The pair started courting in 2001 and welcomed their first baby collectively, daughter Ella Rae, two years later. They went on to have three extra kids: sons Michael and Brendan in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and daughter Grace in 2010.
It wasn’t till August 2009 that the Entourage govt producer and the previous mannequin lastly tied the knot. The duo exchanged their vows in a romantic and intimate ceremony at a Catholic church in Beverly Hills with their kids and some shut relations in attendance.
One 12 months earlier than his nuptials, the “Good Vibrations” artist applauded his soon-to-be-wife with serving to him develop into extra of a household man after his rocky previous. As a teen, Wahlberg skilled a handful of run-ins with the law, however was prepared to tackle the obligations of fatherhood after falling for Durham.
“I owe rather a lot to my spouse,” he informed the U.K.’s The Sun in 2008. “She has helped me develop into the person that I’m and created a ravishing life for me and our kids. … You want the correct lady in your life and that feeling that you just’re going to be collectively for a very long time. That’s particularly necessary in case you’re going to have kids.”
Regardless of his storied Hollywood profession, Wahlberg and Durham have tried to maintain their kids grounded and grateful. In Could 2014, the Daddy’s House star opened up concerning the couple’s secrets to parenting success within the highlight.
“I feel a very powerful factor is to all the time be concerned in each side of their life,” he informed Esquire on the time. “The largest factor for me is, you recognize, as rapidly as I used to be capable of flip it round, to get from there to right here, from me having nothing as a child to me right here now, offering every thing for my children, it’s like, I fear that perhaps they received’t respect issues. I fear that perhaps they’ll have a way of entitlement. You don’t wanna give your children every thing with out giving them the instruments to be nice folks.”
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