Barbra Streisand and James Brolin: Candid Look inside Their 21-Year-Strong Marriage

Bettina Dizon
May 21, 2019
03:16 A.M.
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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin revealed the secret to their long-lasting marriage, which involves having separate bank accounts. 

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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin are one of Hollywood’s longest power couples with successful marriages, without shying away from show business. Streisand was proud as she shared their secret with Extra about having a two-decade-long marriage.

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STREISAND’S SECRET

"The Dalai Lama says, 'Give truth with compassion...' I used to use truth as a weapon years ago, actually, 'Well, you look fat 'cause you're fat ... I'm telling you the truth.' Truth with compassion would say it a different way — I don't think you can take each other for granted," she said.

Streisand’s relationship tactics also involve doing small sweet things that can change the mood of her husband, including leaving notes that excite him to come home.

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BROLIN’S SECRET

Brolin, on the other hand, credited their practical approach in finance as to why their marriage has been healthy over the years. Having a separate bank account is a crucial factor contributing to their happiness and lessened arguments. 

“We’ve bifurcated, and I love it that way,” he told HuffPost Live. “I have my own money, and she has her own money.”

The proud husband also shared that he had been married twice, making him somewhat an expert to the do’s and don’ts in marriage, which can lead to a make or break. He further described his relationship as “heaven for 20 years.”

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Their marriage came two years after their first date in their Malibu home which was waited for by the media who camped out to get snapshots and reports about the ceremony.

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Of course, no marriage can be perfect as arguments may arise from time to time, but their solution is couples counseling as a means to resolve fights. 

“I do believe in counseling if anybody ever has a problem in their marriage,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Bring in a referee, talk it over, and I swear to you, it will dispel by the end of the session, each time!”

THE BLIND DATE

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The budding relationship of Streisand and Brolin began with a blind date on July 1, 1996, where they immediately connected. However, their secure connection didn’t exactly mean love at first sight as it took months to realize that they are each others' forever.

“He charmed me when he was courting me… He told me he could cook, and since I can’t, I thought, ‘Wow! That is a catch,’ the actress revealed on The Meredith Vieira Show.

Their marriage came two years after their first date in their Malibu home which was waited for by the media who camped out to get snapshots and reports about the ceremony.

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