Katharine McPhee, 34, engaged to David Foster, 68, his daughter, 35, calls her ‘mom’

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While you were eating your feelings about the rise of fascism, a great love story was taking place. Katharine McPhee, 34, got engaged to music producer David Foster, 68. It will be Katharine’s second marriage and David’s fifth. (One previous marriage isn’t that bad, but four seems a little excessive. Katharine is young though give her time.) It turns out that David was at Katharine’s first wedding, to Nick Cokas in 2008, and that he played the piano at the reception. David wasn’t even on his fourth marriage at that point, he married Yolanda Hadid (Bella and Gigi’s mom) of RHOBH in 2011 and they divorced in 2017. These two got engaged sometime last month after about a year together (although they’ve known each other since at least 2006).

Katharine recently posted details of the engagement, sharing a text message she sent a friend that David proposed in Anacapri, Italy on top of a mountain, joking that he was either going to push her off or ask her to marry him. Romantic.

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She also posted a photo taken on a yacht from that trip, where you can sort of see her new engagement ring. I’ve included an inset of the ring on the photo below. The angle is bad though so you can’t really see the stone, but the setting is pretty. (I tried not to block her adorable floofy dogs!)


As for the headline, David’s daughter, Erin, 35, has jokingly called Katharine “mommmyy” and “stepmom” on social media. It’s kind of funny, and it’s obvious they’re close. They probably have a lot in common and I’ll leave it at that. Another one of David’s daughters, Sarah, 37, commented on the post “out of the country, what did I miss?” Sarah previously told US that she supports her father’s relationship with Katharine and that “We just want someone that’s going to treat him well and that cares about him.” David has three other daughters, the oldest of whom is 48, and seven grandchildren. Congratulations to David and Katharine!


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David Foster and Katharine McPhee hold hands as they arrive for dinner with Tina Fey

Katharine McPhee and David Foster wait for a ride on Central Park South

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  1. the_blonde_one says:

    It’s nice that there’s a ‘daddy’ for every woman with daddy-issues out there.

  2. Bridget says:

    I don’t think I would interpret either of the Foster sisters’ comments as them being close to McPhee.

  3. Jane says:

    Am I reading this right?

    He has children older than her.

    I give it 5 years.

  4. Toot says:

    She likes older guys. Her ex was much older than her.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    Yeah, the four previous divorces would give me even more pause than the gigantic age difference.

    I think her first husband was a good deal older than her too. These just seems a bit extreme though, especially since he has children older than her.

  6. Jadedone says:

    The Foster sisters dont enough credit for how funny they arw

  7. Lisa says:

    He looks pretty good in these pics in a suit, but I’m going to be petty and say, as far as older men go, I’ve seen hotter.

  8. Tiffany says:

    This dude just loves parting with his money, doesn’t he?

    Or he is just a romantic??

  9. Pia says:

    That “friend” in the text is Jared of Just Jared….what happened to objective reporting? He also posts a million Joey King articles a day too and I think is friends with that whole family.

  10. Kate says:

    Is she the one who was making out with Mary McCormack’s husband in broad daylight? Anyway, congrats, I guess.

    • Veronica S, says:

      Yep. And that she has “no regrets” about it because she learned!! so!! much!!, even though, you know, it destroyed her first marriage AND nearly contributed to the demise of McCormack’s. All of her beaus have been at least twenty years her senior, so there are some serious daddy issues rattling around in that girl’s head.

    • Baby Got Back Fat says:

      She’s also the bitch who crashed someone’s wedding with her friend, got kicked out by the bride, and then posted a bunch of videos about it like “what kind of bride has her own security” and “she could have been in Page Six because of us”

  11. Veronica S, says:

    Isn’t this her second husband that is nearly twice her age? What a weirdo.

    Edit: Yep, Cokas was a 1965 baby. She’s got a type, I guess.

