Whether you’ve been together for a week or married for a decade (or more!), there’s no denying that relationships can be hard work. Unsurprisingly, that work is ever harder when your relationship is being scrutinized by tabloids, paparazzi, and fans. However, despite rampant public trials and tribulations, some A-listers have come clean about what it really takes to make a relationship worthwhile. From how to know your partner’s the one to what keeps a marriage going after kids enter the mix, these celebrity quotes about relationships and romance are all-too-relatable. And if you want to ensure your own union will stand the test of time, be sure you’ve memorized the 50 Best Marriage Tips of All Time.
Tom Hanks‘ marriage to Rita Wilson has lasted nearly 30 years, practically a lifetime by Hollywood standards. While the actor was married once before, he says that it wasn’t until he met his now-wife that he realized what he wanted from a relationship. “I must say that when I met Rita, I thought, ‘Oh, this is what it’s supposed to be like when you are married to someone. It’s supposed to be this carefree and easy and, you know, oddly enough, weighty,” Hanks told Piers Morgan.
Brad Pitt‘s marriage to Angelina Jolie may have been short-lived, but the star had glowing things to say about long-term romance at AFI Fest in 2015. “I think, for me, it’s just that the road is long, and it’s worth fighting for. The dividends worth fighting for instead of jumping ship [are] more profound than any beginning, any kind of new romance.”
Tina Fey didn’t mince words about how to decide what makes someone worth sleeping with in her book, Bossypants: “When choosing sexual partners, remember: Talent is not sexually transmittable.”