. Regardless, she has committed to becoming an activist for those who are abused by men in Showbiz.

16. Anthony Kiedis

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Anthony Kiedis, lead singer and founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, met Ione Skye and began dating her when she was 16 years old. Skye, by her own admission, states that she understands the dangers of the age gap now and knows it’s something that should not have been acceptable.

However, at the time of the relationship, she didn’t feel that Anthony had acted inappropriately. 

17. Claude Francois

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Claude Francois was a French pop singer known for writing several incredible renditions of iconic tracks during his lifetime as a musician. Unfortunately, there is a report from Francois’s supposed daughter, Julie Bocquet, that he got her mother pregnant when she was only 15 years old.

18. Joel Madden

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Joel Madden is an excellent singer, most known for his role as the frontman in the band Good Charlotte. He’s recognizable for his time with singer and much younger movie star Hilary Duff, who was 16 years old when she began dating him at 25. While they eventually called it quits, many had weird feelings about his dating of much younger actresses.

19. Justin Gaston

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Next on our list of musicians who dated underage girls is Justin Gaston. He dated singer and actress Miley Cyrus when she was 16, while he was four years older at 20. The two met on Miley’s father’s reality TV show as costars, though they eventually broke up before the relationship became too serious.

20. Fergie

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It isn’t just male musicians who can take advantage of younger individuals. Before he married his love Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake was with Fergie when he was 16 and she was 23. Fergie has had some interesting relationships over the years, several of which have resulted in her dating a younger man, though this is the youngest man we know of!

21. Nicole Scherzinger

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Next on our list of musicians who dated underage girls is Nicole Scherzinger, who actually dated an underage male. Allegedly, she and Harry Styles had a fling when he was “around 18” (so…seventeen) and she was in her 30s.

At least the couple went on to break up and didn’t get married as some of the other couples on this list.

Related: 20 of the Worst Girl Bands

22. Wanya Morris

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Wanya Morris, member of Boyz II Men, has come under plenty of fire for underage dating allegations. Reportedly, the professional dated the singer Brandy when she was 17 and he was in his early 20s.

Additionally, Wanya Morris has faced accusations of several sexual harassment incidents, though as of 2023, he has never been formally charged.

23. Justin Bieber

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Beliebers everywhere will be shocked to find out that Justin Bieber is one of our musicians who dated an underage girl. He dated Sophia Richie (yes, the daughter of Lionel Richie) when she was just 17 and he was 22.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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