Life has been pretty generous to Mario Lopez. From a young age, it was clear he was insanely talented, and there seemed to be no end to his skills. He could dance, fight, and act, and he took lessons to improve his abilities in all three areas. By the time he was a teenager, he was an unstoppable force quickly getting noticed by people in the entertainment industry.
After roles on children’s show Kids Incorporated and the sitcoms a.k.a. Pablo and Golden Girls, he landed the role of A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell. That was the part that changed his life forever, and it ensured that his career was going to be a long and illustrious one.
In the years since, Lopez has had great success on TV, both as an actor and a host. However, his personal life has been a little more turbulent. His first marriage to Ali Landry ended in a matter of weeks, and the reason why was initially kept under wraps. However, now it’s out in the open, it has people wondering if things with his second wife will go the same way.
A love for the ages
The spark between them was fairly instant, and it wasn’t long before the pair decided to embark on a proper relationship. Both Landry and Lopez were successful in their own right, so being together like this certainly worked in their favor. They were one of the hottest celebrity couples heading into the 21st century, and they looked set to dominate the 2000s. When Lopez got down on one knee in 2003 and asked his girlfriend to marry him, people couldn’t contain their excitement.
The pair set their date for spring the following year and counted down the days until they could tie the knot. However, while the couple might have seemed lucky in love, things weren’t actually as great as they appeared to be. It appears that Lopez was having doubts about his upcoming wedding, and they manifested themselves in the worst possible way.
Boys gone wild
It was while the actor was on his bachelor party that things all went downhill. Lopez had apparently planned to go marlin fishing in Cabo, but he received a last-minute surprise that completely threw everything out the window. His cousin revealed they were doing a little whirlwind tour, and things were going to get a lot crazier than fishing. Wanting to enjoy his bachelor party, Lopez didn’t put up any complaints, but he also didn’t tell his fiancée about the change of plans.
Instead, he just kept quiet, believing it would be easier to ask for forgiveness later than try and get permission beforehand. Unfortunately, he left himself with a lot of making up to do after letting the drink get the better of him. What happens at the bachelor party doesn’t always stay at the bachelor party.
Going behind her back
It seems that while Lopez was celebrating his final moments of freedom, he got a little bit too familiar with another woman. His actions were regrettable enough, especially for someone who considers themselves to be deeply religious. However, it wasn’t just his decision to cross the line behind Ali’s back that put him in hot water. The actor was also photographed in a rather compromising position with his mystery woman.
This provided proof of Lopez’s bad behavior that would later come back to bite him. Following the scandalous affair at his bachelor party, Mario was left with a lot to think about. Did he still marry Ali? Should he tell her about what had happened? With so much to consider and time quickly running out, Lopez didn’t know how to make a decision. Nevertheless, he made one, and it’s something he’s regretted to this very day.
Not built to last
Despite betraying her trust, Mario decided he was still going to tie the knot with Ali. He felt like it was the right thing to do, especially as the two of them had been together for so long. A six-year relationship is a big deal in the celebrity world, and Lopez didn’t want all their time together to go to waste. However, a marriage that’s based on lies and infidelity can’t hope to go the distance, especially if one side isn’t devoted to their other half.
The actor might have wanted to please his partner and give her what she wanted, but that wasn’t benefitting either of them. Of course, it wasn’t until after he’d gone through with the ceremony that Lopez realized he’d made a big mistake by getting married. At that point, though, it was too late to confess what he’d done and walk away.
On the pageant circuit
Lopez was relatively fresh off his success on Saved by the Bell when he fell for Ali Landry. She was a former Miss USA, and the pair met when they both worked on the pageant in 1998.
Lopez was there as the host of the event, while Landry – who’d reigned victorious two years earlier – acted as a commentator.
Catching him in the act
Luckily for Lopez, if he was regretting his decision to marry Ali, it was only a matter of days before his escape plan presented itself. It seems that his new wife had gotten her hands on the compromising photo of him from the bachelor party.
Understandably, she wasn’t too pleased by what she saw, especially after she confronted her husband about it. Mario wasn’t the man she thought he was when she married him, and now she wanted out of their relationship. She wasn’t going to stay with a cheater.
