These celebrities have changed what has been accepted over the years as normal. The society we live in does not accept a man and woman living together and having kids without getting married. This act has been frowned upon severally.
Some of these celebrities have been together for as long as 10 to 30 years, most of them have children but have chosen not to get married.
They have shown that marriage is not the key to a long lasting relationship. Some of them have said if they had gotten married, they would probably have gotten divorced also.
From the celebrities who have been together the longest, here is a list of celebrities who have dated their partners for many years but are not married to them.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham: 34 years.
Media mogul Oprah, has been in a relationship with her partner for over 3 decades.
The couple met in 1986 and started a relationship. 6 years later in 1992, they got engaged and 28 years later, they are yet to walk down the aisle.
They once said if they had gotten married, they would not have lasted this long.
During an interview, Oprah once said she would not have been able to fit into how the world wants a married woman to be.
Her words, “we would not have stayed together because marriage requires a different way of being in this world. His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that.”
Oprah had a child in 1968 when she was 14 years old after suffering many years of violation. The child died the same year and she has not had another child ever since then, but has said she is perfect without a child.
Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova: 19 years.
Enrique is a popular musician who has released songs like ‘taking back my love’, ‘be with you’ and ‘hero’. While Anna is a retired Russian professional tennis player. They met in 2001 while Enrique was shooting a music video for one of his songs.
They are a very private couple who surprised their fans when they announced the birth of their twins in 2017.
In January 2020, they also announced the birth of their third child.
Clarence Peters and Jennifer Alegieuno: 14 years.
Some of us knew Jennifer and Clarence were an item, but we also thought things had ended between them, as we hadn’t heard anything about both of them being together for a while.
Earlier on in the year, a female dancer died in Clarences’ apartment and fingers were pointed to Clarence but Jennifer wasn’t going to allow people accuse her man of murder, so she came out with an open note to the authorities and Nigerians who were accusing him.
In the note she wrote, she stated that she had been his girlfriend for 14 years. So it is safe to say the relationship between the music producer and make up artist began in 2006.
There are no new photos of both of them together, only old photos.
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes: 9 years.
The two actors met on the set of a movie in 2011 and started a relationship.
They have two daughters and during an interview, Eva said she had no plans of becoming a mother until she met Ryan.
In her words, “I wasn’t keen on becoming a mother until Ryan Gosling happened and it made sense for me to have, not kids, but his kids.”
Shakira and Gerard Pique: 9 years.
The footballer met the singer on the set of her music video for ‘waka waka’- the anthem for FIFA World Cup in 2010.
They first gave hints of their relationship in 2011, and in 2013 their first child was born and the second in 2015.
During an interview, when asked if they plan on getting married, Shakira said their love was what was important not marriage.
Her words, “we already have what is essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other and babies. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage will not change them.”
Olamide and Aisha Suleiman: 8 years.
The couple began a relationship in 2012, although it has been said that she was with him before his fame and fortune.
In 2015, she welcomed their first son and the second was born in 2019.
On her birthday in 2018, the singer proposed to her and she said ‘yes’ to the proposal but nothing has been said about both of them getting married.
Olamide has stated in multiple interviews that the wedding ceremony is not important and all that matters is he is a good partner and a good father.
His words, “it is not important if Aisha and I have a huge marriage ceremony, but when the time comes, the big news would be revealed, but for now I am trying to be a good partner and responsible father.”
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale: 8 years.
Rose calls Bobby her husband but in reality that are not married. They started a relationship in 2012, and have two sons born in 2016 and 2017.
During an interview, Rose revealed they would definitely get married but she wasn’t certain of the time it would happen.
Her words, “He’s practically my husband so calling him that is easier. The formality isn’t a draw for me but we’ll do it one day.”
Bryan Okwara and Marie Miller: 5 years.
Bryan once won the Mr Nigeria title while Marie was a one time winner of Miss Earth Nigeria.
They reportedly began a relationship in 2015 and they welcomed a son in 2020.
Bryan has been asked when he would get married, as people still refer to him as an eligible bachelor but he hasn’t replied the questions or comments.
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Should couples resort to only being in relationships and not get married?
Is this the best way to live with a partner happily? Because these celebrities are happy being together and they have children even while unmarried.
Meanwhile we hear of divorce cases every day. Is this the way forward?
Although, it should be noted that the fact that not getting married worked for these couples, it does not necessarily mean it would work for another set of couples.
What are your thoughts?
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