Billy & Victoria, The Young and the Restless
Y&R’s Billy and Victoria endured and overcame many obstacles, with their love pulling them through some very trying times. They survived Victor’s schemes to break them apart and their own marital issues. They welcomed the child Billy unwillingly conceived with Chelsea into their family and stuck together when fears of losing the child surfaced. Their love conquers when all else fails. They’re not afraid to make mistakes. They support each other even when others try to convince them otherwise. They’ve earned their place on our list because of their unrelenting faith and determination to make their marriage work. Billy Miller and Amelia Heinle’s ability to transcend lackluster writing is a talent not many possess. May Billy and Victoria have a happy (and less dramatic) 2013.
Dante & Lulu, General Hospital
Dante and Lulu went through very realistic rough patches in 2012. It’s not uncommon for newlyweds to question their individual identity. Do you lose yourself? Are you just an extension of your spouse? Lulu’s frustration with her career prospects and questions over her new role as Mrs. Dante Falconeri led her to the bottle and some self-searching, but it was the love of her husband that helped her through it. It was Dante’s turn to question his marriage when Lulu began working with ex-lover Johnny, but that quickly passed when he realized his wife would only have eyes for him. Lulu and Dante’s quest to have children only endeared them more in our hearts. Their love is not always easy, but it’s true love.
Will and Sonny, Days of our Lives
Being a show’s first homosexual pairing carries a lot of expectations. One of the most refreshing things about Will and Sonny’s relationship is its portrayed just as any heterosexual couple would be. They kiss, they hold hands, they make love. They aren’t “the gay couple” on the show, they’re a couple. And one of our favorites for 2012.
Watching them grow from friends to being in love was one of the highlights of the year for DAYS. Sonny was supportive during Will’s struggles with his sexuality and you saw as his feelings for Will grew over time.Will opened up to Sonny, finding the lifeline he needed as he began to accept himself and the possibility of falling in love with another boy.
One of our favorite moments in their storyline came when Sonny’s mother Adrienne and Will’s father Lucas expressed reservations about the boys dating. It was a big enough issue that created just enough angst to force a big moment of truth for the couple. After overhearing just how Adrienne felt about him, Will began pull away from Sonny, believing he wasn’t good enough for him. Sonny tracked Will down after learning what happened and reassured him that he was good enough for him, and sealed it with a kiss.