How Did Emily Ratajkowski and Husband Sebastian Bear-McClard Meet?

Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski has been with her husband, indie film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard, for quite a while now. But despite the fact that Emily Ratajkowski has more than 20 million followers on Instagram and often posts pictures of her husband on the social network, not many fans are aware of how the two of them met.

If you’re curious about how this relationship started, read on below to find out more information about the couple.

Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard secretly got married in 2018

Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard
Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard | Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Ratajkowski is popular enough to garner a lot of media attention for a lavish wedding, but she and Bear-McClard decided to keep this special occasion more low-key and private.

In March 2018, Ratajkowski took to Instagram to announce to her followers about her nuptial. “Sooo, I have a surprise, I got married today,” she wrote in an Instagram Story post.

The 28-year-old model, then, shared photos of her and her husband at New York’s City Hall. A handful of friends were present to celebrate Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard tying the knot.

Instead of wearing a white outfit, however, Ratajkowski opted for a yellow suit.

She told Glamour a few months later:

“I was not a Pinterest bride! I do so much glam, I do fittings once a week so for me it was just so nice to throw on a Zara suit that I loved, do my own hair and make-up – I always feel the most confident when I do it myself – and not have to have the fussiness of being a bride.”

Ratajkowski also shared that she chose to have a city hall wedding because “people don’t end up enjoying their wedding as they are so stressed by the planning and having this ‘moment.’ I really wanted this to just be me and him which was really special.”

However, this event came just weeks after the couple was first seen together on Valentine’s Day 2018, leading fans to worry that they might have been rushing into things.

How did Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard meet?

While it may look like Ratajkowski and Bear-McClard got married a bit too soon, the truth is that the couple already knew each other for quite a while at that point.

It’s not clear how they met exactly, but a source told Us Weekly: “Emily has known Sebastian for years. They were all in a friend group … He wasn’t a stranger.”

Ratajkowski herself confirmed this as well. Speaking to Busy Philipps on the show Busy Tonight, Ratajkowski said: “We knew each other for a long time before and he likes to joke ‘yeah everyone thinks we got married quickly, but you vetted me for two years.”

She went on to say that during those two years, she did have a feeling that there was something special about Bear-McClard.

“Women always know,” Ratajkowski shared. “I was always like ‘Okay, I probably shouldn’t hang out with that guy alone’ … and then next thing you know I’m at the courthouse getting married.”

Who did Ratajkowski date in the past?

The reason why Ratajkowski tried to be careful with Bear-McClard for some time is because she was dating another man.

From December 2014 to late 2017, she was with musician Jeff Magid. The two of them were living together in Los Angeles. However, they parted ways due to their busy schedules.

“Jeff is an incredibly successful music producer and is working around the country,” an insider told the New York Daily News. “Emily too is seeing her career boom, so their business success did not help them spend much time together.”