Beating The Odds: 30 Famous Relationships That Are Still Going Strong
Short-lived relationships seem to be one of the curses of Hollywood. While fame and fortune come with a lot of perks, the downside is they usually make it harder to maintain a healthy relationship.
Under the pressures of fame, even the relationships with the most potential have internally combusted. But even though it’s normal for couples who are famous to split up, it’s not impossible for them to stay together. And when they can defy the odds and stick it out through all the challenges that Hollywood throws at them, they deserve to be celebrated!
Some of the relationships that have survived ten or more years in the spotlight are iconic, while others exist quietly, under the nose of most fans. The celebrities who have managed to stay married or committed to their partners sometimes open up about the tricks behind making a relationship last.
The top requirements? Partners have to persist through all the struggles, treat their other half with respect, and never give up, even when challenges come their way. Laughter seems to help too! Apart from that, maybe it’s just pure luck that has these star-studded couples still together.
Keep reading to find out which Hollywood couples have beaten the odds and lasted this long!
30Ellen DeGeneres And Portia DeRossi
Is there a cuter Hollywood couple than these two? Ellen and Portia have been together for a while—they first started dating in 2004, which is a lifetime ago in Hollywood years.
They got hitched in 2008 in a home ceremony in Los Angeles and have been happily wed ever since.
Like other stars, they’re open about the struggles they’ve faced and have had to withstand a lot of rumors spread by the press, but haven’t let any of it get in the way of their relationship.
29Julia Roberts And Danny Moder
In the 1990s, there was no bigger movie star than Julia Roberts. Like the character she played in the rom-com Notting Hill, she was America’s Sweetheart, desired by men all over not only the country but also the world. She met cameraman Danny Moder on the set of a film in 2000 and became totally smitten. The two lovebirds made things official in 2002 and today have three kids together. Julia has said that her husband is her safe place. Love it!
28Elton John And David Furnish
Elton John and David Furnish have been together since 1993, which means they’ve been together for over twenty-five years! Wow!
We’re safely assuming this one was meant to be.
In 2005, they entered a civil partnership, which was recognized by England. Today, they are parents to Zachary and Elijah, who were carried by the same surrogate. These two support each other’s dreams and goals and work together to be involved in their many charities, especially Elton’s AIDs foundation.
27Cindy Crawford And Rande Gerber
Icon of the modeling world Cindy Crawford married businessman Rande Garber twenty years ago in 1998. Together they share two daughters and still seem to be totally in love. Three years prior to marrying Rande, Cindy divorced from Richard Gere and believes that she now knows what it takes to make a marriage work. “Being rooted and based in friendship, it keeps the relationship elevated,” she said. “There’s always a certain level of respect. We respect each other’s opinion about parenting and our personal life …”
26Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are Hollywood’s golden couple. Celebrating their 30thwedding anniversary in 2018, they deserve the prestige!
According to Tom, he knew from the moment he met Rita that she was special.
Later, he said that they got married for all the right reasons, which seems like pretty good advice to take! They’ve certainly been the center of tabloid gossip from time to time, but they haven’t let it affect their relationship, and still stand by each other through all their endeavors.
25Jerry And Jessica Seinfeld
Another couple who have been standing strong since before the turn of the millennium! Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld were married in 1999. Even though he was always in the press for dating around, it seems like he’s finally found home. And according to Jessica, she won him over and got him to settle down with her chicken parmesan. “It’s why Jerry wanted to marry me,” she said. “It remains the glue of our family.” Yum! We guess the way to a man’s heart really is through his stomach.
24Seth Rogen And Lauren Miller
Even after Seth Rogen rose to global fame, he and his partner Lauren have stuck it out together. They first started dating in 2004, got engaged in 2011, and were finally wed in 2012.
Seth never shies away from speaking openly about how much he loves his wife, which makes us love him even more!
These two have been through a lot together, including forming the organization Hilarity for Charity to help fight Alzheimer’s, and helping Lauren’s mother in her battle with the disease. The hard times have only made them stronger.
23Jay-Z And Beyonce
The marriage of Jay-Z and Beyoncé is one of the most iconic in the entertainment industry, but it hasn’t been without its ups and downs.
Despite rumors and one super public family fight that took place in an elevator, the parents of Blue Ivy, Sir, and Rumi are doing better than ever.
They’re currently on tour together, performing to thousands of fans every night who adore seeing them together. It’s been over ten years since they wed, but they’re still going strong.
