Another day, another dollar, another Hollywood celebrity divorce. We don’t mean to sound insensitive here, but hey — when celebs break up, it can take an emotional toll on us regular people as well. Not trying to be dramatic, but the end of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was kinda devastating, and we’re still not over the demise of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe’s eight-year marriage. So, when a beloved Hollywood couple does stand the test of time, we’re all the more grateful — and you might be surprised just how many celebrity couples have defied the odds and made it work. With Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos celebrating their 24th anniversary today, we’re convinced more than ever that some star couples are meant to be.
After all, for every handful of couples that barely made it down the aisle, there are time-tested A-list couples who are basically Hollywood royalty. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, David and Victoria Beckham, and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have all been married to their partners for 20+ years, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t look to them for relationship guidance. And while they all say similar things — open communication, patience, effort — it seems like there’s really one key factor. These couples are just as head-over-heels for each other now as they were the day they met, and even Hollywood can’t fake that kind of magic.
Take a look through the celebrity couples who have defied the odds and stayed together all these years, proving that true love knows no zip code.
A version of this article was originally published September 2016.