After years of trying to deny their relationship, Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem finally declared their love in the most public (and adorable) way possible – when Javier was onstage at the 2010 Goya Awards (a prestigious Spanish awards ceremony).
As he picked up an award for “Best Actor” in the film “Biutiful” he told the audience (and a clearly emotional Penélope), “I share this joy with my friend, my companion, my love: Penélope. I owe you a lot and I love you so much.” We’re sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the room!
By 2009, the rumor mill had gone into overdrive concerning Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem's relationship. Then, in 2009, tabloid magazine “Us Weekly'' reported that Javier had “put a ring on it” and proposed to the Spanish actress.
Though the two fervently denied any engagement, it was clear that they were both serious about one another. But those rumors were further ignited when Javier had this to say about his future wife in an interview with “GQ” - “There is beauty and there is being sexy. Penélope has both." Awww!
Dancing Into the Hearts of Movie Critics
Proving that those years of dance instruction and strict dedication to the craft hadn’t gone to waste, Penélope Cruz starred in the film adaptation of the musical “Nine.”
In the film, Penélope plays the protagonist’s mistress and is just one of many of the film’s major stars. In order to prepare for the role, Penélope had to get back into her old dance routine schedule, practicing for hours a day for three months. The hard work paid off - her steamy song and performance gained her several nominations including Academy Awards and Golden Globes.
The Sweet Smell of Success
Already the face of the cosmetics brand L'Oréal, Penélope Cruz was synonymous with the beauty industry. But in 2010, she joined fellow megastars Julia Roberts and Kate Winslet as the ‘spokesmodels’ for the French luxury beauty brand Lancôme.
Penelope soon began starring in campaigns for the brand’s classic fragrance Trésor. It turns out that not only was Penélope the face of the scent, she was actually a long-time fan! She told one fashion outlet, “ La Nuit Trésor by Lancôme. Trésor has been my perfume since I was a teenager.”
With the pressure to keep their relationship a secret no longer hanging over their shoulders, Penélope Cruz and Javier Barden had no problem flaunting their relationship.
From awards shows to sitting courtside at basketball games, the two were snapped everywhere. One place that was kept secret, however, was the private wedding the two had in a friend’s house in the Bahamas in July 2010. While details are generally unknown, it was reported that the bride wore a gown designed by designer John Galliano as they exchanged their vows in front of family members.