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John Corbett and Bo Derek's love story: Couple secretly married after nearly 20 years together

John Corbett told 'The Talk' that he and Bo Derek secretly got married after spending almost two decades together
Bo Derek and John Corbett got hitched (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Bo Derek and John Corbett got hitched (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

After nearly 20 years together, John Corbett of 'Sex and the City' said that he and his long-term girlfriend Bo Derek secretly married. The 60-year-old actor revealed the good news to the hosts, including Jerry O'Connell, during an interview on 'The Talk' on Tuesday, August 3.

Corbett, who played Aidan in 'Sex and the City' and is known for his roles in films such as 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' and 'Raising Helen', was recently in the news for playing the lead character's partner in ABC’s 'Rebel'.


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Corbett and Derek join a list of celebrities who recently got married. After six years together, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married on the country singer's vast Oklahoma ranch last month. Emma Bunton revealed that she married her sweetheart of 23 years Jade Jones in a secret ceremony. Last October, Scarlett Johansson married Colin Jost in an intimate ceremony after two years of dating. Here's what you need to know about Derek and Corbett's wedding.


Speaking to CBS's 'The Talk', Corbett shared that this was the "first time either one of us has said anything publicly about it," USA Today reported. "Jerry, I can't believe that I forgot to tell you that around Christmas time we got married. Bo and I got married!" Corbett said, showing off his wedding ring to the camera. "And this is probably the first time, you know, 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."

A spokesperson for Derek stated that the couple "were married late last year in a private ceremony". Corbett explained that the date of their wedding was chosen to put a positive spin on the year 2020. "After 20 years, we decided to get married," he said. "We didn't want 2020 to be that thing that everybody looks back at and hated, and we thought, let's get one nice thing out of it."

John Corbett and Bo Derek arrive at the pre-Kentucky Derby Barnstable-Brown party May 2, 2003, in Louisville, Kentucky (Photo by Sam Riche/Getty Images)

Derek, an actress and producer, and Corbett began dating in 2002. In April 2020, some eight months before they got hitched, Derek admitted to Entertainment Tonight that getting married was never a priority for him and his girlfriend. "It's not really a conscious decision not to," Derek told the news outlet. "It's just at our age we're not going to have children: we're not building a new family together that this is important to a family tree. So, for us, it would just be a piece of paper."

Speaking to Fox News, Derek said: "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." Derek claimed she didn't expect to love anybody else after losing her former husband, John Derek, in 1998 at the age of 71, but that changed in a matter of five years. She said that she ran into Corbet and struck a romance. "It was just an attraction, a comfort. 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."


Derek's attentiveness, according to Corbett, has played a key role in their relationship's endurance. "Because she really listens to me," Corbett said. "By that, I mean she really listens to what I'm saying and watches what I'm doing and she's just present. She's in the moment as the cliché saying goes." Derek said Corbett's sense of humor kept their relationship going. “He makes me laugh all the time," she said to Fox News last August.