“I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn’t be denied.”
Tom, who was going through a divorce at the time went onto to date Rita and recalled what he was going through at the time.
“I was 23 and my son Colin was already 2 when I married for the first time,” he added.
“I was not really ready to take on those responsibilities.”
That said, in April 1988 Tom and Rita tied the knot and haven't looked back since.
“The success of our relationship was a matter of timing, maturity and our willingness to have an intimate connection,” he told Oprah Winfrey.
“When I married Rita, I thought, ‘This is going to require some change on my part.’ I won’t deny that providence was part of us finding each other, but our relationship isn’t magic — the way it’s shown in movies. In real life, our connection is as concrete as me sitting here. Not that marriage doesn’t come close to being hell in a handbasket sometimes. But we both know that no matter what, we’ll be with each other — and we’ll get through it.”
“They say it must be hard work. No it’s not,” Tom said of his marriage.
“Every now and again you know, you gotta get over some stuff but life is one damn thing after another and it’s actually more pleasant to be able to go home with someone you like to spend time with in order to get with it.”
“I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother … Without my connection with Rita, I don’t know how I would’ve been able to connect with what Forrest [Gump] was going through,” Tom told Oprah of his Oscar winning performance in the movie.
Aww, ain't love grand?