Remember when we told you about prodependence, the new term that describes relationships as healthfully interdependent instead of enabling and harmful? And how we think Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are the ultimate example?
While we still think those two are proof that a symbiotic and supportive marriage works, we might’ve found an even better example: Ina and Jeffrey Garten. The power couple is celebrating their 50th (!) wedding anniversary this weekend, which has us thinking about how they got this far.
Think about it: Ina and Jeffrey met when they were teenagers. They got married fairly young (at 20 and 22 years old, respectively). But instead of falling into an emotionally dependent relationship, they forged their own paths. Ina started as a nuclear policy analyst in the White House…but left her role to start a catering company from scratch. Now she’s a culinary sensation (not to mention a fashion icon).
And doting Jeffrey doesn’t just follow Queen Ina around running errands and telling her she’s an amazing cook. He’s also Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management, an accomplished writer and global political economist. (And for the record, he doesn’t like everything Ina makes. Fish stew?) Throughout their 50 years of marriage, the two have weathered long distances and independent pursuits while remaining fiercely supportive of one other.
So yeah, you could say Ina and Jeffrey Garten are the ultimate power prodependent