A Shocking Investigation Into the Wahlbergs’ Troubling Past
- May 4, 2023
Mark Wahlberg’s Controversial Decision
Mark Wahlberg has a history of passing on potentially iconic roles, as he reportedly did with the lead role in the cult classic Donnie Darko. He disagreed with the director’s vision and believed that the character needed a lisp, leading to his departure from the project. Jake Gyllenhaal ultimately replaced him, and the film became a beloved favorite among fans, ranking on IMDb’s top 250 list. However, Wahlberg’s career didn’t suffer as he had back-to-back blockbuster hits the same year with The Perfect Storm and Planet of the Apes.
In the ’90s, Donnie Wahlberg was a prominent figure in the boy band scene. But like his younger brother Mark, Donnie wanted more out of life. He eventually made his Hollywood debut in 1996, starring in “Bullet” alongside Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke. In 1999, he gained attention for his role as a patient of Bruce Willis’ character in “The Sixth Sense.” This role proved to be a turning point in Donnie’s career, and it was clear that he had the potential to become a successful actor. Since 2010, Donnie has been starring in the drama series “Blue Bloods” and is currently the executive producer of the TNT reality show “Boston’s Finest.”
Donnie Wahlberg’s current flame may be Jenny McCarthy, but she’s not his first love. He met his first wife, sound engineer Kimberly Fey, in their early twenties, and after eight years of dating, they tied the knot in 1999. The couple has two sons, 28-year-old Xavier and 20-year-old Elijah. Unfortunately, their love story came to an end when Fey filed for divorce in 2008, citing irreconcilable differences. Rumors circulated that Donnie had cheated on Fey with model Michelle Tomlinson. Despite their split, Donnie and Fey remain committed to co-parenting their children and providing them with a nurturing environment.
Donnie’s affair with model Michelle Tomlinson had significant consequences. Donnie and Michelle’s relationship lasted for five years, during which Donnie was still married to Kimberly Fey. Michelle’s public announcement of her pregnancy didn’t sit well with Fey, leading to further strain on their relationship. Donnie reportedly broke up with Michelle after accusing her of deliberately getting pregnant to trap him into marriage. A source told the National Enquirer, “Donnie accused Michelle of deliberately getting pregnant because she knew his divorce was coming through, and she thought she could trap him into marriage.” As a result, Donnie left Michelle to raise their child on her own.
Jenny McCarthy, a former Playboy Bunny, had just gone through a very public breakup with Jim Carrey and was afraid that true love was not in the cards for her, especially as a single mom. Similarly, Donnie Wahlberg, a divorced dad of two (now three), wasn’t actively seeking anything special. However, as the saying goes, true love often happens when we least expect it. Donnie and Jenny first met on the set of Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live” in 2012, and the chemistry between them was undeniable. What started as a casual friendship quickly turned into a budding romance, and the couple tied the knot in 2014.
Cohen recognized the chemistry between the two and even encouraged Donnie to ask Jenny out, but he didn’t make a move. It wasn’t until Jenny invited Donnie to be a guest on her show, “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” that things finally took off for the couple. Jenny shared with New York’s 95.5 PLJ radio that she had gone a year without dating anybody and wasn’t sure if she was ready, but she gave him her phone number anyway. Donnie took two weeks to call her, but when he finally did, they hit it off right away. From there, their love blossomed, and they tied the knot in 2014.
Despite some skeptics who believed that Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy’s public displays of affection were just for show, the actor surprised everyone by proposing just a year after they started dating. Donnie enlisted the help of McCarthy’s son, Evan, to pop the question. According to McCarthy, she and Donnie were sitting together when he went into another room. Evan then appeared with a card that said, “Will,” followed by another card that said, “You.” She immediately knew what was happening and started to cry. Donnie then emerged with a yellow sapphire ring and got down on one knee to ask for her hand in marriage.
Donnie Wahlberg’s proposal to Jenny McCarthy was nothing short of adorable. As Jenny sat with Donnie, Evan, Jenny’s son, came out with a card that read ‘Marry’ (spelled ‘Mary’). Following that, Evan’s shirt read ‘Me?’, and Donnie emerged with a yellow sapphire ring. Donnie then asked the magical question, “Will you marry me?” to which Jenny replied with an enthusiastic “Yes!” The moment was poignant, and Evan exclaimed, “I have another dad!” making everyone cry with joy.
