Why Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem Waited 15 Years to be Together

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem waited 15 years to be together. When they met, they felt extraordinary chemistry, but they decided to ignore it, delaying their passionate romance for over a decade.

In 1992, Penelope Cruz had one acting credit. It was in the music video for ”La Fuerza del Destino” by Mecano. From then on, she began to attract the attention of Spanish directors. At that same time, she started a relationship with Nacho Cano. On his side, Javier Bardem had played many “rugged” characters due to his looks.

So, he at 23 and she at just 18 years old, were the perfect candidates to lead the film that would make them both famous: ”Jamon, Jamon.”

The connection was instant and undeniable, but they decided to ignore it. They went their separate ways, and it seemed like they’d never see each other again. Their careers were taking off quickly. Bardem was winning international awards, and Penelope was considered one of the best actresses in Spain.

15 years went by before they shared the big screen again…

In 2008, Woody Allen decided to use their chemistry and called them to lead the film that would change their lives: “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” This time, the sparks on set were overwhelming. Rumors started off a romance between Bardem and his other co-star, the beautiful Scarlet Johansson.

But the reality was completely different. Javier only had eyes for Penelope. From then on, they were seen together everywhere. Javier finally decided to publicly declare his love during a speech at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

I share this joy with my friend, my partner, my love, Penelope. I owe you a lot, and I love you so much. They got married that same year in a secret ceremony held at an island owned by Johnny Depp. Now, they have two kids, Leo and Luna Encinas Cruz. They are happier than ever and still enjoy working together. They’re the only Spanish celebrity couple with an Academy Award each. Javier and Penelope are proof that fate will bring us together, no matter how long we take to accept it.

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