22Chrissy Teigen And John Legend
Chrissy and John are America’s other favorite couple. These two stars met in 2007 on the set of his music video for “Stero.” After dating, they were married in 2013 and welcomed their first baby, Luna, in 2016. We’re not sure what the trick to this successful marriage is, but Chrissy is open and honest about the struggles she and her husband face in their marriage, including issues with fertility and growing their family. Nothing but honesty here, and we love it!
21Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick
For most of SATC, Carrie Bradshaw wasn’t the marrying type. But apparently, Sarah Jessica Parker couldn’t be further from her famous character in that regard! She’s been married to Matthew Broderick (who voiced Simba in the original Lion King) since 1997. Together they share a son, James, and twins, Loretta and Tabitha. We’re guessing these two keep it real and put a lot of time into nurturing their relationship so it doesn’t fall apart under the weight of fame.
20Steve And Nancy Carell
Steve and Nancy Carell met when Nancy took Steve’s improv class in Chicago. The two married in 1995, and have been by each other’s side ever since, often working on acting and comedy projects as a team.
Sparks flew from the second they met, but Steve wasn’t always sure that his feelings were mutual.
“I thought she [disliked] me because she was very quiet around me,” he said. “I thought she for sure knew that I was full of it, and I later found out that she was just as nervous as I was and trying to act cool.”
19Oprah Winfrey And Stedman Graham
Oprah is an inspiration in so many ways. One of them is the way she’s proved that you can definitely have love and a high-powered profession at the same time. She’s been with Stedman since 1986, and the two have been engaged since 1992. They’re still not married and have been open about wanting to have a spiritual union instead of a traditional marriage, although they’ve been tempted to tie the knot in the past. Though they’re one of the most famous couples in the world, they choose to keep their relationship out of the public eye.
18Lisa Kudrow And Michel Stern
On Friends, Phoebe didn’t meet the love of her life, Mike, until the ninth season. But Lisa Kudrow was actually married to French advertising exec Michel Stern for nearly the entire duration that she was on the show!
They got hitched in 1995 and are still going strong to this day.
Lisa believes that it comes down to respecting each other’s personal space. “I think people get in trouble when they assume they’re supposed to be one unit …” she explained. “Marriage is like being on a team. Each teammate is different, but you have the same goal.”
17Hugh Jackman And Deborra-Lee Furness
In spite of their ridiculously busy and successful jobs, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness have managed to make their marriage work. Tying the knot back in 1996, these two stars are now the parents to two adopted children, Oscar and Ava. When asked about her marriage, Deborra revealed that her husband is like her best friend, but they still put time into preserving their relationship. Once a week, at least, they dedicate a whole night to each other!
16Matt And Luciana Damon
Even though he’s been successfully married to wife Luciana since 2004, Matt Damon still doesn’t feel like he’s worthy of giving out marriage advice. “I think marriage is insane. It’s a crazy idea but I love being married to my wife. So I wouldn’t tell anybody else anything about their relationship,” he confessed.
Don’t know—lasting over ten years as a married couple in Hollywood is definitely something to be proud of!
If Matt wanted to give us advice, we’d take it.
15Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban
After twelve years of marriage, the flames are still sizzling between superstars Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. Today the two claim that it was love at first sight, although Keith couldn’t work up the courage to call Nicole until he’d known her for four months. Their golden rule as a couple is putting their family before everything else, and they often take time out from their busy professional lives to chill out with their kids. Whatever techniques they’ve mastered, it’s definitely working!
14Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne
The marriage between Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t been perfect, but it does look like it was built to last. These two met when Sharon was just eighteen years old.
They married in 1982 on Independence Day so Ozzy would never forget his anniversary.
That’s a smart move! They have been through a lot of challenges together, which have led them to take breaks from the marriage at times. But they always come back together to rekindle their love.
13Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith
Will and Jada have one of the most talked-about marriages in Hollywood. Despite all the speculation, they have managed to keep it together. Married in 1997, these two are said by many sources to have an open relationship. They have raised children Jaden and Willow, who are now making names for themselves in Hollywood. According to Will, the foundation of making a marriage last is never quitting, no matter how tough it can be. It’s for better or for worse.
12Michael J. Fox And Tracy Pollan
This couple beat the odds and have lasted in Hollywood for more than 20 years.
When we see Michael and Tracy make public appearances together, it seems like they’re just as in love as they were when they tied the knot in the ‘90s!
Tracy has spoken about their marriage and says that they always give each other the benefit of the doubt and don’t jump to conclusions or believe the worst of each other when they hear rumors. She’s also said that they make each other laugh a lot. Good advice!
