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OPRAH WINFREY & STEDMAN GRAHAM
Although they've been committed to each other since 1986, the legendary talk show host and her boyfriend have vowed to never walk down the aisle — and attribute their successful relationship to that promise. “The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, ‘What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?’ And the answer is: ‘We wouldn’t be together.’ We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world,” she told Vogue.
“His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional,” she said, “and I would not have been able to fit into that.”
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GOLDIE HAWN & KURT RUSSELL
While we're still swooning over the actors' sweet PDA and love story, the couple — who've been together since 1983 — say they're much happier not being married than they would be if they did tie the knot. "A lasting relationship isn’t about marriage," Hawn told Porter. "It's about compatibility and communication. And you both need to want it to work. If one person does not want it to work, it isn’t going to work. Intention is the key."
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RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES
In their six years together, Gosling and Mendes — who met on the set of 2011's The Place Beyond the Pines — have become doting parents to daughters Esmeralda and Amada. "Eva's the dream mother, and they're dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I'm having right now," Gosling told GQ in 2016.
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RUTH NEGGA & DOMINIC COOPER
The private couple first met on the set of Phédre in 2009 before embarking on an almost decade-long relationship — and they're still going strong! The pair even star alongside one another in AMC's The Preacher. "It would be so lonely if he wasn’t there," Negga told The Edit of working with her off-screen beau. "People say, ‘Never go out with an actor.’ But if you were with someone with a normal job, and one of you had to go away, how would that work?”
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LENA DUNHAM & JACK ANTONOFF
The Girls creator and musician first met on a blind date in 2012, and have been together ever since. And while the couple's five-year relationship equates about 20 years by Hollywood standards, Antonoff told New York he has no plans to get married anytime soon — but kids aren't off the table. “It’s hard to imagine when the right time is, because things are so crazy at the moment,” he shared in 2014. “[Having kids] just seems like the most fun thing in the world. I’ve never met people who have kids who haven’t looked me in the eye and been like, ‘It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened.’ ”
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ROSE BYRNE & BOBBY CANNAVALE
Byrne and the Master of None star have been dating since 2012 and co-starred in Spy, Annie and Adult Beginners after first linking up. The longtime loves also share two kids, a newborn baby and 1½-year-old son Rocco. Although the new parents have not exchanged vows, rumors of a possible engagement did swirl in fall 2016 after Byrne was photographed wearing a diamond ring on that finger.
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RICKY GERVAIS & JANE FALLON
After more than 30 years together, Gervais and girlfriend Fallon, whom the comedian met while the pair were still in college, are not interested in tying the knot. "I don't think there's any point to us getting married," Gervais once told David Letterman, jokingly adding: "We don't want any more toasters, we never want our families to meet, that would be terrible."
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JOHN CORBETT & BO DEREK
When asked what the secret to Corbett and Derek's thriving longterm relationship is, the Sex and the City star was quick to share his No. 1 tip with The Huffington Post: "Don't get married." He expanded, saying: "I have a lot of friends that get divorces. It becomes this whole thing."
In all seriousness, the longterm loves — they've been dating since 2002 — have talked about marriage, though they've continued to land on the same conclusion. "We don't have children and we’re not young, so there isn't that pressure or need to get married," Corbett shared.
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