Happily married actors, musicians, and stars reveal relationship advice that works, from kissing to communication.
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Whether you're famous or not, relationships aren't easy. It takes a certain special something to make a marriage last. That's why we compiled candid words of wisdom from happily married celebrity couples that have managed to keep the spark alive—even in the spotlight. Here, get their tried-and-true relationship advice, from kissing to communication.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian built her career on being open about her life—her marriage to Kanye West included—and West's music features lyrics about his wife and family. So how does life in the limelight affect their relationship? "[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say, but my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up," West told Vanity Fair following the release of his music video for the song "Famous."
Their secret? "One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we're allowed to be ourselves. Our life is walking performance art."
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Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder
When Extra's Mario Lopez asked the Oscar award-winning actress about her relationship advice for entertainment couples, Roberts sweetly responded, "I don't think it's exclusive to entertainment couples. I wouldn't even think of us as an entertainment couple, but I don't know. Probably kissing."
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Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen recently chatted with CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose about her new book, her career in modeling, and what it has taken to navigate marital challenges with her husband and father of her two children, Tom Brady. "I think we've been through a few tough times together," she said. "I think that's when you know who are your friends and who loves you. My father always said, the quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships, and I think, no matter how challenging it was, we've always been supportive of one another. I think that's the most important thing you can have in life, you know? A support system and love."
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Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks may have been the guest of honor at the Outfest Legacy Awards, where he received a trailblazer award for his work in Philadelphia, but the actor was quick to show appreciation for his wife of 27 years, Rita Wilson. "I wish there was a secret, you know," Hanks said. "We just like each other. You start there … I still can't believe my wife goes out with me. If we were in high school and I was just funny, I'd never have the courage to talk to her."
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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth
"I wouldn't say either of us has wildly changed; I just love him more and more," Reese Witherspoon said of her nearly five-year marriage to Jim Toth in Glamour's December cover story. "I want so much for him to be happy, and he wants me to be happy. That's a big part of my day, thinking, 'Is he happy?' And for him, 'Is she happy?'"
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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
We all know Justin Timberlake considers Jessica Biel his mirror, but it turns out what he says about their relationship IRL is just as sweet as the lyrics he sings. Case in point, during a 2012 press conference, the singer spoke candidly about the couple's tricks for a happy relationship: "We have a couple of rules in our relationship. The first rule is that I make her feel like she's getting everything. The second rule is that I actually do let her have her way in everything. And, so far, it's working."
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"For us, it's exciting to have time away and then be together and make up for that lost time," Chrissy Teigen told People in 2014 of her marriage to singer John Legend. The supermodel, cookbook author, and mom-to-be called their marriage "an ideal relationship." Based on her adorable Instagrams and Legend's sweet love song lyrics, we'd have to agree!
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z
How do Queen Bey and her hip hop mogul hubby make it work? "We were friends first, for a year and a half before we went on any date," Beyoncé shared during an interview with Oprah, "and that foundation is so important in a relationship."
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick keep their private life private, and it works: The two have been married for nearly 20 years. "The secret is, we don't discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That's it!" Parker told The Huffington Post. "We don't hold it up as an example and we don't air our dirty laundry."
That doesn't mean they keep quiet around one another, though: "We really are friends beyond everything else and we talk a lot," Broderick said on the Meredith Vieira Show. "Keep talking I guess, I know how cliché that is. Too much silence is definitely not a good idea."
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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
"If you are in a relationship, you have to talk to each other and you have to be forever generous," Emily Blunt said in an interview with Celebuzz. "The best relationships that I have seen of my friends, and hopefully that I am in, is that you can't clip each other's wings. You have to really empower the other one to be everything they can be."
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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Of what he's learned in 10 years of dating and one year of marriage to David Burtka, Neil Patrick Harris shared with ET: "If you are too rigid about what your expectations are and then suddenly it changes, then you have more reason to want to look elsewhere for stuff. In our relationship, communication is super important. Good friends of ours said, 'You need to talk it out,' and if that means raising your voice, you need to raise your voice. Know what you're talking about. Know where you're standing as opposed to letting stuff build up, I guess."
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Viveca Paulin and Will Ferrell
In a 2013 tweet, Will Ferrell offered this at-once wise and hilarious marital advice, perhaps based on findings from his own 15-year union with Viveca Paulin: "Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are."
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Lauren Paul and Aaron Paul
Has there ever been a couple more adorably in love than Aaron and Lauren Paul? "Tell her you love her. Tell her you miss her. Tell her you can't live without her. Love love and cherish life. Also, just eat the cake," Aaron once tweeted.
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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
After being married for 19 years, these country stars know a thing or two about keeping your relationship going strong. "Well I live in a house full of women so [the secret is] just to be as quiet as possible," McGraw said to GAC.
