Hollywood marriages can often seem doomed, like something that’s just waiting to go wrong. Relationships are always hard, but having the whole world scrutinizing your every move and photographing these moves must crank up the pressure even more. Maybe that is one of the reasons Hollywood marriages tend to be short-lived. However, not all celebrity marriages end in a messy divorce, and there are famous love stories and marriages that are just to die for. They melt our heart and restore our faith in love and old school romance.
Despite a few famous splits that occurred recently, such as the separation of long-standing couples Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris, as well as Fergie and Josh Duhamel, there is still hope for Hollywood couples. Here, we look at a few couples who have been standing strong ever since they first got together:
1. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been going strong ever since their wedding in September 2012. They have three daughters together, the youngest one born only a few months ago, in summer 2019. If these two ever split, the world will need a break for at least a week, to just stare at the wall and mop about life in general and how we don’t always get what we want. They’re supportive, fabulous, and funny. Ryan even made a beautiful tribute to Blake to thank her for helping him get through his anxiety. They are the so-called ‘cool parents’ that we all wish our own parents to be.
2. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
Their love is one for the books. It has given us ‘All of Me’, one of the most famous and heart-warming love songs that exist today. John had written the song for Chrissy during the initial days of their relationship, and they’re still going strong. They have two children now and we can find Chrissy on social media anytime. We’re lucky to be on the receiving end of all her quirky tweets and clap backs. They met back in 2007 on the set of the music video of ‘Stereo’ and have been together ever since. They got married in 2013 and had their daughter Luna, back in 2016. They welcomed another baby boy in 2018. Chrissy is inspiring, funny, and can cook like a professional. There’s no one in Hollywood that can turn down an invite from the Legend household. They know the food is going to be legendary.
3. David and Victoria Beckham
When these two love birds started dating back in 1997, world domination was in the cards. They both come from rich and influential families and people could just see that these two were going to accomplish truly great things together. They weren’t wrong either. They’ve spent years under the scrutiny of paparazzi and other gossip magazines, but none of that has managed to weaken the flame of their love. David and Victoria have been married for 20 years, have lived all over the world, and have four children together. Their union seems absolutely indestructible.
4. Jada Pinkett and Will Smith
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave us a lot. It gave us lots of laughs, the odd emotional tear, and amazing actors. It was also the show that brought Will Smith and Jada Pinkett together, back in 1994. Jada auditioned for the role of Will’s on-screen girlfriend and that’s how they met. Although she didn’t get the part, she did get Will’s heart and they have been together ever since. They have now been married for more than 20 years - 22 years exactly! - and have two kids together. Both are doing big things in Hollywood.
5. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
This gem of a pair has been married since April 1988 and is still going strong. In an interview with Oprah, Tom Hanks said that Rita could have done better but that he’s ever so grateful that she chose him and feels as if he won the lottery with her. The couple first crossed paths filming the comedy Bosom Buddies in 1981. Three years later, they both starred in Volunteers, which is when they started showing an interest in each other. They both had to leave a partner to get together, a wife and a fiancé, but they have now been married for over 30 years so it must have been the right decision.
6. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Another legendary Hollywood couple, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been married since May 1997, more than 22 years. They first met in 1991, introduced by Parker’s brothers. They took things slow and only got married years later in 1997, with a small wedding. The Sex and The City actress once said “the secret is, we don’t discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That’s it! We don’t hold it up as an example and we don’t air our dirty laundry.” They have three children together.
Some of these Hollywood couples have been in the spotlight throughout their whole relationship, others keep away from the media. Clearly, exposure to the tabloids doesn't seem to have any impact on whether these celebrity marriages are successful or not. So what is their magic recipe? Maybe it's just that they were meant to be.