Jerry O’Connell Says the Haters Still Compare Him to John Stamos, His Wife’s Ex-Husband

Jerry O’Connell is an actor and television host, beloved by fans for his outgoing, exuberant personality. He is a former child celebrity and appeared in films like Stand By Me and Joe’s Apartment.

These days, O’Connell is still acting, appearing in both television and stage productions, and is also popular for his commercials. O’Connell is in a high-profile marriage with the model Rebecca Romijn, and recently, he opened up about his relationship and the weird way that some fans compare him to Romijn’s first husband. 

Jerry O’Connell is married to Rebecca Romijn

Jerry O'Connell on the red carpet
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When Jerry O’Connell first started dating Rebecca Romijn, they were Hollywood’s hottest “it couple.” They started dating in 2004 and got engaged in late 2005.

As Romijn revealed while guest-hosting The Wendy Williams Show, she first crossed paths with O’Connell when they were both guests at Maxim Hot 100 party. O’Connell chimed in, stating that “I saw you in the VIP section and you were newly single and I was like, ‘I got to get some of that, right there.’ It was a pool party, so I took my shirt off, I did some pushups right there and got some oil. I was super flexing.”

Clearly, O’Connell’s ruse worked, and the two quickly became inseparable. Romijn and O’Connell married in July 2007 and one year later, they welcomed their twin daughters, Charlie and Dolly. Although O’Connell loves to gush about his family in interviews, he generally prefers to keep his children well away from the spotlight.

Fans still compare Jerry O’Connell to Rebecca Romijn’s first husband

Although Jerry O’Connell is a well-liked celebrity, there are a few people who believe that he will never measure up to Rebecca Romijn’s first husband. As O’Connell recently revealed in an episode of Justin Long’s “Life is Short” podcast, he still receives feedback from people on social media who believe that he just isn’t as impressive as Romijn’s ex. 

Justin Long detailed how he is doing some special appearances on Cameo in order to raise money for No Kid Hungry, and while O’Connell applauded Long for his dedication to charity, he admitted that he could never put himself out there in that way.

“You’re just putting yourself out there too much. It’s just too crazy,” O’Connell stated. “Can I tell you how many people say to me on social media they compare me to people my wife has been married to and how I’m not nearly as good? You just have to ignore that stuff.”

How long was Rebecca Romijn married to John Stamos?

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Jerry O’Connell didn’t mention the name of Romijn’s ex, but as many fans know, before Romijn’s marriage to O’Connell, she was in a relationship with John Stamos. Romijn and Stamos began dating in 1994 when she was on the brink of her modeling career. They got engaged in late 1997, after dating for three years, and tied the knot in 1998. During their marriage, the leggy blonde model went by Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, and it was widely speculated that their marriage helped to boost Romijn’s film career.

Romijn and Stamos separated in April 2004 and their divorce was finalized close to one year later. While the two didn’t reveal a reason for their breakup, many believed that it was because the couple had differing views when it came to starting a family.

Of course, by the time their divorce was finalized, Romijn had moved on to date Jerry O’Connell. Stamos eventually moved on as well, marrying another model and welcoming a baby. 

Although Jerry O’Connell might not have been Rebecca Romijn’s first husband, he is definitely the one that she found last happiness with. Stay tuned to Showbiz Cheat Sheet for all the latest entertainment news!