Inside Mark Wahlberg's Enduring Marriage

Wed Oct 04 2023
By   tashi

Actor Mark Wahlberg has been married to Rhea Durham since 2009: Inside the duo's blissful family life!  

Most notably known for his Oscar-nominated roles in The Departed, and The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg, an actor, producer, and businessman, is clearly a man of many talents. Mark was an aspiring rapper before he swapped his career for acting. In fact, it was with his brother, singer Donnie Wahlberg, with whom he first began his journey to fame.  

Born Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg on June 5, 1971, in Boston, Massachusetts, he now resides in the sin city of Nevada with his wife and their kids. Wahlberg is an acclaimed multi-hyphenated star, but he certainly didn't start his journey on the right foot.  

The Oscar nominee has a history of petty crimes, racist altercations, and homophobic behavior. Lucky for Mark, not only has he avoided being canceled but also came off the wrong track unscathed. Ahead of everything to know about Mark's low-key family life and their new start in Las Vegas.  

Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham: Together Forever!  

Wahlberg is looking forward to many things and the list includes his upcoming productions, The Family Plan, Our Man From Jersey, and Arthur the King. Amid his jam-packed schedule, the 52-year-old actor says he is also excited for the incoming holiday season and some time off with his wife, Rhea Durham, and their four kids.   

Mark Wahlberg is married to Rhea Durham.
Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham have been together since 2001. Photo Source: Instagram

Mark and Durham go way back in 2001 when they first met at a press junket. A few planned subsequent dates later, the Academy-nominated actor has already realized that Durham was the one for him. While keeping things relatively under the radar, Wahlberg and Rhea welcomed their first kid, Ella, in September 2003, followed by the birth of their second kid in March 2006.  

Many doubted the duo's unconventional approach to cement a life together, but the Fighter actor knew that he and Durham were in for the long haul. "We've been very fortunate. We've waited and worked hard to really strengthen our relationship. We want it right," Wahlberg explained while addressing fans' common query.   

Mark Wahlberg and Rhea got married in 2009.
The pair got married after welcoming three kids, in 2009. Photo Source: Instagram

The pair welcomed another baby in September 2008, and it was during that time the two decided that they were ready for the commitment of a lifetime. The doting parents of three settled the long-going doubts once and for all by quietly tying the knot on August 1, 2009.  

The duo's intimate wedding couldn't have been more exclusive. With only 12 guests and their kids in attendance, Mark and Rhea held the long-awaited ceremony, or formality if you might, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills, California. "She looked like a princess and was beyond stunning. Mark looked ecstatic," one of the few guests said in a rare statement.   

Mark Wahlberg and Rhea welcomed three kids before getting married.
The Wahlberg family recently relocated to Nevada. Photo Source: Instagram

The couple's private wedding was followed by the announcement of another milestone; Wahlberg and Durham were expecting their fourth baby. "My wife is allowed to pick the magic number as many as she wants to have," the Ted actor said when asked if they were stopping after four. The two welcomed their youngest kid, Grace, in January 2011.   

It's fourteen years since their nuptial and over two decades of being together, and the pair are still going strong. The fact that Wahlberg and Durham are still taking big steps in their personal life is proof enough that the pair are thriving. The Departed actor sold his $55 million mansion in Los Angeles earlier this year and moved his big family to Nevada.    

After 13 years of marriage, the couple is still going strong! 

"Everybody's adapted nicely. The kids are all out at school, and everybody's happy," Wahlberg said while talking about his new life in Nevada. Further dishing on their new journey as a family, the Oscar nominee said, "We came here to just kind of give ourselves a new look, a fresh start for the kids. I'm really excited about the future."  

Get to Know Mark Wahlberg's Wife and Kids!  

Now known to the world as Mrs.Wahlberg, Rhea Durham, 45, has pretty much stayed stuck to her offshoot celebrity status, tending to her famous husband, and kids. But there was a time when Durham boasted a lot more than her conjugal achievements.   

Mark Wahlberg's wife is a former model.
Durham, 45, is a former model, and now, a businesswoman. Photo Source: Instagram

Rhea was only 14 when her alluring looks carved her a spot in the modeling industry. By her early 20s, she had become one of the most promising models in the eyes of the critics. She would grace the covers of some esteemed publications like Vogue, Elle, and Marie Claire, before eventually walking the coveted Victoria's Secret fashion show in 2000, and 2001.  

Besides being a busy homemaker and that too, a constantly adored one (check Mark's recurring tributes to his wife), Durham is also a businesswoman. She launched her handbag line, Ella Grace by Rhea Wahlberg, in 2018. "I literally sit down at my breakfast table and design everything. I do it by pencil," the former model said about her new venture at the time.  

The Wahlberg couple are doting parents to four kids. Their oldest, Ella, 20, is all grown up, and already in a stable relationship. The Departed actor has shared plenty about his oldest daughter over the years, including the story of how she was born on the same day his elder sister, Debbie, died of a heart attack. Ella has been dating a guy named James for over a year.   

Mark Wahlberg is a doting father of four.
The long-married couple share four kids. Photo Source: Instagram

The duo's second kid, Michael, 17, was once a boxing buff. The former rapper shared how a little Michael got infatuated with the brutal game when he was training for his role in The Fighter. The Oscar-nominated actor's third kid, Brendan, 15, is reportedly into sports, and Wahlberg is all for that. The father-son duo often enjoy game dates and bond via golfing.  

Mark's youngest, Grace, 13, is obviously the baby of the fam. The BAFTA-winning actor takes much pride in his daughter's achievements at such a young age. Grace is a promising equestrian. "She is already traveling the world, jumping horses and doing her thing," The Fighter actor said in an interview, adding, "She's got my work ethic for sure."  

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