Mark Wahlberg didn't always believe in true love after getting his heart broken at a young age. He swore never to give his heart to a girl again. However, when he met Rhea Durham, he fell in love and believed again. Today they are the proud parents of four children. Join them on their journey.
Actor Mark Wahlberg's first brush with heartbreak came early. He fell in love with a woman and thought he had found his perfect match. But when he found himself trapped in prison, she rejected him and couldn't wait for him to get out.
With a broken heart and a warped notion of love, Wahlberg decided he had had enough of love. For years she didn't want to believe that she could give her heart to someone else.
Mark Wahlberg attends the New York Special Screening of PAI STU at the Sheen Center on April 7, 2022 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
Esto remember: "My heart was broken and I decided, 'I will never give my heart to a girl again.'" His views on matters of the heart remained that way for a long time, not knowing what the future would bring. But that all changed the moment he met Rhea Durham. Durham was so influential in Wahlberg's life that he attributes all the good things in her life to her. She changed his view of women and made him respect her more.
MARK AND RHEA'S RELATIONSHIP HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN EASY
Wahlberg e Durhammeetingin New York, where the "Date Night" actor was throwing a press party. He asked if she wanted to come and she said yes. He then asked if she would accompany him to St. Patrick the next morning, and she agreed.
She didn't know it at the time, but it turned out to be the first of many dates. Wahlberg admits that right after the first meeting, he knew the model was right for him. However, the actor had to make sure he was the man he needed to be before he could officially do that with her.
Actor Mark Wahlberg (R) and wife Rhea Durham arrive at the AFI FEST 2013 Presented by Audi - 'Lone Survivor' Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on November 12, 2013 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
They soon settled down togetherstarted a family. But despite their instant connection and obvious chemistry, their relationship has suffered from a few hiccups. They split shortly after the birth of their first daughter, Ella, two years after they started dating.
The lovebirds could not stay apart for long and soon made up. They had two more children, sons Michael in 2006 and Brendan in 2008.
The Instant Family star and model finally tied the knot in a Catholic ceremony in Beverly Hills in August 2010 when Durham was four months pregnant.couple's fourth child.
Ella Rae Wahlberg, Rhea Durham; Mark Wahlberg attends Operation Smile's 2015 Smile Gala held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on October 2, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images
Wahlberg revealed that they were taking their time finally getting married because Wahlberg had to be ready to commit first. He has always been wary of marriage because his parents divorced when he was a child.
In a 2008 interview, he said that no matter who the bride in question was, he was never ready for marriage. Initially, his commitment was to lay a solid foundation before taking his vows, no matter how long it took. Finally, he shared that the time had come to take the big step,saying:
"We're ready. I'm ready. She was ready, but I think you know we both come from broken families and we want to succeed."
Actor Mark Wahlberg (right) and his wife Rhea Durham attend the New York premiere of 'Ted 2' at the Ziegfeld Theater on June 24, 2015 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
"YES" AND "NO" IN THE COUPLE'S MARRIAGE
While love seemed like a distant dream for Wahlberg, he finally found the woman of his dreams, one who exceeded his expectations. He won't stop talking about Durham today. he praised hersaying:
"I owe a lot to my wife. She helped make me the man I am and created a beautiful life for me and our children."
Actors Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham attend the premiere of 'Pain & Gain' held at the TCL Chinese Theater on April 22, 2013 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images
From the beginning he knew that she loved him for who he was and he felt that he could trust her. Before meeting her, he had no such plans and never felt ready to start a family, a feeling that changed her in him.
She also noted that her feelings for Durham, who had always wanted to be a mother and wife, grew stronger when they started their own family. Heconfessed:
"You need the right woman in your life and the feeling of being together for a long time."
Actor Mark Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Max Payne' at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Oct 13, 2008 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
Having such a successful marriage requires hard work and mutual respect. And the 'Lone Survivor' actor has mastered the art of respecting his wife.
He noted that although he was offered many roles with hot sex scenes, he turned them down because his wife disapproved. He told WENN as Closer Weeklyreports:
"If it has anything to do with me kissing someone, my wife won't like it, so I'll fight to cut it out. Those are the biggest issues. I usually try to pick my fights wisely."
Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham attend the premiere of '2 Guns' at the SVA Theater on July 29, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images
When they've been together as long as Wahlberg and Durham, a union becomes pretty boring, but the couple have found ways to spice up their love life.
Durham loves it when her husband dresses up as a handyman and likes to fix or pretend to fix things around the house. They also mostly dedicate every Thursday to dating nights.
Every Thursday afternoon they leave the house and go to the movies early or get together. They then have dinner while catching up on each other's lives. And yet, as they enjoy each other's company, they make a point of not forgetting to come home when it's time to put their babies to bed.
Rhea Durham, Mark Wahlberg, Brendan Joseph Wahlberg, Grace Margaret Wahlberg, Ella Rae Wahlberg e Michael Wahlberg participam do Safe Kids Day no The Lot em 26 de abril de 2015 em West Hollywood, Califórnia. | Fonte: Getty Images
More than building the marriage, the couple likes to create them together. "I think the most important thing is to always be involved in all aspects of your life."theseEsquire, as reported by Us magazine.
Despite their illustrious Hollywood career, Wahlberg and Durham strive to keep their children grounded and grateful. The 'Daddy's Home' actor shared that he fears his kids don't appreciate the important things in life because they are growing up in a privileged lifestyle.
To limit any claims from your children,Wahlbergand Durham make sure their children are given the right tools to become great people. "You don't want to give your kids everything without giving them the tools to be great people." Heheavy.