Celebrity relationship secrets: Mariage secrets

Celebrity Marriage Secrets

Want an all-star marriage? Read these celebrity secrets on how to make your love affair go the distance. By Match’s relationship expert Kate Taylor.

 - Celebrity relationship secrets: Mariage secrets
David and Victoria Beckham need time apart © Sipa
In the world of celebrity, marriages often finish before the magazines have even published the wedding pics.

But a few high-profile couples have managed to make their relationship go the distance.

What are their secrets to making love last?

Sometimes they can be found in the places you least expect...

Victoria Beckham is a fan of a bit distance, to keep her marriage to football David truly “spicy.”

The couple now live in LA but fly all over the globe, attending to their different careers. Far from impacting their marriage, they believe that air-miles also rack-up love miles: "Maybe that's why we're not bored with each other after 11 years,” said Victoria in a recent Vogue interview.

Pierce Brosnan says romance is the key © Sipa
If you can’t afford to leave the country, you might prefer actor Pierce Brosnan’s approach which is a little closer to home.

He starts in the garden. Too woo his wife Keely Shaye-Smith, Pierce reveals: "I love romance: I bring Keely breakfast in bed on a tray with a single flower from our garden.

I did that when we first started dating, and I still do it." The couple will celebrate 10 years of marriage in August 2011, so don’t underestimate flower power.

Interestingly, Pierce’s advice ties in with the findings of Match’s recent LoveGeist research, where UK daters revealed they’d far rather have a simple gesture of affection from a partner than anything lavish. Well done Pierce.

Children can sometimes impact a marriage, but for singer Seal and his top-model wife Heidi Klum, who have three children together and a daughter from Klum’s previous relationship, they simply have to come a little bit farther down the priority list.

Heidi Klum and Seal put eachother first © Sipa
"I have a very, very simple approach," says Seal. "Heidi is No. 1 at all times, then it's the kids—as strange as that may sound—then it's health and career.

I think that is the area where people get a little bit confused once kids come in and then the career takes over. But when we met, it was just her and I.”

Klum agrees that little things mean a lot in love. “We do things for each other,” she recently told US magazine Redbook.

“My husband is really into photography, for example, so I have made an effort to learn more about cameras, and I know he loves that I am interested in one of his biggest passions.

That makes ME happy — making him happy. We go on dinner dates and have our occasional days sleeping in together. That's not always so easy with four kids, but we somehow do it!”

Katy Perry and Russell Brand love each other © Sipa
Russell Brand - after years of claiming he wasn’t promiscuous, “just thorough” - has found his straight-woman in singer Katy Perry. They married in October in India.

“It’s quite simple really,” says Russell. “You just have to be all kind and lovely and never promise things you can’t deliver. That’s what I do.”

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have a 20th-century marriage, tying the knot back in 1997. According to Smith, the fact that they have managed to go the distance is by design rather than by accident.

His secret is putting her first. "You have to make her your first thought and first action of every day and last thought and last action of every day." Jada too would never put her work before her husband.

Will Smith says you gotta get jiggy with it © Sipa
“I will throw my career away before I let it break up our marriage. I made it clear to Will. I'd throw it away completely."

But at the end of the day, it’s all about getting jiggy with it. Says Smith, the key to domestic bliss is just, “Really, really good sex. I'm really good at it.” Is that all, Will? No.

“We talk a lot. Sometimes people hear us talking and think we over-talk situations but communication is everything."

So, flowers, sex, making love your top priority and keeping your promises all help love go the distance in Hollywood.

But at the end of the day, maybe the answer lies in something more practical.

Catherine Zeta Jones and hubby Michael Douglas have racked up 11 anniversaries by the simple act of keeping the Ladies and the Gentlemen separate.

“Separate bathrooms is always a really great idea. Mine is so messy, I’d absolutely hate for my husband to realize just how incredibly cluttery I can be.”

To discover the relationship secrets of real UK couples, match the company behind the UK’s best known dating and relationship sites - www.match.com and www.matchaffinity.com is traveling all over the UK to find out what makes a relationship go the distance. To learn more about the journey and the couples they have met so far, visit www.goingthedistance.org.uk


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