11 Celebrity Marriages That Lasted A Surprisingly Long Time

Catherine Zeta Jones Michael Douglas weddingHappy birthday to Catherine Zeta Jones, who turns forty-four today! As you probably know if you slobber over your computer keyboard on the Crushable homepage all day like I do, CZJ and her husband Michael Douglas have recently separated after thirteen years of marriage. Which is sad and all, but seriously! Thirteen years! That’s a ton of years, not only in Hollywood, but in real life! Particularly when you consider that Catherine and Michael are twenty-five years apart! (To the day, actually!) So now that I’m thinking of it — happy birthday to Michael Douglas, as well! Sixty-nine years, hurray!

So with another year ticking by for that erstwhile couple, I got to thinking about other celebrity marriages that have lasted a surprisingly long time. And there are a few of them! Some of them are still going on, while others of them have ended, but I don’t see that as a reason not to give them the polite little golf clap that they deserve, y’know? It’s hard out there — for a pimp, yes, but also for a relationship. And especially when they start the way some of these have, I give them kudos for lasting at all.

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas Michael Douglas Catherine Zeta Jones Chaplin Award Gala April 22 2013 New York City NY

(Photo: Andres Otero/WENN)

Aside from the age difference and the health struggles, this marriage becomes even more impressive when you take into account that the first thing Michael ever said to Catherine was reportedly, “I want to father your children.” You did it, dude. You did it.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 13 years (2000 – 2013)
SURPRISE FACTOR: 8 (out of 10)

2. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian Lamar Odom E Upfronts April 30 2012 New York City NY(Photo: WENN)

Their marriage didn’t last an incredibly long time, but considering the alleged drug abuse, the cheating, and the fact that they got married after exactly a month of knowing each other when Khloe was only twenty-five (not even engaged — married), they still get a high score.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 4 years (2009 – 2013)
SURPRISE FACTOR: 9

3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

Justin Timberlake Jessica Biel Premiere or Runner Runner September 19 2013 Las Vegas Nevada(Photo: DJDM/WENN)

Guys, I get that I’m being a twat, but I never totally understood why these two were together. They started dating in 2007, were together for four years, then broke up, reunited, and got engaged in the same year, 2011. They went through with the marriage and, confusingly, Justin still has not announced any plans to leave Jessica and marry his true life partner, Jimmy Fallon.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 1 year (2012 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 5 (I can admit when I’m being a dick.)

4. Soon Yi Previn and Woody Allen

Woody Allen Soon Yi Previn Premiere of Revisionist February 28 2013 New York City NY(Photo: Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Um, this is the big kahuna. Woody was in a long-term relationship with Soon-Yi’s adopted mother, Mia Farrow, which obviously ended when she discovered that the two of them were involved. When things started between them, Soon-Yi was 19 and Woody was 56, meaning they had an age difference of thirty-seven years. And yet they’re still together. I’m bamboozled.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 16 years (1997 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 10

5. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey Nick Cannon Premiere of The Butler August 5 2013 New York City NY(Photo: Michael Carpenter/WENN)

Their relationship just came so far out of left field for me that I was completely unprepared and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten over it. They had a secret wedding after only six weeks of dating, and they’re somehow still chugging along with two kids. I think probably because Nick knows his place as the wife of the family.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 5 years (2008 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 7

6. Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore Berlin Intl Film Festival February 11 2009 Berlin Germany(Photo: Tschiponnique Skupin/Future Image/WENN)

Another big age difference — Demi is fifteen years older than Ashton — I think most of us thought this would just be a flash in the pan. But those matching Twitter handles lasted a surprising amount of time, considering Ashton was closer in age to Demi’s oldest daughter, Rumer Willis, than he is to Demi.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 7 years (2005 – 2012)
SURPRISE FACTOR: 8

7. Elin Nordegren and Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Elin Nordgren Anaheim California May 5 2006(Photo: Monty Hallws/Pacific Coast News)

I’m just impressed that anyone could stay married this long with dozens of mistresses swirling in the pipeline. But Elin got like $10 million out of it, so good for her.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 6 years (2004 – 2010)
SURPRISE FACTOR: 7

8. Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman

Christina Aguilera Jordan Bratman Soho House Los Angeles California June 17 2010(Photo: WENN)

It’s always fun when a celebrity marries a normal, and I find it goes one of two ways. Either they get divorced right away, like when Britney Spears married that rando Jason Alexander guy, or they stay together forever like Matt Damon and his wife Luciana. But Xtina and her not…the most music marketing executive husband held it together for five years before their ultimate divorce. Whomp whomp.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 5 years (2005 – 2010)
SURPRISE FACTOR: 6

9. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick

Sarah Jessica Parker Matthew Broderick Serpentine Gallery Summer Party June 26 2013 London England UK(Photo: WENN)

My god, there have been a ton of blind items and rumors and gossip tidbits about these two. I feel like for the past ten years, they’ve been rumored to be on the brink of breaking up, but they never have. ‘Grats on keeping it together, bros.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 16 years (1997 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 7

10. Warren Beatty and Annette Benning

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty Critics Choice Hollywood California January 14 2011(Photo: WENN)

They aren’t the most topical of couples, but these are another two with a serious age difference — twenty-one years. But it must not be that big of an issue, because that’s also the length of time that they’ve been married. Plus, in his day, Warren had quite the reputation of a playboy, estimated by his biographer to have slept with around 12,775 women. Damn girl.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 21 years (1992 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 8

11. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Jada Pinkett Will Smith NY Premiere of Free Angela and All Political Prisoners April 2 2013 New York City(Photo: PNP/WENN)

Another couple active on the blind item circuit! These two have long been rumored to be beards for each other or to be members of an open marriage, but whatever they’re doing seems to be working, as they’ve been together longer than most of the other pairs in Hollywood. Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it, I guess. Unless it includes kissing your children full on the mouth, in which case quit doing it immediately.
MARRIAGE LENGTH: 16 years (1997 – )
SURPRISE FACTOR: 7

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    • Meredith Hirt

      12,775?! I’ve followed Barney’s antics on HIMYM and he had a difficult enough time reaching 200, and he’s got mad game (Well, let’s of “plays” anyway. And he’s a fictional character. But still.). You’re not the only one drooling on your keyboard, my jaw has hit my mouse pad.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I KNOW. Isn’t that insane?? Who has the time? Especially considering that was BEFORE his 20+ year marriage.

      • Ginny

        That’s like 200 people a year for more than 50 years! How is that possible? Forget about having enough time…who has that much energy?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I KNOW. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

    • Katie

      Whenever people say “Britney Spears and Jason Alexander” I just love imagining Britney and George Costanza. I mean… how amazing and hilarious would that couple be?

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        The best.

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