Bridie WilkinsCelebrity engagements are extending way beyond the usual length, and from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth to Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, these couples are leading the way.
Though some celebrities are keen to tie the knot as soon after their engagement as possible, not everyone is in such a hurry. We’ve noticed a burgeoning trend in which the A-list are opting for an extended engagement period, with some leaving it years until they walk down the aisle. Whether for fear of commitment, lack of time or other unknown reasons we’re not sure, but it’s certainly becoming more popular. Here are all the celebrity couples who have done it so far.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth
Engagement length: 6 years
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth got engaged in 2012 but didn’t officially say I do until December 2018. The couple were on and off during this time and have since gone their separate ways with their divorce being finalised in January 2020.
Justin popped the question to Jennifer on her 41st birthday in 2012, but the couple didn’t make it official until 2015 at a private ceremony in Bel-Air. They went on to divorce after a mutual decision to split in 2018.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Engagement time: 2 years
Following seven years together and six children, Brangelina finally got engaged in 2012. They went on to tie the knot in France in 2014, but divorced in 2016.
Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy
Engagement time: 3 years
Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy got engaged a year after meeting in 2011. They had a son together, Binhgam Hawn, but didn’t actually make it down the aisle. They went their separate ways in 2014, and Matt went on to marry model Elle Evans five years later.
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson
Engagement time: 4 years
Jessica Simpson started dating NFL player Eric Johnson in May 2010. Eric popped the question in November, but the pair didn’t have their nuptials until 2014, when they had a weekend of celebrations in California.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Engagement time: 4 years
Kristen and Dax got engaged in 2010 but, as advocates for equality, they didn’t get wed until California made same-sex marriage legal in 2013. They opted for a small, private ceremony for the couple to enjoy alone.
Megan and Brian’s relationship had its ups and downs - they began dating in 2004, got engaged in 2006, but called it off in 2009. Almost a year later they got back together, and Brian proposed to Megan again. This time, they were husband and wife within a matter of weeks.
Isla Fisher began dating Sacha Baron Cohen in 2002. They were engaged by 2004, but waited another six years before walking down the aisle. During this time, Isla also converted to Sacha’s Jewish faith.
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham
Engagement time: 27 years
Oprah has been engaged to her longtime beau Stedman Graham since 1992, and is still yet to say I do. In fact, it sounds like she has no intention to. “I’m so glad I didn’t get married,” she told Access Hollywood in 2013. “If Stedman and I got married we would probably be divorced.”
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Engagement time: 7 years
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis got engaged in 2013 and are still yet to exchange vows. They share two children together but have previously spoken out about how their children show their commitment to one another. Speaking to The Edit, Olivia said: “Before you have a child, marriage is the ultimate commitment and promise to one another, and then once you have a child, it’s like, ‘Oh we’re committed and promised already’.”