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Relationship Goals: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Survived an “Implosion”

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

Few couples rave about each other as much (and as publicly) as Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban. However, the Aussie lovebirds actually had a bit of a false start due to misread signals. Then, just a few months into their marriage, they faced their biggest challenge to date. Luckily, they overcame that hurdle and came out the other side unbreakable and ready to start a family.

The pair welcomed their first child together, daughter Sunday Rose, in 2008 and her sister, Faith Margaret, followed in 2010. To this day, they act like newlyweds, packing on the PDA and singing each other’s praises as often as possible.

Here are Kidman and Urban’s secrets to a long and happy marriage:

At first, they misread all the signs

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are as in sync as it gets, but when they first met in 2005, they pretty much misread all of each other’s signs. Recalling their first encounter, which took place at the G’Day USA gala, Urban told Oprah, “There was a split moment where she wasn’t with anybody and there was nobody around and I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just go up and say hi.’ I plucked up the courage to go and do it very nervously and trying to be all cool.”

Despite acting nonchalant, his nerves got the best of him, as he started second-guessing how to proceed.

“There was that moment of waiting for the next thing to be said, at which I didn’t know if I was bothering her or what was going on, so I just sort of said, ‘Well, nice to meet you’ and I walked away,” he revealed, adding, “She stood there for a moment and she walked away and then I thought, ‘Was I supposed to say more?’ A friend of mine said, ‘I think she wanted to talk to you. I went back over and apologized and we just started talking and just really clicked.”

Even after all of that, Urban still didn’t get the hint. As Kidman shared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, “I remember thinking, I had such a crush on him, and he wasn’t interested in me. It’s true! He didn’t call me for four months.”

It might sound crazy, given that they clicked pretty instantly, but Urban had a legitimate reason for waiting so long. In a 2018 interview, he explained, “Somebody had given me her number and I had it in my pocket for a while. I kept looking at it thinking, ‘If I call this number, she’s going to answer. I don’t know what [to] say.’”

What’s more, he admitted that the timing felt off. “I wasn’t in a very healthy place in my life,” he admitted. “I’d never have thought she’d see anything in a guy like me. But at some point I plucked up the courage to call those numbers and she answered, and we started talking and we talked and talked and talked and talked and it was effortless.”

They survived an “implosion” early on

The pair made their red carpet debut at the 2006 Grammys in February and, on June 25, 2006, they tied the knot in Sydney. Just a few months later, their relationship was put to the test when Urban relapsed.

The country singer had already been to rehab twice to battle an addiction to cocaine, MDMA, and alcohol and after Kidman staged an intervention, he checked in for a third time in October 2006. He spent three months in treatment and to this day credits his wife with saving his life. As he told CBS News in 2016, “Meeting her and getting married wasn’t life-changing — it was life-beginning.”  

Thinking back to that dark time, Urban told Rolling Stone, “I caused the implosion of my fresh marriage. It survived, but it’s a miracle it did. I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”  

Since then, she’s remained his biggest inspiration. “First and foremost, my marriage with Nic informs everything,” Urban told HITS magazine. “Nic is so unbelievably open; she doesn’t keep things in or bottle them up. She’s really a great communicator. Because of her, if I open up, every day, I’m listening and growing and learning. If I’m a better man, it’s because of her.”

The support isn’t just one way, however. When Kidman felt emotionally and physically drained while filming Big Little Lies (a show in which she plays a domestic violence victim), her husband was there to help lift her up.

“Luckily, I have a partner who is artistic so he understands what it takes to support that,” the actress told Entertainment Tonight. “I came home to loving arms, someone who would hold me, and I was really upset at times.”

They share their wins in a big way

Both Kidman and Urban have experienced major successes in their careers since tying the knot and they both agree that all of their wins have been extra special because they’ve been able to share them. Sitting down on The Late Late Show With Stephen Colbert in 2017, Kidman explained how winning an Emmy was more rewarding than taking home an Oscar, all because of Urban.

“When I won my Oscar, I was not in a great place in my life. I didn’t have a partner to share it with,” she began. “I was flailing, emotionally and personally. So, to win and Emmy and be in love and have my family,” she continued, adding, “There’s something incredible about going home and going, ‘Baby! We did it!’ And that’s what we did.”

Knowing that, Urban has gone out of his way to be present for all of Kidman’s milestones, even when they’re on different continents, like they were in 2016. Kidman was starring in a play in London, Photograph 51, while Urban was on tour in the States when he dropped everything and flew to England to attend opening night.

“I said, ‘It’s too much for you to have to fly all the way back, don’t worry,’ and he said, ‘I’m flying,’” Kidman told Du Jour. “He flew 10 hours to come and be with me for the night, and then he flew back and did a gig. That for me is love in action. That’s extraordinary. But I would do the same for him and that’s what we’ve committed to as a couple.”

After over a decade, they’re as smitten as ever

Despite being married for over a decade, Kidman and Urban are as smitten as ever. They don’t spend more than a week apart  — “We start to hurt after seven days,” Kidman told Vanity Fair — Urban still writes her love letters, and they can’t keep their hands off each other. Yahoo! even went as far as to write an entire article explaining “why Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are always touching each other.”

So what’s their secret? “Just love. Just love each other, lavish each other with love,” Kidman said in 2016, joking, “Also we just happen to like each other too. That works.” In 2019, she elaborated on the idea, saying, “The greatest thing our family priest told us very early on in our marriage was, ‘Always kiss hello and kiss goodbye.’ It just keeps you connected.”

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Relationship Goals: Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Treasure Their Private Romance

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

She may be a two-time Oscar-nominated actress, but if there’s one thing that’s more impressive than Jessica Chastain’s career, it’s her penchant for secrecy.

The California native has been happily married since 2017 and yet, she rarely speaks about her groom or their relationship. When she does open up about her private life, it’s to gush about how wonderful Count Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo — that’s right: Count — is, but she’s always careful not to reveal too much.

What we do know is that Passi de Preposulo comes from a noble Italian family and is well-known in the fashion world, having previously worked as the Director of Public Relations at Armani. These days, he’s an executive at luxury fashion brand Moncler and it’s this fashion connection that first brought him in contact with Chastain.

The couple dated for five years before taking the next step in their relationship and walking down the aisle. They tied the knot in 2017 in a lavish Italian ceremony that actually landed them in the headlines for a change. The nuptials took place at Treviso’s Villa Tiepolo Passi, a sprawling estate owned by the groom’s family, and had a guest list full of A-listers, including Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt.

