Marriage is a journey that lasts forever. But some marriages seem like a walk in the park. Take Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, whose marriage lasted for all but 72 days. Or Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, who were married only for four months. But Britney Spears takes the cake, when she filed for an annulment two days after she got married to Jason Alexander. In Bollywood, the shortest marriages have lasted for almost two years, like Anurag Kashyap and Kalki Koechlin or Kishore Kumar and Yogita Bali.
Given the rise in celebrity divorces, it is safe to assume that these high-profile marriages are not meant to last. But some celebrity couples have truly shocked us by how they have managed to stay together for many years, despite their crazy lifestyles. Take a look at some of these everlasting marriages:
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson – 28 years
The Volunteers co-stars married in 1988, one year after Hanks divorced his first wife. His second marriage has been a lot more successful and the couple celebrated 28 years together this year.
Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington – 33 years
Washington met Pauletta Pearson on the sets of his first screen job, a TV movie titled Wilma. Some years later, they were married and the marriage has lasted 33 years and counting!
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer – 38 years
Like Washington, the first time did the trick for Meryl Streep, too. She married sculptor Don Gummer in 1978, a marriage that has survived as long as her career.
Bryan Cranston and Robin Dearden – 27 years
Cranston starred in an episode of Airwolf in 1984. There, he met his future wife Robin and the couple married five years later.
In spite of several cheating allegations, Travolta and his wife have stayed strong for 25 years. According to the Grease actor, counselling has helped their marriage during tough times.
Everlasting marriages in Bollywood:
Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan – 43 years
Bollywood’s everlasting star couple recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. This is another exemplary couple who have stayed together despite the difficulties of their professions.
Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan – 25 years
He may be the heartthrob of Bollywood fans worldwide, but the Baadshah has eyes for only one woman – his wife of 25 years.
Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh – 37 years
Though there were rumors a few years ago, of their marriage being on the rocks, Ranbir Kapoor’s parents are still going strong after 37 years.
Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar – 50 years
One of Bollywood’s longest surviving relationships is that of the Devdas actor, Dilip Kumar, and Saira Banu. The couple have spent half a century with each other!
Dharmendra and Hema Malini – 36 years
Dharmendra was so in love with Hema Malini that he was ready to change his religion to marry her.