Over the years, celebrities have served as a source of inspiration for fans worldwide, showcasing their remarkable journeys toward personal and professional success.
However, recently, many have offered glimpses into their love lives, sharing valuable insights about how they have manifested their romantic relationships. The act of manifesting, which is turning a thought or an idea into reality, isn't something new.
According to The Guardian, the concept was previously introduced in the 19th century and made its "resurgence in 2006" thanks to the best-selling self-help book The Secret. Since then, it has become a popular topic once again, especially after various celebrities have admitted to manifesting their perfect partner and career.
Below is a list of celebrities who manifested their relationship.
No one could mention the power of manifestation without talking about rapper Mario "Yo Gotti" Mims.
Although Mims and Simmons' announced that they were officially an item in December 2022, the pair's love story dates back to 2015 when the emcee expressed interest in the star in his hit song "Down in the DMs."
In the lyrics, Mims revealed that he developed a crush on Simmons after following her on social media and wasn't afraid to let the world know.
"And I just followed Angela (Simmons). Boy, I got a crush on Angela Simmons. They like, 'Damn Gotti, you bold.' F--k it. I'm gon' let the world know (goals)," the lyrics read.
Despite Mims' shooting his shot, in 2016, Simmons announced that she was engaged to businessman Sutton Tennyson. The former couple welcomed their son Sutton Tennyson Jr. that same year. In December 2017, more than a year after having their son, Simmons and Tennyson confirmed they had gone their separate ways.
Sadly following their split, Tennyson was fatally shot in 2018 in his Atlanta home after a heated argument with a man named Michael Williams. Williams was ultimately sentenced to life in prison.
In recent years, Simmons kept a relatively low profile regarding dating. The mother of one was previously linked to boxer Daniel Jacobs from 2020 to 2021. But in September 2022, Simmons made headlines after being spotted hanging out with Mims at her 35th birthday party and reciting the infamous lyrics to "Down in the DMs." The dating rumors continued when the couple attended numerous events together.
Since officially announcing their relationship, Mims and Simmons have become couple goals to many because of the love they have showcased in person and on social media.
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky (L) and Rihanna (R).
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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky's romance may have started as a platonic relationship. Still, after developing a bond dating back to 2012 and their similar interests in fashion, music, and opinions on love, it would become apparent that the duo was meant for each other.
Rihanna and Rocky, who frequently supported one another over the years both personally and professionally, officially began dating in 2020, and the couple's union generated buzz online because of how pure and light-hearted their relationship appeared to be.
As Rihanna and Rocky's love continues to grow, a TikTok user pieced together two separate interviews from the “Cockiness (Love It)” remix collaborators describing the type of relationship they each want. The clip is also made up of photos of the couple basking in their love showing they they manifested one another.
"I want a man that loves me, cherishes me, values me. But they have to know my value in order to value me. I want fun times," the 35-year-old said. "I want fun, fun times. I want to laugh. I want laughs more than anything."
Further in the video, the “L$D” rapper shared that he was ready to experience genuine love and was patiently waiting for the right person.
"See, here is the thing, love, if you go looking for it you not going to find it. You not man, because love comes to you. You know it's like a gift. You got to try to stay humble and not block your blessing," he said.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
Let’s get into another couple who manifested one another, Ciara and Russell Wilson. The beloved pair, who began dating in 2015 after meeting at an NBC wrap party, have been happily married for almost seven years.
Ciara and Russell also have a blended family of three children. The couple share a daughter Sienna Wilson, 6, and a 2-year-old son Win Wilson. In addition to their two children, the "Goodies" singer has a son Future Wilburn,9, with rapper and ex-fiancé Future.
Over the years, as Ciara and Russell's love story evolved publicly and on social media, many acquired the specific prayer the "Level Up" vocalist said to land her perfect mate following her failed relationship with Future.
In 2019, during an interview with Angie Martinez, Ciara revealed that after experiencing a public breakup with Future, reportedly due to infidelity on the rapper's part, she prayed for a God-fearing man that loved children and someone that she could learn from, among other qualities.
