The “Wanted” singer and the former NFL pro began dating in 2011 after becoming acquainted through mutual friends. “He was in Arizona training, and I got a text from my girlfriend who said, ‘I’m having dinner with this guy I’m seeing, and this other guy just showed up, and he’s stunning,’” Jessie recalled to Access Hollywood in 2013. “Show him a picture of me, and see if he’s into it.”
After Eric received her number and took the initiative to text her first, Jessie said that she set out to go about their romance differently.
“From now on, if a man wanted me, he was going to have to show it,” she wrote in her 2018 memoir, Just Jessie. “So I made Eric chase me.”
The twosome eventually got engaged in 2012 and tied the knot the following year in Colorado. They went on to welcome three children together: Vivianne in 2014, Eric Jr. in 2015 and Forrest in 2018.
“It’s made it even stronger and made us even closer because you know — think about it,” she explained. “We created these people out of love together and now we’re raising three people that we have in common, not just biologically, but we have in common that we are so madly in love with these people that we created together.”
The “Lights Down Low” artist added, “And we have the same goal, which is to love them and take care of them and give them the best life we possibly can, which makes us closer and stronger.”
Eric has frequently gushed about his marriage to Jessie as well. In August 2019, the former Denver Broncos wide receiver called his wife the “perfect complement” to him.
“A lot of times, I can get more serious … and she’s so free-spirited,” he told Us at the time. “I just found that she brings kind of that enthusiasm to the house and kind of the light-hearted energy that I think is so important to just enjoy, you know, the moments that we have.”
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