Married couples who are celebrating 50th anniversary reveal tips for making a relationship last 


Couples who have been married for 50 YEARS offer tips for how to make your relationship last – from learning how to ‘sacrifice’ your own needs to making your partner ‘feel special every day’

  • Fast food eatery Popeyes is celebrating 50 years in business, and honored the feat by speaking to a series of couples who have been together for half a century
  • The chicken food joint asked them what they think made their romances work for so long in a touching new ad
  • One couple told the brand that the key to a happy life is finding something to laugh about, adding that it’s also important to ‘forgive’
  • Another added that couples should make ‘sacrifices’ for one another, while a third said their marriage lasted so long because they treat each other as equals 
  • A different pair explained that the reason their relationship has worked for so long is because they never go to bed angry at one another 

A group of married couples who are all celebrating their 50th anniversaries have revealed their top tips for making a relationship last.

Chicken fast food eatery Popeyes is celebrating 50 years in business, and the food joint decided to honor the feat by speaking to a series of couples who have been together for half a century, in an attempt to uncover what they think made their romances work for so long in a touching new campaign.

The company points out in the ad – which was posted to the brand’s YouTube account – that only six per cent of couples get to celebrate their 50th anniversary, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

‘So we asked them what it takes to get there,’ it added.

Still going strong: A group of married couples who are all celebrating their 50th anniversaries have revealed their top tips for making a relationship last

Still going strong: A group of married couples who are all celebrating their 50th anniversaries have revealed their top tips for making a relationship last

Fast food eatery Popeyes is celebrating 50 years in business, and the food joint decided to honor the feat by speaking to a series of couples who have been together for half a century

Fast food eatery Popeyes is celebrating 50 years in business, and the food joint decided to honor the feat by speaking to a series of couples who have been together for half a century

Sweet sentiment: The chicken food joint asked them what they think made their romances work for so long in a touching new ad

Sweet sentiment: The chicken food joint asked them what they think made their romances work for so long in a touching new ad

Melissa and Richard Washington told the brand that the key to a happy life together is finding something to laugh about.

‘It all hasn’t been peaches and cream, but we made it,’ Richard said. ‘You gotta have some humor in your life, and you have to forgive.’

He added to his wife, ‘I’m happy that every morning I wake up, and I see you. You’ve always been there.’

Shelly and David Tsai shared a similar sentiment, adding that it’s important to ‘always have a good time’ together, as well as to learn how to make ‘sacrifices’ for one another. 

Tom Storey, on the other hand, said he thinks his marriage to wife Claudia has lasted 50 years because they treat each other as equals.

‘We’re in a 50/50 relationship. There’s no head of the family here,’ he said, while Claudia chimed in, joking, ‘I think I’m the boss.’

Keep smiling: Melissa and Richard Washington (pictured) told the brand that the key to a happy life is finding something to laugh about

Keep smiling: Melissa and Richard Washington (pictured) told the brand that the key to a happy life is finding something to laugh about

'You gotta have some humor in your life, and you have to forgive,' Richard said, adding to his wife (pictured), 'I'm happy that every morning I wake up, and I see you'

'You gotta have some humor in your life, and you have to forgive,' Richard (pictured) said, adding to his wife, 'I'm happy that every morning I wake up, and I see you. You've always been there'

‘You gotta have some humor in your life, and you have to forgive,’ Richard (right) said, adding to his wife (life), ‘I’m happy that every morning I wake up, and I see you’

Have fun: Shelly and David Tsai (pictured) shared a similar sentiment, adding that it's important to 'always have a good time' together

Have fun: Shelly and David Tsai (pictured) shared a similar sentiment, adding that it’s important to ‘always have a good time’ together

Elena Lopez told Popeyes that her husband, Miguel, still makes her feel special ‘every day.’

‘It was young love. I didn’t really pinpoint [what I loved about him] until present day,’ she explained, before telling her husband, ‘I can say today, I’m still in love with you. You make me feel special every day.’ 

The couple (seen when they were younger) said it's also important to learn how to make 'sacrifices' for one another

The couple (seen when they were younger) said it’s also important to learn how to make ‘sacrifices’ for one another

He added, ‘You’ve taught me a lot.’ 

Tom Sprangler and Ken Jones said they think that the reason their relationship has worked for so long is because they never go to bed angry at one another.

‘I remember saying to each other when we were very young, we wouldn’t go to bed angry. We would take the time to talk it out, and we’ve done that,’ said one of them. ‘We’ve been through a lot together, a great deal.’

In addition to sharing the touching video, Popeyes has also arranged several other celebrations for its 50th anniversary – including bringing back its beloved Cajun Rice side dish to its menu, albeit for a limited time only. 

Patrons will also get the chance to try a brand new delicacy in the form of the Strawberry Cheesecake Fried Pie, which was released in restaurants across the US on Tuesday.  

The fried chicken favorite is also offering a $6.99 special for its five-piece meal. 

True love: Tom Storey, on the other hand, said he thinks his marriage to wife Claudia has lasted 50 years because they treat each other as equals

True love: Tom Storey, on the other hand, said he thinks his marriage to wife Claudia has lasted 50 years because they treat each other as equals

'We're in a 50/50 relationship. There's no head of the family here,' he said, while Claudia chimed in, joking, 'I think I'm the boss.' The couple is seen in a throwback photo

‘We’re in a 50/50 relationship. There’s no head of the family here,’ he said, while Claudia chimed in, joking, ‘I think I’m the boss.’ The couple is seen in a throwback photo

Elena Lopez told Popeyes that her husband, Miguel, still makes her feel special 'every day'

Elena Lopez told Popeyes that her husband, Miguel, still makes her feel special 'every day'

Together forever: Elena Lopez told Popeyes that her husband, Miguel, still makes her feel special ‘every day’

Forgiving: Tom Sprangler and Ken Jones (pictured) said that the reason their relationship has worked for so long is because they never go to bed angry at one another

Forgiving: Tom Sprangler and Ken Jones (pictured) said that the reason their relationship has worked for so long is because they never go to bed angry at one another

'I remember saying to each other when we were very young, we wouldn't go to bed angry. We would take the time to talk it out, and we've done that,' said one of them

‘I remember saying to each other when we were very young, we wouldn’t go to bed angry. We would take the time to talk it out, and we’ve done that,’ said one of them

Popeyes’ milestone anniversary comes three years after it earned viral fame with the launch of its now-infamous fried chicken sandwich in the summer of 2019. 

The sandwich earned so much attention that other fast food chains, including Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A, and Shake Shack, immediately began feuding on Twitter over which restaurant’s version is the best.

Popeyes’ sandwich earned even more buzz when restaurants couldn’t meet the demand and sold out in less than a month, leaving some customers throwing fits, attacking employees, and even suing the chain.

Furious food fans took to social media to complain that they couldn’t get their hands on the menu item, begging Popeyes to restock.

In late August 2019, an irate Popeyes customer climbed through a drive-thru window before brawling with three employees when he learned the sandwich was sold out.

And Craig Barr, of East Ridge, Tennessee filed a $5,000 lawsuit against the fast food chain alleging false advertising’ and ‘deceptive business practices’ by the company because he couldn’t get his hands on their famous chicken sandwich.

By early November on 2019, Popeyes’ sandwich was back in stores, and it has remained a staple on the chain’s menu.

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