Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are one of my favorite celebrity couples. I adore them both individually, but they’re so much better together.
To me, they’re in the same category as beloved celebrity couples like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen. They’re adorable, relatable, and easy to root for. Here’s a quick timeline of their whirlwind relationship.
Summer 2018: Chris and Katherine Are Spotted Together Several Times throughout the Summer
Six months after Chris Pratt filed for divorce from his ex-wife Anna Faris (they had been separated for five months), he was spotted out on a date with Katherine Schwarzenegger. They were spotted together several times throughout the summer of 2018. Chris told Extra that they originally "met at church," but a source told People that they were set up on a date by Katherine’s famous mom, Maria Shriver. Though the two were seen together many times throughout the summer, things appeared to get serious in July when Katherine attended church with Chris and his son Jack.
August 2018: The Schwarzeneggers and Pratts Get Acquainted
After Katherine was introduced to Chris’ son, it was only a matter of time before the rest of the family got involved. Chris was seen having dinner with Katherine’s family that August, and it appears that he’s close with her famous family, including her dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Chris was asked about their relationship that month. He told Entertainment Tonight, “God is good. I feel really good, really blessed. Everything is great.”
October 2018: Katherine Meets Anna Faris
Chris and Katherine hit another relationship milestone in October 2018 when they were spotted taking 5-year-old Jack Pratt trick-or-treating alongside Anna Faris and her then-boyfriend and now husband, cinematographer Michael Barrett. A source told People, “It seems they all get along really well. Everyone had a good time. They were making an effort to make sure Jack had a great Halloween.”
December 2018: Chris and Katherine Make It Instagram Official
Despite their relationship being known to the public, Chris and Katherine didn’t make it Instagram official until Katherine’s 29th birthday on December 13, 2018 (side note: I didn’t realize that Katherine had the same birthday as Taylor Swift until researching this article).
Chris wrote on Instagram, “Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love, and care.”
I love this post because it really captures how happy they are together, and it was only the beginning of their relationship.
January 2019: Engagement Announcement
Only a month after making their relationship Instagram official, Chris and Katherine took to Instagram to announce their engagement.
Chris wrote, “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!”
Katherine wrote, “My sweet love. Wouldn’t want to live this life with anyone but you.”
They both shared the same photo of them hugging with Katherine’s engagement ring in view, a stunning 5-carat oval-shaped diamond ring.
April 2019: Red Carpet Debut
Three months after their engagement, Chris and Katherine made their red carpet debut as a couple at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Chris wore a classic black and white suit, and Katherine looked beautiful in a one-shoulder Monique Lhuiller dress.
June 8, 2019: Wedding
After a whirlwind romance, Chris and Katherine got married in a small ceremony in Montecito, California. Katherine wore a stunning strapless dress custom-made by Giorgio Armani, who also designed Chris’ suit. The wedding was attended by both of their families, including 6-year-old Jack Pratt.
They both shared the same photo on Instagram with statements that were identical other than thanking Armani for the dress or suit.
Katherine wrote, “Yesterday was the best day of our lives! We became husband and wife in front of God, our families, and those we love. It was intimate, moving, and emotional. We feel so blessed to begin this new chapter of our lives. We are so thankful to our families and our friends who stood with us and grateful to Mr. Giorgio Armani, who created a once-in-a-lifetime dress for me to wear, and for Chris, the perfect suit. This morning we feel nothing but blessed.”
April 2020: Pregnancy Announcement
Though the coronavirus pandemic was spreading around the world, Chris and Katherine had something to celebrate in April 2020. People confirmed that the couple was expecting their first child together. Though a specific due date wasn’t announced, it was confirmed that the baby would be born later that year.
August 2020: Baby Lyla Is Born
Chris and Katherine welcomed daughter Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt in August 2020. Both Chris and Katherine posted a picture on Instagram of them holding Lyla’s hand. Chris wrote, “We are beyond thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Lyla Maria Schwarzenegger Pratt. We couldn’t be happier. Both mom and baby are doing great. We are extremely blessed. Love Katherine and Chris.”
