Giovanna Fletcher recently celebrated an incredible 20 years with McFLy singer Tom Fletcher but admits it hasn't all been a walk in the park.
The Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcaster, 38, revealed in an exclusive chat with OK! that the couple have had "their moments" but have always managed to work through them as a team.
Now parents to their three sons – Buzz, nine, Buddy, seven, and five-year-old Max – Giovanna says they've learnt the key to sticking together when life gets tough.
“I think self-awareness is really, really important,” she told us. “So when you’re being a bit of a plonker, acknowledge it."
She continued: "Humour has also been a massive thing for us, knowing when something is ridiculous and being able to laugh at it.
“Patience is very important too. All couples have their moments and you realise there are phases that might have nothing to do with you, that you have to ride through and not be afraid to talk about because you’re a team.”
The couple actually met 25 years ago as fresh-faced teenagers at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London where they were both studying.
They didn't get together as a couple until October 2003, when Tom, also 38, was already working with bandmates Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd in McFly.
Giovanna, who has just released the Happy Mum Happy Baby: The Sleep Album to help babies and children with bedtimes, also revealed to OK! that their three children could be following in their dad's musical footprints, especially after "rocking out" at some of the band's recent gigs.
“You know, music has become our family’s version of playing sports together,” she told us. “The kids are constantly going into Tom’s office where all the instruments are and having a go on the drums or trying out the guitar.”
Talking about taking the boys to see their dad perform on stage, she added: "Buzz stands at the side of the stage with his own guitar that’s not plugged in and his earbuds in so he can hear what some of the guys are playing and he plays along and completely rocks out!”
When the happy couple took to social media in October to officially celebrate their big anniversary, fans branded them "couple goals".
Posting to her 2M followers, Giovanna penned a sweet note to her husband, writing: "20years of us, and 25years of friendship… that’s a lot of years.
"That’s a lot of commitment, laughter and understanding. That’s a lot of leaning on or being the one giving the support."
"I don’t know who we are without each other, I only see who we are thanks to the love, encouragement and support from the other. It’s not always easy, but we somehow make it through together. love you @tomfletcher! Xxx"
Happy Mum Happy Baby: The Sleep Album is out now via Decca Records
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