Here are a few lessons we’ve learned from Jessica and Luca’s top secret relationship:

They make each other “very, very happy”

Chastain and Passi de Preposulo made their first official outing together back in 2013 when they attended the annual Women In Film pre-Academy Awards bash in Los Angeles. Chastain was nominated for Best Actress for her role in Zero Dark Thirty that year and had plenty to celebrate, including finding the love of her life.

Ever the consummate gentleman, Passi de Preposulo was reportedly a dream date as he chatted with Chastain’s friends “with ease, even sharing a few laughs with Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell, though never too far from his date,” reports Yahoo!

While walking the Academy Awards red carpet later that weekend, the actress confirmed that she was indeed dating Passi de Preposulo and revealed just how smitten she was. “I’m very, very happy,” she gushed to Extra, adding, “It’s a wonderful thing when a career does so well and your personal life does so well. My friends and my family are so important to me.”

Passi de Preposulo changed Chastain’s mind about marriage

Having grown up in a single parent home and regularly being subjected to her mother dating men she didn’t approve of, Chastain decided that marriage just wasn’t for her.

“I never wanted to get married,” she confessed during a 2018 interview with WSJ Magazine. “My mom was a single mom; I don’t know who my biological father is, and I grew up in a household that was really financially unstable,” she told the mag, sharing her reasoning.

She told Passi de Preposulo early on that she was against the idea, but then things began to change. “When I first met my husband, he knew that marriage wasn’t something I was interested in. And then as we got to know each other, the idea of marriage shifted for me,” she recalled, explaining, “There are some things worth celebrating — and he’s worth celebrating.”

Despite her initial apprehensions, there’s now no doubt in Chastain’s mind that she made the right choice. “I actually love being married,” she proclaimed. “I never thought I would, but this is a spectacular human being, and I am celebrating that I get to share my life with him.”

He’s a total gentleman

Chastain may not open up about her husband all that often, but when she does, it’s usually to praise him, particularly his manners — not too surprising given that he’s a Count.

Sitting down for an interview with W Magazine, which noted that the actress “rarely discusses her personal life,” Chastain revealed that her favorite thing about Passi de Preposulo is that “he’s a gentleman. And that’s very important to me,” she said. “He’s from an old-school Italian family. No one in his family has ever been divorced.”

He himself also places great importance on proper manners. As Passi de Preposulo told Vanity Fair once, “It’s not the title that’s important — you have to be a count inside yourself.”

According to Us Weekly, that’s actually one of the reasons why the couple keeps their relationship out of the spotlight. “He is a classy guy and completely agrees about respecting their relationship and not flaunting it,” a source told the outlet in 2013.

They celebrate their love

Being in a long-term relationship can sometimes mean becoming complacent, but Chastain and Passi de Preposulo have been making sure to celebrate their love, no matter how much time goes by.

Just a few examples include Chastain’s loving Instagram posts. In 2016, she shared a snap of them on a beautiful cliff, writing, “So happy to be together on your birthday! Thankful for real life.” She followed that up with an even sweeter message on Valentine’s Day 2017, uploading another cute photo of them, gushing, “Some things are worth the wait.”

When it came time to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary in June 2018, Chastain and Passi de Preposulo proved that newlywed bliss doesn’t have to fade, as long as you know how to have a great time together.

The couple enjoyed dinner and a show on their special day and, as the actress told PEOPLE, “It was a lot of fun! I feel even more happy being married in some strange way. I was told that the first year of marriage would be really difficult and people warned me, but actually it’s incredible. I just feel so happy and so grateful that I get to spend everyday with my husband, so it’s been wonderful,” she concluded.

More recently, Chastain rang in the 2019 new year with her arms around her hubby and a tender love note on Instagram that read, “Making my [heart] skip a beat into 2019.”

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Relationship Goals: Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet Prove the Power of Second Loves

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet don’t like to play by the rules. Instead, they always make their own. That goes for everything from their careers to their fashion choices, and even their unconventional relationship.

Following their first chance encounter in 2005, the pair built their life together quickly. In 2007, they welcomed a baby, daughter Lola Iolani, and in 2008, son Nakoa-Wolf followed. Bonet’s daughter from her previous marriage to Lenny Kravitz, actress Zoë Kravitz, has also been a part of their journey, as has Lisa’s rock star ex. If there’s one thing Momoa and Bonet prove it’s that true love conquers all and that a blended family can be a healthy family.

12 years after getting together, the lovebirds finally made it official and tied the knot in a top secret ceremony in late 2017. These days, they’re as strong as ever. Here are Momoa and Bonet’s keys to marital bliss.

Momoa’s love goes back decades

Long before the couple met in person in 2005, Jason Momoa was already infatuated with Lisa Bonet. His love began nearly two decades earlier when the Aquaman star first spotted his future wife on the small screen, playing Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show in the mid-80s.

“Ever since I was eight years old and I saw her on TV [on The Cosby Show], I was like, ‘Mommy, I want that one!’” Momoa told James Corden in 2017. “I’m like, ‘I’m going to stalk you for the rest of my life and I’m going to get you.’ I am a full-fledged stalker,” he joked.

Yes, he did eventually tell Bonet about his massive childhood crush, but not until it was safe to do so. “I didn’t tell her that until we had two babies, otherwise, I’d be creepy and weird,” he continued. “I’ve always wanted to meet her. She was a queen, always.”

Fate brought them together

It was 2005 when Momoa and Bonet finally crossed paths in real life. According to Momoa, fate brought them together.

“We met at this jazz club and we just happened to be at the right place [at the] right time,” he told James Corden. “I literally turned around, I was with my best friend, and I see her,” he recalled.

Their mutual friend proceed to introduce them and, as he told the late night show host, he nearly lost his cool. “I turned around to my friend and was like, [fangirl shriek]. I had f***ing fireworks going off inside, man.”

Once he managed to regain control, Momoa didn’t leave the rest to fate. Seizing the moment, he did what he could to spend as much time with her as possible. “I convinced her to take me home, because I was living in a hotel,” he recalled. They stopped by 101 Coffee Shop in Hollywood and Bonet ordered a Guinness, which Momoa took as another sign from the heavens. “That was it,” he told Corden. “We had Guinness and grits and the rest is history.”

That moment was such an important part of their love story that he recounted it again years late, telling Men’s Health in 2019, “I met her over a pint of Guinness. She ordered it. I thought: ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m with a woman who ordered a Guinness. I love her.’ When I got to know her, she was the woman of my dreams.”

Bonet also felt the instant connection. As she told Porter magazine, “We have been together from the day that we met.” She continued, “In that moment, love came and it came big, and he did not run as I think a lot of men do. He basically picked me up and threw me over his shoulder, caveman style!”

