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When news of Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden's marriage hit in January 2015, we were shocked, to say the least. The couple tied the knot after being engaged for less than a month — and only after months of speculation and fake-outs — and before that, the pair was together for less than a year. Their whirlwind romance left us in a total daze! We were left with basically no details of the love story between Diaz and Madden. But now, finally, the 43-year-old actress is opening up about how she met her 37-year-old rocker hubby, and the sweet relationship that these two lovebirds share.
During an appearance on Andy Cohen's Radio Andy, the former Charlie's Angels star recalled how she and "Benj" became an item, E! News reports. "It was one of those things where everyone tells you, 'You just know when you know,'" she explained. "I was like, 'What does that mean? Oh, I get it. You just know when you know.' Like you're my husband."
Although she knew the former Good Charlotte rocker's sister-in-law, Nicole Richie, and his brother, Joel Madden, for a few years, the actress and Benji didn't really cross paths. "The first thing I said when I first met my [would be] husband was, 'He's hot,'" Diaz confessed. "How come I didn't know this before? We had never been in the same circle."
Diaz didn't formally meet her now-husband until she hosted a dinner party at her house with Nicole and Joel, who asked Cameron if he could invite his brother Benji over. "Then I saw him again," she continued. "Wait a second, still hot!"
The two instantly hit it off and began seeing each other, leading to what would ultimately become one of our favorite Hollywood duos. Interestingly enough, now that she's married to her rocker love, Diaz doesn't think about anyone else in her past. "You know, nothing matters now that I have my husband. Like, I don't even remember any of that. All of that is like, that's the thing, that's how I know he's my husband...No one compares. Everything else just like washes and slips away," she said. "You realize like, 'Oh this is like the real thing is. This is what real love is. This is what real commitment and devotion is. This is the person you build your life with.'" (Though how one could forget about dating uber-hottie Justin Timberlake, we really don't know.)
She added, "We got married in our living room in front of our friends. Had a little party in our backyard on the tennis court and yeah. Otherwise it would have been something else." Diaz forgot to mention the slew of celebrities that joined in their nuptials, like Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore, to name a few.
Chatting with Cohen isn't the only time Diaz has gushed about her hubs. In her new book The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time, the actress penned the most heartfelt dedication to her spouse: "I never knew what love was until I found you," she writes. "How did I ever live without your love, your friendship, your brilliant mind, your genius sense of humor, and your enormous, loving, beautiful heart?"
"Thank you for being my best friend, my teacher, my partner in life," Diaz adds, according to Entertainment Tonight. "You inspire me every day with your courage and devotion. Thank you for all the support and encouragement in this book and everything in life. I love you forever and ever."