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Mandy Moore might be only 38 years old, but she’s been in the spotlight longer than most Hollywood stars. The New Hampshire native was thrust into the spotlight in 1999 with the release of her hit song “Candy.” Shortly after, Moore embarked on a successful acting career, starring in popular movies like A Walk to Remember.

In 2016, she enjoyed a career resurgence when she was cast in the hit NBA drama, This Is Us. Through it all, fans have remained interested in Moore’s personal life. After a difficult first marriage and divorce, she has finally found her happily-ever-after. Recently, the star opened up to podcast host Dax Shepard about how she met her now-husband Taylor Goldsmith

Mandy Moore’s first husband was musician Ryan Adams

Moore’s romances held the public’s interest from the beginning. During her early years as a star, she was in a relationship with Zach Braff. In 2008, she started dating musician Ryan Adams. Things moved quickly between the two. In March 2009, they wed in a courthouse ceremony in Georgia.

However, the marriage didn’t prove to be a love match. In 2015, Moore filed for divorce. Later, after their divorce was finalized, Moore claimed Adams was “psychologically abusive.”

As Moore told People, “I wasn’t a participant in my own life for a while. I poured so much of myself into my personal life and when that wasn’t as fruitful as I hoped it would be and I extricated myself from that situation, I was able to realize I wasn’t honoring myself and my dreams and what I wanted in life.”

How did Mandy Moore meet her current husband Taylor Goldsmith?

Mandy Moore and husband Taylor Goldsmith perform onstage together
Married couple Mandy Moore and Taylor Goldsmith perform together | Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Fortunately, Moore recovered from the trauma of her divorce. In 2015, she met Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith. In a recent episode of Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, she shared how her meeting with Goldsmith was somewhat unconventional.

“We met on Instagram,” Moore explained. “Because of Instagram, I should say. I heard a song of theirs on the radio, and I looked up who it was. I hadn’t heard of the band. I went on iTunes and saw they had a new album out. I posted about it on Instagram — this is seven, eight years ago before I knew how to tag people or do any of the stuff you’re supposed to do.”

Moore detailed how Goldsmith found a way to get in touch with her over email. They started emailing back and forth. Moore also admitted she was the first to suggest they should get together in person. “I was like, ‘Let’s go have a meal.’ And we went and had sushi. It was lovely,” she told Shepard. 

Now Mandy Moore is juggling parenthood and her career


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Moore and Goldsmith started a romantic relationship. In September 2017, they got engaged. The two wed just a little over one year later in an LA ceremony. This time, the union proved to be a happy one. In February 2021, Moore gave birth to the couple’s son.

While Moore has been open about the difficulties involved with juggling a career and raising a baby, she counts herself “very lucky” to have connected with Goldsmith when she did, as she told Shepard.

According to Health, Moore is preparing for an all-new tour, with music provided by Goldsmith. The couple will be bringing their son with them and hitting the road as they enjoy an all-new phase of their life together. For Moore, happiness hasn’t been easy to find, but her journey to the right partner was ultimately well worth it.