We all love a truly great love story.
But real love stories are rarely like they are portrayed on the big screen. A wedding is not a ‘happy ever after’ finale, more like the opening credits to a very long movie.
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So, what does a real love story look like? In our Intimacy Stories series, Mamamia chats to couples about how they stay connected after decades together, even when you throw children, stressful work and mortgages into the mix.
Presented in three parts, our first couple disclose that it is definitely not a hot sex life that keeps them happy together after 16 years.
Psychologist and relationship expert Rachel Voysey also gives her professional opinion on why they – and many couples – can actually be happy this way.
Jayne and Matt* – married 16 years with two children.
Jayne and Matt met one drunken night at a pub in their hometown in country Victoria. The physical attraction was instant and after a few years of dating, they purchased a house, got engaged and then married in their front yard.
“When we first got together we were so lusty and into each other, these days we are more like loving best friends,” says Jayne.
“Matt works away a lot and I am home with our two children under 10. I still work as an accountant part-time, but we made a clear decision early on in our marriage that I wanted to be the primary carer of the kids and house, and he wanted the big career.
“I know that this wouldn’t suit everyone, but we like it and I always feel appreciated and loved. Matt works hard but when he’s home he helps out as much as he can with the kids – we are a team. I also think these regular periods apart are not a bad thing for us or any partnership!”
Jayne admits that while their friendship is stronger than ever, their sex life took a severe hit during her second pregnancy.
“I was in and out of hospital with various health issues and with a toddler at home, I was constantly exhausted. I ended up in early labour and had resulting gynaecological issues.