Who needs marriage when you’re in love? Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been “dating” for 37 years now with not a wedding ring in sight. And they couldn’t be happier.
The couple is proof that love takes all different forms. While it is an institution, marriage isn’t required for a long and happy relationship together.
“You’ve just got to want to be together,” Hawn told PEOPLE. “I don’t think there’s any way other than do it.”
Like many great love stories, Hawn and Russell first met in 1966. But they didn’t start dating until almost two decades later. They met on the set of the musical “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band.” But they didn’t reunite until they starred in the romantic comedy “Swing Shift” in 1983.
“Then you get to know somebody and you begin to find that, yeah, you do share things in common deeply. Hey, listen, it goes where it goes,” Russell told the outlet.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Started Dating in 1983
Before they started dating, Russell and Hawn were previously married. Russell married Season Hubley in 1979 and divorced her in 1983. The couple share one son together. Meanwhile, Hawn had been married twice during her life. Her second marriage to Bill Hudson lasted from 1976 to 1982 and produced two kids – actors Kate and Oliver Hudson.
The two started dating on Valentine’s Day in 1983. Three years later their son Wyatt was born. Over the years, the two have appeared in movies together including “Overboard” and most recently “The Christmas Chronicles” films. Their son Wyatt also followed in the family business.
“Well, we’re not at 40 years yet. Our children got married. I mean, they didn’t not get married. Oliver’s very happily married and Wyatt’s very happily married,” Hawn said. “Katie got married once and that didn’t work, and she’s with this most amazing human and I don’t know if she’ll marry again. The point is that we all tried marriage and sometimes, marriage doesn’t work.”
Both Hawn and Russell said they don’t need a marriage certificate to confirm their love for each other.
“It’s OK, it’s not about the marriage. It’s about the people and the relationship, and the will to stay together,” Hawn continued. “And that’s a big one because if you want it, you can have it. You’ve got to give things up, but the joy and the excitement of being together and touching the toes of somebody at night is really a nice feeling.”