When it comes to the subject of love we always hope that there are no real significant barriers to its success.In our hearts, if not in our heads, we’re convinced that love will always trump practical concerns such as money, social class, race and even gender. And what about age as it relates to older women involved with younger men?

Fortunately, that’s changing as more older-woman and younger-man couplings make headlines.

Actress Robin Wright, 47, is engaged to fellow actor Ben Foster, 33.

Pop star Shakira is involved with a man 10 years her junior.

Actor Hugh Jackman has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for 17 years. A recent article in magazine looked at a handful of real-life May-December romances, focusing mainly on those between older women and younger men.

“When you’re with a younger person, you have to think, ‘What’s going to happen in five years? No matter what your age, to go forward in life with an eye toward becoming a kinder, more loving person sounds like an infinitely wiser approach to keeping love alive than worrying over the inevitable appearance of laugh lines.

I am a true artist at heart, even though I took my time (three careers) to get here.

Ya know, I was recently cast to play a character who was “attractive, vivacious, edgy, bursting with the desire to grab life! Passionate about everything and always on the go, I’m eagerly pursuing an acting career cause honestly, I feel most free when I am performing.

The age gaps spanned anywhere from 10 to 14 years, with women in their late 40s and early 50s enjoying relationships and/or marriage with men in their late 20s or 30s. Couples in this situation had to address the fertility concern head-on, with some choosing to take the leap relatively quickly while others took a pass.

And then there’s also the concern about one’s looks.