Celebs Who Are Still Married But Living Separate Lives

"'Till death do us part" is usually the general idea when two people set off to spend the rest of their lives together. Getting hitched is serious stuff, and both parties have to do their part to make a marriage work, but throw being a celebrity into the mix, and you have yourself a brand new set of problems. A-listers are always on the go: filming, recording, performing, posing for photo shoots, walking red carpets — an overload of different projects seems to be the norm, and for some power couples, making time for the whole marriage thing just isn't in the cards. 

Find out who's sleeping in separate beds, living in separate homes, or just playing parent on the weekends. Results are varied. In some cases, the rich and famous credit a healthy dose of isolation for the longevity of their unions, but in other instances, we're a little worried that distance may not necessarily make the heart grow fonder. From reality stars and sports figures to Oscar-winners and fashionistas, let's take a closer look at some celebs who are still married but seemingly living separate lives. 

These two stars are like next-door neighbors

Married since 1997, Sarah Jessica Parker and hubby Matthew Broderick credit time apart as the key to their union. Appearing on an episode of Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso (via Us Weekly), Parker spoke about their separate schedules. "I know this sounds nuts, but we have lives that allow us to be away and come back together," she said. "His work life takes him here, and mine takes me there. In some ways, I think that that's been enormously beneficial because we have so much to share in a way."

Even when they are home at the same time, it seems these two actors have plenty of personal space between them. According to Radar Online, the pair bought adjacent townhomes in 2016. "They've had some ups and downs and they decided that separate living areas were crucial to keep them together," a source dished. They've since renovated the homes and supposedly demolished the wall that divided the two properties while maintaining individual living spaces for one another. The insider said the Ferris Bueller star is "incredibly untidy" while Parker — in true Carrie Bradshaw style — "needs a meticulously organized dressing room suite for her clothes." Rumor has it, these two "still have dinner together and if the mood's right they'll have a 'sleepover...'"

Forget man cave. Danny Moder has his own surf shack

Oscar-winner Julia Roberts and cinematographer Danny Moder have been riding the waves of tabloid gossip about their relationship since their secretive wedding day on July 4, 2002. The scuttlebutt reached a fever pitch in July 2018 because the couple supposedly hadn't been spotted together in nine months! If you believe the rumors, the Homecoming star has even tried to bridge the distance between them by plunking down millions on perhaps the most expensive man cave in Malibu — a surf shack near their mansion. According to In Touch, Roberts spent $3.9 million to give Moder "his own incredible surf spot" and convince him to stop "going away on extended surf trips." The tab also claimed that a $6.84 million guest house across the street from their primary pad has become Moder's "refuge" when there's trouble in paradise. 

We can't decide if this sounds like a very expensive prison or a glorious staycation, but whatever kind of arrangement these two have between them, it's apparently working out just fine. In 2018, Roberts said Moder is still her "favorite human," calling him "the best decision I ever made."

Kanye West says he's 'never leaving' Chicago again

One of the most public couples in America,  Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian make headlines on the regular — Kardashian with her A-list family, reality show, and business ventures, and West for his musical prowess and unpredictable behavior. It's widely recognized that the "Gold Digger" singer rarely makes appearances with his wife on Keeping up with the Kardashians, but what's more interesting is that the two allegedly aren't appearing in one another's lives off-camera either. As an insider told Life & Style, the duo "not only sleep in separate rooms — [but] they are also leading separate lives at this point."

The alleged distance between Kardashian and West may continue to grow. After an event with Chance the Rapper in September 2018, West abruptly announced that he was moving to Chicago and "never leaving again." According to TMZ, sources close to the couple say West and Kardashian found a nest in the rapper's hometown but plan to keep their Los Angeles-based properties too. "Kim plans on spending more time in Chicago, but she isn't moving there full-time," a source told People. "Kim doesn't think a permanent move to Chicago benefits the kids. Also, Kim wants to be around her family as much as possible too." Hmm.

This isn't the first time this A-list couple has lived separately, and with West known to change his mind on the spot, who knows where these two globetrotters will end up!

