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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Doesn't 'Understand' Criticism of Age Difference with Wife Sam: 'It's Bizarre to Me'

There are 23 years between Aaron Taylor-Johnson and his wife Sam, whom he met in 2008

<p>Jacopo Raule/Getty</p> Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

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Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is addressing the age difference between him and his wife.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Avengers: Endgame star, 33, spoke about the public's fascination with the 23 years between him and wife, Sam Taylor-Johnson, the 57-year-old director he met in 2008 when he auditioned for Sam's directorial debut, Nowhere Boy, a John Lennon biopic.

“You’re doing something too quickly for someone else? I don’t understand that," he said, about the fact that people judge him for decisions he makes in his personal life.

<p>Pablo Cuadra/WireImage</p> Aaron Taylor-Johnson attends the Madrid photocall for "ACQUA DI GIO" By Giorgio Armani

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson attends the Madrid photocall for "ACQUA DI GIO" By Giorgio Armani

"What speed are you supposed to enjoy life at? It’s bizarre to me,” he added.

Speaking in general about his life and career, Aaron said, “What you gotta realize is that what most people were doing in their twenties, I was doing when I was 13.”

Related: Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson's Kids: Everything They've Said About Parenting

The couple got engaged in 2009 and announced they were expecting their first child together in January 2010. They welcomed the first daughter Wylda Rae in July 2010 and their youngest daughter Romy Hero in January 2012. Sam also has two older daughters, Angelica and Jessie Phoenix.

Both of the Taylor-Johnsons have had to field questions about their relationship throughout their careers, especially early in their romance.

<p>Fergus McDonald/Getty</p> Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood attend the closing gala premiere of 'Nowhere Boy' in 2009

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Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood attend the closing gala premiere of 'Nowhere Boy' in 2009

The Kick-Ass star also addressed his feelings about the public eye on his relationship in a 2017 interview with New York Magazine's Vulture.

Related: Aaron Taylor-Johnson Says He Knew He’d Be a ‘Young Father’ Before Marrying Wife Sam Taylor-Johnson

"The attention was intrusive," he said. "But having to deal with that early in my career probably got me to a place where I can more quickly just go, 'Oh, f--- it' instead of wanting to rip someone's head off for asking questions I don't like."

These days, the Fifty Shades of Grey director and Nocturnal Animals star share rare glimpses of their life together on Instagram.

Earlier this month, Aaron shared a tribute to his wife on his Instagram Grid for her birthday.

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<p>Raymond Hall/GC Images</p> Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are seen on April 28, 2017

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Sam Taylor-Johnson and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are seen on April 28, 2017

"You’re an exceptional woman, there’s really no one I know quite like you. You are the most wonderful doting mother and beautiful role model to our 4 daughters," he wrote in part of the caption of a black-and-white photo of them embracing each other.

"A gorgeous loving wife, you are my love, my soulmate and I’m always blown away by you. Your so cool. I couldn’t be more proud and excited for this year ahead for you," he conclued.

In September 2023, Sam shared a carousel of images in which Aaron posed with her, shirtless, to Instagram. "Summer romance ♥️," she captioned the post.

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