Momoa was everything Bonet needed

Opening up about their unbreakable bond to Porter magazine, Bonet revealed that a key to their long-lasting romance has been Momoa’s ability to be his unique self and to give her exactly what she needs.

“What’s cool about Jason is that he’s an alpha male who stands for love and family,” she told the outlet. “And to circle back to my own wounds, having an absent father, then to be fully met by a man of that stature, is really incredible. Jason embodies a rare form of masculinity in this day and age – he’s a leader; he’s generous. Just in terms of charisma, physique, the right use of power, responsibility, work ethic, you can go down the line.”

As she told People, her husband also always gives her the strength she needs. In 2008, when she was set to make her TV comeback in Life on Mars, Momoa gave her the courage she lacked.

“To have my face reinstated in minds and homes once a week was an intense decision,” she said. “I’m a shy person. I don’t know if it’s in my DNA to share with the world. Having a mate has given me that feeling of safety. Jason is the love of my life. He’s everything I hoped would come.”

It works both ways. Bonet also brings out the best in Momoa. As he told E! after the pair brought his passion project, Road to Paloma, to the big screen in 2014, “[The role] required me to be very shy — she makes me shy and she’s the only one that can really do that. I just don’t want to suck in front of my wife. I don’t want to be bad. I want her to like me and love me and continue to do that.”

They blended their families seamlessly

Before she met Momoa, Bonet was married to Lenny Kravitz, whom she met at a concert in 1986. When she was just 19, the pair eloped to Las Vegas, got hitched and, in 1988, they welcomed a daughter, Zoë Kravitz. They eventually got divorced in 1993, but share nothing but love.

As Kravitz told Oprah’s Master Class in 2013, “Zoë’s mom and I now are best friends,” he said, revealing that he’s also friends with her new beau. “When we’re all together now — her man, her kids, Zoë, me — we’re all together and we’re one big, happy family. It’s beautiful and it just shows you what can be done.”

Momoa proved just how close he and Kravitz are in 2018, when he posted a snap of him and Zoë’s dad showing off matching rings and wrote, “I got @lennykravitz a present made by @leroyswoodentattoos amazing bone skull ring. Mahalo, Lenny for coming to support me on @nbcsnl,” he added.

Zoë also gushed about the pair’s special bond to Ocean Drive in 2015, saying, “My dad and my step-dad get along really well, and my dad loves and is close with my [step]brother and sister. It’s really beautiful. As long as everyone can be in the same room together, and have love for each other, it’s totally healthy.” They even have matching tattoos across their right forearms.

As Vanity Fair proclaimed in 2018, “Jason Momoa, Lenny Kravitz, and Lisa Bonet have mastered the modern divorce.” The best second loves fit seamlessly into your life.  

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Relationship Goals: Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Prove That Succeeding Separately Means Thriving Together

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

One is a Grammy-nominated musician, the other is a SAG-nominated actress and yet, somehow, some way, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner have managed to remain one of Hollywood’s most down-to-earth couples. That might have something to do with their surprisingly non-Hollywood start.

Tabloids first linked the pair during the summer of 2016, although, at the time, Jonas played coy about his relationship status, telling Us Weekly, “I’m dating, but nothing serious. I’m really trying to just focus on myself and the music.” By January, all that had changed and the uncertainty had faded away. Turner was posting images of her boyfriend on Instagram and, fast forward to October 2017, the lovebirds confirmed their engagement with an Insta snap showing off a pear-cut diamond ring rumored to be worth a cool $150K.

Here are just some of the reason why the couple’s relationship has managed to become so strong so fast, despite their young age, and what we can all learn from them.

They had a non-Hollywood start

Unlike Jonas’ younger brother, Nick, whose headline-making whirlwind romance with wife Priyanka Chopra began at a star-studded Hollywood bash, the singer met his soulmate the old-fashioned way: through mutual friends who gave them a push in the right direction.

Speaking with Harper’s Bazaar UK in March 2019, Turner revealed that their relationship was actually a long time coming. “We had a lot of mutual friends and they’d been trying to introduce us for a long time,” she told the mag. Eventually, Jonas took matters into his own hands. As Turner revealed, “We were following each other on Instagram and he direct messaged me one fine day, out of the blue.”

Turner’s good friend, singer Hailee Steinfeld, also played a pivotal role in the matchmaking. Steinfeld actually collaborated with Jonas’ band, DNCE, on a single called “Rock Bottom” back in 2015, which is when Turner first jumped at the chance to get the inside scoop on Jonas. “I will say, I did get that text from Sophie being like, ‘So tell me about Joe,’” Steinfeld told Australian radio station Nova 969 in January 2018. She for one, approved: “I was like, ‘Go for it!’”

A shared foundation

Despite the surprisingly normal start to their romance, there’s no denying that both Jonas and Turner are huge stars with totally non-normal lives. It’s a fact that has only strengthened their bond and helped their relationship blossom. After all, they’ve both experienced the realities of growing up in the spotlight, giving them a shared foundation upon which to build.

Joe Jonas was just 16 when the Jonas Brothers first took the world by storm in 2005 and Turner was that exact same age when she made her debut on Game of Thrones in 2011. As the actress told InStyle in 2017, this was a huge perk. “I found it easier to date someone who understands the industry or is in that world,” she revealed. “You realize that you’re not going to see each other all the time. And you don’t feel like a jerk when you’re like, ‘My publicist says I can’t do this…’”

Jonas was also able to support his love when she needed it most. “I think for the longest time I didn’t have a real sense of myself,” Turner told Glamour UK in March 2019. “I had a bit of an identity crisis where I was playing all these people and I’d grown up faster than I probably should have done.”

Cue Joe Jonas. “A lot of [my happiness now] is to do with being with a person I’ve fallen in love with, who loves me more than he loves himself, and who wants to see me find my own happiness,” she admitted. “That was probably the biggest thing that pushed me to find who I am – and find my happiness in things other than acting.”

They don’t take themselves seriously

There’s nothing funny about their relationship, but Jonas and Turner aren’t afraid to have fun. In fact, they never take themselves too seriously. Jonas opened up about their shared love of silliness in 2016, telling People, “I would say she’s gotta have a sense of humor and find my weird sense of humor funny.”

A prime example is the couple’s penchant for epic Halloween costumes. In 2018, Jonas donned a blue dress and red wig to transform into Sansa Stark while the real Sansa Stark (aka Sophie Turner) opted for an elephant onesie.

Even their wedding day has become a chance to show off their fun-loving personalities. As Jonas told James Corden in March 2019, “We’re going to have a flag rugby game at the wedding and a flag football game.”

