Since he became famous in the early 1980s for playing Blackie Parrish on “General Hospital,” John Stamos has been a household name. His most recognizable role as Uncle Jesse on “Full House,” which came after more TV work, only strengthened his reputation as a gorgeous hunk of his day. The actor has continued to work in television throughout the past three decades, even reprising his part in the “Fuller House” revival.
Stamos has had a long love life in addition to his acting career. Midway through the 1990s, he began dating and eventually wed the model Rebecca Romijn; however, ten years later, they divorced. Stamos wasn’t romantically associated with anyone in the years that followed, so it was even more upsetting when he started talking about wanting kids. Funny to consider that Stamos wasn’t at all like Uncle Jesse, the fairly reckless role he played on “Full House,” in real life. The heartthrob appeared to be waiting for the ideal woman to have a family at that point.
Finally, he ran upon actress and model Caitlin McHugh, and the rest, as they say, is history. The couple’s romance didn’t start right away after they met while working together. But ultimately, everything came together. At McHugh’s favorite place in the world, Disneyland, Stamos proposed, and the pair revealed in 2017 that they were expecting their first child together. Since the birth of their son Billy in April 2018, Stamos has been a devoted father who often updates his social media accounts.
Even with all of his fame as an actor, it seems like Stamos spent his whole life wanting to portray the role of a father. It was obvious that he had the parent gene in him even when he was playing Uncle Jesse. In fact, Stamos’ “Full House” co-stars Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and Candace Cameron Bure told PEOPLE that he was the “baby whisperer” of the group. He reportedly jokingly told US Weekly that he wanted children so desperately that his “ovaries were rattling,” thus it turns out he had children in the future. Later, he disclosed to ET:
“Just took me a lot longer than I thought it would. If I eventually met the proper woman—the ideal woman—and I didn’t have kids, that would be tragic.”
Fortunately, he discovered the ideal partner in McHugh, who would later become his wife. He characterized McHugh as a “kind, loving, lovely person who would make a terrific mother” in the same interview with US Weekly. They spent no time in moving forward since they both had a firm understanding that this was the one. After two years of dating, Stamos proposed to McHugh in October 2017.
After seeing a really romantic film, McHugh got down on one knee at Disneyland, his favorite location in the world. Prior to Stamos being told to “Just ask the girl,” Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” appeared in some of the most passionate Disney and Pixar movie sequences. The actor stated the following in an Instagram post that announced their engagement:
“She said yes when I asked! …And we had a long, happy life.””
It seemed only appropriate that Stamos and McHugh’s wedding would be flawless after such a lovely engagement. There was a tiny glitch, though. The day before McHugh’s wedding, several burglars allegedly broke into her hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hotel and took $165, 000 worth of jewels.
Thankfully, the couple’s wedding day itself went considerably more smoothly. Stamos and McHugh were wed on February 3, 2018, in the Little Brown Church in Studio City, California, according to Us Weekly.
Following that, a sizable party was hosted at Stamos’ Beverly Hills residence. McHugh looked gorgeous in her white wedding dress despite being pregnant at the time. Her lengthy hair was parted in the back and flowed. Stamos put on a black suit and a coordinating bow tie. McHugh was 31 years old and Stamos was 54 years old when they were married.
It’s incredible to think that Stamos had spoken out to PEOPLE nearly ten years prior to his wedding about what it was like to be single and the longing he had for the right person. I sound like a lady now, he continued, but you understand that I don’t want to just offer myself to anyone?
After being married, Stamos and McHugh had their first child, a boy, little over two months later. It was obvious that Stamos had improved upon his reputation as everyone’s favorite television uncle.
Stamos shared the touching news on Instagram on April 16, 2018. He uploaded a photo of himself cradling his infant kid along with the caption:
“My wife and my son will always be the finest parts of me, going forward. Greetings, Billy Stamos (named after my father). #Overjoyed #NotJustanUncleAnymore
Back in the day, Stamos was kind of a bad guy, or at least that is how he came across on television. His life has changed significantly since yesterday, and he is overjoyed.
Stamos told PEOPLE, “I always wanted to have kids, but I didn’t believe I’d find the proper person.” And perhaps I believed that since I had everything, I shouldn’t be greedy.
The actor gives thanks to his wife for helping him get his life in order. “I don’t believe I was worthy of it yet. But six years ago, I woke up and changed for the better. And I instantly recognized it when Caitlin turned around. I said, “I have to be excellent for it to work,” “said he.
When the couple initially started dating, they had no idea that they would one day have a happy family together. They first met on the set of the hit TV program “Law & Order: SVU” in 2011, long before they ever began dating, as Stamos revealed to PEOPLE in 2017. The personalities they portrayed turned out to be particularly ironic in retrospect, as Stamos explained:
“I played a character who had, like, 60 kids or something because he was so arrogant that he believed he should spread his offspring. He was puncturing condoms and other things. Ironically, Caitlin was one of the girls I was attempting to deceive into having a kid with.”
The actor further said to PEOPLE in 2019 that he has always desired a large family and a lovely wife to spend the rest of his life with. The actor revealed in his honest explanation:
“For a child, I waited a long time. All I needed to do was find the right person to do it with.”