Mark Wahlberg’s Enduring Relationship with Rhea Durham
Donnie Wahlberg isn’t the only Wahlberg brother to find his soulmate. Mark Wahlberg, his younger brother, began dating model Rhea Durham back in 2001. Though the couple might not have adhered to traditional relationship rules, their love has thrived throughout the years. In 2003, Mark and Rhea welcomed their first child, daughter Ella Rae. They went on to have three more children, sons Michael and Brenden in 2006 and 2008, and a daughter, Grace, in 2010. Despite raising a family together, the couple didn’t make it official until they tied the knot in 2009.
Mark and Rhea tied the knot in an intimate and romantic ceremony in a Catholic church in Beverly Hills. The couple exchanged vows in the company of only their children and a select few family members. Mark adorned a dark suit, while Rhea wore a stunning strapless dress with silver embroidery. “She looked like a princess and beyond stunning. Mark looked ecstatic,” an eyewitness revealed to People magazine at the time. It was a beautiful moment for the couple, and it was evident how much they truly loved and valued each other.
Mark Wahlberg has attributed much of his success to his wife, Rhea Durham. He told The Sun in 2008, “I owe a lot to my wife. She has helped me become the man that I am and created a beautiful life for our children and me.” Mark also emphasized the importance of being with the right woman, especially when raising children. “You need the right woman in your life and that feeling that you’re going to be together for a long time. That’s especially important if you’re going to have children.”
Mark might be tattoo-free today, but this wasn’t always the case. In fact, the Lone Survivor star used to have multiple tattoos that covered his entire body. He revealed to James Corden that he had around eight or nine tattoos, which spanned across his arms, neck, stomach, back, and leg. Mark knew he wanted to remove his tattoos before filming his 2010 movie, The Fighter. However, dermatologists had doubts about the possibility of getting them removed. Nevertheless, the determined actor managed to complete a five-year tattoo removal process in just seven months. The process was no doubt painful, but Mark’s commitment to improving his image was unwavering.
It’s no secret that Mark is a fitness enthusiast. He even has his own pre-workout supplement and a personal gym in an airplane hangar, complete with a boxing ring, state-of-the-art equipment, and sound system. To maintain his physique, Mark follows a grueling schedule that he shared with his social media followers. He starts his day at an incredulous 2:30 a.m., takes an hour and a half shower, and completes multiple workouts. It’s a schedule that’s not for the faint-hearted, but Mark’s commitment to living a healthy lifestyle is admirable.
Fans of the reality series “Wahlburgers” got to meet the mastermind behind the operation – Paul Wahlberg. As the fifth of nine children, Paul always harbored the desire to become a chef, which he pursued wholeheartedly.
He trained in many renowned restaurants, including The Charles Hotel and Bridgman’s, where he held the position of Executive Chef for nine years. The reality series, which aired for ten seasons, didn’t phase Paul. In fact, he didn’t understand all the attention. In 2019, he said, “I think I’m as dull as dull comes. I don’t know how it makes for quality television.” Nonetheless, Paul’s devotion and expertise in the culinary field are evident in “Wahlburgers” and his highly successful restaurants.
Tracey Wahlberg is a person who prefers to stay out of the limelight. Despite being well-known in her community for her philanthropic work and activism, Tracey remains humble and grounded. She prefers to let her deeds speak for themselves, rather than seeking attention or recognition. As a caption to this Instagram post, Donnie wrote, “My sister – what an amazing human being she is. She stays out of the ‘spotlight’, and may give me an eye roll for posting this, but she shines brighter than any star in the sky.”
The Other Wahlberg Siblings Living Out of the Spotlight
While the reality series “Wahlburgers” gave fans an insight into the lives of the three Wahlberg brothers, there are still other siblings who prefer to live out of the limelight. Arthur, who is Alma’s third child and first son, made a few film appearances in movies such as “10” and “Patriots Day.” However, he now spends his days remodeling homes. Then there’s James, who was born a year after Paul. Unlike the rest of his siblings, James has stayed away from the entertainment industry. Instead, he serves as the Executive Director for Mark’s charity, the Youth Foundation.
Though they might not be as well-known as their celebrity siblings, Arthur and James show that there’s more to life than the spotlight. They have found success in their respective fields and continue to make their own unique contributions to society.