Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green met over 18 years ago, and their marriage has weathered many storms. But their 2020 split could be the final one for the on-again-off-again couple. From first getting engaged, then calling off their engagement, to getting re-engaged and secretly married, to filing for divorce, then getting pregnant, then calling their divorce off, the pair’s relationship has been a roller coaster since it began. It was 2004, and Megan Fox was an 18-year-old sitcom star on Hope & Faith when Brian Austin Green caught her eye.
As he tells it, Megan immediately tried to shoot her shot, but he was hesitant given their 13-year age gap. “I met Megan on Hope & Faith, and she was really young. And I was like, ‘This isn’t this. This can’t fucking happen. This isn’t going to happen, no way.’ And so, I left, and she was just really persistent, and thank God,” he said. According to Fox, she was instantly lovestruck by the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum when he had a guest role on her show. She had no idea who he was and definitely didn’t know his age, so she had to convince him that she was old enough to date him.
“Everyone was around the monitor, and Brian accidentally touched my leg. I remember literal electricity shooting through me. It was like magic. I had to convince him that I was slightly more responsible and well-spoken and had other things to bring to the table besides being 18,” she said. Eventually, Brian was persuaded by her advances, and the pair started dating. After two years together, the actor popped the big question, and Megan said yes! Even back then, they were incredibly private about their relationship and didn’t talk much about the engagement. But from what we could see, the star got a massive diamond ring. Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.
With Fox’s career taking off in a big way since getting engaged and Green’s consistent work keeping him busy, both celebs seemed to drift apart. The couple quietly called off the engagement three years later amidst rumors she was having an affair with her Transformers co-star, Shia LaBeouf. “The decision was mutual, and they’re still friends. Marriage isn’t a realistic goal for someone who is 23, that’s all,” a close friend of the pair said. But it seemed that nothing could keep these two apart. Just one year after calling off their engagement, Brian and Megan reunited.
Not only that, but they tied the knot in a secret ceremony at the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii. Few details about their nuptials were revealed in the years since. But Green’s son with ex Vanessa Marcil was there to give his dad away at the magical destination wedding. After legally becoming man and wife, the couple had a lot of hurdles to overcome, one being the question of their age gap and the other being the question of their commitment to one another. “We are even more committed to each other and always have been. I am more in love with him now than I was in the beginning.
But when I talk about my husband, I feel as if people roll their eyes. It’s like when you’re 16 and order a martini, and the waiter says, ‘Do you think I’m stupid?’ They can’t grasp that I’m old enough to be married,” the actress said. Just two years after their secret wedding, Megan gave birth to the couple’s first son, Noah Green. But no one knew about the pregnancy or the birth until one month after the fact, when she casually broke the news with a Facebook post. For two years, the A-list couple had a cozy and quiet marriage filled with red-carpet appearances and cute days out with their baby boy.
Then something amazing happened, and they welcomed a second son, Bodhi Ransom Green. But soon, the public appearances stopped. In 2015, exactly one year after welcoming their second child, news broke that the Hope & Faith actress filed for divorce. She cited irreconcilable differences and asked for joint physical and legal custody of their two sons. However, this wasn’t quite the end for the couple. Eyebrows raised when Megan walked the red carpet in 2016 with a visible baby bump. Speculation arose regarding who the father might be, but it was soon confirmed that it was, in fact, Brian.
They had gotten back together again. She ultimately dissolved the petition for divorce, and they welcomed their third son together. Fox had high hopes for her third child when she was pregnant as she thought she was carrying a “super genius.” She also got very candid about how she communicated with her unborn baby. “You don’t hear an audible voice, but I feel like you receive messages from the child if you’re open to it. For example, this baby wanted me to live somewhere else, so we’re moving to a different place in Los Angeles because I feel like that’s where this baby wants to be raised,” she said.
Well, each to their own, right? It seemed like the couple were on the up and up. It was even positive when Green opened up about his marriage and how hard it was. He knew it was work for anyone who was married and said you just have to take it day by day. But it took a turn when he looked at divorce as positive. “Some people look at divorce as a disappointment, and it’s not. The fact that it worked at all is a positive. We have three amazing kids. We’ve had and we have a great relationship,” he said. Well, that’s slightly confusing, right? But it might have been a premonition because 3 years later, Brian shared a cryptic post to Instagram for Megan’s birthday.
