Phil Mc Graw and his wife, Robin, celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on Aug. I’m proud of what she’s done, but I don’t like living in a construction zone. I’ve got no people.” I said, “That’s not true because I will never leave you.” ROBIN: And I never doubted him for a moment.14, they did what they do most nights: had dinner and then cuddled under comforters in their home theater with their beloved Korean Jindo dog Maggie beside them. ROBIN: Our compromise is that I have work done on the house while we’re out of town. “It’s the best night we can have—home alone,” says Robin, 54. “Some people enjoy gossip and other people’s misery.” The two (parents to sons Jay, 28, and Jordan, 21) sat down with PEOPLE’s Maureen Harrington to set the record straight—and talk about how they work out their disagreements. ROBIN: Strangers are coming to the house with cameras and asking questions of the workmen. That’s when the tabloids got the picture of the moving truck. But outside their sprawling Beverly Hills home, the couple have faced a barrage of tabloid rumors—completely false, they say—that their marriage is collapsing. Is any part of the rumors about your marriage being on the rocks true? PHIL: It got to the point that someone went up to my 83-year-old mother at church and said, “Oh, Mrs. Some of the trouble started with pictures of a moving truck outside your home. While we were in Europe I had things put in storage while the house was repainted. ROBIN: My parents didn’t raise their voices, so neither of us are yellers. When the boys were growing up she thought I was too hard on them. PHIL: I can tell how I’m doing at home by the number of sentences that start “Listen.” I know I’m doing something wrong when I hear that and get that finger pointed at me. PHIL: These rumors are absolutely, unequivocally, blatantly false. PHIL: So they get from that picture that we’re splitting. I grew up around a lot of discord, lots of fussing and fighting and yelling and screaming. PHIL: I think the real reason [we don’t fight] is that we’re both assertive. And I thought she coddled them and let them get away with everything. ROBIN: It’s usually a man thing when he gets that reaction. Aren’t you missing out on one of the great joys of married life—makeup sex?
But if you want a successful relationship, you need to try seeing yourself through your partner's eyes. Robin and I just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary, and I can tell you that she is fun damn near every day. Do you tease, play, create positive energy and try to ignite passion?Then we reminisce about our experiences so we can share them over and over. In fact, a few nights ago we found ourselves out in the backyard pool at 1 a.m.I won't say much, but we were real glad that the lights are timed to go off at midnight!
We also love to tease each other, but it's never meanspirited.
For instance, my knee was killing me the other day, and I was limping into the kitchen when I saw Robin's reflection in the window.