This announcement was made by the country's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are now officially Greek citizens. This announcement was made by the country's prime minister, according to CNN. The celebrity couple appeared in an Instagram post from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The picture showed both actors posing with their Greek passports alongside Mitsotakis and his wife, Mareva Grabowski. "@ritawilson @tomhanks are now proud Greek citizens!" the caption read. It honestly makes sense for them to be given citizenship because USA Today reports that Wilson is actually of Greek and Bulgarian ancestry.
The 63-year-old singer and her husband, 64, 4, frequently spend their summer vacations on the Greek island of Antiparos. The couple and their children became honorary citizens of Greece last year after Hanks' role in helping raise awareness about the 2018 fires that devastated areas near Athens and claimed the lives of more than 100 people was highlighted by officials. Hanks celebrated the news in January, announcing on social media that he was "starting 2020 as an Honorary citizen of all of Greece!" Under Greek law, honorary naturalization may be granted to people "who have provided exceptional services to the country or whose naturalization serves the public interest."
Starting 2020 as an Honorary citizen of all of Greece! Kronia pola! ( more or less, “happy year!”). Hanx pic.twitter.com/b8fmrgjvYP— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 2, 2020
2020 has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the star couple. In March this year, they'd announced that both of them had tested positive for Coronavirus. They were in Australia where Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic. After two weeks of isolation, the couple returned to their Los Angeles home. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have been married for 32 years. When asked what the secret was to their long and lovely marriage, Hanks had a lot to reveal. As we reported earlier, Hanks told PEOPLE at the Outfest Legacy Awards in Los Angeles, that there was no secret.
“I wish there was a secret, you know,” Hanks, 59, said. “We just like each other. You start there.” "There will be days when you don't agree with each other, and also days where you're just mad at each other, but you have to push through to make it work; you just can't give up at the first sign of trouble! But, for those who need some advice, he's got plenty for how to make a marriage work. You have to meet your partner halfway. That's just another rule to sustain a relationship. You can't always keep thinking of just yourself, as there's another person involved, too." So, before he got married to Wilson, Tom Hanks converted his faith to the Greek Orthodox Church as that was his to-be wife's religion.
Marrying within the religion was something that was very important to Wilson, and For Hanks, she was just as important. "I sacrificed something for my wife. Rita has Greek roots and they have the Orthodox faith. And I was a Catholic, so before getting married I converted my faith out of deep respect to her family.” Small things go a long way in keeping love alive. “I view my wife as my lover, and we have a bond that goes beyond words like wife or girlfriend or mother. I can’t imagine my life without her. I often leave notes for her near the phone or somewhere in the kitchen."
"I wish her a good day and stuff like that. I type notes for her using the antique typewriters that I collect — I have more than a hundred. And also, I have a habit of sending a photo report of my day to Rita. I take pictures of everything around me when she is not with me: what I eat for lunch, who I meet, what I shoot. I think she likes it,” Hanks shares. You've also got to cherish what you've got. “That woman has loved me skinny, she’s loved me fat. She’s loved me bald, she’s loved me hairy. That woman, I know, loves me. So, I’m a lucky man," said Hanks. “I think it’s hard to stay married anywhere, but if you marry the right person, it might work out."