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Romancing the stars

Helena Bonham Carter and her film-director partner Tim Burton have become the poster kids for a new generation of couples dubbed ‘liveapart-ners’ - lovebirds who maintain separate nests because they believe it keeps their relationship special.

The King’s Speech star Helena has two children with Tim – Billy Ray (7) and Nell (3). They live in Belsize Park, London, in neighbouring houses with a connecting doorway.

Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie has revealed the secrets of her marriage to Brad Pitt and how she juggles motherhood and a glittering Hollywood career. “We have Date Night, but we have to schedule that time in for us. We have a rule that we never spend more than three days apart." We’re a united front.”

Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry are said to have marriage rules. The couple has apparently agreed to call up one another every night before 11pm and to not go clubbing without each other.