Hollywood marriages aren’t known for their longevity. But there are certainly many respected couples who have stood the test of time.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are hands down one of those couples. The two met on the Broadway scene when Matthew got involved with a theater company started by Sarah’s brothers. When Sarah and Robert Downey Jr. split, she was introduced to Matthew. The rest, as they say, is history.
These days, Sarah stars in a series called Divorce. But there’s nothing of the sort on Sarah’s mind off-screen! She’s loving her life as half of one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples.
That’s why she had no patience when National Enquirer reached out for comment about a rumor regarding an alleged public argument with her husband and trouble in her marriage. Sarah took to Instagram to share an inquiry from the publication and shut down the culture of waiting for marriages to end.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are both stars in their own right. Their marriage is one of those sweet beacons of light where Hollywood romances are concerned.
Sarah and Matthew met in 1991, following Sarah’s breakup with Robert Downey Jr. They met after Sarah’s brothers, Pippin and Toby, started a theater company that Matthew became involved with.
The two hit it off. Sarah explained that their relationship predated either of their desires for hitting it big.
“When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream. It was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of,” she previously told Harper’s Bazaar.
The two dated for five years before springing a surprise wedding on their loved ones. When about a hundred family and friends gathered for what they thought was a party, they learned Sarah and Matthew were tying the knot.
The two enjoyed five years of married life together as their careers continued to thrive. In 2002, they welcomed their first child, son James Wilkie.
Their family of three didn’t grow again until 2009. They welcomed twin girls Tabitha and Marion via surrogate.
The two put a lot of work into preserving their marriage. They aren’t hesitant to share their secrets to a long, happy marriage.
The couple enjoys lots of date nights and family outings. They love to go to Broadway shows that bring them back to their roots.
Sarah believes flexibility and the willingness to grow together are key. She told People, “Your needs are shifting. You and your partner are going to change. It seems so silly, but I think you’re very lucky if you like the person. I still just really like him. I’m sure I annoy him and he annoys me, but I literally learn about him every day.”
It’s because of all the work they put in and their pride in their union that rumors about it deteriorating can be very insulting. The two have faced a number of rumors throughout their 22-year marriage.
Sarah called out one of these rumors by posting an email inquiry sent to her from National Enquirer. The email accused the two of getting into a public screaming match about Matthew’s time in London, where he’s set to star in a West End production.
Sarah penned a biting caption alongside the email:
“Just like clockwork. Over a decade of the same untrue, disgraceful nonsense. As usual, days ahead of our anniversary on May 19th, The National Enquirer is making its annual best effort to fabricate and undermine, this time a blissful four days with my husband in London. There was no ‘screaming match’ as alleged in a restaurant or on the street, nor was there a confrontation as alleged about his time in London. My children and I are enormously proud of the work he is doing.”
She implored publications to celebrate love instead of tearing it apart.
“Hey National Enquirer and your sister publications,” the actress continued. “Why not celebrate a marriage of 22 years and relationship of 27 years? Because, despite your endless harassment and wasted ink, we are nearing three decades of love, commitment, respect, family and home. There’s your ‘scoop’ from a ‘reliable source.'”
Many celebrities came forward to congratulate Sarah and Matthew on their anniversary. They were also incredibly supportive of her decision to tackle the tabloids head-on.
You rock, SJP!