Hill jumped in, joking, "He has to be quiet!" and then, "I don't think there's a secret. You just have to love the skin you're in, basically. You have to walk this life together. There will be times, ups and downs, but you have to essentially like the person that you love. I think it's important to laugh a lot and have a good time. Life is so short. It sounds contrived but it's the truth."
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Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
"She has always [made me weak in the knees]," producer Judd Apatow opened up to Closer Weekly about his wife, actress Leslie Mann. After 19 years of marriage, Judd claims "it has never stopped … Every day is like a first date. I never can believe she's there in the room with me."
And the secret to making that feeling last? "Both people wanting what's best for the other person," said Judd.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are celebrating 15 years of marriage this year! "I love Catherine as much, more than I ever have, and hopefully the feeling's mutual," Douglas told The Daily Mail. But it hasn't always been easy: Their relationship has survived despite struggles with cancer and separation. "We worked things out," Douglas said, offering this takeaway: "If both people want to work something out and make it better, you can do it. You can't do it if it's just one person."
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Luciana Barroso and Matt Damon
Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso recently celebrated 10 years of marriage! The actor, who met his wife while filming a movie, told E! News, "She's hung in there with me for 10 years, so she deserves a medal or something." The couple renewed their vows in 2013 and have three daughters together—plus another from Barroso's previous relationship. Their secret to staying together? "I think marriage is insane," the actor said to Entertainment Tonight. "It's a crazy idea but I love being married to my wife. So I wouldn't tell anybody else about their relationship. But I'm lucky I found my wife. And I guess maybe, if there's any secret … it's to feel lucky."
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Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest
Congratulations are in order for actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest, who have been married for 31 years. So what's their big secret? The Scream Queens star puts it simply: "Don't get divorced," she recently said recently on TODAY, smiling. "It's a fascinating thing. I could write a book on marriage called Don't Leave."
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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
It's been a year since Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden tied the knot in a super-secret backyard ceremony. The actress shared her relationship secret with Cosmopolitan: "You have to find someone else in the same place as you are," the actress said. "Timing is everything. If you get into a relationship where you want something the guy doesn't want, it's never gonna work. You're never going to get him to be in that place ... No matter how old you are, finding the guy who's in the same place as you are and wants to show up is the only way a relationship works, period."
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Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine
When Jordan Smith, winner of The Voice season 9 got engaged, he looked to his coach, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine for marriage advice. "Listen to the woman, man," said Levine, who married Victoria's Secret angel Behati Prinsloo in July 2014. "She's always right. Even when you don't always think that's the case, make her feel like it is. Trust me."
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Since tying the knot in a super-secret ceremony in August 2015, the actors have been winning at marriage. "Married life is so normal and fun and not much different," Aniston told Harper's Bazaar. "We felt married for so long."
The secret to making a healthy relationship and successful careers look so easy? Choosing projects wisely and knowing when to take chances, she says. Oh, and not taking yourselves—and each other—too seriously. "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."
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George and Amal Clooney
George Clooney has never been shy about expressing his feelings for his gorgeous (and smart!) wife, Amal. Upon receiving an achievement award at the 2015 Golden Globes, Clooney said, "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you've been waiting your whole life. And when your whole life is 53 years…" he said. "Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband." Aww! And more recently he dished on how he makes his marriage work, saying, "We have a rule whereby we are never apart for more than a week." With homes all over the world, the couple is never too far from a place where they can catch up and relax together. "We have a place in London now where it’s easy for us to spend a lot of time together and I can work on new film projects—writing, reading scripts," Clooney told Hello! Magazine. "Or we can go to Lake Como or spend time in Los Angeles when I need to have meetings for my acting work, or hang around with some of my friends."
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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade
When Gabrielle Union was asked how she kept things steamy with husband and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, the actress had a simple answer: "I ass grab a lot." "I don't know if that's helpful for couples, but for us, I think it's great," she shared in an interview with Ocean Drive. And the real key to their success? "We have fun together." The happy couple has been together since 2014, so clearly, it's working!
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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
The legendary actors tied the knot in 1998, but they've been together for 20 years. As Streisand puts it, "20 years in Hollywood is like 50 years in Chicago." Still, things are "great," she said in an interview with Extra's Mario Lopez.
The trick? "Kindness," she said. "The Dalai Lama says, 'Give truth with compassion ...' I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually, 'Well, you look fat 'cause you're fat ... I'm telling you the truth.' Truth with compassion would say it a different way—I don't think you can take each other for granted."
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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Married since 2009, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have one of the most carefree marriages in Hollywood. Pratt opened up to Entertainment Tonight and gave his relationship advice: "I have heard some people say 'Don't go to bed mad.' I think that is garbage," he said. "Sometimes you've got to go to bed mad, but at least touch toes, you know what I mean? At least touch toes. 'We will deal with it later. I think I am going to get some sleep,' and touch toes."