Behind every great man is a great woman. In Mark Wahlberg’s case, there have been multiple. His late mother, Alma, was easily his biggest fan. And by his own admission, his beloved wife Rhea has made him the man he is today. Mark and Rhea Durham celebrate their 12th anniversary as a married couple Sunday. The “Lone Survivor” actor posted an adorable photo of the two on Instagram in recognition.
The 12-year figure is slightly misleading. In reality, Mark Wahlberg and model Rhea Durham have been together since all the way back in 2001. In fact, the couple had three of their four children before they even tied the knot.
For those who aren’t as familiar with the career path of now-legendary actor Mark Wahlberg, he didn’t have the smoothest of pasts. To put things into perspective, Mark grew up one of nine total Wahlberg children. Complicating things further was the fact that the Wahlbergs were a poor family. It should come as no surprise then, that a young Mark got caught up in the trappings of poverty.
After multiple convictions stemming from substance abuse to full-fledged assault, Mark found success in music with the help of brother Donnie. It wasn’t until then that he gained some perspective and started to straighten his life out. And it wasn’t until he met Victoria’s Secret model Rhea Durham that things truly clicked.
Raising a Family with Rhea Durham Changed Mark Wahlberg Forever
The prospect of raising a family changed Mark Wahlberg’s priorities, and he owes it all to Durham.
“I owe a lot to my wife. She has helped me become the man that I am and created a beautiful life for me and our children. … You need the right woman in your life and that feeling that you’re going to be together for a long time. That’s especially important if you’re going to have children,” Wahlberg told The Sun.
The couple couldn’t appear happier these days. In celebration of Durham’s 43rd birthday a few weeks ago, the “Boogie Nights” actor gushed about fortunate he is to be with his wife.
“Happy birthday to my wife Rhea, who is not only a total smokeshow, but most importantly, an incredible mother to our four amazing children. Love you, babe!!” Mark Wahlberg wrote in a Facebook post.
And last year, he posted one of the first photos the couple ever took together.
2021 marks two decades the couple has shared. In an industry where relationships are notoriously short, the romance between Wahlberg and Durham is a refreshing change of pace.
Happy anniversary Mark and Rhea!