Don’t be afraid to take risks. Alexa PenaVega Carlos PenaVega‘s journey to happily ever after came with plenty of obstacles — which the couple explored in their new book, What if Love is the Point? Living for Jesus in a Self‑Consumed World.
Alexa, 33, married Carlos, 32, in 2014. They opened up about their respective journeys before they met each other.
“For three years I’d been on top of the world,” the Big Time Rush band member recalled, noting that his mental health took a turn after his respective splits from Chelsea Ricketts Samantha Droke. “I drove really cool cars. I could afford to buy whatever I wanted. I had adoring fans. I literally lived in a freaking mansion. But I was empty and I didn’t know what it was that I was missing. I tried to fill that void by finding girlfriends, toys and houses, and eventually, weed. When Sam and me split up, I was faced with a hard truth. None of these things satisfied. None filled me in the way I thought they might.”
The Spy KidsFor her part, actress opened up about her struggles with an eating disorder. “My secret wasn’t as secret as I thought it was — because the producers on the show saw a tiny young girl who was just skin and bones,” Alexa wrote about her time on Broadway.
The Florida native shares Ocean, 5, Kingston 2, Rio, 12 month old, and her husband. She recently shared how her faith helped her overcome this issue. “I was living with this secret that I was really ashamed of. I was praised whenever I looked skinnier and if I didn’t look as skinny one day, nobody would compliment me,” she told Sadie Robertson during an episode of the “Whoa That’s Good” podcast in June. “I started thriving on what other people thought of me instead of focusing in on God.”
For Alexa, talking about her difficult relationship with food allowed her to break off “all those chains” in her life. “It became this thing that no longer consumed me. Obviously, God did a whole number in my life to get me through the eating disorder,” she added.
The pair’s marriage is also at the center of the memoir — with Alexa and Carlos offering a glimpse at their long-lasting bond.
“Because we value our marriage, and want to keep it as healthy as possible, we also try our best to make it a priority,” they detailed. “Before we ever had children, we made a commitment to prioritize each other, our marriage, for the sake of our family. And we’re also keeping it fun. Too often we’ve seen couples who truly enjoyed each other when they were dating lose the playfulness in their relationship and even become indifferent to each other. We keep laughing. We keep wrestling with the kids and each other. We keep carving out special time to be together.”
What if Love is the Point? Living for Jesus in a Self‑Consumed WorldAvailable now
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