8 Power Couples Share Their Best Relationship Advice

Tessah Curtis
August 17th, 2020 | 6 min

Even power couples get the marriage blues. Sad as it is, all the money and glamour in the world can't make love last without a lot of effort, time, and commitment to making things work.

Research shows that couples have a better chance of long-term success when they help each other achieve their goals. The best relationship advice comes those who've lived through the good times and bed and can still wake up and laugh about it.

We chose eight great pieces of advice from power couples who know how to get at those relationship goals.

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend

Chrissy Teigen: “Be partners in crime”

Model and TV host Chrissy Tiegen and her husband, the singer John Legend, don’t mess around when it comes to love. Between John’s many love songs dedicated to Chrissy to her social media posts about his romantic gestures, their love seems like the real deal.

In a recent article in Well + Good, Teigen said that she and Legend are more than just spouses, they’re “partners in crime.”

When it comes to dealing with kids, their parents, and juggling two busy careers, this celebrity couple is always honest about how teamwork (plus hard work) can really make a dream work.

“I love the mentality of ‘us against the world,'" she said. "Even when you have kids, never forget your relationship as partners and lovers--that’s so important.”

Michelle Obama & Barack Obama

Michelle Obama: “Marry somebody who is your equal”

In addition to serving as America’s “first family” for eight years, Michelle and Barack Obama have another big accomplishment -- they've been married for nearly three decades. In a 2019 interview with Gayle King, the former First Lady shared the philosophies that have helped her marriage thrive.

She said she's the first to admit that marriage isn’t easy and making it work takes constant care and attention.

“It’s important to marry someone you respect,” she said. “Be with somebody who wants you to win as much as you want them to win.”

"After all the highs and lows, the ups and downs we've been through, we have each other, which makes the journey worth it."

Ruth Bader Ginsberg
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Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “It sometimes helps to be a little deaf”

Who knew that in addition to being a Supreme Court justice, RGB gave relationship advice? In 2019, Ginsberg said that she got a call from Jennifer Lopez asking for relationship advice ahead of her marriage to baseball legend Alex Rodriguez. And why not? Ginsberg was married to her husband for 50 years.

Ginsberg’s advice? Sometimes it’s okay to employ selective hearing to keep things running smoothly at home. She shared a story about what her mother-in-law told her on her wedding day.

“She took me aside and said she wanted to tell me what was the secret of a happy marriage,” Ginsburg said. “And I said, ‘I’d be glad to hear it. What is it?’ And she responded: ‘It helps sometimes to be a little deaf.’

Noted, RBG.

Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely: “80-90% of our conversations are about ideas”

Sara Blakely, the founder & CEO of Spanx, and her entrepreneur husband Jesse Itzler are a true power couple. On a recent podcast, Blakely shared how she and her husband keep their relationship at the forefront of their lives.

Accordingly to Blakely, maintaining their intellectual curiosity together is the spice that keeps their relationship fresh.

“Eighty to 90% of our conversations in this marriage are about ideas," she said.

Meryl Streep
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Meryl Streep: “Conversation is the key to a successful marriage”

Meryl Streep may be one of the greatest actresses of all time, but she also has some pretty great relationship advice to share. Meryl has been married to her husband, the sculptor Don Gummer, for over 30 years.

In 2019, she told New Zealand Women’s Weekly discussed the importance of communication in a relationship.

“You have to talk about all the issues that arise, even the smallest things” and “accept that you're not always right.” Humility is key according to Streep, and is doubly helpful when accepting one’s Oscar.

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Beyoncé: Your self worth is determined by you”

Beyoncé and Jay Z, what’s not to love? Their many music collaborations, their over-the-top pregnancy announcements and their expressions of love for one another are just some of their hits.

In a recent interview with GQ, Bey highlighted the importance of personal confidence and maintaining independence in a relationship.

”Your self worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are...I was independent before I met my husband, and we have such a natural chemistry and a genuine relationship, and it’s based on the things that relationships are supposed to be based on.”

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell: “Take necessary separateness”

When asked to write a note to some friends who were about to get married, the actress Kristen Bell took to Instagram to share her thoughts on how she and husband Dax Shepard have maintained a healthy relationship.

Bell said she liked to encourage partners to have their own interests and pursue what makes them happy.

Bell bared her heart on Instagram on staying vulnerable and learning to take “necessary separateness.”

Rejoice in what makes the other person happy and allow them their individual interests," she wrote.

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