4 Celebrity Couples Who Gave Their Relationships Another Chance & Made It Work
Making a relationship work long term often takes sacrifice, compromise, and at times, a ton of effort. And the same applies to famous couples who seemingly have it all. Sometimes, even our favorite couples go through tough periods that result in the decision to part ways. The celebrity couples who gave their relationships another chance are many, because no matter who you are, juggling a relationship with the other demanding aspects of life can definitely prove to be a struggle. The good news is, breaking up doesn't mean that you can't end up back together in the future. Sometimes, when couples decide to try again after a breakup, things actually can work out.
It's also important to acknowledge the added pressure that goes along with dating someone in the public eye. Going through trials and tribulations in a relationship is hard enough without the extra intensity of knowing that everyone is always watching and whispering about your personal life. That's why the famous couples on this list who've managed to make things work after breaking up deserve some major props. More often than not, conflict in a relationship can present the perfect opportunity to grow as a couple and to come out of the situation stronger than ever.
1Prince William & Kate Middleton
Anyone with eyes can see what a strong couple Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to be, which is why it may be hard to believe that these two went through a very public rough patch. After dating for over three years, William and Kate decided to part ways in April 2007. While the intimate details of exactly why these two separated aren't known, looking back, William thought it was for the best.
"We were both very young … and we were both defining ourselves as such and being different characters, it was very much trying to find our way and we were growing up, it was just a bit of space, things like that and things worked out for the better," Prince William said, in their official engagement interview with BBC's Tom Brady.
2Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
As one of the most widely beloved celebrity couples, it's pretty shocking that Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell called it quits surprisingly early on.
Fortunately, Shepard realized shortly after the breakup that he didn't want to give up on what they had.
"He called me and he was like, 'I don't know what I was thinking. I was dating someone else but they're just not as interesting as you, and I don't know what I'm doing,' and he came back," said Bell in the same interview.
Fast forward over a decade and the pair is happily married with two kids.
3Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are another amazing celebrity couple who continue to pull at our heartstrings. They are just so unbelievably sweet with one another. After dating for four years, the couple briefly parted ways in 2011.
"It really was mutual," an anonymous source told People. "There really wasn’t a final straw. They’re just two people who realized they wanted different things in life and were headed in different directions.”
Thankfully, true love conquers all and the dynamic duo got back together shortly after the separation. They got engaged in January 2012.
4Dwyane Wade & Gabrielle Union
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union met in 2007 at a Super Bowl Party that they were scheduled to co-host. Union was a bit concerned about dating someone nine years younger than her, but they decided to give it a shot.
In 2013, the couple split because of "distance and scheduling," according to Union.
The real shocker came when Wade ended up having a baby with Aja Metoyer from Basketball Wives during his time away from Union. Needless to say, that was probably a pretty tough situation for both of them to cope with, but roughly a year later they decided to work on their relationship. Thank goodness they did, because the couple tied the knot in August 2014.
As you can see, breaking up and making up isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes spending some time apart can give both partners the opportunity to work on themselves and ultimately, come back to the relationship with the tools to work through their problems.
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