  12. Beth says:

    If my dad was rich, elderly and marrying someone younger than me, I’d probably be a little suspicious of why she was around

  13. Boston Green Eyes says:

    Color me strange, but I’ve never heard of either of these two.

  14. Alexandria says:

    Almost everyone in Hollywood has Foster as a stepdad or dad.

  15. Elena says:

    Why get married five times?
    She is very pretty when she just rocks her long dark hair.
    That’s all I’ve got.

  16. Nikki says:

    I married a man 3 years younger than me, my sister married a man 7 years younger, and my mom and two daughters all married younger men! I highly recommend going for younger rather than older: you’re motivated to stay hot and youthful, and you don’t have to become a nursemaid to your husband. I don’t see his appeal for the life of me.

  17. Other Renee says:

    Who knows? Five times the charm?

  18. Lioness says:

    Are we buying that she is 34?

  19. KNy says:

    When I’m having a particularly tough time at my demanding job, I look at people like Katharine McPhee and…I kind of get it. If I married that old man, I could say “peace out” to my job and go on a vacation and not have to worry about the work piling up for me at home. Katherine, I get you, girl.

  20. harla says:

    I too am married to an older man, not 34 years older but still older, so I don’t have an issue with May/December relationships but for some reason this coupling has always grossed me out a bit. And oddly it’s more about her than him, again I don’t know why but it just feels like there’s something “off”, I don’t know I can’t quite put my finger on it, about her.

    • tealily says:

      I’m with you on this. I really don’t have a problem with an age gap, but this one just feels weird. I think it’s the kids being older than her angle.

    • jan90067 says:

      There’s “older”, and there’s “he could be your father as he is TWICE (or more, like in Keith Richard’s, Billy Joel’s etc.) your age”.

      Girl, being a singer, is looking for a big leg up as the case may be. Does ANYONE see this lasting more than a couple of years, tops? Oh, and maybe a kid to cement those payments for 18 years.

      Sorry…feeling really cynical this morning 😝 Need more ☕️…lots more lol

      • Nic919 says:

        The age gap is one thing but the music producer is really why she’s with him. Her career hasn’t panned out the way she thought it would and foster can help her with more things. Remember Smash and how she was supposed to be the broadway ingenue but Megan Hilty was always was better and Leslie Odom Jr became huge in Hamilton?

      • AMA1977 says:

        Just wanted to say…Patti Hansen (Keith Richards’ wife) is 62 to his 74, and they’ve been married for over thirty years. IMO, 12 years between full-gown people (they married when she was 27 and he was 40) is not a big deal like the 34 years between Foster and McPhee.

    • Lady Medusa says:

      I’m with you. I don’t have a problem at all with big age gaps; it all depends on the individual relationship. This doesn’t strike me as a healthy relationship. I give it 7-9 months.

      I’m with an older man, and our relationship is very equal. I used to have daddy issues (and a list of bad relationships to prove it), but years of therapy and solid “me time” helped me address and exorcise those. But I can usually smell my own, so to speak. Katharine definitely strikes me as someone who hasn’t addressed her issues, who is still unconsciously looking for a father figure. There’s just something off about this relationship.

  21. smcollins says:

    And to think she got her start as an American Idol contestant. She’s definitely moved up in the world.

  22. tealily says:

    At least her hairstyle matches his age group.

  23. JustSayin' says:

    For those saying she looks older than 34…..I’ve noticed among my friends who’ve married or are dating older men that they end up looking the same age as their man or close to it. It’s scary. It’s like the ageing process speed up for them, like the men suck the youth out of them.
    Seen it too many times and it’s enough to put me off dating older guys.

  24. perplexed says:

    Her partners keep getting older and older. The next one is going to be 75.

    I can’t tell if she has daddy issues or wants to be involved with men who can help her career.

