Researchers have confirmed that opposites do attract as one in five couples admit they have nothing in common.
A study of 2,000 adults in a relationship found 24 percent have totally different hobbies to their other half.
And one in six (14 percent) say their music taste couldn’t be further apart from their partner.
While 51 percent who look very different in appearance say this is what sparked the attraction in the first place.
Looks, sense of style and spoken accent are other common differentiators that initially caught their eyes – and ears.
Overall, 51 percent of those polled say these opposing relationships really work.
The study was commissioned by Sky Atlantic, to launch its new series “The Lovers.”
The data found couples are more likely to be closely aligned on what food they eat and what vacations they prefer to go on than many other subjects like film taste or their jobs.
However, with opposing tastes in many areas of life, 11 percent admit they find it difficult to plan things to do with their partner.
Just over a third (34 percent) have clashed with their significant other when it comes to making decisions.
But a quarter (24 percent) believe couples who have opposing interests are more likely to stay together, than those who do not.
And as many as 73 percent believe having different interests can lead to more diverse and enriching conversations in a relationship.
More than a fifth (22 percent) of those polled admit they’ve made a conscious effort to change their interests, to match their partner.
The study also revealed the most unlikely celebrity pairings of all time – with Michael Douglas and Catherina Zeta-Jones taking top spot.
Billionaire Elon Musk’s partnership with art-pop star Grimes placed second on the list, followed by Bill Murray’s fling with musician Kelis, according to the OnePoll figures.
Sky Atlantic’s spokesperson said: “Our brand-new drama ‘The Lovers’ is the unexpected love story of two people who appear to be utterly wrong for each other, yet may just be utterly right.
“This led us to question if falling in love with people similar to ourselves would be boring, or a match made in heaven – are people more attracted to the unknown, or the mysterious?
“In the series, it seems love has no boundaries, which led us to wonder if opposites really do attract and what factors really make two people compatible.
“The findings show that some things are higher in pecking order than others.”
‘The Lovers’ is coming to Sky Atlantic and streaming service NOW on September 7.
Produced in association with SWNS Talker
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