American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr.’s single days are long, long gone. Yes, we’re still heartbroken about that too, but he’s so stinkin’ cute about his wife, former Victoria’s Secret model Jill Goodacre, that our jealous rage has quickly dissipated.
Though Harry, 46, jokes that he’s in a Lo-mance (Harry told Access Hollywood, “[Keith Urban and I] are in love with Jennifer Lopez — it is a Lo-mance”), he really only has eyes for his wife. Harry and Jill have been married since April 16, 1994 — that’s 20 blissful years of marriage as of 2014! Quite impressive for a couple of celebrities, arewerite?
On why he thinks his Hollywood marriage has lasted so long, he told Huffpost Celebrity, “I think it’s different for everybody, but I love my wife and I know she loves me. We’re best friends. We’re just lucky to have found each other. It takes a lot of work, but I just feel very blessed that I found the right person. It’s a very fortunate situation and not everyone has that.” (Take note, Kardashians!)
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But let’s get back to who Jill Goodacre is! Jill was one of the main models for Victoria’s Secret in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and paved the way for future lingerie models like Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima. Back then, Jill modeled alongside Stephanie Seymour and Frederique (remember them?!), and was a big deal in the modeling world. Her sexy catalogue pics are one of the reasons Victoria’s Secret is the massive lingerie retailer it is today!
Jill, who is two years old than Harry at 49, married Harry in 1994, and promptly left her modeling days behind her. On first laying eyes on Jill, Harry told Ok! Magazine (via Celebitchy.com) in 2009, “When I saw her, I did a triple take. I went right up to her and introduce myself. I had never seen anybody that pretty in person.” Are you swooning yet? He continued, “She’s strong, very secure, and extremely smart. I have learned a lot from her, and I continue to.”
A year before she married Harry, Jill did a workout video with Sugar Ray Leonard called Boxout, which is currently rated at about 2.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. In 1994, she did the famous Friends episode, “The One With a Blackout,” where she was trapped in an elevator with Chandler (and yes, it’s still hilarious).
Since then, Jill has done some acting and starred in a number of Harry’s music videos. She also directed his concert video, “The New York Big Band Concert,” which you can actually watch in full on Youtube (and we highly recommend you do!). She also had three gorgeous daughters with Harry: Georgia, Kate, and Charlotte.
Jill and Harry currently live in a gorgeous converted barn in New Canaan, Connecticut, with their three daughters, a cat named Nola, and three dogs. During a tour of their Connecticut home, Harry told People, “We like the fact that it's a pretty laid-back life here in Connecticut. We can just be home. There's no scene. We can just live our lives and not really deal with the industry."
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