We admire and sometimes envy them. They seem like they have it all: beauty, grace, and most importantly, true love. Famous couples intrigue us and make us wonder how it all began and where it will go. Some romances are here to stay and others are around only for a short while. Regardless of whether love is lengthy or fleeting, it is truly something to be cherished the way these couples do.
Brad and Angelina
One of the most closely watched couples in all of Hollywood, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are a force to be reckoned with. The love that blossomed between them drove a wedge between Brad and Jennifer Aniston (allegedly) and has driven Brad straight on to fatherhood. He and Angelina have a baby together, Shiloh, as well as two adopted children from Cambodia and Ethiopia. They are rarely seen apart and seem to support each other through all of the ups and downs, as well as cameramen, life throws their way. At the very least they are both beautiful people we can admire from a distance…
Will and Jada
Hollywood has been the stage for dramatic romances and rocky splits. It does not seem at all conducive to long term martial bliss, but some stars have found it. Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett, have been married for nine years, and Jada has repeatedly said that she would rather throw away her career than her marriage. In a town known for actors and their ambition, this is a large pronouncement indeed. They have two children together, and Will has a son from his first marriage. Together, Will and Jada have founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to help inner-city projects. The couple that helps together, stays together.
Romeo and Juliet
The couple that is most famous for their romance had one of the shortest on the record books – not counting Brittany Spears. Romeo and Juliet secretly married while in their teens, against the wishes of their family. Romeo ended up fleeing the city after killing Juliet's cousin, and with the help of a big misunderstanding, kills himself when he thinks Juliet is dead. Juliet, who was only pretending to be dead to get out of marrying another guy, wakes up to a dead Romeo. She promptly kills herself, and they are together in death forever. At best, all of this seems to takes less than a week to occur. While terribly romantic, Shakespeare sure didn't know how to cheer a girl up.
Barbie and Ken
For forty-three years, Barbie and Ken lived in a state of perpetually smiling romance.
In one fell swoop, it was over for the two. In 2004, the maker of Barbie and Ken, Mattel, claimed that Barbie and Ken simply needed to spend some time apart, but would remain good friends. While this was terrible news for Barbie who has worn countless wedding dresses since 1951, there were many other plastic men in the sea.
Since the split, Barbie has still been dressing to impress in her usual fashion, but Ken has been undergoing a serious makeover. He showed up on shelves the other day with a more sculpted physique and a whole new style. He also has made a public declaration, again through Mattel, that he wants to win Barbie's heart once again. According to her publicist, Barbie is interested in what Ken has to say and his new look. If the hopes of all of us have anything to do with things, it is clear Barbie and Ken are destined for even more decades of happiness.
Romance is a tricky thing. It seems to elude us when we want it the most and surprise us when we are least expecting it. Couples, whether plastic, on the pages of plays, or real people all understand the work it takes to keep romance alive, and those who are the most famous serve as inspiration to us all.