Is Jenny McCarthy Married? What Happened To Her Son and How Did She Become Famous?

Age/Date of Birth:
November 1, 1972
5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 m)
German, Irish, and Polish ancestry
Husband or Girlfriend:Donnie Wahlberg
(m. 2014)
Parents:Father: Dan McCarthy
Mother: Linda McCarthy
Net Worth:$25 million

Former model and actress Jenny McCarthy has had her fair share of hook-ups and failed relationships. She has romanced several very popular men in Hollywood with some of those relationships lasting longer than others. Jenny has managed to convert many of these bittersweet experiences into bestsellers on relationships and parenting.

Jenny McCarthy’s First Publicized Relationship Was With Her Manager

The year the widely acclaimed Playboy model became famous, she was in a relationship with Ray Manzella. Before their relationship, Manzella was McCarthy’s manager. The duo started dating in 1994 unknown to many of Playboy’s staff and fans of the model. However, they could not maintain the secrecy for too long as the relationship became public knowledge that same year after the couple was spotted together in public places.

Sadly, the relationship between Jenny and her manager lasted only for about four years as it ended in 1998. No reason was given for the abrupt end of the relationship by either McCarthy or Manzella.

The Former Model’s Next Relationship Led To A 4-year Marriage

Few months after McCarthy broke up with Manzella, she began dating John Mallory Asher. Asher is a popular actor, screenwriter, and film director best known for his role in Weird Science. The couple began dating towards the end of 1998, and by January the following year, they announced their engagement.

The relationship seemed like a match made in heaven as the duo were obviously madly in love with each other. The lovebirds were officially joined together as man and wife on September 11, 1999. They welcomed their son, Evan Joseph Asher, on May 18, 2002.  Asher also became a great source of inspiration to Jenny, and he even assumed the directorial role in her 2005 film Dirty Love – which she wrote, produced, and starred in.

Unfortunately, the movie did so badly that it won the 2006 Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture. Jenny McCarthy and her husband received the Worst Actress and Worst Director awards, respectively, at the event. Their marriage began to suffer some setbacks following a series of misunderstandings and quarrels. It was also during this time that their son Evan was diagnosed with autism.

The divorce proceeding between Asher and Jenny McCarthy was finalized in September 2005. The official reason for the divorce was cited as irreconcilable differences. It was however reported that the marriage began to suffer after their son was diagnosed with the developmental disorder. This is still pure speculation though as it was never confirmed by the couple.

She Gave Love Another Try With Jim Carrey

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Jenny with Jim Carrey (Image Source)

It is safe to say that the beautiful model has always had a thing for actors because shortly after her divorce, McCarthy began dating popular actor Jim Carrey. The Canadian-American actor is well known for his roles in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever, and Liar Liar. Jenny and James decided against publicizing their relationship for reasons best known to them.

However, Jenny McCarthy finally shared the big news in June 2006 at the popular Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Playboy star went on to reveal that she and the star actor had decided against getting married. In 2010, the couple announced that they had decided to go their separate ways after about five years of enjoying relationship bliss. After McCarthy parted ways with Carrey, she went off the grid relationship-wise for a while.

Finding Love Again In The Arms of Donnie Wahlberg

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Jenny with Donnie (Image Source)

The talented actress returned from her relationship sabbatical in June 2013 after Us Weekly announced she was in a new relationship, and this time, Jenny’s beau was Donnie Wahlberg. Wahlberg, a talented singer and record producer, is well known as one of the founding members of the New Kids on the Block boy band. He has also carved a niche for himself as an actor with standout roles in Zookeeper, Saw films, Righteous Kill, The Sixth Sense, Boomtown, and Blue Bloods.

Donnie met the adorable Jenny McCarthy at Watch What Happens Live show in March 2013. Like McCarthy, Wahlberg was also a divorcee. The singer turned actor married his ex-wife, Kimberly Fey, on August 20, 1999. The couple had two sons together during their time together. The duo filed for an annulment of their marriage on August 13, 2008, citing irreconcilable differences. Ever since then, Donnie decided against remarrying opting to focus solely on his career.

Although Wahlberg’s mindset changed when he met McCarthy as the pair announced their engagement on April 16, 2014, on the popular talk show, The View. The lovebirds walked down the aisle together at the famous Hotel Baker landmark located at St. Charles, Illinois on August 31, 2014. They are still together to date, and despite not having any kids yet, the couple remains happily knitted in love.

Her Son Was Diagnosed With Autism After Having Measles Vaccination.

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Jenny McCarthy has only one biological son, Evan Asher, her son from her marriage with John Mallory Asher. Evan was born in 2002, and when he was two years old, he was diagnosed with autism. Since 2007, McCarthy has spoken out about vaccinations causing autism, based on her experiences with her son Evan, who is now 17 years old, who according to her, was diagnosed with autism after having the measles vaccination.

Evan, who is also a step-brother to Donnie’s two sons, Xavier and Elijah, from his previous marriage, has been under treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) autism department and his condition has greatly improved. Although he suffered from seizures at a tender age, his condition has now improved tremendously in his teenage years. He is currently doing well for himself as he co-founded a YouTube channel called Gaming USA, in 2013. On the channel, they upload comedy videos, animation, and gaming videos.

