And now, the two are opening up even more about their relationship—including the reason Shepard proposed to Bell even though he didn't previously believe in marriage.
“He has a great argument that the state having a piece of paper doesn’t mean he’s going to be nice to me and by my side for the rest of my life. [Rather], that is going to be evidenced by how we treat each other and the commitment that we make,” Kristen told People magazine about her now-husband's stance on the matter. “I had surrendered, like ‘Okay, well, I’m never going to get any sort of traditional marriage out of this, and that’s okay because I trust him.’ I really, really trusted him and believed that we were going to go the long haul.”
Obviously, given that the couple were married in 2013, something changed along the way. “Ultimately, I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing it because my partner wants that,’ " Shepard tells People. "Forget the tradition or history of marriage as a concept, you knowing I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you was a big sign for you.”
The decision did give them a sense of normalcy. “It just felt more normal. We do a lot of things differently, but there’s a couple things where I’m just like, ‘God, can we not just fall inside the lines once in a while? I want to wear a pretty piece of jewelry. It’s fun!' ” Bell explained. “It felt nice afterwards.”
Shepard and Bell openly admit to the helpfulness of couples therapy and putting in the time and effort to make their relationship a happy one. “We definitely had to work really hard at being a couple because we’re both incredibly, painfully stubborn, and we’re pretty much opposites,” Shepard added.
That sounds like a real definition of #RelationshipGoals, if you ask us.