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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin | Source: Getty Images
Barbra Streisand and James Brolin | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand & James Brolin Still Holding Hands & Going on Dates Like Teens – What's Their Secret?

Milly Wanjiku Ndirangu
Jul 03, 2024
03:39 P.M.
  • After over two decades together, Barbra Streisand and James Brolin's marriage still feels like a teenage romance.
  • They continue to hold hands and enjoy dates, much like they did in their early days together.
  • Discover how this iconic couple keeps the spark alive and the love strong.
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Barbra Streisand and James Brolin aren't just stars on the screen; they're also shining examples of lasting love. They've been married for 26 years and still enchant fans with their youthful energy and real connection. Their love ignited unexpectedly and has intensified with each passing year.

Their life together is rich with cherished experiences, from spontaneous escapades to managing the distance when apart. They've embraced both the highs and lows, which has only solidified their connection. As we look closer, we discover the magical aspects of their relationship and the ways they nurture their passion.

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Hollywood in 2004 | Source: Getty Images

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Hollywood in 2004 | Source: Getty Images

A Chance Meeting

Streisand and Brolin's love story began with a blind date and an instant spark that's only grown with time. Streisand had a particular image in mind of her future partner. She expected to meet someone with brown, wavy hair and a brown beard. Instead, she was surprised to find Brolin with a clean-shaven face and short hair.

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James Brolin and Barbra Streisand during the 69th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

James Brolin and Barbra Streisand during the 69th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1997 | Source: Getty Images

She could not control herself and honestly told her date that his hair was messed up. However, her comment did not drive Brolin away; instead, that was what made him realize he had found the one.

It was love at first sight for Brolin, but it took a few days for Streisand to fall for him. Eventually, the love between the two actors only got stronger, and they tied the knot in 1998.

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Los Angeles in 1998. | Source: Getty Images

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Los Angeles in 1998. | Source: Getty Images

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Before Streisand married Brolin, she was previously married to Elliot Gould from 1961 to 1973, and they have a son, Jason. Brolin was married twice, first to casting agent Jane Agee for 20 years, then to Jan Smithers, for almost 10 years.

James Brolin and Jan Smithers on September 9, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

James Brolin and Jan Smithers on September 9, 1987 | Source: Getty Images

Brolin is also a father of three children, Josh, Jess, and Molly Brolin, from his previous marriages, and a grandfather of four: Eden, Trevor, Westlyn, and Chapel.

The actor expressed how lucky he was to have Streisand in his life and could not wait to continue doing life with her. He even confessed, "Every night is a new adventure. Sleeping is a waste of time. I can't wait to see her again in the morning."

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Los Angeles in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in Los Angeles in 2014 | Source: Getty Images

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During his CBS interview, Brolin shared that they spent three to five hours on the phone when he was filming in the Philippines. Cell phones were not that popular then, so they used a payphone, which cost $5 a minute. Brolin even joked that he probably spent his entire salary to speak to his wife.

When asked what they had spoken about for so long, the actor said, "teenage crap." His connection with Streisand truly felt like a teenage fantasy, and with each phone call, he could imagine her getting lost in their conversation and doing all sorts of random things.

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in California in 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Barbara Streisand and James Brolin in California in 2019 | Source: Getty Images

While Streisand and Brolin are in love and living in their happy bubble, some people did not think the couple would last. Brolin joked the first person to doubt them was an ex-partner, but 24 years later, they are still in paradise.

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Even during the hard lockdown that might have ended other relationships, Brolin gushed about him and Streisand only falling deeper in love.

James Brolin and Barbara Streisand in Hollywood in 1998 | Source: Getty Images

James Brolin and Barbara Streisand in Hollywood in 1998 | Source: Getty Images

Brolin and Streisand never thought they would find love again; in fact, they had given up on the idea. But after they found each other, every day was surreal and the couple still cannot believe how lucky they are.

James Brolin and Barbra Streisand on July 6, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

James Brolin and Barbra Streisand on July 6, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

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Dreamy Backyard Wedding

Streisand and Brolin had what was said to be one of the most beautiful weddings. John Travolta and his late wife, Kelly Preston, said they cried at the sight of their love.

The "Westworld" star also could not contain his joy and declared it was the happiest day of his life as he hugged his mother, father, children, and grandchildren.

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The couple has a dreamy backyard with streaming water and beautiful flowers. Brolin gave all the credit to his wife, who strategically placed each flower there. The backyard is so scenic it looks like a movie set, but Brolin proudly said it was all real.

On their anniversary, Streisand shared a photo from their wedding day. Though she had faced criticism for her looks early in her career, Streisand looked exquisite in a white off-the-shoulder gown.

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Compliments poured in, praising her elegance and beauty, "I love the necklace she wears all the time," "Absolutely gorgeous! I love your dress," and "She's so beautiful and that gown is perfect for her."

The ceremony, held in their scenic backyard, was described by Streisand as "breathtaking." Every detail, from the garden setup to the music, reflected their unique love story.

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin during the tour opener for "Barbra - The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!" on August 2, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Barbra Streisand and James Brolin during the tour opener for "Barbra - The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!" on August 2, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

How Barbara Streisand and James Brolin Keep the Spark Alive

Both Streisand and Brolin have successful careers, and the actor is proud to have a woman who can stand her ground. Therefore, Brolin revealed that he and his wife had decided to have separate bank accounts.

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While that might be shocking to some people, the actor reasoned that since this was his third marriage, he did not want to have anything that would lead to another divorce.

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Brolin also said one of the important things he instilled in his marriage was to have what he called a "referee," a therapist who can mediate as they talk through their troubles. For that reason, he confidently admitted that he and Streisand had done a good job of getting to the bottom of things.

The couple's marriage is still filled with mystery, even after more than two decades. Brolin revealed he is always in for a surprise when he gets home. Streisand will send him a text to hurry back and he will find a special gift waiting for him.

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Since he's always being treated well, he loves to extend his appreciation to his wife. The actor said he keeps his surprises interesting by gifting Streisand a piece of jewelry from time to time. Brolin admitted that his wife is particular with her jewelry, and his choices were hits and misses.

Besides gifting each other, the couple also loves to go on dates and find different activities to spend quality time together. Streisand was once spotted looking as beautiful as ever for her romantic date with Brolin in Italy, holding a bouquet of red roses.

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The couple also loves to swim together, which is an activity they do to keep fit. After that, they enjoy time in the sauna and cool off with an ice bath.

The couple also loves their role as grandparents. Streisand shared an adorable picture of her, Brolin, and their granddaughter Westlyn, expressing how excited they were to spend time with her. Streisand also posted a cute picture of Westlyn sitting inside the kitchen drawer while her grandmother fed her.

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In another post, the singer shared a picture of Westlyn playing with her hat and revealed an interesting fact. She explained one of her son Jason's first words was "hat," and so was Westlyn's.

The couple's love for their family is evident in the joy they find in these simple, everyday moments. Whether it's playing with their grandchildren or enjoying a quiet evening at home, Streisand and Brolin have created a life filled with love and laughter.

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