Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz married in 2010. The doting parents have two sons. They also share their mutual first love, music. Both got into music when they were younger teens.
“We love each other. I mean, we hang out with each other and go to dinner together. Our family is one big, beautiful family,” Keys told ABC News. “It is a real thing, and it’s possible.”
Jerramy Stevens and Hope Solo
Soccer star Hope Solo gained major acclaim for her combination of exceptional athleticism on the field and flexibility within different soccer leagues. She even went to the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Olympic games for multiple years.
In 2012 she married NFL tight end, Jerramy Stevens. Despite them both being athletes, Solo is probably the better recognized of the two. Before their marriage, Stevens was suspected of some controversial acts against Solo, but the marriage went through, and the pair have been together ever since.
Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham
You may not be familiar with this pair who met in a Russian language class at university in 1960. However, you’ll know their son. When Ann Dunham became pregnant, Barack Obama, Sr. married her the following year.
Baby Barack Obama II was born on August 4, 1961. Dunham was 18, and Sr. was 24. Sr. was required to procure permission to marry a second wife. His first wife stayed in Kenya, pregnant with his first child, while he went off to study at the University of Hawaii. President Barack Obama saw his father once, at age 10.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Jessie Walmisley married at the cusp of the 20th century. He was a celebrated composer from Britain, and she was a pianist. They met in high school and married in 1899. Jessie’s parents were adamantly opposed to the union.
On the day of the wedding, Jessie’s parents welcomed Samuel into their home with a handshake. The couple faced intense racial issues. Sadly, Coleridge-Taylor passed away at the age of 37 due to exhaustion and other medical conditions.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were brave, indeed. It was taboo in the 40s for a white woman to marry a Latino man from Cuba. They pitched shows as a comedy duo, but doors closed on them. Finally, they opened their own studio, and “I Love Lucy” became one of the most iconic sitcoms on television. Desilu Productions was incredibly successful. It took on “Star Trek,” for example.
Unfortunately, Desi was unfaithful to his wife. She turned her head, resenting it, and he acted as if it was his right, refusing to stop. They were married for 20 years until the 1960 divorce.