For him, meeting his wife was "like meeting somebody that you just feel you're the other half to". And he fought hard to make their relationship work.
A true gentleman is what Colin Firth has always been. He has treated every woman in his life with love and respect, especially his wife. And he has never stopped working at making things work even when his marriage when through rough waters.
It was all the way back in 1995 when the seemingly quiet, reserved heart-throb was standing on the steps of an old church and saw Livia Giuggioli walking through a crowd.
“We met in Columbia. We met in Cartagena, which is a staggeringly beautiful city and full of staggeringly beautiful people," he said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, according to Heavy. “And that was it. It was a bolt to the heart,” he said about her. He couldn't move at the time because he was absolutely smitten.
Neither did she nor her family know who he was. "I remember saying to Livia and her family in Italy, 'You know, I'm a heart-throb.' And they all threw their hands up and said, 'Get outta here'," he told The Guardian. "Someone sent some tapes of the series to Italy and they didn't get it. They don't find reserved very sexy."
Their relationship blossomed into a wonderful romance and they got married in 1997. They even have two sons together, Luca and Matteo. Firth is the perfect family man who became fluent in Italian, having the heart to respect his wife's heritage. He even went to the extent of getting a dual British-Italian citizenship, which felt like the perfect thing to do since he has been connected to Italy "for more than two decades now", according to BBC.
"I was married there and had two children born in Rome," he added. "We never really thought much about our different passports. But now, with some of the uncertainty around, we thought it sensible that we should all get the same."
His charming personality also has a spot for humor and he added, "Anyone will tell you when you marry an Italian you don't just marry one person; you marry a family and perhaps an entire country. Like almost everybody I have a passionate love of Italy and joining my wife and kids in being dual citizens will be a huge privilege."
But they hit a bumpy road in between and they decided to separate for a while. "A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia," said a statement published in 2018 by People.
Even after the affair, Colin Firth was extremely understanding after it came to an end, and he had the heart to get in touch with Marco Brancaccia as well. “You have made me suffer but I know you are suffering too," Colin Firth wrote in an email to him.
Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli were not ready to give up on their marriage. To him, meeting his wife was "like meeting somebody that you just feel you're the other half to", he said, as reported by Mail Online.
Hand in hand, they worked together to fix everything that was broken in their relationship and now they are stronger than ever.
“These two have a solid commitment, are on the same level, and worked through it,” said one source. "They got back together, and things are fine. They have a good marriage."
Another source added, “It’s not uncommon for a marriage to go through periods where it seems stale, especially with children involved."
While every marriage comes with its own challenges, Colin Firth and Livia Giuggioli stood by each other after their rough patch and they now seem happier than ever.