This special kind of love! Jessie James DeckerAnd Eric Decker have a love story that’s all their own — and Us Weekly is taking a look back on the pair’s journey to happiness over the years.
The “Wanted” singer and the former NFL pro began dating in 2011 after becoming acquainted through mutual friends. “He was in Arizona training, and I got a text from my girlfriend who said, ‘I’m having dinner with this guy I’m seeing, and this other guy just showed up, and he’s stunning,’” Jessie recalled to Access Hollywood2013. “Show him a picture of me, and see if he’s into it.”
Jessie stated that Eric had given her her number and she took the initiative to send her her first text.
“From now on, if a man wanted me, he was going to have to show it,” she wrote in her 2018 memoir, Just Jessie. “So I made Eric chase me.”
They were eventually engaged and got married in Colorado in 2012. They welcomed three children together: Eric Jr. (2015), Vivianne (2014) and Forrest (2018).
During an appearance on the “Motherly” podcast in 2019, the “I Look So Good” singer opened up about how becoming parents improved the duo’s marriage.
“It’s made it even stronger and made us even closer because you know — think about it,” she explained. “We created these people out of love together and now we’re raising three people that we have in common, not just biologically, but we have in common that we are so madly in love with these people that we created together.”
The “Lights Down Low” artist added, “And we have the same goal, which is to love them and take care of them and give them the best life we possibly can, which makes us closer and stronger.”
Eric has also gushed a lot about Jessie’s wedding. In August 2019, the former Denver Broncos wide receiver called his wife the “perfect complement” to him.
“A lot of times, I can get more serious … and she’s so free-spirited,” he told Us at the time. “I just found that she brings kind of that enthusiasm to the house and kind of the light-hearted energy that I think is so important to just enjoy, you know, the moments that we have.”
Scroll down to see how Jessie and Eric’s romance has evolved over the years.