Audra Mari and Josh Duhamel dated for more than two years before getting engaged in 2022. Here is a timeline of their relationship in its entirety.
Audra Mari and Josh Duhamel are getting ready to exchange vows.
Almost two years of dating later, on January 8, 2022, the pair announced their engagement. That same month, the actor expressed some endearing thoughts about his fiancée, telling Access’ Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover, “She’s a very sweet girl.”
We’re from North Dakota and love lake life, so we have a lot of similar interests, he continued. “We just match. She’s a beautiful lady. She has a cabin not far from mine.”
The former beauty pageant finalist and the Life As We Know It star were first connected in October 2019 after they were spotted kissing at a Toronto airport. The announcement of their romance came a little more than a year after his breakup with Eiza Gonzalez and two years after the September 2017 dissolution of his eight-year marriage to Fergie.
A source told PEOPLE shortly after Duhamel and Mari announced their engagement that the actor had appeared “gloomy” following his divorce but that meeting Mari “certainly cheered him up.”
The insider continued, “You could see they had something special early on. He introduced her to his buddies immediately away.” She entered his life at the ideal time, the source added.
Here is a detailed history of Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari’s relationship, including all of their public shows of affection and their beachside wedding.
On October 2, 2019, Audra Mari and Josh Duhamel shared a kiss at the airport.
Duhamel and Mari, his new girlfriend, was seen PDAing in a Toronto airport in October 2019. The former Miss World America paid the actor a visit while he was in Canada filming Jupiter’s Legacy for Netflix. When they finally reunited outside of a Starbucks, she gave him an embrace.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari are spotted at a party on December 7 in Los Angeles. together
Duhamel and Mari attended a Los Angeles Christmas party together in December 2019 just two months later. They had been dating for “seven or eight months,” a source told PEOPLE at the time.
At the party, they essentially spent the entire time together, a guest told PEOPLE. He was presenting her to partygoers while she was also with a female companion.
A few weeks after Duhamel and Fergie’s divorce was granted, the incident occurred.
On a sports talk broadcast on January 10, 2020, Josh Duhamel professes his love for Audra Mari.
The following month, during an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Duhamel discussed his burgeoning romance with Mari. When the actor called into the program, he announced that he, Mari, his father, and Mari’s father would be attending a Vikings football game that day. The actor remarked, “My dad, my girl, and her dad are all going.”
Duhamel responded, “Of course I do,” when host Dan Patrick questioned him about if he loved Mari more than the Vikings.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari hold hands on February 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.
In February 2020, as their love grew stronger, they were once more seen together in public. Duhamel and Mari were seen strolling hand in hand around Los Angeles as both were dressed casually.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari honor her niece in May 2021.
Mari frequently shares pictures of her nieces on Instagram since she is a proud aunt. In May 2021, she and Duhamel attended her niece’s fourth birthday celebration in her hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. In addition to tagging Duhamel in a sweet selfie of the two of them, the former pageant contestant shared a set of polaroids from the event on Instagram. In it, the actor was holding up the number four on his fingers while donning a unicorn horn.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari go to a concert together in September 2021.
The couple traveled back to North Dakota in September 2021, when they and several of Mari’s friends joined them for a performance. On Instagram, Mari posted several pictures from the event, including one of her and Duhamel grinning at the camera and another of the group backstage at a Joan Jett and the Blackhearts concert.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari announce their engagement on January 8, 2022.
Moreover, two years into their relationship, the usually secretive pair revealed one major piece of information to the public: they were engaged!
On Mari’s 28th birthday
On January 8, 2022, Duhamel proposed in the cutest way. The actor announced the news in a post on Instagram, where it garnered a lot of support and even received congratulations from Duhamel’s ex-wife Fergie. A picture of Duhamel and Mari posing with a handwritten note from the actor that read, “Audra Diane Mari Will You Marry Me?” was included in the post, which Mari also published on her Instagram.
Duhamel captioned his image, “It’s on!! She found a message in a bottle that washed up and said YES!! @audramari.”
A source told PEOPLE a few days later that Duhamel and Mari had “something unique” from the beginning of their relationship.
The source claimed that Audra entered his life at the ideal time and instantly lifted his spirits. He had a tendency to be depressed following his divorce. They bring people over for barbecues and frequently grab supper in Malibu. They lead quite sedate lives in Los Angeles.
According to a source, Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari wish to grow their family on January 10, 2022.
A source told PEOPLE after the couple announced their engagement that the former Miss World America would “want to have babies with Josh.”
Another insider said that Duhamel and Fergie’s ex-husband is unquestionably on the same page and that they want to give their son Axl Jack a sibling. The Safe Haven star “wants more kids and always has,” a source told PEOPLE, adding that Duhamel and Mari will likely “have babies sooner than later.”
The source said, “He’s not bashful about it, but he’s felt this way since Axl was very young. He adores having children.
Fergie backs Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari’s union as of January 11, 2022.
Fergie, who was married to Duhamel for eight years and with whom the actor raised their son together, told PEOPLE a few days after the news of the couple’s engagement surfaced that the pop diva was “genuinely pleased for Josh.” The insider claimed that “they co-parent incredibly wonderfully together and communicate about many things.” There doesn’t appear to be any animosity between them; they still support one another and wish the other well.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari share a cute selfie on January 24, 2022.
Mari remembered her beach getaway with Duhamel on Instagram in a rare post regarding her relationship with the actor. She uploaded a picture of a Polaroid of her and Duhamel grinning at the camera while posing temple to temple. “Some Polaroid happiness from the best trip. Thank you ALL for the wonderful wishes and love sent our way. It honestly means the world.. now let’s plan a wedding,” she wrote in the caption.
Josh Duhamel discusses how he proposed to Audra Mari on January 28, 2022.
Duhamel discussed his proposal to Mari in depth with Mario Lopez and Kit Hoover for Access at the end of January. The actor admitted to the presenters that although he knew there was a certain beach sandbar he wanted to propose on, he didn’t know how he would carry out the proposal until they arrived.
Then, he continued, “that morning, it kind of dawned on me: You know what? Do you guys have any empty bottles around here?’ I went and spoke to the concierge. We had everything set out; I was going to accompany her there as it was rising.
When they got up to the sandbar and the bottle wasn’t on the sand, there was a little fear before the proposal. The bottle had to wash up onto the sand after one diversion, a game of corn hole, for Duhamel to ask Mari the important question.
Josh Duhamel claims that he has known that Audra Mari is “the one” since February 28, 2022.
Duhamel was questioned about his realization that Mari was the one during an interview with Lauren Zima of Entertainment Tonight. Oh, I figured that out pretty early on, he said.
He described his fiancée as “an awesome girl, [and] she’s great for me.” She’s great, and I suppose we have something in common in that we’re both from North Dakota.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari hold hands after a date night on May 4, 2021.
At the celebrity-favored restaurant Nobu, Duhamel, and Mari enjoyed a springtime date night. As the couple exited the Malibu restaurant, they were captured on camera holding hands and carrying takeout bags.
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari begin arranging their wedding on May 19, 2022.
Duhamel stated that he and Mari are in “full prep mode” for the big day in a May 2022 interview with PEOPLE. Duhamel said, “I’m there to sort of answer questions or if she’s got questions about something,” adding that his fiance has been “very amazing” at arranging the wedding while he’s been working.
Despite claiming he doesn’t care about the majority of the wedding’s details, Duhamel did list a few wishes for the event, saying, “I just want there to be great music, I want to have people around that we love, and I want to be present. I want to make sure that when the night comes, I don’t want to be overcome by the moment. I just want to be present and have a great time.”