8 loving celebrity couples who are #marriagegoals

July 08, 2019
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    K-drama reel-to-real life couple Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo announced the end of their marriage, which lasted just under two years.

    Later on that same day, June 27, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured) shared on social media that she broke up with fiance Li Chen, two years after announcing their engagement. The latter had supported her during her tax evasion scandal.

    Before you dramatically declare that fairy tales are a lie, behold these celebrity couples who are still together and living happily ever after.

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  • Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan
    2 / 9 Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan

    If diabetes could spread by sight, you’d have to avoid Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan. They are the culprits behind several saccharine Instagram posts. Just take a look at the evidence.

    When sharing a celebratory post for his son’s birthday, Jay found a way to praise his wife in the caption: “Happy birthday to my cool son 🧒🏼 Jaylen Romeo, I hope that you will grow up and diligently master the piano. This way, like daddy, you will also be able to marry a beautiful wife haha”. Cue ‘awws’.

    When Hannah was filming in Malaysia, Jay apparently showed up on set with some bubble tea. That might sound like nothing to shout about, except Hannah had earlier that day left a comment on Jay’s Instagram asking for a cup of bubble tea.

    This couple’s relationship is sweeter than a cup of Gong Cha milk tea at 100 per cent sugar level.

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  • Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
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    It’s not always about sweet nothings. A study by Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas has shown that couples who troll each other — i.e. they can have a laugh together — stay happy together. It makes perfect sense. A shared sense of humour signals an understanding of each other, which translates into a stronger relationship. Oh, it also shows you know how to have fun.

    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are living proof of this. They take pride in roasting each other whenever possible — on a talk show, in an interview or on social media.

    Who could forget Ryan’s speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016? He gushed over his wife Blake, saying: ”You make absolutely everything in my life better… You made me the father of my dreams when I thought I only had ‘fun uncle’ potential.”

    Of course, Ryan had a kicker in mind: “You are the best thing — the best thing — that has ever happened to me, second only to this star. It’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, cut me some slack here.”

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  • Christine Fan and Blackie Chen
    4 / 9 Christine Fan and Blackie Chen

    They are Asia’s Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Just like the Hollywood couple, Christine and Blackie’s show of affection ranges from hilarious to heartwarming.

    Blackie has a penchant for pranks and his wife is often his victim. Case in point: When they are out jogging, he tricks her into thinking there’s a cockroach. When getting Christine to pose for a photo, he is actually filming her. He smacks her butt when she plays hide and seek with their sons.

    Just like how schoolboys tease girls they like at the playgroup, Blackie’s practical jokes are an expression of love for his wife. But Blackie is also a sweetheart.

    When Christine who’s a singer-songwriter, held a Shanghai concert on Valentine’s Day this year, Blackie turned up unannounced at the show with their twin sons, River and Ryan.

    Onstage, Blackie said: “We’ve been together for 18 years. It’s considered a feat in show business. A lot of things have happened over the past 18 years… a lot of sweet things.”

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  • Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon
    5 / 9 Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon

    When K-pop sex siren Hyori got hitched in 2013, fans were outraged. They were appalled at their idol’s shocking choice of spouse, calling the union “Beauty & The Beast”. Why? Because her oppa’s looks weren’t up to K-pop star standards.

    But the loving couple has the last laugh. Six years on, they are still going strong, proving detractors wrong. The popular Netflix reality show, Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast, gave us a glimpse into the low-key couple’s daily life. Singer-songwriter Sang Soon and Hyori had turned their private Jeju home into a cozy bed and breakfast, opening it up to guests visiting the area.

    We can see why the couple are a good match. Her fun-loving, feisty personality complements his soft-spoken manner. They share a common love for animals. In season two, the couple’s pet count stood at nine: Three cats and six dogs. All the dogs are strays. In fact, the couple met because of their work for animal rights groups. He produced Hyori’s charity single to raise funds for abandoned animals.