Despite their public lives, Chris and Katherine rarely share pictures of Lyla, and her face is always hidden when they do. Though we would all love to see their adorable daughter, I can’t help but love them even more for wanting to give Lyla as much privacy as possible.
October 2020: Katherine Defends Her Man
Despite being one of the most wholesome actors in Hollywood, Chris Pratt has some haters because he’s open about his Christian faith.
Though the post was initially meant for good fun, fans were quick to make toxic comments about Chris Pratt and his religious beliefs. It got so ugly that Katherine felt the need to defend her husband on an Instagram post. She commented, “Is this really what we need? There’s so much going on in the world and people struggling in so many ways. Being mean is so yesterday. There’s enough room to love all these guys. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Let’s try that.”
It’s so nice to see Katherine stand up for her man, but she wasn’t alone, and some of Chris’ Avengers co-stars like Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. defended him while calling out the toxicity on Twitter.
November 2021: Chris Shares a Sweet Instagram Message and the Internet Loses It
In November 2021, Chris shared a beautiful picture of Katherine on Instagram with a cheeky caption about how much he loves her.
He wrote, “Guys. For real. Look how she’s looking at me! I mean. Find you somebody that looks at you like that!! You know!? We met in church. She’s given me an amazing life, a gorgeous healthy daughter, she chews so loudly that sometimes I put in my ear buds to drown it out, but that’s love! She helps me with everything. In return, periodically, I open a jar of pickles. That’s the trade. Her heart is pure and it belongs to me. My greatest treasure right next to my Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck Rookie Card. Which if you know, you know is saying a lot. It’s her birthday in about 6 weeks. So if I don’t get her anything, I’ll tell her to look back on this post. Love you, honey.”
Like many fans, I thought the post was adorable. It reminded me of something my dad would say about my mom, and anyone who has been around a married couple knows that joking around is essential to a healthy marriage. However, the internet took offense at this because we can’t have nice things. Chris’ comment about Katherine giving him a “healthy daughter” made fans think that he was excluding his son, Jack (who is disabled), as well as comparing Katherine to a prized possession like his Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Decker Rookie Card.
Despite mean comments, Katherine seemed to love the post, commenting, "Oh wow. It's only when I'm eating CEREAL but I love you." Some of her family members, including mother Maria Shriver and brother Patrick Schwarzenegger, liked the post, commenting on how grateful they were that Katherine had Chris.
Chris later shared that he was "upset and depressed" following the backlash, but felt better when he went on a run and listened to Christian music. Chris and Katherine’s response to this criticism shows that they’re a loving couple who like to joke around, even if fans don’t share their sense of humor.
December 2021: Second Pregnancy Announcement
Criticism aside, things seem to be going well for Chris and Katherine. In December 2021, People confirmed that they are expecting their second child.
This confirmation came shortly after Katherine’s 32nd birthday, and Chris took to Instagram to wish her a happy birthday. Alongside a picture of Katherine on a boat, he wrote, “Happy Birthday Honey! You are such a wonderful wife, mother, stepmother, and life partner. I simply can’t imagine how lost I’d be without you. You’re beautiful, tough as nails, reasonable, deeply thoughtful, extraordinarily smart, you’re a complete boss, eternally driven and you communicate like no other. Thank you for everything. Thank you for being so instrumental in my growth over the past few years. We fit so perfectly into each other’s lives that our Union is a daily reminder that God is looking out for us. Navigating the odd circumstances of our world is a task I cannot handle alone. And I’m so grateful I don’t have to. Your commitment to helping others is contagious. I’m just so grateful for the harmony you continually bring to our household. I love you so much, honey. Happy Birthday!”
It appears that Chris and Katherine are stronger than ever, and many fans (myself included) can’t wait to see them embark on a new chapter when they welcome their second child together later this year.
From meeting at church and getting set up by Katherine’s mother to welcoming their first child together, Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger’s relationship has been one Hollywood fairytale. They complement each other perfectly, and their love for each other is infectious, making them one of the cutest couples in Hollywood.
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