Celeb parents are rich and famous, but they're still human beings and they deal with ups and downs in their relationships, just like regular parents do. The pressures of fame may actually make it harder to be happy in a romantic relationship. Plenty of celebs divorce when they have kids. Hollywood marriages are notoriously short, although a few do go the distance.
The celebs on today's list, including Kristen Bell, Chrissy Teigen, and Kristin Cavallari, have taken control by going to couples counseling with their significant others. These stars have been open about the lessons that they've learned in couples therapy.
The lessons they've learned about themselves and their partners during counseling has helped them to have happier relationships and do their best as parents.
In cases where relationships aren't salvageable, like with Fergie and Josh Duhamel, therapy provided famous couples helpful relationships tool-kits that made it easier to move past the bitterness and co-parent effectively.
Going to couples counseling is a sign of strength, rather than weakness. It's a sign of self-awareness. It's about realizing that something is wrong with a relationship which needs to be addressed and fixed. Therapy is a safe space for couples to work on their problems. So, kudos to the famous couples on this list. They've made every effort to work things out with their partners, for their own sake, and for the kids.
20 Kristen Bell Learned to Argue Differently
Kristin Bell and her cute hubby, Dax Shepherd, really love each other and their kids, but that doesn't mean that marriage and family life are smooth sailing 24/7. Kristin and Dax have their issues just like every other couple, and they work through their problems in couples counseling, according to Elitedaily.com.
Dax has has admitted that therapy helps them to address the fact that they are very different people and find effective ways to "co-exist".
When Kristin doesn't feel comfortable in the relationship, she makes a point of arguing the right way, by sharing her feelings with Dax in therapy. The therapist mediates so that both sides get a chance to have a voice.
19 Jessica Simpson Honed Her Communication Skills
Jessica Simpson is currently expecting her third baby with hubby Eric Johnson, according to Etonline.com. She's 38 and has found happiness, after her first marriage to Nick Lachey failed. Jessica and Eric have two adorable kids, Ace (5) and Maxwell (a daughter, aged 6). Now that they're expanding their brood, they may need couples counseling more than ever.
More kids means more joy, but also more stress.
The couple reportedly headed for therapy together in 2015 and may still attend couples counseling sessions that hone their communication skills. Jessica and Eric both realize that relationships need work to survive. They've both had marital relationships that didn't work out. Past failures motivate them to keep trying with one another...and therapy helps.
18 Beyoncé Learned to Work Harder on Her Relationship
Beyoncé and Jay-Z had their problems. He's owned up to seeing other women and Beyoncé's masterpiece album, Lemonade, seemed like a diary of a very painful phase of her life. Bey clearly loves Jay-Z very much because she's forgiven him for his indiscretions.
Jay-Z has had to address the fact that his conduct put his family at risk. He doesn't want some other guy raising his kids, so he's changed his ways. Couples counseling helped this pair to get past challenges and rebuild trust.
According to People.com, the therapy sessions helped the couple to be more open with each other. Bey and Jay-Z were willing to do the work and they are now reaping the rewards.
17 Kim Learned How To Have Healing Conversations
In the summer of 2017, Kim Kardashian decided that it was time to get help with her marriage to Kanye West. According to Mirror.co.uk, Kim chose a therapist who offers counseling sessions with a spiritual focus. The decision to attend couples counseling with Kanye was a decision that Kim's famous family approved of.
Apparently, Kanye needed a bit of prodding before he was willing to go along with the whole therapy thing. During the counseling sessions, Kim learned about the power and potential of healing conversations. The couple reportedly attended therapy two times per week for months.
16 Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey Don’t Need Counselling
Nick Lachey seems very happy and content with his second wife, Vanessa. They've built a family and don't seem to suffer from the relationship drama that Nick experienced during his first youthful marriage to Jessica Simpson.
Sometimes, couples get married too young and then grow apart.
Nick and Vanessa were a bit more mature when they tied the knot. They probably took a lot of time to mull things over before getting married, just to be sure that they were making the right decision. They got married in 2011 and they are enjoying raising their kids together. They seem like a perfect match.
