2018 has seen a lot of celebrity break-ups.
If news that couples like Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan or Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner 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 and illness – and are still outlasting the odds. Here are ten 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 like 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 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.
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 when 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 15 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
Not only is Will Smith a top-notch actor and rapper, but he has also been churning out profound missives on his social media as of late. On the 20th anniversary of his 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.
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman
It was love at first sight when William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman first met in the early 80s at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City, but it took 15 years of dating 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 short but sweet note to social media: “20 years ago, today, I did the best thing I’ve ever done in my life. I married Felicity Huffman.”