When Michelle Obama gave a soul-stirring speech at the Democratic Convention last week, the entire world was spellbound. Her confidence and poise while convincing the world why it needs a woman president made us fall in love with her all over again. Probably the most impressed was a certain Barack Obama, who took to Twitter to tell her how he felt.
That’s the thing with successful relationships, right? You live, love, grow and learn together, and are constantly learning new things about each other. Take a look at some of the most successful relationships in the world and the stories behind them.
1. Barack and Michelle Obama
Barack and Michelle Obama are truly the ‘awww’ couple. Holding hands and kissing in public comes naturally to them. They don’t have to fake it because their intimacy is visible even when they aren’t standing next to each other. Much before becoming a president, Barack Obama said this about his wife – “Michelle is a tremendously strong person, and has a very strong sense of herself and who she is and where she comes from. But I also think in her eyes you can see a trace of vulnerability that most people don’t know, because when she’s walking through the world she is this tall, beautiful, confident woman. There is a part of her that is vulnerable and young and sometimes frightened, and I think seeing both of those things is what attracted me to her.
And then what sustains our relationship is I’m extremely happy with her, and part of it has to do with the fact that she is at once completely familiar to me, so that I can be myself and she knows me very well and I trust her completely, but at the same time she is also a complete mystery to me in some ways.”
Now that’s right! Every couple has good days and bad days. It is during the bad times, the relationship goes through a test of patience and compatibility, and the couple comes out of it stronger and more in love. We look at some more couples who like the Obamas are stood beside their partners come, what, may!
2. Dilip Kumar- Saira Banu
It is said that Naseem Banu, Saira Banu’s mother played Cupid between the adorable couple. Saira Banu was 22 and Dilip was 44 when they got married! Many frowned upon the age difference, but the lovely couple silenced them all by staying together for 50 years! Today when we see Dilipji wheeled to hospital, there is always a frail Saira Banu standing beside him.
3. Javed Akhtar-Shabana Azmi
Just like SRK’s dialogue in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, ‘pyaar dosti hai’, it all started with friendship for the couple. The renowned lyricist still thinks his friendship with Azmi is more important to him than marriage. Azmi describes them both as two peas in a pod and that Akhtar cares about her a lot in sickness and pain.
4. Sachin Tendulkar – Anjali Tendulkar
It took lots of effort for Anjali Tendulkar to pursue Sachin. She ran behind him, wrote him letters and even posed as a fake journalist to get access to his house! Anjali fell for a 17-year-old cricketer who went on to become a legend. She, being six years older than him, in fact, helped them understand each other. When it comes to love, age hardly matters. With Sachin and Anjali, we learn just that!
5. Will Smith – Jada Pinkett Smith
The couple first met when Jada Pinkett-Smith auditioned to play the role of Will Smith’s girlfriend in The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. She didn’t get the role, but she bagged another important one – becoming his wife! Today, despite the rumours of their breakup, they’re still going strong.
6. David Beckham – Victoria Beckham
She was a Spice girl and he a star footballer. They hit it off pretty well as a star couple. They showed the world what cuteness really meant by wearing matching clothes at parties. Soon Posh and Becks were the most famous couple in UK, and probably still are. Today, after having four kids, the couple still look as if they are on their first date – ageless and young!
7. Akshay Kumar – Twinkle Khanna
Mrs Funnybones and Mr Khiladi were meant for each other. She, a witty, funny actress, and he a no-nonsense actor. Akshay has a rule of being on sets on time. He finishes his shots and spends the remaining time with wife and kids. This, he states, is the secret behind his successful marriage.
8. Narayan Murthy – Sudha Murthy
Narayan and Sudha Murthy are the living example of how an empire can be built on love. It was Sudha who gave Narayan 10,000 rupees to start Infosys and the rest, as they say, is history! The Murthys carry simplicity wherever they go and believe in working hard and making the world a better place.
9. Mark Zuckerberg – Priscilla Chan
The social media mogul met his significant other in the waiting line for the washroom. Since then, till Zuckerberg started Facebook, Chan has been his biggest support. The couple never shied away from changing their relationship status to ‘married’, and neither did they hide the most important moments of their lives like welcoming their daughter to the family via Facebook.
10. Riteish Deshmukh – Genelia Deshmukh
Riteish and Genelia are considered to be the cutest couple in B-town. From announcing their wedding news to wishing each other happy anniversary, the couple has given us some major relationship goals. Their love story began with Riteish’s debut film Tujhe Meri Kasam where he fell in love with his co-star in real life.
11. Gerard Pique – Shakira
The world melted in their hotness when they announced they were seeing each other. The Colombian singer and the footballer make one of the hottest couples in the world. Shakira and Pique met during the filming of ‘Waka Waka’ during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Today the couple are proud parents of two adorable kids Milan and Sasha.