Celebrity

What kind of couple are you?

The three most common types of couples and what makes them tick


POWER COUPLES: What kind of couple are you?
The three most common types of couples and what makes them tick

Jenny McCarthy Jim Carrey


 
Jenny McCarthy Jim Carrey

The Competitors
You work in the same industry but not together, which means you can’t resist trying to kick each other’s butts (when you’re not ripping off one another’s clothes).

Celeb specimen: Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel (alas, split), Avril Lavigne and Deryck Whibley, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey

Management tip: Absorb the wisdom of Boy George and make “I’m your lover, not your rival” your relationship mantra.

 
Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt


 
Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt

The Comparables
Your careers bisect, and you’re on the same page of the memo when it comes to your shared life goals.

Celeb specimen: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Victoria and David Beckham, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, the NDP’s Olivia Chow and Jack Layton and, crazily enough, Heidi and Spencer (how else to explain the tandem camera-chasing antics?)

Management tip: Spend some time apart cultivating your own inner circles. Even teammates need space.

Kate Winslet Sam Mendes


 
Kate Winslet Sam Mendes

The Complementary Duo
Your industry roles differ, but your ambitions match.

Celeb specimen: Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria Parker and Tony Parker, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher.

Management tip: Higher-profile Type As need to step aside and offer up the spotlight to their up-and-coming mates so both can have opportunities to shine.

“Power couples” has been edited for FLARE.com; the complete story appears in the June 2009 issue of FLARE.

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