The collective sound of hearts breaking could be heard on June 27, 2019.
K-drama reel to real life couple Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo (otherwise known as the Song-Song couple) announced the end of their short-lived marriage. It lasted just under two years. Later that day, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing shared on social media that she broke up with fiancé Li Chen, two years after announcing their engagement. The latter had supported her during her tax evasion scandal.
Before you dramatically declare that fairy tales are a lie, behold these celebrity couples who are still together and living happily ever after.
1. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett
Aladdin is amazzzzing! I’ve been in this business a long time and unfortunately I’m very hard to impress. And ... I’ve known Will a long time and it’s even harder for him to impress me. But the movie and @willsmith did more than impress me! I can’t wait to see this movie again! Will is genius as the Genie! It was so nice to see him in full creative, comedic mode! Go see the movie! The cast is wonderful, the story is deep but entertaining and @guyritchie did the damn thing!!! Congrats to the #Aladdin family!
Remember the famous line from Titanic, “You jump, I jump”? Will Smith and Jada Pinkett decided to pull a Jack and Rose.
To celebrate Will’s 50th birthday, Jada promised to do anything for bae. The thrill-seeking hubby wished for his wife to skydive with him. The actress has a phobia of heights. But Jada’s love for Will is bigger than her fear. She took the plunge in Dubai.
One of Hollywood’s longest lasting couples, Will and Jada have been married for 21 years and counting. A relationship tip we’ve gleaned from the pair’s interviews: Prioritise your partner’s needs before your own.
On a podcast in 2018, Will declared matter of factly they will be together forever. He said: “There is nothing she could do –ever– nothing that would ever break our relationship.”
If that isn’t a real-life fairy tale, we don’t know what is. Also, you know it’s true love if someone is willing to jump out of a plane for you.
2. Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan
If diabetes could spread by sight, you’d have to avoid Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan. They are the culprits behind several saccharine Instagram posts that are so sweet they are giving us a headache. Just take a look at the evidence.
When sharing a celebratory post for his son’s birthday, Jay found a way to praise his wife in the caption: “Happy birthday to my cool son Jaylen Romeo, I hope that you will grow up and diligently master the piano. This way, like daddy, you will also be able to marry a beautiful wife haha”. Cue ‘awws’.
When sharing a photo of themselves with Stephen Curry, Jay wrote: “Happy wife Happy life 至理名言”. Hannah is a big fan of the pro basketballer Stephen.
When Hannah was filming in Malaysia, Jay apparently showed up on set with some bubble tea. That might sound like nothing to shout about, except Hannah had earlier that day left a comment on Jay’s Instagram asking for a cup of bubble tea.
Someone, please complain to the Health Promotion Board. This couple’s relationship is sweeter than a cup of Gong Cha milk tea at 100 per cent sugar level.
3. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
It’s not always about sweet nothings. A study by Jeffrey Hall from the University of Kansas has shown that couples who troll each other — i.e. they can have a laugh together — stay happy together. It makes perfect sense. A shared sense of humour signals an understanding of each other, which translates into a stronger relationship. Oh, it also shows you know how to have fun.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are living proof of this. They take pride in roasting each other whenever possible — on a talk show, in an interview or on social media.
Who could forget Ryan’s speech at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016? He gushed over his wife Blake, saying: ”You make absolutely everything in my life better… You made me the father of my dreams when I thought I only had ‘fun uncle’ potential.”
Of course, Ryan had a kicker in mind: “You are the best thing — the best thing — that has ever happened to me, second only to this star. It’s the Hollywood Walk of Fame, cut me some slack here.”
Blake isn’t too bad herself.
In an “accusatory” IG post of Ryan and co-star Helen Mirren, Blake captioned: “Should I be concerned that my husband’s never looked at me this way?… #WhereAreThoseEyesWanderingReynolds #HelenMirrenIStheSexiestWomanAlive #WomanInGold”
We wouldn’t be too worried. Did you see the way he looks at you, Blake?
4. Michelle and Barack Obama
How did Barack Obama know that he had found “The One”? We can glean the answer from Obama’s advice to his aide, Dan Pfeiffer, as recorded in Pfeiffer’s book Yes We (Still) Can.
The former POTUS said you should ask yourself three questions about your potential partner. According to Pfeiffer, Obama said: “Is she someone you find interesting? You will spend more time with this person than anyone else for the rest of your life, and there is nothing more important than always wanting to hear what she has to say about things.”
The other two questions are “Does she make you laugh?” and “Do you think she will be a good mum?”
We’re pretty sure Michelle checked all the boxes.
Just look at that presidential PDA splashed all over the internet — Barack introducing Michelle as the love of his life on his campaign trail, the way he looked at her during their first dance at the inauguration ball. We could go on.
Now that Obama’s presidency stint is over, he could consider writing a relationship column. Afterall, the golden couple of politics are #realationshipgoals.
5. Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon
When K-pop sex siren Hyori got hitched in 2013, fans were outraged. They were appalled at their idol’s shocking choice of spouse, calling the union “Beauty & The Beast”.
Why? Because her oppa’s looks weren’t up to K-pop star standards.
But the loving couple has the last laugh. Six years on, they are still going strong, proving detractors wrong.
The popular Netflix reality show, Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast, gave us a glimpse into the low-key couple’s daily life. Singer-songwriter Sang Soon and Hyori had turned their private Jeju home into a cozy bed and breakfast, opening it up to guests visiting the area.
We can see why the couple are a good match. Her fun-loving, feisty personality complements his soft-spoken manner.
They share a common love for animals. In season two, the couple’s pet count stood at nine: Three cats and six dogs. All the dogs are strays. In fact, the couple met because of their work for animal rights groups. He produced Hyori’s charity single to raise funds for abandoned animals.
“We became closer when Sang Soon contacted me about helping to raise an abandoned dog,” Hyori once told the media. “We also got close when he helped me with my song release… “Because he’s also raising a stray dog, us taking care of the stray dog together has become a part of my daily life.”
Now that’s a paw-some love story.