Whether it be the relationship between father and daughter, brother and sister, husband and wife or best friends, there is a unique bond between a man and a woman that have supported each other, loved each other and cared for one another through the years. We find out what these power duos had to say about one another
The minute Rania walked in, I knew it right there and then. For me, it was, and I know it sounds a bit corny; it was love at first sight. She has a natural ability to reach out. We really work as a team. She covers areas that I am unable to dedicate much time to.
I knew he was King Hussein’s son, and I was a bit wary of that. But I think he was quite interested, and he pursued it and it kind of happened. I mean, at the beginning, it was a bit intimidating to think of, you know, meeting a prince and falling in love with a prince. But I think it was just a boy meets girl kind of story. We always say that we’re each other’s biggest fans and also biggest critics, which is a good partnership! We’ve been married now for 13 years, going on to 14, and we’ve never been more comfortable with each other and happier. We have a very strong relationship. We make sure to go to restaurants or go catch a movie somewhere, drive our own cars. He’s very proud of his ability to produce the best steaks and the best burgers.
She’s my closest friend and my most important advisor. Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something strong between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.
I don’t lose sight of the fact that he’s the president, but first and foremost he’s my husband, my friend, and the father of my children. That didn’t change with his hand on the Lincoln Bible. But it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the gravity of what he’s doing. The way I can honor that is by working by his side and adding value to what he’s doing in any way that I can. That’s my part in this. That’s why I’m out there trying to be an aid and a support to his vision and his values. I am supporting the president of the United States.
Whenever I had trouble, she was a rock in our family. I trust her with my life, and have on more than one occasion. I was the youngest former governor in American history in 1980 on election night. I got killed in the Reagan landslide. People I had appointed to office would walk across the street, they were so afraid of the new regime in Arkansas, and would not shake hands with me. My career prospects were not particularly bright. And she never blinked. She just said, Hey. It’ll turn around. I believe in you. You’ve got this.
I feel that we always had a close relationship. It doesn’t mean that we haven’t disappointed each other or fallen short in some way because, of course, we each have in everyday life. There are things that you do or fail to do. I feel very blessed to have a partner in life who supports me, who is enthusiastic about what I want to do, who has been a great father and who will be a fabulous grandfather.
I think it’s wonderful that celebrities would choose to spend their time or energy or, you know, the spotlight that they have to raise awareness about these causes. I don’t really see myself in the same way because I’m still doing the same job that I used to do before. If there’s more attention paid – for whatever reason – to that, then I think that’s good. I think there is a certain responsibility that comes with that. And you know, I think I’m exercising it in an appropriate manner by continuing to do this kind of work.
She’s an amazing human being, and she’s caring. And she also happens to be one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. And she’s got a great sense of humor. There are a number of reasons why. I’m always very proud of her when I see her speaking at the International Court of Appeals in Strasbourg, you know, with her robe on. There is no question in my mind but that my wife is smarter than me – and I’m thrilled by it!
Love the god and the devil in your partner. And that’s the truth. You have to be able to sit as close to someone when they’re in the light as when they’re in the dark. You have to be friends. Having that understanding allows me to look at Will as a man and as this beautiful other worldly creature and to be able to walk with him hand-in-hand and for him to be able to look at me in the same way, takes a lot of love, depth and friendship.
We’ve been married 20 years and we’ve been asking ourselves [what’s the secret to marriage] and really at the end of the day it’s just not quitting. You can’t expect it to be easy, it’s like our marriage was the most difficult, grueling, excruciating thing that we have ever taken on in our lives. And you know were just not quitters. If there is a secret I would say it is that we never went into working on our relationship. We only ever worked on ourselves individually, and then presented ourselves to one another better than we were previously.
It’s more like I have a terrible cold and I call him to say, ‘I have a terrible cold, I’m jetlagged, I’m in London’. He’s like, ‘I know a doctor, he’ll come to your hotel, here is his number’. As an actor, I have a lot of respect for him but we are very different so don’t really get into talking about roles and the way we work. When you have an existing relationship that is an intense one – like a brother and sister, that existing relationship has to go into the work. I would like to work with him some day, I don’t think it is the time yet to be completely honest. With Jake, it would be so intense – we’d have to be in the right hands with a director we could trust and a script that we could rely on. That is hard to find, you could look for that for a lifetime.
I am inherently a little brother – that’s just my nature. It has to do with my sister being very strong and wanting to protect me. It’s the natural order of things. That’s the way my sister feels about me in every aspect of my life – my work, my relationships. Women have to pass her test. That’s very hard for girlfriends. But I love that about Maggie. When we were younger, there was a typical sibling competition between us. She was always telling me what to do. I always lost – no matter what. We would put on a performance of Cats and I would be the poor lone cat sitting in the corner while my sister performed. I never got to be the star. But I really don’t feel that competition any more. We are very different people. We care about seeing each other; we want to inspire each other.
