So they put it in the work.
It’s number two on Sean’s 2015 list, right after committing hard. In those heady early days of secret happy couple weekends and making plans for their televised vows, “everything was so exciting,” he recalled. “We were in love and we couldn’t imagine having hard times or experiencing any issues that might endanger the relationship. That naivety wore off pretty quickly once we were thrust into the real world.”
There, they struggled with each other’s various quirks and Catherine went through bouts of homesickness made all the more difficult by Sean’s lengthy DWTS rehearsals. “Your relationship is going to run into issues both big and small. It’s imperative that you find a way to work through them,” he shared. “If you do, you’ll come out even stronger. I look at our marriage now and am amazed how much we’ve grown since those first few months of being together.”
Proving some well-worn phrases are well-worn for a reason, Catherine told Entertainment Tonight their first year of marriage was, indeed, the hardest: “But once you go through those hardships, you grow, understand each other better and understand what you need better.”