20 Celeb Couples Who Aren’t Afraid To Dish Out The Dirt About Their Relationship

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While many celebrity couples choose to remain private about their relationships, even the most low-key duos tend to let the public in every once in a while. We’re certainly grateful for these moments, because that’s when we get more insight into what our favorites’ relationships are like, and we get a lot of sage advice about how to manage a successful relationship.

While many of these couples tied the knot long ago, you’ll be surprised at the number of them who opted not to take that step. For those that are married, you’ll find that the road to marital bliss wasn’t nearly as simple as it is in the movies they star in. Many of these iconic couples split up before getting back together to tie the knot, which is just a great reminder that real-life romance is complicated for us all- even the rich and famous. Without further ado, check out this list of celebrity couples who are admirably candid about their relationships.

Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Are Upfront About Their Fights

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Chrissy Teigen is pretty much known for offering up information on both herself and other celebrities that most other stars don’t volunteer. Her refreshing honesty also applies when she’s talking about her relationship. She even revealed once that she and husband John Legend got into a huge fight at Kim and Kayne’s wedding. At the time, she did not divulge the details of the fight, but the couple was recently asked about it on Watch What Happens Live. Sadly, the two could not remember what the fight was about, so we’ll probably never know, but there’s a good chance Chrissy will share if it ever comes back to her.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Want to Be Realistic Relationship Goals

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Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are another couple that isn’t afraid to talk about the not-so-great moments both in their own lives and in their relationship. For many people, the duo are relationship goals, but they make every effort to show that the goal should never be perfection. The two have been upfront about how they’ve attended a couple’s therapy in the past when they needed it. While Kristen has also discussed her battle with depression, Dax often talks about his road to sobriety.  While these two may appear to have the perfect relationship on the outside, what makes them so “perfect” is that they don’t try to be.

Beyonce Wrote A Whole Album About Jay Z’s Infidelity

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For the most part, Beyonce and Jay Z are a pretty private couple. This is why it was just a shock to the world when Beyonce’s Lemonade album confirmed the longstanding rumors that he had cheated on her. The moment two of the world’s biggest artists openly discussed such a difficult part of their relationship was momentous for a lot of people who have dealt with the same thing in their relationships. When it was time for Jay Z to release his album 4:44, he also discussed the infidelity from his perspective. While some criticize the pair for capitalizing on their own drama, we argue that they simply took an opportunity to tell their story before someone else told it for them.

Gabrielle Union And Dwyane Wade Went On a Break

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These days, Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union are happily celebrating their new baby girl, but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. These two initially started dating in 2009. After four years together, People reports that Dwayne and Gabrielle went on a break in 2013 only to become engaged later that year. In an interview with the Tonight Show, Wade said; “We supported each other, but we took a step back for a while. At the end of the day, we came back together and said, ‘Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day.”

Courteney Cox And Johnny McDaid Stayed Together After Breaking Off Their Engagement

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Many couples feel pressure to take the next step after having been together for a while. Whether that’s marriage, children, or adjusting living arrangements, many have undoubtedly taken a step they either did not want or were not ready to take because of outside pressures. This is why we commend Courteney Cox and her boyfriend, Snow Patrol drummer Johnny McDaid for deciding to forego these conventions. After six months of dating the two got engaged, but then eventually broke off their engagement. The two got back together after the breakup but did not get re-engaged, as Courteney explained on Ellen. We love that these two have been so upfront about discussing what works for them.

Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth Had To Find Their Way Back Together

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While Miley and Liam just recently got married, it was certainly a long journey to the aisle for them. Like Courtney and Johnny, these two were previously engaged before breaking up. After initially meeting on the set of The Last Song a decade ago, the two were on and off for a couple of years, during which Miley went through her “rebellious” phase and wrote quite a few breakup songs which were believed to be about Liam, including “Wrecking Ball.” While Miley and Liam seem to prefer keeping their relationship private, they have discussed their relationship in interviews before. We commend these two for being upfront about how difficult the journey can be to making it work with the right person.