He knows me better than anyone else in the world. Lots of male friendships begin as a cheeky snog. Or a little
undercurrent of flirtation. But Leo and I? No. He’s my rock… I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t had him. He’s a solid, loyal person. He’s a great friend, he always has been, and not just to me, but to everyone around him. I think he’s more handsome than he’s ever been. And he feels, to me, the most settled he’s ever felt, in himself, right now, which is quite strange, really, given that there’s a lot happening around him. I think the reason that friendship works is because there was never any romantic thing. He always saw me as one of the boys; I’ve never really been a girly-girl. We needed each other to lean on because we were very young and working all kinds of crazy bloody hours, and it was a shock to the system.
She’s the greatest person. She’s so genuine. I love that girl. She’s one of my closest friends and feels we can say anything to each other. We were both just kids of 21 when we made Titanic all those years ago. But, even then, Kate seemed more mature and worldly than I was. I cried on her shoulder many times as we found the demands of filming under the director James Cameron so tough. We have never not been friends since that time. I speak to her all the time. But friends – not lovers. We laugh at the same things. She never lets me take myself seriously, even if I wanted to. We have a special magic. We have the ultimate trust and the best of intentions for what we want to do. Kate is like a detective in the way she researches her character. She is committed, professional and probably the most talented actress in the business right now. Our own relationship? I would describe it as goofy. We are a little bit older, a little bit wiser but ultimately the same people as we were when we were 21.
When I was out of the team I used to travel with her to tennis events because I had lot of free time and she used to say the same thing ‘keep working hard and when you get the opportunity take it.’ She encouraged me to keep playing and to still think I had plenty of cricket left in me. That is what I did. When you are look at her and how well she is doing you get inspired and you want to do well as well as her. At times you are not able to talk and share your thoughts or feelings with someone in the team and I am lucky to have Sania. She gives me that required cushion where I can discuss things with her at a sportsman’s level and get good advice. I know how hard she has worked for her success and it has also driven me to do the same in cricket.
Obviously, my James Bond is in Pakistan, my husband, Shoaib! We both want to make the most of our career right now; after a while we might retire, then we’ll have a lot of time to ourselves, so right now, we’re concentrating on work. We live very high-pressure lives, and have very high-pressure jobs. A lot of people have one deadline to meet in a month and they end up pulling their hair out. But we have deadlines to meet every single day, and in our country it is considered to be a national crisis when we lose a match. Put that into two and make it a relationship, a couple, and it becomes very difficult. We both understand our priorities though. As long as we’re both playing, we know what needs to be done. That’s something that we were very clear on even when we were seeing each other, before we got married, and it’s remained that way. But that’s how it is; duty calls and you have to make those sacrifices if you want to become the best in the world.
I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn’t something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn’t going to let that happen. To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing. I think for as much as it speaks about my strength, he made it very, very clear to me that what he loved, and what was a woman to him, was someone who was smart, and capable and loved her family. To be clear: we have fights and problems like any other couple. We have days when we drive each other absolutely mad and want space.
She has always been the brave, bold individual that I fell for – and sexy as ever. There was no vanity to my wife’s approach. It was mature. ‘This is our life and we’re going to make the best of it.’ There was strength in that. It was just another one of those things in life that makes you tighter, and she was doing it for the kids, and she was doing it for her family so we could be together.
As my first child and a daughter, she will always be special to me. Daughters are not a cause for tension but are equal to ten sons! Priti is dynamic, knowledgeable and caring. I have always admired her ability to do justice to her roles in life, both professional and personal. In fact, there were instances where she demonstrated more maturity than I would have, had I been in her position. She has the ability and strength to take up new challenges and handle them strongly and successfully. She is my biggest strength and my rock star! And I am proud of her.
That I am the daughter of a famous person occurred to me much later in life. All through my growing up years, all I knew was that I had a very intelligent and busy father. I would tell myself that I hope I grow up to be like him! Today, he is my role model. Even at his age, he is hard working and tireless in his effort to contribute to the society. And yet manages to be there for everyone. We form a support system for each other and I am so proud to be his daughter.
I wouldn’t say my legacy weighs on me; it motivates me. We are like employees, working around the clock and evolving daily. The spirit of collaboration and learning is very high among both of us. When my siblings and I are all home, we always have dinner together. But Isha and I share a special bond.
Akash entered this world exactly a minute after I did, so all my life I will be one full minute more experienced
than him. He is my key mentor in life, his perspective is always unique. We give each other space. Akash has the outgoing, warm, exuberant persona while I am more inward and shy so we complement each other.