Jenny McCarthy and New Kids On The Block heartthrob Donnie Wahlberg tied the knot on September 1, 2014 at the historic hotel in St. Charles in a small ceremony with family and friends outside Chicago. Read on for all the facts on the couple, their current projects together, how Jenny hunted down her husband, and their wedding day.
1. Donnie Loves Jenny Is the Couple’s New Reality Show
Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg have decided to take their love to reality TV with their new show Donnie Loves Jenny, which premieres January 7, 2014 on A&E. The couple’s wedding will be shown on the premiere of the series. Watch a promo for the show in the above video clip.
Jenny has also appeared on Wahlburgers, Donnie’s reality show with his brothers Paul and Mark in addition to his mother Alma.
2. Jenny Pursued Donnie Aggressively In Order To Get Him To Date Her
Jenny McCarthy was set on dating Donnie Wahlberg, but he didn’t jump on-board as fast as you might think. When Jenny and Donnie were introduced via Andy Cohen, she reportedly slipped him her number, but he chose not to call her. When Jenny later had Donnie appear on her late-night talk show, she and Donnie sucked on lollipops and Jenny planted a kiss on Donnie’s lips. Finally, Donnie took Jenny out on a date.
3. Prior To Dating Each Other, They Each Were Prone To Making Out With Fans
Before the two dated, McCarthy had the yearly tradition of kissing a complete stranger she would pick out on New Year’s Eve while hosting with Ryan Seacrest. But, now that she’s married, her husband has requested she give up that tradition. Jenny isn’t the only one giving up a kissing tradition. As a part of NKOTB, Donnie had a big habit of kissing fans on the lips at concerts and making out with them. That was something he stopped doing as well.
4. Donnie Used The Help Of Jenny’s Son When He Proposed
Jenny’s son Evan was also a big part of the couple’s wedding day. Donnie helped him get dressed and then he walked his mother down the aisle to give her away. He also gave a spontaneous toast at the reception. Jenny gushed to People:
He grabbed the microphone and said, ‘Can I say a few words?’ ” she said. “He was like, ‘I love my stepdad, I’m so glad for my mom, we’re going to make a great family.’ And it was really beautiful.
This is the second marriage for both stars. McCarthy was previously married to John Mallory Asher from 1999 to 2005. Wahlberg has two sons Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 13, with his ex-wife Kim Fey, whom he was married to from 1999 until 2008.
5. When Jenny McCarthy Got Her Job On The View, Donnie Was Her First Guest
Jenny McCarthy got a job last year as a co-host on The View and her boyfriend at the time, Donnie, filled her dressing room with flowers and balloons to congratulate her. He also appeared as her first guest on the show and playfully played a newlywed-style game with Jenny. Former co-host Sherri Shepherd gushed over Donnie as she is a major NKOTB fan and Donnie gave her a lap dance in return.