Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: Beating breast cancer to coronavirus, their 30-year bond is proof true love exists
Tom Hanks was married to his college sweetheart Samantha Lewes and they had two children when he first met Rita Wilson
One may run out of words to describe the relationship Hollywood’s most adored couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson share. The couple has been married for over three decades and they continue to remain by each other's side through thick and thin. Undeniably, their marriage is a testament to true love.
So much so that Hanks and Wilson even fought the battle against coronavirus together after being tested positive for the deadly virus during their recent trip to Queensland, Australia. They are now donating blood for coronavirus research after recovering from the illness.
“We have not only been approached, we have said, ‘Do you want our blood? Can we give plasma?' And, in fact, we will be giving it now to the places that hope to work on what I would like to call the Hank-ccine," Hanks told The Hill.
Similar to this, the duo has been through a lot together in their marriage of over 30 years, defined by a relationship that started on a rather complicated note.
Hanks first met Wilson on the sets of his '80s sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’, and sparks just flew between them. "Rita and I just looked at each other and — kaboing — that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied,” he said in an interview, as per Daily Mail reports.
But, it wasn’t so easy for Hanks as he was at the time married to his college sweetheart Samantha Lewes with whom he shares two children, son Colin and daughter Elizabeth.
Well, the heart wants what it wants. Despite the commitment and responsibilities he had towards his first marriage and children, the ‘Forrest Gump’ actor decided to call quits on his relationship with Samantha and started dating Wilson before his divorce to his first wife was finalized.
And thus began a new journey for the Hanks and there has been no looking back since. The couple tied the knot on April 30, 1988.
Talking about his marriage to Wilson, Hanks told Oprah in 2001, "I won't deny that providence was part of us finding each other, but our relationship isn't magic — the way it's shown in movies. In real life, our connection is as concrete as me sitting here. Not that marriage doesn't come close to being hell in a handbasket sometimes. But we both know that no matter what, we'll be with each other — and we'll get through it."
He also said that he looks at his wife as his lover and they “have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother... Without my connection with Rita, I don't know how I would've been able to connect with what Forrest was going through.”
The Hollywood star hasn’t shied away from admitting his feelings for his lady love. "I said that I have a woman who teaches me what love is every day,” he said in the same interview.
From goofing around on the red carpet to thanking their significant other for all the great heights they have achieved over the years, Hanks and Wilson have been setting major relationship goals for years and one can’t help but swoon over it.
But not always has their relationship been full of roses. Wilson told in an interview following her recovery from breast cancer treatment, "You never know how your spouse is going to react in a situation like this. I was so amazed, so blown away by the care my husband gave me... who knew it would make you even closer?"
Hanks and Wilson have two sons together — Chester Marlon Hanks and Truman Theodore.