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Melissa McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant | Mary Cybulski/20th Century Fox

Melissa McCarthy is a hilarious comedic actress whose movies like Tammy and Identity Thief had audiences in stitches. Her characters are dramatic just short of the point of being over done, yet strangely lovable at the same time. Off the screen, interviews show McCarthy as a likeable person who is just as funny as the characters she plays.

But what is known about her personal life? Fans wonder if Melissa McCarthy is married, and if so, to whom? How long have they have been together, and do they have children together? Here is what we know.

Melissa McCarthy is married to Ben Falcone

Melissa McCarthy is married to Ben Falcone, who is an actor and producer. Falcone had his first on-screen role in 2001 when he played the role of a bank teller in Rennie’s Landing. He has appeared in the television series Joey and A to Z. Falcone is best known for his work in the movies What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Identity Thief, Tammy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and The Happytime Murders.

How long have the two been together?

McCarthy met her future husband in 1998, before either’s careers had taken off. The duo were performing improve together at the Los Angeles theater, The Groundlings. They instantly hit it off over their comedic sketches and eventually began dating.

After seven years of dating, McCarthy and Falcone married in 2005. They have now been married for 14 years, and have been together an incredible total of 21 years.

Do they have children together?

Yes. Melissa McCarthy and husband, Ben Falcone, have two daughters together. Their eldest, Vivian, was born on May 5, 2007. The 11-year-old appears in the movie The Boss with her mother. The child’s youngest, Georgette, was born on March 22, 2010 and is now 8-years old.

What is their relationship like?

The relationship that Melissa McCarthy shares with Ben Falcone is one for the books. The two only have positive things to say about one another. When an interviewer asked the couple which was the funniest, McCarthy stated it was her husband – “He’s funnier and smarter; I’m just loud.” But Falcone disagreed, stating that he was “the boring structure guy. She’s the fun one.”

The two are also incredibly supportive of the other. As such, they love working on the same movies. They’ve appeared in a few together, while Falcone has done some behind-the-scenes stuff on movies that McCarthy has appeared in. Just a few of their joint credits include Identity Thief, Tammy, and Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Oh, and the couple is also surprisingly laid back. McCarthy has told sources that she believes the most romantic thing is kicking her feet up on the couch at home, cuddling up to watch a movie while the children are asleep. It sounds much like any other mom’s favorite romantic evening!

The two keep it humble

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone have stated repeatedly in interviews that they try to keep their lives as normal as possible… the keyword being try. The duo state their lives are far from normal, but they do try to function as your average family whenever the chance arises!

What is their secret to a long-lasting relationship?

Fans everywhere are eager to know how the couple has weathered so many years. Marriage is not easy, after all, and everyone has seen the way Hollywood couples come and go. During a 2016 interview with the Daily Mail, McCarthy and Falcone shared their relationship secrets.

McCarthy said that sharing goals makes a marriage much stronger. Falcone added that the couple love and respect each other, as well as give each other plenty of their own personal space. The couple joked that they “guess there are lots of secrets to success!”