Any consumer of paparazzi magazines are aware of how fragile celebrities’ relationships are; their marriages change as the seasons and as short-lived as the freshness of flowers in our drawing room. But, this is not true for all star couples. A Celebrity Marriage means the glamorous marriage of high society; the couples are mostly stars of Entertainment Industry. The term has negative connotation because of high rate of divorces among the couples; relationships are generally short-lived. It’s a widespread tendency in Mass Media to report bad marriages of famous couples.
There are many reasons inherent to stardom’s lifestyle which is responsible for short-lived relationships. When marriage is used as publicity stunt to climb the ladder of career then it is bound to collapse sooner or later. Some of the major factors responsible for the divorces are: immaturity of couples, infidelity and unrealistic dreams. The successful couples of the Hollywood or entertainment industry don’t get as much media coverage as the negative ones do. So we have decided to highlight the long lasting marriages of celebrity couples. We have chosen 10 out of the long list of happily-married-long-lasting famous couples.
1. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith – 19 years
They met first in 1990 when Jada Pinkett was auditioning for sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Smith’s girlfriend character. Although, she could not become reel life girl friend but their fondness grew over time and Jada became Smith’s real life wife in 1997. The wedding was talk of the town and topic of celebrity gossip which was held at the Cloisters near Baltimore. They have two children, Willow Smith & Jaden Smith. Will Smith has one son, Trey Smith, from his previous marriage.
2. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – 27 years
Their happy marriage started on April 30, 1988 when Hanks married his film Volunteers’ co-star Rita Wilson. The couple are blessed with 2 children: Chester Hanks, their elder son & the younger one is Truman Theodore who was born in 1995. Tom has got two more children from his previous marriage with actress Samantha Lewes. In 2001 interview with Oprah, Tom shared his bond with Wilson, “There’s such an advantage to being involved in the day-to-day details of each other’s lives. It’s a marvelous fabric to exist in.”
3. Denzel Washington and Pauletta Pearson – 32 years
Denzel Washington met his wife Pauletta Pearson when he was filming Wilma, a TV movie of 1977. Their love culminated into marriage on 25th June 1983. The love affair turned marriage couple have four children: John David, Katia and twins Olivia and Malcolm who born on April 10, 1991.
With Ebony magazine, Denzel & Pauletta opened the secrets of their long-lasting marriage, “I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part,” Pauletta detailed more, “He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife. That gives him strength, regardless of if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly.” Denzel accepted the reality of a married life, “There’s no magical mystery. We go through up and downs like any couple.”
4. John Travolta and Kelly Preston – 25 years
After meeting on the set of The Expert, John Travolta wed actress Kelly Preston in 1991. Together, they have three children: Ella Bleu, their daughter; Sons Benjamin & Jett, who later died in 2009. With media Preston shared the secret of her long lasting marriage, “One thing I’ve learned is that you really have to keep creating your marriage. You can’t let it sort of drift off to be however it will be… We never go to bed angry. We work it out before we go to sleep unless we’re too, too exhausted,” She divulged the reasons of their happiness, “Then we put it on hold until first thing. We know what each other’s buttons are — so we don’t push them. Neither of us likes to yell, so we don’t. I think these rules are really what have been the basis for us, because we’ve had so much affection, love, respect, enjoyment, and fun.”
5. Meryl Streep and Don Gummer – 37 years
The queen of the Oscars is accomplished in another field too, holder of one of the longest celebrity marriages. On 30th September, 1978 she married sculptor, Don Gummer. They have 4 children: Daughters, Louisa, Grace & Mamie and son, Henry. She believes conversation is the key to a successful marriage, she told New Zealand Women’s Weekly, “You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things. You have to listen to your partner’s problems, suggestions and advice, and accept that you’re not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage.”
6. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick – 27 years
They met on the set of PBS’ Lanford Wilson’s play Lemon Sky and married on September 4, 1988. They also have starred together in Loverboy, The Woodsman, Pyrates and Murder in the First. The couple got 2 children, Travis Sedgwick & Sosie Ruth. Kevin realizes his strength, “The time I was hitting what I considered to be bottom was also the time I met my wife, our kids were born, good things were happening. And I was able to keep supporting myself; that always gave me strength.” He shared the secret of his happy marriage with PARADE, “When I don’t see Kyra, I look forward to seeing her, we talk a lot, and we make each other laugh. People want to know, ‘How do you do it in Hollywood?’ I don’t have the answers. We just like to be together.”
7. David & Victoria Beckham – 16 years
Beckham started dating “Posh Spice” of the Spice Girls in 1997 when she attended a match of United Manchester; “Posh and Becks” became instant hit in the celebrity tabloids. At Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, David & Victoria married on 4th July 1999 amidst huge media coverage. The British couple are blessed with 4 children: Sons, Brooklyn, Romeo & Cruz and one year old daughter.
Victoria shared the happiness of her home, “Our house is a really happy house, there are kids running around and laughing and joking, I smile so much more than people would think. There’s nothing better than being in LA with my kids, cooking dinner with my husband and having a romantic night in…I’m growing older with the most amazing man I’ve ever met – with my soul mate. Life’s great.”
8. Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos – 19 years
On the set All My Children in 1995 they dreamt to have their own children; they dated for a year before getting married on 1st May, 1996. Later, they got their own three children: sons Michael and Joaquin and daughter Lola Grace. Consuelos shared the busy schedules of his married life to media in 2011, “You have to make some time for yourselves, and that’s hard to do with schedules the way they are, and especially with the kids back to school. It seems like every night there’s some curriculum night, open school night or something! So I think after this month, or these two weeks, we’ll have some alone time.”
9. Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan – 27 years
Despite Fox’s Parkinson’s disease the couple is enjoying their togetherness. On 16th 1988 July, actress Tracy Pollan married Michael J. Fox just 2 years before he was diagnosed with the disease. Together, they have 4 children: son Sam, twins Aquinnah-Schuyler, & daughter Esmé. Fox shared his blessed life with Oprah, “She sees who I am, and she likes me as much as she ever liked me. We have a sense of humor about life, and we enjoy life. We feel every day that we’re so blessed.”
10. Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates – 27 years
In the late 1980s, Phoebe Cates met Kevin Kline at an audition for The Big Chill. Although, she didn’t get the role in the movie but got the guy she wished for; they married in 1989.
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