Matthew Koma is the second husband of actress Hilary Duff. The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony on December 21, 2019.
“Koma” is Matthew’s stage name as a songwriter and singer. His legal last name is Bair.
Koma and Duff first started dating in early 2017. They broke up for a few months before reuniting later that year. In October of 2018, they welcomed a baby girl named Banks Violet Bair.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff Had an Intimate Ceremony At Their Los Angeles Home
Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma chose to celebrate their nuptials with a low-key event at their home in Los Angeles. A source told PEOPLE that the guests included family and close friends only. The ceremony took place inside and the reception was held in the backyard under a white tent.
About 24 hours after the wedding, Duff revealed her wedding dress. She shared a photo of herself and Koma standing next to a vehicle that read, “Just married.” Duff’s dress was designed by Jenny Packham and featured an open back and structured shoulders. Koma posted the same photo with the caption, “for the rest of forever… 12.21.19.”
Duff talked about the dress in more detail in a follow-up video. She explained that her stylist, Jessica Paster, assisted in helping her to choose the gown. Duff said she knew from the get-go that she had wanted a dress that was “modern” and “clean.”
Before sharing the image of her dress, Duff joined in a joke as to what the gown may have looked like. On December 22, E! News posted a photo of Duff in the white dress she wore in the movie A Cinderella Story. The outlet included in the Instagram caption, “Until pictures get released this is how we imagine her coming down the aisle.” Duff responded to the Insta, “Should have considered the mask tho.”
2. Matthew Koma Hid the Engagement Ring In a Book That He Had Made About Their Relationship When He Proposed In May 2019
Matthew Koma popped the question to Hilary Duff in a manner that would have most people feeling weak at the knees. Duff talked about how it all went down during an appearance on CBS’ The Talk a few weeks after the proposal.
Duff explained that the family was living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the time because she was working on the east coast. She came home from work and all she wanted to do was put on sweatpants and watch Game of Thrones. Duff said that Koma insisted that they go for a walk instead. She agreed, but only after she had changed into her sweatpants.
Koma and Duff walked to a nearby park. It was there was Koma presented Duff with a book that he had created with the help of an illustrator. It told the story of their relationship. Koma explained that the purpose of the book was to document stories as they happened in order to share their entire love story with their children in the future.
The final page of the book included a pocket. Inside the compartment was a diamond ring. Duff gushed about Koma getting down on one knee and saying, “I forget everything I’m supposed to say but you’re my best friend.”
Koma and Duff shared the same photos to Instagram to announce the engagement. Duff wrote in her caption, “He asked me to be his wife♥️” and Koma wrote, “I asked my best friend to marry me.” One month later, Koma reshared one of the photos and joked, “She said yes a month ago , and she hasn’t taken it back yet so I think we’re good?”
3. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff Have One Daughter Together, Banks Violet
Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma share one daughter together. Banks Violet Bair was born on October 25, 2018. Koma and Duff shared the above photo a few days later. Koma sweetly wrote, “We welcome a beautiful daughter, little sister, and best friend for life. Could not possibly be more grateful for our growing family and for the ? who makes it all possible. Cloud ten.”
The couple also used Instagram in June of 2018 to announce that they were expecting. They both posted a photo that appeared to showcase a growing baby bump Koma wrote at the time, “We made a baby girl! She will be as beautiful and sweet as her mother.”
4. Matthew Koma First Met Hilary Duff In 2015 When They Collaborated On a Song
Matthew Koma and Hilary Duff first met in 2015. He worked as a producer on her song “Breathe In. Breathe Out,” which was largely about her split with ex-husband Mike Comrie. Duff reportedly said at the time that she thought Koma was “talented and cute” but sparks didn’t fly at that time.
They started dating in January of 2017, but the initial relationship was short-lived. By March, they had gone their separate ways due to their busy work schedules. Koma was on tour at the time and Duff was based in New York City to film her Tv series Younger.
But by September of 2017, Koma and Duff had rekindled their romance. E! News reported that Koma and Duff “picked up right where they left off” after he returned from touring with his band. Duff noted in an interview in December of that year, “Third time’s a charm!”
5. Matthew Koma Is a Songwriter & Sings In His Band, the Winnetka Bowling League
Matthew Koma first met Hilary Duff to work on a song for her album, but he’s a talented singer in his own right as well. He signed with the record label Interscope in 2011 and released his first album, featuring four songs, in May of 2012.
Koma is known for several hit collaborations. For example, he worked with Zedd on the songs “Clarity” and “Spectrum.” (That partnership has since deteriorated, with Koma describing Zedd as “toxic” in a lengthy post in June of 2019).
Koma worked with country singer Shania Twain in 2017 on her fifth studio album. Twain explained at the time that her teenage son first exposed her to Koma’s music. She told iHeartRadio that after hearing an acoustic version of one of Koma’s songs, she was hooked and knew she wanted him to produce music with her. “I saw a whole other side of him and I’m thinking, ‘Wow. There’s a lot of depth to this guy.'”