It’s No Secret: Slow Dancing Their Way Out of Arguments

It’s No Secret: Slow Dancing Their Way Out of Arguments

Because marriage is an ever-evolving experience, we constantly shift, change and, in some cases, start over. In It’s No Secret, couples share thoughts about commitment and tell us what they have learned along the way.

Who Sara Blakely, 47 and Jesse Itzler, 49.

Occupations She owns Spanx, the shapeware brand; he is an entrepreneur and author. His new book, “Living with the Monks,” was published May 29 (Hachette/Center Street).

Their Marriage 9 years, 7 months and counting.

Through the Years

The couple married Oct. 18, 2008 at the Gasparilla Inn in Boca Grande, Fla., before 400-plus guests. They live in Atlanta with their four children, ages 2 through 8.

Ms. Blakely was introduced to Mr. Itzler at a charity poker tournament in Las Vegas in 2006, but even before they met she felt an unexplainable energy and connection to him. “I saw this man walking through the casino, I felt drawn to him,” said Ms. Blakely, who is the founder of Spanx and a past judge on the TV show “Shark Tank.” “Growing up, while my friends were crushing on Andy Gibb, I had one on Gene Wilder, and he kind of reminded me of him.”

Credit: It’s No Secret: Slow Dancing Their Way Out of Arguments