Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Actor Josh Duhamel expressed his contentment with moving away from Hollywood. The 50-year-old actor shared his perspective on returning to his native state of North Dakota and how his life has evolved since his divorce from the Black-Eyed Peas singer, Fergie.
In a candid conversation on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger,” Josh Duhamel candidly shared, “I don’t think I ever really got comfortable with all of it.” He elaborated on how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood never truly resonated with him, saying, “It was just a lot. I just missed the simplicity of who I really am. I’m just not a guy who is comfortable going to red carpets, doing all the Hollywood stuff. I don’t hate it; I’m better at it now than I was, but it just took me a long time to really feel like I fit in.”
Duhamel’s marriage to Fergie lasted from 2009 until 2019, and despite their divorce, they maintain a friendly relationship. However, he doesn’t regret his decision to leave the Hollywood lifestyle behind.
Josh Duhamel continued to reflect on his past marriage, stating, “We had a great time, but I think we kind of just outgrew each other and had very different interests.” He noted how as he grew older, his desire to return to North Dakota intensified, a sentiment not shared by his former spouse. Despite the differences, he emphasized, “But I’ve got no hard feelings for it. I truly don’t.”
He went on to highlight the potential soul-draining nature of Hollywood and the LA lifestyle if not approached with caution, saying, “Hollywood, LA, and that whole lifestyle can suck the soul out of you if you’re not careful. I find myself sometimes when I’m there that I need to find a healthy outlet to get my hands dirty, to do something that gives me some kind of purpose.”
Josh Duhamel is now happily married to Audra Mari for over a year, and he believes their shared goals make them better for each other.
Reflecting on his decision to leave Los Angeles, Josh Duhamel stated, “Now, I’ve had a lot of success there, it’s afforded me a lot of things, very grateful for that, but it doesn’t mean I have to live that lifestyle.” He highlighted how having a place in North Dakota has actually been beneficial for his career, allowing him to reconnect with his authentic self. He emphasized that getting caught up in the Hollywood world can sometimes lead to losing one’s true identity, though he’s managed to avoid it, saying, “And I don’t think I’ve ever done that, thankfully, but there’s been moments where I could have gone off the grid for sure.”