'Like Marriage on Acid': Everything Celebrities Have Said About Their Relationships in Quarantine
The good, the bad and the adorable
Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon
"Even though we're married and we have a really good relationship, we don't get like, 'All right, now for an hour and a half let's really talk about how we're feeling,' " he explained. "We don't have that structured time to really check in with each other without any distractions, where all you have to do is listen, respond, and really have a conversation. It's so easy to kind of not do that. So that's been really good for our relationship and I'm really finding out stuff about her that I didn't know before, [like] what her coping strategies are. I think I'm better now at knowing.”
Meghan McCain & Ben Domenech
The View co-host opened up during the talk show's May 19 episode about what it's been like social distancing at home with her husband.
"Being in quarantine with your husband or significant other or being in quarantine with anyone, at least for me, has been like marriage on acid," said McCain, who is expecting the couple's first child. "You're spending 24-7 with just one person. And so, it's like, I knew all these things about Ben but, it's like, everything is heightened at like, the tenth degree."
The daughter of the late Sen. John McCain added that being able to trade viewpoints and discuss the news with her husband has made the time pass more easily.
"I will say that all I am glad about is that I married someone I want to talk to about the news all the time and I'm always interested in what he wants to say," she explained of her husband, a conservative writer. "Because it's become the baseline for our relationship right now. If we had nothing to talk about, which I've certainly dated men like that before, I would have certainly jumped out a window at this point."
Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith
During the April 29 episode of her Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk, which focused on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on relationships, Pinkett Smith opened up about how staying home has changed her own 23-year marriage to Will Smith.
"I gotta be honest. I think one of the things that I’ve realized is that I don’t know Will at all," she said.
She elaborated, "I feel like there’s a layer that you get to, life gets busy and you create these stories in your head and then you hold onto these stories and that is your idea of your partner, that’s not who your partner is."
Pinkett Smith said that she's now "going through the process of having to dissolve all of those stories and all the ideas of Will" that she has built in order to better understand him.
"This is intimacy," the actress said. "Just being able to get to who our loved ones are beyond that which we have perceived."
"The thing that Will and I are learning to do is be friends," she said, adding that for the moment, "Will and I are in the process of him taking the time to learn to love himself, me taking the time to learn to love myself and us building a friendship along the way.”
Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich
Hough and the former ice hockey player have been riding out the pandemic separately, a source revealed to PEOPLE in mid-April. "They are still together, but just not quarantined in the same place. Their relationship has always been like this, though — they like to do their own thing," the insider added.
The two-time Dancing with the Stars champion told Oprah Magazine’s Arianna Davis that she’s “been on [her] own” in the pair’s Los Angeles home, while Laich is at their property in Idaho “doing lots of yard work,” she said. “So we’re kind of doing our separate things right now. But it’s really been a magical time.”
Speaking over FaceTime with Extra on March 20, Hough said that she expected a lot of healing and growth would take place during this time spent at home — and alluded to addressing the ups and downs of her own two-year marriage.
“I think the best part about this … this is gonna be a time for a lot of healing, whether it’s personally, in relationships and friendships and families,” she said. “The universe was just like, ‘Let’s put people at home and figure their s— out.’ … And I’m not just saying Brooks and I, I’m saying life in general and this is the time to do that.”
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & Lauren Hashian
While answering a fan’s question about how social distancing has been affecting his marriage, the Moana actor gave some candid advice — as well as some insight into how things are going at home.
In a video posted to Instagram, he revealed that while the pair, who wed in a secret ceremony last August and share daughters Jasmine Lia, 4, and Tiana Gia, 2, “are going through dumb s—” and occasionally “get snippy” with one another, he feels overall that “the quarantine has had a very positive effect on my relationship and my marriage.”
In the video’s caption, he noted that he and wife Lauren “are doing our best during these stressful times. We realized kinda quickly how critical it was for us to be ultra considerate, caring and empathetic of one another. Be even better listeners. Even better communicators. Recognize that during these times, we’re not operating at full brain & emotional EQ capacity as we usually are.”
Sara Foster & Tommy Haas
Foster poked fun at the sorts of spats couples may be having at home in a series of videos featuring her and husband Tommy hilariously arguing over the use of the Peloton bike.
Joking that they “ran out of things to fight about” after “14 days quarantined” together, the clips focus on Haas — who is a professional tennis player — insisting the bike is only useful for non-athletes, while Foster eggs him on.
