13 longest celebrity marriages that’ll make you believe in love again
Cupid does exist, after all
Putting together the shortest celebrity marriages was fun because of quotes like Bradley Cooper’s “it was just something that happened” but also mildly depressing for the same reason. But all hope is not lost, friends— for every Kim Kardashian overnight union, you have a Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson who have clocked in 29 years together.
Call it an occupational hazard if you will, but Shah Rukh Khan believes in wearing his heart on his sleeve for Gauri while Twinkle Khanna has a wisecrack for every marital hurdle. Meryl Streep has been happily married to Don Gummer for almost four decades now, and we can’t say we’re surprised: Once you get a Meryl in your life, you hold on to her with all you got.
Here we go, 13 impressively long unions involving famous people that’ll warm your cynical, tabloid-devouring heart.
13 longest celebrity marriages
Duration: 16 years
Notes: Judging by the photos he posts of her, like, every other day, it's no surprise that his version of April 25 centers around Smith. "It was yesterday," he said. "I painted in my studio, then I went down and sat on the beach, read and did some drawing—and then I had lunch with Keely." Aww.
Duration: 16 years
Notes: The lovestruck couple wants you to know that it’s okay to want to kill your partner, as long as you don’t succeed, of course. That, and take life with healthy dollops of humour: “Now I can officially call you my trophy husband,” tweeted a tongue-in-cheek Twinkle after her man picked up his first National Award earlier this year.
Duration: 17 years
Notes: Might be due to the fact that they've got excellent relationship role models in Stiller's father Jerry and mother Anne Meara, who were married for 61 years.
Duration: 20 years (hope you like china as an anniversary gift, SJP)
Notes: Whereas other couples are like "Never go to bed angry," these crazy kids have a dead-simple trick: Be super, mega into each other. "I love Matthew Broderick. Call me crazy, but I love him," Sarah said in 2013. "We can only be in the marriage we are. We're very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he's the father of my children, and it's because of him that there's this whole other world that I love."
Duration: 20 years
Notes: It's canon now: She auditioned to play his girlfriend on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but didn't get the part. But then she got the part IRL, and they blessed the world with Willow and that lovable enigma Jaden.
Duration: 21 years
Notes: The moral of the story is if you've got a crush on someone, you must confess it because they might just have one back and you two will start a relationship even though you are costars on an Australian show called Correlli. True story.
Duration: 25 years
Notes: Half a century down the line, their love story is as much a part of Bollywood lore as some of the blockbusters he has starred in. Don’t let Shah Rukh’s witticisms fool you though; (“Whenever I fail as a father or a husband, a toy and a diamond always works”) he can just as easily get real; "I am very intense about my love for Gauri; she's a part of me."
Duration: 29 years
Notes: Crucial word used to describe the early days: "kaboing," which does not mean what you might think it does. "Rita and I just looked at each other and—kaboing—that was that," Hanks said of meeting Wilson on the set of Bosom Buddies (while he was married). "I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her and it just couldn't be denied."
Duration: 29 years
Notes: Cover the kids' ears. During a Q&A, Bacon once said he owed his relationship's success to sex, especially during difficult times (like when they became victims in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, for real). "I don't think there was a moment where it was like, that thing happened and then we got pissed at each other. It was sort of the opposite," Bacon said. "We kind of went, 'Holy shit. Let's...I don't know. Let's have sex or something. It's free!'"
Duration: 34 years
Notes: Through thick and thin—including two bouts with cancer and a life-threatening blood clot—and these two are still together. Hansen has even said they saved each other from the dangers of the '70s rock 'n' roll lifestyle.
Notes: How strong is their marriage? It's what pushed Jackson to seek help for drug and alcohol addiction, he told People. "You look into people's eyes at a certain point, and you realize that they're not punishing you, they're actually telling you the truth," he said of Richardson and his daughter giving him the courage to enter rehab. "The most important thing to do is to save yourself first so that you can be of service to those people that you love, and they made me understand that. It was great."
Duration: 39 years (goodness)
Notes: There isn't tons of info out there—which some other celebrity couples could learn from—but a 2016 biography reveals that she met Gummer through her brother shortly after her boyfriend John Cazale died of cancer in 1978. Six months later, she and Gummer married, much to her mother's chargrin. But look at them now.
From: ELLE USA
Home truths about love that you won’t find on a Hallmark card
The good, the bad and the ugly: These celebrities give it to you up straight.
