Yes, she agreed! On his new fiancee’s 28th birthday, Josh Duhamel revealed that he and his girlfriend Audra Mari are engaged.
Duhamel, 49, posted a picture of himself with his bride-to-be on the beach at sunset. The former pageant queen and the actress from Safe Haven are beaming as they hold a piece of paper that says, “Audra Diane Mari, “Are you willing to marry me?”
The All My Children actress acknowledged her acceptance of the proposal in his caption. “It’s on!!” exclaims the narrator. “She received a message in a bottle that washed up on the beach and said YES!! @audramari,” he said on Instagram on January 8.
Mari has previously held the titles of Miss North Dakota USA 2014 and Miss World America 2016. She’s also a model and a TV personality, and in July 2021, she’ll star in the online series Backroads alongside Audra Mari.
The North Dakota natives (she’s from Fargo, and he’s from Minot) were first seen on a date in Malibu in May of this year, and they’ve been together ever since. Duhamel and Fergie met when Duhamel was still working on his divorce from Fergie.
The Black Eyed Peas singer, 46, commented on his social media post, “Congrats!!!💚💚💚💚💚💚”
The former couple filed for divorce in May 2019, more than a year and a half after announcing their split, according to Us Weekly.
“With full love and respect, we chose to part as a relationship early this year,” the “Big Girls Don’t Cry” singer and Duhamel stated in a joint statement to Us in September 2017. We wanted to make this a private affair before discussing it with the world to give our family the greatest chance to adapt. We have always been and will always be together in our support for one another and our family.”.
The exes married in Malibu in January 2009 after dating since 2004, and their divorce was completed in November 2019. They are still co-parenting their 8-year-old son Axl.
Duhamel has said that he would want to give Axl a sibling. The actor earlier said that he desired a younger spouse since he wanted to extend his family. Mari and Duhamel’s age gap of 21 years has raised some eyebrows.
“In the following five years, I’d want to have additional children.” So it’s more about finding someone young enough to have kids,” he remarked on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast in December 2018. “It’s not like I’m out there wanting to f—-k up anything; that’s not who I am.” I’m looking for a female with whom I can share my life and have a family, you know?”
Josh Duhamel’s New Pageant Queen Girlfriend: 5 Things to Know
Us has compiled a list of five things you should know about the actor’s new partner.
1. She’s a Lot Younger than You Are
Mari is a 25-year-old woman. She and Duhamel are 21 years apart in age. On January 8, 2020, she will be 26 years old.
2. She Is a Queen of The Beauty Pageant
The model came in second place in the 2011 Miss Teen USA pageant, representing her native state of North Dakota. Miss North Dakota USA 2014 and Miss World America 2016 were her subsequent titles.
3. in High School, She Overcame Bullying
Mari told Seventeen in 2011 that her high school students made fun of her because she was tall and slender, with some even dubbing her Sasquatch.
“Finally, I informed my mother about all that was going on. She spoke with the administration, and they called the girls in to speak about it,” she told the magazine. “All you have to do now is bring it to the attention of those in positions of power.”
4. She’s Worked as A Model for Major Corporations
Mari has modeled for H&M and the swimsuit edition of Ocean Drive magazine in between pageant appearances. Duhamel is one of her more than 32,000 Instagram followers.
5. She Is a Filipino Woman
The grandpa of the North Dakota State University graduate is from the Philippines. “He came to the United States to provide his family a better life,” she said in her Miss World 2016 video package. “He’s a bright example that anything is possible here, having raised four wonderful children.”
Audra Mari Was ‘Ideal’ for Josh Duhamel, He Knew
After more than two years of dating, the 49-year-old actor proposed to the 28-year-old beauty queen last month, but popping the question wasn’t a tough choice for him.
Josh, who has an eight-year-old son Axl with ex-wife Fergie, told ‘Entertainment Tonight’ when asked when he realized Audra was the one for him: “Oh, I was well aware of it from the start.
“She’s a fantastic young lady who is ideal for me. We’re both from North Dakota, and I believe we have a lot in common. She’s fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Josh is overjoyed to have won a part in the second season of the Disney+ series ‘Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,’ since it has given him a reason to spend more time at home, in addition to being a fan of the original films.
He said, ” “This was a film that I grew up with. There was also the possibility of working in Los Angeles! I’d had enough of traveling.
“This is a fantastic character. This character is a blast to play. He’s like that tough-guy hockey coach that pushes these youngsters far harder than they need to be pushed.”
Josh recently stated that, although he was assured of his devotion to the former Miss World America, he didn’t put much thought into his proposal.
He revealed: “I simply decided that was the way I wanted to do it at the last minute. I didn’t have anything scheduled for the evening. I didn’t have a ring on my finger yet. ‘OK, you’re going to do this today,’ I said. ‘Today is the big day.’ And that’s pretty much how it all went down.”
Josh and Audra were on vacation in the Florida Keys when he planned to propose in a “lovely” manner. He chose to send Audra a literal message in a bottle in the end.
“As we were heading out there, I coordinated with [the concierge] there to make sure the bottle was floating up to shore,” the actor said.
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