  25. Happy21 says:

    While I feel like he doesn’t mind that she likely is marrying him because of his status and his money, I do wish them the best.
    He’s from where I live and my dad went to school with him and he used to do a lot of charity work in town here so I even though my first thought isn’t necessarily positive.
    I saw an interesting take on CTV’s The Social yesterday about how older men dating and marrying such younger women is like saying that women lose their worth and value (not monetary but beauty, as people, etc.) as they get older, I had never thought of it that way and I do agree. Especially if the man has a pattern of only getting with younger women. (ahem, Mick Jagger)

  26. holly hobby says:

    He has had the hots for her for a long time (yes back to her first years on AI and after). I have his Music Man concert on dvd and he had all these singers on it (Celine, Josh Groban – yes he was that big). She comes on does an ok job (I’m not really bowled over) and he practically lavishes her with praise. He was with Yolanda at that time and she was with hubby #1.

    Something tells me while he is looking for someone to take care of him (he is of that age), she is looking for a boost up with her musical career. To my knowledge, he hasn’t produced a hit for the last few years. I read his bio and he sounded bitter that some of these singers that he discovered, later went with other producers (Groban and Buble were the ones that stuck out). The gist of his bio was that only he knew how to produce hits and it’s a shame that these singers don’t know that blah blah. I don’t see her sticking around for the long haul. I think she is a user (see how she tried to bust up Mary McCormick’s marriage).

  27. Littlefishmom says:

    Hope she never gets sick

  28. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    They’re perfect for each other. They’re both insane.

  29. paddingtonjr says:

    I’m a bit more concerned about the four previous marriages than the age difference, but she’s not some naive ingenue and he doesn’t seem to have a predator reputation. I certainly hope they leave out the “til death do us part” line from the vows unless they want to give guests a good laugh. Hopefully, they both see this marriage for the temporary, if enjoyable and profitable, situation it is. I can see his appeal to a certain (*cough* thirsty, *cough* famewhore *cough*) demographic: he’s successful, not bad looking and at least two of his ex-wives (Linda Thompson and Yolanda Hadid) have had greater professional success as a result of their marriages. And he gets pretty arm-candy until he gets bored and/or the novelty wears off. Rinse and repeat until Liz Taylor’s record is broken.

  30. Totally Old says:

    She’s calling him Daddddy…….girl needs a father not a husband.

  31. Amelie says:

    Meh this won’t last too long. The age gap, the multiple divorces on both sides, Katherine’s thirstiness to become a full-fledged music star… I say 2-5 years at most.

    Also I know I shouldn’t speculate but that picture of her with Foster’s daughters standing in frot of the Bumble Wall: either she’s pregnant or that is a super unflattering dress/angle.

  32. perplexed says:

    Whatever floats your boat, I guess, but I don’t get it. Does anyone ever actually become a star from marrying an older man? Catherine Zeta-Jones is the only one I can think of, but I think that’s because she may actually love Michael Douglas (warts and all) — her marriage gives her a certain kind of security, but it didn’t seem calculated. Plus, I think she may have already been a bigger star than this lady is before she married Douglas.

    I suppose she’ll get money out of the marriage, but wouldn’t the marriage have to last for some time for the payout to come? He looks healthy, so….

    Seems like it would be easier to do a fake romance with Henry Cavill.

  33. Yes Doubtful says:

    After 5 failed marriages, you are not meant to be married bud.

  34. A says:

    He hasn’t been divorced from Yolanda for so long, and he’s been married a bunch, so I’m not sure why the rush to do it again…..

    Though I will say that even though he’s had so many divorces, he’s had some long marriages – I think he was with Linda Thompson for nearly 15 years, and his first wife for around 10 years. The other two were around 5 years each, and I think he’d still be with Yolanda if she hadn’t gotten sick and become unable to continue waiting on him hand and foot.

  35. maggiegrace says:


    He can suck that paunch in all he wants (e.g., in the white shirt), but that can’t look good up close and personal.

  36. Tara Beth says:

    Man, I wish I was somebody’s 5th wife.