Asked by interviewer Lilliana Vazquez on what the secret is to having a successful relationship, Tatum transferred some wisdom that you can maybe use if you’re in a similar situation.
“It just morphs, you know?” he said. “One year, you need this, and next year, you need that. Then you have a kid, and then it all changes all over again. I mean, I don't think there's one [secret]. It's just the want and the will to just be in it, you know? It's not always perfect, but you got to still just want to solve the equation."
Admittedly, his advice may seem bit of an equation to solve in itself. But the philosophy seems to work for Tatum. He and his wife have now been together since the filming of the aforementioned picture 12 years ago. The lesson here? Have patience and the ability to adapt to your partner's needs—and experts agree.
"The 7-year itch is real. The problem is that whatever you needed at year one, you don’t need any more, primarily because the other person’s done a good job at filling that hole," Robert Taibbi, L.C.S.W., told Men's Health in 2014. "When your needs change, ask each other what three things you could be doing differently."
Additional reporting by Kristin Canning.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health.