Back in June 2018, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted hanging out with a mysterious man that the internet eventually determined to be New York City-based art gallerist Cooke Maroney. The couple soon married during a lavish October weekend in Rhode Island in 2019, though prior to the engagement they’d kept the relationship mostly out of the public eye.
So who, exactly, is Maroney, and how did an art gallery director catch the eye of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars? Below, a quick primer on Maroney and Lawrence’s relationship so far and their marriage.
The couple welcomed their first child in February 2022.
TMZ reported on February 24 that Maroney and Lawrence welcomed their first baby together in the Los Angeles area. The couple did not confirm the news themselves, and no details have come out yet about the baby’s birth date, name, or gender.
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In September 2021, People confirmed that Lawrence was pregnant with her first child. She was spotted walking through New York City in floral overalls and a leather bag, showing off her growing baby bump.
Maroney and Lawrence had an October 2019 wedding in Rhode Island.
TMZ first reported that the low-key pair would wed in Rhode Island on Saturday, October 19. News of the nuptials came about a month after Maroney and Lawrence were spotted at a New York City marriage bureau, obtaining a license to wed.
In June of that year, the Oscar winner opened up on Catt Sadler’s NAKED With Catt Sandler podcast about wedding planning—and when she knew Maroney was the one.
“I definitely wasn’t at a place where I was like, ‘I’m ready to get married,’” she recalled. “I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to marry each other. We wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend so I want to legally bind him to me forever. And fortunately the paperwork exists for such a thing. It’s the greatest. You find your favorite person in the planet and you’re like you can’t leave. So I wanted to take that offer.”
It turns out TMZ was right. The two tied the knot at the Belcourt estate in Newport, Rhode Island, in front of an A-list guest list including Amy Schumer, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Ashley Olsen, Adele, Kris Jenner, Sienna Miller, and Cameron Diaz.
Ahead of the wedding, the couple hosted an engagement party in New York City.
Lawrence and Maroney were photographed out in early May 2019, en route to the engagement party they threw for their family and friends in New York City. The appearance came after People reported in April that the couple was seen looking at venues in the city, possibly for that party or their actual wedding ceremony. A source said then that J.Law is a “family girl…I would be surprised if the wedding were not a fairly extensive family affair.”
Page Six got more details on the engagement party: It was held at the River Café in Brooklyn, and the couple rented out the entire restaurant for the party. “It was fabulous!” an insider told the outlet. “There were tables set up everywhere—the dining room, the terrace room and the outdoor patio.” Lawrence’s good friend Emma Stone was among the guests, and Page Six reported that food included butlered hors d’oeuvres and Mandarin duck.
Lawrence prefers to keep their relationship private, but she spoke a little about their marriage to Vanity Fair in November 2021.
Lawrence shared two tidbits about Maroney in her late 2021 Vanity Fair interview: What it was like when they first started dating, and she got used to not having security with him: “So, when I started dating my now husband, I was so embarrassed to bring my [security guard] when he asked me out,” she said. “I mean, how mortifying would that have been? So I didn’t, and it made me really nervous the first few times, and it turned out totally fine. I realized you get more privacy if….I don’t know if this is even safe to talk about. I have security all the time. Twenty-four hours a day. And a gun!”
She also offered a little glimpse into what their marriage is like now: “I really enjoy going to the grocery store with him,” she said. “I don’t know why but it fills me with a lot of joy. I think maybe because it’s almost a metaphor for marriage. ‘Okay, we’ve got this list. These are the things we need. Let’s work together and get this done.’ And I always get one of the cooking magazines, like 15 Minute Healthy Meals, and he always gives me a look like, ‘You’re not going to use that. When are you going to make that?’ And I say, ‘Yes, I am. Tuesday!’ And he’s always right, and I never do.”
Lawrence says her love for Maroney has only grown since the two became parents.
Lawrence made a point not to share too much about her life with Maroney in her Vogue October 2022 interview, following her decision to keep their relationship private. But she did address how welcoming their son Cy changed the way she sees Maroney. “My heart has stretched to a capacity that I didn’t know about,” she said. “I include my husband in that. And then they’re both just, like, out there—walking around, crossing streets. He’s gonna drive one day. He’s gonna be a stupid teenager and be behind the wheel of a car. And I’m just gonna be like, Good night! You know? Like, who sleeps?”
Maroney grew up in Vermont.
Maroney’s parents, James Maroney and Suki Fredericks, own an Oliver Hill Farm in Leicester, Vermont. According to Medium, his parents grew tired of raising their son in the city and decided to move further up north to start a farm. Before the move, Maroney’s father was an art dealer in Manhattan and previously served as the Head of American Paintings at Christie’s before trying to adapt to a more simplistic way of life. Maroney also has a younger sister named Annabelle.
He is an art gallerist.
Maroney followed in his father’s footsteps with art. He currently serves as the director of New York City’s Gladstone Gallery, which boasts a list of high-profile clients. According to The Cut, Maroney’s previously worked with painter Carroll Dunham and Björk’s ex-boyfriend, sculptor Matthew Barney. Before he worked at Gladstone, he worked at Gagosian gallery after he completed his NYU art history degree.
Maroney met Lawrence though a mutual friend.
Lawrence and Maroney were apparently introduced to each other by the actress’s best friend, Laura Simpson. “They met through Jen’s friend Laura….The relationship has been going on a few weeks. But they have been very private and careful not to be seen together,” a source told Page Six early in their relationship.
You probably won’t find much trace of him on social media.
Maroney appears totally absent from Facebook and Twitter. At the moment, he only has a private Instagram page that’s just shy of 2,000 followers.
From the beginning, he knew how to make Lawrence happy.
While Lawrence and Maroney don’t often speak publicly about their relationship, sources have repeatedly told tabloids that what they have is exceptional. “She is smiling like I have never seen her do with any of her previous boyfriends,” a source told People in August 2018.
Us Weekly, meanwhile, reported in January 2019 that Lawrence and Maroney were very committed. “Things between them are very serious,” a source told the outlet. “They definitely appear to be in it for the long haul.”
People reported in February 2019 that the two really work well together. “He’s a great guy,” a source told the outlet. “He’s smart and funny, and I think really keeps her on her toes and he doesn’t treat her like a celebrity like the other boyfriends did.”
The couple search for a home in NYC’s East Village.
A heavily pregnant Lawrence was seen with Maroney and a real estate agent in NYC on Friday, December 17, reportedly searching for a new home.
Lawrence sold her penthouse in Manhattan for $9.9 million in August of last year, though it was originally listed for $15.45 million. From there, she moved to a property in the West Village in a brand new townhouse that sold for $22 million. So far, there is no listing for that space. The potential new property could be an addition to her real estate portfolio, or a replacement intended for a growing family.
The couple continues their real estate search after the birth of their baby.
Jennifer Lawrence and her husband Cooke Maroney were seen in Los Angeles on June 25, 2022, this time looking for new property in Bel-Air. Lawrence gave birth to their first child on February 23, and though the couple spent most of her pregnancy on the east coast, they’re reportedly looking at California now.
Both Maroney and Lawrence were wearing white t-shirts and sunglasses, though Lawrence’s was more fitted and tucked into her black slacks. She had her blonde hair half up with a clip, and was carrying a small purse over her shoulder. Maroney wore a pair of blue jeans.
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