The Most Long-Lasting Celebrity Relationships
With the advent of new relationships, like Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin and Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra, moving so quickly from meeting to marriage, it seems like a good time to check out some Hollywood couples that have stood the test of time.
There’s nothing to say that these new couples will break up, but the odds aren’t great. An astounding amount of even the most adorable Hollywood couples do – just look at Anna Faris and Chris Pratt who broke up just last year.
Luckily, there are some stellar examples out there of how to have a real, long-lasting relationship even if it’s conducted in the public eye. Here are some of the most long-lasting relationships in Hollywood.
Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner
Although Lily Tomlin and partner Jane Wagner just got married in 2013, the couple had already been together a stunning 42 years.
The couple met in 1971 and started working together when Tomlin asked Wagner to come on board and co-author a comedy LP. Their relationship was an open secret through all the years that Hollywood was uncomfortable with homosexuality. Wagner has only recently started being referred to as Tomlin’s spouse in the press.
In addition to the home life that they’ve built together, they are writing partners. They co-authored The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, which ran on Broadway and won Tomlin countless awards before being turned into a movie in 1991.
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
Meryl Streep is one of the best actors in the world partially because of her ability to completely inhabit a role. This ability is assisted by the fact that she almost categorically refuses to talk about her personal life in interviews and almost never comments on her marriage.
In 1978, Streep married sculptor Don Gummer only six months after the death of her previous partner John Cazale. Streep and Gummer have four children, two of whom are actors.
Even though Gummer may not be an actor with Hollywood-level looks, the two of them have managed to produce four stunningly beautiful children.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
The bond between Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell is evident from every single photo that they’ve ever taken together. Although the couple never married, they have unbelievable chemistry which has sustained them through 35 years together.
Considering both have been through unsuccessful marriages, they made the decision to stay as boyfriend and girlfriend this whole time. Their decision to not get married remained even while raising their own child, as well as parenting their children from previous relationships.
Even though they’ve raised four children together – their own son Wyatt, Hawn’s children Oliver and Kate Hudson, and Russell’s son Boston – they continue to canoodle in public like teenagers whenever they’re at an event.
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Hollywood’s most beloved star Tom Hanks has been married to partner Rita Wilson for 30 years. Despite being together so long, Hanks generally tries to keep their relationship out of the limelight.
Although Hanks was married to another woman right out of university and had his children quite young, it took meeting Wilson on the set of a movie in 1985 to realize that he had made the wrong choice. He divorced his first wife in 1987.
Since then, Hanks has touted the ease of his relationship with Wilson. He credits her with his ability to connect to characters like Forrest Gump, which won him an Oscar in 1995. They have two sons, Chester and Truman, but prefer to keep them out of the spotlight, too.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
The relationship between Oprah and partner Stedman Graham has been described by the couple as a “spiritual union”. The couple, who have been together since 1986, were once engaged but eventually decided not to go through with the wedding.
Stedman has been a quietly steadfast supporter of Oprah’s professional endeavors since the start of their relationship. He has even encouraged her to get involved in politics in recent years.
Although Oprah has referred to him many times on air — so much so that most fans of her show feel like they know him — they try to keep their personal life out of the press.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are a classic Hollywood couple. Having risen in popularity at different times, each has their own careers independent of each other.
The couple first met in the 1970s when Sedgwick was in the audience of Bacon’s play. Although they didn’t hit it off at first – which would have been weird because she was only 12 at the time – when they saw each other again in 1988, they were both over the age of consent and were immediately interested in each other.
The couple married in 1988 and have two children together. In 2011, on an episode of a show called Finding Your Roots, Sedgwick learned that she and Bacon were ninth cousins, once removed.
Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith
It takes a pretty committed couple to move beyond the words “husband” and “wife.” In a podcast interview just this year, Will Smith let it slip that he and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have instead started calling each other “life partners.” This is to represent the fact that they plan on being together until death.
The couple, who married in 1997, are parents to Willow and Jaden, who each have their own budding careers. Smith also has a son named Trey from a previous marriage.
There have been many rumors in the past that they are on the verge of divorcing or have decided to open up their marriage. However, the couple has hit back stronger again and again, saying that there’s nothing that could possibly cause them to divorce.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick are both triple threats, regularly appearing on TV shows, movies, and Broadway.
They credit the longevity of their 20-year marriage to their busy careers, which often take them apart from one another. These breaks have given them a chance to refuel and refresh themselves with the challenges of a new work project, so they can come back to their spouse renewed.
Together they are the parents of three children. The family spends a lot of time jet-setting around the United States depending on where Parker and Broderick are working. Even though they’re often busy, they take time every year to spend at their second home in Ireland, a place that holds a lot of significance for Broderick.
David and Victoria Beckham
Not every celebrity couple marries in such elaborate style as David and Victoria Beckham, who were wed in 1999.
The couple was married by the Bishop of Cork at a castle in Ireland. They sat in matching golden thrones in matching purple outfits during the reception – it was the ‘90s, after all. Since then, they’ve had four children: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz, and Harper.
Although the couple has been dogged by tabloid rumors of an unstable marriage throughout the years, the truth is that since the beginning of their relationship, they’ve kept their feelings out of the spotlight. As such, they have managed to cultivate a normal relationship despite their combined star power.
David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris
Despite his boyish good looks, Neil Patrick Harris is quickly approaching 50 years old. He has had a steady relationship with husband David Burtka since 2004.
The couple admits to sharing a wardrobe because they’re almost the exact same build. They also share parenting duties of their twins Harper and Gideon, who were born in 2010.
They’ve supported each other through momentous life events including a massive career change for Burtka. In 2009, Burkta moved from the world of acting to the life of professional cooking.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Everyone’s favorite social media commenter Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend, have a remarkably normal marriage considering their combined star power.
The couple started dating in 2007, after meeting on the set of the music video for Legend’s song “Stereo”.
In the video, a fully clothed Legend dances with Teigen who is dressed in nothing but a bra and underwear. According to Teigen, after the 12-hour shoot, they went back to his hotel room with In-N-Out burgers and she slept over. They were married in Italy six years later.