It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for the loved-up pair, and they're totally okay with it. “Our relationship wasn’t perfect,” the 35-year-old actress said. “We had a couple years of fighting and of growing pains and hating each other, then loving each other and going to couples therapy and we worked it out… We earned each other.”
Bell and Shepard are big believers of communication to keeping a marriage alive. In fact, they have worked very hard to get past their problems instead of just giving up, even being very transparent about going through couple’s therapy.
Their advice? Don’t go to couple’s therapy only when your marriage is ending.
“In my previous relationship, we went to couples’ therapy at the end, and that’s often too late. You can’t go after nine years and start figuring out what patterns you’re in,” admits Shepard.
Bell and Shepard are proof that opposites do, indeed attract. While Bell is the bubbly girl next door, Shepard is a former drug and alcohol user covered in tattoos. However, these are the exact qualities that make them perfect for each other. According to Shepard, Bell has helped him see her positive way of looking at the world, and he made her realise that she doesn’t have it all figured out.
By sharing his past with his wife, Shepard has inspired Bell to help those who are facing similar struggles in life. According to this site, the actress reportedly donated USD$10,000 (S$13,572.15) to assist recovering addicts, past felons, and homeless individuals while also working with an agency to help the homeless move into homes.
Unlike most celebrities, the loved-up couple shows us that having an extravagant wedding isn’t an indicator of how happy you are.
“We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life,” Bell said in an interview with CBS news.