Back in 1996, NHL player Valeri Bure and Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure got married. Fast forward to today and that amounts to more than 20 years as a married couple. When one looks at the couple’s long love story, it’s noticeable that it lacks what many couples these days are going through: the temporary splits, fights, and affairs. As a matter of fact, it seems nearly ideal and flawless. You could almost call it the textbook definition of the perfect marriage.
However, one instinctively asks the question of whether or not such a marriage could really exist, especially today? Sure, most marriages are good-enough or acceptable by traditional standards, but for a marriage to be so ideal that there isn’t a single scandal or inkling of disagreement between the spouses? Not likely. However, if one takes a look at some of Cameron Bure’s interviews over the years, it becomes obvious that there’s more to it than meets the eye. Now, some of it could be labeled as controversial; but, we’ll let you be the judge of that.
Back when she was 11, Bure landed the role of D.J. Tanner in the famous TV show Full House. Of course, at the time, she was known only as Candace Cameron. Be that as it may, one could say she already had the pedigree that would facilitate her entry into the world of red carpets and Hollywood A-listers. Namely, her brother Kirk was a child actor as well, and her mother had a job as a talent agent. Speaking of her brother, to say that he was a mere child actor might be an understatement; he rose to stardom and became a teen idol thanks to his role as Mike Seaver on the show Growing Pains.
Consequently, even though she occasionally ventured into other TV and film work, Bure ended up literally growing up on the Full House set. As a matter of fact, two episodes of Growing Pains even saw her starring alongside her brother. However, luck would have it that, while still appearing on Full House, she went to a charity hockey game in support of Dave Coulier, her co-star. While there, Coulier introduced her to Valeri Bure, a Russian hockey player who happened to have been a huge Full House fan. She would later go on to marry the Russian.
Her future husband was 21 at the time, and Bure was only 19. But, despite their relatively young age, they didn’t hesitate to get married. The time between their first date and their final date at the altar literally flew by; they got hitched after nearly a year of dating. The knot was tied on June 22, 1996, during a ceremony that saw a number of Bure’s co-stars from Full House in attendance, predominantly Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget and John Stamos.
Now, when it comes to Hollywood in particular, as well as most marriages nowadays, regrettably, they don’t seem to last out of a number of reasons. Either the spouses end up being too unaccustomed to each other or too young to make it work. Surprisingly enough, that was not the fate destined for Valeri Bure and Candace Cameron Bure. What’s more, their marriage only seemed to get stronger as the years went by. On one occasion, Dave Coulier even received a personalized hockey stick from Valeri. The stick was engraved with the words “Thanks for Candace” as a thank you for making the introduction possible.
Soon enough, the children started coming along as well. In 1998, the couple welcomed their firstborn Natasha; in 2000, Bure gave birth to a baby boy named Lev, and finally, in 2002, they became parents to another baby boy by the name of Maksim. In addition to becoming a mother, there was another important change in Bure’s life at this time: she became a Christian. This came about thanks to her brother Kirk, who had done the same when was 17; subsequently, he started giving his religious books to his sister. Upon reading them, Bure made the same decision to embrace her faith, which would later become a very significant part of her life.
By the mid-‘00s, Bure was on her way back to acting, after taking some time away from the big screen to care for and raise her children. Her comeback saw her having the lead role in Make It or Break It, as well as appearing in several Hallmark movies and guest-starring on the popular That’s So Raven show. Throughout all this, her marriage seemed as strong as ever. By now, her fan-base had begun to wonder what it was that made her marriage so tightly-knit. After all, she was in an industry that was not famous for longevity of marriage.
Things, however, became a lot clearer in January of 2014. Laying out the foundation for her understanding of marriage, Bure’s views on holy matrimony were depicted in her book Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose. According to the book, Bure believed that her religious beliefs were to thank for the longevity of her union. More precisely, she stated that it was her “submissiveness” to her husband that was her job in the family household, as well as that that was the key to a happy marriage.
Bure’s book was filled with remarks that caused ample controversy. One example includes, “My husband is a natural-born leader. I quickly learned that I had to find a way of honoring his take-charge personality and not get frustrated about his desire to have the final decision on just about everything. I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work.”
So much controversy was generated by her words that she ended up agreeing to go for an interview in order to explain her views on marriage with The Huffington Post. She said, among other things: “The definition I’m using with the word ‘submissive,’ is the Biblical definition of that. So, it is meekness, it is not weakness. It is strength under control, it is bridled strength,” though she added that it is “very difficult to have two heads of authority” in any household.
However, the damage was already done. There were still a lot of people that remained unsatisfied by her explanations. This prompted Bure to give another interview to HLN, in which she argued that the word “submissive” only had a negative connotation because people “don’t understand the Biblical definition of the word.” She added, “I think they’re thinking of it in terms of a perverted Fifty Shades of Grey kind of definition, or an oppression, or even a dictatorship. And that is not what I’m talking about.”
