Celebs dish on their difficult marriages

Jul 24, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ET

Celebrity marriages are typically pretty short, but these celebrities are making it work despite the challenges.

Celine Dion and René Angélil

Celine Dion knew from a young age that her husband of 18 years, René Angélil, was the right man for her. That's not to say marriage to the man of her dreams hasn't been hard at times.

"René and I had our tough times. It wasn't always easy," the French-Canadian singer said in an interview with Vegas Deluxe's Robin Leach. "We had tension between us. It's never easy being husband and wife, but add to that we are in business together, dealing with all the added pressures of shows, concerts, tours, traveling. It was hard — a lot of hard work."

They "weren't communicating properly" until about seven years ago, Dion said. The change only came after she talked about the problems with a close girlfriend.

"She taught me it never goes away. It sits there and gets worse. She taught me how to say things the right way," Dion continued. "It's lessons that every married couple should know to hold their relationship together.

"It changed the way we related to each other," the mom of three added. Now? "We laugh. We joke. We kid each other. We want our marriage to last forever. Talk over everything and you'll find you are still on the honeymoon... communication — it's the most important. It's the secret."

Dion isn't the only celebrity willing to pull the curtain back on the problems in her seemingly perfect relationship.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow does her best to make it seem like her life is full of goopy goodness, but she recently admitted to Glamour that her 10-year marriage to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin isn't perfect.

"It's hard being married," she said. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple."

Paltrow added that her late father, Bruce Paltrow, gave her marriage advice.

"I asked my dad once, 'How did you and Mum stay married for 33 years?' And he said, 'Well, we never wanted to get divorced at the same time.' And I think that's what happens. When two people throw in the towel at the same time, then you break up, but if one person's saying: 'Come on, we can do this,' you carry on. I've learned more about myself by being married than anything else. I hate to say, 'We've got it worked out,' because you never know what's going to happen, but we laugh, we're good friends, we like to do the same stuff."

Her secret to a happy marriage? She doesn't try to rein in Martin.

"I'm a very grounded, homey person and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter," she said. "So I never say 'Where are you? You should be home by now.' I never place demands on him because I think he's a really talented man and he's putting something good into the world."

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck inadvertently ignited rumors about the state of his 8-year marriage to Jennifer Garner during his Best Picture acceptance speech at the 2013 Academy Awards.

"I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It's good. It is work but the best kind of work and there's no one I'd rather work with," he told his wife.

People assumed it meant their relationship is on the rocks, but Garner later told the U.K. Telegraph that their relationship is just fine, thankyouverymuch.

"I know Ben, I knew he meant it as the hugest, warmest compliment in the world," she told the newspaper, adding that he really meant, "'What we have is really real and I value it above all."

Garner went on to say, "Poor guy. It's so horrible to put yourself out there — he didn't have to worry about it from my point of view."

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