True love is a very rare thing. The kind of love which is independent, which gives you your freedom, which isn’t stifling, which lets you be who you are always and forever – that kind of love is extraordinary, and holding onto it is the best thing you can do!
In today’s world, with the popularity that cinema and the sports world garners, it’s no surprise that people look up to the stars for life goals. Be it fashion, lifestyle, gossip, and yes, even relationships, it’s evident that everything they do is under the public eye. This includes their personal lives, most importantly their relationships. Who they are dating, who are they married to, what problems they are facing, how many children they have – everyone has an opinion on that. After a while, their story of true love takes a backseat with all the gossip.
And in a world as flighty as the showbiz, where couples come and go as quick as a wink, the ones which stay together despite various hardships, who have children and travel the world together, who grow old together, the couples whose stories are the epitome of true love – those are the couples which are truly inspirational.
From Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s 23-year-old marriage to Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ 8 years of togetherness, from Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s beautiful relationship to Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic’s whirlwind romance, there is a certain charm in these stars’ relationships. It gives a sense of inclusion, it shows us how long-lasting relationships can be. With the short relationships, we find occasion to gossip and get to know a little about their lives; with the relationships which have withstood the test of time, we find comfort in the fact that if famous people with far busier lives than ours can still keep the spark alive, so can we!
Today we have compiled a list of 8 celebrity couples who prove that no matter what life throws at you, true love does exist!
Celeb Couples Who Made Us Believe in True Love
1. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett met in 1994 on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air when she auditioned for the role of his character’s girlfriend. While she did not get the part, she went on to become his real-life girlfriend when they started dating in 1995. They eventually got married in 1997. They have two children, Jaden, 22, and Willow, 20.
The couple has been together for almost twenty-three years and, to the delight of the world, still going strong in their relationship. They are very private with regards to the details of their marriage; however, both of them have certain pieces of advice that they follow. For Will Smith, working on yourself is a must. “If there is a secret I would say is that we never went into working in our relationship,” he said. “We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.”
For his wife, their marriage is the most important thing. She once told an interviewer, “I will throw my career away before I let it break up my marriage.” Now if that isn’t true love, what is?!
2. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma a.k.a. ‘Virushka’ is definitely one of the most adorable couples of Bollywood. They met for the first time on the shoot for Clear- a shampoo brand, in 2013. Hitting it off immediately, they dated for a while before getting married in 2017. While their individual careers keep them busy, they manage to find time for themselves, going on trips, and traveling around the globe.
In an interview with Vogue, Anushka said, “People assume when I’m visiting Virat or when he is visiting me that it’s a holiday but it’s really not. One person is always working.” Even sharing a meal is a precious time for them due to their busy schedules!
Virat on the other hand told the magazine that he feels as if he has known Anushka his whole life. “We live each day loving one another,” he says, “Our relationship has always been about love, and only love. We feel like we have known each other for ages and not just a few years!” The lovebirds have utilized the lockdown to its fullest as is witnessed through their cute Instagram stories and posts. If there is one couple that has used this time to revitalize their love, it’s Virushka!!
3. Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were first rumored to be dating in 2004 though it was confirmed much later. They came out as an official couple in 2007 and got married in 2014 after the passage of the Marriage Equality Act in New York. They have twins, named Gideon Scott and Harper Grace through surrogacy.
The How I Met Your Mother star has a piece of very simple marriage advice, one which has proven beneficial for numerous couples over the years – communication! “In our relationship, communication is super important,” he says of husband actor-turned-professional chef David Burtka. “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,” he told Entertainment Tonight about their story of true love.
Because they are one of the most high profile couples in Hollywood, they’ve faced their fair share of struggles; however, the couple’s love for each other has helped them form a connection and a family that values love and acceptance over everything else. “I don’t want people to think we’re a perfect couple. Nothing’s perfect,” says Burtka on overcoming the challenges of being in a long-term relationship.
“A relationship is work and it changes. And you go with the changes. It’s more good times than bad times, but it’s not always good. You have to overcome those issues and move on …. We’re not trying to pretend that we are perfect. We’re just trying — in a good, positive, loving way– to live our lives.” Isn’t that a beautiful story of true love?
4. Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan
Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan are one of the most royal couples of Bollywood – literally! Soha Ali Khan is the daughter of the last Nawab of Pataudi which literally makes her a princess. And her and Kunal Khemu’s love story is nothing short of a fairytale either! The two of them met on the set of the movie ‘Dhoondhte Reh Jaoge’ and originally did not hit it off. However, with time, they became friends, fell in love, and moved in together in 2013 before taking their wedding vows in January of 2015. They have one child together, Inaaya Naumi Kemmu, born in 2017.
