Rebecca Gibney has revealed that the secret behind her long and loving marriage is friendship, not fireworks.
The Australian actress tells this week’s issue of Stellar that her 22 years with husband Richard Bell have been filled with support and comfort.
‘You’ve got to have an open line of communication, an honesty – and really be prepared to answer hard questions and discuss hard things’ the 58-year-old said.
‘Richard has been through menopause with me now and just stuck by me. I was able to express what I was going through. He’s always been my best friend.’
She went on to explain that because the pair found love ‘later in life’ in their 30s they knew what they wanted from a relationship.
Rebecca Gibney (pictured) has revealed that the secret behind her long and loving marriage is friendship, not fireworks
‘You realise that it’s not about the fireworks and all that. Certainly we had that, but we both knew going into it we wanted the long-term thing’ she said.
‘You know, maybe the romance might wane, [but] compromise is key as well. You have to be able to step back and go, it is better to be kind than right sometimes? Get your ego, your pride out of the way.
‘This argument, is it going to matter in five minutes, five years, 50 years? Probably not. So, you know, take your foot off the gas.’
Rebecca and production designer Richard married in 2001 and share a teenage son, Zachary Edison Bell, 19.
The Australian actress tells this week’s issue of Stellar that her 22 years with husband Richard Bell have been filled with support and comfort. Both pictured
The star pair tribute to her family during Christmas back in 2016.
‘All I want for Christmas I already have. A family I love with all my heart’ she wrote.
‘A husband I have adored for nearly 17 years and continue to adore today without question.’
She continued: ‘A son that is kind, funny, clever, loving, (did I mention kind?). My health which for the most part has been great ( apart from a reminder I’m not as young as I used to be!).’
‘A beautiful home loaned to us by beautiful people. Old friends I cherish and new ones that feel like home. A life that is blessed in more ways than one’.
Rebecca and production designer Richard married in 2001 and share a teenage son, Zachary Edison Bell, 19. Pictured in 2002