Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Share The Simple Reason Their 29-Year Marriage Is Successful

“Rita and I just looked at each other and – kaboing – that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn’t be denied,” Hanks said in an interview with GQ.


Nowadays, it often feels like one of our favorite celebrity couples is breaking up every single time that we check our Twitter timeline or our Facebook news feed. Ugly celebrity break ups are no fun to witness and when we see a Hollywood power couple that is able to remain strong over the long haul, it makes us very happy.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks have one of the longest lasting relationships in Hollywood and we love to celebrate relationships like theirs. They celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary in April and by all appearances, they are every bit as in love as they were back in 1988.

“When we first looked at each other there was definitely a kind of a, ‘Hey, this is the place!’ I felt that anyway,” Hanks tells Entertainment Tonight. “I think the end result is that we got married for all the right reasons.”

They met while working on Bosom Buddies and Tom says that when he looked at her, he just knew that was the woman that he was going to spend the rest of his life with. He believes that their willingness to see each other through the hard times and maintain a strong emotional connection is what has allowed their relationship to last this long.

Hanks grew up in a broken home and credits Rita for teaching him more about what it is like to have a true family environment. While the tabloids will always run fake stories and try to act as if the couple is on the verge of a split, they are going stronger than ever and serve as an inspiration to us all.

“In real life, our connection is as concrete as me sitting here,” said Hanks. “Not that marriage doesn’t come close to being hell in a handbasket sometimes. But we both know that no matter what, we’ll be with each other – and we’ll get through it.”

29 years of marriage! Thank you, God, for bringing me this man.

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Rita’s touching Instagram post on the day of the anniversary made the Internet swoon and rightfully so. A long lasting celebrity relationship might seem like an oxymoron, but when you are as committed as these two, there is nothing that can stand in your way!

“We learned the secret to happiness with each other a long time ago,” said Hanks, “and that’s always telling the truth.”

Share this amazing story of true love with your closest friends and family members today. After all, why would you ever want to keep a love story this beautiful all to yourself?

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