A romance for the history books. Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham may not have followed the typical relationship rules, but their connection is getting stronger by the day.
The couple started dating in 2001 and welcomed their first child together, daughter Ella Rae, two years later. They had three more children: sons Michael and Brendan in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and daughter Grace in 2010.
It was not until August 2009 that the Entourage executive producer and the former model finally tied the knot. The duo exchanged their vows in a romantic and intimate ceremony at a Catholic church in Beverly Hills with their children and a few close relatives.
A year before his wedding, the artist “Good Vibrations” applauded his soon-to-be wife to help him become more of a family man after his rocky past. As a teenager, Wahlberg experienced a handful of clashes with the law, but was willing to take on the responsibilities of fatherhood after falling for Durham.
“I owe my wife a lot,” he said the UK The sun in 2008. “She helped me become the man I am and created a beautiful life for me and our children. … You need the right woman in your life and that feeling that you will be together for a long time. This is especially important if you are going to have children. ‘
Despite his legendary Hollywood career, Wahlberg and Durham have tried to keep their children grounded and grateful. In May 2014, the father is at home star opened up about the couple’s secrets to the success of parenting in the spotlight.
“I think the most important thing is to always be involved in every aspect of their lives,” he said Esquire at that moment. “The most important thing to me, you know, as soon as I could turn it around, to get from there to here, that now as a kid I don’t have anything here for me, that offers everything for my kids, it’s like, I “I’m afraid they may not appreciate things. I’m afraid they may have a sense of right. You don’t want to give your kids everything without giving them the tools to be great people.”
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