Inside Jennifer Lawrence's Relationship With Cooke Maroney

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence met her leading man, hubby Cooke Maroney, in a non-Hollywood way. The duo met through a mutual friend and started dating in 2018, Page Six reported. Since then, they've hit many milestones together. The notoriously private couple has traveled the world together, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony, and confirmed in late 2021 that they're expecting a baby, People reported.

Maroney, an art gallery director (per Page Six), is a departure from her high-profile exes, including Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky, actor Nicholas Hoult (of the "X-Men" franchise), and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, according to Entertainment Tonight. Maroney isn't a celebrity and doesn't work in Hollywood, although, because of his line of work in the art industry, he does work with high-profile figures now and again.

Lawrence doesn't seem to mind he isn't a Hollywood star. In a podcast interview on "Naked with Catt Sadler," Lawrence confessed that Maroney is "the greatest human being" she's ever known. Let's take a closer look inside Jennifer Lawrence's relationship with Cooke Maroney.

They started secretly dating after meeting through a mutual friend

In 2018, Jennifer Lawrence would meet the man she'd later call her husband. According to Page Six, Lawrence met New York-based art gallerist Cooke Maroney through their mutual friend and Lawrence's BFF, Laura Simpson. A source told Page Six that the duo had been going out for "a few weeks" but that they wanted to keep things private and were "careful not to be seen together."

Fast-forward to 2021: Lawrence has remained mostly tight-lipped about her relationship with hubby Maroney, mentioning him here and there during interviews, like with Vanity Fair in late 2021. However, insider accounts have given insights into their relationship over the years. During their first year of dating in 2018, a source told People that the two have "great chemistry" and added, "She is smiling like I have never seen her do with any of her previous boyfriends."

Jennifer Lawrence dated a famous director just months before meeting Cooke Maroney

Jennifer Lawrence dated "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky, more than 20 years her junior, for a little over a year and met Cooke Maroney just a few months after their public split, per Entertainment Tonight. Lawrence and Aronofsky met in 2016 while working on "Mother!" in which Lawrence was the star and Aronofsky, the director. A source confirmed their relationship status to People in October 2016. The news was later confirmed by the couple indirectly when cameras caught them kissing on the streets of New York City, per Us Weekly.

Lawrence and Aronofsky would make their red-carpet debut as a couple to promote "Mother!" during the Venice Film Festival just months before their split in late 2017, according to Harper's Bazaar. While appearing on the "WTF" Podcast with Marc Maron in 2018, Lawrence said she's still friends with all her exes, including Aronofsky. "I have a theory. I think it's because I'm blunt. I don't think that you can have any sort of bad relationship with anybody if you're just blunt," she added.

Jennifer Lawrence felt embarrassed over her security guard while dating Maroney

In the early days of dating Cooke Maroney, Jennifer Lawrence felt she had to let go of her security blanket, at least a little bit. In an interview with Vanity Fair in 2021, Lawrence shared that, since "The Hunger Games," she's had a security guard accompany her any time she's out in public. "In case I walked into a restaurant, and everyone went, 'Oh, God!' Just for my baseline anxiety," she explained to the mag. 

During her first couple of dates with Maroney, who's not a Hollywood celebrity, she decided not to bring along a security guard with her, saying she had felt "embarrassed" about the fact she needed a protective figure around her at all times while out in public. "It made me really nervous the first few times," Lawrence admitted about not having a security guard with her on dates with Maroney, "and it turned out totally fine." This was just before confessing to Vanity Fair that she actually has 24/7 security and a gun.

The duo became quite the jet-setting pair

While Jennifer Lawrence has kept husband Cooke Maroney as much away from the spotlight as possible, cameras were still there to capture their early dating days, which involved tons of travel. In 2018, the year they met, photographers snapped images of Lawrence and Maroney walking the streets of Paris (per People) "hand-in-hand" and "look[ing] comfortable together" while exploring the capital in France. That same year, the duo was spotted in New York City grabbing food and meeting up with friends, according to another People article.

Not long after their Parisian vacation, Lawrence and Maroney flew to Rome, according to E! News, and visited a couple of historic landmarks, including the Baths of Diocletian and the Villa Borghese Gardens. At that time, Lawrence and Maroney hadn't yet confirmed their relationship status after first sparking dating rumors in June of 2018 while out in New York City (per People).

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney got engaged after dating less than a year

After sparking dating rumors back in 2018 (per E! News), which was later confirmed by a source, Jennifer Lawrence was spotted in New York City with Cooke Maroney wearing a "massive ring" in early 2019, according to Page Six, sparking another rumor, this time, an engagement. 

The couple would confirm their engagement to People in February of 2019. Weeks later, Lawrence debuted her engagement ring at Paris Fashion Week, per Harper's Bazaar. According to People, Maroney chose an Alison Lou design featuring an emerald-cut stone on a gold band, of which he spared no expense, reportedly spending somewhere between $60,000 to $100,000 on the ring, per Page Six.

In previous interviews, Lawrence had talked about marriage and eventually getting hitched herself. In an interview with Vogue in 2015, Lawrence said she couldn't "wait to be married" like so many of her close friends.

