Mark Wahlberg wants a small Catholic wedding in LA

Mark Wahlberg is finally going to make an honest woman out of Rhea Durham, after making her jump through hoops for years. Mark and Rhea have been together for more than six years, this woman has given birth to three of Wahlberg’s children, and he’s made her (allegedly) sign away any financial interests in a really strict pre-nup.

Mark is talking to People Magazine about how he’s all about the traditional Catholic wedding. Not that I’m some sort of Catholic doctrine scholar, but getting married after having three children out of wedlock doesn’t scream “tradition” to me. No judgment! Whatever makes Rhea happy, she’s waited for him long enough.

Mark Wahlberg and longtime girlfriend Rhea Durham tie the knot in Southern California, don’t expect his entourage to be in attendance.

“If we do it here [in L.A.], it’ll probably just be us and the kids,” Wahlberg, 37, told reporters at Monday’s Callaway Golf Foundation Challenge at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., benefiting the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s cancer research programs.

“If we do it in Boston, I would say there’d be a lot more family members, so there’ll be some fighting,” he joked.

Walberg and Durham, who have three children – Ella Rae, 5, Michael, 2, and 4-month-old Brendan Joseph – haven’t finalized all the wedding details, but the actor says it will most likely happen in August and will “definitely [be] in a Catholic church.”

And even with some sibling rivalry in the Wahlberg household, the Entourage executive producer says the family’s newest addition, Brendan Joseph, is doing well and is “well behaved.”

“He doesn’t go crazy like the other little ones,” he explained. “They love him. Everybody wants mommy’s attention but they love him.”

From People Magazine

My heart melts a little when Mark talks about his kids. I really do adore him as an actor, but I’d be willing to bet he’s a douche in his private life, the kind of guy who thinks he’s God’s gift to women. “Meh” to all of that, but congratulations to the happy couple. I hope this time Rhea actually gets him down the aisle.

Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham are shown at the Golden Globes on 1/11/09 and out Christmas shopping with their kids on 12/22/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. Rio says:

    Oog. I am definitely of the mindset that having a Catholic wedding *after* having multiple children is a bit…well, analogies about barn doors spring to mind. Provided you have a priest who agrees to it, it can certainly be done, and maybe I’m a little more traditional than most.

  2. lara says:

    I don’t follow Mark Wahlberg news that closely, yet this is the umpteemth time I hear him talking about his “small and private” wedding “maybe” this summer. Dude, if you really want a small and private wedding, stop talking about it publicly. Or is he trying to pull a Bennifer come wedding day, like “oh, we had to cancel the wedding, because the media attraction was soo overwhelming”?

  3. Tia C says:

    Eh…what’s the point at this point – why bother? And does anyone really still care about Marky Mark? Just sayin’…

  4. Tia says:

    children out of wedlock? Are you serious a catholic church will marry you?

  5. cheetahstripes says:

    They should just elope to Tahiti or something.

  6. Jen says:

    Ugh, I can’t *stand* him…he makes me grit my teeth. Friggin’ douchebag.

    And yet I love his brother so much!

  7. jay says:

    Yet my daughter who is Catholic and her fiancee, who is not, do not have children, are not allowed to get married in the Church nor will they officiate in an outdoor wedding. However, the priest will deign to “bless” our daughter afterwards…HER soul is of import to the Church.. her fiancee? Not so much. This was stated by the local “authority”, including the “wave” of dismissal with the hand gesture brush off like the fiancee is contaminated or something.

    They will be married in a garden ceremony, by a family friend, who is a judge, including spiritual readings read by people who care about them BOTH,in accordance with the true meaning of “faith” versus “human created religion”. And, incidently, the judge is gay.

    Take that ya pompous, speak for yerself, supposed soul-saver. We’re already comfortable with our salvation. Look to your own.

    Whew. Sorry…that kinda stuff just sets me off. Don’t mean to start a debate…just think lemminghood is extremely underrated….the Deity gave ya a brain and a heart…listen to it, eh?


  8. jay says:

    Actually, the lemminghood thing is OVERRATED. See, this kinda stuff apparently does get to me, somewhat!


  9. mE says:

    I am a devout Catholic who loves the Church very much but I have to say that it is wrong that they wouldn’t marry your daughter and her fiance. I would go so far to say that you had to deal with a misinformed priest. Catholic people marry non-Catholics all the time. It is called “disparity of cult” (no “cult” is not meant to be derogatory in this sense, it is just a very old term). All that is usually required is a few meetings with a knowledgeable priest, which are required for marriage anyway (called pre-Caana).

    I have to say that there are more than a few priest out there who aren’t doing the job they should be doing.

    I am glad you found someone who would marry your daughter.

  10. Ned says:

    What an A- hole.

    Being cheap with the mother of your children (not just one child that perhaps you didn’t choose to have and she did it on purpose…).

    If he stayed with her, and chose to continue to have children with her, what the hell is wrong with him?

  11. czarina says:

    I have always considered Mark Wahlberg an egomaniacal jerk. He should be grateful anyone WANTS to marry him that badly!!
    By the way, Jay, I agree that you obviously had a “bad attitude” priest, because I know at my Catholic Church, the priests will certainly marry Catholics to Non-Catholics (although they will delicately push to have the couple agree to raise the kids Catholic!!)
    Sometimes priests are like doctors–they can make mistakes so it doesn’t hurt to get a second opinion!

  12. barneslr says:

    “(not just one child that perhaps you didn’t choose to have and she did it on purpose…).”

    It’s called personal responsibility. There is no such thing as a man being “tricked” into parenthood. There are just lazy men who choose to leave the birth control issue up to their partners and then act surprised when a pregnancy results.

    Not buying it. If you don’t want kids, you either don’t have sex or you take care of birth control yourself; you don’t leave it up to someone else to take care of for you. It is YOUR responsibility…period.

  13. daisy424 says:

    Shit or get off the pot Mark.
    Marry this woman already.