On Feb. 14 people around the world celebrate Valentine’s Day and the ones they love. Cards, flowers, letters and candy are popular items exchanged, along with smooches, hugs and lots of kind words. In the technology age, heartfelt messages are also posted via social media sites. Just as Valentine's Day hit on Feb. 14, actor Gilles Marini tweeted a Valentine message to his Twitter followers saying, "Love you all. Happy Valentine's day . Kick a** and be the best you can be to your love ones .. Btw: do that all the time ;)"
Celebrity couples are constantly in the spotlight and unfortunately, many of them suffer devastating splits due to extreme pressure and the high price of fame. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bruce and Kris Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler, and Clint and Dina Eastwood are prime examples of high-profile couples who have sadly parted ways.
Instead of prying into other people’s pain, let’s take a moment to consider some happy famous couples, whose relationships have stood the test of time and the scrutiny of the public eye.
Here’s a look at 10 celebrity couples who have been lucky in love for more than a decade and continue to beat the odds and avoid the breakup blues. Gilles and Carole Marini kick off the list of hopelessly devoted famous pairs. Click on the photos to see all of the couples in the list.
Gilles and Carole Marini
Actor Gilles Marini (“Switched at Birth,” “Two Broke Girls”) and his wife Carole met at a pub in the South of France. They have been married 16 years and have two children, a son, Georges and daughter, Juliana. Gilles is very vocal about his love for his wife and kids. He even posted a love letter to her on Facebook which caused the hearts of his global fan base to flutter even more.
Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Hurley
The iconic rock star has defied the odds by remaining married to his high school sweetheart for nearly 25 years. The couple has 4 children, Stephanie, James, Jacob and Romeo. As one of the biggest rock stars of all time, Jon has repeatedly credited his wife for sticking with him through various phases of his life and all of its ups and downs.
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Actor Kevin Bacon (“The Following”) recently revealed on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” that he actually first met his wife of 25 years, actress Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) in the ‘70s at one of his plays when she was 12 and he was 19. The pair didn’t start dating, though, until they were both in their ‘20s and met on the set of the film “Lemon Sky.” They have two children, Travis and Sosie.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Another rock star makes love’s longevity list with Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne being married to his wife Sharon for 32 years. This infamous pair of Brits met through Sharon’s father, who was Black Sabbath’s manager. They have three children: Aimee, Kelly and Jack.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Actor/director/producer/writer Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) and his wife Rita Wilson (“Girls,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) have been married for 25 years and counting. They have two sons together, Chester (Chet) and Truman. And, Tom has two children from his first marriage, Colin and Elizabeth. In a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tom thrilled Ellen and the audience by saying “the only thing we ever argue about is who loves each other more.” How sweet is that?
Bono and Ali Hewson
The Irish front man for U2 is a world-renowned singer/songwriter, musician and activist who has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, was “Time” Person of the Year 2005 and has also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Maybe his most impressive feat of all is becoming an iconic person in the music industry while staying with his wife Alison who he met in school, for 31 years. The happy couple have four children Jordan, Memphis, Elijah and John.
Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey must have a McDreamy marriage to his wife, Jillian Fink. The glamorous couple have been together 14 years and have three children: daughter, Tallulah, and twin sons Sullivan and Darby.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have remained married for 16 years, despite rumors they were having trouble and separated. Will and Jada have enjoyed many distinctive honors, including hosting the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway in 2009 which celebrated President Obama’s winning of the prize. They have two children, Jaden and Willow, who both act and sing.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
Emmy-winning and award-winning producer/director/screenwriter Judd Apatow (“Bridesmaids,” “Girls,” “This is 40”) and his lovely wife Leslie Mann (“Knocked Up,” “This is 40”) have been married for over 16 years. They met on the set of “The Cable Guy” and have two daughters, Maude and Iris, who both played Leslie’s onscreen daughters in “This is 40.” The couple’s good friend, Paul Rudd, played their onscreen dad.
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach
It seems only fitting after the recent Grammy Salute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” to include legendary drummer and former Beatle Ringo Starr on the lucky in love list as he and his wife Barbara Bach have been married for 32 years and counting. Ringo has 3 sons from a previous marriage, Zak, Jason and Lee and is also a proud grandfather.