For some, marriage is make-or-break for any romance. While for others, tying the knot isn’t the key to a long and healthy relationship.
With some long-term couples even admitting that if they’d chosen to get hitched, they may very well be divorced already. And it seems the same goes for Hollywood’s A-list too.
From Hollywood golden couples like Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn to more low-key relationships like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham, these 10 pairs haven’t felt compelled to walk down the aisle despite all their years together.
Keep scrolling to see which celebrity couples have foregone marriage—and couldn’t be happier.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham
Dating for six years prior to their engagement in 2016, Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have decided to put a big hold on saying ‘I do’. In 2017, the couple made their first step into parenthood with the birth of their son, Jack. The couple continue to keep their relationship status as “engaged” and don’t look to be in a hurry to walk down the aisle.
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano
A couple for over 10 years, Dano and Kazan don’t seem to have marriage on their minds. The pair have even addressed their discomfort with being asked when they’re planning on tying the knot. Taking to Twitter, Kazan shared her stance on the matter.
Replying to another tweet saying, “Real sick of perfect strangers (and loved ones) asking when I am going to have a baby… rude ass question, 100 percent of the time”, to which Kazan replied: “Perennial reminder. ditto ‘when are you getting married'”.
Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale
Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling
Together since 2011, Gosling and Mendes have always chosen to keep their relationship and family incredibly tight-lipped. When it comes to their relationship, Mendes has opened up about how her life plans have changed because of Gosling.
In an interview with Women’s Health, she admitted that before Gosling, she wasn’t interested in becoming a mother, but that “Ryan Gosling happened. I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have…not kids, but his kids. It was very specific to him.”
The pair share two children together, Esmeralda and Amada.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
First meeting in 1986 at a charity event, Winfrey and Stedman were besotted by each other and have been together ever since. The pair announced their engagement in 1992, but wedding bells never followed—and according to Winfrey, it was for the best.
In an interview from 2017, Winfrey opened up about their decisoin to remain life partners, saying: “We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world.”
“His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that”.
Maya Rudolf and Paul Thomas Anderson
Together since 2001, Rudolph and Anderson have been an item for the last 19 years but have never officially tied the knot. While Rudolph does refer to Anderson as her ‘husband’, she admits that she does so because it feels “ooky” calling him her boyfriend after the birth of their first child. The couple actually share four children together, Minnie, Lucille, Pearl and Jack.
Speaking to the New York Times, Rudolph admitted: “people know what that means. It means he’s the father of my child, and I live with him, and we are a couple, and we are not going anywhere.”
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
This iconic couple have been together since 1983, when they met on the set of the film Swing Shift. And according to the pair, they even began living together after their first date. Three decades later, they are still just as in love as ever—and share a son together, named Wyatt.
Speaking to People magazine in 2015, Russell explained how his happiness comes from “when I have a good day with Goldie, my grandkids, and my kids.”
And in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Hawn has attested their free will for the success of their relationship, saying: “If you leave the door open, you’ll never walk out of it.” Meaning that closing the door could add a “sense of finality,” and that many people feel that their “spirit is squelched” by the legal act of marriage.
Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen
A couple since 2014, Silverman and Sheen have decided to take a stand against marriage altogether.
Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015, Silverman told DeGeneres that she definitely wouldn’t get married until same-sex marriage became legalised in the United States.
She explained, “I just don’t understand the instinct to want to join a club that is elitist. I mean it’s like joining a country club that doesn’t allow Jews or black people. What’s the difference?”
Silverman added, “And besides that, I don’t know that I would want to get the government involved in my love, personally.” And while same-sex marriage has become legal in the U.S., Silverman and Sheen are keeping firm on their decision to obstain from marriage.
John Corbett and Bo Derek
Set up on a blind date by Corbett’s agent Norby Walters in 2002, who paired them together after Corbett was short on a date to the Oscars’ party that Walters was throwing.
Despite their 18 year long relationship, Derek has admitted that they probably won’t ever get married. Speaking to Fox News, she said: “I don’t know if we’ll ever get married.”
“We don’t have children. There isn’t that tradition to follow. Marriage, I don’t know. It feels funny. It’s not necessary for us. We’re not proving our love, we’re not starting a new generation together of families coming together. “
Shakira and Gerard Piqué
Shakira and soccer star Piqué met while on the set of her music video “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)”—fittingly, the anthem for the FIFA World Cup back in 2010. In a relationship since 2011, the couple have two songs together, Milan and Sasha.
In an interview with Glamour in 2014, Shakira addressed why they don’t have any plans on getting married, saying: “We already have what’s essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and [babies]. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them.”