Comedian and actor Jerry Seinfield is one of the richest entertainers, mainly thanks to his show Seinfield. While the show’s episodes usually don’t make sense, until they do, the entertainer has been involved in countless dramas, especially when it comes to his love life. Between making the news with his romantic record and its apparent consumption, the entertainer is a polarizing entity when not in front of the camera. Jerry and his wife Jessica have been married for over two decades. This is quite an achievement considering most relationships in the entertainment industry don’t last long. The strange thing is, the couple’s relationship may have been different since Jessica was married to another person when the two met. This makes you curious to know how the two met?
In 1998, Jessica had just married Eric Nederlander, a Broadway producer, although she was unhappy. In a 2007 interview with the New York Times, she said their relationship was going through some rough times even before their marriage. They honeymooned in Italy, but when she got back, she started moving things out of their apartment. Jessica’s sister, Rebecca Shalam, recalls that “she basically went straight to my grandmother’s house from the airport.” A few days later, Jessica had a random meeting with Jerry Seinfield.
This was at the Reebok gym. She said Jerry came up to her and tried to make a joke as she filled her water bottle. “I was going through a rough time, and I was approached by Jerry Seinfeld and he was trying to make me laugh, and I really wasn’t interested in entertainment at the time.” The entertainer didn’t give up, and he approached her a second time and said a joke that really made her laugh.
He invited her to a recording of his HBO show, and she accepted. As they got to know each other, Jessica began to share more about her current situation. “I told him I didn’t think this was the right time for me to be dealing with anyone,” she stated. “I told him the story, and he looked at me so compassionately and said, ‘Give me a hug.’ I barely know this person and he has nothing but compassion for how much pain I was in.” As it turned out, the entertainer was more sympathetic to Jessica’s plight, telling her about his failed relationship with Carol Leifer, to whom he was engaged, but situations forced them to call off the wedding.
Eric and Jessica divorced in October 1998. Jessica and Jerry continued to see each other before announcing their engagement in November 1999 and getting married in December. George Wallace was Jerry’s best man. While they were dating, people saw their relationship as scandalous because they saw each other before Jessica divorced. Despite this, they stayed together for over 20 years and it seems that they were really destined for each other as their relationship has always remained strong.
Jerry’s love of family life
The couple welcomed their first child, Sascha Seinfield, in 2000. Their second and third children, Shepherd Kellan Seinfield and Julian Kal Seinfield were born in 2003 and 2005, in that order, although it seems to be taking some time for the star to accept that he father. In a 2020 interview with Parents, Jessica stated that even though her husband is an excellent father, he struggled to help their firstborn.
She said, “The nicest way to say this is that he wasn’t a natural when our kids were born. He didn’t immediately push prams and carry babies. He jokes that it took him at least 10 years to warm up. He travels often and mostly on weekends, so much of the early care, sports and activities were left to me.” Jerry also told Parade that he wished he’d had a family sooner because he likes everything about being a family man. He stated, “There isn’t an aspect I don’t like. Even if it’s terrible, I love it. I didn’t realize how tired of the single life I was and how ready I was for married life.”