Bure also said, “We have a very wonderful marriage. And that’s why I have felt comfortable sharing about it in my book. I had no idea this was going to stir this much controversy. We have a marriage in which we want to honor God, and so I was just explaining that. But this little word in there is causing everybody to just get into a tizzy about it.” The actress was more than right: her social media accounts were exploding with comments, discussions and remarks.
An example of this could be seen on her Instagram profile following a post with a picture of herself flexing her muscles. To make matters even more controversial, Bure captioned the image, “Nothing weak about this – people talk about what they don’t understand.” As expected by now, her fans took to the image in varied ways, which was reflected in the comments section. One person said, “I agree there is nothing weak or wrong about your life or marriage. But when you publicize it and sell it, I believe there is.” However, another person wrote, “Being submissive isn’t weak at all…it’s Biblical! Good for you.”
Time went by, but the debate didn’t die down one bit. As a matter of fact, Bure gave another interview in January of 2015, this time to Yahoo! Parenting, in which she repeated her stance on the issues surrounding her views on marriage. She said, “I put [my husband] on a pedestal so he can grow. And he does the same for me. Men and women are different in how they want to feel love and respect. To go back to the Bible, men are told to love their wives and women are told to respect their husbands.”
To make matters even more remarkable, the talk about Bure’s stance on marriage spilled over into yet another year. Bure had become a co-host of The View by 2016; needless to say that her co-hosts were itching to learn more about her marriage. The culmination of this led to a discussion about the question “Does a relationship need a leader?” This was designed as a discussion in which all of the co-hosts would weigh in on the pros and cons. But, eventually, Bure found herself both outnumbered and outgunned, as the other women all found her views to be antiquated and archaic.
To put Bure’s religious argument into perspective, the Bible does actually talk about “submission” in marriage. It can be found in Peter 3:1 and it reads, “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives.” It goes without saying that Bure believes this, but the real question is – has this really helped the couple achieve the kind of relationship they wanted?
To answer that question – kind of – Bure posted a message in June of 2016 for her 20th wedding anniversary. She wrote, “Let’s be real for a second. We are celebrating 20 years of marriage today. 22 years together as a couple. I couldn’t be more proud to be here and love my man the way I do. But let me assure you it hasn’t been all roses the whole journey.” Dude, what the heck?! Seriously, could she be for real right now??
The actress continued her initially confusing message by saying, “There have been several tough years, in a row, ups and downs, bad attitudes and bad decisions, but we’ve persevered. We rode them out, we loved each other through them, we kept the focus: God’s glory. We are both better for it. I am so grateful and thankful for the man I married. Neither of us are perfect, far from it, and will continue to make mistakes because we are human.”
Now, some – we admit, ourselves included – might have mistaken this Facebook post for a warning sign that the couple’s idyllic union was slowly beginning to crack. However, when one considers the fact that literally all relationships hit a few bumps sooner or later, chances are we were all wrong. After all, a couple that has lasted 20-something years in the harsh environment of Hollywood where marriages are often measured in hours and days, let alone months, probably has a lot more up their sleeve.
Sure enough, confirmation of this came very quickly. During an interview with In Touch in March of 2016, the actress disclosed a juicy detail that suggested things between the couple are still getting hot n’ heavy from time to time. Apparently, the two are successfully managing to keep their love life alive and well, even with busy working hours and a house full of children – something many couples find too challenging to accomplish. She revealed, “When I’m home, we have to keep things alive.”
2017 has so far been a good year for the actress as well. Her career is on the rise again with the Full House reboot aptly named Fuller House. Additionally, her marriage is blazing through its 21st year and is still going strong. As a devout Christian, Bure mentions her faith frequently throughout her social media accounts; an aspect of her life that also seems to be stronger than ever. She argues that it was her faith that led her to a long-lasting marriage, even though not everyone would choose the same path.
Bure is also managing to lead a healthy lifestyle, which is apparent when one notes her impressive physique. Regardless of having given birth three times, Bure’s body is always toned and in great shape. A recent Instagram video sees Bure, Melissa Coulier (co-star Dave Coulier’s wife) and celebrity trainer Kira Stokes, posing for a Boomerang video and showing off their toned stomachs via flexing their abs. Not only is Bure’s body impressive, but she also managed to give us a good laugh as well.
Her Instagram account seems to be one of her most active social networks, as the star continuously uploads interesting content. Such an example includes a snapshot from a recent shopping expedition. She tried on a pair of high-waisted mom jeans and instantly brought back the 90s and her days on Full House. She captioned the snapshot, “Tried some old school 501’s and I’m legit D.J. Tanner straight outta the 90’s.” Technically speaking, she still plays Tanner on Fuller House, but it never hurts to be reminded of how the older sister-turned-single parent used to dress back in the day.
Speaking of the remake of the popular show, it is scheduled to return to Netflix sometime this fall. And when we say “sometime this fall,” we’re actually referring to a very special date for the history of the franchise. Bure revealed on Instagram that the third season of the legendary sitcom will premiere on September 22. Now, this wouldn’t be important at all if it wasn’t for the fact that this date marks the 30th anniversary of the original Full House premiere on ABC.