Dolly Parton has a don't ask, don't tell policy

Practically unheard of in the world of the A-list elite, music icon Dolly Parton and her reclusive husband, Carl Dean, have weathered more than a half century of marriage! These two are rarely seen together, which leaves the door wide open to all sorts of speculation, and Parton seems happy to play along. When asked if she and Dean have an open marriage, the crooner had this to say (via the Daily Mail): "If we cheat we don't know it, so if we do cheat, it's very good for both of us." To put a finer point on it, if there is a "Jolene" in Dean's life, "I don't want to know it," she said. "...If I'm cheating on him, he wouldn't want to know it. And if we do, if that's what's making it work, then that's fine too."

When it comes to living separate lives, Parton has dished even more shocking dirt about their union. Can you believe her husband rarely attends the Grammy-winner's performances? She told Good Morning Britain that he sometimes tag along if she sings at a fair because "he loves to go ... to the tractor pull, go to the stockyards and do all that, so sometimes he'll ramble around and kind of hear me sing." She said Dean is proud of her, but "he doesn't go out of his way to play my records, let's put it that way." Gasp!

How to build a marriage on 'missed opportunities'

This adorable duo lives apart not by choice — but because their jobs require them to do so. Actor Bryan Greenberg (How to Make it in America) and reality star Jamie Chung (The Real World) have been enjoying marital bliss since 2015, but they call their relationship "unconventional" due to the time and distance that separates them. In a joint interview with Us Weekly, the couple admitted that its crazy work schedules even got in the way of dating. "It was kind of like a five-year process," Chung said. "It really was like missed opportunities, missed timings, different cities and then finally we ended up in the same city together."

Though they've tied the knot, Greenberg and Chung still spend plenty of time doing their own thing. "I think what works really well is that we're both fiercely independent," she said. "...I mean I spent six months in Atlanta and Bryan was working in New York..." Although long distance relationships are certainly hard, the duo said the success of its union hinges on trust. Greenberg says they focus on "enjoying the times" they spend together, however limited that may be. 

Ashley Graham calls long-distance 'exciting'

Model Ashley Graham and her cinematographer husband, Justin Ervin, have been happily married since 2010 and are absolutely slaying long distance. Graham reportedly spends most of her time working in New York City while Ervin films in Los Angeles. While most couples would hate the isolation, Graham told Entertainment Tonight that she adores their situation. "It's absolutely fabulous. I love it," she said. "We just meet in L.A. or New York. We meet in Paris, Miami. It's pretty sexy."

The Sports Illustrated model says the trick to keeping their love fresh is making the most of the intimate moments. "My husband and I don't see each other very often, and when we are out of alignment, which with every couple, it happens, we have sex and we get back into alignment," she told Us Weekly. Although she's decided that bedroom romps are the secret ingredient to a happy marriage, Graham admits that the tactic might not work so well if they weren't living separate lives. "If we both had 9 to 5 [jobs] and we saw each other every day, I don't know if [getting it on] would be my piece of advice," she said. Nevertheless, this good-looking duo is making makes long-distance look easy.

This polyamorous couple doesn't need your advice

Younger actor Nico Tortorella married his wife, fitness instructor Bethany Meyers, in 2018, but these two continue to thrive living fiercely independent lives. The nonconforming couple met in 2006, dated on and off for years, fell in love in Chicago, and both wound up working in New York, where Meyers teaches body-positive fitness classes, and Tortorella films his popular comedy-drama series. Certainly past the honeymoon phase, this Mr. and Mrs. apparently enjoy living polyamorous lives. In an interview with People, Tortorella said he and Meyers don't even live together, and although they FaceTime every day, they reportedly only see one another on a weekly basis.

While other people may judge this duo for the way it manages marriage, Tortorella is happy just the way things are. "People will be so quick to be like, 'This is how long we've been married. This is what works and what doesn't.' As much as we love hearing your stories, we're on our own path here," he said. 

Gwyneth Paltrow treads lightly around Brad Falchuk

After her conscious uncoupling with Coldplay singer Chris Martin after nearly 13 years of marriage, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow married producer Brad Falchuk in September of 2018. Paltrow told Marie Claire that she initially wasn't sure if she would ever remarry, but the Glee co-producer convinced her otherwise. "I met this incredible man, who made me think, no, this person is worth making this commitment to," she gushed. "I'm very much the marrying kind."

