20 Times Celeb Couples Have Proved Long Distance Relationships Can Work

Everyone understands that long-distance relationships can be tough. These partnerships rely on trust and communication even more than regular everyday relationships. Some may think celebrities have it easier—plane tickets are certainly easier to afford! However, being a celebrity comes with a mountain of responsibilities that can sometimes get in the way of a committed relationship.

From the long days on set and scheduled appearances for talk shows and interviews to even involving themselves in a general overload of projects—be it personal or philanthropic—being a celebrity is a full-time job. Throw in a relationship into the mix and it's a wonder how some Hollywood A-listers do it.

Some have a two-week rule in place, such as Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, who refuse to go longer without seeing one another. Other celebs, such as Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin, find the distance exciting and fresh, loving the opportunity to let tensions build between them.

Regardless of whether or not it's by choice, some celebrities just seem to make the long-distance thing work, giving the rest of us hope that it is possible to maintain a strong relationship even miles apart.

We've rounded up 20 examples of Hollywood's finest who are either still together after surviving the whirlwind of a long-distance relationship, and some who have successfully done it in the past.

20 Jamie Chung And Brian Greenberg Say They Base Their 3-Year Long Distance Relationship On Pure Trust


Actors Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg are a perfect example of a couple who maneuvers the waters of a long-distance relationship not by choice, but because their jobs demand them to do so. Married for almost four years, the couple bases their relationship on pure trust. In a joint interview with Us Magazine, Greenberg explains, “For us — I can’t speak for other people or other relationships — but for us, there’s just a lot of trust and enjoying the times that we have together and being present.”

With Greenberg spending a good chunk of time in New York for work and Chung in Atlanta at their home, these cuties simply make the distance work!

19 Ashley Graham and Justin Ervin Say That They Find Their Long Distance 'Exciting'


Model Ashley Graham and cinematographer husband Justin Ervin, on the other hand, adore the concept of a long-distance relationship and absolutely thrive in it. Happily married for over eight years, the duo sees Ervin in Los Angeles filming while Graham spends most of her time in New York City for work.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Graham gushed about how the distance makes her feel, "It's absolutely fabulous. I love it. We just meet in L.A. or New York. We meet in Paris, Miami." With the powers of seduction clearly in place, these two let just enough time pass for them to miss one another!

18 Sarah Jessica Parker And Matthew Broderick Credit Time Apart As The Key To Their Happy 20-Year Marriage


Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and hubby Matthew Broderick say that the key to their happy 20-year marriage is having time apart. While some couples would pine after one another, Parker appeared on an episode of Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso and spoke about how much having busy schedules works for the couple.

“His work life takes him here, and mine takes me there. In some ways, I think that that’s been enormously beneficial because we have so much to share in a way. Anytime that any relationship is hard, it’s the point in which you’re deciding, ‘Is this worth the investment getting through whatever that thing is?'”

17 Sarah Hyland And Wells Adams Toughed Out The Long Distance For A While, Only To Move To The Same City


Modern Family star Sarah Hyland had to tough out a long-distance relationship with Bachelorette alum Wells Adams—only to have it result in an engagement! With Adams living in Nashville and Hyland in Los Angeles filming Modern Family, the duo certainly had to compromise on time together.

In an interview with People, Hyland explained how it worked, “I think the longest we’ve gone without seeing each other is like two to three weeks, because five days is already too much for us. We always try to make sure to see each other.” Gushing about Adams, Hyland went on to explain that he would fly out every weekend or two to see her, a lovely way to show her how much he cares!

16 Vanessa Hudgens And Austin Butler Think It's Important To Lift Each Other Up Every Chance They Get Since They're Apart So Often


Actress Vanessa Hudgens and beau Austin Butler have been going strong for seven years, managing to tackle whatever distance comes between the two. Whenever they come together, Hudgens cites the importance of staying positive and supporting one another.

As she explained to Entertainment Tonight, "It’s important to put that other person first. If you're constantly looking for ways that you can make them happy, and they're constantly looking for ways that they can make you happy, then you kind of lift each other up as much as possible and you can’t go wrong." So adorable and so true!

15 Megan Mullally And Nick Offerman Have A Two-Week Rule In Place


Will and Grace actress Megan Mullally and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman have been in a long distance marriage for a while now and cite a very specific rule they put in place as the key to their success. In a joint interview with AV Club, the duo explained their "two-week" clause. "First of all, we have a rule to never be apart for more than two weeks. We feel that a relationship if one makes it their top priority, must take precedence over matters of locale."

