We’ve seen a lot of celebrity break-ups.
If the news that couples like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian or Bill and Melinda Gates were getting a divorce had you crying, “Say it ain’t so!”, you might be in need of a quick mend for your broken heart. For decades, short marriages and nasty public splits have defined Hollywood – a place where seemingly no marriage can survive.
With so many opportunities for infidelity, so many people willing to give you whatever you want, and so many prying eyes scrutinizing your every move, it’s no wonder that so many celebrity marriages end in divorce. However, there are some couples that have weathered major storms – like cheating, illness, and even prison time – and are still outlasting the odds. Here are 13 celebrity couples that will boost your faith in finding love that (actually) lasts.
David and Victoria Beckham
When Victoria Beckham first met David Beckham in 1997, she was the famous one. He had only recently started playing with Manchester United and she was still “Posh Spice”, but after the two met, fell in love, and married, they became one of the world’s foremost power couples. After four children, Victoria’s meteoric fashion career, and the rise of David’s star in the sports world, the Beckhams still represent #couplegoals.
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly
After meeting in 2001 on the set of A Beautiful Mind, actors Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany had an “immediate” connection. Although Bettany admits he was intimidated by Connelly’s beauty and acting talent, the two quickly started dating and married in 2003.
Instead of clashing on work projects as some Hollywood couples do, the two enjoy working together, which is their secret to a long relationship. “I feel very creatively aligned with him,” Connelly told People magazine. “We are drawn to similar types of films and filmmaking.”
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker
She may have played the ultimate icon for single girls everywhere as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City, but Sarah Jessica Parker has been a one-man woman for over 20 years. She and Matthew Broderick tied the knot in 1997 after meeting on Broadway at a theater company called Naked Angels, which Parker’s brothers helped start.
In an interview, Parker dished on the secret to her long marriage, saying, “I know this sounds nuts, but we have lives that allow us to be away and come back together… In some ways, I think that that’s been enormously beneficial because we have so much to share.” For this long-lasting celebrity couple, it appears that absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
When asked the highlight of his life in an interview, Michael Douglas stated, “Right now, it would probably be the Deauville Film Festival in 1999, when I met Catherine. That was the best memory I got.” Clearly, these two have what it takes to make a marriage work in the pressure cooker that is Hollywood.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Jay-Z met Beyoncé in 2002 while collaborating on 03 Bonnie & Clyde, and the power couple wed in 2008. However, their tumultuous relationship has been well-documented by their musical projects, like Beyoncé’s Lemonade, where she revealed her painful journey through cheating to forgiveness. Now, they stand as a prime example of how difficult marriage can be, but how rewarding it is if you choose to make it work with your partner despite mistakes and problems.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have the kind of close-knit marriage that every other couple aspires to have. After 30 years, they are still adorably into each other, as evidenced by their romantic attitudes towards each other in interviews.
Ever the heart-melter, Hanks confessed, “I still can’t believe my wife goes out with me. If we were in high school and I was just funny, I’d never have the courage to talk to her.” Although he swears there’s no “secret” to their long marriage, it sounds like having an unending appreciation for your partner is a great start.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
These 80s icons have made it last for three decades! After meeting on the set of the television movie Lemon Sky, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick married in 1988. Sedgwick reports that she still has a crush on her husband and gets butterflies when he walks into the room. Meanwhile, Bacon quipped on the longevity of his marriage, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t listen to celebrities on advice on how to stay married. That’s my secret.”
Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar
Remember this darling duo of the late 90s and early aughts? Remember ‘shipping the two after they worked together on I Know What You Did Last Summer? Well, if you’re nostalgic for the past, you’ll be happy to know Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar are still going strong after 20 years of marriage that includes two kids, a handful of joint projects, and lots of lovey-dovey Instagram posts.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
On the 20th anniversary of Will Smith‘s marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith, he posted, “Love is Like Gardening… I have learned to focus on HELPING you to BLOSSOM into what YOU want to be (into what you were born to be)… Rather than Demanding that you become what my Fragile Ego needs you to be. I’ve learned to take pleasure in Nourishing YOUR dreams… Rather than wrestling with you to Fulfill my Selfish Needs & Satiate My Insecurities. I have learned that Love is Listening. Love is Giving. Love is Freedom. Happy Anniversary, My Queen! I am forever Devoted to Nurturing your Deepest Truth.” If you’re wondering how to make a marriage work, start with Smith’s words of wisdom.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy met in the early 1980s at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City and the two theater kids immediately hit it off and began a 15 year on-again-off-again relationship. After proposing many, many times, Macy finally received a “yes” from Huffman. The pair have two daughters together and have been together for over 20 years. Despite the college scandal last year, and Huffman’s 14 day imprisonment, Macy has stood by her side and continues to claim “every good thing in my life is because of my wife.”
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan
Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan met on the set of Family Ties in 1985 when Pollan was cast as Fox’s girlfriend on the show. Since she was dating Bacon at the time, the two didn’t start dating until they reunited in 1987 on the movie Bright Lights, Big City. The rest is history as they say. They’ve been married 32 years, and Pollan has stood by Fox’s side through his difficult struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. When asked what the secret to their marriage was, Fox said they “laugh a good two minutes every day.”
Samuel L. Jackson and Latonya Richardson
The longest celebrity relationship on this list goes to actors Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. The couple will have been married for 51 years in 2021, and unlike other celebrity couples, these two met while they were still in college. The couple reportedly held on to their mantra that a long-lasting Black marriage was revolutionary, and even though marriage is hard work, they make it look so easy and oh so cool.
John Travolta and Kelly Preston
Although Kelly Preston tragically passed away last year in September 2020 from cancer, she was married to her husband John Travolta for 29 years. To be married for nearly three decades is an incredible feat in the world of Hollywood, and this couple in particular battled through a lot of ups and downs, including the death of their son, Jett, in 2009. Preston’s death devastated the actor, so when Travolta and his daughter recently danced in a 2021 Superbowl ad, collectively we all let out a sigh of relief just to see the Saturday Night Fever actor smile again.