We're always reading between the lines for relationship lessons, so naturally we were happy to see that Barbara Walters' Thursday night special had plenty. Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 hit the small screen last night. The program featured a few women who have recently grabbed headlines for their captivating personal lives. Fascinating? Yes. Enlightening? Also yes. Here's the information we gleaned from the big-name stars about love, life and lessons in between.
1. The best fulfillment will come from your partner and children. For awhile, Jennifer Lopez was overexposed. She admitted that before she married Marc Anthony, she was letting her public persona dominate her private life. She finally settled down, mothered two adorable children and realized that a dynamite career is great, but life is really about the people you share it with. "This is how it's supposed to be," she said. We couldn't agree more.
2. Don't let your partner's betrayal ruin you. After Jesse James' infidelity went public, Sandra Bullock stepped away from the spotlight to focus energy on her adopted son, Louis. It could have torn her apart, but she didn't let her ex-husband's choices dictate the new life she was building with her son, or the rest of her future. Now, Sandra seems as strong as ever. If we were ever faced with similar scandal, we would definitely look to Sandra and emulate the demeanor and grace in which she handled a tough situation. Props to her. Top 20 Love And Sex Scandals Of 2010
3. Sometimes, good things come to those who wait. Kate Middleton waited nine years for Prince William to pop the question, and we're pretty positive she'd tell you it was so worth it. Soon her patience will be rewarded with a lavish wedding, a dashing prince and a dazzling crown. Now we're not advocating that everyone should hold out for marriage nearly a decade if they want it after year two, but sometimes the waiting game pays off. Sometimes you'll get a ring and a marriage if you don't give up on the person you love. Sometimes, it happens. Just ask the future princess. Kate Middleton & The Four Secrets For Marrying A Prince
4. Ignore the naysayers. Amidst rumors of relationship trouble with her husband, Sarah Palin insisted that she doesn't let it get to her. She even talked about how she calls Todd from the check-out line at the grocery store to read him the latest tabloid headline. "Todd is my everything," she said. If you love your partner and your commitment is strong, then it will be easy to act like Sarah and simply dismiss the critics.
You don't have to have an Oscar on your shelf, be a vice-presidential candidate, build a multi-million dollar empire or marry a prince to succeed in the relationship department, but these successful ladies seem to have it somewhat figured out. They are fascinating, after all. We'll be following their lead.