On a lovely Tuesday afternoon, we are delighted to present you the Brangelina of Spain.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
A courtship away from the spotlight
Despite the huge public interest in Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, the extremely private pair have chosen to conduct their romance out of the spotlight. While Javier wooed a young Penelope on the big screen, it would be another 15 years before love blossomed for the duo in real life.
We would like to take a look at their story, which began back in 1992, when they met filming Jamon Jamon.
There was a surprise in store for fans when the couple – who usually shun red carpet events – enjoyed a very public date at the 2010 Goya Awards – Spain’s Oscars.
The lovebirds were pictured laughing and smiling together at the ceremony – the first time they’ve been out together at a major event on home turf.
Further evidence that the couple was ready to take their love of the spotlight was Penelope’s presence at the premiere of her beau’s film Biutiful at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.
Mindful of not stealing the limelight from her love, Penelope let him walk the red carpet alone, though she was later pictured leaving the screening by his side.
A sure sign that their relationship was about to move up a gear was Javier’s romantic declaration of love for his girlfriend in his acceptance speech for his beat actor trophy at the close of Cannes.
“I owe you a lot and I love you so much”
he told Penelope, without taking his eyes off her for a moment. The brunette beauty looked as surprised as the rest of the audience – giving her boyfriend a tender smile while her eyes filled up with tears. It was a surprising gesture for the actor, who like Penelope – has never spoken about their romance.
Proud Javier was at Penelope’s side again when she received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame surrounded by fellow acting friends including Johnny Depp.
Their joy was palpable a month later when they attended the Oscars, wher Javier was nominated for Biutiful.
The notoriously private couple seemed more at ease in the public glare than ever before.
Just after the couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary, there were rumours they had an extra special reason to celebrate.
Reports in the Spanish press claimed Penelope was three months pregnant. Two months later the couple had some more good news to share. Their representative confirmed that Penelope was four-and-a-half months pregnant with their first baby.
The overjoyed pair welcomed baby Leo Encinas Cruz on January 22, 2011
Today, the couple has a lovely family and two kids, five-year-old Leonardo and two-year-old Luna.
LoveStoryPeople can only encourage everyone to follow your true feelings and build a family even after many years.
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