15 Pink Learned To Take Breaks From Her Man Sometimes
Pink and Carey Hart stay together, but they've taken a few breaks over the years. Both are strong personalities, so they clash sometimes and then need space. Pink and Carey have attended couples counseling which supports their long-term relationship goals. According to the Dailymail.co.uk, Pink and Carey finished a cycle of couples therapy and this proactive measure helped them to reach year 12 in their marriage.
Therapy seems to have given this couple a realistic viewpoint about their marriage. Pink knows that there are going to be times that she's enchanted with her partner and times when she really dislikes him. She's learned to go with the flow and take breaks when she needs to.
14 Bryan Cranston and Wife Robin Learned to Let Go of Anxiety
If you're a Breaking Bad fan, then you should know that Bryan Cranston gets anxious sometimes in real life and handles it by going to therapy on his own, or with his wife, Robin. According to the Huffingtonpost.com, Cranston isn't a big believer in unconditional love and therapy with Robin helps him to stay in love with her through life's up and downs.
In 2013, he talked about the way that therapy assists him with battling anxiety. Talking to a therapist, alone or with Robin, is one way that he takes the edge off. The couple has an agreement: If one of them feels like a couples counseling session is needed, the other will go.
13 Michelle Pfeiffer and David Kelly Don’t Need Counselling
Michelle Pfeiffer doesn't really seek out the spotlight so much these days, but she's still around. She's a Hollywood legend, thanks to her impressive acting talent and unforgettable beauty. She married producer David E. Kelly in 1992, according to the Telegraph.co.uk.
Michelle has been open about the way that aging is changing her face and body. She was considered one of the great beauties of the age and has had to deal with some psychological turmoil as her beauty evolved over time. She focuses on family, rather than trying to look younger than she is. She's got her priorities straight.
12 Patrick Dempsey and Wife Jillian Learned to Handle the Ups and Downs
Patrick Dempsey's real-life marriage has had as many rollercoaster twists and turns as a typical Grey's Anatomy storyline.
In the real world, there are no episodes which get wrapped up with neat endings.
Real life relationships go on unless they end. In Patrick's case, his marriage to makeup guru, Jillian Fink, was dangerously close to ending. This couple actually filed for divorce but changed their minds.
Rumors that Patrick was stepping out of the marriage didn't help, according to Inquisitr.com, but he's denied the biggest rumor, which is that he got involved with a young co-worker on the set of Grey's Anatomy. Patrick and Jillian relied on therapy to get back on track.
11 Kristin Cavallari Learned There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Relationship
Kristin is someone who likes to have a lot of control over her life. She's a healthy eater who is interested in fitness. She loves to do business and had to scale the business stuff back a bit when she was pregnant and while caring for her babies. Kristin generally works hard to make the most of herself, her home, her career, and her family. Couples counseling taught her to be realistic about what is possible in her marriage to Jay Cutler.
She and Jay both learned that there's really no such thing as a perfect relationship Kristin says her relationship was saved by couples counseling, according to Yourtango.com.
10 Chrissy Teigen Learned to Stop Fighting
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are happily married, but experienced fertility problems that put a strain on their relationship. Chrissy also dealt with postpartum depression after giving birth to her first child (a daughter named Luna) and drank more than she should have during that difficult time.
An insider who is close to the couple told InTouchweekly.com that the couple started attending therapy together in 2017 because they were at war. The fighting was getting intense and wreaking havoc on their marriage.
Couples counseling is a great way to stop the fighting or minimize it. Couples like Chrissy and John may talk things out with a therapist, who mediates and offers sensible advice.
9 Jada Pinkett-Smith And Will Smith Learned to Face Their Fears
This high-powered, glam and charismatic couple has been together for well over two decades, but not without a bit of help from a couples counselor. According to Refinery29.com, Will and Jada had to put their faith in the counseling process in order to get past obstacles that threatened their long relationship. This couple faced their fears face-to-face, with a counselor at their side.
Will said that therapy is about getting at the truth, also adding that the truth needs to be faced before things can get resolved.
This famous couple is subject to plenty of rumors, from whispers about involvement in Scientology to rumors about a free relationship. What's fact and not rumor is that they are still married.
8 Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick Learned To Co-parent
Parents benefit from couples therapy, even if they're destined to break up because they need to co-parent their kids. Relationship counselors help parents to deal with their emotions, find resolutions to problems and focus on what's in the best interest of the kids.
Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick went to couples counseling, just like Kim and Kanye did. While Kim and Kanye are still together and Kourtney and Scott aren't, Kourtney and Scott are still in each other's lives. In fact, these two were just spotted together in NYC, according to Elle.com. They went to therapy in 2012 and use those lessons to co-parent.
7 Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Don’t Need Counselling
This A-List power couple is still going strong after marrying in 1988, according to People.com. Tom really fell for Rita and still seems bewitched by his energetic and confident wife. Rita is married to one of the biggest talents in the business and she helps her husband out as he pursues his enviable career.
If ever a couple could be described as being ideally suited, it would be Tom and Rita. Apparently, they still go on dates and that's one of the reasons why they are still together. Couples who want to avoid marriage problems should make an effort to have fun together whenever they can. It's important.
6 Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake Learned To Keep Having Fun
Date nights keep love alive and Jessica and Justin try to enjoy these special nights regularly, even though parenthood has changed their lifestyles. According to Intouchweekly.com, this couple did have issues which led to couples counseling in 2017.
One issue that seemed to be making their relationship rocky was the fact that Justin was ready for more kids, whereas Jessica was happy with just one (for the time being, anyway).
When life goals differ, it's not uncommon for couples to hit turbulence. The couple still doesn't have baby number two but seem to have a blast together, on date nights or with their son, Silas. They've learned that having fun is vital.
5 Khloe And Tristan Learned To Overcome Past Mistakes
Should a woman forgive a guy for seeing other women when she's pregnant or at any other time? Relationships are complicated, so it's sometimes hard to say what the right decision is.
Khloe has a new baby, True, with Tristan Thompson, and she had made the decision to forgive his indiscretions, perhaps because she wants a conventional family unit, where Dad, Mom, and baby live together. This is understandable.
Whether things work out long-term is another matter, but Khloe and Tristan have gone to therapy. This past summer, the News.com.au reported that the couple was seeking out counseling. It's clear that Tristan is trying to earn back the trust of his new baby mama.
4 Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. Don’t Need Counselling
Another cute couple who are going the distance, marriage-wise, is former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and her hubby, Freddie Prinze Jr. According to Wikipedia.org, Sarah and Freddie have been married since 2002. They've had a really long "Hollywood' marriage, by any standards.
Sarah's healthy lifestyle may help her to stay positive and nip marital problems in the bud.
She loves going to the gym and her workouts keep her looking almost exactly the same as she did during her Buffy days. Freddie says that they stay together because they were friends for years before they married.
3 Fergie And Josh Duhamel Learned To Throw In The Towel
Couples therapy teaches some couples how to stay together. Now and then, it teaches couples that they shouldn't stay together. While couples therapy is hugely helpful in terms of exposing problems and helping couples to address them the right way, with a mind to making them a thing of the past, some problems are very deep-seated.
Some are just too serious to be resolved during couples counseling. Fergie and Josh Duhamel were once very much in love. Today, they are divorced and co-parent their son, Axl. According to Eonline.com, they went to couples therapy in 2015 but were separated by 2017.
2 Cindy Crawford And Rande Gerber Learned to Let Go of Doubts
Famous couples who manage to stay married long after they tie the knot tend to let go of any doubts that they have about their relationships. This is the case with Cindy and her hubby, business owner Rande Gerber.
It's not that their relationship is perfect every day. It's that they're committed to working on it because they believe in their marriage.
According to an insider, Cindy and Rande have had problems and they went to couples counseling in summer of this year, according to Closerweekly.com. They've been married for two decades. Since they've managed to stay married for this long, couples therapy will help them to get through the latest rough patch.
1 Kyra Sedgwick And Kevin Bacon Don’t Need Counselling
Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have kept their love alive for such a long time. They don't end up in the tabloids because of relationship woes or divorce filings. This couple quietly moves forward, year after year, and they look good doing it.
These two seem like a perfect match. Sometimes, couples really are very happy together and don't need to put on a show for the paparazzi. This is surely the case with Kevin and Kyra. According to Wikipedia.org, they've been married since 1988 and they have a couple of kids. You don't stay together that long without some serious chemistry.
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