5 Couples that Beat the Odds

It’s certainly not easy these days being a celebrity and maintaining a healthy, stable, long-lasting relationship with a career so big it could probably crush you – even though the odds are against it, these 5 couples have managed to hold down the fort and grow together in mutual respect and love. What’s their secret?

Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
How long: Together since 2003. Married since 2005 – wow! 7 whole years together! Seems like a lifetime in Hollywood doesn’t it?

Unique tidbit: Demi is 15 years older than Ashton, has three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis, has been married two previous times and is still open to having more children with Ashton.

How they make it work: They both are very open-minded people that keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Demi’s previous marriage to Bruce Willis ended peacefully and The Kutchers are known for hanging out and even holidaying with The Willis’. They’re tight. Demi on marriage – “The truth is you can have a great marriage, but there are still no guarantees. Ashton on marriage – “…I’ve never tried to change my wife, and she has never tried to change me…”

Gwenyth Paltrow and Chris Martin
How long: Met in 2002. Married since 2003. Pushin’ almost a decade together!

Unique tidbit: After Gwyneth dated and was engaged to Brad Pitt, dated on and off again Ben Affleck, she finally found “the one,” Coldplay front man, Chris Martin. Not long after they were married, they had their first daughter, Apple and two years later had a second child, a son, Moses.

How they make it work: It’s all about respect between these two superstars! Gwyneth on marriage – “It’s honesty and support and respect. I really have an incredible amount of respect for him as a man, as a human being and as an artist. We have our ups and downs like every couple, but I think you have to make that commitment to invest in a life together…”

Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
How long: Together since 2002. Married since 2005. Another couple rounding a decade together!

Unique tidbit: This is the first engagement and marriage for both. Bratman is not in the spotlight whatsoever and the couple keeps things spicy with ‘naked Sundays’ – a whole day devoted just to each other (and now, their 2 and half year old son, Max), no phone calls, meetings, etc. Just love and nakedness.

How they make it work: A depth of gratitude plays a big part in why Christina and Jordan work. They both have their priorities straight and understand that marriage is a team effort. Christina on marriage – “I start to cry when I think of all he has brought to my life. As a team, we make each other stronger, wiser…just better.”

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis
How long: Together since 1998 – never married! That’s a whopping 12 years … pretty good for the man deemed to be The Sexiest Man Alive.

Unique tidbit: The couple has two children together, Lily Rose, 11 and Jack, 8. They divide their time between Los Angeles and Paradis’ neighborhood in the south of France. Oh, and can’t forget about the Bahamas island they own. Vanessa has been labeled the “Madonna” of France and some say she looks oddly like Johnny’s previous girlfriend, model Kate Moss.

How they make it work: They have intense admiration for each other – both being so busy career wise, they are flexible people that sacrifice for each other. Vanessa on marriage – “I could go on and on about all the things I admire in him. I like watching him when he’s thinking, when he’s talking with people, I like seeing how he handles situations. I admire him as an actor, as a father, as a man. Above all, I admire the person he is. He’s fantastic.” Johnny on marriage -“Marriage can be whatever you define it as. For example, I don’t feel like I need a piece of paper that says I own her and she owns me.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
How long: Together since 1983 – never married! Grand total of 27 years!

Unique tidbit: They met on the set of Swing Shift and fell even deeper in love on the set of Overboard. Goldie has two children with ex-husband Bill Hudson, daughter Kate Hudson and son, Oliver Hudson – she was married twice before Kurt. They have one son together, Wyatt Russell.

How they make it work: The couple doesn’t see the point to marriage – they’re more concerned about not losing individualism. They make sure that they’re still individual people as well as a partnership and that plays a large part in why they’re still together. Goldie on marriage – “We both have independent finances, we’re both independently well-off. We have raised our children brilliantly; they are beautiful people. We did a great job there and we didn’t have to get married to do that. I like waking up every day and seeing that he is there and knowing that I have a choice. There is really no reason to marry.”

11 thoughts on “5 Couples that Beat the Odds

  1. Rose Cocca

    i lasted almost 53 years with my partner and we still together in a differt way..i love my man and i it dont really mean to me what he was…or what he did…i went to 2 lawyers and they tol me if i get a divorse i will lose everytrhing..not that i have much…as far as moving in ..im waiting to see if my income comes down..then i will move in my own apt…..in your building…we dont have to live together but we can stay together….all i want for now is a friendship ring…i dont care what it cost…then later we can get marry ..right now you dont have to rush into any thing…take your time im not going any where…i just want to see you for now…and please no women.allow….your mine….as for as having sex..it doesnt have to be perfect….but what i really like is to have dinner…no show..go back and watch a movie and take about the movie only…how does that sound..let me know….what i think about you are so smart you think of every thing…you are lovable too like a teddy bear.who you can hug…

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  4. marigold

    “If a couple are real soulmates, they will NEVER GET TIRED OF EACH OTHER, LOVE WILL GROW EVERYDAY..OVERLOOKING failings, faults or whatever that will make a couple grow cold with each other..they are always magnetizing each one’s self into a beautiful and maturing relationships. because LOVE is indeed FOREVER”.

  5. nora

    i always believe God in the center of the relationship and respect for each others are so impt. without these man and woman in a relationship wont last long.

  6. Racquel

    It’s interesting that you entered celeb couples who are not married into your top 5 couples with staying power list. And there is not one African-american celeb couple such as Denzel Washington and his wife or Will Smith and Jada.This is 2010 the president of the U.S. is African-american. And you can not be fair and equal in something as small as your little list. You are sad and disappointing.Your heads are hidden somewhere in a dark,slippery,smelly and nauseating place!

  7. Jean

    you forgot to mention Gene Simmons and Shanon Tweed…happily “un-married” for 25 years with two children…

  8. pat

    concerning the references about legal marriage–the legal realities are so bizarre-when you marry in the corporation known as the USA-you don’t own each other–the QUEEN of ENGLAND owns you–all about corporate/contract/admiralty law–and the social security system(which is really the screw you system)–these happily unmarried people have my respect and admiration–real marriages are not about any kind of slavery.

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  10. Donald

    I have had a bad relationship with Melissa for 12 years now, who is now on the outs but apparently she can’t stay with one guy for very long, so I got tired of her messing things up and went on a dating website posted my profile, got a few hits, several gave me their real email addressess, so I sent them emails back and the one that got back to me the quickest was Carmelene, she was born 12/24/81, the way that she has been talking to me is like wow where have you been all my life, so I need to know is she my soulmate? I’m Donald, born 6/7/67, so please get back to me on this because i really need to know if she is the one that I’m suppose to be with for the Rest of My Life?


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