In terms of relationships, Hollywood is better known for its messy break-ups than for stable, long-lasting couples. But there are plenty of couples who demonstrate that it’s possible for love to endure in spite of the spotlight and despite life’s ups and downs.
So how to do they stay together in the glare of the spotlight? Read on for the secrets of some of our favorite celebrity couples who tell us how they keep love alive …
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
After 20 years of marriage, Will Smith says that no-one should expect it to be easy. “It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives.
He adds ‘’And you know, we’re just not quitters. If there is a secret, I would say it’s that we never went into working in our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously… Really, at the end of the day, it’s just not quitting.”
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Married for 30 years, this couple has certainly outlasted many another Hollywood marriage. Streep, who has won three Academy Awards, 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.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Arguably, one of the world’s most iconic couples, Beyonce and Jay-Z just seem to keep getting better and better. In an interview with GQ, Queen Bey said: “I was independent before I met my husband, and we have such a natural chemistry and a genuine relationship, and it’s based on the things that relationships are supposed to be based on … Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Of their marriage, Neil Patrick Harris told Entertainment Tonight that communication is key. “Good friends of ours said, ‘You need to talk it out,’ and if that means raising your voice, you need to raise your voice. Know what you’re talking about. Know where you’re standing as opposed to letting stuff build up, I guess.”
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
After 35 years together, Goldie Hawn spilled the secrets of their ongoing love affair: “Love, gratitude, compassion, because sometimes every man or every woman will drive their partner crazy. Family. Fun. Laughs. Sex. If you don’t nurture that, and remember, you’re done.”
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
After over 20 years together, Sarah Jessica Parker recently said on Girlboss radio: “I know this sounds nuts, but we have lives that allow us to be away and come back together … I think that that’s been enormously beneficial because we have so much to share in a way.”
Victoria and David Beckham
Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham says she gives it her all. At the 2018 Forbes Women’s Summit, she said: “I try really, really hard. I try hardest to be the best mother … I am trying to be the best wife and the best professional. When I get home, I try to put the phone down and spend time with the children and spend time with David.” And since the power couple has been together for 19 years, they must be doing something right.
Of David, she said: “I have the support of an incredible husband. We really are equal with everything we do at home with the children,” she said. “When I’m away he’s the one doing the school run and doing the cooking.”
Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi
Ellen says: “When we got married, Portia’s line was, ‘It’s good to be loved, it’s profound to be understood,’ and she understands me because that is the best gift anyone could have ever given me.”