"We've literally fallen in love over this period of time," the actor said

By Nicholas Rice
June 12, 2021 02:30 PM
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James Brolin and Barbra Streisand are stronger than ever!

During a virtual appearance on Friday's episode of The Talk, the 80-year-old actor opened up about his marriage to Streisand, 79 - with whom he will celebrate 23 years of marriage in July - and how the COVID-19 pandemic helped strengthen their years-long relationship.

"I like women who say their peace, and I'm a calming factor, and she gets me up and doing things I wouldn't normally accomplish. It's like a perfect situation, the two of us," he told co-host Sheryl Underwood.

"We, for a long time, were put out by COVID. And a lot of people, their marriages haven't gone well during these 15 months," he continued. "We've literally fallen in love over this period of time, just being stuck together every day and making it work."

Continuing, he added, "Neither one of us have ever gone out the door [after] an argument and we are good at talking things out. And 23 years is better than ever, I must say."

James Brolin, Barbara Streisand
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin
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The legendary singer married the Westworld actor on July 1, 1998 - two years after the pair were set up on a blind date.

"I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven," Streisand previously told W Magazine. "I asked him, 'Who screwed up your hair?' "

"He later told me that's when he fell in love with me," she added. "My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual."

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During his Friday daytime talk show appearance, Brolin was also asked by co-host Elaine Welteroth to share some ways in which he and Streisand surprise each other after knowing one another for so long.

According to Brolin, he will surprise his wife "every once in a while when it's not expected."

"I'll do a good piece of jewelry, and she's pretty picky, so they're not all what she would've picked out, but every once in a while I score," he said.