Most of us have this idealistic image in mind when we think of romantic relationships. We met “the one,” dated them for a while, got married, and lived happily ever after. But this beautiful formula says nothing about what happens when you get married.

It turns out that the way long-term relationships work is unique to each couple, and not everyone spends all their time together. We decided to find some examples of famous couples whose love grows stronger with separation.

Gwyneth Paltrow And Brad Falchuk

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Brad Falchuk, have found an unconventional life situation that works very well for them. Most of the time (4 nights a week) they live together, but the rest of the time Brad Falchuk lives in a different house.

It seems that the couple has struck the perfect balance between shared time and personal space.

Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick

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This celebrity couple is definitely an example of a long-lasting relationship: they got married in 1997 and have 3 children together. When asked about her secret to success, the actress highlighted the importance of spending time apart: “We have lives that allow us to be away and get back together.”

David and Victoria Beckham

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Another celebrity couple who have been together for a long time also prefer to have the opportunity to spend time apart. According to a source, David and Victoria live in different parts of their house.

The person adds, “When you’ve been married that long, a regular distance is good for both of you!”

Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder

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Pretty Woman star Julia Roberts and her husband, Daniel Moder, had to lead separate lives early on in their relationship: In 2000, when they met, Julia Roberts was in a relationship with actor Benjamin Bratt and Daniel Moder was married.

They sorted out their lives on their own and stayed apart for a while so they could reunite and form a beautiful family.

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy

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Actors Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes have been married for over a decade, and unlike some other couples on this list, long-distance wasn’t their choice.

The mother of 2 mentioned in an interview that she and her husband had to spend a lot of time in different cities for work. She confessed that she is “bad at it” and that it was difficult.

Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg

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The Good Guy star and his wife also have to live apart for a considerable period of time due to their careers. Jamie Chung says it’s not too hard for them: the lovebirds value their freedom and the time they spend together.

What effect does living apart have on relationships? Do you know any examples?

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