Josh Duhamel Seemed ‘Gloomy’ After Fergie Divorce, New Fiancée Audra Mari ‘Cheered Him Up’: Source

Josh Duhamel

Josh Duhamel

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Josh Duhamel and his new fiancée Audra Mari discovered “something special” collectively, a supply tells PEOPLE.

The 49-year-old Love, Simon actor revealed on Instagram Saturday that he and Mari, 28, bought engaged in a sunny seaside proposal. He wrote alongside a cheerful photograph, “It’s on!! She found a message in a bottle that washed ashore and said YES!!” On her web page, Mari stated, “my heart is so happy. I love you @joshduhamel.”

The engagement comes over 4 years after Duhamel and Fergie broke up in September 2017. The “Fergalicious” singer then filed for divorce in May 2019 after eight years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized in November 2019.

A supply tells PEOPLE that Duhamel was in a tragic place after the divorce from Fergie, with whom he shares 8-year-old son Axl, however Mari made him blissful after they started courting in 2019.

“You could tell that they had something special early on. He introduced her to his friends right away,” says the supply. “He seemed a bit gloomy after his divorce and Audra definitely cheered him up. She came into his life at the perfect time.”

“They live a pretty quiet life in L.A. They often grab dinner in Malibu and walk on the beach. They have friends over for barbecues,” the supply provides.

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Fergie even congratulated Duhamel on his engagement, writing within the remark part of his Instagram publish, “Congrats!!! 💚💚💚💚💚💚”

In December 2019, a supply informed PEOPLE that Duhamel was “really happy” with the previous Miss World America. The supply’s remark got here amid a vacation social gathering the 2 attended collectively that month, at which Duhamel and Mari “were basically together all night,” an onlooker stated on the time.

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During a 2018 episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Duhamel opened up about what he was wanting ahead to within the subsequent stage of his life — together with settling down once more after his separation from Fergie.

“I’m not 30 years old anymore. I’m 45. I want to have more kids in the next few years,” the Transformers actor stated on the time. “So it’s more about finding someone young enough to have kids. It’s not as if I’m out there trying to just f— anything. That’s not who I am. I’m trying to find a girl that I can be with and have a family with.”


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