In pop culture, marriage is often portrayed as a death sentence. On any given sitcom, for example, a husband and wife are depicted as giving up fun, joy, and spontaneity for the shackles of fidelity, in-laws, and responsibility. They get eternal love in the exchange, but somehow the screenwriters manage to make even that seem unappealing. So the words “I do” can seem like a vice, binding us to an imagined future of servitude, mortgages, and bills, bills, bills.
But a wave of celebrity couples have been in these streets proving that marriage is actually pretty hot, shattering all your stereotypes and preconceived notions. Nowhere was that clearer than this week’s VMAs, where the debut of Kanye West’s "Fade" video featured Teyana Taylor and her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert, in one of the hottest shower scenes of all time. West himself watched the premiere from the Madison Square Garden audience, where he and Kim shared laughs and sexy glances.
I first really began to notice the trend when Beyoncé dropped the video for her 2014 banger “Partition.” In it, she’s every man’s fantasy — dancing in cages, fooling around in limos, wearing stunning lingerie — but it’s all for hubby Jay Z, and she makes that clear by featuring him in the clip. These OTPs and a few more hot married celebrity couples will shatter everything you thought you knew about marriage.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s relationship doesn’t even need an explainer, but here goes. The couple tied the knot in 2013, and have shared numerous tales of their wildest moments with the world, from joining the mile high club to accidentally admitting to a frisky rendezvous at an Obama event. Needless to say, their relationship is definitely not short on fun or passion.
Beyoncé and Jay ZGiphy
Fans were briefly concerned about the state of their union after Beyoncé dropped Lemonade, but there seems to be nothing but true love between these two. The couple brought all new attention to their “private” life in 2014 with the steamy music videos for “Partition” and “Drunk in Love” — and made surfboards sexy in the process.
Steph and Ayesha Curry
The Currys are probably one of the cutest couples in the history of mankind and their family is pretty much straight out of a storybook. Their matrimony shows that even after five years, marriage can still be sweet and giddy. #Goals
Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan TatumAxelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images
Here’s another adorable duo: Channing and Jenna are arguably one of the most beautiful couples to walk a red carpet. They met 10 years ago on the set of Step Up and never forgot where their romance began. They even recreated one of the most iconic moments from the movie for its 10-year anniversary, because that’s what super-cute marrieds do.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
The Wilsons are freshly wed, and their courtship-to-marriage story has been nothing if not headline-making. They publicly shared their commitment to abstinence before marriage, but that didn’t stop them from slaying red carpets and taking stunning tropical vacations. The day after their wedding, they took to Snapchat to let the world know they were very much enjoying the fruits of wedded bliss ~wink, wink~
Teyana Taylor and Iman ShumpertGiphy
Beyond the pure fire that is the “Fade” video, Taylor and Shumpert are a gorgeous couple with electric chemistry. Their deep love for each other radiates from every heartfelt thing they say about each other in interviews and online, and that’s why their shower scene was too much for mere mortals to handle. If those 22 seconds didn’t convince you that marriage can be third-degree burn levels of sexy, then I don’t know what will.