'Love is everything': Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson celebrate 35 years of marriage with love, smiles and cake
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rita Wilson, who has been married to Tom Hanks since 1988, is celebrating her 35th anniversary with love, laughter, and everything in between. The ‘Mamma Mia!’ star shared an adorable snap of herself and her husband, where ‘The Da Vinci Code’ star is holding a cake and the flabbergasted Wilson is smiling at the sweet gesture. The cake has "Happy Anniversary" written on top of it.
The couple, who met at the set of ‘Bosom Buddies’ in 1981, started dating in 1986. They got married on April 30, 1988. They have two sons -- Truman Hanks and Chet Hanks. The ‘Runaway Bride’ actress shared the post with the caption, “35 years of marriage. April 30 1988. Love is everything.”
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‘If love is a feeling. . . it went through me’
The couple, who met on the sets of ABC sitcom ‘Bosom Buddies’ in 1981, connected instantly. Even though Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes at that time, they hit it off in no time. In 1986, Hanks and Wilson came out as a couple before getting married in 1988. Talking about their first meeting, Wilson told Kelly Clarkson in 2020, "One of the things, when we met, was that we just got along instantly," before adding, "First of all, I love a good storyteller. . . So anybody who could tell a good story, I'm down with that. ... I love that. He makes me laugh all the time. He's a great storyteller."
Reminiscing about their initial days as a couple, Hanks told Oprah Winfrey, "The success of our relationship was a matter of timing, maturity and our willingness to have an intimate connection," and added, "When I married Rita, I thought, 'This is going to require some change on my part.' 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 a 2012 interview with Piers Morgan, Wilson talked about the essence of their relationship, "I'll never forget, we were standing on the corner of 57th and 5th in New York, or 58th and 5th. "We were holding hands, and we were waiting for the traffic light to change. And he looked at me and he said, 'You know, I just want you to know, that you never have to change anything about who you are in order to be with me.'”
The ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ star further talked about the magic that love is, “Literally, a wave of — if love is a feeling, or a cellular thing that happens to your body — it went through me, and that's pretty much who he is, and how he's been," reports People.
The couple has been together through thick and thin also as they tested positive together during the initial days of the Covid outbreak. In an interview with The Guardian, Wilson shared, "I think that having the virus at the same time made it that little bit easier." "We were taking care of each other instead of having the pressure of taking care of one person and no one taking care of you or understanding that the person at home needs a break," he added.
'The most incredible couple ❤️'
"Happy anniversary, Rita! Congratulations! ♥️♥️♥️," wished Jennifer Garner. Linda Thompson commented, "Happy 35th anniversary! Wowza!!! You are both inspirational… Separately but especially together… Two beautiful, dedicated, wonderful individuals! Happiness always and much love to you! 💜💜👏👏🎂🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹."
Monica Ayos gushed, "Find someone who looks at you like that...♥️Tom-Rita♥️." Alli Webb said, "The way he’s looking at you ❤️❤️❤️ LOVE IS EVERYTHING @adrian.k." Nikki Reed, Sean Hayes, Hayley Hubbard, and Maria Shriver joined the bandwagon to congratulate the couple.
A fan commented, "Happy 35th Anniversary to both of you! Both of you are in movies that are our "comfort" go-to movies getting us through all kinds of trials over the last several years. Thank you for so beautifully sharing your creative gifts! 💝."
"Congratulations, you guys are most beautiful hollywood couple 🏻🖤," commented the second. One said, "Happy Anniversary - the most incredible couple ❤️To many many more years together."
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