Goldie Hawn has honoured Kurt Russell on his 72nd birthday after they revealed why they never married.

Hawn shared a photo on Instagram of her partner of 40 years.

“Happy birthday to the wacky man in my life! I love you baby ❤️, ” she said.

Hawn’s son, Oliver Hudson, took to the comments and wrote, “Love this pic!!! Hahahah … Sums up your entire 40 years of togetherness.”

The actress’ daughter Kate Hudson also shared an Instagram post dedicated to Russell, her unofficial stepdad.

She posted a sweet video of her daughter Rani helping Russell blow out his birthday candle.

“Always a double fun day in our family! St Patrick’s day and Pa’s birthday! Love this man so much! How about some birthday love for Kurt! Happy Birthday Pa,” she captioned the video.

The birthday wishes come after Russell and Hawn’s recent interview with Variety where one of Hollywood’s longest-standing relationships revealed they were “constantly” asked why they were never married.

“We constantly got asked, ‘When are you going to get married? Why aren’t you married?’” Russell told the outlet, referring to the early years of their relationship back in the 80s.

“And we were like, ‘Why does anybody care about that?’” he added. “We’d asked our kids if they cared about it. They didn’t. We didn’t.”

The pair first met when they appeared in the 1966 comedy, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. She was 21 and Russell was 16 at the time. Hawn recalled Russell as being “adorable” but also “much too young” for her to date.

The couple got together in 1983 and recently celebrated four decades of partnership on Valentine’s Day 2023.

It seems as though the couple’s philosophy on long-standing relationships is to simply not get married.

“We have done just perfectly without marrying. I already feel devoted and isn’t that what marriage is supposed to do? So as long as my emotional state is in a state of devotion, honesty, caring, and loving, then we’re fine,” Hawn said in an interview with Woman’s Day in 2007.

“We have raised our children brilliantly; they are beautiful people. We did a great job there, and we didn’t have to get married to do that. I like waking up every day and seeing that he is there and knowing that I have a choice,” she shared. “There is really no reason to marry.”

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This article first appeared on Over60.