Love is in the air, and it lasts for decades. When two people love each other, not even their celeb status can get in the way.
The following 17 before & after photos of celebrity couples that survived the test of time will show you once more the meaning of growing old together. We are so obsessed with divorces, partners cheating, and other relationship scandals that we forget the ones that are happy.
There aren’t many long-lived couples in showbiz. Even the few get the occasional roast, as naughty columnists would do almost anything imaginable to let some ink loose, focusing more on the negative aspects of their relationships.
Read it while it lasts! Time has a funny way of working against what people build and the odds are that at least one enduring couple from the list will break-up in 2017.
1. Meryl Streep & Don Gummer
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer are together since 1978 and everything points towards the pair’s continuity.
It’s enough to look at Meryl’s Oscars history to understand that the 67-year-old is into long term commitments. With 19 nominations and three golden statuettes, it’s correct to say she did not have time for any romantic drama.
The story of how Meryl Streep met Don Gummer seems the classic plot of a Hollywood. Don was a friend of Meryl’s brother who rented his apartment while traveling abroad. Upon his return love was unstoppable. The two married just six months after knowing each other.
The magic continues with a couple from the music world that shared their love with the rest of the world through a reality show.
2. Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne might not be the quietest couple, but their marriage managed to survive for 34 years despite the many problems that surfaced.
Filming “The Osbournes” helped in an unusual way. Taking their quarrels out in the open acted like a form of couple therapy. With all cards face up, Ozzy and Sharon fought and made up more than any other family in showbiz.
It’s safe even to say that their relationship is based on the perpetual ballet of love and hate. However, 2016 was a year when the magic almost broke. Ozzy’s infidelities attracted too much attention and went many times beyond Sharon’s breaking point.
Check out the next celebs that are together since forever despite not being married!
3. Oprah Winfrey & Stedman Graham
You get a long relationship, and you, and you! Everyone gets a a long relationship!
If Oprah Winfrey could extend her generosity in the realm of relationships, the world would be a better place. Even so, it melts us on the inside to see how she stood alongside Stedman Graham.
Despite knowing each other since 1986, Oprah and her boyfriend never tied the knot. Every year, at least one publication takes the habit of spreading fake rumors about their upcoming wedding. 1992 was the years when they came inches close to such a ceremony. Meanwhile, their engagement remains valid.
Rushing to the altar is not always a good idea, and it might put unnecessary pressure on the lovers.
You will love to see how your all-time favorite actor is a family man that remained faithful to his wife.
4. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson share a love story that can make you wish Forrest Gump would have ended differently.
You will be surprised to know the 60-year-old actor was not a popular guy in high school. On the other hand, Rita was a gorgeous girl that had way too many proposals at her disposal.
Tom had waited many years before his acting success gave him enough confidence to talk relationship with his crush. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson officially started their relationship back in 1985 and married four years later.
You might think that being one of the most talented and well-paid actors entitles you to a pool full of hot ladies. Some men need only one to be happy. The next happy story can restore faith in true love.
5. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are married since 1997, and everyone sees them as one of the most solid couples in Hollywood.
The story of how Will and Jada met takes us back to the glorious 1990s when we all watched “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on TV. Jada was auditioning for the role of Lisa Wilkes (Will’s girlfriend in the show) but was rejected for being too short.
However, Will was less picky than the producers. The two began dating, and the rest is history. Jaden and Willow are the fruits of their love. As for Trey Smith, he comes from Will’s first marriage. Yep, sometimes you need to let go of someone to be able to find true love.
The next couple might be a bit odd and disproportionate, but their love is genuine. You have to know their story.
6. Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness are a beautiful couple that highlights once more the magic and mystery of love.
We will start by saying that Deborra is 13 years older than Hugh. Despite the difference, the two got along like two peas in a pod and had no other romantic involvement. Even when Hugh turned into a Holywood sex-symbol he had eyes only for Deborra. Just imagine any other actor in his shoes. He would go chase a younger woman and get in a lot of trouble (check what Mel Gibson did).
Let’s give you some facts. Both Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness are Australians, they married in 1996 and had two children. We wish them to enjoy each other like they did until now.
The next power couple shows that you can combine two different segments of the entertainment industry quite successfully. Check it out!
7. David Beckham & Victoria Adams
David Beckham and Victoria Adams brought another wave of British Invasion into the world.
“My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly.” Believe it or not, David Beckham and Victoria Adams first fell in love with each other’s fame. Posh and Becks met in real life at a charity football game, and they were not disappointed.
