In today’s world of change and knee-jerk decisions, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the commitment of couples who withstand the test of time.
Much-loved actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson certainly fall into this category.
Over a period of three decades, Hanks and Wilson have supported each other through thick and thin, raised children and continued to provide the world with happiness and warmth.
When their 30th anniversary came around, Rita decided to pay tribute to her husband in the best way she knew how.
Prior to being a couple on the Hollywood A-list, Tom and Rita were just two common souls who found love in one another.
Hanks himself had recently divorced his first wife, Samantha Lewe, and was concerned about getting serious with another woman.
In an interview with the “Sooo Many White Guys” podcast, Hanks revealed just how he felt about Rita the first time he met her:
“I will say that right from the get-go, I thought there was something crazy great about her. I met her and I thought ‘Oh Lord’… there’s something cookin’ here.”
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Turn the clock forward 31 years and their love for one another remains as strong as it ever was.
To pay testament to their enduring relationship last year, Rita shared a throwback cardboard-cutout of their wedding day, with both her and Tom stood beside it as they are now.
On Instagram, she wrote the caption: “April 30, 1988 – April 30, 2018. Thirty on Thirty Golden Anniversary. Keeping love alive with @tomhanks #wedding #love #weddinganniversary #thirtyyears”
Tom recently told PEOPLE Magazine, that the pair can’t really attest their longevity to any sort of secret.
“I wish there was a secret, you know. We just like each other. You start there… I still can’t believe my wife goes out with me. If we were in high school and I was just funny, I’d never have the courage to talk to her…
“They say it must be hard work. No, it’s not. Every now and again you know, you gotta get over some stuff but life is one damn thing after another and it’s actually more pleasant to be able to go home with someone you like to spend time with in order to get with it.”
When Tom was asked about his marriage by US Weekly, he had additional answers:
“We got married, we committed to each other, we love each other and we work hard at our relationship… Not only do we love each other, we really like each other, and we like being together, and we support each other and we keep the communication channels open. That’s always important.”
One of the toughest times in their relationship was when Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.
Thankfully, the doctors discovered it on an early stage and Wilson was able to undergo treatment. Of course Tom Hanks was there for her every step of the way.