His wife of 27 years baked him a delicious-looking cake and his daughter wished him over a video call.
Christopher Meloni turned 62 years old this month and spent the day with the people he loved the most: his family. The NYPD Blue star shared a series of pictures on his special day with the first taken with his son Dante Meloni at the gym. The second was a screenshot of a video call between the actor, his son, and his daughter Sophia. The last picture in the series was that of a delicious-looking cake baked by "the greater/greatest beauty," he wrote referring to his wife. The Scrubs actor captioned the post, "Grateful for health. Grateful for my family. Grateful for the time I have. Grateful for the people that surround me. Grateful for all the wishes."
Meloni and Sherman have been together for almost three decades. The two tied the knot in 1995, and share two children — daughter Sophia, 21, and son Dante, 18. "It doesn't feel like 27 years. When the hell did that happen?" Meloni said to PEOPLE in October 2022. "It's her patience with me, and I really mean that."
He revealed that his wife "allowed me to grow at my speed because she's always been more mature and more levelheaded in many ways. She paints, and I go to her studio, and it just makes me happy. We have her work all over the house. She wants to buy art, and I'm like, 'I don't want that. I want yours.'"
It took a while for the couple to build their relationship on a solid foundation first. In an interview with YourTango back in 2006, Sherman gave some details about when the two first started dating.
"On our first date, we went to three parties, given by three sets of my friends," she told the outlet. "The first was in West Hollywood. Every guy there was gay. Chris passed with flying colors. Next, we went to a party given by Beverly Hills snootballs. Chris kept his manners in check and held his own. Then, we went to a costume designer's party in the Hills, where we drank beers from a tub on the porch. And I thought: I can take him anywhere."
Having been together for so long they admit they're a pair who prefers to stay out of drama. "Affairs, drama—that's complicated stuff," Meloni shared. "I'm not a fan of complicated. There's so much energy expended in personal drama, in having a dramatic life. People get addicted to the drama." What keeps their long-lasting relationship healthy is having a good laugh often. "We laugh a lot and we just like each other," Sherman said adding that "space, respect, trust, and freedom" are important qualities too.
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