The Barack Obama and Michelle Obama love story

Almost 26 years of love, laughter and friendship.

By Ellie McDonald

"Marriage flourishes when the couple works together as a team; when both husband and wife decide that winning together is more important than keeping score. Good marriages don't just happen. They are a product of hard work."

These are the wise words of Michelle Obama, who also happens to have been happily married to her husband, former-President of the United States Barack Obama, for going on 26 years.

Indeed the love between this pair continues to burn bright, with Barack taking to Instagram to profess his adoration for Michelle, 54, with a birthday message that we're sure melted our hearts along with Michelle's.

"You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend," he posted, along with a picture of the two sharing a tender moment together. "I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day."

Michelle lovingly responded: "You're my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old."

Scroll through Michelle and Barack's love story in pictures and we DARE you to find a celebrity union that competes with theirs.