Relationships aren’t always easy sailing and these 5 celebrities agree that it takes a lot of work to maintain a successful one. Be it just making time for your other half so that you get to be together romantically, or simply working on problems as a couple, these 5 stars are willing to admit that their relationships aren’t always rosy but that doesn’t mean they have to break up. Some have been successfully married for years and are completely loved up with their partners. They say that while it works for the most part, they both put in effort to make sure they are both happy. Some read books about relationships and do their best to make it work while others have even opted to go to couple’s counseling to work through their issues together.
Ashton believes you have to try to make things better within the relationship by working on problems: “I think it’s all about working on the relationship and making it better – when it’s good. Don’t wait for a problem to work on things. The goal is not to get into a relationship; the goal is to be in a relationship.”
Claire believes she got lucky with her other half Hugh Dancy but she admits they both put a lot of time into making it work:”Hugh was just the right partner for me. I got very, very lucky.There’s only so much credit you can take when it just sort of works, you know? And obviously we work hard at maintaining our relationship – that is central to both our lives – but at the same time, it’s just this kind of ease that I can’t really account for.”
Jennifer likes to read relationship books so she can learn how to make hers work. She has been in enough long term relationships to discover that it takes time and effort to make it work between a couple: “I’m constantly trying to figure love out. It’s the never-ending question – what is the key to love? I’m old enough to know now that relationships take work. That’s it’s not an easy thing.”
Kourtney and boyfriend Scott’s relationship is always on display in their reality shows but she admits they’re working on things: “It’s ridiculous. All the rumours you just have to laugh at. We’ve been working on our relationship and we’re doing the best we can. We’re in a really good place right now and taking it day by day and it’s good. I think counselling is really important and we always love going and feel so much better after. I think everyone should go. People are like, ‘It’s so expensive and this or that,’ but it’s more important than buying clothes or a handbag or shoes. It’s your life.”
Kylie believes relationships need to be worked on to last and she loves that current boyfriend Andres respects her: ”You have to work at love. I have never believed that marriage would be the ultimate. There are people who think a love story should last an entire lifetime. I tell myself it will last as long as it lasts, that way there are fewer disappointments. I’m wising up. More tolerant, less demanding. I am very happy today because Andres totally respects who I am. Whether I’m stepping off stage looking fabulous or waking up looking a sight, it’s all the same to him. And when I’m spinning out of control for no reason, or feeling totally lost and am asking myself thousands of questions – Who am I? What do I want? Where am I going? – he is there.”