In a relationship, there are always those wishing you two to split. So a lasting relationship is hard as there are many obstacles that you need to face day after day, month after month, and year after year. Keeping the relationship going is always a struggle. Now, a relationship is even harder for those, who are famous since there temptations all around surrounding them. This is what happened to Gene and Helen Edwards as they kept holding on to each other despite the temptations in their lives.
"We embrace, we kiss all the time," Gene said the two make a point to embrace at least a dozen times through the day. "I try to find a way to tell her how much I love her, and it comes right out of my heart how beautiful she is," Gene said.
The two are hard to separate. For an hour long of interview, the couple sits hip to hip on a full sized couch, never letting go of each other's hands. They got an everlasting love, which began in 1950. Gene was a 17-year-old Baptist minister in Texas, and Helen was the church secretary, only 19-years-old herself.
"I came into my office and there was a vase of roses on my desk with a note that said, 'Hey kid, I think you're cute.'"That was the first day that the two met and Helen found a gift on his desk. From that day on, they become close to each other. They dated for four years and married after that.
Like any other couples, the couple fights every now and then. There was a time when they have a big fight, but they were able to forget and forgive each other. "We had a pretty big fight," Helen remembers. "But we slept on it and had forgiven each other, and then a telegram had come in at my parents' house."
The telegram came from NBC-TV in New York. The TV network plans on showing the world, the perfect couple special day. They agreed with the broadcast of their wedding and soon enough, they become an instant celebrity because of the show "Bride and Groom", which was watched by more than 10 million people across the country.
"It was an amazing experience," Gene said. "At the end of the ceremony a crew came in and started removing all the facades and they said, 'You've got two minutes to get out of here Howdy Doody is coming in."
Now, after 60 years of marriage, they know that reality TV romances can work. Both of them have more than a dozen tips and pieces of advice for young couples, the greatest. Gene says that for a relationship to last, one must do whatever it takes to make the marriage work.
"Any marriage can be saved, and I mean any," he said. "This has been the hardest thing I'll have to do as long as I live on this Earth, but it has been worth every moment."