A lot of the time, we look at celebrity engagements and wonder how they could have happened so fast. After all, with the paparazzi following these people day and night, we know perfectly well that the now-engaged actress on the cover of Star Magazine was seen canoodling at The Ivy with another leading man just a few short weeks ago. However, there are still some amongst the glitterati who prefer to take their time in these matters. Here are just a few who can provide a good example for the rest.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are at the top of this list, with their impending nuptials just weeks away. The newest member of the royal family did her fair share of waiting while the Prince plucked up the courage to pop the big question. In fact, they were together for so long (well, anything over six months is considered a long time in the celebrity world) that the tabloids were starting to wonder in print if he was ever going to ask her. Luckily, they made it official last year, after only six years of dating and four breakups. But he made it up to her with a gorgeous ring (his mother’s), a royal wedding at Westminster Abby, and of course the title of Princess.
Others notable celebrity couples who managed to wait quite a while before entering wedded bliss include Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, who were together 12 years before they made it official, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, who rang in a 7-year relationship before their 2009 nuptials, and Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox, whose on-again off-again relationship charted six turbulent years before ending at the altar.
Of course, Oprah Winfrey really might win the prize. She and long-time boyfriend Stedman Graham have been together for 25 years (since 1986) apparently without the slightest inclination to marry. Some have speculated that it has to do with her fortune, while others gossip about how close she is to her friend Gayle. In any case, this could end up being the longest wait for a ring in history…that is if an engagement ever occurs. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn might just give her a run for her money, though (so to speak). They’ve been together since 1983, despite the lack of wedding bells.