Bo Derek, an iconic figure in Hollywood’s golden era, rose to fame with memorable performances in films like “10” and “Tarzan, the Ape Man” during the late ’70s and ’80s. Following her marriage to the controversially older John Derek, who passed away in 1998, Bo found love again with actor John Corbett, renowned for his roles in “Sex and the City” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”

Their journey began with a chance meeting on a blind date in 2002, and since then, Derek and Corbett have shared a strong bond. Preferring the serenity of their ranch in Santa Barbara, California, where they reside with their two German Shepherds and four horses, the couple deliberately keeps a low profile, steering clear of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.

Despite their private lifestyle, the revelation of their secret marriage came as a genuine surprise, kept under wraps for over six months. John Corbett disclosed the news during an August 2021 video interview on “The Talk” with fellow actor and friend Jerry O’Connell.

Displaying his wedding ring proudly, he shared that the decision to exchange vows took place in December 2020. Their choice of that specific time was driven by a desire to avoid associating the year solely with negative events. Clearly elated and deeply in love, Corbett radiated joy as he unveiled this heartwarming news. Let’s delve into the narrative of their nearly two-decade-long relationship and the announcement of their wedding.

Derek and Corbett, a notably private Hollywood couple, have shared nearly two decades together. Despite their low-profile lifestyle, it might be easy to overlook their relationship due to the absence of flashy headlines. Preferring the tranquility of a country life, they intentionally sidestep the glitz and glamor of Hollywood.

Their love story began in 2002 when they were set up on a blind date by Hollywood agent Norby Walters, a close friend of Corbett’s. Recounting their first date in a 2015 interview with Today, the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star expressed initial intimidation, saying, “I said, ‘I’m not dating anyone,’ and (Walters) said, ‘I’ll get you a date, Corbett!’ And he set me up with Bo. I was very intimidated!”

Despite the nerves, the connection between them was instant. Derek shared with the news outlet that the attraction was immediate, even though she “hadn’t dated in five years.” She fondly recalled telling her friends, “I’ll wait until all the sparks and all that get going,” and, eventually, it happened.

In an interview with Fox News in April 2020, Derek emphasized that Corbett needn’t have felt intimidated initially, as their connection was evident from the start. Describing it as an attraction and comfort, she highlighted his joyful and lively nature, noting, “He makes me laugh all the time. He’s full of life, full of joy. I became attracted to him and I still am. We take things day by day, and I think we are still there.”

During the same Fox News interview, Derek mentioned that the couple was “starting to get a little more settled.” However, despite this newfound sense of stability, tying the knot didn’t seem to be a top priority for them. Derek conveyed to the news outlet:

“I think when you’re beginning a young family and you’re going to have children and set up this new family tree branch, it’s obviously a wonderful commitment and it’s meaningful. But for us in our lives, it hasn’t been yet.”

For a considerable period, the stunning couple seemed aligned in their views on marriage, with Corbett even publicly advocating against it in a 2016 HuffPost interview. He expressed the belief that the key to a healthy relationship is avoiding marriage, saying, “Don’t get married. I have a lot of friends that get divorces. It becomes this whole thing. I think the secret is just enjoy being together.”

However, as life often takes unexpected turns, by December 2020, Derek and Corbett seemed to have had a change of heart, deciding to exchange vows. Corbett surprised his friend Jerry O’Connell with this revelation during a video interview on “The Talk” in August 2021. He admitted to O’Connell that he had forgotten to mention earlier that he and Derek had tied the knot around Christmastime, saying:

“Jerry, I can’t believe that I forgot to tell you that around Christmastime we got married. Bo and I got married!”

O’Connell and his co-host promptly extended congratulations to Corbett, applauding enthusiastically. Corbett then shared:

“We’re pretty private people; we didn’t make an announcement. All our friends and family knew, but this is the first time either one of us has said anything publicly about it because really we haven’t had an opportunity. So, you’re my buddy and now I guess I’m telling all of America, or the world.”

Detailing the decision to marry after almost two decades, Corbett explained they didn’t want 2020 to be remembered negatively, aiming to extract “one nice thing out of it.” Reflecting their longstanding trend of keeping their relationship discreet, the couple maintained a similar approach to their nuptials.

In a conversation with Entertainment Tonight just a few months before the wedding, Derek shared her deep admiration for her now-husband. She remarked:

“It’s that twinkle in his eye, that humor. He has a lot of joy in him and I feed off of it. I just love it. And the simplest things can make him so happy, so he makes my day brighter because of that, too. And he’s got a wicked sense of humor.”

Such profound love is undoubtedly worth cherishing. Congratulations to the delighted couple! While we anticipate more public glimpses of their shared moments, and perhaps some insights into their special day, considering their penchant for a quiet life, the timing remains uncertain.

What are your thoughts on the recent marriage of John Corbett and Bo Derek, who have been together for almost two decades? The intriguing twist is that they chose to keep it under wraps for over six months. Feel free to share this news with your acquaintances so they can also catch up on the details!

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