"What do you have against Peloton?" she asks.
“How many couples will make it through the quarantine? Asking for a friend,” the Barely Famous alumna jokingly captioned the videos.
Courteney Cox & Johnny McDaid
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s at-home Mother’s Day episode, the Friends actress revealed that her longtime love got stuck abroad before the coronavirus pandemic became a global issue, forcing the couple to spend their time in isolation separately.
"I have not seen him in so long," she said, aside from spending "a lot of time on FaceTime."
"But now it's like, oh my God, I just miss his physical touch, just all of it," she admitted.
"It's been hard," she added.
Kevin Bacon & Kyra Sedgwick
With one of the longest-lasting marriages in Hollywood, the actors — who wed in 1988 — revealed on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! that they’ve "never spent this much time together," and they’re learning quite a few new things about each other while staying home amid the pandemic.
"We often talk about how our crazy lives, we live out of suitcases, and how that's really part of what makes the marriage great," Bacon joked.
He added that he’s learned that his wife "has vacuuming skills that I never knew," and has a secret penchant for baking.
"She makes massive amounts of pound cake," the Footloose actor said. "I don't think I've even heard her say the words pound cake, literally in her life. And now all of a sudden, every two or three days, there's a pound cake coming out of the oven."
"It's breakfast of champions every morning," Sedgwick joked.
Meanwhile, Sedgwick’s discovered a habit of her husband’s that she doesn’t quite approve of: Not wearing pants around the house.
"[Kyra] wants me to put on pants, which I don't get!" Bacon said.
Priyanka Chopra & Nick Jonas
While the Quantico actress and her musician husband have been self-isolating at home together, they’ve worked on encouraging each other to "sharpen our creative skills and develop projects we want to produce," she shared in an article written for Vogue.
Chopra Jonas added that the singer has been giving her piano lessons.
"I’ve also started the piano — I make my husband teach me," the actress revealed. "I’ve never played, but I’ve always wanted to learn an instrument, so I make him give me a half-hour or 45-minute lesson every day."
Not only is Jonas an "in-house piano teacher," but he's also "an in-house physical trainer, and in-house writing partner," she added.
Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin
Baldwin shared that they’ve been practicing self-care in the form of their skincare routines.
"Justin has really really really nice skin naturally," she says in the video. "Over the last two years he has been struggling with ... adult onset acne breakouts."
"I’m super into skincare, especially because we’ve had a lot of time in this quarantine," she adds. "I told him that by the time we exit this quarantine he is going to have glowing perfect skin so we are going to work on that."
"And he’s very nice to let me…you know —" Baldwin says, before the “Intentions” singer jokes, “She’s been picking and prodding at my skin.”
“You’ve already helped me with my self-confidence, even just getting my skin to the way it is now,” Bieber tells her.
Jonathan Scott & Zooey Deschanel
“Let me tell you, I’ve been quarantined with the perfect person,” the HGTV star gushed to PEOPLE of his girlfriend of seven months. “Not only is Zooey an amazing cook, but she’s a musician, so our house is constantly filled with music.”
The Property Brothers star added that the New Girl actress has also proven to be skilled with a pair of scissors — which has come in rather handy while salons are closed.
“She cut and colored my hair and did an incredible job,” Scott admitted. “Better than I think the salon could do it.”
“I’m blown away, it’s really been wonderful,” he continued of spending time together amid the pandemic. “I think we’re just taking it one day at a time here and it’s a crazy thing nobody would have predicted,” he said. “But I’m glad that I’m with somebody that I love, and somebody who’s so talented.”
Peter Weber & Kelley Flanagan
This Bachelor is officially off the market! Nearly a month after first revealing that he was quarantining in Chicago with former contestant Kelley Flanagan — whom he said he was not dating at the time, although he could “see that in the future” — the pilot took their relationship Instagram official on May 2.
Speaking to Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin on their Bachelor Happy Hour podcast earlier on, Weber said, “You get to know someone quick like this.” He added, “I’ve definitely gotten to know her very well, everything that kind of makes her tick, and just annoys her, all that stuff. It’s been good.”
On Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Off the Vine podcast, he added, “We have just been enjoying each other’s time and company, I love being around her.” He continued, “She’s been so amazing, so patient with me. It’s exactly … what I needed in this kind of situation and I’m so grateful for her.”