Secrets To Your 8 Favorite Celebrity Marriages

Gloria Estefan married her first love, Emilio Estefan, when she was just 21-years-old! Despite being one of the hottest Hollywood couples of all time, the duo has survived the ups-and-downs and been married for over 35 years.

Celebrity couples are known for their break-ups, scandals, and rumors, but these couples have managed to make it work. From Thalía to Jessica Alba, these stars offer their advice for having a happy, fulfiling marriage: 

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Gloria Estefan & Emilio Estefan: 

In 1978, Gloria Estefan married her first -- and only -- boyfriend, Emilio Estefan! The Latino duo have been going strong for 35 years, leading many to wonder: what makes their marriage work?  “Number one, we got married for the right reasons,” Emilio told Oprah, “We were raised poor kids, immigrants that were coming to this country. So, in a way, besides we are a family, we have a big responsibility for the next generation.”

Gloria agrees, but puts her love into more colloquial terms: “I don’t have to have a hamburger to know that I have filet mignon at home!” 

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Thalía & Tommy Mottola: 

“The language barrier is key,” Thalía joked when asked about what keeps the spark alive between her and husband of 13 years, Tommy Mottola. “No, No, I think it’s that we came from the same background. He’s an Italian boy. I came from Mexico. Our families used to have big meals and cooking and fiestas and talk and stories at the table and music. We share that in common. We’re like kids trapped in adults bodies. We enjoy life. We have fun together.”

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Freddie Prinze Jr. & Sarah Michelle Gellar: 

“God, if I knew! I would write a book and retire,” Sarah Michelle Gellar answered when asked about what makes her 11-year-marriage to Freddie Prinze Jr. so successful, “I mean, it’s work. You have to work at anything. It’s any relationship in your life. You have to nurture it and take time with it.”

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Mark Consuelos & Kelly Ripa: 

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos were married in 1996...and they’ve been going strong ever since! “Don’t get divorced after your first argument,” Kelly said, “I have a lot of friends that have one fight and that’s it, they get divorced. I go, ‘Wait a minute! Oh my gosh, you guys! Calm down! You’ll forget in three days what you were fighting about. I promise. So just let it marinate a little bit -- that’s my best love advice.’”

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Jessica Alba & Cash Warren:

Jessica Alba has been married to Cash Warren since 2008, and the two always make it a point to spent time together. “Cash and I have also found that maintaining a family schedule is the key to making time for each other,” she told Your Tango, “Whether we’re settling into the couch to watch bad reality television or getting a babysitting so we can enjoy a date night out, we always known we have dedicated time after the girls are asleep to catch up, discuss what’s on our minds, and simply just be with each other (no cell phones or e-mail allowed!).” 

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Camila Alves & Matthew McConaughey: 

Although Brazilian model Camila Alves and Hollywood hunk Matthew McConaughey have only been married since 2012, the two have been together since 2006 and have three beautiful children together. Camila’s advice? “The main thing to always remember -- and I think it’s important -- you and your partner came first before the kids,” she told US Weekly, “So even if it’s taking a night here or a day there or a weekend, it’s just very important to do.”

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Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon: 

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are all about keeping the spark alive. In fact, the couple renew their vows every single year! This year, they held an elaborate wedding at Disneyland to celebrate their 5th anniversary. “Celebrating our anniversary & #dembabies birthday (can you believe they’re 2??)” Mariah tweeted, along with an adorable family pic. “On our way to renew our vows. I love you @NickCannon.” 

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Fergie & Josh Duhamel: 

Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel in 2009. What makes their relationship work? “There’s always a honeymoon period in the beginning,” Josh Duhamel said,
“But, if you realize after a long time that you’re happy around this person, that’s a good indicator....[I admired] the consistency of how my wife dealt with things. I knew how she’d deal with adversity. My dad once told me to find someone who sees things optimistically. And that’s what she does.”

And Fergie’s advice? “For me, I’m not a jealous person. That’s just not my thing,” she told Glamour, “You have to trust in your relationship.”