Being independent is key

Yes, they love spending time together and yes, they understand each other, but one of the biggest keys to success for Jonas and Turner has been their ability to remain independent… yet fully supportive.

Case in point: The young actress has made no secret that she currently prioritizes her career above almost everything else. After all, despite getting engaged in October 2017, the pair had yet to tie the knot by April 2019.

In an interview with Marie Claire, Turner confirmed that she hasn’t forgotten about her personal goals and ambitions. “There’s this weird misconception that being married is the greatest thing that’ll ever happen to you,” she noted. “But I’ve always found that my career is something I work for, and when I achieve something, there’s a sense that this is the greatest thing I’ll do in my life.”

Turner went on to elaborate, “Not like I achieved anything, but I found my person, like I’d find a house that I love and want to stay in forever. There’s a sense of peace that comes with finding your person. But there’s a drive that comes with your career.”

She also can’t believe anyone would be interested in her personal life. “It’s frustrating [that] it’s the most mundane things that make the news — how boring!” she told Marie Claire UK. “There are really no other headlines?!”

Unbreakable family ties

Jonas and Turner love spending time together with their parents. From the couple lunching with Turner’s mom and dad, to going to Knicks games with them, to shopping with Joe’s parents — they can’t get enough of each other.

It isn’t just their parents who approve of their relationship, either. Their siblings – and siblings-in-law – are also genuinely fond of each other. For example, following Nick’s wedding to Priyanka Chopra in August 2018, Turner posted an image of the beaming couple to her Instagram and couldn’t help but gush about the special place they hold in her heart. “First I’m blessed with an incredible future brother-in-law, and now such an beautiful, inside and out, future sister-in-law,” she wrote. “I’m so excited to welcome you into the family @priyankachopra. I love you both @nickjonas.”

The family bond just keeps getting stronger. In December 2018, the Jonas and Turner families got together to celebrate Christmas in Turner’s native Warwick, England. The guest list for the festive dinner, which took place at Turner’s parents’ home, included both of Joe’s parents, as well as two of his brothers (Nick and Frankie), “future sister-in-law” Priyanka Chopra and her mom, Madhu Chopra. There’s no family drama here!

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Relationship Goals: Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Romance Was Built on Open Communication

By | Food for thought, Relationship, relationship goals, romantic relationships

Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

It seems customary during Halloween time each year to look forward to the next over-the-top costume ensemble from Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s family of four, with twins Gideon and Harper.

But how did one of the most high-profile couples in Hollywood get their start?

“I ran into my friend Kate one day and she was with this brooding, James Dean–type guy in a leather jacket who gave me the head nod and then turned away,” Harris told Out magazine. “I assumed he was Kate’s boyfriend and said, ‘Nicely done.’ And she said, ‘David? He’s not playing on my team, but he has a boyfriend.’”

“I was performing in the Sam Mendes version of Gypsy on Broadway when I ran into Neil on the street. He was doing the Mendes version of Cabaret at the time,” said Burtka. “I wasn’t a big Doogie Howser fan — I had probably seen it once or twice when I was growing up — so I gave him a, ‘Hey, what’s up, nice to meet you,’ and that was really it. I thought it would be nice to know him, but I didn’t think in a million years I’d start dating him.”

Why Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are a true power couple

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A week after the two had lunch together as friends, Burtka broke with his boyfriend at the time and the two went out officially for the first time. “I think it was Taking Lives with Angelina Jolie,” says Burtka. “We started hanging out every single night, and after three months, it was just non-stop.”

Two years later, after Harris had snagged the role of Barney in “How I Met Your Mother”, the pair packed up their things and made the long trip from NYC to LA, where they stayed for the next decade.

“I assumed the show would be a short chapter,” Harris told Architectural Digest. “But the plan was always to come back to New York when the show ended and raise our family.”

Along the way, Harris officially came out in an interview with People and both Harris and Burtka each proposed to one another.

“We were on our way to an event at an Indian casino 45 minutes out of town in a limousine, and David wanted to stop for some reason that I didn’t quite get,” said Harris to Out. “And then he got on one knee and proposed, and I was so freaked out by it that I said, ‘Yes,’ but I didn’t know what it meant…and a year later, on Valentine’s Day, I proposed to him in Santa Monica.”

Four years later, on October 12th, 2010, the couple welcomed fraternal twins, son Gideon Scott and daughter Harper Grace. “We named Gideon after an artist we collect, Gideon Rubin, and Harper after Harper Lee. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one of our favorite books,” said Harris.

And on September 2014, the couple finally tied the knot with a ceremony in Perugia, Italy, serenaded by the one and only Elton John.

“There’s something kinetic about him and his being. He’s classically sexy, yet he’s very much a boy in his energy. It’s a great dynamic,” says Harris of Burtka. “When I see people who are equally attractive, they tend to seem more quiet and kind of Marlboro Man-y, and David’s the antithesis of that. He’s more like Tigger. I’m, in turn, very introspective — the thinker, rather than the doer…We’re hyper similar and also incredibly opposite.”

“We are, in a way, very codependent. He’s my lifeline, in an amazing way. Without him, I can’t breathe,” says Burtka of Harris. “Don’t get me wrong– we fight. Our fights last five minutes, then we’re over it. And we’re both Gemini — we have a good twin and a bad twin, and the four of us get along really well!”

All the times they inspired us with their love

“I initially fell for David harder than he fell for me,” says Harris. “I remember saying, ‘I think I love you,’ and he was like, ‘That’s really nice,’ which is not necessarily what you want to hear. But I appreciated his honesty in not jumping the gun and saying something because he felt obliged to.”

Harris says that he values authenticity and, if their relationship has a fault, it’s over-communication.

“When I’m cranky, I’m admittedly cranky. When I’m in a hurry and distracted, I can’t act like it’s any other way. And he’s good with that, too,” says Harris. “So we talk things out. I don’t want to paint our relationship like we met and it’s been happy family fantastic-ness ever since. What defines a relationship is the work that’s involved to maintain it, and it’s constantly changing.”

Burtka, who has struggled with alcoholism in the past, says that when he and Harris had the twins, it was time to give it up drinking good. “It just didn’t mix well with me anymore,” he told NY Daily News. “I didn’t like the way I was acting and I think it was affecting me and I thought, ‘You know what? I owe it to myself. I owe it to my kids, to be there, 100%.’”

It’s hard to catch Harris or Burtka on Instagram apart from their kids, who both say children were always part of the plan for them.

“Even on that first date, we talked about kids,” says Burtka. “I always thought that family was the most important thing in life, and no matter what I do, whether being a chef or an actor or a dancer, being a dad is what I do best.”