Adele doesn't care about 'feminine mystique' and society's conventions about beauty. Her thoughts on shaving her legs for her partner Simon Konecki pretty much corroborate the fact. In an interview with Vanity Fair she said, "He has no choice,” adding, “I’ll have no man telling me to shave my fuckin’ legs. Shave yours.” If this isn't one of your #RelationshipGoals, then we don't know what is.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna's 16-year-long marriage is a veritable gold mine for relationship advice. One of the things that makes them tick, according to Twinkle Khanna, is the difference between them. "Our ideologies are very different. The things that we talk about are very different. But we look up to each other for our different abilities. I do point out things in his films that, as a man, he might not pick up on. But he’s then free to do what he wants with that information. It’s the same the other way around.”
Beyoncé's refusal to delve deep into her personal life has helped in creating an almost goddess-like reverence from her fans. She admits that it's a decision both she and Jay Z took together. "We decide everything. What Jay and I have is real. It's not about interviews or getting the right photo op. It's real."
Chrissy Teigen might turn her Twitter trolling chops on John Legend at times, but there's no denying that the two are pretty much flawless together. But even theirs is not a 'love at first sight story'. Legend spoke to LA Confidential about Teigen saying, "I wasn't like, ‘This is the woman I'm going to marry' from day one. For me I'm the kind of person who needs to grow into that feeling. It was probably a couple of years in when I could already see us being together forever."
On their 16th wedding anniversary, David Beckham explained the secret of their marriage. "We’ve been together for 18 years, we’ve been married for 16 years. So you trust each other’s judgment. I think that has worked for us."
On the importance of finding the kind of love that is real, Ellen DeGeneres told People magazine, "Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.’ Sometimes it’s lying in bed at night before I go to sleep, and I just say thank you to whatever, whoever is out there,” she added, “I’ve gotten to a place where I really am just settled. Really. I know that I’m not going anywhere. She’s not going anywhere. I’m not saying the relationship took a while; I’m saying in my life, it took a while to find this.”
When rumours of a split between long-term partners Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar surfaced, Gellar cleared the air saying, “You have to work at anything. It’s any relationship in your life. You have to nurture it and take time with it.”
Gigi Hadid recently went on The Ellen Show and talked about how she met Zayn Malik. "He was in New York to come to the Victoria's Secret show last year, I think, and ended up not coming. And I was like, I'll play it cool. Like, I'll go to the after-party. He wasn't there. And then later that week we ended up going on our first date," she revealed, "We played it cool for like ten minutes, and then I was like, "You're really cute"."
With the whole Taylor-Kanye-Kim Snapchat controversy, Kim Kardashian proved that she will take down anyone who tries to harm her bae. Savageness and mutual self obsessed-ness aside, Kanye revealed why exactly he loves Kim in an interview with a men's magazine. "Kim is this girl who f–king turns me on,” he confessed, “I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around.”
Saif and Kareena are basically as close as we get to royalty, so the fact that their relationship is under scrutiny at all times comes as no surprise. When Kareena was promoting her 'gender role reversal' in Ki and Ka, she talked about the parallels of that in her marriage with Saif, saying that it was paramount that she continue to work after marriage and for Saif to support her ambitions, no matter what. "That is the only condition (on which) I married Saif," Kareena admited.
Shahid Kapoor caused a nationwide stir when he went on Koffee With Karan and defended his arranged match with the much younger Mira Rajput. "I'm a huge supporter of this arranged marriage format, because I think the graph is much better. The process of falling in love happens after you're married, " he added, "It's unlike a romantic relationship where you always feel like the peak of love was in the beginning. And later you're left wondering 'When will those days come again?'"
Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan's marriage has almost completed 26 years. While their tight-lipped secrecy about their private lives might be one reason, Shah Rukh Khan attributes parenthood to the longevity of their relationship. "Gauri and my relationship have been geared entirely towards raising our children. That's what eventually happens. Parents become parents at one point and that changes it all. We have a badass 18-year-old, a dainty 16-year-old and then there's the 3-year-old little gangster. Our conversations, our life together is through the prism of our children. They've been our focal point and have literally kept our world intact,” he said.
Matt Damon has some rather odd thoughts on love and marriage. “I think marriage is insane. It’s a crazy idea but I love being married to my wife. So I wouldn’t tell anybody else anything about their relationship.” OK then.