“Eventually, butterflies get bored sitting on a flower for too long. They start feeling smothered. It’s a great big world, and they want to experience it,” he wrote. Fans quickly speculated that the actor’s post was about his wife since the actress has a tattoo of the quote “we will all laugh at the gilded butterflies” on her right shoulder. It might be a stretch, right? Well, it wasn’t, as it turns out. The couple had called it quits again not too long before that. According to the actor, the pair had started to grow apart a year before the split, after Fox was away shooting a film for five weeks and decided she needed some space.
When she was out of the country working alone, the actress realized that she felt more like herself and liked herself better. Green was shocked and upset about it, but he knew he couldn’t be upset with her because she didn’t ask to feel that way. It wasn’t a choice she made, it was how she honestly felt. “Neither one of us did anything to the other. We’ve always been honest with each other. I will always love her. And I know she will always love me, and as far as a family, what we’ve built is special. I don’t want Megan and I to be at odds. She’s been my best friend for 15 years, and I don’t want to lose that,” he said.
How sad is that? As for whether the couple could get back together, Brian said he would “never say never.” The Desperate Housewives alum acknowledged that he and Fox went through a lot together including the birth of their three beautiful kids, and said he wouldn’t rule out another reunion. “I feel like people are on paths in life, and sometimes your paths are together. Right now, our paths are different, and she is on her path doing what she feels she needs to be doing to be happy. I wish her all the best, and I wish myself the best as well,” he said. The pair seemed to be on good terms even when Megan started dating her current boyfriend, Machine Gun Kelly, a couple of months after the split.
And the divorce wasn’t even filed yet! Only 6 months after the split from Brian, she and her new beau went red carpet official. They declared their love for one another publicly and even met each other’s children, so things got serious fast! The Transformers actress even introduced her new boyfriend’s performance at the 2020 American Music Awards. Three days later, Fox filed to divorce Green over irreconcilable differences. This came as a surprise to no one, given she had already gotten a tattoo of Machine Gun Kelly’s name. What was surprising was how accepting Brian was of the situation.
He addressed the photos of his still-wife and Kelly, saying, “I’ve never met him, but Megan and I have talked about him. I trust her judgment.” Two years after the separation, the pair’s divorce was finalised. And just one month after that, the actress accepted a proposal from Kelly, while still waiting to be declared legally single. The exes seemed to be getting along fine, co-parenting their young children. Although Brian initially said only good things about his ex, he started getting increasingly annoyed. Megan was calling her ex out in an extremely public way when he posted a cute photo of their son, Journey, in his Halloween costume on Instagram.
She accused him of using their kids for attention while “feeding the pervasive narrative that she’s an absent mother, and he is the perennial, eternally dedicated dad of the year.” Even after this public blow-up, the actress hasn’t addressed it since and is happier than ever with her fiancé. As for Green, he found love, too and began dating Sharna Burgess in July of 2021. He’s also been super public with his feelings for his new girlfriend. “It’s been a really long time since I’ve been with someone I can truly share life with,” he said. Even though the newly divorced couple found it difficult to navigate their new lives and relationships with each other and their new partners, they seem to be in a good place.
They are now one big modern family. Sharna recalled the first time she reached out to Megan and what came next was a unique bond not all families experience. She sent a text to the actress that read, “I’m around your kids all the time. If you ever want to know anything about me or if you ever want to get coffee, let me know. They’re amazing kids. I love them, and if there’s any way I can support in being part of this situation, let me know.” Apparently, Fox really appreciated the message, but who wouldn’t, right? From there, Burgess and Fox have built a friendship that the children notice, which is something Green had hoped for. “I want my kids to have their life with their mom. I want their mom to be happy. So the fact that they know that Sharna can openly talk to their mom also about things is invaluable. It really is,” he said. Even though it was a rocky road for Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green, the exes are now on great terms and are building a blended family for their children. We are happy that they have both found love and are setting examples for others on successful co-parenting.