Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. have been married for more than five decades. Recently, their 51st anniversary was celebrated online by McCoo and a close buddy named Jayne Overton.
Over the years, the singers have garnered love from their fans and have established themselves as distinguishable entertainers. Their professionalism has earned them admiration from even close friends.
Less than 24 hours ago, an Instagram account run by a close buddy known as Overton celebrated the couple for attaining such a milestone in their marriage.
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. on an interview with BHL's Phenomenal Women. | Photo: YouTube/Black Hollywood Live
The account shared a throwback snap of the couple which showed them onstage during a live performance at a gospel festival at RFK Stadium, Washington DC. Overton acknowledged that being in a marriage that long is no joke and referred to the dynamic duo as "wedding goals."
Shortly before the post, one of the celebrants, McCoo, took to the gram to share details of the events lined up for the day while posting an adorable message.
She also explained that when they marked 50 years of togetherness as a couple, they renewed their vows in front of a supportive audience to include their family and friends.
Apart from twinning to have an impeccable career, the couple has shown that they have consistently put in some work to make their marriage unbreakable.
McCoo's caption implied that being married a few decades did not affect the will or effort to ignite the sparks by enjoying special outdoor moments around loved ones.
Their togetherness is also due to their shared values and likeness. McCoo and Davis did not fall in love the moment they met but they were soon close friends after spending time building the "The Fifth Dimension" group.
It did not take long for their friendship to build into a love affair. They once shared that it was an unexpected occurrence but that their closure was undeniable as they had similar artistic talent and interests.
As a group, they were able to get the best producers, writers, and vocalists whose talents were highlighted in the band. Their first name was "Versatile" but when "The Fifth Dimension" was mentioned, it sat well with them and the name change was effected instantly.
The duo soon won a Grammy with their 1976 song, "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)," shortly after they left the group to form a duo.
As a young couple, they consciously agreed that they would be committed to each other and put in the necessary efforts to their marriage.
Their recipe for a healthy marriage with its fair share of challenges is mutual respect and acceptance of differences.
The pair are of African American race. They have been vocal about civil matters and have discussed the racism and prejudice they experienced firsthand.