People meet, fall in love, and get married. But is the last point so crucial for true family happiness?
We compiled a list of celebrity couples who think that strong and happy relationships do not have to be officially recognized.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
This couple is a perfect example of an ideal relationship without formal marriage. Despite being together for over three decades now, Goldie and Kurt are in no hurry to give their love an official status. “We love each other. Of course, like any family, we argue sometimes, but we still love being together,” said Goldie.
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
To be perfectly honest, Tina and Erwin are a bit off this list: after 27 years of living together, the couple finally got officially married in 2013. Tina even had to waive her American citizenship and move to Switzerland, but that didn’t stop her on her way to happiness.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Shakira and her beloved Spanish footballer, Gerard Piqué, have been together for seven years and have two sons. They met during the preparations for the 2010 World Cup. Gerard says the pop star won his heart when she answered his simple question about the weather in South Africa, and Shakira, in her turn, tells about her feelings in a song she called Me Enamoré.
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
As it happens, Ryan and Eva met each other on a movie set. Six years have passed since, and there were troubles between them — the media often gossiped about their breaking up. The latest instance was when Ryan appeared at the Oscar ceremony with another lady, who turned out to be his sister. The couple really doesn’t like to show off their relationship, but they do raise two beautiful daughters, and that says something.
Anna Kournikova and Enrique Iglesias
The Russian tennis player and Spanish singer have been together since 2001, all the while being surrounded by rumors about their marriage, break-up, pregnancy, or whatnot. Still, we can say for sure that Anna and Enrique are still together and still wouldn’t change anything to appease the public.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Oprah and her beloved businessman, Stedman Graham, have been in a relationship for over 30 years. They were about to get married in 1992 but rejected the idea in the end. Oprah later explained that she’s perfectly happy with their relationship, and they don’t need a wedding to prove anything.
Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault
When she met the French businessman Antoine Arnault, Natalia was married to Englishman Justin Portman. At first, their relations were purely businesslike. They grew into romantic ones when the model got divorced, and they were spoken of as a family after the birth of their first son, Maxim. Today, the couple raises two kids of their own and three from Natalia’s first marriage.