Tom Hanks Talks About Falling In Love With Rita Wilson While Being Married And Shares The Moment He First Felt A Bond With Her

Date December 2, 2019

The rule generally is that when you meet the love of your life, you should both be single. But this isn't always the case.

Tom and Rita

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's marriage have been hailed as inspirational.

The couple has been married since 1988 and over three decades later, they are still in love. While speaking to Oprah in 2001, Tom said that the key to their successful marriage is maturity and their "willingness to have an intimate connection."

A complicated beginning

As candid as Tom Hanks was about his love for Rita, he also isn't shy about discussing the tough aspects.

In a 2006 interview with Esquire, Tom confirmed that he fell in love with Rita while he was still married to first wife Samantha Lewes.

Tom and Samatha got married in 1978, but the actor began an affair with future wife Rita while they were filming Volunteers. Sharing the moment he and Rita first felt a bond, he said;

Rita and I just looked at each other and - kaboing - that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn't be denied.

He also admitted that this first meeting and instant connection happened while he was still married;

Well, yeah, I did happen to be married at the time. And there's nothing to celebrate about that.

Samantha's death

After her divorce from Tom, Samantha kept a low profile and quietly raised their children Colin and Elizabeth.

Sadly, she was later diagnosed with bone cancer, a disease that eventually took her life in 2002.

The children she had with Tom are, however, thriving. Colin is a successful actor while Elizabeth is doing well for herself in the acting industry as well.

As for Tom and Rita, the pair have two kids together, Chet and Truman. By all indications, they remain a happy family.

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