Ron Howard and his wife, Cheryl | Source: Getty Images
Ron Howard and his wife, Cheryl | Source: Getty Images

Ron Howard Says Life with Wife Cheryl Is One with Many Blessings — After 47 Years They Still Exchange Cute Gifts

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jan 04, 2023
06:15 A.M.

Award-winning actor Ron Howard gushes over his long time love, Wife Cheryl, as the duo pledges to educate themselves on racial issues.


Ron Howard, according to the actor himself, is one lucky man. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been together for 52 years and have said that they are blessed to be together.

The couple has often been asked what their secret to such a long and happy marriage is. Their answer is quite simple and they've been open to sharing it.

Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

The couple met in 1970 and went on their first date on November 1. They saw "It's A Mad Mad Mad World." Ron then said they went out to eat pizza at a restaurant that no longer exists.

After going on their first date, they dated for five years and then married in 1975. Soon after their wedding, they started their own family and had four children; Bryce, Jocelyn, Paige, and Reed.


When asked what the secret to their long marriage was, Ron said that communication is paramount. He said that couples had to learn how to communicate effectively to overcome disagreements.


While Ron emphasized how important communication is, he also said that he realized he and Cheryl had luck on their side to be married for as long as they have.

Ron shared a photo of himself and his wife on Instagram, stating that a life with her has been one of his many blessings and lessons. He wrote:

"45 years ago today, Cheryl and I wed,... Our journey has been one of many blessings and lessons experienced, both together and as individuals."


Howard also showed support for Black Lives Matter, in light of recent protests against police brutality in the U.S. The demonstrations began as a result of the death of an African-American, George Floyd, in the hands of a police officer who knelt on his neck for over five minutes, suffocating him to death.

Howard used the hashtag "#BlackLivesMatter," after stating that he and his wife will continue to listen and learn in the hopes that the country will unify and set an excellent example for the rest of the world.

Even so, Ron couldn't help but be in a relatively good mood given the personal significance of the weekend to his family. The star admits to being pleasantly surprised at the resilience of their long union, as the couple met as teenagers, and he wasn't sure if the relationship would last.


Howard stated that he and Cheryl, 66, have no technique to maintaining their loving relationship, expressing that there is an element of luck in relationships as people tend to grow together or grow apart, and that cannot be controlled.

Cheryl, who is also an actor, has been married to Ron since June 7, 1975, and their union is blessed with four children — Bryce Dallas, twins Paige and Jocelyn, and only son, Reed Howard.


The Hollywood director did, however, insist that constructive and free-flowing communication, especially in difficult times, is a vital part of success in any relationship

The power couple remains an inspiration for many other couples within and outside Hollywood.

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