It seems like every day that you hear about another celebrity breakup or divorce after a few weeks. But every now and then you get some that truly and fully love each other enough to stick it out through the ups and downs. Here are some that might even inspire you in your love life!
16 Long Lasting Celebrity Couples
Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Levin: 13 years
Robert and Susan met during the production of the 2003 film Gothika, starring Halle Berry and Downey Jr. Although she originally thought he was “weird” and rejected him, they quietly started dating before marrying in November 2003. Robert credits her with helping him clean up his act and become sober, “I owe a huge amount – if not all – of my success to Susan. We make a great team and all that luck I spoke about, that’s Susan.”
Beyoncé and Jay Z: 14 years
They met in 2002 after Beyoncé featured on Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint 2 and secretly dated for a while, eventually marrying in 2008. In 2012 they had a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter and in 2013 they became the world’s first billion dollar couple in the music industry. Yet they still know how to keep much of their private life a secret which might be the key to their long relationship.
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor: 17 years
After meeting on the set of short-lived TV show Heat Vision and Jack, the pair married in 2000. Stiller said it all happened so fast, “we just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do—I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue.” They’ve appeared in multiple films together since then and also have two children.
Jim Belushi and Jennifer Sloan: 18 years
After being married twice before, Belushi married Sloan in 1998. The couple has been going strong ever since with two children of their own. “My wife is incredible,” said Jim, “she taught me the most important thing there is — how to love.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.: 19 years
The two met while filming the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, but didn’t start dating until 2000. They got married in 2002 and had two children in 2009 and 2012. For their five year anniversary, Sarah legally changed her last name to Prinze. The couple prefers to be away from the public eye for their relationship’s sake, although they’re pretty popular on Instagram.
Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber: 21 years
They began dating in 1995 and three years later, Crawford took the initiative by proposing to Gerber herself. “This is my first ever romantic relationship that started as a friendship. And I would recommend this to anyone,” she said, “you’ll never find a stronger basis for your marriage”. Even after two children, their flame looks to be going strong with no signs of faulting.
Lisa Kudrow and Michel Stern: 21 years
Funnily enough, Kudrow and Stern met in 1987 when he was dating one of her friends. Stern broke up with her friend after two months and Kudrow connected with him again six years later at her friend’s birthday party. They’ve been married since 1995 and have one son together.
Hugh Laurie and Jo Green: 27 years
Married since 1989, the couple’s relationship has had quite a few rocky periods, even being on the verge of divorce. Through career interference and long distance, they pushed on and are still happily married today.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: 28 years
It wasn’t love at first sight with these two, as Sedgwick didn’t initially take to Bacon, but after much courting, the two were married in 1988. Despite being victims of the Bernie Madoff scandal and finding out they’re ninth cousins, the two are still hopelessly in love and have two children.
Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest: 32 years
If you don’t believe in love at first sight, this couple might change your opinion! Curtis said she spotted Guest in a magazine and told her friend she was going to marry him. Soon after they fell in love and got married less than a year after meeting in 1984.
Sting and Trudie Styler: 34 years
After meeting in 1982 through Styler’s friend and Sting’s wife at the time Frances Tomelty, the two began dating and married in 1992 and haven’t looked back since. “I never thought I could limit my passion to a single person,” Sting said, “life becomes incomparably better when there is only one person you love and who loves you.”
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson: 36 years
They met in 1974 and married in 1980 before having one child in 1982. Due to the pair both being actors, it was a struggle to maintain a healthy relationship through the years of constant separation. But they’ve stuck it out and never been closer.
Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne: 37 years
When Ozzy was kicked out of Black Sabbath in 1979, Sharon began to manage him and the two eventually sparked a relationship. They were married in 1982, but it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. Plagued by drugs, alcohol and violence it has taken a lot of strength for them to make it this far, and by seeing what they’ve been through its inspiring in a way.
Keith Richards and Patti Hansen: 37 years
This pair met in 1979 and married in 1983 on Richards’ 40th birthday. Like others on the list, they’ve managed to keep much of their private life to themselves despite the rock and roll persona of Richards being public news for decades. But they’ve always supported each other through the tough times, “Keith saved me” said Hansen, “his love and thoughtfulness charged me with positive energy, brought me hope and saved me from depression”.
Michael Caine and Shakira Baksh: 43 years
After noticing Baksh in a Maxwell House coffee ad in 1971, Caine became obsessed with finding her. Love took over and they were married in 1973. So what’s the secret? According to Michael, it’s having your own space, like two bathrooms. Who knew it could be so simple.
Adrian Celentano and Claudia Mori: 51 years
A love lasting over half a century began when the Italian superstars met in 1963 causing Celentano to leave his then girlfriend. In 1964 they were secretly married and clearly it all worked out for the best in the end. Even their friends are jealous of the passion they still share, “they’ve been together for so long, and they’re still crazy about each other,” one said.
Although being married for over 50 years probably won’t make tabloid gossip headlines, the only person they’re trying to impress is themselves and their significant other. The fact that they can do it just like the rest of us really shows how aside from the money and the fame, these celebrities are just normal people on the inside.
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