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Secrets of successful celebrity families

Ben Affleck, seen with wife Jennifer Garner and

Ben Affleck, seen with wife Jennifer Garner and one of their children, opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about successful family secrets. (Credit: Handout)

It seems there’s a new split every other week among Hollywood’s couples. But there are a few duos that keep the flame burning in Tinseltown. From David and Victoria Beckham‘s 13-year union, to Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s two decade-plus marriage, CelebrityBabyScoop.com looked at 10 Hollywood couples with strong marriages.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
Sarah Jessica Parker married Matthew Broderick in 1997 in a simple black dress. Fifteen years after their wedding day, the couple have three children -- son James Wilkie, 9, and 3-year-old twin daughters Tabitha and Loretta -- and plenty of life lessons along the way.

“Kids can really distract you from your relationship,” Parker admitted. “Maybe in good ways and bad ways. It’s important to have all eyes on all parts of the relationship. It’s something you really have to pay attention to. But you figure it out.”


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The high profile couple have been together a long time — especially by Hollywood’s standards — but the "Sex and the City" star admits they’ve had their ups and downs.

“We’ve been together for 20 years and you have good days, you have decent days and you have bad days. That’s a marriage,” she said. “He does lots in the house,” she continued. “He shops for me a lot and he cooks for all of us. There are a lot of things he does better than I do, so it balances itself out. I don’t feel taken advantage of. We take care of each other.”

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
A-list couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick are a rarity in Hollywood with a two decade-plus marriage.

Wed in September 1988, the Hollywood couple — who are parents to son Travis, 23, and daughter Sosie, 20 — are sure to keep their relationship a priority.

“I feel the primary relationship has to be the mother and the father, and then it can be the kids,” Sedgwick said of the secret to her successful 24-year marriage. “Of course the kids come first in planning your life, but it’s incredibly important to keep your relationship as a couple strong and make time for it. It’s the foundation on which everything is built. Kids should know that your needs are important, because if they think your happiness lies only in them, that’s a lot of pressure on them. Plus, I think if you are pursuing your own goals, it makes your kids want to search for whatever their dreams and bliss are.”

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Married for 7 years, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck seem like one of the happiest couples in Hollywood with their three children: daughters Violet, nearly 7, and Seraphina, nearly 4, and 9-month-old son Samuel.

The couple, who wed in June 2005, seem like the perfect match.

“Jennifer played such a profound role in making me a better person,” Affleck said. “We don’t have a perfect marriage, but she inspired me; and finding myself in that marriage and having a child dovetailed with getting to be a little more mature.” He added of his wife, “She truly is kind. She means no one any harm. She doesn’t have ill will for any person. She’s not competitive with other people. She’s not spiteful."

David and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham are practically British royalty. Dubbed "Posh and Becks" by the media, the longtime couple have been married for 13 years.

Seemingly blissful since their July 1999 wedding, the British power couple have four children together: sons Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, and Cruz, 7, and 1-year-old daughter Harper.

“Our house is a really happy house,” Victoria Beckham said. “There are kids running around and laughing and joking, I smile so much more than people would think. There’s nothing better than being in LA with my kids, cooking dinner with my husband and having a romantic night in … I’m growing older with the most amazing man I’ve ever met — with my soul mate. Life’s great.”

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale
Rockstar couple Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have been married for 10 years and appear to have the perfect family-of-four with their two sons Kingston, 6, and Zuma, 4.

After celebrating their 2002 wedding with three ceremonies, the "No Doubt" frontwoman recently said marriage can be hard, but a dream come true.

“My biggest accomplishment is my marriage so far,” Stefani said. “Because it’s hard, everyone knows it’s hard. [Marriage] is something that I always wanted to do successfully. It was a dream of mine. I like the official-Ness and the family-Ness of it all, having the same name and making decisions together.”

She went on to say they are closer than ever after a decade together.

