Inside The Young And The Restless Star Peter Bergman's Marriage

Peter Bergman has dazzled fans of "The Young and the Restless" as Jack Abbott since November 1989. While he may have begun the show with a "bad boy" persona, he's transformed into the patriarch of his family since then.

At his core, Jack is a family man who will do anything to protect the ones he loves, especially his children. However, even though he's all about family, he hasn't had much luck in love. Jack has been through many heartbreaks and failures in his romantic life, and the number of marriages he's been in is staggering. Jack's many wives include Phyllis Summers (Michelle Stafford), Patty Williams (Stacy Haiduk), and Nikki Newman (Melody Thomas Scott). However, all of them have ended in dramatic divorces, and Jack is still single in the present (via Soaps In Depth).

Despite Jack's personal life being in total disarray, Bergman's romantic situation is far more stable. A critical difference between the actor and his role is the number of marriages they have. Bergman is only on his second marriage, far less than Jack. Per TrendStreet, Bergman has been married to the same woman for nearly decades, predating his debut on "The Young and the Restless."

Peter Bergman has been happily married to wife Mariellen for 37 years

Per his CBS bio, Peter Bergman was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and is the son of a Navy officer. In 1985, Peter Bergman married Mariellen Bergman, and the couple has been together ever since. 

They share two children, Clare Bergman and Connor Bergman, both of whom were delivered by C-section. Connor's birth was especially harrowing as Bergman wasn't permitted access to the delivery room. While he was allowed to attend the birth of Clare, things didn't go quite as planned. "I wasn't much help because I kind of passed out," he told People. "I didn't handle the blood terribly well."

Refreshingly, the Bergmans' marriage has been without scandal or controversy — something almost unheard of in Hollywood. His character Jack, however, is still in a complicated situation with his ex-wife Phyllis, and his other ex, Diane Jenkins (Susan Walters), is making his life difficult.

Not much is known about Mariellen Bergman

Unfortunately, much is unknown about the personal life of Peter Bergman's wife, Mariellen. We know much more about his first wife, Christine Ebersole, though, as she is also an actress. Bergman opened up about his first marriage on the podcast "Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin" in 2019, revealing that he and Ebersole met as young, struggling actors. While he didn't say what led to the end of the marriage, he did admit that he had a rough time getting his career off the ground while Ebersole found success much more quickly, so it's possible that this led to a rift in their relationship. Still, he said they remain "good friends" and he is "very grateful I was married to a lovely, lovely woman." 

Per IMDb, Ebersole also found success on television, with roles on shows like "One Life to Live," "Point Pleasant," Sullivan & Son," and "Blue Bloods."  She is also a Broadway star, with more than a dozen productions under her belt, per Playbill

Regardless of the circumstances of his first marriage, "The Young and the Restless" star Bergman's love for his second wife, Mariellen, has withstood time, and they're still going strong. Fortunately, there are some couples whose love can survive the curse of the entertainment industry.