It takes a lot to make a marriage work, and when the going gets tough, a lot of people aren’t determined enough to see things through. However, not everyone is so quick to give up. Some couples are committed to stick by their vows and stay together “until death do us part,” no matter how much hard work it takes. Right up there with the best of them is Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The couple recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and are said to be still as in love as the day they said: “I do.” It’s not often that you hear about A-List couples lasting for so long together, but Hanks and Wilson have defied odds to stay together. What is their secret?
While a celebrity couple showing longevity might seem a rarity these days, Tom and Rita aren’t the only pair to stand the test of time. Look at David and Victoria Beckham, for example. He’s a retired professional footballer, she’s a fashion designer and one-fifth of the world’s biggest girl group, the Spice Girls, and in 2019 they’ll be celebrating 20 years together. Both of them are hugely successful in their own right, but no amount of fame could seem to get in the way of the love they share with each other.
Other stars who have managed to keep their love going strong include Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinz Jr, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Even couples who have been plagued by allegations of infidelity like Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Sharon and Ozzy Osborne have managed to work through their difficulties to keep their relationship going. The latter have been married for over 35 years now, so their dedication is admirable.
Unfortunately, while these lovebirds might all be going strong, we’ve seen plenty of prominent couples fall apart over the last few years. In 2018, Channing Tatum and his wife of nine years Jenna Dewan announced their separation for reasons unknown. Their split came just months after Chris Pratt filed for divorce from his wife of eight years, Anna Faris. Of course, none of these breakups have been as significant as the breakdown of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s relationship. They may have only been married for two years, but the couple had been together since 2005.
With so much devastation in the love life of Hollywood’s greatest stars, it’s incredible that any of them manage to last. However, Hanks and Wilson have proved that love still exists, and there’s a reason for that. Has this couple found the secret to eternal love?