Josh Duhamel’s Wife Is Much Younger Than Him but He Knew She Was the One From the Start

Love has a funny way of working itself out, and for actor Josh Duhamel, it seems that the stars have finally aligned in his favor. After a failed marriage with singer Fergie, Josh Duhamel recently got married to Audra Mari, his girlfriend of 3 years. And, as it seems, the marriage thing was cooking for a long time before he popped the question, as he knew Mari was “the one” early on in their relationship.

Josh and Audra were introduced by a mutual friend.


The former beauty pageant contestant and Life as We Know It star, first met in March 2019 and began dating in May of the same year. The couple’s connection was obvious from the get-go, with sightings of them kissing at airports and hitting up high-profile events hand-in-hand. Their chemistry was electric, and it seems like they’ve been inseparable ever since.

Duhamel’s proposal to Audra wasn’t planned.

Josh surprised his then-girlfriend, Audra Mari, with a romantic proposal during their beach vacation, which he admitted was a spontaneous decision. “I just sort of decided last minute that was how I wanted to do it,” he said. “I didn’t have anything planned. I didn’t have a ring yet. I was like, ’Today’s the day.’ And that’s how it all kind of happened.”

Despite the lack of preparation, Duhamel made sure it was a memorable occasion for Mari by coordinating with the resort concierge to arrange a surprise. During a walk on the beach, a bottle with a note floated up to the shore. Inside was a heartfelt message from Duhamel that read, “Audra Diane Mari Will You Marry Me?” Overwhelmed with emotion, Mari said yes to the proposal, and the couple shared photos on social media with the caption “It’s on!!”

He knew Audra was “the one” for him from the beginning.

Josh gushed about his fiancée during an interview, revealing that he knew she was the one for him pretty early on. With a smile on his face, he admitted that Mari is an awesome girl. “We’re perfect for each other. She’s an amazing girl. She keeps me grounded. She keeps it real,” Duhamel added. “She’s perfect for me.”

He further explained that both of them are from North Dakota, and that’s where they share a commonality. “She’s great,” he said, highlighting how Mari’s personality and character have won his heart.

Less than 1 year after the romantic proposal, the couple tied the knot.

Josh, 49, and Audra, 28, exchanged wedding vows on September 10th in their home state of North Dakota. The day was amazing according to the actor’s Instagram post, but it wasn’t without its hiccups. In an interview, Duhamel revealed that he ended up in the emergency room after injuring his back “pulling some wild moves on the party bus” the night before the wedding.

He explained that he tried to do some gymnastics moves while standing inside the bus and injured his back. Despite this setback, he was still able to walk down the aisle and joked that it was his favorite part of the wedding. “I know I’m a little older than her,” he teased, later adding, “This is not going to be a good look if I can’t walk down the aisle.”

Despite their significant age gap of 21 years, Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari’s love story is a beautiful reminder that age truly is just a number. The couple has found happiness together and isn’t afraid to show it, and as they continue to build a life together, it’s clear that their love knows no bounds.

Preview photo credit FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/East News, audramari / Instagram


Get notifications
Lucky you! This thread is empty,
which means you've got dibs on the first comment.
Go for it!

Related Reads