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“You Can’t Love Someone More Because of a Piece of Paper,” Enrique and Anna Show Us What True Love Is Really About

The former Russian tennis player, Anna Kournikova, and the Spanish singer, Enrique Iglesias, have been together for around 20 years. Throughout their relationship, they’ve faced many ups and downs, from break-ups to having 3 children together. This unconventional couple is just proof that you don’t need to follow a recipe for your relationship to work, but rather, to fight for the person you love with all you’ve got.

We at Bright Side know that a perfect relationship doesn’t exist, but there’s such a thing as a perfectly imperfect love story, and we believe this one is one worth sharing.

Anna and Enrique met on set while filming a video for one of his songs.

The couple’s first encounter was anything but ordinary. They locked eyes with each other for the first time in 2001 when the video for Enrique’s song, “Escape” was recorded. Even though they met right before filming it, their chemistry was so impeccable that it couldn’t go unnoticed.

Behind the scenes, Enrique revealed, “She is beautiful, talented, and a great tennis player. It doesn’t take a good actor to try to kiss Anna and make it believable.” The spark between them must’ve been really powerful because shortly after shooting the video, Anna and Enrique started dating.

They have been together ever since, but they never got married.

Enrique and Anna have been in a happy relationship for almost 20 years now, and they are still going strong. However, they chose not to get married because that wasn’t important to Anna, and Enrique has the same beliefs: “I’ve never really thought marriage would make a difference. Maybe it’s because I come from divorced parents, but I don’t think you love someone more because of a piece of paper.”

One of the things that kept their relationship alive is the fact that they were on the same page all along. Anna once said, “We’ve been together for years. He’s the male version of me, and I’m the female version of him.”

Unlike many couples out there, Enrique and Anna don’t believe that walking down the aisle is the key to a happy relationship. What Anna believes is important is being open and trusting of one another, and respecting each other completely.

Their relationship wasn’t always perfect.

As in every relationship, Enrique and Anna had their fair share of downfalls. Enrique even revealed that there were moments when he thought about ending their relationship, and so did Anna. But despite all of it, they got through every obstacle life threw their way, and that only made their love stronger.

When Anna broke up with Enrique once, he wrote a song for her.

At that time, Enrique did what he does best. He interpreted his feelings into lyrics, and the song, “Enamorado Por Primera Vez” (which translates to “in love for the first time”) was born. In his own romantic way, he apologized to the love of his life, and eventually, they got back together.

They are now proud parents of 3 adorable children.

Even though the couple didn’t marry, they wanted to be a family and have children together. In an interview, Enrique mentioned, “What makes a difference is that you’re a good parent, period.” So, in 2017, they brought their twins, Nicholas and Lucy, into the world.

More than years later, Anna and Enrique welcomed their third child, Mary. And when Enrique was asked what it was like to be a dad of 3, he revealed that he didn’t get enough sleep, but he wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

Do you think getting married changes the relationship? Share your perfectly imperfect love story with us.

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