This year has not had the best track record so far for some of our most beloved celebrity couples. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck and Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green – among others – have called it quits. And, many fans were shocked and upset, as these couples seemed to really be in it for the long haul.
But, there are some Hollywood love stories that seem to past the test of time, despite the many trials and tribulations. One of the most challenging obstacles in being part of a celebrity pair is the impact the media has on the relationship, and many on our list have dealt with fabricated stories of infidelity and divorce from the media.
However, regardless of it all, these couples have made the necessary effort to overcome anything they were facing – from drugs and alcohol use, to illness, to cheating, to insane amounts of inaccurate media coverage.
Here are 10 Celebrity Couples Who’ve Lasted Longer Than We Expected.
10. David And Victoria Beckham
Things haven’t always been completely smooth sailing for David and Victoria Beckham, who have had their fair share of ups and downs throughout their lengthy relationship. For one, David’s soccer commitments have taken him from country to country, and Victoria has had to uproot the family, including four kids, and move wherever David’s obligations directed them. Meanwhile, David has had his time handling domestic responsibilities for the family while Victoria worked on building her fashion empire. On top of all of the juggling of responsibilities and constant moves, the couple has also faced rumors of infidelity in the media – which ultimately proved inaccurate.
9. Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie
The relationship did not start out most desirably for Brad and Angelina, as it was rumored the two were seeing each other secretly on the set of their movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith when Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. After his divorce, only a few months passed before things had become hot and heavy with Angelina, and slowly fans began splitting into “Team Aniston” and “Team Jolie.” But, as time passed, people became increasingly more open to the “Brangelina” coupling, especially when the two began adopting and having biological children together. They have faced their share of cheating rumors, but nothing compared to the hurdle that was posed when Angelina received a double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer. Brad stood by her side proudly, referring to his wife’s decision as honorable. Today, they are married and seemingly happier than ever with their posse of children.
8. Jay-Z And Beyonce
If there’s one successful celebrity relationship the media has been scrutinizing since day one, it’s Jay-Z and Beyonce. It seems a month can’t go by without a new rumor surrounding the downfall of their marriage. The thing is, the couple truly seems anything but unhappy. But, this does not mean things have been rosey for the longevity of their relationship. There has been everything from cheating rumors, to controversy surrounding Beyonce’s pregnancy (many thought she was faking it, using a surrogate to carry their child), to the notorious elevator incident where Beyonce’s sister Solange physically attacked Jay-Z. Today. They seem to have weathered it all in stride, and are still happily married.
7. Bill And Hillary Clinton
Former president Bill Clinton subjected his wife Hillary to public embarrassment when he had extramarital relations with Monica Lewinsky, and allegedly others, during his second term of presidency. Despite his actions, Hillary decided to stay by her man. It was claimed that Hillary opted to stay with Bill in order to further her own career in politics. However, regardless of the rationale, the two remain married to this day with no signs of splitting in the future.
6. Will And Jada Pinkett Smith
Divorce rumors have surrounded Will and Jada on countless occasions throughout their time together, but so far they continue to keep things working. The two were married in 1997, and Jada has recently admitted that it was too early for her to get married, at the young age of 25. The two have said that their marriage takes a lot of work, but that it has gotten stronger over the years thanks to the time and work they put into it. Despite their insistence that there is no trouble in paradise, the media has spread news of potential divorce countless times. Recently fans were led to believe that the couple has an “open marriage,” although Jada denied the rumor.
5. Michael Douglas And Catherine Zeta-Jones
For starters, the age difference between the two actors – a whopping 25 years – made many question how long their relationship would last. But, they have lasted, and have overcome many obstacles throughout their years together, particularly when it comes to their health and well-being. In recent years, Michael has battled throat cancer and Catherine openly battled bipolar disorder. No matter the challenges, the two are adamant about staying together. Catherine has even said in interviews that she “doesn’t believe in divorce.”
4. Kanye And Kim Kardashian West
Kanye and Kim have only been married for two years, but that alone is surprising to many, especially when compared to Kim’s previous marriage to Kris Humphries which lasted a mere 72 days. Many skeptics have doubted the “Kimye” relationship from the get-go, given each of their blatant obsessions with themselves. Many wondered, “How could it be possible to love each other more than they love themselves?” What’s more, being in the direct limelight at all times is what Kim has built a career on. Meanwhile, Kanye is notorious for fighting off paparazzi at every turn. Yet, the two seem to be defying the odds placed on them by the media, and have proudly walked countless red carpets together, smiling and beaming with love. The two are also currently expecting their second child.
3. Josh Duhamel And Fergie
In 2009 – having only been married a very short time – Josh and Fergie faced their toughest challenge – an exotic dancer came forward stating that she had slept with the actor. While the cheating allegations never became completely clear one way or the other, the couple managed to move past the drama and make their marriage stronger than ever before. Years later, Fergie opened up about that time in their lives, and said it was difficult, but that they were doing better than ever – thanks mainly to their open line of communication on all matters of their relationship.
2. Hank And Kendra Wilkinson Baskett
Any fan of Hank and Kendra’s reality TV show, Kendra On Top, felt a stake through their heart when the beloved couple hit a major bump in the road in their marriage back in 2014. That year, news broke that Hank had an affair with a transgender model. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Kendra was eight months pregnant with their second child at the time. After the baby was born, Kendra lost it, kicking Hank out of their home, flushing her wedding rings down the toilet, and threatened divorce. Much of their downfall was aired for all to see on their show, which made the scandal all the much worse. Once things calmed down, the couple decided to make amends and make their marriage work. This summer, the two opened up to People magazine about the ordeal, and Hank revealed the model had indeed fondled him, but nothing more happened. Kendra explained she is working on finding the necessary trust again to make the marriage work.
1. Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne
Ozzy and Sharon have been married since 1982, but first met when Sharon was just 18 years old. From the beginning, the marriage proved to be a challenge, mostly directly due to Ozzy’s rock-star lifestyle. Sharon openly admits that their marriage was regularly on the rocks because of Ozzy’s consistent drug use. Once rehab had successfully taken, they seemed to be on great terms for a while, even starring together with their children in their own reality TV show, “The Osbournes,” for a few years in the early 2000s. While Ozzy and Sharon lived in separate homes for quite some time in early 2013 – allegedly due to Ozzy’s decision to bring drugs and alcohol back into his life and an unwillingness to take rehab seriously – they rekindled later in the year, and seem to be right back on track these days.