Hollywood Love Stories
Mariah says Nick's proposal was "the best." When Mariah made history for having the most number one hits, the Empire State Building was lit in her favorite color to celebrate. Nick seized the moment. "I was like, 'Okay, we need to celebrate that on the roof at the apartment,' so I had all these pink yet lavender balloons," he says.
A self-confessed "candy crackhead," Nick also made sure there were plenty of pink and lavender lollipops on hand. "I opened up a Ring Pop first ... and then I give her one, and she was like, 'It feels like mine is broken,'" he says. "I was just like: 'Let's just open it. It's a festive moment.' And she opened it and her ring was in there."
Nick couldn't be happier she said yes. "I always say I spoke it into existence. The power of faith," he says. "I wake up feeling like the luckiest, most blessed man every morning."
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"Usually when Angie's shot [for a magazine] she's seen as a femme fatale, and she does that very well. But she also has the biggest heart and just inexhaustible spirit and sweetness and goodness," he says. "She's an inexhaustible mother and great grace and the real glue of the family."
Nicole says she loves being married. "I'm the marrying kind. I like to be married," she says. "Really, for me, I feel safe and I feel protected. I like to have my man that I focus on."
"He's a phenomenal, phenomenal man. I've never met a man like him, and I don't know if I ever will again, " she says. "He's unbelievably fun, he loves everybody and everybody loves him. He is charming beyond belief, he is sexy and talented. But he's so kind and he's so compassionate. He's so easy with me—and I'm not perfect."
"We are different, but then I think that we're so different in many ways that it makes us so compatible," Seal says. "We're polar opposites, if you like."
Heidi says she fell for Seal the moment they met...and it didn't hurt that he was wearing form-fitting bicycle shorts at the time. "I was physically, straightaway attracted to him, and then we got talking, and I was like, 'Wow, he's such a warm and charming man,'" she says.
After a romantic proposal on a Canadian mountaintop, the pair said "I do" on a beach in Mexico in 2005. This was their first wedding, but it wasn't their last! Every year on their anniversary, Seal and Heidi get married all over again.
"We do the ceremony again every year," Seal says. "It just keeps you focused. It reminds you why you got married—not that we need any reminding."
Amy impressed Vince so much that he wrote the song called "All About a Smile" in her honor. "I thought when I walked away that I'd just seen the most beautiful smile I'd ever seen in my life," he says.
When they met, both Amy and Vince were married to other people. Years later, after both of their marriages ended, they reconnected. In 2000, the couple married in Tennessee. "I was glad he was in the world, and now I'm glad I wake up with him," Amy says. "That's how I feel."
Unlike the stars who break up in the blink of an eye, Holly and Rodney have been together for more than a decade. To commemorate their 10th year of marriage, Holly and Rodney renewed their vows in Las Vegas with 70 friends and family. All four of their children participated in the ceremony.
"We were proud," Rodney says. "Where we live in Hollywood and L.A., people are breaking up left and right. For us to be together for 10 years, we were, like, 'Let's celebrate that.'"
Over the years, marriage has taught Rodney to be a better communicator. "We have to understand where the women are coming from," he says. "We have to express our feelings and not just run out the door and just keep everything inside. ... She's my best friend, so who else better to talk to about [things] than my best friend?"
"I just love him to bits," she said. "He's just a great human being. And to see him now as a father—that is the greatest thrill of my life, is watching him be a father to my children."
In fact, Danny is the biggest thing Julia said she has in common with her oldest son, Phinnaeus. "He is as in love with Danny as I am. So Danny walks in the house, and we're pushing each other out of the way to get to him first," Julia said. "I love to have someone on the planet who understands how I feel when Danny walks in the door."
Since marrying Danny, Julia says she's come into her own. "He gave me that freedom and that confidence and that support to just do it right."
So what did they do to celebrate? Shortly before the big day, Sarah Jessica predicted that they'd probably cook dinner and spend a better part of the evening with their son, James Wilke.
One thing she said they wouldn't do is exchange gifts, because Sarah Jessica said there's nothing either of them need...but there was one thing she'd wanted. "I would love a note," she said. "Because a note, I'll have it forever."
After years of playing basketball, Grant suffered an ankle injury that almost cost him his career...and his life. In 2003, Grant developed a serious staph infection after undergoing an ankle operation. The infection nearly killed him.
Just when the Hills thought the tough times were behind them, Tamia received a frightening diagnosis of her own. After just four years of marriage, she learned she had multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the central nervous system. Tamia says she found comfort in knowing that Grant was by her side during this difficult time. "It's good to have a fighter on your side," she says.
Grant and Tamia have learned to lean on each other when times are tough and celebrate the little things in life, including their two little girls, Myla and Lael. "I think it's the everyday things we love about each other," Tamia says.
"He felt like home, you know?" Faith said. "He felt just like a great old T-shirt that [you] just never wanted to take off. You know that feeling ... I couldn't stay away from him. I couldn't stop staring at him, and I [still] can't stop staring at him."
When Faith and Tim are apart, she said she only sleeps in his white T-shirts to feel closer to him and smell him.
Courtney and Angela first crossed paths more than 20 years ago while attending graduate school at Yale University. She noticed the "alluring" Courtney, but he didn't remember Angela at all. After running into Courtney in 1994, the Oscar®-nominated actress got his attention and a date. "Dare I say, it wasn't memorable," Angela says. "He just seemed like a really, really nice guy, which translated [to] 'kind of boring.'"
But after a second date at the driving range, something clicked. Angela says she felt like a teenager after their first kiss, complete with "pinpricks and chills."
One year after that life-changing first kiss, Courtney and Angela married. The couple says their marriage is strong because they keep "God in the middle." Angela even had "GOD" inscribed on her wedding band. "I can only rely on his strength," Angela says. "I'll attempt to see [Courtney] even in those moments that aren't perfect, perhaps in a small way, the way God sees him."
"God blessed us to find love with each other and to have two wonderful children," Stevie says. "And God blessed her to have this talent of design."
Life can get chaotic, but Kai says she and Stevie always find time for each other. "Steve and I have very similar schedules," she says. "When we have some time within our schedule, he will call me and say, 'I'm on my way home. What are we having for dinner?' Or I will go see him—we find the time. We find the time because we love each other."
Over the years, Garth and Trisha continued to perform together and support one another through personal highs and lows, including Garth's divorce. In 2001, their friendship blossomed into a real-life love song. After being friends for nearly 20 years, Garth surprised Trisha in May 2005 with a marriage proposal.
In February 2006, Garth told Oprah how it feels to call Trisha his wife. "It feels great," he said. "It's still new to say, 'This is my wife, Trisha Yearwood.' ... It's nice. It's neat to get to marry your best friend."