Unsolicited public displays of affection are often, at best, uncomfortable, and at worst, gag-inducing. But, we (the masses) are just askin' for it when we choose to follow certain famous sweethearts. And let's be honest—we live for it. Maybe we idolize romantic proclamations between celebrities because it humanizes them? Maybe their happy marriages—constantly under siege by the pressures of stardom—give us hope? Maybe it's just nice to see two ridiculously good-looking people in a photo together?
In any case, we've curated a list of prominent lovebirds who can't seem to get enough of one another, and whose high-profile PDA we also can't seem to get enough of on social media.
1. Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
"We were buddies for a long time," Reynolds said during an EW Radio town hall on SiriusXM. "I think the best way to have a relationship is to start as friends."
Lively told Marie Claire, "I knew he would be my best friend for my whole life,” when asked how she knew she wanted to marry Reynolds. "I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him.”
2. John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
"I don't think it was, like, one particular moment," Legend said when Oprah asked how he knew he and Teigen were ready for the next step. "But I knew I loved her. I knew I could see myself living with her and spending time with her forever."
In a beautifully raw essay about postpartum depression for Glamour, Teigen writes, "I have an incredible husband—John and I have been together for over 10 years. He has seen my successes and failures; I’ve seen his. He has seen me at my worst, but I will say I don’t think I have ever seen him at his. He’s exactly as compassionate, patient, loving, and understanding as he seems. And I hate it. OK, I don’t hate it. But it can certainly drive you nuts sometimes when you’re as cynical as I am. If I weren’t me, I would politely excuse myself to make the most epic eye roll of all time if a woman talked to me about her significant other the way I just did to you."
3. Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
"She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, okay? I don't want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me—for instance, her."
"Every once in a while, I can catch a glimpse of her when she doesn't see me looking. I have this moment where I'm like, 'If you never make a good decision—if you only make bad decisions—for the rest of your life, you made one really good decision.' It's nice to marry your best friend."
For her part, Biel told DeGeneres that "[Being married] just feels incredible. It feels like you have this partner who is going to be with you and also change light bulbs and do dishes with you." And then on Good Morning America, she mentioned that Timberlake "supports everything that I do. And that's, I think, why he's such a wonderful partner. We should just be able to talk and laugh and learn together."
4. Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
In a cover story for People, DeGeneres said, in order to make her marriage work, "Portia and I constantly say to each other, ‘We are so lucky.' I've gotten to a place where I really am just settled. Really. I know that I'm not going anywhere. She's not going anywhere. I'm not saying the relationship took a while; I'm saying in my life, it took a while to find this. Our priorities are each other, too. The word 'love' is thrown around. 'I love you' is great to hear, but you want to feel it. You want to feel that you're understood, and they know exactly who you are, and they know how to take care of you."
During an ET interview, de Rossi mentioned another tip for success: "We talk about everything, and we never ever, ever lie to each other, like, not even the tiniest lies. She's the only person I want to hang out with. Like, who wouldn't want to be with Ellen all the time?"
PopSugar also reported de Rossi's statements on how she's changed since DeGeneres: "I used to think that the way to be strong was to be tough—to be independent was to not need anyone. She's taught me that the more vulnerable you are and the softer you are, and the more you allow people into your life and into your heart, the happier you are and the more valuable you are to other people. Ellen has completely changed the way I look at life."
5. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
Two years ago, Smith told ET the simple approach he and Jada have to marriage:
“We've been married 20 years and we've been asking ourselves [what’s the secret to marriage] and really at the end of the day it’s just not quitting. You can’t expect it to be easy. It’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know we're just not quitters.”
Jada confessed at Vh1's Dear Mama Event that Will wasn't part of her initial life plan. "I never thought about being married or having a family. I didn't know anything about that because I came from a single mom so I always thought I'd be a single mom and have a career. Then I found this beautiful man, Will. I got married to him and I got my bonus son Trey and then I got Jaden and I got Willow and I was able to create, for myself, something I never had—which means family."
