Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham, Still in Love After All These Years!
Hollywood is an industry notorious for short-term relationships and romances, but every so often you find a couple that are still going strong and still apparently very much in love even after many years together. One such couple is powerhouse actor Mark Wahlberg and his wife, former model Rhea Durham. The two met in 2001, got married in 2009, and still flirt like teenagers when seen in public!
Most recently the couple were seen taking their two oldest children, Ella and Michael, to the new movie Life of Pi at the Grove Theater in Los Angeles. In early November the couple were spotted at a soccer game for their kids where they were seen sharing kisses and holding hands, as if they had just started dating! In Miami Beach in 2011, they were also seen sharing some very public displays of affection while on holiday with their kids. So what makes the couple so strong and why are they still devoted to each other even after a decade together, and when they work in an industry where it’s common for couples to split up after only a few years?
Mark’s strong Catholic faith may be part of the reason. After a rough and rocky childhood, he credits attending prayer services daily with turning his life around and encouraging him to stay on the straight and narrow, so to speak. He no longer has the temper he did as a young man and is serious about his acting work. Mark received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Departed in 2006, and many other nominations for his role in The Fighter in 2010, opposite megastar Christian Bale. He has also been cast as the new male lead in the next trio of films revolving around the Transformers franchise of movies.
Their children may also be a large part of why the couple stay together and why they seem so positive around one another. The couple are seen by themselves when out on the town but are also typically photographed with any or all of their children. Family time is obviously important to them, and Mark himself seems like a very involved father. He has taken his children back to his home neighborhood in Dorchester, outside the city of Boston, so they can better understand what it’s like to struggle in poor neighborhoods. It was also said that Mark himself recommended actor Christian Bale for his Oscar-winning role in The Fighter after running into him at a private preschool both their daughters attended.
Whatever their reasons, fans and friends are hoping that this is one couple that manages to go the distance when it comes to relationships!