“Whatever you do, don’t listen to celebrities on advice on how to stay married. That’s my secret.” — Kevin Bacon
If recent news that couples like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum or Chris Pratt and Anna Faris are divorcing has got you crying, “Say it ain’t so!” you might be in need of a quick mend for your broken heart. High-profile splits have defined Hollywood – a place where it seems no marriage can survive. With so many opportunities for infidelity, so many people willing to give you what you want, and so many prying eyes scrutinizing your every move, it’s no wonder so many celebrity marriages end in divorce. However, there are some couples who have weathered major storms – like cheating and illness – and are still outlasting the odds. Here are 10 celebrity stories that will boost your optimism and your faith in finding lasting love.
David and Victoria Beckham - 18 years
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, a meteoric fashion career, and the rise of Beckham’s star in the sports world, the Beckhams still represent #couplegoals.
Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany - 15 years
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 like some Hollywood couples do, Connelly and Bettany 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 - 21 years
She may have played the ultimate icon for single girls everywhere as Carrie Bradshaw on HBO’s 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 a recent 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.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas - 17 years
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, Douglas and his wife Zeta-Jones have what it takes to make a marriage work in the pressure cooker that is Hollywood.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z - 10 years
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 when you choose to make it work with your partner despite mistakes and problems.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - 30 years
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 his long marriage, it sounds like having an unending appreciation for your partner is a great start.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick - 30 years
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 that when he walks in the room she gets butterflies. 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 - 16 years
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 15 years of marriage, which includes two kids, a handful of joint projects, and lots of lovey-dovey Instagram posts.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith - 20 years
Not only is Will Smith a top-notch actor and rapper, but, of late, he has been churning out profound missives on his social media. On his 20th anniversary 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.
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman - 20 years
It was love at first sight when William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman first met in the early 1980s at New York City’s Atlantic Theater Company, but it took Huffman 15 years of dating Macy before she was ready to tie the knot. Her caution has paid off – Macy and Huffman are known for their affectionate, loving, and supportive marriage.
On their 20th wedding anniversary, Macy posted this sweet missive to social media, “Twenty years ago today I did the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I married Felicity Huffman.”