Back in the late 1990s, you couldn’t go any further than that. The 1999 marriage between Manchester United’s symbol and the Posh Spice overshadowed everything else noteworthy. Everyone wanted a piece of their fame and success.
Four kids counterbalanced many rumors spread across the tabloid media, and their marriage is close to celebrating two decades.
It gets better and better! Seeing couple get along so well warms our hearts and creates positive vibes.
8. Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor
It’s always a pleasure to see Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor alongside their beautiful son and daughter.
However, if you want more of the two, there are some good comedies in which Ben and Christine appeared together. “Tropic Thunder,” “Zoolander,” and “Arrested Development” are just to name a few.
Stiller was never shy in admitting that the woman he shared the last 16 years took him out of the blue. Even when you are a successful Hollywood star that delivers one blockbuster after another, personal troubles can lurk behind that big smile of yours.
Brace yourself as the next couple took the celeb world by storm.
9. Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are the quintessential gay couple that was never shy to come out in the open.
The two began dating back in the early 2000s, a period when fans were still reluctant to accept explicit references on the big screen. Ellen’s successful TV talk show helped a lot in making the world a more tolerant place.
Portia and her lover exchanged vows in 2008, exploiting the recent changed in law that allowed gay coupled to walk on the aisle. The two made it clear that they are happy without children, so there is no hope of having further controversies here.
Let’s move to something big. The combined net worth of the next couple is truly astonishing.
10. Beyoncé Knowles & Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay Z were the world’s highest-paid celebrity couple of 2016, bringing home a total over $100 million.
That made their total net worth comfortably over $1 billion. When so much money are involved, who cares if love gets stranded somewhere along the way? Troubling news about the couple’s survival is easy to dismiss when you take aboard common sense.
Dividing such an estate would not only be extremely uncomfortable but would bring the divorce attorneys an undeserved paycheck. Bonnie and Clyde would have to learn to put aside their differences and look at the common interest.
Married since 2008, the two became parents in 2012, when Blue Ivy was born.
You have to read about the next couple and their wonderful love story!
11. Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. celebrated their 14th-anniversary last year, and it seems they are meant for each other till the end.
Sarah Michelle and Freddie have the classic Hollywood love story. They first met on set while filming “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in 1997. It was the same year Sarah took the role that would grant her a comfortable spot in popular culture – Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.
However, the two actors waited three more years before having the first proper date. Binge eating was the magnet that consecrated the couple, at a time when tasteless salads dominated the menu of Hollywood female stars.
The next couple builds upon what we’ve seen until now. Another happy couple that counts the many years spent together.
12. Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are married since 1997 and have three children together.
Just admit it! You didn’t see it coming. When you star in a TV show like “Sex and The City,” people typically assume that you can’t settle for only one man in your life. Jessica is a good example that real life is stranger than fiction and that everyone gets a chance at true romance once the camera stops rolling.
In a parallel Universe Sarah Jessica Parker is married to Robert Downey, Jr. The two dated between 1984 and 1991, a period when Iron Man battled his drug addiction.
13. John Travolta & Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly Preston fought against the odds, waited for each other, and ended up together, forming what most see as the most beautiful couple in Hollywood.
Falling in love with someone married is never easy. Just go ahead and ask John Travolta. Although knowing each other since they filmed “The Experts” in 1987, the two had to wait until 1991 to tie the knot. In the meantime, Kelly was very close to making a terrible mistake – marrying Charlie Sheen.
Although some sex scandal threatened the survival of their marriage, Travolta and Kelly let time settle dust on everything. Even the unexpected death of their 16-year-old boy Jett did little to break the bond.
Forget about pure love! One painful detail made the following couple think twice about remaining together.
14. Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
We have to travel a long way back in time to reach 1988, the year when Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick exchanged vows.
Like promised, the circumstances of how Kevin and Kyra first met will disturb you. She was a 12-year-old discovering the world, while Kevin was already a hearts conqueror. Their romance would have to wait for the legal age.
From the 1980s comes the official version that describes how Bacon and Sedgwick “first” met on the set of “Lemon Sky.” Many years after getting married, the two celebs discovered they are 9th cousins, once removed. Technically not illegal, but not the nicest thing to uncover.
One extra cute couple to go.
15. Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Fans of country music already know everything about Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
It rarely happens for two artists from the same niche to fall for each other. I mean, they have to mimic at least some level competition at the top of the charts.
The two celebrated two decades of marriage last year and had all the reasons to be proud. Sharing the stage with the person you love can make you happy more than anything else.
The associated act of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw is one the most successful in country music history and it’s enough to look at their annual earning. You could call them the Beyoncé and Jay-Z of the southern folklore.