Clearly making time for one another no matter what comes in their way, the two also say that simply listening to your spouse for a few minutes a day also helps—especially when you're not able to physically be close to one another.

14 Claire Danes And Hugh Dancy Text Each Other Like There's No Distance Between Them


Actors Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy rely on the powers of technology to keep their love fresh while they're apart. The couple, which has been together since 2007, faced long-distance at one point, with Danes shooting Homeland in North Carolina while Dancy worked in New York. Their solution to keeping the love alive? Sending funny pictures and texts to one another.

According to SFGate, Danes went on CNN to explain how the couple manages.“We talk a lot, we text a lot, we send each other photos of our toes – dumb stuff. I think it’s dangerous when you go into reporting mode, when you just kind of list the things you’ve done that day.”

13 Jennifer Lawrence And Nicholas Hoult Said It Was Crucial To Have Chemistry To Keep Their 5-Year Relationship Going


Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult may not be together anymore, but the duo maneuvered long-distance quite successfully during their 5-year relationship together. Dating across the pond sounds tough enough, so Jennifer spoke to More! Magazine while the duo dated to explain that chemistry overpowers all.

"It's all about chemistry. You can meet somebody and sparks fly immediately and you're attracted right away - that totally happens. Or you can meet another where yes, they're funny, nice and a great person, but you just don't have chemistry. And without that it just doesn't work." She went on to explain that while the couple would be lonely at times, meeting up would make up for all the time apart.

12 Courteney Cox And Johnny McDaid Say Distance Apart Made Them Value What They Had


Friends alum Courteney Cox and Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid actually credit long-distance to saving their relationship, as opposed to making it more difficult! The couple broke off their engagement back in 2015 and decided to spend months away from one another as a means of rekindling their romance.

According to the Irish Mirror, Cox opened up to Ellen DeGeneres, explaining, “We broke off our engagement and he moved to England, then we got back together and it’s actually better than it was before. Everything’s better. Not because he’s in London — although I think the distance after that break-up, we were apart for six months, that really showed us a lot. It’s just better.”

11 Victoria And David Beckham Think That The Distance Does Them Good And Keeps Things Fresh


After being together for 20 years, David and Victoria Beckham still manage to keep their love alive—and thriving. The duo cites time apart as a wonderful means of keeping things fresh. According to Us Weekly, the iconic couple has homes both in the US and England and enjoy jetting to both for time away from one another. Victoria prefers to be in the U.K. because of her fashion line, while David is simply enjoying his retirement from soccer.

Even when the duo is together, they technically get to spend time apart, too. Their massive mansion in Oxfordshire, England, was actually designed with "his and her" wings, the perfect way to distance one another if need be.

10 Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Travel Around The World To Support Each Other While Apart


Actress Nichole Kidman and musician Keith Urban simply make an effort to visit one another as much as possible while they're apart, certainly racking up the air miles.

After 13 years of marriage, Kidman gushed to People about Urban, "I have an incredible husband who is so willing to get on planes and fly places, even if it’s for a night. I had an opening of the play three nights ago, and he’s in the middle of a tour in the States. I said, ‘It’s too much for you to have to fly all the way back, don’t worry,’ and he said, ‘I’m flying.’" That's definitely the sort of commitment that keeps the love alive.

9 Bono And Ali Hewson Try To Travel As A Family As Much As Possible


Being married to one of the biggest rock stars must be tough, especially with all the touring and concerts that happen worldwide. Somehow, Ali Hewson, Bono's better half, manages to make the 37-year-old marriage with the U2 star work. Opening up to Manchester Evening News, Hewson once talked about their marital success, saying, " Our marriage has worked because we like each other, because we talk to each other, and we are passionate about what we do."

Sometimes, Bono even takes his wife and children on tour too, as a means to keep them all together—including the tutors so his kids don't miss out on any education.

8 Troian Bellisario And Patrick J. Adams Say They Plan Adventures Together During Their Time Away


Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario and hubby Patrick J. Adams are absolutely adorable, taking time to plan adventures together while they're apart. Although they tied the knot in 2016, the two had to deal with long distance before then between her living in LA and his home in Toronto. As she once gushed to Us Magazine, " Patrick and I always have different adventures planned. A lot of air miles…You make it work!"