"I prayed for a God-fearing man. I prayed for discernment. I prayed for wisdom, to really learn from the wisdom that I'm gaining from the experience that I'm going through," she said. "I prayed for a man that loved kids, because, obviously me having my son, if you're gonna love me, you've gotta love him. I prayed for a man that was worldly as well. Because I love to explore. So someone that was gonna edify my world, that was important to me. I was ready to level up!"
Also, in the discussion, Ciara disclosed that the night she met Russell, she knew he was the one based on the tranquil feeling they experienced around each other.
"I remember looking at my husband the first night we met — it's like a movie — when we talk about our story back to each other, we both have the same feelings… It was a calm feeling all over my body," she stated. "I also remember looking at him, and I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. And I couldn't remember half of what he was saying…but when you know, you know."
On the other hand, as people continuously asked for Ciara's prayer to attract a perfect mate, many may have missed that Russell also manifested their relationship.
In 2015 during his appearance at The Rock Church in San Diego, Russell shared that before meeting Ciara, he knew that they would wind up together.
"I told somebody that's the girl I want to be with before I even met her. I was like, 'I'm probably going to end up with Ciara.' She's a special girl," he said.
Since then, Ciara and Russell have continued to display that true love exists in various ways, including their constant support of one another.
Keke Palmer (L) and Darius Jackson (R).
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The third person on the list is actress Keke Palmer.
The 29-year-old is currently dating longtime partner Darius Jackson, and earlier this year, the couple expanded their family by welcoming their son Leodis Jackson.
During a May discussion on the Baby Its Keke Palmer podcast, Palmer revealed that before she started dating Jackson in 2021, she had used manifestation as a tool to attract her perfect mate.
In the conversation, Palmer shared that she created a list of qualities she wanted her significant other to embody, which included a family man and someone who didn't takes themselves too seriously, to name a few.
"My partner is, in so many ways, everything. I mean, obviously not perfect. I'm not perfect. No one's perfect. But it's like you are literally everything I visualized, and I say that all the time to him and he's like, 'No way, Jose.' And I'm like, 'Yes way, Jose,'" she said.
"I always wanted a man that was not so overly obsessed with being masculine, you know what I mean? Still had masculine energy, but also welcomed the softness that feminine energy can give. Somebody that's had a good relationship with their mother, someone that didn't take themselves too seriously, somebody that was a little bit, you know, cheesy and corny in all the right ways, but still knew how to dress and gave me a vibe every now and then."
To date, Palmer and Jackson have displayed that it is possible to have it all by successfully maintaining their personal and professional relationship.
Actress Jodie Turner-Smith's love story with her husband, actor Joshua Jackson, may have begun unconventionally in 2018 after meeting at Usher's birthday party in Los Angeles, California.
Still, Smith-Turner's confession about having a crush on Jackson's Dawson Creek character Pacey Witter proved their relationship was destined. In a 2021 interview with W Magazine, the Queen & Slim star opened up about her fascination with Jackson's character, which began when she was a teenager.
"My first cinematic crush was Pacey from Dawson's Creek. I was like a very young teenager. I didn't have any posters because my parents were not down with that type of thing. It was like, 'I'm just interested in books and Dawson's Creek,'" she said.
Turner-Smith's admiration for Jackson came to a head when they officially met in 2018. In another interview with Seth Meyers on his late-night talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, Turner-Smith disclosed that while playing hard to get after Jackson noticed her at the party, the couple would have a one-night stand which ultimately turned into a full-blown relationship.
"I saw him before he saw me and when I saw him, I was like, 'I want that. And then when he saw me, I just pretended like I didn't see him," she said. "When I first met my husband, we had a one-night stand. We're in a two, three-year one-night stand now."
Since that fateful night, Smith-Turner and Jackson have gotten married and welcomed a daughter Janie Jackson in 2020. To this day, the couple continues to rave about their relationship and the life they have built.
The last person on the list is actor Jason Momoa.
In a 2018 interview with The Late Late Show With James Corden, the Game Of Thrones star revealed that after seeing Bonet on television as a child, he knew he wanted to be with her and did everything he could to make it happen.
