They’re one of the most private couples in Hollywood and keep most of their relationship to themselves, but Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden have still given us a glimpse into their life together since their romance blossomed in 2014. While they mostly choose to fly under the radar and protect their relationship from outside sources, both stars have been known to open up about the strength of their love for one another, and the way their marriage has changed their lives for the better.
From a low-key wedding ceremony to vacations in Italy to battling tabloid gossip, the relationship between the Annie actress and Good Charlotte singer is full of surprises. Keep reading to find out 20 little-known details about Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden’s marriage.
20 Diaz Wasn’t Always Up For Marriage
Before she met Benji Madden, Cameron Diaz wasn’t the marrying type. In a 2016 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, nearly a year and a half after marrying the Good Charlotte singer, Diaz opened up about her stance on marriage: “I didn’t think it was something I’d do, and I don’t know if I’d have done it if I hadn’t met my husband.”
19 Nicole Richie Introduced Them
The couple met through Nicole Richie, who was connected to them both. Richie is married to Madden’s brother Joel, and is a longtime friend of Diaz. “I’m going to take responsibility for everything!” the Simple Life star confessed in an interview with Watch What Happens Live. “I approve of anything that’s going to make Benj happy.”
18 It Was Attraction At First Sight
While love at first sight might be something that only happens in rom-coms, it was definitely attraction at first sight for Diaz and Madden. “The first thing I said when I first met my husband was, ‘He’s hot,’” the actress told Andy Cohen (via Hello). That’s a pretty good first impression to have!
17 They’ve Been Together For Half A Decade
The couple like to keep to themselves so much that many fans don’t realize how long they’ve actually been in each other’s lives. The news that Diaz and Madden were dating went public in 2014, which means that they’ve been together for at least five years already as of July 2019.
16 Their Wedding Was An Intimate Thing
Not all A-listers go big for their wedding day. Us magazine reported that Diaz and Madden tied the knot in Diaz’s Beverly Hills home in January of 2015. “We got married in our living room in front of our friends,” the actress told Andy Cohen. Though it was intimate, there were some big names in attendance, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore.
15 And A Short One
Their wedding was quiet and intimate, and it was also very fast. 96 people were in attendance for the low-key nuptials, and the entire ceremony was over within 15 minutes. Diaz had Drew Barrymore and Nicole Richie as her bridesmaids and later described the ceremony as a “beautiful” and “heartfelt” few moments.
14 Diaz Acknowledged That Marriage Isn’t Always Easy
Honest and authentic, Diaz revealed to Ellen DeGeneres in 2016 that marriage isn’t always easy. She explained that being Madden’s wife has forced her to come to understand certain things about herself that may be difficult to swallow: “I learned all these things about myself that I wish I never learned about myself and I wouldn’t have known them if I didn’t get married.”
13 They Cherish Their Privacy
Privacy is something that Diaz and Madden cherish. The intricate ins and outs of their relationship remain hidden from the public, and that’s a personal choice to protect their family life. “The less outside elements or influence that there is the better for anyone,” Madden told news.com.au. “That’s our vibe.”
12 They Compliment Each Other
Diaz and Madden are different from each other in many ways, but those differences actually bring balance to their relationship. Speaking at the Goop Wellness Summit in 2017, Diaz explained that being so different from her husband means that they compliment each other nicely: “We are both just weird enough for each other.”
11 Diaz Isn’t In A Rush To Do More Films
Diaz hasn’t made any films since 2014 when Annie was released. And it looks like she isn’t in a rush to make any more movies any time soon. Instead, she’s been turning her attention to the health and wellness industry and is spending her spare time at home with her husband.
10 They Go All Out When Celebrating Anniversaries
Each anniversary a couple reaches should be a celebration, and Diaz and Madden make sure to properly honor their relationship and commitment to each other every year. In 2018, they spent their wedding anniversary in Italy, where they roamed around the romantic city of Florence and shared a quiet dinner.
9 Diaz Feels Like An Equal With Her Husband
One observation that Diaz has made about her husband is that she feels like his equal, rather than an object—as women are so often made to feel. “My husband has been able to show me what it’s like to … be an equal,” she explained in one interview. “And I’ve learned so much from him. I look at him every day and he inspires me.”
8 She Has A Great Relationship With Her Husband's Family
Getting along with the family of your significant other makes everything a lot easier. Thankfully, Diaz has a great relationship with Madden’s family, including her sister-in-law Nicole Richie and her father Lionel Richie. Diaz and Nicole are often spotted shopping together, and Nicole was even asked to be in Diaz’s bridal party.
7 They’re Not Afraid To Show PDA
Some celebrity couples are reluctant to show affection for each other in public, but Diaz and Madden have often been spotted kissing and holding hands. They were recently photographed enjoying a romantic date at an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, and according to E! News, “looked more in love than ever.”
6 Marriage Has Brought The Best Out Of Diaz
Marriage doesn’t agree with everyone, but it certainly brings out the best in the Annie actress. A source told PEOPLE that Diaz feels “very fulfilled” now that she’s made a life with Madden. We don’t need to rely on sources, though. Diaz isn’t afraid to talk about the positive effect getting married has had on her life in interviews.
5 She Now Feels More Complete
Now that she’s found the right person for her, Diaz feels like her life is more complete, according to another source. “She has become a new person with more self-confidence and grounding,” says the source. “Cameron needed something different in her life, more substance and a relationship where she felt loved.”
4 She May Have Helped Pal Gwyneth Paltrow With Her Private Wedding
PEOPLE reported that Diaz may have used her own private wedding as inspiration to help her friend Gwyneth Paltrow plan her nuptials to Brad Falchuk. Even though the media knew Diaz and Madden were going to marry, Diaz still managed to keep their wedding private, and the source speaking to PEOPLE revealed that she passed along her planning strategies to Paltrow.
3 Madden Feels Lucky To Have His Wife
Diaz isn’t the only one who’s been known to gush about her significant other! Madden sometimes takes to social media to pay tribute to his wife, and on her 45th birthday, he admitted how lucky he feels to have her on IG. “I feel like I am the luckiest guy alive,” he captioned the post. “You got me till the end baby.”
2 Diaz Believes She’s Found The One
Not everyone believes in soulmates, but after meeting each other, it seems that Diaz and Madden do. In an interview with Andy Cohen, Diaz revealed that her bond with Madden is “the real thing” and he’s the one person she wants to build her life with. “That’s how I know he’s my husband … No one compares.”
1 They Might Not Add To Their Family In The Future
Tabloids in 2019 falsely claimed that Diaz and Madden are expecting twin girls, but as far we know, the couple had no plans to be parents. Back in 2014, when she was first being linked to Madden, Diaz told PEOPLE that she was never “drawn to” being a mom, so kids may not be in the picture for this couple.
Sources: Us, People, Nicki Swift, E!