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Tinder’s got nothing on Martin and Shirlie (Picture: Rex Features)

Martin Kemp and Shirlie Holliman should bottle up their love and sell it because the couple are still going strong after almost 40 years. That’s basically a lifetime in the land of showbiz where 72-day marriages are pretty much the norm.

The happy couple tied the knot in 1988 but have been together a total of 37 years, making them one of the longest-lasting celebrity couples.

It’s been quite a ride for the couple as they’ve weathered the normal ups and downs of successful careers and family life.

Shirlie, 57, is best known as a member of ‘80s pop duo Pepsi and Shirlie, and as a singer for Wham! alongside George Michael, while Martin, 58, was a star of EastEnders and a member of Spandau Ballet.

The couple are also parents to daughter Harley, 30, and son Roman, 26.

Now, Martin and Shirlie can add collaborators to that list as they’re set to release their first joint album together, In The Swing Of It, next month.

Most of us can only dream of achieving long-lasting love with a significant other but Martin and Shirlie have somehow made it work.

Martin and Shirlie have been married almost 40 years (Picture: Rex Features)

But would they have been able to stick it out if they met in the ever fickle era of dating apps like Tinder and Hinge?

‘I really do feel sorry for kids nowadays, maybe even more so girls, because you know that your boyfriend has all this access to seeing millions of girls on his phone,’ Shirlie told

I mean, that didn’t exist in my day. So I think there’s so much pressure on young people now.’

A sign of their true love, Shirlie believes she and Martin would have always found each other even with all the options dating apps bring.

‘Martin and I didn’t even have phones in those days, we had postcards,’ she recalled. ‘And we survived that so we could have survived anything because I think if you love someone, you love someone, and you get through it. So yeah, I’m sure we would survive today.’

Aw, you guys.

When it comes to the secret of what keeps their relationship strong against the odds, Shirlie said: ‘People always say what’s the secret to your relationship? I think this album is the secret. I think all the songs reveal it.’

Their forthcoming album, In The Swing Of It, is pretty much their love letters to each other – that we can all share and enjoy.

Covers of classic songs include Fly Me To The Moon, Ain’t That a Kick In The Head, the lead single Nice Work If You Can Get It and, Martin’s favourite, The Way You Look Tonight.

‘I always like the song The Way You Look Tonight, because there’s a line it says when you when you “laugh, the wrinkle, it wrinkles, your nose”, and Shirlie actually has that line when she laughs and it wrinkles, so that one hits home,’ Martin said fondly.

Can these two be more adorable?

Loving their almost matching looks (Picture: Rex Features)

They’ve barely aged a day (Picture: Getty Images)

Almost 40 years and still going strong (Picture: WireImage)

The album has even more of a person touch as their daughter Harley actually wrote two songs for the record, Like We Used To Do and When We’re Apart.

Shirlie said of her daughter’s contribution: ‘They melt my heart because of the lyrics because it’s her looking at her parents. The lyrics are so charming.’

‘It was lovely when she came up with the songs because it was her take on mum and dad’s relationship at this point in our lives, which was lovely to hear. It was emotional,’ Martin added.

The couple have even recorded a Christmas cover of It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, and while it’s Shirlie’s favourite time of year, they’re not hedging their bets on scooping this year’s Christmas number one.

Shirlie admitted: ‘I will try and visualise it but I don’t want to disappoint myself.’

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We reckon they could Michael Buble and Robbie Williams a good run for their money.

Martin and Shirlie’s debut album In The Swing Of It is set for release on 22 November.

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