Although Bryce Dallas Howard and Seth Gabel had no intention of having kids until their 30s, the actress became pregnant just one week after their nuptials. Even though she suffered from severe postpartum depression, her husband supported her every step of the way.
Bryce Dallas Howard met Seth Gabel at New York University, where she was a student. As cliché as it may sound, the “Jurassic World” actress and Gabel fell in love right away. She even wrote about getting married that very day in her journal. For the filmmaker, it wasn’t the same, though.
Before finally calling late at night and proposing Gabel, Howard chased him for months. Thankfully, he consented, and so their love story started. It would take him another 20 years to finally accept that after their first date, he was head over heels in love.
In actuality, Gabel revealed to one of their acquaintances, “The situation has changed. I genuinely like her, so I am terrified that she has changed her mind about like me.” But Howard’s feelings didn’t go away; they just got stronger over time.
Even when working on “As You Like It,” she couldn’t stop thinking about him because of how much she loved him. Her feelings throughout the performance of a love sequence were greatly influenced by their engagement before she departed for the production. As she delivered her lines, she recalled picturing Gabel:
She adds, “O coz, coz, coz, my darling little coz, that thou didst know how many fathom deep I am in love,” immediately following the wooing scene. I simply recall thinking, “I do love him,” when I said, “I am in love!'”
In June 2006, the couple exchanged vows and went on honeymoon to Greece with Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard, who play the actor’s parents. The actress’s daughter stated:
Actually, it was a family reunion, and it was wonderful. We would have simply gone out to dinner if it were up to us to plan our own honeymoon.
The couple had initially intended to enjoy life without a kid until they were in their 30s, but things didn’t turn out as they had hoped. She discovered out she was pregnant just seven days after their wedding, according to Howard. Nevertheless, it was a “delightful surprise” to have their first child.
Up until her ninth month, when she weighed more than 200 pounds, Howard adored being pregnant and welcomed it with open arms. But after the birth of her son Theo, the “Twilight” actress’ life went completely out of control.
Howard then experienced postpartum depression at the age of 25 and felt numb. The worst part about breastfeeding, according to Howard, was feeling inadequate. She pushed herself to the limit in an effort to get Theo to drink only her milk and nothing else. She remembered:
Although I occasionally dozed asleep for a short while, my commitment to “feed at all costs” left me with no opportunity for rest, rehabilitation, or emotional exploration.
She referred to her kid, Theo, as “it” at one time. As he watched everything crumble, Howard ended himself crying in the shower. Gabel was filming a show at the time, and when he returned home at night, his wife was cursing at him.
In all their years of dating, Gabel had never witnessed this conduct. But despite his offer of assistance, nothing could be done. Howard declared, “I’ve hit the wall and passed through it. And I believe that more is required of me. She recalled in an interview:
I couldn’t make decisions because I was constantly crying in the shower, not feeling like myself, connected to my son or spouse, and most definitely not to myself.
Gabel was a devoted husband and parent who never left his wife’s side despite her several breakdowns. He would nurse Theo, change his diapers, and croon, “Anything is possible,” in his ear.
Howard and Gabel continue to make time for themselves and maintain their romance despite being actively involved in their children’s lives.
Howard was in awe of her husband after what she had seen. She stated, “He was 24 when we had our first child, and he was incredibly generous and selfless.
Howard is constantly praising her husband on her social media sites to highlight how wonderful he is as a father since she is so appreciative of his support. The actress wrote in a post:
“While I’ve been filming in the UK, my hot hubby is handling everything—kids, dogs, moving, and changing schools. This is a new skill for our cat Bruno to balance while lying on his back.
With everything they have been through, Howard was confident she married the right man. After a few years, they expanded their family and welcomed a daughter, Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel, since they were confident that their connection could withstand even the worst storm.
Since then, Howard and Gabel have made the decision to keep their personal lives private while occasionally posting pictures of their kids on social media. It is claimed that Theo physically resembles his grandfather and has comparable interests to him.
It appears that the couple’s parenting approach resulted in well-rounded children, and although being actively involved in their children’s life, Howard and Gabel still find time for romance and self-care.
With a lovely Instagram snap, the couple marked their 21 years of marriage. As she celebrated their first date anniversary, the 41-year-old celebrity paid tribute to her husband, who later commented about his “beautiful, humorous, and bright” wife.