The Avengers star is definitely trying things differently the second time around. She told the Wall Street Journal (via Us Weekly) that she and her husband decided to continue living separately because of their kids. She has a daughter, Apple, and son, Moses, with Martin. Falchuk has a daughter, Isabella, and son, Brody, with his ex-wife. "We are still doing it in our own way. With teenage kids, you've got to tread lightly," Paltrow said. "It's pretty intense, the teenage thing." Apparently, that was the right call because an insider told Us Weekly that "the kids all really are liking each other." 

There's plenty of elbow room in the White House

The dynamic between a president and his first lady is always under the microscope, and much has already been written about the controversial chemistry between Donald and Melania Trump. A former White House official reportedly told The New York Times that the couple is not "particularly warm" and Melania supposedly "maintains a separate bedroom from her husband." She reportedly stays in separate hotel rooms when they travel, too.

According to W Magazine, the former model heads back to New York regularly to spend time with her sister, visit her hairstylist, and connect with her small circle of associates sans Donald. While the public has criticized Melania for maintaining a highly private life separate from the presidency, her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, presented another perspective. In an email to The New York Times, Grisham said Melania is simply "staying true to the independent woman that she is. This should be celebrated, not criticized. Her priorities remain her family, her personal health and her role as First Lady."

What's going on with Cardi B and Offset?

Rappers Cardi B and Offset have had a tumultuous relationship that routinely leaves their fans scratching their heads. They wed in secret in September 2017; gave birth to their daughter, Kulture Kiari, in July 2018; and kept the tabloids hopping with chatter about infidelity, breakups, makeups, and everything in between. While it's been hard to say where the couple stands at any given moment, there's no doubt that this duo has been living separate lives.

Offset opened up to Esquire in February 2019, admitting that he's trying to make amends with his wife. "It's been good. We're being more open to each other, raising our baby and taking things slowly," he said. According to TMZ, Cardi B has not only established space for herself but is also making sure there's a healthy dose of separation between her man and other women. He allegedly changed his phone "in order to show Cardi he's serious about being honest and faithful" and instituted a "no groupies" rule. Is it working?

Harper's Bazaar published an interview with Cardi B that same month that raised more questions than answers. She revealed that "Offset has been to her apartment, but they haven't seen each other and are 'not really' talking." When asked if she'll reconcile with her baby's father, the rap queen quipped, "Who knows? You never know, you can never tell."

Jamie Oliver, the 'weekend dad'

Jamie Oliver is a celebrity chef who's known for his healthy dishes and for being an all-around family man, but his work-life balance may surprise you. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, he revealed that his hectic work schedule leaves little time for his wife, Juliette Norton, and their five kids. "I'm mainly a weekend parent," he said. "I will get to the key school events but I'm flat out Monday to Friday and normally see the children a couple of nights during the week. I'm happy with that, I think they are fine with it."

Although this couple spends significant time apart, they've both raved about their roles as parents. Norton has praised Oliver for being a "hands-on dad," telling the Made by Mammas podcast (via Hello!) that she's "very happy" with her family life. As for Oliver? He told The Telegraph that he's "pretty much in awe of" his wife, calling her "as amazing as a mum could get." In fact, despite the significant chunks of separation, this duo is reportedly still musing about the possibility of expanding their lively little brood.

The Beckhams' home reportedly has 'his and her' wings

Soccer legend David Beckham and Spice Girl-turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham have been married since 1999, so they must be doing something right. According to one insider, their secret is a healthy dose of separation. A source told Us Weekly that David and Victoria are "leading very different lives" divided by homes in both the United States and England. Victoria supposedly prefers to spend her time in the U.K. working on her eponymous fashion line, while David allegedly "does his own thing." The duo reportedly even has "his and her" wings in its enormous mansion in Oxfordshire, England. "I think they quite like having somewhat separate lives," the source dished, except when it comes to their four children: sons Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz and daughter Harper. "The kids are the common bond that will keep them united," the insider said. 

Mr. and Mrs. Beckham are well aware that divorce rumors have surrounded them for years, but David says he's learned to ignore the naysayers, telling The Sunday Project (via BBC) that staying together is "always hard work, everybody knows that but you make it work."