Sunday 23 October 2016

7 celebrity couples who will make you believe in love again

Amy Mulvaney

Published 28/09/2016 | 14:00

(L-R) David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Marty and Maria Whelan.
(L-R) David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Marty and Maria Whelan.

Long live Posh and Becks.

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So far, 2016 has marked the end of Brangelina, Mary J. Blige and Kendu Isaacs, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris (and Tom Hiddleston) and Taylor Kinney and Lady Gaga, to name a few.

With news of a celebrity breakup emerging every week, and as a reminder that true love does exist, here are seven celebrity couples that have withstood the test of time:

Victoria and David Beckham

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Victoria and David met at a charity football match in 1997 and became engaged one year later. They married in Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin in 1998 and have gone on to have four children, Harper (five),  Cruz (11), Romeo (14) and Brooklyn (17). From cornrows to dodgy blonde extensions, we'll always love Posh and Becks.

Elton John and David Furnish

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Elton and David met in 1993 and "fell in love quickly."  The couple got engaged in 2005 and wed in a civil ceremony on December 21 that year. Their son Zachary in born in 2010 to a surrogate mother, with their second son Elijah born in 2013. Following the legislation of gay marriage, Elton and David wed at their home in Old Windsor in 2014. Elton shared photos and videos of the ceremony throughout the day to his Instagram account.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

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Despite splitting for several months in 2013, Catherine Zita-Jones and Michael Douglas celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary last Novemeber. Catherine and Michael met at the Deauville FIlm Festival in 1998 and have two children together, Dylan (15) and Carys (12). The pair share a birthday, with Michael turning 72 and Catherine turning 47 last Sunday.

Marty and Maria Whelan

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Dublin broadcaster Marty Whelan celebrated his 31st wedding anniversary with wife Maria in July. The childhood sweethearts met at a Clontarf disco in 1975 and tied the knot a decade later. The couple are parents to Jessica (25) and Thomas (22).

Martin King and Jenny McCarthy

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Martin and Jenny have been together for 18 years, and tied the knot in November 2011. The couple met in 1998 when they both worked on Dublin radio station 98fm and have two children together, Matthew (17) and Alex (13).

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

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Will and Jada met in 1995 when Jada auditioned for the part of Will's girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Although she didn't get the part, the pair began dating and they celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve 2015. Will took to social media in August last year to deny rumours that the pair have split, saying: "I promise you all – if I ever decide to divorce by Queen – I SWEAR I’ll tell you myself!” They have two children together, Jaden (18) and Willow (15), both of whom have careers in the entertainment industry.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

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Tom and Rita have one of the longest relationships in Hollywood history, being married for 28 years. They met in the early 1980s when Rita appeared in an episode of Bosom Buddies, which Tom was starring in. He later said about meeting Rita: "Listen, I knew it from the get go. I met Rita Wilson and it was all over. 'Something is really different now,' I said. I knew I had fallen in love and things were profoundly different with me. It happens. You gotta be lucky enough to stumble across it.” The couple have two children together, Chet (26) and Truman (20).

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