"Ever since I was like, eight years old and I saw [Lisa] on the TV, I was like, 'Mommy, I want that one. I'm like, 'I'm going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I'm going to get you,'" he said
"But yeah, just always wanted to meet her. She was a queen, always."
The former couple would meet in 2005 at a jazz club. Momoa disclosed that following their interaction, he convinced Bonet to take him home, and after that night, the pair became an item.
"We just happened to be in the right place at the right time... I had fireworks going off inside, man. I convinced her to take me home because I was living in a hotel, " he stated. Momoa and Bonet dated for twelve years before getting married in 2017. The pair also welcomed two children, Lola Momoa, 15, and 14-year-old Nakoa Momoa.
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It is Eartha Kitt who once said, “Aging has a wonderful beauty, and we should have respect for that.” I couldn’t agree more. That’s why, it really does get under my skin, that we live in a culture that is almost obsessed with staying young. Why? Don’t you want to grow, evolve…mature? That’s why I’m also not big on people who are damn near obsessed with looking 20 years younger than they are. Nah, personally, I think the goal of looking great for and at your age is where it’s at because, as my mother (who ages remarkably well) used to say, “I’ve earned every year. I don’t want to be looking like a child when I’m not.” (It’ll preach.)
This kind of wisdom is the type of hindsight that cannot be matched. Because again, while getting older shouldn’t be anything that any of us are afraid of or ashamed to do, wouldn’t it be great if we were more proactive than reactive when it comes to how we take care of ourselves — so that as we do age (and it is inevitable), we will age…gracefully…seamlessly…beautifully?
That’s why I took the time to ask 15 women in their 40s to share some things that they wish they had done in their 20s as far as physical beauty is concerned. Look at it as me doing a solid for any of you younger readers who really think that “I woke up like this” will last…forever. It won’t. And if you settle into that very real reality by taking good care of yourself now, the 40s will be where you actually end up looking better than ever.
*Middle names are used in all of my interview pieces, so that people can speak freely, no matter what the topic may be.*
“Some women aren’t gonna like this but, Black can crack. I see it often; especially when I look at a lot of these women’s necks — even celebrities. You can look like you’re 29 in the face but because you didn’t take care of your neck when you were in your 20s, it’s out here looking like it should be in a nursing home. That part of your skin ages and sags like everything else. I wish I had cared about that back in the day. I do now and yes young women, moisturize your neck every night and every morning. I personally use a combination of rosehip oil and lavender because they help to stimulate collagen production. Don’t wait until you have tree rings. Do it…now.”
“I wish I had taken better care of my breasts. Not [just] as far as my health; as far as their appearance. When you’re in your 20s, everything is perky and unicorns. Hit 35 and you start to notice that your girls like your feet more than your neck. Doing some exercises to make your pecs more prominent and applying some cocoa or shea butter every night are little things that can keep them youthful. Don’t wait. A breast lift is an option but those aren’t cheap. And if you can avoid paying what a used car costs to keep your breasts sittin’ high, why not do that now?”
“It might sound weird but I wish I had laid off of my protective styles more. It’s like we’ve forgotten that the point of them is to grow our hair out but that can’t happen if we’re never giving our hair a break from all of the tension that comes from tight-ass braids and twists. Now my edges are suffering and that can make you look older than you are. Those ‘Brandy braids’ are cute, girl, but so is having a full hairline. Don’t live in a protective style — your future self is screaming this at you.”
“I wish I drank less. I had a good time, trust me. But drinking on the weekends and then having drinks a couple of nights a week after work took its toll. My skin feels drier and it takes more work to keep it moisturized. These days, [I] eat edibles instead. It’s healthier and it has compounds in it that can slow down the aging process. Oh, to be young again.”
“I wish I had incorporated some sort of hand care. If anything takes wear and tear on a constant basis, it’s our hands and we’ll be out here having a beauty regimen for everything but those. Now my hands are starting to look older than I would like and so I’m having to work overtime to get rid of some fine lines and fragile-looking skin. What I do is get hand facials every couple of months. Look to see what spas or salons offer them. It makes a really big difference on your hands. Your arms too.”
