Liv­ing a pic­ture-per­fect fam­ily life away from the Hol­ly­wood spotlight, the su­per­star cou­ple take talk of re­la­tion­ship trou­ble in their stride

WHO - - Content - By Jen­nie Noo­nan

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky open up.

To cel­e­brate his 34th birth­day on Aug. 11, Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, es­caped to Or­pheus Is­land on the Great Bar­rier Reef, where they en­joyed a beach pic­nic with friends, sipped drinks from co­conuts, snorkelled and re­laxed in a ham­mock. “Happy birth­day to my koala bear!!” posted Pataky with a pic of her­self cud­dling Hemsworth on a se­cluded

beach. “Best week­end ever! Love you al­ways and for­ever!!”

The loved-up post flies in the face of re­cent re­ports that the cou­ple—they have been mar­ried since 2010 and are par­ents to daugh­ter In­dia Rose, 5, and twin sons Tris­tan and Sasha, 3—are on the outs af­ter Hemsworth gushed in an in­ter­view with W mag­a­zine that his Snow White and the Hunts­man co-star Char­l­ize Theron would make a great James Bond. “She em­bod­ies every sort of ounce of strength and no­bil­ity and dig­nity and in­tegrity that that char­ac­ter should have,” he said. “She’s smart as hell. She’s phys­i­cally able.” (Theron’s re­sponse? “Chris—so, you got that cheque I sent you. Thanks, dude. I got your back.”) De­spite tabloid claims Pataky was “up­set” by the ex­change, a rep for Pataky told web­site Gossip Cop the story was “not true.” Weath­er­ing a storm of spec­u­la­tion is nothing new for the pair. In May, Pataky, 41, ad­dressed the ru­mours on In­sta­gram: “Don’t worry love, I would be mad, too, if some mag­a­zines keep try­ing to keep us apart,” she wrote, adding the hash­tags “don’t crack un­der pres­sure,” “see you to­mor­row” and “love you.” Back in Oc­to­ber 2016, Hemsworth sim­i­larly poked fun at talk of trou­ble. “Look­ing for a new wife ac­cord­ing to …

mis­lead­ing out­lets!” he cap­tioned a shot of him­self look­ing out to sea while on a boat. “Honey you still love me, right?” At the time, a source told WHO that re­ports their mar­riage was on the rocks were not true and that the stars were “hap­pily mar­ried.” In re­sponse, Pataky also posted a selfie of her and Hemsworth cud­dling, along with the cap­tion, “Al­ways and for­ever!!”—and a wink­ing emoji.

Not tak­ing life too se­ri­ously is part of what drew the pair to each other. “From the first time we met, we just made sense,” Hemsworth said in 2015. “She’s fun. She’s out­go­ing and she has a sense of hu­mour and a pas­sion­ate at­ti­tude to­wards life, which is nice to try to keep up with.”

To­day, the Thor and Ghost­busters star cred­its his wife with keep­ing him grounded and his fame in per­spec­tive. “We all need to be tem­pered and kind of reeled in oc­ca­sion­ally by our sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers,” he told En­ter­tain­ment Tonight in July. “My wife’s kept me very healthy over the years. She’s great at just kind of be­ing in­cred­i­bly op­ti­mistic that it’ll work out. She makes me en­joy it, you know. She makes me kind of just go, ‘ You’ve worked your arse off. Now have fun.”

Set­tling down near By­ron Bay and cre­at­ing a home away from Hol­ly­wood played a part in that. Spend­ing their days do­ing yoga, vis­it­ing or­ganic cafés and teach­ing their kids to surf, “We love it,” the Span­ish-born model and ac­tress told WHO in April. “It’s a dif­fer­ent life for our kids that we de­cided is the best for them.” Hemsworth is on the same page. Since be­com­ing a par­ent, “It’s no longer all about me, which is quite re­fresh­ing,” he said in 2016. “Once the kids ar­rived, I was like, ‘ Wow, this is what life is about.’ ”

Hav­ing Pataky as a part­ner just sweet­ens the deal. “Each week I find some­thing dif­fer­ent, more I love about her,” he has said. “It con­tin­ues to grow, which is a great thing.” Asked what she finds sex­i­est about her su­per­hero hus­band, “His voice is amaz­ing!” she tells WHO. “Be­fore I met him, I heard his voice on the phone and that was what I loved. He was prob­a­bly mak­ing it even deeper. [ Laughs] He also has an amaz­ing body, which I think is sexy.” Sum­ming up, “Every love story is beau­ti­ful,” says Pataky. “But ours is my favourite.”

The cou­ple (in Septem­ber 2010) mar­ried that De­cem­ber in In­done­sia. “There was no great plan, to be hon­est,” Hemsworth has said. “We were on hol­i­day and we said, ‘Why don’t we get mar­ried, too?’ ”

Hav­ing a fam­ily, “I’ve been able to by­pass a whole lot of garbage, traps that I could have fallen into,” says Hemsworth (with Pataky in By­ron Bay on March 29).

“The most im­por­tant thing to me is be­ing a mum,” Pataky (with her fam­ily at the Ban­ga­low mar­kets near By­ron Bay on Sept. 3) tells WHO.

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