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10 Ways To Build A Successful Relationship, From Celebrities Who Have Done It

It's all too common that we hear about Hollywood couples that don't even last for a single year (hell, some have been over after less than a week). However, in the case of these 15 celebs and their partners, not only have they more than gone the distance, but they've even been pursuaded to share the secrets of their success!

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill


One of the most famous couples in country music, the two are often asked how they've managed to keep things going for as long as they have. Hill's suggestion was all about loving yourself and having a good time with your partner:

"You just have to love the skin you're in, basically. You have to walk this life together. There will be times, ups and downs, but you have to essentially like the person that you love. I think it's important to laugh a lot and have a good time. Life is so short. It sounds contrived but it's the truth."�

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

Daily Express

The two have been Hollywood royalty for decades now, but when it comes to relationship advice, they prefer to keep it candid:

"For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have their own bathroom!"�

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick


You don't stay married for 26 years by a fluke, and in the case of Kevin and Kyra, apparently the key to success is lots of room to grow. Kyra's said that:

"A big key is giving each other the room to grow and change the rules. It's hard, but Kev was always like, 'Whatever you need, honey,' and I admire him for that."�

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham

NY Post

The media mogul, talk show host, legendary personality (and after the Golden Globes, potential presidential hopeful) has been with her long-term partner since 1986! You would think that would be a complicated order, but when asked about how they do it, Oprah kept it simple:

"Don't settle for a relationship that won't let you be yourself."�

The rest of these celebrities have some incredible advice...

David and Victoria Beckham

US Weekly

Both the soccer superstar and his former Spice Girl wife form one of our all-time favorite couples. The two let nobody doubt that they're deeply in love, and when it comes to keeping things fresh, David says it's all about making time for the two of you:

"You have to have fun together. We've got three beautiful children together which our whole time is making them happy and making sure they're healthy and good so most of our time is spent on them. But we have to also spend time together as a couple and that's always important."

Suzanne Somers and Alan Hamel


How many couples do you know who are still going strong after 50 years? Well these two are, and according to Somers, the key is to not lose the romance:

"Listen to one another, give each other a lot of attention, keep it exciting, date. My marriage is very romantic. ... We might sit here and have a tequila. ... We dance, I cook, we sit out and watch the moonlight on the ocean."

Chip and Joanna Gaines

US Weekly

The Fixer Upper stars who've been married for 14 years also have a fixed date night on Tuesdays, which always include an ice cream run. As Joanna told People:

"We tend to frequent our local holes-in-the-wall for street tacos and queso. After dinner we get ice cream and drive around Waco to go down memory lane and visit our old stomping grounds."

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

US Weekly

The Sex And The City star has been happily together with Ferris Bueller for some time now, though her secret was a lot more blunt than some of the others on the list...

"The secret is, we don't discuss it. To reporters or anybody else. That's it! We don't hold it up as an example and we don't air our dirty laundry."

Meryl Streep and Don Gummer


The Hollywood superstar has been happily seeing her partner for decades now, and for her, the biggest factor in a successful relationship is open communication:

"You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things. You have to listen to your partner's problems, suggestions and advice, and accept that you're not always right. Conversation is the key to a successful marriage."

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson


Possibly THE definition of the perfect Hollywood couple, Hanks and Wilson have always been very humble about their success (to the surprise of nobody):

"I wish there was a secret, you know," Hanks said. "We just like each other. You start there ... I still can't believe my wife goes out with me. If we were in high school and I was just funny, I'd never have the courage to talk to her."

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn


Another couple like Hanks and Wilson who met on set and have been together for decades since, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn just seem like they were made for each other. Her list of suggestions is pretty simple, but there's a lot of them:

"Love, gratitude, compassion, because sometimes every man or every woman will drive their partner crazy. Family. Fun. Laughs. Sex. If you don't nurture that, and remember, you're done."�

Whose advice do you like the most?