John Stamos yearned for a wife and a child to give his love to and then he found them. And he's not letting go.
You may know him as Blackie Parrish on the ABC television series General Hospital, hunky Uncle Jesse from Full House or even as the host of A Capitol Fourth on PBS.
But John Stamos is more than just an actor or a host. He is a loving husband and a doting father and those are roles he'd been dying to take on for a long time. And that wish came true when he met the love of his life, his wife, model and actress Caitlin McHugh, according to Good Housekeeping.
The couple met for the first time in 2011 on the sets of Law & Order: SVU to shoot for one episode. Though Stamos was single and McHugh was dating someone else, it set the path for what would come next. And given that they would later have their own child together, the story of their first encounter is especially wacky.
Speaking to People a couple of years after they got together, Stamos recalled, “I played a guy who was so egotistical that he thought he should spread his progeny, so he had like 60 kids or something. He was poking holes in condoms and stuff. And Caitlin, ironically, was one of the girls that I was trying to fool and have a baby with."
But it was only in 2015 that their love blossomed when McHugh's roommate appeared on an episode of Fuller House and the actress was in the audience. "I walked in, I went, ‘Hey, are you stalking me?’ She was like, ‘No …’ That’s why I love her," the General Hospital star said. "She’s like, ‘What? No. I haven’t thought of you twice.'” But soon they started dating, though they managed to keep their relationship under wraps.
The Grandfathered actor did drop a couple of hints in 2016 when he was on The View, according to People. "The other night [during a concert], I grabbed my phone ’cause this girl I’m dating ... she loves this song, ‘Disney Girls,’” Stamos said. “So I put on FaceTime... I thought I could get away with but people were tweeting, 'Who are you FaceTiming?!'" Then later that month, People confirmed that the woman in question, who captured Stamos' heart was indeed model and actress, Caitlin McHugh. And if he wasn't already madly in love with her, the actor learned that she was pregnant.
Knowing how important his love and soon-to-arrive baby were, in 2017, Stamos decided to pop THE question to her in a place he knew was special to her — Disneyworld. “He put together some of the most romantic moments from Disney and Pixar animation [in a video],” Lara Spencer of Good Morning America reported. “And then he ended it with Sebastian from The Little Mermaid saying, ‘Just ask the girl’ to John.”
In February 2018, the couple tied the knot, according to Today.
Barely two months into their marriage and the 56-year-old had one more of his wishes come true. “It’s been a long time and I’ve always been pretty vocal about wanting a family and wanting to be married, and everyone is like, ‘Why can’t you? You can do it.’ The truth is I just wasn’t the best me and I wasn’t going to attract someone like Caitlin. I had to work on myself and put in some time, and I know my mother would have been really happy with that, and this beauty just came into my life,” he told US Weekly. “It took time for me to really be the best person I could be.”
April 10, 2018. The day that "Uncle Jesse" turned into Daddy John to William "Billy" Christopher, a name given in honor of the actor's own father.
And he couldn't stop crying. “It’s been beautiful,” he tells People about dealing with newborn spit-ups and tears. “Every second you pray that you can keep the kid alive. Every day is different, time has become very elusive, stuff just goes by so fast. It’s just beautiful. I’ve cried most days; I just stare at him.”
When it came to his first Father's Day on June 19, 2018, he already had a plan. “I know I’ll be crying a lot,” he said. “I’ve been writing Billy a letter that I’m putting away for him to read when he’s 18. I’ll probably continue writing that, and I’ll certainly try to honor my father.”
And now, with both a loving wife and an adorable son, he certainly has his own full house. When Billy first came into the world, Stamos took that opportunity to share his true feelings. In an Instagram post introducing his son to the fans, he said, "From now on, the best part of me will always be my wife and my son. Welcome, Billy Stamos."