“[Our relationship] is better than it’s ever been. Like, we’re learning about each other all the time. He’s an amazing dad, he works so hard — I can hear him writing songs through the wall, and it is at a much quicker pace than me! He balances me out. And he -- he never stops liking me, which is awesome! It makes me feel happy, that someone likes me as much as he does.”

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
The country superstars that tour together, stay together. So it seems for power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who are well known for their critically acclaimed "Soul2Soul" tours.

After meeting in spring 1996 during the "Spontaneous Combustion Tour," the country crooners were wed within a few months. They have welcomed three daughters during their 16-year union: Gracie, 15, Maggie, 14, and Audrey, 11.

“I think we have a lot of respect for one another. We have a good time. We are friends — we like each other. It’s as simple as that,” Hill shared. “And don’t take everything so seriously. Enjoy life. We have our health and our kids are healthy.”

McGraw added, “And I say ‘yes ma’am’ a lot.”

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness
Hugh Jackman has said that “being with my family, definitely, without a doubt” makes him the happiest. The "Wolverine" star has talked about his “mad love affair” with his wife of 16 years, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

“I’m madly in love with her … more and more each day.”

The happy couple — who are parents to son Oscar, 12, and daughter Ava, 7 — have some “rules” to their successful union. And it sounds like it was love at first sight for the Aussie pair.

“It was like there was a big neon Las Vegas sign in my head pointing at her, saying, Do Not Let This One Go,” Jackman shared. “I’m famously indecisive, but this was crystal clear.” On keeping their marriage strong, he continued, “We have some rules, like never being apart for more than two weeks and always being honest. You also need a bit of surprise, which is my definition of romance.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary.

The genetically-gifted couple first met in 1997 on the set of the teen horror flick, "I Know What You Did Last Summer." Wed in Mexico in September 2002, the A-listers are now parents to daughter Charlotte, 3, and son Rocky, 2 months.

And it sounds like Prinze enjoys being at home while Geller acts as the family’s breadwinner.

“He loves it. We fight over who gets to stay home,” the "Buffy" alum said of her stay-at-home husband. “You’d think it would be the opposite, that the parents would be like, ‘No, I’ll go to work!’ but he’s like, ‘You stayed home for two years! It’s my turn!’”

She added: “He and Charlotte have too much fun. I’m jealous!”

Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof
Happy couple Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof have been married for 9 years and have two daughters together: Satyana, 4, and Keeva, 6 months.

Married in October 2003, the couple first met on the set of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." And it sounds like there’s nothing but love in the Hannigan-Denisof household.

“He is an amazing dad,” Alyson gushed of her husband after welcoming their first daughter. “It’s been such a profound experience for both of us. He’s just so remarkable, such a great, great father. It makes me want to cry how happy I am that she gets to have him as her dad. It’s a beautiful relationship to watch grow. She is a lucky girl.”

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos met in 1995 as co-stars on the popular soap opera "All My Children." The two eloped the following year and have welcomed three children together: Michael, 15, Lola, 11 and Joaquin, 9.

While Ripa is sure to gush about her hunky hubby, she says they do argue sometimes.

“[Mark is] kind of awesome,” Ripa gushed. “I think he makes me better. He makes everything in our lives better.” She added that they do fight sometimes. “We argue about children, discipline, homework, good-cop/bad-cop. He says he’s the bad cop and I’m the good cop, but really they associate him with fun and after-school activities. They associate me with inoculations, X-rays and stitches. He’s more apt to dole out discipline, but my punishments are real.”

And she said the flame is still burning in their 16-year marriage.

“I think about my husband in the middle of the day because I love him and I can’t wait to see him,” she said. “He is my best friend. Nobody knows me the way he knows me. We’ve seen each other in an 'Avatar,' ‘I see you’ way.”

She said their inspiration comes from their own parents. “Together our parents have been married for almost 100 years. We’re all swans; we mate for life,” she shared.

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