Kunal Khemu and Soha Ali Khan have a very fairytale-esque story. The two lived together for a year and a half before Khemu, very romantically, proposed to her in the City of Love – Paris in 2014, to which the actress said yes. Their wedding took place in their Khar residence in a simple ceremony and their reception was one of the most elaborate ones ever witnessed!
While this couple isn’t as famous as the other couple in their family, Saif Ali Khan, and Kareena Kapoor, the love they share doesn’t go unnoticed either. In an interview, Soha Ali Khan said that people need to have “a sense of commitment, maturity, and infinite patience to make a marriage last.” And, Kunal doesn’t hesitate in calling Soha “a blessing” in his life. The fact that it was an inter-religion marriage, or that there is a wide age-gap is a sign of true love that these two are simply smitten individuals.
5. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel started dating in 2007. They dated for four years, got engaged in 2011 and married in October 2012 in Italy. They have a son, Silas, born in 2015.
The singer-songwriter and actress are one of the most classic couples of Hollywood with a relationship of 13 years under their belt. Their secret? Lots and lots of communication! “Communication, communication, communication,” Biel told People magazine in 2018. “The ability to be really honest about how you’re feeling and what your needs are. Just be able to communicate really honestly with your partner. That’s worked for us so far. I would never want to speak on anyone else’s relationship, but that’s what we do.” Simple advice but super effective!
As for Timberlake, he has some pretty solid advice on marriage too. “Never stop dating. That’s always my rule, even when you get married you have to keep dating…”, the singer says. Their relationship is a classic example of true love with their cute posts and obvious support for everything the other does. The fact that both of them are each other’s biggest fans doesn’t go unseen either!
6. Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput
Now, this is a modern-day love story if there ever was one! Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput had kept their relationship hidden for a long time, with details coming out when Shahid revealed his impending marriage to Mira in 2015. The two had met through their religious group, Radha Soami Satsang Beas. Mira is actually 13 years younger to Shahid and their marriage was arranged but that doesn’t hinder the love they share. The couple got married in 2015 and have two children, Misha and Zain.
While this couple is very private with the details of their relationship, snippets of their love can be seen in the social media posts of both. Mira actually credits her not being a part of the film industry to be very instrumental in the success of their relationship. “I’ve never been into movies, which I think was a good thing because following that first chat when we actually got to know each other, it was for who we are…not for who others think we are,” she says. Her support for Shahid’s career is adorable and uplifting at the same time and her playful digs at Shahid through her Instagram posts definitely make us go ‘awww’.
For Shahid, prioritizing his wife is very important and the same can be said for Mira. In an interview with Femina, Shahid shared that that’s precisely what makes their relationship unique. “The most special thing, I think, is that we’re both priorities for each other and we know that. We talk about everything, and we both have strong opinions about things. We respect each other’s opinions and have learned how to agree to disagree.” Isn’t that some solid advice for those seeking true love?!
7. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively make up one of the most-watched couples of Hollywood, because of their individual careers and beautifully realistic take on their marriage and relationship. The two met each other on the set of Green Lantern and started dating in 2011. They got married in September of 2012 and have three daughters, James, Inez, and Betty.
Reynolds and Lively have a very private and realistic relationship; in an interview with Vanity Fair, the Gossip Girl star explained that she didn’t want people to think they had a perfect relationship. “I mean I’m in love with him most of the time… I said ‘most of the time’ because if I say ‘I’m in love with him all the time’, then you get that eye-rolling, ‘Oh, her life is so great, she’s so perfect’. So it’s, like, my defense mechanism.” Lively also added that she treats Reynolds “like my girlfriend” and he in turn acts like she’s “his best buddy.” Now if that isn’t #goals for true love, we don’t know what is!
8. Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic
In recent years, Hardik Pandya has become a household name owing to his amazing cricket career. But that’s not the only thing that he is famous for. His relationship with Indian based Siberian dancer, Natasa Stankovic has also made headlines. The most recent news about this adorable couple is about their engagement which took place on 1st January 2020 and the birth of their son in July. The two have been in a live-in arrangement for quite some time now and it’s definitely doing wonders for their relationship!
While the couple is very private about details regarding their relationship, their affection for each other and for the newest addition to their family is very evident in the posts shared on social media. Hardik Pandya and Natasa Stankovic have become one of the more glamorous, modern couples due to their contemporary outlook on traditions and are definitely one of the cutest “true love” type couples ever! Having a baby before marriage in India is a big deal, and they simply proved that love is beyond everything!
What do you think about the independence these celebrity couples withheld in their relationships? Which one couple’s true love story do you like the most?
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