With 40 to 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce (according to apa.org), and an even higher rate for Hollywood marriages, it is no secret that marriage can be tough – especially in the spotlight. There are, however, those exceptional occasions where couples stay together and live happily ever after – Yes, even in Hollywood.
Here are some celebrity couples whose relationships have lasted an exceptional amount of time, and some of the tips that they have to offer on how to have a successful partnership. Get out your notepads!
Denzel Washington has been married to his wife, Pauletta Washington, for 33 years. The Academy-Award winning actor’s advice might just be my favorite one of them all – “Do what she says,” Denzel says on the Today Show, as the secret to his succesful marriage.
One of our favorite Hollywood couples – Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, have been married for 19 years, and still appear to be happier than ever. Will Smith told ET that his secret for a long lasting marriage is, not working on the relationship. Will instead proposes getting yourself right as an individual, telling ET, “If there is a secret I would say is 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.”
David and Victoria Beckham have been married for almost 20 years, and according to Daily Mail, the spice girl says her secret to keeping the spark alive is having a weekly date night, even if it’s snuggling up with her hubby at home.
Power couple, Beyoncé and Jay Z, keep their relationship private, which I think we can all agree is key to staying together – especially when under the public eye. Jay Z tells Vibe Magazine, “I just think it’s really a part of your life that you gotta keep to yourself.” He goes on to explain how we all should have something that’s sacred to us, that we should keep that close and to ourselves – in his case, Queen Bey.
Jay & Bey aren’t the only two who like to keep things private, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick prefer to not speak about their marriage in interviews, and it seems to be working for the 19-year-old couple. Aside from keeping things private, Matthew tells Meredith Vieira that his secret to a long lasting relationship is, “We are friends before everything else and we talk a lot.” Take it from Matt – A foundation as friends first is important for a healthy relationship!
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for almost 30 years now and Hank tells People Magazine that his relationship tip is that no one should get married before 30!
While Tom says wait until 30, Oprah says don’t do it at all! Oprah Winfrey and her boo Stedman Graham have been together for 30 years. The two have actually been engaged, and just never went all the way. Oprah tells Access Hollywood that she feels that getting married would add expectations and potentially ruin the relationship. Winfrey goes on to say, “If you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today.”
All of these couples have been together for over a decade! – Pretty impressive given the statistics on marriage, especially in Hollywood. What did you think about the celebs’ secrets to successful marriages?