Actor Josh Duhamel announces engagement to Fargo's Audra Mari
Josh Duhamel and Audra Mari of Fargo have dated for more than two years.
FARGO — Actor and North Dakota native Josh Duhamel has announced his engagement to pageant winner and model Audra Mari of Fargo.
In a post to his Instagram account on Saturday, Jan. 8, Duhamel shared a photo of the two standing on a sandy beach.
Duhamel is holding a weathered-looking piece of paper that says: Audra Diane Mari, Will you marry me?
In a message accompanying the post, Duhamel wrote:
"It's on!! She found a message in a bottle that washed ashore and said YES!!
The announcement came the same day Mari celebrated her 28th birthday in Florida.
She posted on Instagram days earlier that she and Duhamel had arrived in Miami Beach for vacation.
Duhamel's ex-wife and singer/performer Fergie, with whom he has an 8-year-old son, added a congratulatory message to the couple.
Duhamel, 49, and Mari were introduced in Los Angeles by a mutual friend and have been a couple since 2019, Mari told The Forum last July. Duhamel is a spokesperson for North Dakota tourism.
Mari graduated from Fargo Davies High School and pursued a modeling career in Los Angeles for several years. She was an online student at North Dakota State University as of July 2021.
She finished first runner-up at the 2014 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and won the 2016 Miss World America contest in National Harbor, Maryland.