Jenny McCarthy, co-host of Fox Network’s The Masked Singer, is very vocal about enjoying her marriage to singer/actor Donny Wahlberg. The two tied the knot in August 2014 and recently celebrated their 5-year wedding anniversary.
Fans of the reality show host may remember that she previously had a high-profile relationship with an actor who was considered box office gold at one time.
Appeared to be the real thing
McCarthy began dating comedian Jim Carrey in the summer of 2006. The actor had previously made headlines for his relationships with actresses, including Renée Zellweger and his marriage to Lauren Holly. But Carrey alluded to his romance with McCarthy as perfect timing. “I feel that our relationship happened at a time that I am more ready than I have ever been in my life to have a relationship,” he told People in 2007. “We also encourage each other. We’re both on the same path, so it’s really – real.”
Others who knew Carrey saw a difference in him while he was with McCarthy. “This is the happiest I’ve ever seen Jim, and we’ve been friends for a really long time,” director Joel Schumacher commented.
Carrey was quite demonstrative of his feelings for McCarthy, even hiring a plane to write the Valentine’s Day message “J Hearts J” across the Los Angeles skyline, as reported by ABC News.
McCarthy had also raved about Carrey’s support of her son Evan, who has autism. “[He has the] capacity to love and to take on something that most men would completely run away from,” she told People. Many fans of the couple thought their union would go the distance, but they parted ways in 2010.
At the time of their split, the couple seemed to be on good terms despite going their separate ways. “I’m so grateful for the years Jim and I shared together,” McCarthy said in a statement at the time, according to People. “I will continue to be in his daughter’s life and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart.”
Carrey wrote a lighthearted but kind social media post regarding the breakup. “I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay!” he tweeted.
The uncoupling came as a surprise to many since the pair often appeared to be on the same page in their relationship. Some speculated it may have had something to do with Carrey’s struggle with depression. ABC News reported that he spoke about battling depression in an interview with 60 Minutes in 2004.
“There are peaks, there are valleys. But they’re all kind of carved and smoothed out, and it feels like a low level of despair you live in,” Carrey said. “I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything’s just OK.”
What McCarthy told Oprah
After the breakup, McCarthy had a sit down with talk show icon Oprah Winfrey on her show. When Oprah asked why she had split with Carrey, McCarthy said, “You know, the simple word I can give – and there’s a few, so let me say a few. The first thing is, when it’s not fun anymore, you need to start investigating and do an inquiry into the relationship.”
McCarthy also addressed whether she felt that dating the superstar affected her own status. “I’ve learned that… and this is why my identification wasn’t caught up [in] being a celebrity’s girlfriend,” she told Oprah in 2010. “I did check on that… I checked into myself. How does my ego feel? My ego’s fine. I’m a warrior mom. I always got back on my feet, and I know especially this year who I am.”
McCarthy and Carrey have rarely commented on their past relationship in recent years. Now happily married to Wahlberg, McCarthy continues to find success on The Masked Singer and fights to raise awareness for autism.