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