Tom Hanks Shares His Advice For A Lasting Marriage

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 means numerous marriages (as in the case of stars Richard Pryor and Elizabeth Taylor, who were married seven and eight times, respectively) or marriages that last less than three days (Britney Spears, we’re 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 and his wife, Rita Wilson, have been married for three decades (tying the knot on April 30, 1988). The pair simply oozes loveliness and realness. Their relationship doesn’t involve any phoniness or pretense, just two people who love each other and enjoy one another.

Entertainment Tonight asked Hanks about the secret to his long-term relationship. He shared these uncomplicated, frank thoughts:

“We just like each other. You start there,” he stated.

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 they owe their long-lasting relationship to genuine affection. He told Entertainment Tonight that he just likes going home at the end of the day to Wilson, and she certainly feels the same:

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 time with your spouse.

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

Looks fade, and attraction can ebb and flow. But as Hanks points out, if you always have a 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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How cute are these two? Wishing them many more happy years ahead.