    “We became closer when Sang Soon contacted me about helping to raise an abandoned dog,” Hyori once told the media. “We also got close when he helped me with my song release… “Because he’s also raising a stray dog, us taking care of the stray dog together has become a part of my daily life.”

    Now that’s a paw-some love story.

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  • Michelle and Barack Obama
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    How did former US president Barack Obama know that he had found “The One”? We can glean the answer from Obama’s advice to his aide, Dan Pfeiffer, as recorded in Pfeiffer’s book Yes We (Still) Can.

    According to Pfeiffer, Obama said you should ask yourself three questions about your potential partner: “Is she someone you find interesting? You will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there is nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things.”

    The other two questions are “Does she make you laugh?” and “Do you think she will be a good mum?” We’re pretty sure Michelle checked all the boxes.

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  • Amal and George Clooney
    7 / 9 Amal and George Clooney

    Remember how George Clooney famously declared that he’d be single forever? He was quoted in Esquire as saying: “I haven’t had aspirations in that way, ever. I was married in 1989. I wasn’t very good at it. I was quoted as saying I’ll never get married again pretty much right after I got divorced and then I’ve never talked about it since.”

    That was before the George met Amal. He met the human rights lawyer through a mutual friend in 2013. They married the following year, and welcomed twins Ella and Alexander in 2017.

    On David Letterman’s talk show, George put his deep love for Amal into words. “Before I had the twins, I felt that about her. I felt that I met someone who I would absolutely trade my life for. I met someone that her life meant more to me than my life and I’ve never had that experience before.”

    If the eternal bachelor can find his happily ever after, there’s hope for all of us. It’s about finding a good fit.

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  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
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    Remember the famous line from Titanic, “You jump, I jump”? Will Smith and Jada Pinkett decided to pull a Jack and Rose.

    To celebrate Will’s 50th birthday, Jada promised to do anything for bae. The thrill-seeking hubby wished for his wife to skydive with him. The actress has a phobia of heights. But Jada’s love for Will is bigger than her fear. She took the plunge in Dubai.

    One of Hollywood’s longest lasting couples, Will and Jada have been married for 21 years and counting. A relationship tip we’ve gleaned from the pair’s interviews: Prioritise your partner’s needs before your own.

    On a podcast in 2018, Will declared matter of factly they will be together forever. He said: “There is nothing she could do – ever – nothing that would ever break our relationship.”

    If that isn’t a real-life fairy tale, we don’t know what is. Also, you know it’s true love if someone is willing to jump out of a plane for you.

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  • Fann Wong and Christopher Lee
    9 / 9 Fann Wong and Christopher Lee

    Not to be outdone by foreign talent, Singapore showbiz has its own lovey-dovey celeb couple too. Fann Wong and Christopher Lee are masters of mushiness.

    Fann calls her husband “ai ai”, which is the word for love in Chinese. The word “ai” is even weaved into their Instagram handle, @fannaiaiwong and @aiainbaby .

    Their Instagram accounts are peppered with couple shots that make us green with envy. The latest posts are shots from their family trips to Japan and Australia.

    In one post, the couple sits as they watch their son Zed play with a deer in Japan, looks of contentment on their faces. You can practically see hearts shooting out of their eyes.

    In a Father’s Day post dedicated to Christopher, the family are pictured running in the rain. Fann’s captioned the photo as, Rain or shine , you are always there ❤️ My pillar of strength and support ❤️ Happy Father’s Day.”

    It’s no wonder they were named the couple with the “Best Chemistry” on Chinese reality show ‘Let’s Go, Love’ in 2015.

    Talking about the benefits of appearing on a show with Chris, Fann said: “It’s nice because I get to bully him. When I’m tired, I’ll just lie on his shoulders and whine a little. I can’t possibly do that to other actors right?”

    But Chris has some major competition now, he said in half-jest: “Now that she has a new love (their son Zed), I am no longer important.”

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