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'Yellowstone' Star Kevin Costner, Wife Christine Baumgartner's Love Story: What to Know

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Kevin Costner is usually secretive about his family and home life, but the “Yellowstone” star gave fans a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes when he revealed why he missed out on the 2023 Golden Globes.

Costner, 67, and his wife Christine Baumgartner, 48, were noticeably absent from the Golden Globes ceremony on Tuesday night due to the ongoing flooding in California.

“Yesterday we had to pull the kids out of school in Santa Barbara,” shared the actor in the video. “This is the second time in five years that the highway has flooded, we found ourselves on the wrong side of town and we couldn’t make it back last night. No one is sadder than us that we couldn’t be there for the Golden Globes. Chris had a beautiful dressed, I was looking forward to walking the red carpet with her.”

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner at the opening of the new

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner at the opening of the new “Porcelanosa” store on May 5, 2005 in Madrid.
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Costner continued with an apology.

“I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there. I really wanted to, I know how much Chris wanted to support me,” Costner said. “She went out and bought me some gold, yellow, black and silver balloons, so let’s sit in front of the television and see what happens.”

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner during Big 3 Records Monte Carlo Invitational Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament in Monaco.

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner during Big 3 Records Monte Carlo Invitational Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament in Monaco.
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The couple has been together since 1998. Here’s what you should know about Christine Baumgartner:

Christine Baumgartner works as a handbag designer

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner attend the 2014 Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California.

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner attend the 2014 Governors Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood, California.
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Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner got engaged in 2003.

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner got engaged in 2003.
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Baumgartner designs bags for his Cat Bag Couture brand.

The mother of three shared how she got started in an interview with The Denver Post in 2005.

“When I created some swatches, I showed them to Kevin and he said they were beautiful and amazing,” she recalled. “He told me I should take the next step and he would help me. I’ve always loved fashion and style, and if you can mix that with function, it’s perfect.”

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner were married in 2004

Kevin Costner married Christine Baumgartner at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado on September 25, 2004.

Kevin Costner married Christine Baumgartner at his ranch in Aspen, Colorado on September 25, 2004.
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Costner and Baumgartner announced their engagement in June 2003 after starting dating in 1998.

The two met at a restaurant after meeting a few years earlier and started dating.

“We exchanged numbers and I told her I would – would she mind if I called her in two weeks? I didn’t realize that was such an insult to a woman,” he told People magazine in 2003.

The two were married in September 2004 on Costner’s 165-acre ranch near Aspen, Colorado.

The couple has three children

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner pose with their three children.

Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner pose with their three children.
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While Costner is the father of seven children, he shares three of them with Baumgartner. The two are parents to teenagers Cayden Wyatt, Logan Hayes and Grace Avery.

Costner shared what his home life is like when he’s not making movies.

“I work as a provider. I’m a father and a husband, but the world doesn’t revolve around me,” the actor previously told People magazine. “When I’m not making a movie, I’m living and on the road with my wife, taking the kids to their stuff, or I’m waiting for them to leave a party. I’m just twiddling my thumbs.”

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner faced obstacles before they got married

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner arrive at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner arrive at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards on June 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica.

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica.
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Despite having three children together, there was a time when Costner wasn’t sure he wanted to have more children.

Before the two were married, Baumgartner gave Costner an ultimatum.

“Fear stopped me from marrying Christine,” the actor admitted during an interview with Closer Weekly in 2018. “[She] I wanted a child, but I was afraid I wouldn’t be an effective parent.”

“I woke up and thought, ‘Am I going to lose a beautiful woman who is willing to be with me until my last breath because I’m afraid to say yes to a child?’ It was enough. Sometimes you learn that what you’re most afraid of will save your life.”

The family resides in Santa Barbara, California

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner live with their children in Santa Barbara.

Kevin Costner and Christine Baumgartner live with their children in Santa Barbara.
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Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner arrive at

Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner arrive at the “Yellowstone” premiere.
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Costner, Baumgartner and their children live on approximately 10.25 acres a few miles outside of Santa Barbara in Carpinteria.

The actor listed the home in 2017 for $60 million, but records show the property never sold.

“Turns out I have more than I could ever dream of. This is a place that spoke volumes to me. Being on the water with my kids and my wife,” Costner previously told Visit California about his home.

The “Dances With Wolves” actor originally didn’t care for Santa Barbara, saying: “I knew about Santa Barbara when I was a kid, I actually hated Santa Barbara because I lived in a town next to it called Ventura, so we played them in sports … One day I kind of got over it and thought what a great place to live.”

Kevin Costner was previously married

Kevin Costner was previously married to Cindy Silva.

Kevin Costner was previously married to Cindy Silva.
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Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva were married for 16 years before they divorced in 1994.

Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva were married for 16 years before they divorced in 1994.
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Prior to his marriage to Baumgartner, Costner was married to Cindy Silva.

The two were married in 1978 and divorced years later, in 1994.

Costner and Baumgartner met when he was still married to Silva. The two met on the set of “Tin Cup” in 1996.

The western actor later revealed that his divorce was “a huge loss”.

“My faith was shaken,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “Nobody wants their marriage to end, and it does. You’ll see the people you love most, your children, only half the loss.”

Their divorce also cost Costner financially.

He reportedly paid Silva an $80 million settlement, according to Forbes. The agency reported that Costner’s success at the time of the couple’s marriage contributed to the settlement number.

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