Relationships in Hollywood tend to get a bad rap, especially since they don’t often last very long. While it’s true that some celebrity marriages have dissolved before they hit the 72-hour mark, there are plenty of famous couples who have defied that stereotype. In fact, many of them have been together for decades. Take, for example, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, who are in it for the long run after 34 years of marriage. Or, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who tied the knot 25 years ago.
What’s even more impressive is that these power couples have survived the challenges of living in the public eye while maintaining their successful careers. Despite the pressures of being a public figure and the constant scrutiny they receive, these celebrity duos are still happily married, which makes them an inspiration for everyone. From Victoria and David Beckham to Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, here are some of our favorite Hollywood couples with long-lasting marriages that prove love really does exist.
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks hit a new record for Hollywood relationships: an impressive 34 years of marriage. After meeting in 1981 on the set of the ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies, Hanks was still married to his high school sweetheart. But, he couldn’t deny his attraction to Wilson. In 1987, the Sleepless in Seattle star and his former wife separated, so he and the Runaway Bride actress went public with their relationship. They tied the knot one year later, and they are now parents of two children. The couple has supported one another through countless health obstacles, such as Wilson’s breast cancer diagnosis and their coronavirus battle.
Pauletta Pearson and Denzel Washington
Pauletta Pearson and Denzel Washington are another celebrity couple with a lot of history. The actors met in 1977 while shooting Wilma together, and they started dating one year later. According to Access Hollywood, the Malcolm X actor proposed three different times before Pearson finally accepted. They said “I do” in 1983 and renewed their vows in 1995. They currently share four children together.
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham
Ever since crossing paths at a soccer game in 1997, Victoria Beckham and David Beckham have been going strong. Their connection was so solid, in fact, that the former Spice Girl and the former soccer player got married just two years later. After 25 years of marriage and four kids, the duo represents the ultimate celebrity pair. They even reaffirmed their love in 2017 with a vow renewal.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith
Although Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have experienced a lot of ups and downs in their relationship, they’ve come out on the other end stronger and wiser. The two met while filming the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1990, and they swapped vows on New Year’s Eve in 1997. They are proud parents of Jaden and Willow.
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
As the most iconic country music couple, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been married for over 25 years. The singers met for the first time at a gig in Nashville in 1994, but at the time, they were both seeing other people. In 1996, they rekindled the flame during McGraw’s Spontaneous Combustion tour. Later that year, they got married. More than two decades later, they're parents to three daughters and make music together, including the song, “The Rest of Our Lives.”
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
When Portia de Rossi first locked eyes with Ellen DeGeneres in 2001, she knew it was love at first sight. “We actually met socially, and I just felt that immediate draw,” de Rossi told Oprah Winfrey in 2009. In 2008, after gay marriage was legalized in California, the happy couple made their bond official. To this day, after 14 years of marriage, the couple is still madly in love. “Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky,’” the talk show host told People in 2021.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Known as one of the most talented couples in Hollywood, Beyoncé and Jay-Z are also breaking records for their long-lasting marriage. The “Halo” singer met the rapper when she was just 18 years old back in 2000. They instantly hit it off and started seeing each other romantically the following year. In 2008, the musicians wed in a secret ceremony. From raising three children to collaborating on hit tracks, such as “Deja Vu” and “Drunk in Love,” this couple has taken their connection to new heights.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Another celebrity couple who has stood the test of time is Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. Before their Hollywood debuts, the Sex and the City star and the Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actor met in the 1990s while starring on Broadway. After Parker broke up with Robert Downey Jr., she made her relationship official with Broderick. The two tied the knot in a surprise ceremony in 1997, and they have three kids.
Although they tend to keep their relationship private, the actress opened up about her relationship to Broderick during a cover interview for Harper’s Bazaar in 2013. “We’re very devoted to our family and our lives,” she said. “I love our life. I love that he’s the father of my children, and it’s because of him that there’s this whole other world that I love.”
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Everyone’s favorite ‘90s couple first linked up in 1997 while acting in I Know What You Did Last Summer. However, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. didn’t put a label on it until 2000. A year later, the She’s All That actor popped the question to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer star. In 2002, they said “I do” in Mexico. Twenty years later, they have become a family of four.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
For Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, their dreamy love story all started when they were teenagers in the ‘90s. However, the “No One” singer and the record producer didn’t couple up until 2008, when the rapper was still married to Mashonda Tifrere, his first wife. Two years later, the duo threw a wedding in France while the piano-playing Grammy winner was pregnant with their first child. They’ve been able to maintain their 12-year marriage even after having two children and hitting milestones in their careers.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
After they first connected in 2005, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban fell fast for each other. Just one year later, The Undoing star and the “Somebody Like You” country singer confirms their undeniable chemistry when they said "I do" in an Australian ceremony. From managing Urban’s addiction to balancing their careers and raising two children over 16 years of marriage, the couple is just as strong as ever.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
What started as a professional relationship for Jessica Alba and Cash Warren turned into a successful 14 years of marriage. The couple first felt a spark while working together on Fantastic Four in 2004. That same year, the actress and producer started exploring their attraction. In 2008, the creatives swapped vows, and they share three children together.
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Even though Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem have been married for 12 years, they’ve kept their relationship under wraps, for the most part. We do know that the Vanilla Sky actress and Skyfall star formulated their relationship while acting in several films together. The two met while starring in Jamón Jamón in 1992, but they didn’t fall for each other until working on Vicky Cristina Barcelona in 2008. A couple years later, they recited promises to one another and are now parents of two.
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
Throughout their admirable 25 years of marriage, Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow have been able to maintain their deep bond. In 1995, the two met at an audition for The Cable Guy, and two years later, they shared their first kiss as newlyweds. The This Is 40 star and comedian have kept up their relationship even while working on several movies together. “I have such a good time with Judd,” Mann shared with ABC News in 2009. “He’s so great—such a great director. I get to have input and go into the editing room. It’s the perfect situation.”
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer
A celebrity couple that puts the rest to shame is none other than Meryl Streep and Don Gummer. The grand total? Over 40 years of marriage. Their first encounter took place in 1978 while the three-time Oscar winner was mourning the loss of her first boyfriend, John Cazale, who died of cancer that year. The Devil Wears Prada actress and the sculptor had a grand connection because six months later, they walked down the aisle. Throughout the course of their marriage, they’ve raised three daughters.
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Another celebrity couple who has years of marriage under their belt is Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. After meeting through a mutual friend in 2008, The Office actor got down on one knee and proposed less than a year later. In 2010, they made it official at the altar. From raising two children to working on A Quiet Place together, they model a thriving Hollywood relationship.
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
After 13 years of marriage, Salma Hayek says she and François-Henri Pinault are still “strong in love.” The Like a Boss star and the businessman may be private about their relationship, but one thing’s for certain—they know how to celebrate their marriage. The couple initially got married at a courthouse ceremony in Paris in 2009. Two months later, they exchanged vows again in Venice, Italy, where their friends and family joined them. Then, in 2018, the pair renewed their vows in Bora Bora. They share one daughter together.
Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder’s love story all started in 2000 when the actress and cinematographer first felt a spark. At the time, the Notting Hill star was dating Benjamin Bratt, and Moder was married to Vera Steimberg. So, they didn’t start pursuing a romantic relationship until Moder finalized his divorce in 2002. That same year, the duo hosted their nuptials. They now share three children together.
Brad and George Takei
Though they didn't get married until 2009, Brad and George Takei have been a happy couples since the 1980s and kept their love a secret for over 20 years. Just one day after the California Supreme Court lifted its ban on gay marriage, George announced that he and Brad would tie the knot.