Who is Audra Mari? Meet Josh Duhamel’s New Wife

Josh Duhamel has found a “safe haven” with Audra Mari.

The romcom leader tied the knot with the 21-year-younger model in September 2022.

Here’s everything you need to know about Duhamel’s new wife.

What profession does she practice?

Audra Mari poses in a beauty contest.
Mari has qualified for at least three major beauty pageants in the finals.
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Mari, 28, is a beauty pageant queen who has taken top titles in several competitions.

In 2011, she was Miss North Dakota Teen USA and placed second in the Miss Teen USA pageant finals. In 2014 she won the title of Miss North Dakota USA and that year she again finished first in the finals of the Miss USA competition.

In 2016, Mari was crowned Miss World America and later that year she took sixth place in the Miss World pageant.

Mari often fondly reflects on her election past on social media.

In a May 2019 post, she wrote: “Miss USA was so much more than a pageant for me, it brought me much closer to the Audra I should be..”

After her pageantry ended, Mari has transitioned into modeling and freelance TV hosting jobs.

How did she and Duhamel meet?

Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari kiss at an airport.
Duhamel and Mari shared a kiss at a Toronto airport in October 2019.

Duhamel and Mari were first spotted together in early 2019, but not much was known about the new relationship at the time. After the pair packed up on a PDA at an airport in October of that year, sources confirmed to “Entertainment Tonight” that they had been dating “casually” for a few months but “recently decided to be more serious.”

“Josh and Audra got to know each other through mutual friends and get along very well,” an insider told the outlet. “The two are having a great time together and are on the same page about what they want their future to be.”

How did Duhamel propose to Mari?

Audra Mari poses in front of a Ferris wheel.
Duhamel proposed to Mari in January 2022 with a beach proposal.

Duhamel announced in January 2022 that he and Mari were engaged. The “Transformers” star put the question on a piece of burnt-edged paper presented as a “message in a bottle.”

“It’s on!!” Duhamel captioned a photo of him and Mari beaming after proposing on the beach. “She found a message in a bottle that washed up and said YES!!”

When and where was their wedding?

Josh Duhamel on a red carpet.
This is the actor’s second marriage.
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Duhamel, 49, and Mari wed on September 10, 2022 in Fargo, ND, the bride’s hometown.

The “Battle Creek” alum and brunette beauty said “I do” at Olivet Lutheran Church and were seen driving off together in a vintage red Cadillac convertible after their wedding.

Have they been married before?

Josh Duhamel and Fergie on a red carpet.
Duhamel and Fergie were married from 2009 to 2019.

Duhamel was previously married to singer Fergie.

They married in January 2009, divorced in September 2017 and finalized their divorce in November 2019. The former soap star and Black Eyed Peas member share a 9-year-old son, Axl.

It doesn’t appear that Mari has been married before.

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