Celebrity couples often get a bad rap for normalizing and glamorizing divorce. Marriages in Hollywood are typically short-lived, with even the most picture-perfect relationships coming to an end. While some couples have tried unconventional methods to stay together, such as an open marriage, others have opted to just never get married altogether.
These seven famous long-term celebrity couples never got married, and they’re not making plans to hear wedding bells anytime soon.
1. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have both been married in the past, but their relationship together proves it isn’t essential. They’ve been a couple since 1983, which is significantly longer than most married couples in Hollywood (or any married couples, for that matter).
Hawn got real with Porter magazine, explaining, “I’ve been married twice. Basically, once you’ve done it once, once you’ve done it twice and you realize that marriage, or the act of marrying, has nothing to do with the success.”
2. Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Even though Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham have discussed the possibility of marriage, they agreed that it would do their relationship more harm than good. Winfrey opened up about dating Graham since 1986 in an interview with Vogue:
Nobody believes it, but it’s true. The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, “What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?” And the answer is: “We wouldn’t be together.” We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world.
Winfrey also revealed that she and Graham have “pretty traditional” interpretations of being husband and wife, and “[she] would not have been able to fit into that.”
3. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling may be one of Hollywood’s sexiest couples, but Mendes has explained why she thinks marriage is “very unsexy.” The couple is about as low-key as they come in terms of Hollywood relationships, very seldom appearing in public together. The few times we’ve gotten a glimpse of the parents of two, they appear to be very much in love.
In an appearance on Chelsea Lately in 2011, Mendes explained why she’d rather have a boyfriend than a husband:
I’m not like anti-marriage or the institution, like for other people. And I love the idea of a union — that’s all very beautiful. But I think, you know, it’s a very old fashioned, archaic kind of thing. We did it for land originally. How unromantic is that? I actually think it’s really sexy to be with someone in your fifties and sixties and be like, “That’s my boyfriend.” I think husband and wife is just … very unsexy.
4. Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon
Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon have been together since 1982 — so despite never getting married, they’re about as official as they come. Gervais has said, “We are married for all intents and purposes … but there’s no point in us having an actual ceremony before the eyes of God because there is no God.”
5. Bo Derek and John Corbett
Bo Derek and John Corbett have both publicly denounced the idea of marriage for themselves. They’ve been together since 2002, and as Corbett told HuffPost, “I think the secret is just enjoy being together.” He advised, “Don’t get married. I have a lot of friends that get divorces. It becomes this whole thing.”
Derek luckily agrees, as she told Entertainment Tonight, “We talk about [marriage] sometimes but we don’t have children and we’re not young, so there isn’t that pressure or need to get married.”
6. Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova
Being raised in a divorced household can certainly skew your opinions on marriage. Enrique Iglesias admitted that it influenced his decision not to wed his partner since 2001, Anna Kournikova.
Iglesias told Parade, “I’ve never really thought marriage would make a difference. Maybe it’s because I come from divorced parents, but I don’t think you love someone more because of a piece of paper.” He continued, “Nowadays, it’s not taboo to have kids and not be married. What makes a difference is that you’re a good parent, period.”
7. Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen
Sarah Silverman doesn’t want the government getting involved in her love life. Even though she and Michael Sheen have been together since early 2014, they’re taking a stand against marriage together.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015, Silverman told Ellen that she definitely wouldn’t get married until same-sex marriage became legalized. She explained, “I just don’t understand the instinct to want to join a club that is elitist. I mean it’s like joining a country club that doesn’t allow Jews or black people. What’s the difference?”
Silverman added, “And besides that, I don’t know that I would want to get the government involved in my love, personally.”
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