Now that he's officially divorced from Fergie, Josh Duhamel has found himself a new girlfriend. The two have been dating for more than a year and were in a relationship in the midst of the finalization of Josh's divorce with the singer. In his new relationship, sources have suggested that Josh is "really happy."
Who is Josh Duhamel dating now?
Josh Duhamel's girlfriend is Audra Mari, a 26-year-old American model who was named Miss World America in 2016. Although the two of them haven't been spotted out together recently thanks to the pandemic, they were previously known to go out in public together regularly, often holding hands.
“They’ve known each other for quite some time and began dating seven or eight months ago,” a source speaking with People said in February. “He’s really happy with her.” Josh, who is 47, is 21 years older than Audra. They began officially dating after Josh and Fergie announced their split in 2017, but before their divorce was finalized in November of last year.
Who is Audra Mari?
In addition to being Josh's girlfriend and a wildly successful model, Audra also has a history worth exploring. She is originally from North Dakota and is of Filipino descent. Her father moved to the U.S. from the Philippines in order to create a better life for his family, and Audra said that his story was proof that anything is possible in the U.S.
In addition to her immigrant roots, Audra was also bullied in school. In an interview with Seventeen in 2011, she explained that she was made fun of because she was so tall and thin. The other girls in her class would apparently call her "sasquatch." Eventually, she told her parents what was going on.
“Finally, I told my mom, I told her everything that was happening. She talked to the administration, and they brought the girls in and talked to them about it,” she told the magazine. “You just have to bring it to the attention of people in a position of authority.” Even in 2011, Audra was already competing in pageant competitions and working as a model. She's also done modeling work for major corporations like H&M.
Josh and Fergie had a long relationship history.
Fergie and Josh's relationship ended back in 2017. “With absolute love and respect we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year,” they said at the time. “To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family.” The two were married for eight years, from 2009 to 2017, and share a child together.
Before they got married, Josh and Fergie began dating all the way back in 2004. They were engaged in 2007 and married two years later. By Hollywood standards, that's a fairly long relationship. Now that they've parted ways, neither one seems to harbor any ill will toward the other. Instead, they're both living their separate lives, and Josh has entered a relationship that apparently makes him happy.