Amid all the news of celebrity breakups that seems to be nearly constant lately, any good relationship news feels like a huge relief. Seeing couples make it through the years together can be a hopeful reminder that whatever is happening in the world, there are still pockets of happiness — and legendary performer Barbra Streisand gave us the sweetest reminder of that on Sunday.
Streisand shared a photo of herself and her husband, James Brolin, on her Instagram, both looking poised and elegant as they lean into each other and smile at the camera. She made the post to celebrate their anniversary. Her caption is incredibly sweet: “Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_ ? Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X”
The nickname and the kiss at the end are killing us, but it gets better. According to E! News, Streisand and Brolin married at a private ceremony at her Malibu estate on July 1, 1998, which was two years to the day since their first date. It’s super-sweet that they wanted to have their wedding on the anniversary of when they met; it gives them so many things to celebrate.
“My husband and I were set up on a blind date,” Streisand told W magazine in 2016. “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven. I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”
In January, Entertainment Tonight caught up with Brolin and asked him about his 22-year relationship with Streisand. He said he doesn’t have a secret to a lasting marriage, but revealed that he does believe in marriage counseling: “Bring in a referee, talk it over, and I swear to you, it will dispel by the end of the session, each time!” he said. “Sometimes in a tough marriage, it’s tough to talk, but if you do, it works!”
He also said that after more than two decades together, Streisand still does little things to make him feel special. “I’m always welcome when I get home. I always get notes, ‘Hurry home!’ When I get there, there’s always something kind of great waiting for me, some plan, and I try to reciprocate,” he said.
It seems that communicating with each other honestly has been key to Streisand and Brolin making their marriage work. That’s an excellent message for everyone, regardless of relationship status. It’s clear that these two are still in love, and we are so glad for that.