There are few celebrity relationships that stand the test of time in the public eye, but married couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have been together since 2007.
Just recently, Bell posted a heartfelt note to Shepard on Instagram congratulating him on 14 years sober. In the post she wrote, “I love you more than I ever thought I could love anyone, and I want you to know, I see you.”
Here is a comprehensive look at Shepard and Bell’s relationship timeline.
2007: Bell and Shepard met at a hockey game.
Bell and Shepard first met at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game in 2007, but it wasn’t love at first sight.
“When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness,” Shepard told Good Housekeeping. “I thought, ‘Something stinks here; they’re in a cult.’ But slowly I began to see her positive way of looking at the world. She gives people the benefit of the doubt.”
2007: The pair started dating but were fighting often, according to Bell.
In an interview with Harry Connick Jr., Bell revealed that when they met, their relationship was somewhat “toxic.”
“When we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more. We’d get in a fight because we’d fight a lot, and I’d yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realised how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out,” she said.
She went on to say that “Three months into our relationship he was like: ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.'”
Bell said this made her realise Shepard was right and she has since changed her fighting methods.
~2007: Bell recently revealed the couple broke up before getting engaged.
Bell recently told PopSugar that she and Shepard actually broke up after dating for about three months.
“He sat me down and said, ‘I can’t have this right now. I think you’re wonderful, but I am still dating other people,'” she said. “And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren’t in the same place.”
She continued to say that Shepard quickly realised he made a mistake and came back a few days later.
2009: Shepard proposed to Bell.
In 2009, Shepard and Bell starred in the romantic comedy “When in Rome.” After filming the movie on location in Italy, the couple got engaged. Shepard told People magazine that it was his “Couples Retreat” co-star Jason Bateman who pushed him towards proposing.
“Jason was first to go, ‘Stop f—— around and marry Kristen,” said Shepard, adding that Bateman was “dead right.”
2012: Shepard marked his 12th year of sobriety with a message to his family.
In 2012, Shepard took to Twitter and addressed his 12th year of sobriety. The message said, “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life-threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude#promises.“
“All the things I’d done were terrifying to her, and she had a hard time believing I would ever be able to stay married and monogamous and a father and all those things. For the first year and a half we were together that was what we battled over almost weekly,” he said.
March 2013: Shepard and Bell had their first child.
In March 2013, Bell and Shepard had their first child Lincoln Bell Shepard.
“When I got pregnant, I was like, ‘I’m so nervous. Oh my God,'” Bell said in an interview with US Weekly. “Then I was like, ‘Oh yeah, everybody’s mum did it, so I’m going to be fine.’ Mums almost need no discussion. You just need to know that someone else is a mum, and with eye contact, you go, ‘Oh yeah, I get it.'”
June 2013: Bell re-proposed to Shepard.
As advocates for equality,Shepard and Bell didn’t want to officially get married until same-sex marriage was legalised in California. When California’s Prop 8 was overturned in June 2013, Bell posted a short, sweet message to Shepard on Twitter: “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove.”
October 2013: They tied the knot.
In fall of 2013, Shepard confirmed his marriage to Bell to Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Shepard explained that in lieu of lavish festivities they had held a small, private wedding ceremony that included just him and his new wife.
“We went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse,” said Shepard. “And all in, with fuel to get there, $US142 out the door.”
2013: Shepard got a tattoo of Bell’s name on his finger.
On “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Shepard explained that he traded a wedding ring for a tattoo in Bell’s name with a small, inked bell on his ring finger.
“I don’t like wearing jewellery, but I felt obliged to warn all the men that I’m taken,” Shepard joked to Ellen.
December 2014: Bell and Shepard welcomed their second child.
In December 2014, Bell and Shepard had their second child, Delta Bell Shepard.In an interview with Babble, Bell gave advice on raising two children and handling temper tantrums as they come.
“She’s going to act the way a child acts,” said Bell. “I’m not going to let that reflect on me or bring me down. That shouldn’t make me feel ashamed or embarrassed in any way. Only you can make you feel a certain way.”
2017: Bell starred as Shepard’s wife in his film “CHIPS.”
When Shepard started directing “CHIPS,” a film based on the ’70s cop drama, he turned down Bell for the role of his awful ex-wife. He explained to USA Today that she was too “damn likable” to play a character that tortured others.
“I’m glad he likes me,” said Bell. “But I threw down a not-so-thinly-veiled threat: ‘I can be very unlikable. Welcome to the next week of your life.'”
Bell quickly proved that she had what it took to handle the role and Shepard cast her.
“It was one of my riskier moves, but she crushed it,” said Shepard. “She is just so unlikable here, which is crazy because she really is so likable.”
January 2018: Shepard guest starred on Bell’s show “The Good Place.”
On the NBC comedy “The Good Place,” Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman trying to be a better person after waking up in the afterlife. On season two of the show, Shepard made a cameo appearance as a demon that hit on Bell’s character Eleanor.
“Damn, you got that good stank,” Shepard flirted.
“Right back at you, bud,” said Bell.
February 2018: Shepard interviewed Bell on his podcast “Armchair Expert.”
In the inaugural episode of his podcast “Armchair Expert,”Shepard invited Bell on as his first guest. Over the course of an hour, they talked about their upbringings, their moral philosophies, and their relationship.
When discussing how different they are as people, Bell explained that she grew up as a strict rule follower and saw the world in black and white before she met Shepard.
“You’re taught that there is good and evil and I just don’t believe that anymore,” said Bell. “When there is happiness, I don’t run from it.”
September 2018: Bell revealed that she smokes weed around Shepard.
“I like my vape pen quite a bit. I smoke around my husband and it doesn’t seem to bother him,” Bell said. “Weed rules. Weed is my drug of choice, for sure.”
During the interview, Bell stressed that although her husband is sober he doesn’t seem to mind that Bell drinks or smokes weed around him.
“He likes drugs and alcohol,” Bell explained. “He’s just aware that he lost his privilege with them because he can’t handle it. His brain does not have the chemistry to handle it.”
Despite Bell stating her husband doesn’t mind, people were quick to have opinions on her choice.
September 2018: Kristen posted a heartfelt message to Instagram celebrating Shepard’s sobriety.
On September 1, Bell posted an Instagram congratulating Shepard on 14 years of sobriety.
“To the man [who] mocked me when in our wedding photos because [sic] I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, who held our dear little shakey man pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it,” Bell said.
The actress continued, “I will forever be in awe of your dedication, and the level of fierce moral inventory you perform on yourself, like an emotional surgery, every single night. You never fail to make amends, or say sorry when it’s needed. You are always available to guide me, and all of our friends, with open ears and tough love when its needed most.”
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