Audra Mari and Josh Duhamel are about to exchange vows.
After nearly two years of dating, the couple announced their engagement on January 8, 2022. That same month, he shared lovely comments about his fiancée with Access’ Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover, saying, “She’s a lovely girl.”
“We just clicked. He continued, we’re both from North Dakota and enjoy lake life, so we share many interests. She’s a lovely lady with a cabin not far from mine.”
The former beauty pageant finalist and the Life As We Know It star was first linked in October 2019 after being seen kissing at a Toronto airport. Their affair was announced a little more than a year after his divorce from Eiza Gonzalez and two years after the dissolution of his eight-year marriage to Fergie in September 2017.
According to a source who spoke to PEOPLE shortly after Duhamel and Mari announced their engagement, the actor had been “gloomy” after his divorce. Still, meeting Mari “definitely cheered him up.”
“You could see they had something special early on, and he introduced her to his buddies right away,” the insider continued. “She entered his life at the perfect time,” the source added.
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Here’s a timeline of Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari’s romance, including their public displays of affection and beach wedding.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari Are Engaged After Two Years of Dating!
Yes! On Audra Mari’s 28th birthday, Josh Duhamel proposed. Duhamel, 49, shared a sunset photo with his future wife. The former beauty pageant winner and Safe Haven actress hold up a piece of paper that reads, “Audra Diane Mari, Will you marry me?”
The All My Children alum confirmed her acceptance in his caption. “Go!” She exclaimed as she noticed a bottle message and replied, “YES!” @audramari on Instagram
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Mari won the titles of Miss North Dakota USA in 2014 and Miss World America in 2016. She’s a model and TV personality who will co-host Backroads in 2021 with Audra Mari.
They’ve been dating since May 2019 and are both from North Dakota (she’s from Fargo, he’s from Minot). They met during Duhamel’s divorce from Fergie. The Black Eyed Peas singer, 46, stated, “Congrats!!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚”
Us Weekly reported the divorce in May 2019, about a year and a half after they split up. “With absolute love and respect, we opted to separate early this year,” they told Us in September 2017. “We kept this quiet to give our family time to adjust, and we always support one other and our family.”
The ex-couple began dating in 2004, married in Malibu in 2009, and divorced in 2019. They continue to co-parent their 8-year-old son Axl. Mari and Duhamel’s 21-year age difference has raised eyebrows, but the celebrity is looking for a younger companion to expand his family.
“I want more babies soon,” he remarked in December 2018 on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “I’m not out to f— anyone or anything. I’m looking for someone with whom to establish a family.