And Harris said they both knew they wanted to become dads early on so they could, “Enjoy the process and to be young and vibrant enough to throw a ball with them, or to chase them around without using a walker.”

The couple, who this year will soon celebrate their 15-year anniversary and who just celebrated their 4-year wedding anniversary this past September, say they’re looking forward to what the future will bring.

“Four years ago today. How time flies — especially when you have someone special to share it with. After 14 years, two children, and thousands of adventures together, I’ve never been happier. Happy anniversary, David. Thank you for saying ‘I do’. #grateful#[email protected],” Harris captioned on Instagram.

That day, Burtka echoed the sentiment: “@nph I am so very proud of us. Being in a relationship is hard work. There are many stresses to juggle within these 14 years. We have dealt with kids growing up, new jobs, the media, moving and even dogs pooping on the rugs. These last four years our marriage has had its ups and downs. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds. I love you.”

Their biggest relationship takeaway

Neil-Patrick-Harris David Burtka

Being one of the highest profile relationships in Hollywood, Harris and Burtka have had more than just the average relationship challenges to surmount.

However, despite them, the couple’s maturity and love for one another has helped guide them to create a bond between themselves, and a family, that prioritizes that love instead of the drama.

“I don’t want people to think we’re a perfect couple. Nothing’s perfect,” says Burtka on overcoming the challenges of being in a long-term relationship. “A relationship is work and it changes. And you go with the changes. It’s more good times than bad times, but it’s not always good. You have to overcome those issues and move on.”

“We have a really great recipe for a wonderful relationship, but we don’t want to be the poster boys for gay relationships,” he continues. “We’re not trying to pretend that we are perfect. We’re just trying — in a good, positive, loving way– to live our lives.”

Relationship Goals: How Kate Middleton and Prince William’s College Romance Became a Real-Life Fairytale

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The quintessential “girl meets prince” fairytale come to life, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s high-profile romance has seemed to captivate the world from the very beginning.

The year was 2001 and all eyes were on Prince William who was preparing to venture off to St. Andrews University, ironically referred to as Britain’s “top matchmaking university” due to its reputation for spawning an unusually high percentage of married couples.

“St. Andrews was so small, so close, so intimate — and so intense — that it, it did lend itself to those sorts of relationships,” says ABC News Correspondent Katie Nicholl.

Prince William, who, due to a media ban on campus and for all students and staff for the first time in his life, was able to live like a normal person, enjoying the simple pleasures of making friends and visiting the grocery store.

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But it wasn’t long before his life was turned upside down for an entirely different reason.

For more than a year, Prince William and one Kate Middleton were good friends and even became flatmates along with two other close friends.

“Well I actually think I went bright red when I met you and sort of scuttled off, feeling very shy about meeting you,” Middleton told ABC News when speaking of the first time she met William.

Then came the night of legend, March 27th, 2002, at the St. Andrews University fashion show when Kate wore the infamous see-through dress that caught William’s eye.

Why Kate Middleton and Prince William are a true power couple

“Kate hadn’t told him exactly what she’d be wearing,” remarked Nicholl about the fashion show. “So, when she strode out in uh, well, her underwear and a see through dress, I mean, William was gobsmacked, [He] just turned to [his friend] Fergus and said, ‘Wow. Kate’s hot.’”

“She didn’t dress in a sort of Euro-trash revealing way, it was always very homely,” said Andrew Sands, one of the organizers in charge of selecting models for the show. “So people were desperate to see her in slightly more scanty attire.”

Prince William was positively floored and found his chance to make a move at a party later that night.

“She was, I think, as shocked as she was flattered. And she pulled away, because, at the time, she was dating a fourth-year student called Rupert Finch,” said Nicholl. “Well, that was the start of their relationship, and poor Rupert Finch. Well, he didn’t stand a chance, did he?”

Fast-forward two years, Kate and William were photographed together for the first time skiing the slopes of Klosters in Switzerland. This was also the first of many media headaches for the pair when The Sun published the photo, a blatant breach of the agreement the publication had in place with the royal family at the time.

And one year later, in 2005, Kate and William graduated St. Andrews together. From there, they’d be spotted together for several major public appearances, including fellow royal Camilla’s daughter Laura Parker-Bowles wedding.

The world was quickly falling head-over-heels for this fairytale match, when suddenly it was hit with major disappointment.

Much of what fascinates people about Middleton and Prince William’s story is how perfect it all seems. It feels like it was ripped straight out of a book of fairytales — and they’ve got the happy ending to prove it.

But they had their share of challenges along the way as well.

In early 2007, Kate and William decided to break up and, for a time, went their separate ways with Kate taking a vacation to Ireland with close friends.

However, in hindsight, Middleton says that this time apart only served to strengthen their relationship and give them better perspective.   

In an interview with Sky News, Middleton said, “I think I at the time wasn’t very happy about it, but actually it made me a stronger person… You find out things about yourself that maybe you hadn’t realized.”

“I think you can get quite consumed by a relationship when you’re younger. I really valued that time for me as well although I didn’t think it at the time, looking back on it.”

Just six months later, Kate and her sister Pippa were seen attending a tribute concert for Princess Diana, where Prince William was also in attendance with Prince Harry two rows ahead. And in early 2008, the couple was once again back at Klosters ski resort looking as in love as ever.

Later, in October of 2010, Prince William finally found the perfect moment to propose with Princess Diana’s very own sapphire engagement ring.

“We had a little private time away together with some friends, and I just decided it was the right time really,” William told Sky. “We’d been talking about marriage for a while, so it wasn’t a massively big surprise, but I took her up somewhere nice in Kenya.”

And on April 29th of 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot with a truly fairytale ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with guests and 72 million viewers around the world tuning in to watch. Kate officially became a royal and gained the title, Duchess of Cambridge (and Countess of Strathearn, Lady Carrickfergus).

The late Princess Diana, mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, was remembered in spirit on their magical day.

“I think she would have loved the day and I think,” William told E! News. “Hopefully, she’d be very proud of us both for the day. I’m just very sad that she’s never going to get a chance to meet Kate.”

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Shortly after settling in Wales with their English Cocker Spaniel Lupo, the Duchess and Prince wasted no time getting to work, so to speak.

In December, 2012 St. James’ Palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William were expecting their first child.

Kate would later be hospitalized for hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of severe morning sickness, but with William standing at the ready, the two got through the difficult time. And on July 22nd, 2013, Kate would give birth to their adorable son, Prince George.

Less than two years later, Middleton and Prince William would give birth to their second child, this time a Princess in Charlotte, the first princess in the royal family in twenty-five years.

William told BBC News at the time, “It is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her.”