11Tina Fey And Jeff Richmond
Before getting married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony in 2001, Tina Fey and composer Jeff Richmond dated for seven years. The two met at Chicago’s Second City and were smitten from the beginning. Though Tina works in front of the camera and Jeff works behind it, they often work together on a lot of projects. He has served as a composer and soundtrack consultant on 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, to name a few, so apparently their collaborations are just as successful as their marriage.
10Sarah Michelle Gellar And Freddie Prinze Jr.
After starring together in a few movies in the 1990s, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. got married in 2002. It wasn’t until 2009 that this iconic couple welcomed their first child, Charlotte Grace, and their second child, Rocky James, arrived in 2012.
While ‘90s kids have a lot of love for this couple, they choose to keep things pretty private.
They’re not big on public displays of affection or other kinds of oversharing—when we do get to see them together, it’s a blessing!
9Viola Davis And Julius Tennon
If you’re struggling to find your soulmate, you could always try praying for them to come into your life. That’s what Viola Davis did in the early 2000s, and soon after, she met Julius Tennon. It was like magic! They hit it off and got married in 2003. Today they appear together on red carpets (and give us all serious couple goals envy). They also share a production company together, and clearly make a great team in and outside the home.
8Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell been together since 1983, which is a serious achievement by any standards, not just in Hollywood!
Though they’re committed to each other, they haven’t tied the knot, insisting that they don’t want to change anything between them.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? “A lasting relationship isn’t about marriage. It’s about compatibility and communication,” explained Goldie. Very good advice! Their family includes their kids from their previous marriages, Kate, Oliver and Boston, and their son together, Wyatt.
7David And Victoria Beckham
If Posh and Becks ever called it quits, a lot of fans would be seriously disappointed. This iconic athlete husband and former Spice Girl wife have been married since 1999 and have become even more famous and successful since partnering up. They have raised four kids together (who all have very promising futures, we’re sure) and have made a lot of friends in high places. The Beckhams have proved that love can overcome the odds and all the pressures of fame and fortune.
6Sacha Baron Cohen And Isla Fisher
Sacha Baron Cohen is often in the news for portraying characters like Ali G, Borat, and Bruno, and few people know that he’s been happily married to Isla Fisher for 2010.
The couple has had to put in a lot of effort to make their relationship work, including Isla’s three-year study of her husband’s religion so she could convert and marry him.
“I will definitely have [any] wedding just to be with Sacha,” she said prior to their wedding. “I would do anything—move into any religion—to be united in marriage with him.”
5Ben Stiller And Christine Taylor
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor mostly keep their relationship out of the press, which just might be the trick to making a marriage last in Hollywood. They’ve been married since 2000, and are showing no signs of ever coming apart. Christine took a break from her acting to raise their children, Olivia and Quinlin, but when she is working, these two often star alongside each other. Too cute! They’ve worked together in Zoolander and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
4Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka
Here’s another couple made in heaven! Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka fell in love in 2004 and dated for ten years before getting married in 2014.
Today they share twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott and seem to be totally happy.
There are a few reasons why we feel like they’re soulmates, and one of them is the fact that they share the same shoe size and the same height. Also, they’re both Geminis! It seems like the universe was just waiting for them to meet!
3Faith Hill And Tim McGraw
Faith Hill and Tim McGaw have been married since 1996, which is over 20 years. Super impressive! They’re the undisputed king and queen of country music, and probably wouldn’t have had such successful jobs if they weren’t supporting each other in everything they’ve done since tying the knot. They’ve had three daughters—Maggie, Grace, and Audrey—and regularly post photos of each other on social media. These two are definitely the real deal!
2Denzel And Pauletta Washington
Now here’s a marriage that has beaten all the odds and survived a long time in Hollywood. Acting legend Denzel Washington has been with wife Pauletta since 1997.
They may have gotten off to a rocky start since he had to propose to her three times before she agreed to marry him in 1983!
But since then, she’s stuck by his side during his rise to fame and helped him through the demands of his job. Though he’s usually quiet about his marriage, he’s been known to give her shout-outs while accepting Oscars.
1Meryl Streep And Don Gummer
The mother of all Hollywood marriages has to be that of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, who were wed in 1976. Though he’s nowhere near as famous as his legendary wife, he’s quietly supported her the whole time and is probably her rock. That’s true love! They got married after only six months, but clearly, they weren’t moving too fast. Meryl moved into his apartment while he was away traveling overseas and after her first husband had passed away. It was meant to be!