“I’m the most comfortable sleeping on my side but it’s not the best for my face — anyone’s face, really. I used to hear that it would cause wrinkles but when those aren’t something that you have to worry about, you don’t care. I’m starting to see a few around my lips and so now I’m on my back more often. I’m thinking that if I had cared about this in college, avoiding wrinkles would not be on my list of concerns at this age.”
“Stay off of acidic drinks. Your teeth will age just like everything else and sodas and orange juice doesn’t help. Think about the people you know who look one way…until they smile. Then they look 10-15 years older. Go to the dentist regularly and schedule a professional whitening appointment. White teeth make you look younger. Just take good care of them. You’ll be glad that you did, if you do.”
Jaye. 44.“Gray hair is a blessing but my grandmother always told me that it can come in prematurely — and a part of what causes that to happen is stress and a poor diet. When you’re young, you don’t care about stuff like that. But let those first ones creep in around your hairline and suddenly, you’re looking for all kinds of hacks. My advice? That man, that job, and that relative that is already making you want to pull your hair out? Let them go. Your hair can’t take it. And all of that junk food you’re consuming? I still hit a drive-thru but these days, it’s more like a couple of times a month instead of during every lunch break.”
“Get your legs waxed. All of that razor shaving can cause discoloration or leave razor marks that can make your skin look older over time. Plus, it creates ingrown hairs and something about those can make you look older too.”
“Stop not taking sleep seriously. When you’re 25, you can go on four hours of sleep for days on end but it catches up to you. Sleep is what rejuvenates you and if you don’t get it, eventually you will look like it. I have dark circles that I’ve been trying to get rid of and a part of it is due to years of no sleep catching up to me. Whatever it is, it can wait until you’ve had at least seven hours. Don’t listen if you don’t want to. One day you will look in the mirror and wish that you did.”
“I wish I had spent more time outdoors. It’s no secret that Black people have more of a vitamin D deficiency than anyone else but trying to pile up on supplements when you’re older is a lot. When you’re at restaurants, eat on the patio. Sit on your back deck to read a book. Go for a walk in the mornings. I’m dealing with some hair loss stuff right now and it’s partly because I need more vitamin D. And thinning hair makes you look older than you should.”
“Waist trainers are bad for you. I wish those damn things would go away. That doesn’t mean that I don’t get that a snatched waist can take a few years off. Hell, I know that I took mine for granted back in my 20s. Snack on bananas and berries. Do some cardio even if that’s power walking through the mall. Stop drinking cold stuff so much. It might sound like a mama’s tale, but drinking things at room temperature reduces bloating. There are other things that you can do to get the curves that you want without smashing your organs. Lord.”
“I wish I cared more about my damn arms. Nothing makes you look older quicker than your upper arms not being in good shape. Get some five-pound free weights and set aside 15 minutes. Dry brush those bad boys; it’ll keep dimples from showing up. Keep them extra moisturized, so that those annoying little bumps won’t show up. And use sunscreen. The sun doesn’t know if you’re Black or not. It comes for us too.”
“Have a professional care for your skin. There are a billion things that you can do at home but an aesthetician is trained to figure out what works best and what doesn’t. Facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels from time to time have all played a role in me starting to look younger. If I had taken preventative measures, it would’ve kept some money in my pocket because I wouldn’t be going quite as much as I do now.”
“I wish I had been more choosy about my sex partners so that I could’ve had wilder sex. Listen to Auntie here. There is some stuff that good sex will do for you and aging that no cosmetic can. Sweat out those toxins. Work out that core. Take in some of that sperm. Just do it with a man you can trust and you can be totally free with instead of these knuckleheads. Yeah, better mate selection is the beauty tip that I recommend — and stop acting like it’s a rite of passage to start this at 35. Get a good man now and sit down somewhere. So that you can lay down in peace. That’s what I’ve got for you.”
Pass the plate around for Payce, y’all. As far as beauty and maturity go, she just preached — to women of ALL ages! Amen? Amen.
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