Exactly one year later, the royal couple stood at Olympic Park in London with their young Prince and Princess at the launch of their own charitable cause, Heads Together, an organization aimed at ending the stigma around mental health.

Through the organization, it’s the young royal’s hopes to start a dialogue in homes and schools about mental health and to help those suffering to have a voice. Middleton, who is especially passionate about the cause, remarked, “People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people. The answer is quite simple — it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life.”

And one year later, the young royal’s family grew again as the palace announced that the Duchess was pregnant once again with baby number three, Prince Louis, who would be born on April, 23rd, 2018.

Their biggest relationship takeaway

Being a royal is demanding, if nothing more than for the emotional toll that constantly being the center of heavy media attention places on one’s mind and relationships.

However, Kate Middleton and Prince William have found strength in family, not only with one another but in the love they share for their children. As the Duchess says, it’s about the simple moments with your loved ones that give you perspective and make it all worth it.

“Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish,” Kate wrote in a letter for Children’s Hospice Week.

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Relationship Goals: How Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom’s Secret Romance Bloomed

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

How did pop queen Katy Perry and our beloved Will Turner (or Legolas, if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan) meet?

“We bonded over and an In-N-Out burger about three years ago at the Golden Globes,” said Perry in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. “He stole one off of my table… And I was like, ‘Wait– oh, you’re so hot. Fine, take it.’”

They’d meet again a short while later at the 2016 Netflix Golden Globes after party and hit it off, “I saw him at a party, and I was like, ‘How are those onions resting on your molars?’ He’s like, ‘I like you.’”

“Katy literally dropped to the floor and was waving her booty around, beckoning Orlando,” a source later told Us Weekly of the duo’s hilarious dance-off.

Perrybloom, as we know it, was officially on.

Why Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are a true power couple

While not yet confirmed to be together, throughout 2016 the couple was spotted enjoying time with one another.

From attending an Adele concert where “At certain points Orlando would give Katy a peck on the lips” to vacationing in Hawaii and partying at Coachella, they did their best to stay away from the prying eyes of the media without letting it put a damper on their fun.

Months later, after remaining in relative secrecy, Perry shared a photo on Instagram of herself and Bloom sprawled out on the staircase of the mansion at the Cannes Film Festival with the caption, “we cannes’t”.

It was undeniable: they were together and, clearly, very much in love.

Soon after, it looked as though it wasn’t meant to last as reports emerged stated that the two had called it quits. But whether it was relationship troubles or media hype, the two formed a united front and had an amazing Thanksgiving to finish the year with one another.

Months later, the two were still going strong as Perry threw Bloom an extravagant surprise party (even flying in his mom) for his 40th birthday.

However, by years’ end, both Katy and Orlando’s parties confirm that “Orlando and Katy are taking a respectful, loving space at this time.”

But less than a month later, the two began to be spotted together again sparking rumors of whether it was love or friendship. Six months later a source confirmed to The Sun that they were truly back on (if they ever were off!).

“Katy wants to make things work this time around. She tried, but she couldn’t cut him off. She cares too much about him. This time, they’re keeping things low key — but they’re back together,” said the source.

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After coming out of a rough path and finding each other again, Katy and Orlando were stronger, wiser, and more mature in love for it.

But nothing proved this clearer than when the pair announced via Perry’s Instagram that they had become engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2019.

Hours after Perry’s mother, Mary Hudson, shared photos of what she said was their engagement party on Facebook, the pop star shared a photo of her showing off a brilliant diamond ring with Bloom just out of frame on Instagram with the caption, “Full bloom.”

“We went to dinner, and I thought we were going to go and see some art after,” Perry told Jimmy Kimmel. “But we pulled up to a helicopter, and the funny part is we had champagne in the helicopter and the box was in his pocket and he had written down everything he wanted to say on a note. You know, to divert, right?”

Perry went on to tell the story of a hilariously nervous Bloom, “He was going to pull [the note] out while I’m reading it. So I’m reading it, but I’m hearing, like, the champagne is, like, broken. The bottle’s everywhere, and I’m still looking at the note because he’s pulling out this box that’s too big for his coat pocket. It rips his coat pocket, and his elbow goes into the champagne.”

“We landed on a rooftop, and my whole family was there, and all my friends. He did so well,” said Perry.

Now with the wedding in the works, Katy is planning on “slowing down her career this year,” a source told People. They “want to get married and start a family sooner rather than later.”

Their biggest relationship takeaway

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom

Though they’ve had their ups and downs, both Katy and Orlando clearly are willing to do what it takes to work through the challenge of being in such a high-profile romance and aren’t afraid of allowing the relationship to develop at its own pace.

Every great relationship takes patience. We grow up being taught that “love at first sight” should hit us over the head and everything will be perfect. Then we learn it’s not and we think it’s just not a match.

But the truth is love takes work– and perrybloom have shown they’re willing to go the distance and love one another for who they are.

“She’s a remarkable human being, actually. I wouldn’t have imagined anything happening.

‘And, you know, when you get hit sideways you get hit sideways. You don’t pick who you fall in love with,” Bloom told The Times.

Bloom shared this heartfelt post on Instagram sometime later:

“A shallow person will have only shallow relationships. Real love is not one person clinging to another. It can only be fostered between two strong people secure in their individuality. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, wrote in a work called Wind, Sand and Stars, ‘Love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking together in the same direction.’”

Relationship Goals: The Relatable Way Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Laugh Their Way Through Love

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

Just after the release of her first major feature-film, Scooby-Doo, in 2002, Isla Fisher attended a party in Sydney, Australia.

And, as fate would have it, a very peculiar character was visiting the very same party that day: the one and only Sacha Baron Cohen, at the time riding high off his fame starring as his character Ali G in the feature film Ali G Indahouse.

Shortly after, the two began dating and just two years later were engaged to be married.

But it took the next two years before the couple would be wed, which involved a big decision on Fisher’s part: converting to Judaism, Sacha’s religious upbringing.

“I love the focus on family, food, and laughter,” she says of the Jewish tradition. “You know, I didn’t get to go to university because I’ve been acting since I was a kid. So, for me, studying theology was also fascinating. I love Judaism,” she said in an interview with The Express.

For two years, Isla studied Judaism intensely before they finally wed in Paris shortly after Fisher’s conversion in a quiet ceremony in 2005.

In fact, the ceremony was so small that only six people were placed on the guest list.

“It [was] very important to me to have a beautiful ritual celebrated with my family and friends. And when you are in the public eye, to keep that private and to make it happen without it being really visible is really difficult,” said Fisher on keeping their wedding ultra-private.

Why Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher are a true power couple

Fourteen years later, the couple now has three children — two daughters Elula and Olive and son Montgomery — and is going as strong as ever.

