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11 Celebs Share Their Secrets to Decades of Happy Marriage and if Hollywood Can Make It, We Can Too

While it seems that many marriages end up in divorce in Hollywood, these people are definitely keeping their marriage strong. Some have even been married for over 5 decades, and many may wonder what their secret is. Luckily, a number of them have shared their wisdom on what they’ve done to make their relationships work for so many years, and today, we’re sharing them with you.

Here’s Bright Side’s list of some of the most long-lasting celebrity couples advice on marriage.

1. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness: Make your partner your priority.

The Wolverine star met Deborra-Lee Furness while filming the Australian TV show Correlli, and although she’s 13 years older than him, the 2 fell madly in love. They got married in 1996 and have 2 kids. Here’s how they’ve managed to stay together for over 23 years:

In an interview, the actor shared that their priority is their family, so that they’re there for each other no matter the circumstances. He even revealed that at the Oscars, whenever he was on stage, he’d put his hand on his heart and look for Deborra in the audience. He also declared that after being on stage, he wouldn’t have anyone in his dressing room before Deborra because she is the rock and foundation of their family.

2. Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin: Spend as much time together as you can.

Alec Baldwin met yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas in 2011 and got married in 2012. They have 4 kids together and have been together ever since. Here’s Baldwin’s marriage advice:

He suggests that couples should spend time with each other and make time to be with one another. He shared an example of this in his married life. Whenever he gets an offer to star in a movie, he takes his family to the filming location. And if the production company doesn’t have the budget for that, he declines the offer: He insists that to have a successful marriage, you have to do whatever is within your power to stay together.

3. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Get married for the right reasons.

The couple met on the set of the TV comedy show Bosom Buddies in 1981 and tied the knot 7 years later. The 2 have been together for almost 32 years, and when asked about it, Hank’s response was funny and sweet.

While in an interview, he joked about the first time he saw her. He said he felt he was in the right place. But the actor had one more thing to add: He thinks they managed to make their relationship thrive because they got married for all the right reasons.

4. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith: Don’t work on your relationship, work on yourself.

After being turned down for the role of Smith’s girlfriend Lisa in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the 2 of them became friends and soon afterward started dating. They got married in 1997 and have been together ever since. After almost 2 decades of marriage, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is ready to give some advice on what makes a marriage last.

If there’s a secret, according to what Smith revealed at the Premiere of his film Concussion, it would be that couples shouldn’t work on their relationship, but they should work on themselves, and, later on, present their new and better selves to their significant other.

5. Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross: Work on your problems, don’t walk away from them.

These lovebirds have been married for almost 35 years. After 4 marriages that resulted in divorce, Katharine found true love in Sam while working together in London for the British terror film The Legacy. More than 3 decades of marriage is a lot of experience, so here’s what he had to say about matrimony.

Of course they have things in common, a certain sensibility, but they also work on staying together. He explained that you should work on your problems, not hide or walk away from them, to make a marriage last.

6. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake: Share some of your values.

Biel and Timberlake have been together for 12 years, ever since 2007. They got married in 2013 and have 2 small kids. Jessica also shared their secret for staying strong.

She said that part of their success relies on having very similar values, especially honesty and loyalty. But the actress also said they like spending time together doing things that they both find fun. In fact, their interests are very similar.

7. Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault: Treat your spouse as your home.

This Mexican bombshell and French businessman have been married for 10 years. They started a relationship with very low profile, but soon after, they announced double good news: Hayek was pregnant, and they were engaged. She says their secret for staying with one another for so long has been how close they are to each other, how they treat each other as their “home.”

For Salma, chemistry matters. To make a relationship last, you have to keep on laughing, having romance, and exploring the world together. That makes your husband your home, and that’s the secret to a happy and lasting marriage, the actress shared in an interview.

8. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar: Have a friendship base.

Prinze Jr. and Gellar met while starring in the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, but it wasn’t until 3 years later that they began to date. 2 years later, they had their wedding ceremony in Mexico. Since then, 17 years have passed, and this is what Prinze Jr. had to say about staying together.

The actor confessed that before jumping into a relationship, they were good friends for about 2 years, which allowed them to get to know each other pretty well. He explained that friendship was what created a solid foundation in their marriage.

9. David and Victoria Beckham: Trust each other’s judgement.

This soccer star and singer met after a Manchester United football match where Victoria saw David play in 1997. 2 years later, they were married in an Irish castle. It’s been more than 20 years since that special day. 2 decades is a big chunk of time to be with someone in a relationship, but David has some insight on what made them stay in love and it has everything to do with trusting your partner and doing what’s best for the relationship.

He confessed in an interview that it’s of great importance to trust your partner’s judgment, and went on to add that apparently it’s worked great for the 2 of them.

10. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick: Keep your problems to yourselves.

Sarah Jessica Parker is way different from Carrie’s Sex and the City character: She’s been married for more than 22 years with American actor Matthew Broderick. They were introduced by Parker’s brother and hit it off. They still do, so when asked about how they managed to make their marriage a successful one she had a couple of pieces of advice to give.

Briefly but clearly she explained that she believed the secret was that they didn’t make their marriage a public discussion. They wouldn’t talk about it with reporters or anyone. They didn’t air their dirty laundry and they fixed their conflicts at home.

11. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward: Make sure you laugh together.

53 years, that’s how long this couple was together until Newman passed away in 2008. When they first met, sparks didn’t fly, but a few years later, Newman and Woodward fell madly in love as young actors on the set of The Long, Hot Summer. They tied the knot in 1958. When asked about their long-lasting marriage, his wife had something to add.

Attractiveness and beauty don’t last forever, she confessed in an interview, adding that what does stay is your sense of humor. That’s why she believes that making your partner laugh is very important.

Packed with all this wisdom, you can now be sure you and your partner will make the best of your relationship. How long have you been with your significant other? What do you personally do to make your story last forever? Give us some tips below!