Damon is a stepdad to Barroso's daughter Alexia. They have three daughters together: Isabella, Gia, and Stella.
Matt Damon thought he would never get married but once he found his soulmate it was never the same. “I remember thinking, in my early 30s, that I wouldn’t [get married], you know?” he told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “I didn’t think it was going to happen for me. My brother found his soulmate very young; he’d just turned 26 when they were married. He’d been married for 10 years by the time I even met my wife, and I looked at this really happy, wonderful marriage and kind of went, ‘I guess that’s not going to happen for me.’ And then it did.”
Damon met his wife, Luciana Barroso, in 2003 while she was working as a bartender in Miami. Damon was in town shooting for the movie, 'Stuck On You'. After the shoot, the crew decided to go to a bar. He told on the Ellen DeGeneres show, "I literally saw her across a crowded room." But he didn't make a move. “But he had started getting recognized and asked for pictures and autographs, and then it got kind of aggressive because people are drinking and stuff, and so he came and hid behind my bar … [wanting to] just hang out back there and have a drink. He says, ‘Oh, I saw you and I really wanted to talk to you,'" Barroso told Vogue Australia.
She added, “So I put him to work with me! I said, 'You know, if you’re going to be back here, you can’t just be standing there!’ He had trained as a bartender for a film years before, so he started making drinks. And he made me a ton of money in tips that night because of course everyone wanted to go and see him. So it turned into a really fun night and then 15 years later here we are!”
They had a connection right away. “It was so easy to talk to each other [and] we were very comfortable [with each other], and by the end of the night he invited me to go out with his friends. But I was like, ‘I can’t, I have a 4-year-old daughter, I’m not going anywhere'… and that was one of the things he loved, that I had a daughter. He said, ‘I love that you’re a mum and that’s your priority,'" she said.
"Some guys might have been different, they might think it’s complicated, but for him, it wasn’t," Barroso continued. "When you meet somebody that you have a connection with, that’s just the person that you have a connection with, all the other stuff— the movie-star part—wasn’t really a factor. It was just Matt, to me he’s just Matt.”
The couple got engaged in September 2005 and a few months later they got married. According to Parade, Damon took the diamonds from his grandmother's wedding ring and put them in his and Barroso's bands. "They were married for over 60 years. It wasn’t about the ring; it was about the marriage. So when I told my mother that I was marrying Lucy, she gave me that ring and there were these six little diamonds. We took three of them and we put them on the inside of my band, and then we took three and we put them on the inside of her band. So they’re not visible, but we’re hopefully carrying the best part of that union with us," he said.
Damon is a stepdad to Barroso's daughter Alexia. They have three daughters together: Isabella, Gia, and Stella. The couple renewed their vows in 2013 with 50 close friends and family.
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