Over before it began
In light of the evidence, Ali decided to get her marriage annulled. They’d only tied the knot a few weeks ago, but there was no moving past this. Lopez had tried to deny any wrongdoing on his part, but his wife had all the proof she needed.
If he was already lying to her this early into the marriage, the two of them didn’t stand a chance together. Deep down, Mario was relieved that she wanted to separate because his act of infidelity had made him realize something pretty significant.
Not ready for this
When Lopez had started questioning whether or not to marry Ali, he’d just assumed it was a case of cold feet. He was worried about tying himself down to one woman, and he thought his actions at the bachelor party were just nerves getting the better of him.
However, after tying the knot, he realized the truth was something else entirely. Mario just wasn’t ready for married life. It’s unfortunate that it took him until after he’d actually walked down the aisle to acknowledge what his issue was.
Questioning his commitment
However, unbeknownst to the actor, he wasn’t alone in his doubts. Ali had also questioned whether she was doing the right thing by marrying Lopez, especially after some unsettling information came to light.
Shortly before the wedding, Landry had learned that her soon-to-be husband wasn’t actually as faithful as she’d believed him to be. The model had approached her fiancé with the accusation, but he’d assured her that it was all lies. Of course, the seeds of doubt had already been sown, and they weren’t going to disappear easily.
Pleasing everyone else
Much like her partner, Landry had wondered whether or not to call off the wedding. She wasn’t sure about her love for Lopez anymore, and tying the knot would potentially be a huge mistake. Unfortunately, the model was swayed to keep quiet because she didn’t want to cause a huge inconvenience for everyone.
All of her family were flying over for the big day, and canceling at the last minute would have caused problems for everyone. Had she known how things would later turn out, though, she’d probably have acted differently.
Tapping his phone
Even after she’d tied the knot, Ali hadn’t been able to shake the feeling that something wasn’t right in her relationship. Despite her husband’s insistence that he’d done nothing wrong, she felt he was hiding something from her.
So, she turned to one of her friends, hopeful she’d give her the answers she was looking for. Instead, she advised that Landry tap her partner’s phone and wait for the proof to come to her. The model was initially hesitant to follow her friend’s suggestion but ultimately followed through with the plan.
Moving on with her life
It didn’t take long for the evidence to start piling up. The guilt Ali had previously felt about tapping Lopez’s phone soon disappeared when all these other girls began cropping up. That was all she’d required to know that Lopez wasn’t someone she needed in her life.
She didn’t look back after getting their marriage annulled, and she’s done her best to move on from Mario in the years since. Fortunately for the model, she’s now a wife and a mother in a much more stable relationship than before.
Fame changed her
Although the marriage ended 15 years ago, Lopez’s feelings about the relationship have taken a while to fade. He’s admitted that his actions at the bachelor party weren’t acceptable and that he wasn’t ready for married life.
However, it seems he doesn’t believe he’s the sole reason that the relationship fell apart. According to his memoir, Just Between Us, Landry changed a lot during their relationship. Once a good Catholic girl, she apparently became a supermodel obsessed with both her and Mario’s image when her popularity started soaring.
Focusing on his career
Following the breakdown of his marriage, Lopez decided to hold off from jumping into another relationship. He knew he wasn’t ready to take things seriously, so he decided to forgo love and instead focus on his career.
The move certainly paid off, because he’s barely been out of the spotlight since. He’s appeared in dramas like Nashville and Nip/Tuck, hosted reality series like The X Factor, and also made his debut on Broadway. There’s not much this man hasn’t done over the last decade and a half.
It takes two to tango
In addition to all these ventures, Mario also featured as a contestant on the third season of reality competition Dancing with the Stars. The actor ultimately came second, although he got more out of his experience than just being runner-up.
Following his appearance on the series, he and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, became a couple. They enjoyed a two-year romance that ended in 2008. However, Lopez wasn’t heartbroken for too long because that was the same year he met Courtney Mazza, the woman who became his second wife.
Rushing into a relationship
The pair crossed paths during Lopez’s Broadway debut. They were both cast in the musical revival of A Chorus Line, and the chemistry between them was almost instantaneous. Although his split from Smirnoff was still relatively fresh, Mario didn’t waste any time entering into a new relationship with Mazza.
Not only did he have a good feeling about his new girlfriend, but he also felt a lot more mature than he had been several years earlier. He didn’t want to make the same mistakes that he had done with Landry.
