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Famous Pairs. Who Loved Who The Most?


Here are a few of our favourite famous real life love stories. Read them and you’ll see, love ain’t easy.

Yoko & John. The Love That Split The Beatles.

In 1968, Beatle John Lennon left his first wife, Cynthia, for Yoko Ono – and most people did not approve. Yoko was criticized as an ambitious woman who pursued John. However, in the process, she lost access to her daughter, Kyoko, and gave up her art career. John was devoted to her, but the world treated her with scorn, and she caused further offence when he brought her into the Beatles’ world as a collaborator. It was the beginning of the end for the Beatles, whose relationship was already strained. But John and Yoko remained together until his death 1980.

Seretse Kama and Ruth Williams: The Prince And The English Girl.

He was an African prince and she was a middle-class British clerk, and when they married in 1948, it shocked Britain and Africa. Seretse Khama met Ruth Williams while he was a student at Oxford University, but his family disapproved and he was forced to renounce his claim to the throne. The British government also disapproved and Khama was exiled from his homeland. In the ‘60s, he led his country’s independence movement, becoming the first president of Botswana, and Ruth became popular among the people of Botswana.

Oprah and Stedman Graham: 32 Years’ Unwedded Bliss

Who is the man in Oprah Winfrey’s life? Is there even one? The answer is yes – he’s business CEO Stedman Graham and they’ve been together (but not married) for 32 years. “He’s the love of my life,” she says. “I do not know of another man on this planet who could’ve lived this life with such dignity, such grace and humility, and still hold his own.”

Liz Taylor and Richard Burton: Sixties Glamour & Excess

They were the most famous movie couple of the ‘60s. Glamorous ‘Liz and Dick’ starred together in 11 films, and led a lavish, jet-set lifestyle, spending millions on luxury and indulgence. The couple came to represent a new era of intrusive celebrity media coverage, where the more personal the story, the better. They divorced for the first time in 1974, but re-married in 1975. That marriage lasted less than a year, yet their relationship was often called the “marriage of the century.”

The Exiled Windsors: Edward and Wallis

It was the love that the Palace wouldn’t allow – back in the 1930s in Britain. As head of the Church of England, King Edward Vlll was not allowed to marry the twice-divorced American socialite, Wallis Simpson, so he gave up the throne, declaring that he was unable to carry out his duties as king “…without the help and support of the woman I love.” The stylish couple married in 1936 and lived in ‘exile’ in Europe and the USA, partying with high society.

Frieda and Diego: The Artists

Mexican painter Frieda Kahlo (b. 1907) became an artist after a serious car accident derailed her medical career aspirations. She met celebrated muralist Diego Riviera in 1927 when she joined the Mexican Communist Party and married him in 1928. It was a volatile relationship, though, but in spite of extramarital affairs and a divorce in 1939, they remarried the following year and stayed together until she died.

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