Barbara Streisand and James Brolin have been married for 24 years and are both successful individuals, but they are also admired for how their marriage still exudes a youthful love that has endured over the years.
They were set up on a blind date, but when Barbara Streisand met James Brolin, he was not what she had expected. She had pictured a man with a full head of hair and a beard, but was surprised to find him bald. Streisand couldn’t resist commenting on his hair, but instead of being put off, Brolin felt that it was a sign that she was the one for him.
Although Brolin fell in love with her at first sight, it took Streisand a few days to develop feelings for him. Over time, their love deepened, and they eventually tied the knot in 1998. Their love story is a testament to the fact that true love can grow and flourish even when things don’t go exactly as expected.
Prior to her marriage to James Brolin, Barbara Streisand was married to Elliot Gould from 1961 to 1973, and the couple had a son named Jason. On the other hand, Brolin had been married twice before. He was married to casting agent Jane Agee for 20 years and then to Jane Smithers for over ten years.
Brolin has three children from his previous marriages: Josh, Jess, and Molly Brolin. He also has four grandchildren named Eden, Trevor, Westlyn, and Chapel.
James Brolin expressed his appreciation for having Barbara Streisand in his life and stated that he wishes to spend the rest of his life with her.
While filming in the Philippines, Brolin and Streisand spent three to five hours talking on the phone, relying on a payphone since cell phones weren’t common then, costing $5 per minute. Brolin humorously mentioned that he probably spent his entire paycheck just talking to his wife.
When asked what they talked about for so long, the actor replied, “teenage bullsh*t.” Brolin felt like their relationship was a youthful dream, and with every conversation, he pictured Streisand getting caught up in the conversation and doing silly things.
Despite doubts from some observers about the longevity of their relationship, Streisand and Brolin have proved them wrong and continue to live in their own blissful world after 24 years of marriage. Brolin joked that even his ex-partner was a skeptic, but they are still living in paradise together.
Their relationship remained strong even during the challenging lockdown period, which could have put a strain on other couples. Brolin has expressed that he and Streisand have grown even closer during this time.
Streisand and Brolin had both given up on finding love again before they met each other. However, their relationship felt like a miracle to them, and they cherished each day they spent together.
Their wedding was said to be one of the most beautiful ones, with even John Travolta and Kelly Preston shedding tears upon seeing the couple’s love. Brolin was overjoyed on his wedding day and considered it the best day of his life, hugging his parents, children, and grandchildren.
The couple’s backyard is a beautiful oasis with flowing water and stunning flowers, and Brolin credits his wife for meticulously placing each bloom. The backyard is so picturesque that it looks like a movie set, but Brolin proudly says it’s entirely authentic.
Streisand had her eye on the house for a long time, but it took her eleven years to finally purchase it. The singer made sure every detail was perfect for her husband and their dog, turning it into their dream home.
Streisand and Brolin are both successful in their respective careers, and Brolin appreciates having a partner who is equally accomplished. Therefore, the actor revealed that they have chosen to keep their finances separate.
While this decision may seem unusual to some, Brolin explained that as someone who had been through two previous marriages, he did not want to take any chances that could lead to another divorce.
Brolin emphasized the importance of having a “referee,” a therapist who can help mediate their conflicts, and credited it as one of the keys to their successful marriage. He confidently stated that he and Streisand had done a great job of working through their issues.
Even after being together for over two decades, their relationship remains full of surprises. Brolin shared that he is often greeted with unexpected gifts and surprises when he comes home, with Streisand sending him text messages to hurry back.
He loves showing his appreciation for his wife because she always treats him well. Brolin admitted that he sometimes surprises her with jewelry, but his choices have been hit or miss as Streisand has particular taste.
In addition to exchanging gifts, the couple finds joy in going on dates and exploring new hobbies together. Paparazzi captured Streisand looking radiant while carrying a bouquet of red roses during a romantic getaway with Brolin in Italy.
Staying fit is also a priority for the couple, who enjoy swimming together and then relaxing in the sauna or taking an ice bath.
Being grandparents is another source of happiness for the couple. Streisand shared heartwarming photos of herself, Brolin, and their granddaughter Westlyn, expressing their joy at spending time with her. In one photo, Westlyn is seated inside a kitchen drawer being fed by her doting grandmother.
In a social media post featuring her granddaughter Westlyn playing with a hat, the singer revealed an interesting fact about her son Jason’s childhood. She shared that “hat” was one of Jason’s first words, just like Westlyn’s.