In pictures: how Michelle and Barack Obama made it to their 21st anniversary

As Michelle Obama celebrates her 21st anniversary to Barack Obama on October 3, it's interesting to consider some relationship advice she gave to young girls in a US magazine a few years ago.

"Cute is good. But cute only lasts for so long, and then it's, 'Who are you as a person?'," she advised."Don't look at the bank book or the title. Look at the heart. Look at the soul."

Barack gives his First Lady some TLC and his jacket in the lift on the way down to Inauguration Gala of 2009


The US First Lady added: "When you're dating a man, you should always feel good. You shouldn't be in a relationship with somebody who doesn't make you completely happy and make you feel whole."

More than two decades after their relationship started with ice cream and a movie, they radiate togetherness – without ever glossing over the what she describes as the "continuous bumps" that any longterm relationship will inevitably experience.

Take a look at HELLO! Online's gallery of a romance that has lost none of its pizzazz on the journey from a modest, middle class Chicago home to the world stage.