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Tom Hanks Shares His Advice For A Lasting Marriage

Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for over 29 years.

Marital bliss can be hard to find in Hollywood. You would have better luck finding an un-Botoxed forehead or a head of natural hair color.

Whether it is getting married numerous times (like stars such as Richard Pryor and Elizabeth Taylor, who were married seven and eight times, respectively) or staying married for less than three days (Britney Spears, we are looking at you), marriages seem to not stand a chance in Hollywood.

That is, except for when it comes to stars like Tom Hanks. Hanks has been married to his wife, Rita Wilson, for over 29 years (they were married April 30th, 1988), and the pair simply oozes loveliness and realness. There’s no phoniness or pretense there, just two people who love each other and enjoy one another.

Happy Valentine's Day 28 years of ❤️💕❤️💕

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Hanks was asked by Entertainment Tonight what the secret to his long-term relationship was, and he shared these uncomplicated, frank thoughts:

“We just like each other. You start there.”

FLORENCE, ITALY - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson attend the INFERNO World Premiere Red Carpet at the Opera di Firenze on October 8, 2016 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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Hanks explains that he and Wilson “got married for all the right reasons,” and that genuine affection is behind their long-lasting relationship. He told Entertainment Tonight that he just likes going home at the end of the day to Wilson, and she certainly feels the same:

[email protected] You are the best date in town.

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There’s nothing too complex about Hanks’ advice, but it has the simple ring of truth to it. So many people make love sound complicated or are forever talking about how marriage is hard work (which, of course, it can be), but at the end of the day, what really matters is being able to enjoy your spouse.

You want to look forward to seeing your spouse’s  face at the end of each day. To be able to laugh together, work together and grow together.

Looks fade, and attraction can ebb and flow, but as Tom Hanks points out, if you always have true appreciation for your partner, you can get through the tough times. Here’s to real love in La-La Land… and in our own towns.

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