8 High-Profile Celebs That Fell In Love With Arabs

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Last weekend, news broke out that Donald Trump’s youngest daughter Tiffany Trump tied the knot with the heir of Lebanese billionaire, Michael Boulos, in a private ceremony held in Florida — Kind of ironic, considering her dad always had so much to say about the Middle East and Africa, including labeling the country Boulos grew up in a “shithole.”

Despite the many contradictions we feel might exist between the two lovers, they’re far from being the only interracial relationship we’ve seen arise in the very conspicuous and glittery sphere of Hollywood— Remember Kourtney Kardashian and Younes Bendjima? How about Rihanna and Hassan Jameel? In fact, they’re anything but an exception, as Western celebrities have a long history of dating people from the region, proving once again how love knows no color, boundaries, or ethnicity. Curious as we are, and obviously huge fans of gossip, we decided to look at some of the high-profile relationships involving Arabs, from Lindsay Lohan to Lily-Rose Depp. 

George Clooney and Amal Clooney

The recent Ticket to Paradise actor said “I do” to Lebanese-British lawyer, activist, and author, Amal Clooney (nee Alamuddin) in 2014 and their relationship has been flourishing ever since. Now parents to twins, a boy named Alexander and a girl named Ella, their relationship has appeared, with time, to be one of the most wholesome seen in Hollywood so far, only ever making headlines for good reasons. 

Ricky Martin and Jwan Yosef


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The Puerto Rican singer exchanged vows with his Syrian lover in 2017 in a ceremony that blended “Middle Eastern and Latin crazy all at once.” Since then, the married couple has become the proud parents of four children: Matteo and Valentino, who happen to be twins, as well as Lucia and Ren.

Lily-Rose Depp and Yassine Stein

Lily-Rose Depp and Yassine Stein

Although not official just yet, Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp has been spotted walking hand-in-hand through the streets of Los Angeles and New York with Moroccan artist Yassine Stein. Though the duo has yet to make their relationship Instagram official, given the pictures of them that have surfaced online in the past couple of months, there’s definitely something spicy going on between the two and honestly, we’re here for it! 

Lindsay Lohan and Bader Shammas


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Lindsay Lohan and her Kuwaiti-born husband started drumming up excitement aftershe posted a since-deleted picture on Instagram introducing her then-boyfriend in the caption in February 2020. A year and a half later, the two lovers are now husband and wife, and seem to be as happy as two together can be. 

“He proposed to me on the set of Falling for Christmas,” Lohan said. “Not on the set but off set while we were filming and I had to not tell anyone because I didn’t want it to distract from our work and stuff so I was holding in that I was engaged, and I’m getting engaged in the movie,” the 36-year-old actress revealed during The Drew Barrymore Show.

The Weeknd and Simi Khadra


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Saudi by birth, Emirati by adolescence, and Palestinian by blood, Simi Khadra is The Weeknd’s newest partner, making us fans of the Canadian singer adamant of him having a thing for Levantine women. After a tumultuous relationship with part-Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid, the multi-award-winning crooner first started sparking romance rumors in February 2022 after the two were regularly seen getting very close to each other. Whatever the relationship has in store, best believe that this flourishing love story will surely inspire some of The Weeknd’s next upcoming releases. 

Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar 


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It seems as if there’s a growing trend of daughters of successful American entrepreneurs to find love within the region. Before Tiffany Trump, it was Bill Gates’ eldest daughter, Jennifer, who promised to live happily ever after with an Arab husband. In October 2021, the 25-year-old legalized her union with Egyptian Olympic equestrian Nayel Nassar after four years of dating. 

Princess Raiyah of Jordan and Ned Donovan 

Princess Raiyah of Jordan and Ned Donovan 

If we’re thinking of relationships that feel like they’ve come straight out of fairytales, this definitely is one of them. Daughter of late King Hussein of Jordan and Queen Noor, Princess Raiyah married Roald Dahl’s grandson, British journalist Ned Donovan in the midst of the very early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, making their union the first one to be officially celebrated after the initial series of lockdown. Together ever since, the married couple is based between London and Amman, and enjoy a cross-continental relationship like very few ever have been able to. 

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton

Rami Malek and Lucy Boynton

The Mr. Robot star and the British-American actress have been linked to eachother since 2018 and they are still going strong. The lovebirds met on the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, for which Rami won the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar in 2018 for his portrayal of music icon Freddie Mercury. Boynton played Mary Austin, the Queen singer’s lifelong love. Following weeks of rumors that the two were dating, Malek finally confirmed their relationship while accepting the award for Breakthrough Performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Film Awards Gala in January 2019, in which he thanked Boynton for being his “ally, confident, and love.”

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