6. Justin Theroux & Jennifer Aniston
“Marriage makes the small things much smaller and the big things small,” Theroux told Vanity Fair. “It’s good to have someone have your back.” He also said in a Good Morning America segment that he was "deliriously happy" in his union with Aniston. "Something really does shift in a wonderful way, and it sort of refocuses things. You relax into it in a certain way. I can't explain it.”
Aniston considers herself fortunate to have Theroux, too. "I like making jokes," she told Harpers Baazar. "I'm lucky because Justin is the funniest person I've met, and we make each other laugh. Laughter is one of the great keys to staying youthful." Aniston is 48 (WE KNOW), and when People asked about the best thing to happen to her in her forties she replied, "Justin—he’s the best thing this decade.”
7. Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde
They're not technically married, but the engaged couple has a family together and some lovely things to say about one another:
Sudeikis told InStyle, "She is a combination of everything that I love about women—she's smart, strong, caring, beautiful, and as funny as anybody I've ever known. She just has it all. It's like she's the most gorgeous Costco you've ever seen in your life."
Their meet-cute wasn't in a grocery store, but it's equally precious. Wilde described the event to Howard Stern, "I remember I was on the dance floor [at an SNL afterparty]. He came up to me and said, 'You know, whatever you’re looking for, you don’t need it,' and just walked away. When he got my number he didn’t text me for a month. I was on the hook. I was like, 'You guys, did Jason Sudeikis die? Because I don’t have any texts.' He literally didn’t kiss me until the fourth date, and I was like completely head over heels."
She also told the the EDIT, "We are seriously connected. Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another, and then once you have a child, it's like, ‘Oh, we're committed and promised already.'"
When will they finally do the thing?
Sudeikis said on Watch What Happens Live, "I believe that we won't get married until weed is legal in every state."
8. David & Victoria Beckham
David told Ellen DeGeneres, "The Spice Girls had been together for a few months and obviously, they were so huge and I just wanted to meet one of them and the one I wanted to meet was Victoria. I was in a hotel room with my best friend, who was my best man at my wedding, and I remember turning around before I even met Victoria and said, 'I want to marry that one. The one in the black dress, the one with the bob.' "
Then in an interview with ABC News two years ago, David looked back on their relationship. "We’ve been together for 18 years. We’ve been married for 16 years. You trust each other’s judgment. I think that has worked for us."
Victoria likewise told Grazia, "Yes, we travel a lot with our respective businesses and charitable commitments, but we always make time for each other as a couple and as a family. David and I have nothing to prove. We love each other, look out for each other, and are strong as both partners and parents."
9. Steph & Ayesha Curry
Steph knows he and Ayesha were young when they pledged their lives to one another, he said to Parents magazine. "I was 23; she was 22. But I knew I had found the right woman and I wanted to start a life with her."
And though the two are very affectionate on social media, Steph told People, "We want to represent the right things because that’s who we are, but we don’t like when people say ‘#RelationshipGoals’ and stuff. I want people to understand they have to live their own lives the way they want to and not just do what we do.”
In that same People interview, Ayesha confesses she wrote off Curry as "the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with." She said, "I made a generalization that maybe he wasn’t for me" and even admitted to once during high school creating a list of characteristics she wanted in a significant other. "At the bottom, it said, ‘No athletes, because they’re arrogant.' ”
But years later, she told Parents, "The thing I love about [Steph] is that he's not too cool for school. He'll get down on the floor and play with the girls. He'll put on 'dress up' clothes if he has to, and he's very patient, which is something I'm not. We balance each other out."
10. Chip & Joanna Gaines
For Valentine's Day, one HGTV fan rounded up a dozen times Chip and Joanna mentioned each other during their Fixer Upper show, and claimed each one gave her "Major #Relationship Goals."
"Who won in life? Me. Because I got to marry you," said Chip once.
"He's got this energy like an eight-year-old boy," said Joanna. "It's what keeps things interesting around here. And I think that's what makes him such a great dad."
11. Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell
"She's way out of my league," Shepard said on The Queen Latifah Show. "Learn to dance, young men, learn to dance. Make jokes and learn to dance, and you can land a Kristen Bell."
In addition to her openness about their love, Bell has also been very vocal about her support of couples therapy, telling People, "We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories. We both take responsibility when we are wrong, and I think it is easy to work with him because I married him, because I enjoy spending time with him and I trust him. That is exactly what I want in someone that I work with."
12. Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union-Wade
In December 2015, Wade posted on Instagram:
"2 years ago today we asked this beautiful person to marry us and she said yes!!! Thank you baby for your strength and patience. it's not easy having a house full of boys to men but you do it with style and grace. We love you. #TheWades"
And in Union-Wade's Ocean Drive cover story, she said, "If you have good, effective, honest communication, you can handle any issue or problem in a relationship. D is literally my best friend. We really, really enjoy spending time with each other more than anybody else. Well, with D, maybe I'm tied with LeBron! But I'm definitely his favorite female! If you have the chance to marry your best friend, I would highly recommend it."
13. Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan Tatum
Just weeks after their wedding, People asked Channing how things were going: “We’ve been together, and nothing’s really changed," he said. "It’s pretty much the same as I’ve felt every day since I met her—and that’s just about perfect.”
Jenna told [Glamour]: "Most actors and actresses are consumed by careers and getting ahead. Channing and I are ambitious, but our relationship comes first. We take everything day by day, saying, 'OK, how can we make this work together?' "
14. Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
"I initially fell for David harder than he fell for me," Harris said in Out magazine. "I’ve been saying 'better half' for as long as I’ve been able to."
Burtka says in the same article, "I’ve always known I was going to have a monogamous relationship, raise children, and be happy in love. It was the one thing in life that I never doubted for a second. [Neil] is my lifeline, in an amazing way. Without him, I can’t breathe. The biggest thing is that he makes me laugh, but he’s also smart. He can do everything. I’m not kidding; I think he’s half robot."
15. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian-West
According to People, Kanye once said on Keeping Up with the Kardashians: "There's times when I wasn't with [Kim], I wanted to be with her so bad I thought about taking up sports."
After they did pair up, he told BBC Radio, "It's like family time. That's what Kim gave me. She gave me everything. She gave me family. She gave me a support system."
Before their marriage, Kim told Cosmo: "I have this best friend who understands me and helps me through all my tough experiences, and vice versa, you know? It just feels like this is it for me."
And she later gushed to DeGeneres, "He's the most romantic guy I have ever met. He's better than any movie or romantic novel."
16. Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen
Brady said to Details magazine, "I think my wife and I, we probably enjoy staying home more than most." He also owned up to some silly showboating in Man of the World: "I like attention from her, so when I’m not getting it I let her know in immature ways, like a young, immature child would. You throw fits and you pout and you whine until you get what you want.”
Bündchen threw some notice his way in an interview with People, saying, "Tom is a good guy. He has a very pure heart. He’s very naive, almost like a child. That is my favorite quality about him. One thing that I thought was so amazing when I first met him is that he is innocent. He sees the world with [rose] colored glasses.”
17. Jay-Z Carter & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
In Jay-Z's most recent album, multiple lyrics seem to address his remorse, but also his unshaken love for Knowles-Carter.
“I apologize, our love was one for the ages and I contained us," he raps in "4:44," the record's title track.
"We have been together since I was 20 years old," Knowles-Carter said to Harper's Bazaar. "We took our time and developed an unbreakable friendship before we got married. We focused three years on our marriage and found that it brought us an even stronger bond and connection. But like anything great and successful in your life, marriage takes hard work and sacrifice. It has to be something both you and your husband deeply want. The best thing about marriage is the amount of growth you have because you can no longer hide from your fears and insecurities.
There's someone right there calling you out on your flaws and building you up when you need the support. If you are with the right person, it brings out the best version of you."
18. Barack & Michelle Obama
Let's go back to Barack's final POTUS address: "For the past 25 years, you’ve not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you’ve been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace, grit, and style.”
During an Oprah interview, Michelle weighed in about the Obamas' marital success: "It has to be a true partnership, and you have to really really like and respect the person you're married to because it is a hard road. I mean, that's what I tell young couples. Don't expect it to be easy, melding two lives and trying to raise others, and doing it forever. I mean that's a recipe made for disaster, so there are highs and lows. But if in the end you can look him in the eye and say, 'I like you.' I stopped believing at love in first sight.
I think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more."