Let’s be real, marriage can be hard! These celebrity couples have been through the wars and have came through the other side stronger than ever, so let’s find out their secrets to success
The best way to get prepared for married life is getting advice from strong, inspiring couples you admire. But since Victoria Beckham may not be on your contact list, we’ve gathered the top ten celebrity couples who share their unique relationship advice to keep the spark alive!
From Beyoncé to Will Smith and Blake Lively, keep on scrolling to find out some of the most raw and real marriage advice from the worlds hottest ‘it’ couples…
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
One of Hollywood’s cutest couples is actor and actress combo, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively who have been married since 2012 and are one of the fewest unproblematic celeb couples (at least, that we know of!) In an interview with Vanity Fair, Ryan explained the importance of empathy in a relationship.
“She always responds with empathy,” he said. “She meets anger with empathy. She meets hate with empathy. She’ll take the time to imagine what happened to a person when they were five or six years old. And she’s made me a more empathetic person.”
Meryl Streep & Don Gummer
The iconic Meryl Streep has been married to sculptor husband Don Gummer for over 40 years. The two have managed to keep the marriage relatively private from the press, but in an interview with New Zealand Women’s Weekly, the award-winner actress shares ‘you have to talk about all the issues, even the smallest things.’
She goes on to say: “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.”
You can say that again!
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
Okay we all know Bey and Jay have had their fair share of up and downs – we can’t forget Beyoncé’s fiery single ‘Hold Up’ where she was seen in full rage taking a baseball bat to car, which many fans believe was her real reaction to being cheated on by her husband. Ouch!
However, Beyoncé and Jay-Z have managed to patch things up and now stand stronger than ever. So what makes them work? Beyoncé told GQ Magazine: “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.
“I’ve seen, growing up, when a woman or a man in a relationship doesn’t feel confident, they feel a bit trapped. Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.”
Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
While the Sex in the City star’s onscreen romance were drama-filled and usually ended in tears, Sarah Jessica Parker’s real life relationship with Matthew Broderick has been rock solid for over two decades! She reveals in a radio interview with Girlboss, their secret is having separate lives yet investing in each other.
“Relationships are hard. I always felt that I wanted to invest more. I love him, and I think he’s brilliant. I’m sure I annoy him. He annoys me sometimes. I’m enormously proud of the person he is. I think the longer you can last, the more invested you just are.”
Will & Jada Smith
One celebrity couple who have always been open and honest about their marriage is Will and Jada Smith. Being married since 1997 and having two kids in the spotlight hasn’t been easy for them, yet they managed to make it through revealing that their secret is simply ‘not quitting’.
You can’t expect it to be easy,” Will admits after 20 years of marriage. “It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. 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.”
David & Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham will forever be the ‘it’ couple, even after over 20 years of marriage! The former Spice Girl reveals their secret is having equal roles in the relationship and making time for each other, no matter their hectic schedules.
“I try the hardest to be the best mother,” Victoria says at a Forbes Women’s Summit. “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.
“I have the support of an incredible husband. We really are equal with everything we do at home with the children. When I’m away he’s the one doing the school run and doing the cooking.”
Michelle & Barack Obama
One couple you can always feel the love from is Michelle and Barack Obama. Even after 30 years of marriage, they way Barack looks at Michelle will melt your heart. So just what is their secret to keeping the spark alive? Well in an keynote conversation with CBS anchor, Gayle King, Michelle reveals ‘marriage is a choice you make everyday’.
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“You don’t do it because it’s easy. You do it because you believe in it. You believe in the other person. That’s why it’s so important to marry someone you respect. It’s important to marry someone who is your equal and wants you to win as much as you want them to win.”
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
What’s Justin and Jessica’s key to long-lasting love? “Communication, communication, communication,” Jessica revealed in an interview with People. “Just be able to communicate really honestly with your partner. That’s worked for us so far. I would never want to speak on anyone else’s relationship, but that’s what we do.”
Justin also shared: “Even when you get married you have to keep dating… It’s just the difference comes when you have kids you have to actually schedule the date. So when you say you’re going out at 6:30pm, you need to go out at 6:30pm.”
John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
How do John Legend and Chrissy Teigen always seem so in love? John once said: “You just have to make time for each other, go on little trips like we did for her birthday and go to dinner just the two of you sometimes. You still have to have romance time.”
According to Teigen, a little bit of ‘me time’ also goes a long way. Travel away from each other a lot – that helps,” she says. “We’re not together 365. It’s nice to be able to really be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I miss you. I miss you so much.’ That works for both of us.”
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
We already know Tom Hanks is going to give some wise words of advice! After being married to Rita Wilson for over 28 years, he shares their secret to success is choosing the right person – after that, the rest is history!
People say, ‘Jeez, it must be hard to stay married in show business,'” He says. “I think it’s hard to stay married anywhere, but if you marry the right person, it might work out.
“We give each other a natural sense of support for whatever the other wants to pursue. Our marriage doesn’t require vast work. We have been married 28 years and dig each other a lot.”
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