The Film Star’s Son Has A Huge Influence On Her Relationship and Career Choices

Due to Evan’s autism, Jenny McCarthy has devoted her time and resources to finding alternative medical treatments and environmental causes of autism. This new-found drive led her to become an outspoken anti-vaccine activist. The Playboy model is also one of the prominent faces behind the anti-vax movement in America. Many health specialists have debunked her belief and views that vaccination is the cause of autism, saying they are uninformed and dangerous.

More so, McCarthy authored a book titled, “Louder Than Words,” and she is the board president of Generation Rescue, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing help to families with people suffering from autism spectrum disorders.

McCarthy told CNBC in May 2018 that she considers being an advocate for children with autism her most important role in life.

How Jenny McCarthy Became Famous

Jenny McCarthy was launched into the limelight in the early 1990s after she featured as a model for popular Playboy Magazine, which she joined in October 1993. By 1994, she was named Playmate of the Year by the entertainment magazine and was paid a whopping $100,000. As her popularity began to rise, McCarthy relocated to Los Angeles, where she hosted a Playboy TV show, Hot Rocks, for some time.

The following year, Jenny joined MTV, where she became a co-host of their show, Singled Out. With her increasing fame, she started getting more gigs from Playboy, as well as movie roles. 1996 saw her landing a role in the comedy movie, The Stupids, and by 1997, McCarthy launched The Jenny McCarthy Show, a sketch comedy show on MTV, and another sitcom titled Jenny on NBC. While doing that, she continued appearing on the cover of Playboy Magazine.

Her Continuous Success as an Actress

The movie star landed her first major role in 1998 after she starred alongside Matt Stone and Trey Parker in BASEketball, a sports comedy film for which she received widespread acclaim. She went to star in the 2000 horror movie, Scream 3, followed by Scary Movie 3 in 2003. In the years that followed, she was seen in Dirty Love in 2005; a movie that earned her Razzie Awards for Worst Actress, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture Awards.

Her other notable movies include John Tucker Must Die, Santa Baby, Witless Protection, Tripping the Rift: The Movie, A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, and Tooken, among others. Jenny McCarthy has also appeared in a plethora of TV shows, including The Drew Carey Show, Two and a Half Men, Wings, Stacked, Just Shoot Me!, Charmed, and In the Motherhood, among others.

Jenny McCarthy’s Exploits Outside Acting

The beautiful model has succeeded in carving a niche for herself not just as a successful actress, but also as a very successful television host, radio broadcaster, and activist. She has hosted several reality TV shows and has also appeared on commercials for top brands.

In 2012, McCarthy hosted the second season of Love in the Wild on NBC. The following year, she was made co-host on ABC’s talk show, The View, replacing Elisabeth Hasselback. She hosted about 210 episodes of the show alongside Barbara Walters and others before leaving the show in June 2014. Jenny McCarthy also hosted her self-titled show, Jenny McCarthy Show. However, the show was canceled after 15 episodes.

Other notable shows she has hosted include The View, International Ghost Investigators, Nashville, Wahlburgers, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Bar Rescue, and much more. Since 2019, she has been one of the judges on the Fox musical reality show, The Masked Singer.

McCarthy Also Has Several Publications Under Her Belt

As an author, Jenny McCarthy has authored several books. With her latest book, Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life, released in 2014, she has also published other books, including her autobiography that was published by Harpercollins in November 1997.

Some of her other publications include the following:

  • Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth – 2005
  • Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood – 2006
  • Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving On – 2007
  • Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism – 2007
  • Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds – 2008
  • Healing and Preventing Autism Co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel – 2009
  • Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies, and True Romance – 2010
  • Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic – 2012
  • Stirring the Pot: My Recipe for Getting What You Want Out of Life – 2014

Profile Summary 
First Name:Jennifer
Last Name:Wahlberg
Also Known As:
Jenny McCarthy
Actress, model, television host, satellite radio broadcaster, author
Famous For:MTV's Singled Out and The Jenny McCarthy Show
Colleges/Universities Attended:
Southern Illinois University
Educational Qualifications:
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
November 1, 1972
Zodiac Sign:Scorpio
Birth Place:
Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
German, Irish, and Polish ancestry
Country of Residence:
United States of America(USA)
Physical Attributes
5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 m)
120 lb (54 kg)
Eye Colour:
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Chest size: 97 cm (38 in)
Waist size: 61 cm (24 in)
Hips size: 90 cm (35 in)
Marital Status:
Donnie Wahlberg
(m. 2014)
Previously married John Asher
(m. 1999; div. 2005)
Family and Relatives
Dan McCarthy
Mother:Linda McCarthy
Evan Joseph Asher(Son, 18 May 2002)
Siblings:Joanne McCarthy
Lynette McCarthy
Amy McCarthy
Other Relatives:
Net Worth
Estimated Net Worth:
$25 million
Source of Wealth:
Modeling, Acting

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