It seems like every Hollywood couple has been breaking up recently. From Adele and her husband of two years Simon Konecki announcing their split last month, to Lady Gaga and Christian Carino splitting in February, everyone seems to be parting ways.
Power couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are still going strong with 31 years of marriage under their belts. They’re out here proving that true love does exist!
They’ve been through so much together, and their romance continues to blossom every single day.
So, what’s their secret to a happy marriage?
1. Wait until you’re 30 get married
The lovebirds met in 1985 when they were filming Volunteers, playing love interests. At the time, Tom had a wife and two kids, while Rita was engaged. Three years later, Tom got a divorce and proposed to Rita.
He said he was young and impulsive when he first got married, and said marriage should be a conscious decision.
2. Be able to make compromise with your other half
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Tom converted religion from Catholic to Greek Orthodox for his wife, as he knew how important it was to her.
“I sacrificed something for my wife. Rita has Greek roots and they have the Orthodox faith. And I was a Catholic, so before getting married I converted my faith out of deep respect to her family,” he said.
3. Always support each other
Tom constantly praises his wife on stage as being the reason why he is so successful. When collecting his first Oscar in 1994 for his role in Philadelphia, he said, “I am here only because the woman I live my life with shows me what love is every day!” —So sweet!
Rita was tragically diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 and was afraid this would affect their marriage. But they grew even stronger from this.
“All I can do is bow down before the courage of my wife,” Tom said.
Thankfully, she has been given the all clear since then.
4. It’s the little things you do for each other which count
When they are apart, Tom always sends Rita photos of how his day has been.
“I have a habit of sending a photo report of my day to Rita. I take pictures of everything around me when she is not with me: what I eat for lunch, who I meet, what I shoot. I think she likes it,” Tom said.
He also writes cute notes for her and leaves them around the house.
“I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother. I can’t imagine my life without her. I often leave notes for her near the phone or somewhere in the kitchen. I wish her a good day and stuff like that. Aww!
5. Love your other half, no matter what
The couple has always remained strong no matter what. As people age, naturally, looks fade—but this hasn’t been an issue for Tom and Rita.
“This woman loved me when I was thin and loved me when I was fat. She loved me bald and loved me with hair. This woman loves me, I know that. This is why I am a lucky man,” Tom said.
6. Find the right person
Don’t tie the knot with just anyone—make sure they’re the one.
“My secret to a happy marriage is just being married to the right woman. I got lucky with the wonderful Rita Wilson. I’m the luckiest man alive.”
Rita also shared her love for her husband on Facebook yesterday and said it’s important to put effort into a relationship to keep the romance alive.
She wrote, “In any long term relationship if you’re lucky, you started with a spark, that beautiful glimmer that ignites into a lasting love. Fires need to be tended to, stoked, added to, watched. As long as there is a spark you’ll always have a fire. I love you, Tom. Happy 31!”
What do you think of these tips? If you have any extra, please share them with us in the comments.