But splitting their time between London and Los Angeles isn’t easy.

“Juggling a family in LA isn’t easy,” says Fisher, now 43. “There’s not really a culture of bringing your kids to dinner parties or to restaurants past 6pm. I tend to entertain at home because I want to be with my family – it’s easier to put your kids to bed and have a wine with friends.”

As both parents and A-list actors, Sacha and Isla always keep their kids privacy, protection, and well-being the number one priority.

“I’m lucky enough to be able to stay at home and be with my family,” says Fisher. “I used to devour every script, but now I’m focused on my family life, which has brought me so much satisfaction in a deep way.”

But despite the devotion to their children, they always manage to find time for each other.

“Someone early on told me you have to have a date night every week and that is the best bit of advice I was ever given. I think it’s really important on that date night to talk about things other than the kids,” she says, laughing. “It’s really hard…Honestly, I think communication is everything.”

“My husband only makes a movie every three years, so we’re together all the time,” she says.

Most recently, they worked together for the first time on Louis Leterrier’s comedy Grimsby alongside Penélope Cruz and Mark Strong.

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Being married to Sacha Baron Cohen isn’t easy, as anyone would guess.

As the face behind countless iconic satirical characters over the past two decades such as Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Baron Cohen is not only famous but famously disliked for portraying controversial personas and tricking unsuspecting volunteers in his signature faux-documentary style.

After tying the knot, Baron Cohen played Borat in his self-produced 2006 film and 2009’s Brüno, both controversial in their own right. Each film and Sacha’s consequent publicity appearances as each character attracted heaps of negative attention. And, in some cases, even death threats.

Speaking on what a regular day was like being married to the man behind such sensational characters, Fisher told Telegraph, “Instead of asking, ‘Are you going to pick up the dry cleaning?’ I’d ask, ‘Are we getting sued by somebody?’ or, ‘Is there a warrant out for your arrest?’”

Fortunately, Baron Cohen doesn’t bring his characters home at the end of the day. “Oh my gosh, no,” Fisher said when asked. “That would make life challenging. But he brings them home visually. I’ll see a handlebar moustache when he’s doing Borat, or he’ll have the blonde streaks from Brüno, his gay fashionista character.”

Despite the negative attention Baron Cohen’s characters have attracted over the years, the two seem unbreakable, laughing their way through it all.

“It’s amazing,” said Fisher when asked about her marriage to Sacha. “It’s like winning the lottery, having a good partner.”

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Fisher, who recently co-starred in the big screen comedy Tag with Jeremy Renner about a real-life game of tag that spanned three decades, and Baron Cohen who premiered his latest work, Who Is America?, on Netflix at the end of 2018, each continues to work.

However, their dedication to their family and to each other, remains second to known, proving that fame doesn’t have to conflict with love.

“Choosing to be together every day is incredibly romantic. I love marriage. I think it’s a wonderful institution and it’s the most important decision you make,” said Fished when interviewed by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph. “Life is filled with highs and lows, and you have a best friend to share it with you.”

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How Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Prove Soulmates Can Float in and out of Your Life Until the Right Moment

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In 2008, Miley Cyrus, then Disney star of Hannah Montana fame, and an unknown Australian actor were cast alongside one another in the film The Last Song, a cinematic adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.

And while the film didn’t exactly get hot reviews with critics or audiences, the heat was picking up between Cyrus and her Australian costar Liam Hemsworth, who started dating while shooting the film.

Little could anyone know at the time just how much media attention Cyrus’s and Hemsworth’s relationship would get over the next several years and even less just how long the two would last.

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One year after The Last Song completed filming, in March of 2010, the pair made their red-carpet debut at the film’s premiere appearing very much in love.

“It’s refreshing to work with an actor who isn’t also a singer and dancer and musician and artist and this and that. I’m sick of quadruple threats,” Cyrus told Teen Vogue during a photo shoot with the couple to promote the movie.

But as each of their respective careers began to take off, Cyrus starting a new chapter with the airing of the final episode of Hannah Montana and Hemsworth unknowingly on the verge of stardom beginning filming on the first Hunger Games film, the media attention they began to attract was challenging to adjust to.

“I’m not engaged. I’ve worn this same ring on this finger since November! People just wanna find something to tal about! It’s a topaz people!” Cyrus said responding to engagement rumors in a Twitter post in early 2012.

However, several months later, on May 31st, Hemsworth would propose to Cyrus with the couple later confirming their engagement to People. “I’m so happy to be engaged and look forward to a life of happiness with Liam,” said Cyrus of becoming engaged to Hemsworth.

But the challenges weren’t over for Cyrus and Hemsworth as rumors abound when Cyrus was spotted without her ring.

It was later confirmed that the couple had called off their engagement shortly before Cyrus unfollowed Hemsworth on Twitter.

“I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn’t change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years,” said Cyrus in an interview with Barbara Walters in December of 2013. “But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy.”

For a short while, the couple had a hiatus, Cyrus being seen with Patrick Schwarzenegger and model Stella Maxwell while Hemsworth adopted a rescue dog and generally laid low.

However, time nor the challenges of dealing with heavy media attention couldn’t keep the two apart, as in January of 2016 the couple was spotted together once again at a music festival in Australia and later Cyrus was spotted wearing her old engagement ring. It was officially back on and the two looked more in love than ever before.

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Cyrus’s and Hemsworth’s relationship has been fraught with drama and challenges, perhaps far more than the average relationship because of the intensity of paparazzi and general tabloid attention.

But despite it all, they found a way to make it work.

“Of course it was hard, man. But at the time we were going in different directions, and it’s just what needed to happen,” said Liam speaking on the challenges of the two’s relationship and calling off their engagement in an interview with GQ in 2017. “We were both super young, and it was a good decision at the time — we both needed that.”

Throughout that year, the couple is seen spending lots of time together, Hemsworth even dropping in on Cyrus during a skit while she hosted SNL, and spending Christmas with one another. However, they became increasingly more low-key as the year went on, choosing to focus on their love and keeping the tabloids out of it.

The couple didn’t stop being hit with tabloid rumors, as rumors were fueled again — then later put to rest — when Miley deleted her Instagram that year, but they had clearly matured and become stronger as a couple and wouldn’t let it define their relationship.

Then, in November of 2018, the unthinkable happened: the couple’s Malibu home was burned down in the deadly California wildfires. But instead of letting it get them down, they once again used it as an opportunity to show the resolve of their love.

“He was so incredible. He got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which I tell you is so hard,” said Cyrus in an interview with Howard Stern on Liam saving their animals before the fire. “He got a lot of action for saving the animals…We had to make sure he knew I was very, very grateful.”

