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Is being married necessary? Not according to Diane Kruger, the actress of Inglourious Basterds and National Treasure fame. In the March issue of Glamour, Kruger has this to say about marriage:
Without sounding pessimistic, I learned that I don't believe in marriage. I believe in a commitment that you make in your heart. There's no paper that will make you stay.
And Kruger speaks from experience. She was married at the age of 25 to French actor and director Guillaume Canet. Their marriage lasted just five years.
Since 2006, Kruger has been with boyfriend Joshua Jackson but says they have no plans to tie the knot.
And they're not the only celebrities that seem to feel that way.
These celebrity couples, in long-term relationships, don't seem to be in a hurry to make their unions legal either:
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis: The two have been together for over 12 years and have two children. Depp has said that he doesn't need the formality of a legal document but that if Paradis wanted it, they would get married.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: A couple since 2005, Jolie and Pitt have been very vocal about not getting married until everyone is given marriage equality. Both have been married before (Jolie twice and Pitt once) and they have six children.
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves: After 5 years and two children together, McConaughey, known for playing the unmarried lead in more than a few romantic comedies, and Alves, the host of Bravo's Shear Genius, are still unmarried. Alves has pressed McConaughey to make their relationship legal, partly for financial security for the kids, but so far, it hasn't happened.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell: Having been together for almost 30 years, these two are the original unmarried long-term Hollywood couple. Both were married prior to beginning their relationship and have children from those relationships as well as a son together. Hawn has said that she likes knowing that their relationship is a choice.
Obviously, not being married works for these couples and others who have long-term relationships without the legality of marriage. Not being married wouldn't work for me. I don't judge those who choose to forgo marriage but I guess I'm just traditional at heart. Traditional in the way that you can be if you've been divorced and remarried. It just feels right.
Is being married part of your must-have in a long-term relationship?
Image via Glamour