There are plenty of celebrity couples we never would have guessed would get together, but those couples that make us really tilt our heads to one side are the ones in which each partner is on a different side of the political aisle. If you’re not in a relationship like that yourself, it can be impossible to imagine how it would work: if your core values determine your political stance, shouldn’t there be at least some overlap with how your partner sees the world? But recently, famous couples have been popping their heads out of the woodwork to say yes, it is possible to be in a long-term relationship with someone whose views you don’t agree with: From Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers to Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., it’s very interesting what these stars had to say.
Let’s take a closer look at this first example. Woodley is known for her Emmy-nominated work in Big Little Lies and has historically been an outspoken political activist whose values align with the Democratic Party, particularly when it comes to environmental issues. Rodgers, however, has been in the news lately for his anti-vaccine stance, digs at President Biden, and comments about the 2020 election, all of which heavily suggest he aligns with the Republican Party.
Now, there’s a lot that we don’t know about this couple’s relationship, but it’s hard to imagine these two both being so outspoken and so at odds in their beliefs while making it work. According to a People source, however, they simply “agree to disagree” when it comes to politics — and it’s working for them just fine.
Read on for more celebrity couples who make it clear they don’t share their partner’s politics.
Aaron Rodgers & Shailene Woodley
According to a source who spoke with People, Shailene Woodley and fiancé Aaron Rodgers have adopted an “agree to disagree” approach when it comes to their personal politics.
“They disagreed on a lot of things. Early on, they decided to agree to disagree about things and not debate them,” the source shared. The insider further explained that Woodley, who’s used her platform to highlight her activist efforts, “is not someone whose mind you can change, so Aaron hasn’t even tried.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. & Cheryl Hines
Actress Cheryl Hines and her husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s political differences were back in the news recently when Hines condemned her husband’s comments on vaccine mandates. During an anti-vaccine mandate rally, Kennedy invoked the memory of Anne Frank, who was murdered by Nazis during World War II, in comparison to COVID-19 mandates.
Hines responded to Kennedy’s comments, saying, “My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,” she tweeted. “The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Everything in the Kardashian-West household seemed to be going well until the 2016 election. West became an apparent Trump supporter — MAGA hat and all — and Kardashian, while not actively endorsing any one candidate, began to distance herself from him at the time, though she later met with former President Trump to discuss criminal justice reform.
Even more transparent than the Trump divide, however, was the distance Kardashian began to put between herself and her spouse when he made the decision to run for president too in 2020. A lot of elements contributed to Kardashian eventually filing for divorce from West in February 2021, and something tells us his failed presidential bid may have been one of them.
Kellyanne Conway & George Conway
While Kellyanne Conway was a longtime Donald Trump supporter and even worked in the Trump White House, her husband, George Conway, has always been an outspoken critic of the Trump administration. While we can never know the full scope of the couple’s marriage during those pivotal four years, it was clear that there appeared to be some tension. When her husband spoke out against President Trump in 2019, Conway told Fox Business she was “raised in a household of strong Italian Catholic women who taught me that you air disagreements like that in private.”
James Carville & Mary Matalin
James Carville and Mary Matalin have differing political opinions, and yet somehow they make their marriage work. Carville is a longtime Democrat and political strategist who worked with the Clinton’s during former President Bill Clinton’s first campaign run. Matalin was a Republican strategist who worked on George H. W. Bush’s failed reelection campaign. She changed her party affiliation to Libertarian in 2016. They’ve been married since 1993 and have two daughters.
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