Well, that settles that! A year and a half after Jeremy Renner and model Sonni Pacheco welcomed daughter Ava, the Avengers and The Town actor confirmed to Capitol File magazine that he is, in fact, married to his longtime girlfriend.
In doing so, Renner explained that he's kept quiet about his marriage to keep his job as a movie star from interfering with his personal life.
"I have tried to protect my family's privacy, my wife's privacy. I don't need her to get hammered with my life," he said at a Washington, D.C., screening of his latest film, Kill the Messenger, last night.
"Privacy issues are important because I want her to go about her day without being bothered," said Renner, who both stars in and produced his latest movie.
When asked if he is married (he showed up wearing a wedding band), Renner replied, "Yes."
Though Renner, who's also starred in The Hurt Locker, American Hustle, and The Bourne Legacy, had kept silent about his marriage until now, this wasn't the first time he'd worn a wedding ring in public. According to Us Weekly, he first sported a band on his left finger while attending the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards in October 2013.
His statement on married life was brief, but he gladly obliged reporters' questions about fatherhood. "It's the best thing I have ever done — doing it later on in life. By then I achieved a lot of things that I wanted to achieve; I'm so blessed for that. Now I can really spend time with family. The only thing I think about when I'm not with my baby is, 'How do I get to my baby?' I need to get to her, and I'm very miserable when I don't see her. I really love being a father," he said.