In her Hallmark Channel movies, Candace Cameron Bure might still be searching for love. But in real life, the 43-year-old actress has been happily coupled up with her husband Valeri Bure for decades. The two started dating when Bure was still a teen acting on Full House and married in 1996. They now have three children: Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.
She met her husband through her Full House co-star
Bure has her job on Full House to thank for her relationship with her husband. In 1995, co-star Dave Coulier invited her to attend a charity hockey game that he was playing in. Pro hockey player Valeri Bure was also playing in the game.
“We were looking at these two cute men on the ice, and I was like ‘I wanna meet that one, the blonde one,’ which was Val,” Bure told US Weekly in 2014.
Coulier introduced the two, and sparks flew immediately.
“We went on a date the very next day, and in less than a year we were engaged,” she recalled.
She’s had her first child when she was 22
Two years after she and her husband got married, Bure gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Natasha. Son Lev was born in 2000 and a second son, Maksim, arrived in 2002.
After she became a mom, Bure decided to give up acting for a while to focus on raising her kids. Once her kids were older, she returned to work in Hollywood, and she and her husband balanced parenting duties.
“We have a great balance,” she told Working Mother in 2011. “When I’m working, my husband takes on all the responsibility with the kids, and vice versa. When I’m not working, my husband goes and does his work.”
Still, she admitted that like many working moms, having both a career and being a parent can be difficult. “My biggest challenge is to mentally disengage the work that I’ve just come from and be present with my family,” she said. “Sometimes I’m at home with my kids and I’m helping them with homework or reading them a story, but my mind is still on my to-do list or the next phone interview that I have.”
Keeping her marriage strong
Both Bure and her husband are devout Christians, and she credits their faith for helping keep their marriage strong.
“The reality is the glue for us is Jesus,” she told People. “It’s the Bible. You know, when there are arguments or we’re compromising and in ways, it’s always like, ‘Well, let’s just go back to the Bible.’ It’s the foundation for us. So it’s not about winning or losing. But doing this journey together.”
She’s also said that honoring her husband is key to the success of their relationship. “I honor my husband and encourage him to the best man and father he can be,” she told Yahoo Parenting in 2015. “I put him on a pedestal so he can grow. And he does the same for me.”
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