Belief in the fairytale is a timeless trait
official the separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1995, after 14 years of marriage. The world may have seen it coming but it was still a shocking end to what we wanted to believe was a happy ever after.
“People become invested because they see these couples as representing the ideal we are trained from childhood to believe in — the fairytale and finding the one,” says Elisabeth Shaw, Relationships Australia chief and clinical psychologist. “We need to find someone to attach that ideal to and say, ‘See it does happen,’ and if you can prove it to be true, then you can hold out hope for yourself.”
Shaw says this is why we hold up examples of enduring couples with such pride — couples like Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky; Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes; Matthew Broderick roderick and Sarah Jessica Parker and Will Smith mith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Even Diana’s own wn sons, Princes William and Harry, appear to have broken the tragic spell of their parents’ nts’ doomed relationship finding authentic love matches.
Will Smith recently explained he’s e’s been married to Jada for so long, more than 20 years, he no longer considers himself married. arried. “We refer to ourselves as life partners,” ” he says, “where you get into that space where here you realise you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life.” e.”
Even Chris Hemsworth was candid about the hard work every marriage requires.
“My wife and I fell in love, had kids, didn’t really see each other for a few years, then fell back in love,” he told GQ Australia last year. “Once you have children, every instinct and every moment of your time is consumed by that. So make sure you have date ate night even if it’s once in a blue moon, because most of the time e you’re just too tired and you’d actually prefer to sleep.”