A love story fit for the archives. Even though Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham may not have adhered to traditional relationship guidelines, their bond is getting stronger every day.
Daughter Ella Rae was born to the couple’s first child, with whom they had been dating since 2001. Sons Michael and Brendan were born in 2006 and 2008, respectively, and daughter Grace was born in 2010.
The executive producer of Entourage and the former model didn’t get married until August 2009. In a loving and private ceremony, the couple exchanged their vows in front of their children and a small group of close family members at a Beverly Hills Catholic church.
The Good Vibrations musician praised his soon-to-be bride for helping him become more of a family man following his troubled background one year prior to his wedding. Wahlberg had a few legal run-ins as a teenager, but after falling in love with Durham, he was ready to take on fatherhood’s obligations.
I owe my wife a lot, he said in 2008 to the U.K. newspaper The Sun. She has shaped me into the guy I am today and built a lovely life for me and our kids. You need to feel that you’re going to be with this woman for a very long time and that she is the appropriate woman for you. That is especially crucial if you plan to have kids.
Wahlberg and Durham have worked hard to raise their kids to be thankful and grounded despite his illustrious Hollywood job. The Daddy’s Homestar couple shared their tips for successful parenting in the public eye in May 2014.
He once said to Esquire, “I think the most essential thing is to always be active in every part of their life. The main concern I have is that, despite how rapidly I was able to turn things around, to get from there to here, from having nothing as a child to caring for my children now, I worry that they might not understand what they have.
I fear that they might develop a sense of entitlement. Giving your children everything is excellent, but you should also give them the means to become good individuals.