7 Celebrity Relationship That Overcame Tough Times
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Most celebrity relationship face difficulties, but it’s especially tough to resolve personal issues like infidelity or addiction in private when you’re renowned. Here are 7 celebrity couples that have overcome relationship difficulties, proving they have the fortitude to stick it out as well as an exceptional aptitude for communication and forgiveness.
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
Not everyone is as open about their relationship difficulties as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The couple, who have been married since 1997, discussed their marital challenges on a 2020 episode of Jada’s Red Table Talk, where she revealed that they had been separated for a time a few years ago and that she had an affair with singer August Alsina. Expressing their commitment to stay together, and that they are true “life partners,” Will added that marriage “ain’t for the weak of heart.”
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
As one of music’s most powerful couples, their relationship had been a source of attention and speculation even before their 2008 marriage. But instead of denying rumors or hiding from stories about her husband’s infidelity, Beyoncé made a passionate and acclaimed album about the effects of Jay-Z’s cheating titled Lemonade. In a 2017 interview, the normally quiet rapper gave an interview where he talked about cheating and how counseling saved their marriage.
Snoop Dogg & Shante Broadus
The rapper has been married to his wife Shante Broadus, who was also his high school sweetheart, since 1997. Together they have three children and have dealt with their share of difficulties, including a near-divorce in 2004. Snoop has said the fame he experienced clouded the way he saw marriage and family, but after a period of separation, he had a change of heart. “I understand that I need my wife and my kids in my life—so I threw the papers away,” he said.
Cardi B & Offset
Rappers Cardi B and Offset were married in a secret ceremony in 2017, but their relationship troubles have been widely talked about. In December of 2018, they announced a split amidst rumours that Offset had cheated. But Cardi B reconsidered after he posted an apology on Instagram and brought out a sign made of roses at a concert that read “Take me back Cardi.” In September of 2020, she filed for divorce, citing not just cheating, but the fact that she was tired of arguing with her spouse. But shortly after, she called the divorce off, explaining to her fans, “I just be starting to miss [him]. It’s hard not to talk to your best friend.”
David & Victoria Beckham
Rumors about cheating scandals and imminent divorce have been a regular thing for the soccer star and the singer since they married in 1999. The most high-profile cheating allegations happened in 2004 when David’s assistant Rebecca Loos and Australian model Sarah Marbeck claimed to have had affairs with him. He denied their stories, and Victoria, while admitting it was a hard time, stood by him. In 2018 she told Vogue, “People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years,” adding that their bond with each other and their kids keep them strong.
Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish
Eniko Parrish, wife of actor/comedian Kevin Hart, was pregnant with their first child when she learned about how he cheated on her during a trip to Las Vegas. While her initial reaction was anger and pain, Hart’s emotional apology to his family and fans, which he posted on Instagram, helped diffuse the situation somewhat. Hart and Parrish have been married since 2016, and have two children together.
Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson
Samuel L. Jackson has been married to actress LaTanya Richardson for more than 40 years, which is a rare milestone, especially for Hollywood. If there’s a secret to how their marriage has lasted, he said it’s their love for one another and their mutual understanding of the challenges of show business. But their relationship hasn’t been all smiles. Jackson battled drug addiction for years, and finally went to rehab in 1991 after Richardson and their daughter, Zoe, found him unconscious in their kitchen.