Becoming a dad
Several years into their relationship, Lopez was more confident than ever that Mazza was the woman for him. That’s why he was delighted when he found out that she was pregnant. Having children was something that had always been on the actor’s radar, and he finally felt ready to become a father.
He wasn’t scared off by the responsibility that having a kid would entail. Instead, he was reveling in the chance to have a little boy or girl running around his house. His life was finally coming together.
Good days and bad days
Mario documented the birth of his firstborn child on his reality series, Saved by the Baby. The program followed him and Courtney as they went through the ups and downs of her pregnancy, and it showed the couple at their best and worst.
However, no matter how many hardships the pair faced, they always made it out the other side. Despite not always behaving appropriately in the past, Lopez had undoubtedly stepped up for this next chapter in his life. He wanted to be there for Mazza and the baby.
Doing it all over again
Following the successful birth of their daughter, Gia, Mario and Courtney decided they were ready to take their relationship to the next level. Lopez had tied the knot once before, and he didn’t want to go through all that again if he wasn’t ready to be a husband.
However, he felt a connection to Mazza that apparently hadn’t been there with Landry. That’s why he felt confident when he popped the question and eventually made an honest woman out of his fiancée. He was determined to make this marriage work.
Avoiding the drama
Any doubts that Mario wouldn’t be able to make his marriage work have easily been dispelled since the actor tied the knot. He and Courtney have shown year after year that their relationship is built to last, and nothing is going to tear them apart.
They’ve managed to stay remarkably drama-free since walking down the aisle which makes a pleasant change for the actor. Given the way his first marriage ended, it looked like the shadows of his past would follow him everywhere. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case.
Here comes another
The couple has proven their love to the public time and again, including adding another child to their family unit. Their son, Dominic, was born in 2013 one year after they tied the knot, and he’s brought even more happiness to the pair.
He and Gia will soon be getting a little brother or sister, as Mario recently shared the good news that his wife is pregnant for the third time. More than ten years after they started dating and the duo is still loved up enough to keep having kids.
Not going anywhere
There’s no denying that things between Mario and his second wife are going good. Not only have they now been together longer than he and Landry were, but they’ve also shown that their love is infinitely stronger.
The two care for each other enough that they’ve brought two children into the world, with a third is now on its way. That sounds like a pretty strong relationship to us. While the two still fight from time to time, that’s nothing to be concerned about. After all, what couple doesn’t argue?
Through and through, this couple never forgets the feelings they had for each other when they first started dating. Courtney posted this precious throwback to 2008 – the year they met – from their first trip together.
They simply look like a young couple in love and these days, not much has changed – except that they’re 11 years older, obviously. The trip was to Punta Mita Mexico, and it was actually in the same area where they got married about four years later.
Making time for date nights
Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to find the energy and time for date nights, especially once you’re married and have children. That being said, making an effort to still spend time together out and alone is extremely important in any relationship.
Mario and Courtney have proven that, no matter how exhausted they are from dealing with life and the kids, they still have time for one another. They still make sure to go out on cute date nights like this one as often as possible.
Putting his relationship with Courtney aside for a minute – though we don’t want to because we’re obsessed with their cuteness – we want to talk about Mario’s relationship with his kids.
From the looks of it, he is nothing but a loving father who enjoys spending time with his kids and makes sure to do things together as a family. Take this photo of them at a Dodger’s for instance; it’s memories like these that will stick in his kids minds forever and remind them of their parents’ love.
Not only do these two seem to be as in love and happy as ever, but they’re also getting so excited to welcome their third child into the world.
Courtney even posted a photo of her and Mario, saying that there were in fact three people pictured, in reference to her unborn baby. The couple can’t wait to meet their future son and daughter. For the time being, it doesn’t look like they have announced any gender or name ideas.
Friends in high places
If anyone doubts Mario and Courtney’s love for one another, perhaps they should talk to their friends who have witnessed the two together. This couple certainly does have friends in high places after all.
They seem to have bestie status with the likes of Eva Longoria and her husband José Bastón. Not only were the Lopez’s guests at José’s birthday party, but they were also in attendance at his and Eva’s wedding in 2016. We’re sure they would attest to Mario and Courtney’s happiness.