The Weirdest Things About ‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond’s Marriage

No two marriages are alike. But even though it’s impossible to compare one relationship to another, there are certain things that celebrities do differently than everyone else. Even Food Network star Ree Drummond has a few surprising quirks in her rock-solid marriage to Ladd Drummond, whom she calls her “Marlboro Man.”

Ree and Ladd have a surprisingly sweet relationship. The couple has been married since 1996 and have four children together. These two have had their rough spots like everyone else, they still seem just as much in love as ever.

Even though Ree calls their love a “magical, powerful feeling” and gives her “butterflies and hiney tingles,” there are some very strange aspects of their union.

Ree and Ladd Drummond
Ree and Ladd Drummond | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine

Ladd made ‘The Pioneer Woman’ wait to hear from him

They say the way to someone’s heart is by playing hard to get, but Ladd took that well-known adage to the extreme when he waited a really long time to call Ree after they met at a bar.

Ree described being instantly attracted to the “tall, strong and mysterious” man in cowboy boots and jeans at the bar. But after giving him her digits, he ghosted his future wife for a surprising amount of time, as Nicki Swift reported.

“Nor did he call that day, or week, or month. Throughout that time, I allowed myself to remember his eyes, his biceps, his quiet manner. Disappointment would wash over me,” Ree explained.

Ladd did call Ree eventually. And by eventually, we mean four whole months later.

Ree Drummond was obsessed with looking good for Ladd

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He loves me.

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These newlyweds didn’t have much time to get to know each other. Within what felt like moments after their wedding day, Ree and Ladd were already expecting their first child. “Now that I’m painfully aware of just how fertile I am, I laugh when I remember how ‘surprised’ we were when the test came up positive,” Ree mused on her blog.

But even though Ree was becoming a mom, that didn’t mean she stopped taking care of her appearance. She continued getting pedicures and dressing nicely for her new husband throughout her first pregnancy and supposedly “primped like crazy” before going to the hospital to give birth to daughter Alex.

She refused to let Ladd see her bodily functions

Giving birth is a very natural yet sometimes disgusting process. And even though Ree wanted her beloved husband involved, she wasn’t willing to let him see her look anything less than stunning. Which explains all the primping before leaving for the hospital.

“Even during labor, I attempted to remain the ever-fresh and vibrant new wife, going so far as ordering my husband to stay north of my shoulders during the birth,” Ree wrote on her blog. She also became terrified when it came time to push because she didn’t want to fart in front of Ladd.

“Then I’d just have to divorce him and start fresh with someone else. And I’m not kidding,” she wrote.

Years later, Ladd wound up seeing it all anyway. When their son Todd was born via emergency C-section, Ree insisted that Ladd refrain from looking at what was going on. Imagine her surprise when her husband admitted afterwards, “I saw your guts.” 

They support each other no matter what

Ree and Ladd have a unique life for Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Even though living on their sprawling ranch is what made Ree famous in the first place, technically she’s the breadwinner of the family while Ladd takes more of a supporting role.

When the kids were younger, Ladd took over tasks such as shuttling kids around and taking care of the house while Ree was busy with work. They might appeal to a more traditional crowd, but their life is anything but. “They’ve always been a team,” Ree’s mom told The New Yorker in an interview. “And this, coming from a Western ranch culture in which the men have traditionally been the kings.”

Plus, Ree recognized the benefit of self-care even before it became a popular concept. She said the pre-birth primping was for Ladd, but maybe it was a little bit for herself, too. It’s just one more reason to love The Pioneer Woman.