Cardi B And Offset Keep The Public Up To Date On Their Relationship

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If you keep up with entertainment news at all, then you probably know something about Cardi B and Offset’s tumultuous on-and-off relationship. Though these two are married and just recently had a child together, it seemed like they were headed for divorce not too long ago. When Offset cheated on Cardi, she decided to give him another chance, and she had no problem talking about her journey with the world. She told Cosmo, “I want to work out my s- with my man, and I don’t got to explain why. It’s not right what he f- did- but people don’t know what I did…” Well, we can certainly take a guess! Cardi is certainly very candid!

Will And Jada Had Some Dark Times

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett are known as one of Hollywood’s longest standing couples. Other the years, many rumors have circulated about unconventional arrangements in their relationship. While they don’t always comment on the rumors, the two did discuss their relationship on Jada’s Facebook show, Red Table. Will recounts the most difficult part of their relationship; “She was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ and to me…it was over but divorce was never an option. We broke up our marriage and got back together again and had to rebuild with new rules and something way completely different.” These two have been married for more than two decades, so it seems that rewriting the rules worked for them.

Alicia Keys And Swizz Beatz Struggled With Their Blended Family

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have been plagued with rumors for years surrounding the beginning of their relationship, which some say began with infidelity. We’ll probably never know the full story, but whatever may have happened, Swizz’s ex-wife seems to be totally over it, so we all should be too. Recently, Swizz’s ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere released a book called Blend about co-parenting. Not only did Alicia and Swizz give their seal of approval, but they also did an interview with Mashonda on ABC’s Nightline to promote the book. The three admitted that co-parenting was pretty difficult for them in the beginning, but they eventually figured it out, and are now in a great place.

Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos Almost Ended It

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Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos are great proof that love can last in Hollywood. They manage to openly discuss their relationship in public without falling into the slippery slope of overexposure. However, it turns out these two almost ended things way in the beginning. On the debut episode of Betches’ comments by celebs podcast, Kelly admitted this shocker; “We broke up and we got back together the day before we went off and eloped. Yeah, we eloped. We went to Vegas and got married.” Twenty-three years later the pair seems to be going strong, but Kelly’s confession reaffirmed that even the most successful couples sometimes have doubts.

Neil Patrick Harris Is Upfront About His Marriage Journey

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Neil Patrick Harris has been refreshingly honest about his relationship with husband David Burtka and how starting a family has affected their marriage. He told Glamour; “Honeymoon phases end. They just do. We’re animals and animals aren’t inclined to copulate with just each other for the rest of their lives…Everyone falls out of love with everything. You have to figure out ways to keep [the love] alive.” Similar to Will and Jada, Neil has suggested that it’s important to reinvent the wheel in long term relationships. While many people still struggle to be upfront about falling out of love in relationships, Neil seems prepared to confront the reality in his own relationship.

Pink And Husband Carey Hart Had To Reinvent Their Relationship

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Pink and her husband Carey Hart have certainly had a lot of ups and downs in their relationship, but they seemed to have figured out how to make it work since starting a family. Though they may seem like the picture perfect family, Pink has admitted she isn’t always happy with her husband. She told The Guardian; “There are moments where I look at my husband and he is the most thoughtful, logical, and constant…And then I’ll look at him and go: I never liked you. There’s nothing I like about you…Is this the end of it? Do I want him? Does he want me? Monogamy is work!”

Victoria And David Beckham Know The World Thinks They Stay Together For Work

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Not only have Victoria and David Beckham presented a rare example of a successful long term Hollywood couple, but they’ve also finished raising the next generation of Hollywood stars. The Beckhams are as much a family as they are a brand at this point, and David seems to be aware that the world perceives his family in this way. In a BBC special interview, he said; “We’re a strong family unit…Of course, you make mistakes over the years, and we all know marriage is difficult at times. People have talked about, ‘Do we stay together because of the brand?’ Of course not.” David addressed what many celebrity couples won’t; that public figures’ relationships are both personal and yet also public business ventures.