The actress appeared on the red carpet at the Teen Choice Awards recently and revealed some interesting details about Fuller House Season 3. The 41-year-old actress said, “It’s so great. We are almost finished filming it. We just came back from Japan last night and shot an amazing episode there. It’s a big season and I can’t wait for everyone to see it September 22nd. A lot of summer fun which we’ve never done on 10 seasons of the show, 11 seasons. So summer fun and then we have this huge trip. So, if you think old Full House like Disney World or Hawaii. Japan in Fuller House is even bigger.”
What’s more, Bure’s professional life seems to know no obstacle in 2017. She just won the favorite comedy TV actress award at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards for her role in Fuller House. This is especially significant when one puts into perspective the fact that it happened at a time when Hollywood routinely mocks Christianity. However, this award-winning star is standing out from the crowd and is advising teens to pray to God. She urged, “So all of you guys out there, and I tell my kids this, dream big, but pray harder. Because when you pray hard, God can exceed the dreams, even your biggest and wildest dreams. So do both.”
Another thing about Candace Cameron Bure that has always been an unwritten rule is the fact that the actress is always dressed to the latest fashion. Bure’s fashion sense has always been impeccable – something she likely puts effort into not only because she is a public figure, but also because her husband likes it – and here we can see why. Photographed at the Hallmark Channel And Hallmark Movies And Mysteries 2017 Summer TCA Tour, the actress is wearing a marble-patterned Christian Siriano midi dress. Truly eye-catching, wouldn’t you agree?
However, regardless of the fact that her last book caused ample controversy regarding her views on marriage, Bure doesn’t seem to shy away from venturing into the writing profession. Her new book, Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style and Attitude, promises to include the “tips and the tricks” she has managed to learn in the past decade. Available nationwide on November 7, it seems her new book aims to show all those who have judged her views on marriage why she’s right and they’re wrong. “Personal style is all about expressing who you are,” she said in a statement.
When one considers the love that’s held the couple together for more than two decades, it’s obvious that the actress’s success and happiness are centered around her family. The proud mother of three, Bure told TODAY in an interview that she regularly goes on holidays with her family to unwind and relax: “Summertime, we always take a few weeks. My boys are athletic and they want to do something that’s entertaining and exciting for them, more thrill-seeking. For me, I want to relax and do nothing because I feel like I’ve just worked so hard.”
Among the actress’s three children, it is safe to assume that her firstborn daughter Natasha, 19, is probably her favorite, though she’d never admit it. However, the mother and daughter seem to have a special connection. When Natasha Bure participated in a Facebook Live interview on the Kathie Lee and Hoda Facebook page in June, her mother was keeping a close eye on her. Later on, Candace joined the interview and revealed that, when they’re not disagreeing on household chores, the mom and daughter do have fun together. Natasha said, “Most of the time, if we’re doing anything, it’s at home, we like to go to the pool, tan, barbecue.”
They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friends. While that’s true in many cases, when it comes to Candace Cameron Bure, it would seem that the Tiffany’s Elsa Peretti Mesh Scarf Earrings in Gold is the way to go. And her husband Valeri knows this well. Back in 2016, he shelled out $2,100 for a pair and surprised his wife for her birthday. As any girl likely would, the actress couldn’t wait to show them off on Instagram. She captioned the image, “My thoughtful husband bought me the earrings I’ve admired and wanted since I was 10 years old for my big 4-0! Tiffany gold mesh earrings. Thank you baby. I’m so grateful and blessed.”
If you were to ask anyone if it’s possible to stay madly in love with someone even after 20 years of marriage, they would probably give you a wide range of answers. However, it you were to ask Candace Cameron Bure, she would likely give you a decidedly “Heck yes!” as an answer. On June 14 – her husband Valeri’s 43rd birthday – the actress shared a couple of photos on Instagram in honor of her man. She also included a short message: “Dude still has me after 21 years – Happy Birthday baby.” It’s obvious she can’t keep her eyes off of him.
And just several days later, on June 22, she again shared an amazing throwback picture of the couple on an ice rink in honor of their anniversary. The photo is dated 1994, which is some two years before the couple’s aforementioned wedding that took place on June 22, 1996. Bure revealed to TODAY back in 2007, “Val had just come from Moscow, Russia, and it turned out that he would watch ‘Full House’ because it helped him learn English.” Who knew?
However, it would seem that the couple, despite their enormous love for each other, choose to not follow tradition and celebrate Valentine’s Day. Bure explained in an interview, “We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. My husband and I, we treat each other throughout the year. It feels contrived on Valentine’s Day, so we don’t do anything on that specific day.” But, that begs the question of what sort of gifts does Mr. Bure opt for when surprising Mrs. Bure during the year? She revealed, “It’s flowers. I love flowers.”