A Timeline of Kate Upton and Justin Verlander's Relationship
Sports Illustrated model and actor Kate Upton and MLB star Justin Verlander have shared a special relationship over the past decade. The pair first met while filming a commercial together back in 2012, and they got together shortly after. Despite their brief split in mid-2013, Upton and Verlander remain closer than ever, with the two tying the knot in November 2017 and having their daughter, Genevieve, in November 2018.
While the couple have vastly different careers, they strongly support one another, and Upton has been particularly vocal about standing behind her husband as the Houston Astros advanced to the World Series in October. "I am so proud of you @justinverlander . . . ASTROS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!! ❤️❤️❤️," Upton wrote on Instagram on Oct. 27.
The World Series is not the only significant event in the pair's life, however. On Nov. 4, the two celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary, and Upton shared a sweet post on Instagram commemorating the special milestone, writing, "5 years down . . . forever to go! Life with you never gets old. I love you @justinverlander. Happy Anniversary! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"
If you're curious about many of the beautiful moments Upton and Verlander have shared over the years, read on!
February 2012: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Meet
The model and Verlander met sometime in February 2012 when they appeared in a commercial for the Major League Baseball 2K12 video game, which was released that same year. In the commercial, Upton highlights a wall of baseball MVPs and turns a disguised Verlander away when he tries to sneak into an exclusive club.
January 2013: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Vacation Together
Approximately one year after Upton and Verlander met on the set of the Major League Baseball 2K12 commercial, the two were spotted vacationing together in St. Thomas in January 2013, which led many to believe that they were dating. Upton, however, shut down the romance rumors in a February 2013 interview with Fox News 2, saying (via E! News), "Actually, I'm single right now, so I spent my holiday in Melbourne, Fla."
June 2013: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Split Up
The status of Upton and Verlander's relationship was ambiguous at the beginning of 2013. But by June 2013, however, the pair no longer appeared to be together, as Upton started dating "Dancing With the Stars" dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy in June 2013. The two dated for the remainder of the year before ultimately splitting in December 2013, as reported by People. Not long after her split from Chmerkovskiy, Upton would find herself back with Verlander by the new year.
January 2014: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Get Back Together
It didn't take long for Upton and Verlander to rekindle their relationship, and by January 2014, the two were officially back together. Per Us Weekly, the couple went to the Bahamas together, and according to a source, they were "looking very cozy having dinner at the restaurant Mahogany House near Lyford Cay." One month later in February 2014, Upton and Verlander were photographed together at GQ's Super Bowl Party, according to People.
May 2016: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Announce Their Engagement
At the 2016 Met Gala, Upton debuted a stunning diamond ring with her outfit, which immediately drew everyone's attention. Turns out, the ring was indeed an engagement ring. Verlander proposed to the model one month prior, but the pair kept the exciting news out of the spotlight initially. Speaking with E! News at the event, Upton said, "I'm really excited, he asked me right before season started so we've been keeping it on the down low for quite a while. . . . So I'm excited to finally be able to share it with the world!"
November 2017: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Say “I Do”
Upton and Verlander nearly missed their November 2017 wedding due to Verlander being in the World Series with the Houston Astros that year, according to their interview on "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." The pair jokingly revealed the circumstances of their wedding clashing with the World Series, saying, "Everybody is in Italy! Everyone is at the venue! We had an event that night and everyone's texting us saying, 'Your wedding is so pretty. Wish you were here!'"
Immediately after the Series concluded, the pair traveled to Italy to tie the knot in the presence of friends and family in Tuscany. "It was really important to Justin and me that it feel like we were on vacation with our closest friends and family," Upton told Vogue.
August 2018: Justin Verlander Raves About Kate Upton
In August 2018, the Astros star revealed how Upton came into his life while he was experiencing a rough patch, which was ridden with depression and a potential career-ending injury. "She was instrumental in me not . . . like, jumping off a bridge. . . . I was depressed and kind of just upset at the world and trying to hide my own sh*t," Verlander told Bleacher Report. "She was what I needed."
November 2018: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Welcome Their First Child
Approximately one year after Upton and Verlander exchanged vows, the pair welcomed their first child, Genevieve Upton Verlander, on Nov. 7, 2018. Upton previously announced her pregnancy in July 2018, writing on Instagram, "#PregnantinMiami @justinverlander 🌞❤️"
Following the birth of his daughter, Verlander couldn't contain the excitement of his baby being born and shared a touching post on his Instagram on Nov. 10, 2018, which read in part, "Welcome to the world Genevieve Upton Verlander. You stole my ❤️ the first second I met you!!!"
April 2020: Kate Upton and Justin Verlander Make Big Donations to Charity
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the MLB took a major hit. Spring training was suspended, and regular-season games were continually postponed for months as cases of the virus continued to increase. In April 2020, Verlander and Upton announced on Instagram that they would be donating his weekly MLB checks to various organizations working diligently to help others during the pandemic. "Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home," he wrote in the post.
October 2022: Kate Upton Supports Justin Verlander at the World Series
On Oct. 23, the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees in the League Championship Series and advanced to the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Upton, who has been by Verlander's side throughout his career, congratulated her husband on Instagram, writing, "I am so proud of you @justinverlander . . . ASTROS ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!! ❤️❤️❤️."