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The hotness gap: Are you dating out of your league?

Sophie Dahl

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Have you ever dated someone you thought was out of your league?

Jamie Cullum has – and, contrary to anyone who suggests you can't date out of your cuteness range, it's worked out for him.

The British singer is reportedly about 5 foot 4, and arguably several points lower on the physical attractiveness scale than his leggy, 5-foot-11, bombshell wife, model Sophie Dahl.

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Apparently, the hotness gap doesn't escape Mr. Cullum's notice.

According to a report on MSN's celebrity news site, he fully admits he thought Ms. Dahl, granddaughter of children's author Roald Dahl, was out of his league when he first met her.

Even though the two initially bonded over their shared love of books, Mr. Cullum reportedly told Britain's Radio 4: "I didn't entertain for one second that she would be interested in me. I assumed that everyone who met her would fall in love with her, so I didn't necessarily think it would be my place, so I played it pretty cool."

He added: "She was living in New York and she had a boyfriend. Six to eight months later she moved back to England and obviously it became more after that."

The two married in 2010, and have a daughter.

Nevertheless, as superficial as it may be, the gap in their physical appearance is perhaps the first thing other people notice.

As journalist Belinda Luscombe once wrote in a humorous Time magazine essay, marrying outside one's religion and race may no longer be taboo, but discrimination against "interfacial marriage" remains widespread.

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Take actor Hugh Jackman and his partner, for instance, she said. (Or, for that matter, short-lived couples such as Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett or Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn.) "Deborra-Lee Furness is a charming, spirited, good-looking woman who happens to be married to Hugh Jackman, a freak of nature," Ms. Luscombe wrote. "Hence rumours circulate that Jackman is gay."

Have you ever been in an "interfacial" relationship? Have you turned down suitors because you felt they weren't hot enough to be with you?

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