Later that month, the couple also go on to donate $500,000 to the wildfire relief efforts.

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Relationships are tough no matter who you are. But when you have tabloids and paparazzi breathing down your neck and the insane lifestyle that many stars live in contrast to the average person, maintaining a long-term relationship becomes far more difficult.

Despite this, Miley and Liam have managed to not only stick together for nearly ten years, unheard of not just for a couple in Hollywood but especially for a couple as young as they are, but seemingly become stronger over time.

Just as the fire that threatened to upend their Malibu lifestyle didn’t stop their happiness, they didn’t let their challenges hold them back either.

They could have responded with cynicism and negativity. Instead, they chose love.

Miley herself said in an interview on the SiriusXM show Hits 1 in Hollywood that she herself had some growing up to do and that the time apart helped make them stronger.

“People that break up and get back together, I think that’s awesome because you know it’s true,” she said. “But also you get time to be yourself. You get time to grow up.”

“One thing I’ve learned about marriage from my parents: Nothing and no one stays the same,” said Cyrus in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “Grow, evolve, change with each other and celebrate your love’s journey!”

And in December of 2018, they capped off a whirlwind romance with a surprise ceremony in Nashville where the two were finally wed among friends and family.

“It’s all wonderful and I feel very lucky to be with her,” said Hemsworth in an interview with Extra while at the G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala in Culver City, California.

While accepting the Excellence in Film award at the event, Hemsworth thanked Cyrus. “Thank you to my beautiful wife,” said Hemsworth as Cyrus looked on. “You’re a sweet, sweet angel.”

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Relationship Goals: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Prove the Power of a Well Executed Text

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Welcome to #RelationshipGoals, where we’re giving the stage to the power couples we admire. From admirable long-term relationships to inspirational newlyweds, these are the couples we love and hope to take cues from in our own relationships.

He was one part of the world-famous Jonas Brothers, now defunct and having ventured out on his own as an uber-successful solo act. She a Hollywood icon and one of the first ever Indian stars to cross over the pond and make it in the U.S.

But together, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra would become something more: a union full of love and possibility that showed how two very different worlds can come together as one.

And, as they tell it, it all started with a text.

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“It was Nick who sent the first message,” said Chopra in an interview with Vogue.

After sending a text to friend Graham Rogers (“Priyanka. Is. Wow.”), Chopra’s costar on her hit FBI drama Quantico, Jonas decided to work up the confidence to reach out to Chopra on Twitter.

“I’m hearing from a few mutual friends that we should meet,” he said.

“My team can read this. Why don’t you just text me,” replied Chopra.

From there, the spark was lit as the two began texting — “friendly with an eye toward flirtation,” according to Jonas.

Several months later, Nick approached Chopra when he spotted her at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars party.

“And I put my drink down, get on one knee—this is in front of a bunch of people—and I say, ‘You’re real. Where have you been all my life?’ Like, loud,” he told Vogue.

Three months later, the two would meet again at the Met Gala, where speculation would explode as they walked down the red carpet together. However, it’s what happened one week earlier that truly marked their blossoming relationship.

A week before the Met Gala, the two met together for a drink at the Carlyle hotel in New York — their first official date — where they hit it off.

Shortly after, Chopra invited Jonas back to her apartment, where her mother Madhu was watching Law & Order in her nightgown.

“We hung out for a couple of hours,” Chopra told Vogue. “He patted my back before he left.”

“There was no kiss. There was nothing…She’s still upset about that.” joked Jonas.

But the road to one another wouldn’t turn out to be so straightforward for these two megastars. Despite hitting it off then, it would be an entire year before Jonas and Chopra would see each other again.

Ironically, at the following year’s Met Gala.

Later that month, Nick invited Priyanka to a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, where the two met at Chateau Marmont. “She walks into the Chateau, and I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and understanding about this next chapter of my life,” Jonas told the magazine.

Chopra had her own turning point as well, the moment she realized that something special was brewing between the two.

While on a date in L.A. attending a Dodgers game, Jonas remarked, “I love the way you look at the world. I love the drive you have.” “As a girl, I’ve never had a guy tell me, ‘I like your ambition.’ It’s always been the opposite,” said Chopra.

The following morning after the game, Nick called his mom and told her he was going to marry Chopra.

Later that July, after the two had each met one another’s family– at Jonas’s cousin’s wedding in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Chopra’s family in Mumbai, India shortly thereafter — Jonas proposed while the two were on a birthday trip for Chopra in Crete.

“I got down on one knee, again, and I said: Will you make me the happiest man in the world and marry me?” said Jonas. The two were officially engaged one day after Chopra’s birthday on July 19th and ready to start the next chapter of their lives together.

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It was such an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions,

What really defines Nick and Priyanka’s relationship is their pure and honest love for one another. But it’s perhaps because of the different worlds that each came from that their union has inspired so many.

Upon announcement of their engagement, tabloids exploded. But aside from the typical media attention in the states, what garnered an even stronger response was media attention to the engagement in India, where Chopra is considered something far more than just a movie star and no less than an icon.

News of the engagement spread quickly and soon Jonas was given the nickname “National Jiju”, a play on the Hindi word jiju meaning “brother-in-law”.

One month later, the roka– a traditional Indian meeting of the families in anticipation of marriage– took place in India with Jonas’ parents in attendance.

“It was such an incredible coming-together of two really ancient cultures and religions,” said Chopra.

Not only did a Hindu priest offer blessings but Jonas’s father, a Christian pastor, offered prayers as well. Nick even recited Hindu prayers in traditional Sanskrit.

“The prayers are in Sanskrit. Even I can’t say them. But he did it in Sanskrit. The Indians were so impressed with their National Jiju,” said Chopra.

Their biggest relationship takeaway


The attention on Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s relationship hasn’t been all positive, with critics questioning how quickly the two had become engaged among the more prominent criticisms, but the two didn’t let that slow them down one bit.

Chopra, for her part, doesn’t let that kind of criticism bother her, whose mother and father married ten days after meeting one another. “She’s like, ‘It’s in your genes,’ ” joked Chopra.

Nick and Priyanka are proof that love strikes when it wants and how it wants and it’s simply our job to move with it where it may go, allowing ourselves to fall into it with open arms.

And, even if that means a crossing of two very different worlds, love can offer a language that breaks those boundaries and shows us that we’re all much more alike than we often like to think. And, perhaps, love is the language that should guide us.

To cap off their incredible love story, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra were married on December 1st of 2018 at the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, India after months of extravagant wedding celebrations.

“I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up,” Chopra told People. “We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalized them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

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