A-list couples’ relationship secrets – from separate bathrooms to ‘two-week rule’ – Mirror Online

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A-list couples’ relationship secrets – from separate bathrooms to ‘two-week rule’ – Mirror Online

When it comes to relationships, it seems Gwyneth Paltrow just doesn’t do ‘normal’.

After “consciously uncoupling” from ex-husband Chris Martin the actress married producer Brad Falchuck last September – and honeymooned with both of them.

And now she’s confessed the secret to their happy marriage is living separately, at least part of the time.

The newlyweds live together for just four days a week at Gwyneth’s house in Los Angeles – before Brad goes to his own home nearby, to care for his three children from a previous relationship.

The unusual arrangement was suggested by their “intimacy teacher” to keep their marriage fresh.

Gwyneth says: “All my married friends say that the way we live sounds ideal and we shouldn’t change a thing.”

So what are the secrets to these other celebrity relationships?

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones reveal all

Secret: Separate bathrooms

Sometimes the stresses of everyday life can make a relationship suffer. So, Catherine Zeta-Jones has ensured that she and her husband never have to fight over who showers first.

She said: “For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.”

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness

Hugh Jackman & Wife

Hugh and wife Deborah-Lee Furness has one rule only

Secret: The two-week rule

He’s starred in hit movies such as The Greatest Showman and The Wolverine. But Hugh Jackman never accepts a part if it stops him seeing his wife.

He said: “She has the two-week rule. No roles that take you away that long. That is the rule, which we’ve kept for 25 years.”

Fearne Cotton and Jesse Wood

Jesse Wood and Fearne Cotton just have a sleep issue

Secret: Big beds

Some couples enjoy spooning the night away. But Fearne says that if you want your relationship to work, then it’s best to sleep on separate sides of the bed.

She said: “My bedroom is my calm zone – where I try to escape the chaos. My bed is super-king size because I don’t want my husband anywhere near me when I’m sleeping.”

Lorraine Kelly and Steve Smith

Lorraine Kelly and Steve Smith

Secret: Having hobbies

TV presenter Lorraine claims having hobbies keeps her marriage alive.

She said: “We give each other space. We have our own interests as well as enjoying doing things together. That keeps us interested and interesting. We respect each other.”

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

It’s all about how Blake Lively treats Ryan Reynolds

Secret: Treat him like a girlfriend

The Shallows actress Blake says it’s best to confide in each other – like you would a friend.

She explained: “In other relationships, if something came up I would call my girlfriends or my sister, and say, ‘Hey, this is what he did – what should I do?’. Whereas with him [Ryan], we were friends for two years before we were ever dating. And I treat him like my girlfriend.”

Harry and Sandra Redknapp

Harry couldn’t survive without Sandra

Secret: Avoid arguments

Walking away from conflict is key for Harry and Sandra.

He said: “The secret is don’t have an argument until the next day, when you’ve forgotten what the argument is about. We’ve never had a real argument. It had been 54 years, we were 17 when we met.”

He’s also in constant contact whenever they’re apart, and added: “If I’m out I ring her about ten times a day. It’s crazy.”

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian at Prince Harry’s wedding

Secret: Synchronising calendars

Serena and Alex need to be organised thanks to their busy schedules.

He said: “Comparing calendars isn’t romantic, but at the start of every year, Serena and I map out our schedules so that, ideally, there isn’t more than a week that we go without seeing each other.

“I brought Google Calendar into her world, so we could see each other’s schedules at any time, which would also make it easier to plan an impromptu call if we’re away from each other.”

Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh


Secret: Banning booze

Emily and Peter have a drinking ban in place to stop petty fights.

Emily said: “Neither of us drinks alcohol; I think drinking can sometimes cause rows.”

Peter adds that giving up booze means: “Our relationship gets better every day.”

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

Secret: Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Helen said that “Spending a lot of time apart” from her husband gives them “room to be who they want to be.” However, she added: “That has to be a two-way street. I’m very lucky that Taylor gives the same to me, you know? It’s a mutually-supportive relationship.”

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