They've managed to maneuver through the long distance and welcomed their first child together, a beautiful baby girl, in October of 2018!

7 Khloe Kardashian Gave Perfect Advice For Long Distance Dates When She Was Away From Tristan Thompson


Although the world has recently found out about Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson's split, the duo once made their long-distance relationship work between Ohio and Los Angeles, as the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star once revealed on her website. "The extra miles can sometimes make many aspects frustrating. Things can get complicated—you might get sad and lonely at times. However, being long distance also means you get to appreciate one another on a deeper level without the distractions of physical getting in the way."

According to People, She offered advice to her fans who also may be in long-distance relationships, saying that it's nice to do things together on FaceTime like watching TV or organizing the closet.

6 Miles Teller And Keleigh Sperry, On The Other Hand, Choose To Text Less While They're Apart


Whiplash star Miles Teller and his fiancee Keleigh Sperry try not to text often while they're apart—a different approach to most couples in long-distance relationships. According to People, Teller once opened up to Elle and explained, "The problem with people texting all the time is that if you’re texting somebody everything you’re doing throughout the day, there’s no catch up. It removes the recap. I think that’s important.”

As per People, The duo is now happily settled in together, having moved into a large home in L.A.'s Studio City with their bulldog Bugsy.

5 Ed Sheeran And Cherry Seaborn Came Together After Living Separately And Took A Year Off Work To Go Traveling Together


Crooner Ed Sheeran married childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn back in 2018 but the duo was often faced with having to deal with vast distances apart thanks to Sheeran's extensive touring schedule. As Sheeran once opened up to People, he explains he was getting sick and tired of touring consistently as he felt that he wasn't properly living his life how he should be.

Deciding to take a year off and spend it with Cherry, he gushed, “This has been the first time I’ve actually had the time to fall in love properly." With Cherry taking time off work too, the duo decided to travel the world and let each other truly appreciate what they had.

4 John Krasinski And Emily Blunt Simply Made Time To See One Another, No Matter How Great The Distance Was


One of Hollywood's golden couples, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, also found themselves dealing with long distance at one point of their relationship and successfully coming out stronger together. Although they now have a beautiful home together in Brooklyn with their two daughters, Krasinski once proved his commitment to Blunt through a lot of flight time.

He flew every weekend from Montreal to London and back again to visit Blunt while was working on Mary Poppins Returns and he was filming Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. According to Time, he once told People in an interview, “Family for me, it’s a non-negotiable thing. So if I’m honest, I was shooting 6,000 miles away from them, and I flew back every single weekend.”

3 Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton Engage In Social Media PDA While They're Apart


Former co-judges on The Voice Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are absolutely adorable together and totally in love. Since both of them are musicians, they frequently video chat due to touring schedules and conflicts in their schedules. Their other solution? Social media PDA where they gush about one another for the world to see.

According to The Loop, back in 2016 when Stefani was in New York performing on SNL, Shelton had to be in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards. He, of course, kept tabs on her performance throughout the evening and took to Twitter multiple times to gush about her!

2 Gwyneth Paltrow And Chris Martin Tried To Do Everything As A Family No Matter How Far Away They Were


Although actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay crooner Chris Martin aren't a couple anymore, the duo had a very intimate 13-year marriage, one that, to this day, sees the duo on brilliant terms, co-parenting their children together. According to People, the couple frequently had to divide their time between their homes in London and Los Angeles as Martin found himself working on albums, and Paltrow had her acting to worry about.

They somehow always made time to come together as a family and prioritize raising their children. A source close to the couple revealed, “They made an effort to be there for their kids at their activities, and though they had [crazy] schedules they were always around together in L.A."

1 Amanda Seyfried And Dominic Cooper Used To Use Skype To Stay In Touch And Pretended They Were In The Same Room


Mamma Mia! co-stars and once-adorable-duo Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper had to ride the waves of their long distance relationship for years. While Seyfried spent most of her time in America, Dominic was U.K.-based, and as often as they tried to meet up, they had to rely on their computers, more specifically, Skype.

As she once explained to People, " We don’t even sit in front of the computer. The other day, I was cleaning, he was cleaning. We couldn't see each other – we were just scrubbing away and talking like we were in the same room.” At the end of the day, trying to minimize that physical distance by being as close as possible via screens seems like a logical solution!

Sources: Us Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, People

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