In the world of showbiz marked by scandals, distrust, and divorces, some celebrity marriages have stood the test of time, proving that love truly exists.
It is no secret that celebrity marriages are the most likely to crumble. Who could blame them? Given they lead a life surrounded by cameras, rumors, and scandals. Worse still, even their personal lives are susceptible to the altar of social media.
With constant cyber trolling, criticism of the slightest things, and various media outlets and netizens suggesting how best to live, things could easily blow off. And when that happens, who better to bear the brunt than their significant others.
Little wonder broken marriages have become the order of the day in Hollywood. From Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to La La and Carmelo Anthony, several celebrity divorces have shocked the world.
Yet, amid this sea of broken marriages, some couples stood the test of time. Who won’t admire the likes of Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who have far crossed the ten-year mark; or Ellen De Generes and Portia De Rossi who paved way for other LGBTQ couples with their marriage and are still holding on over a decade later?
Interestingly, some celebrity marriages have lasted even longer, defying all odds, forging through numerous scandals over the decades, and proving true love existed.
1. Jamie Lee Curtis And Christopher Guest
Celebrity pair Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest’s relationship kicked off in the most remarkable way. The actress recalled spotting Guest on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and telling a friend she would marry him.
She secured his number through the friend and left a message which he ignored. Six months later, the pair ran into each other at a restaurant and Curtis worked her magic and they began dating.
Addressing their successful marriage, she once noted that she and Guest had a complicated, imperfect life. Notwithstanding, the duo enjoyed a real marriage enforced by their imperfections.
The two tied the knot in 1984 and have stuck it out ever since, spending over three decades as each other’s companion.
2. Denzel And Pauletta Washington
Denzel Washington enjoys one of the longest celebrity marriages having stayed with his wife Pauletta Washington for over 37 years.
The pair met in the early eighties after co-starring in a movie and tied the knot in 1983. In 1995, they renewed their vows in Africa, officiated by the renowned Archbishop Desmond Tutu. They have four children together.
3. Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos
Another pair we can’t help but envy is Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. Married in 1996 the two have been together for twenty-six years and counting.
Their story began a year prior following their meeting during a screen test for “All My Children,” which they ended up co-starring on.
Their undeniable chemistry led Consuelos to propose the next year. A day later, they eloped to Las Vegas and the rest is history. The couple, who deem themselves lucky to have found each other, have three children together.
4. Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick tied the knot in May 1997 and are going strong over twenty-four years later.
Asked how they have made it work for so long, Broderick attributed their marital success to communication and “never going to bed mad.”
Seeing as they are still a loved-up couple over two decades later, their marriage key certainly proved effective. They share three kids including James Broderick and twin daughters Marion and Tabitha.
5. Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Hollywood Power couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson first met in 1984 on the set of “Bossom Buddies.” While Hanks had a starring role in the sitcom, Wilson made a guest appearance in an episode.
Being married at the time did not stop the “Star Wars” actor from developing attraction for Wilson the moment their eyes met. Once he confirmed their spark was mutual, he knew they had the real thing.
Four years later, the pair tied the knot in an intimate ceremony surrounded by loved ones. Admittedly, one guiding principle has kept their marriage of over twenty-three years going: “Never break up.”
6. Will Smith And Jada Pinkett
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have faced criticism over the years for their choices and way of life. Remarkably, their relationship and marriage have not been spared from this public outburst.
The couple, who tied the knot in 1997, have been plagued by cheating scandals, questionable parental approaches, and divorce rumors. Yet, their union has stood the test of time.
The duo, who admittedly have an open marriage share two kids who are following in their parent’s footsteps.
7. David And Victoria Beckham
Twenty-two years strong, David and Victoria Beckham’s love story can only be described as a fairy tale. The former Posh Spice Girl met her prince charming in 1999 and the duo fell in love at first sight.
Six months later, they walked down the aisle in an extravagant star-studded ceremony and are still going strong to date. The twosome, who renewed their wedding vows in 2019 admits “love,” and the willingness to “talk” through tough times have kept them going for decades.
8. Meryl Streep And Don Gummer
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep boasts of one of the longest celebrity marriages on the record with 42 years and counting. She tied the knot with her significant other Don Gummer in 1978.
The legendary actress once divulged their marriage secret, attributing their long-lived union to her husband and his good nature.
She also believes having a significant other who was an artist like herself also played a part in sustaining their love and understanding. They are together parents to four children.
9. Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne
As far as relationships go, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne are one celebrity pair the world expected to break up long ago. Yet, these two have stayed true to each other for four decades.
While that’s a record number of years, what’s more incredible is how tough their journey has been. Their marriage, which became official in 1982, has been plagued by domestic violence, addiction scandals, infidelity, health issues, family crisis, and numerous breakups.
Yet, they each “gave as much as they got,” until they successfully worked through their on-again-off-again marriage. Their tumultuous, yet beautiful love story reawakened the faith of many in sustainable love.
10. Tim McGraw And Faith Hill
Country singers Tim McGrew and Faith Hill first met in 1994 during a concert. However, they caught the love maladé two years later, when Hill did the opening act for McGrew during a 1996 tour.
They tied the knot that same year and have enjoyed marital bliss for twenty-five years and counting. One thing that has kept them going is knowing when to let go of the reins and jointly agreeing to it. McGrew once divulged:
“In the car, I drive. In the relationship, she drives.”
The method certainly paid off for the duo, who are now parents to three adorable daughters.
Other celebrity couples like Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Elton John and David Furnish, Oprah Winfrey and Steman Graham, and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon are also breaking the Hollywood relationship barriers with their long-lasting unions, proving the power of love and commitment.