When it came to saying yes to Maroney, Lawrence told Entertainment Tonight during the red carpet premiere of "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" that it was "a very, very easy decision," adding, "Well, he's just the best person I've ever met in my whole life." 

The pair loves celebrating their love with family and friends

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney love any chance they get to celebrate their love with family and friends. 

Upon getting engaged in early 2019, Lawrence and Maroney held an engagement party in New York City filled with close family and friends, per Us Weekly. The party took place at the River Café in Brooklyn, and a few celebrities were in attendance, including fellow actress Emma Stone, a source told Entertainment Tonight

Per TMZ, the duo would tie the knot in late 2019, and, according to People, Lawrence celebrated her bachelorette party ahead of the big wedding day with a friend-filled slumber party. She told the mag that she shared a bachelorette party with a friend of hers getting hitched around the same time and said it was the "most fun weekend of my entire life," although she said she regretted not planning one of her own.

Jennifer Lawrence wed Cooke Maroney in a star-studded affair in 2019

In late 2019, Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney wed in a glamorous and star-filled ceremony in Rhode Island, according to People, at the Belcourt of Newport mansion, designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt in the late 1800s (per the mansion's website). Lawrence and Maroney wed in front of 150 people, including celebrity friends comedian Amy Schumer, singer Adele, and Kardashian momager Kris Jenner as well as famous couples, including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden and Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, E! News reported. For their honeymoon, the newlyweds escaped to a private beach resort in Indonesia (per People).

Lawrence knew Maroney was "the one" early on in their relationship, although the thought of marriage was far from her mind, the actress shared on the podcast "Naked" with Catt Sadler. "I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to marry each other, we wanted to commit fully. He's my best friend," she said, adding, "I feel very honored to become a Maroney." When asked if she plans on changing her last name, Lawrence said she's doing so legally but keeping the Lawrence surname for work.

Cooke Maroney sees Jennifer Lawrence as more than a Hollywood actress

Jennifer Lawrence may be an award-winning actress with numerous hits under her belt ("Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Hunger Games," to name a couple), but to her hubby, Cooke Maroney, she's just Jennifer. The notoriously private couple doesn't share much about their relationship, especially Maroney, who's not a Hollywood star.

A source told People upon their engagement in early 2019 that Maroney is a "great guy" and "doesn't treat [Lawrence] like a celebrity like the other boyfriends did" (Lawrence's previous high-profile boyfriends include Hollywood director Darren Aronofsky, actor Nicholas Hoult, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, according to Entertainment Tonight).

In an interview with Catt Sadler on her "Naked" podcast in 2019, Lawrence shared that she loves her semi-private life with Maroney in New York City. She took an acting hiatus, around three years, she said, to attain a more "well-rounded" life that revolved around more than just movie sets.

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are growing their family

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are busy growing their family. The actress confirmed to People in late 2021 that she's expecting her first baby, two years after they wed.

During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" in 2021, a very pregnant Lawrence touched on her acting hiatus and promoted her Netflix movie "Don't Look Up." Her last movie role was Raven in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix." When Colbert asked what she did for the past three years, Lawrence responded by half-jokingly saying, "I just had a ton of sex," while looking down at her baby bump.

In the past, Lawrence has remained mum about her baby and marriage. In an interview with Vanity Fair, published in December 2021, Lawrence briefly mentioned her baby but preferred to talk more about her return to acting and politics. The reason she's selective with what she shares about her pregnancy, Lawrence said, is because "every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy for the rest of their lives, as much as I can."

Jennifer Lawrence loves doing everyday tasks with her hubby

Jennifer Lawrence and her hubby, Cooke Maroney, enjoy typical couple things, and that's the way Lawrence likes it. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the typically private Lawrence shared that she enjoys doing everything with Maroney, even grocery shopping. "I don't know why but it fills me with a lot of joy," she told the mag, adding, "I think maybe because it's almost a metaphor for marriage. 'Okay, we've got this list. These are the things we need. Let's work together and get this done.'"

While on the "Absolutely Not" podcast, Lawrence confessed she's an absolute homebody who enjoys spending time at home with Maroney, sharing a little more insight into the couple's playful relationship. "'Like Cooke's biggest joke with me, he's like, 'Oh you want to go directly back to the apartment, babe?'" To which Lawrence most always replies, "Yes."

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney are nesting

After Jennifer Lawrence confirmed to People in late 2021 that she's expecting her first child, the actress and hubby Cooke Maroney were spotted by the Daily Mail house hunting in New York City for their growing family. According to the outlet, the duo was accompanied by a real estate agent as they toured properties in the East Village. 

Prior to house hunting, Lawrence resided in a Manhattan penthouse, which she bought for a cool $15.6 million in 2016 and sold in late 2020, per Dirt. Then, according to the New York Post, Lawrence and her art gallery director husband purchased a $21.9 million townhouse-style property in the West Village.

Lawrence is the happiest when she's at home. In an interview with the Mirror in 2018, the actress confessed she has a "boring" social life. "I sit around outside my house with my friends and drink wine, and that hasn't really changed," she explained. "I don't like to go out." Now, she'll have Maroney and their new baby to share it with.