Freddie Prinze Jr And Sarah Michelle Gellar Understand The Necessity Of Sacrifice

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These nineties heartthrobs are still making it work, long after they got together. Michelle has discussed her struggle with postpartum depression publicly, while Freddy has admitted that marriage has to be about more than just attraction. He told Us Weekly; “…We didn’t just get married because we thought the other was young and hot…Sacrifice is something that’s required in marriage. It’s fun being single, right? You can be selfish…Our sacrifice I think is maybe the biggest thing that’s made our marriage work. ” It’s clear that these two put a lot of thought into their partnership before getting married.

Karlie Kloss Has Had To Discuss Husband Josh Kushner’s  Infamous Family

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Model Karlie Kloss and her husband Josh have felt compelled to discuss their relationship mainly because of Kushner’s infamous family. Josh’s brother is married to Ivanka Trump and he is also a Senior Adviser to Donald Trump. Karlie has admitted that Josh’s family has complicated their relationship. She told Vogue; “I’ve chosen to be with the man I love despite the complications. It’s frustrating that the spotlight is always shifted away from my career and toward my relationship.” As Karlie says, it would be difficult for the couple to stay out of the spotlight even if they wanted to, but we commend them for being so honest about their family struggles.

Goldie Hawn And Kurt Russell Don’t Think Marriage Is A Necessity

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The legendary Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have been together for a whopping thirty-five years. Many assume these two are married because they’ve been together so long, but the two have actually never tied the knot. Goldie once said; “We have done just perfectly without marrying. I already feel devoted and isn’t that what marriage is supposed to do? I love waking up every day and seeing that he is there knowing that I have a choice. There really is no reason to marry.” Considering these two were both previously married, it seems like they figured out the key to a successful relationship has nothing to do with legal recognition.

Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Are Scheduling Masters

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Not only are they insanely charming and attractive but Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have two beautiful daughters and a relationship most would be envious of. Though private, the couple often lets the world in on their relationship through the playful interactions they have on social media. When it comes to making their relationship work, these two have admitted that a lot of it is due to meticulous planning. Blake told People that she and Ryan do not work at the same time, they don’t take family work trips that last longer than a day, and they stay together. The two seem to be great at making sure their work schedules don’t endanger their relationship.

Snoop Dogg Admits He Put His Wife Through A Lot

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Rapper and cooking show host Snoop Dogg has been married to his high school sweetheart Shante for more than twenty-two years. Of course, after having been together that long, these two have experienced their fair share of relationship struggles. Snoop has been perfectly upfront about these struggles, and he told Queen Latifah in an interview; “…you gotta understand the turmoil and stuff I put her through, in my journey on becoming successful, because I had no understanding of how I was doing her, how I was hurting her, and how I was betraying myself…I had to love this woman who loved me and had my kids, and put my life in perspective and let my music and my business be secondary.”

Hugh Jackman Has Discussed He And His Wife’s Fertility Struggles

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Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborah Lee Furness have been together for more than twenty years at this point. Their union is a testament to the fact that long term relationships can work, but only if you’re willing to withstand a great deal of adversity together. In the past, Hugh has discussed his wife trying to break up with him before they were married, and him somehow managing to talk her out of it. He’s also been upfront about the couple’s fertility struggles, saying; “…biologically obviously we tried and it was not happening for us and it was a difficult time. We did IVF and Debbie had a couple miscarriages…there’s a grieving you have to go through.” These two eventually turned to adoption to fulfill their parenting dreams, but as Hugh has made clear, it was not an easy road.

Wanda Sykes Understands The Importance Of A Supportive Partner


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When comedian Wanda Sykes came out publicly, she was already married to her wife Alex Niedbalski. The two have been married for more than a decade now, and are happily raising twins. Because of her sexual orientation and interracial marriage, Wanda is often asked about her relationship, which she discusses openly. Because Alex is also a busy career woman, the two have to work together to coordinate care for their kids, and Wanda has often mentioned how grateful she is that her wife is so accommodating of her schedule. She told Metro Weekly; “I get to do this because she understands…she’s very patient, she gets it.” We love that these women have figured out how to balance their marriage and careers with raising children!


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