Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari: A relationship timeline

Reality star Kristin Cavallari on early Sunday announced that she and her husband, former quarterback Jay Cutler, are getting a divorce.

The couple had been together for 10 years, and have three children together: two sons and one daughter.

With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.

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The couple have also been a large part of Cavallari’s reality show, “Very Cavallari,” which follows her life and the promotion of her clothing line.

Here’s a look at the relationship timeline between Cutler and Cavallari:

2009: The relationship that almost didn’t happen

In an interview, Cavallari said Cutler made the first move, but that she wasn’t interested in a relationship.

“I got a call from my publicist that Jay wanted to fly me out to Chicago and take me out,” Cavallari said. “I didn’t know who he was! I had to Google him. I was in the middle of filming ‘The Hills’ so I was like, ‘I don’t want a boyfriend in Chicago,’ and passed on it.”



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In her book “Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making It All Work,” Cavallari explained that she was also a little creeped out by his initial ask. 

“Plus, to be completely honest, years prior I had had a different Chicago athlete go through my publicist to ask me out, so I was a little weirded out by all these Chicago sports guys wanting to date me.”

2010: Sparks fly

Cavallari was in Chicago visiting her mother when they went to a Bears preseason game. She didn’t remember that Cutler had asked her out, but her mom did.

Cavallari said that she thought he was “really cute” when they finally met.

In her book Cavallari wrote, “We hung out two nights later, and that began a swift and intense romance. I flew back to Chicago at least every two weeks. When we were apart, we texted constantly, and he wrote me the sweetest love emails. He was the strong, manly man I wanted but had a sweet, romantic side as well.”

April 2011: The engagement

Cavallari and Cutler got engaged over Easter weekend in Mexico after only eight months. Cavallari was said to be surprised by the proposal, but happy.

Summer 2011: The breakup

The engagement didn’t last long. Just three months after their engagement, multiple reports claimed that Cutler had broken up with Cavallari, but she set the record straight in her book.

“A few things needed to change, and I knew the only way Jay would see how serious I was, was if I ended the relationship,” she wrote. Apparently, Cutler “envisioned himself being the sole breadwinner and his wife staying at home.”

Fall 2011: Reunited and it feels so good

By the fall of 2011, the pair were back on and better than ever.

Cavallari was a contestant on Season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars.” During one performance, the camera panned to Cutler cheering her on. By November, the couple confirmed they were not only dating again, but also engaged.

“It was so silly,” Cavallari told E! News. “I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, ‘Oh, shall we get married?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah, OK.’ And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on.”

2012: Baby No. 1

Two months after getting back together, the couple announced in a People magazine exclusive that they were having a baby.

“We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together. It’s an amazing time in our life and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to our growing family.”

Cavallari gave birth to her son, Camden Jack, on Aug. 8 2012.

June 2013: Married at last

Wedding bells for the happy couple! The pair were legally married in a civil ceremony on June 7 before their June 8 wedding at the Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville (followed by a reception at the Houston Station). They were wed in front of 150 family and friends.

Cavallari said she would’ve been perfectly fine staying engaged forever, as her own parents’ divorce made her hesitant to tie the knot. But the birth of their son changed her mind.

“Having a kid made me realize that I wanted the security of a legal union for him. I wouldn’t want him (or any of our kids, now) to ever interpret our voluntarily not getting married as a sign that Jay and I may not be completely committed to our family.”

2014: Baby No. 2

The Cutler family kept growing.

Shortly after their wedding, the couple tweeted that they were expecting baby No. 2 — Jaxon Wyatt Cutler.

They announced the birth of the baby on Instagram.

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Welcome Jaxon Wyatt Cutler 7lbs 11oz 5/7/14 ❤️

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Welcome Jaxon Wyatt Cutler 7lbs 11oz 5/7/14 ❤️

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2015: Baby No. 3

Almost a year after the birth of their second child, the couple announced on Cavallari’s own app that baby No. 3 was coming.

“We’re at it again! Thrilled to announce baby number 3 is on the way! The Cutler crew just keeps on growin’!”

Saylor James Cutler was born on Nov. 23.

Really sad about missing my 10 year high school reunion last night…so many people I wanted to see…but at least I have a good excuse 💕

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July 2018: ‘Very Cavallari’ premieres

“Very Cavallari” premiered on E! on July 8. The reality show gave viewers a look into the life of Cavallari as she balanced family and business.

The real behind the scenes from #VeryCavallari 😂 One week until the premiere!!! @verycavallari @velvetsedge

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Cutler, who previously had a reputation in the NFL for being a bit grumpy, became a star of the show, as fans gained a glimpse at his laid-back personality and dry humor.

March 2020: Stuck in the Bahamas

The Cutler/Cavallari clan flew down to the Bahamas on March 15 for a family spring break vacation. They became stuck there for three weeks as travel and safety conditions became increasingly dangerous under the coronavirus pandemic.

Several people have speculated that this lockdown led to the divorce, but there is nothing confirmed at this time.

April 2020: Divorce announcement

On April 26, 2020, Cavallari announced on Instagram that the pair were going their separate ways.

“With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce,” the reality TV personality posted, along with apicture of her and Cutler.

“We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of,” her statement continued. “This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.”

Cavallari also said the divorce was not because of cheating.

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