Ellen Pompeo has spent a lot of her life in the spotlight ever since she started playing Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. But despite being famous, Pompeo has been able to keep her long-term relationship with husband Chris Ivery pretty quiet.
After meeting in 2003, Pompeo and Ivery got married in 2007 and had three kids after that. Even though Pompeo has a busy career and lives in the public eye, her marriage to Ivery has stayed strong and steady, and she says that Ivery is her biggest fan. In an Instagram post from 2018, Pompeo said, “This man has been my rock, my soulmate.”
In 2018, Pompeo told PEOPLE that part of the reason she’s been married for so long is because Ivery is so understanding. She said, “My husband is not scared at all by how driven or bossy I am.”
Who is Ellen Pompeo’s helpful partner? Here’s everything you need to know about Chris Ivery and the actress.
He worked in the music industry for nearly 30 years
Ivery had a job as a record producer for a long time. Even though not much is known about him as a musician, he is listed as a writer on Rihanna’s song “Cheers (Drink to That).”
He met Pompeo in 2003
Pompeo told PEOPLE in 2006 that she and Ivery met in a grocery store in Los Angeles in 2003. They were just friends for six months. Ivery remembered, “Then, one night, she just looked different to me.”
From Pompeo’s point of view, they were meant to be together because they had grown up in Boston just a few minutes apart. “We’ve always lived six degrees apart, so I feel like it was kind of meant to be,” she said.
He got married to Pompeo in 2007 in a very private ceremony.
After three years together, Ivery asked Pompeo to marry him on her 37th birthday in 2006. Her representative told PEOPLE at the time, “She was surprised and thrilled.” Tacori, a jewellery designer, set a 3.5-carat emerald-cut diamond in platinum for Pompeo’s engagement ring.
The couple got married in a quiet ceremony at City Hall in Lower Manhattan a year later. Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, was a witness. Her father told PEOPLE, “She just didn’t want a big deal.” The actress had said in the past that she wanted to have a small affair. After she got engaged, she told PEOPLE, “There won’t be anything “big.” It will not be very big.”
He has a hard time with Pompeo’s intimate scenes on Grey’s Anatomy
Being married to a TV star hasn’t always been easy for Ivery. One reason is that Pompeo’s job keeps her away from home a lot. He did say, “Don’t you think you could work a little less now?” the other day. In 2021, Pompeo told E! News’ Daily Pop.
Ivery may not have liked Pompeo’s love scenes on the show, either. Ivery told Us Weekly in 2019: “I wouldn’t say I’m jealous. I’m really sure of myself, but it’s awkward.”
Pompeo has also talked about how her husband doesn’t like the sex scenes she does. “I remember how hard it was for him at first,” she said on the podcast Ladies First with Laura Brown in 2021. “”This is not what I signed up for,” he said. You take that to work and kiss it. I like Patrick [Dempsey], he’s a good guy and all, but like, really?”
He wants Pompeo to do well in his job.
Even though Ivery was unsure at first about some of Pompeo’s Grey’s Anatomy scenes, the actress told PEOPLE in 2018 that her husband is “not at all scared of my drive.”
“I never thought that at age 48, I’d be at the top of my game. “I’m at the top of my game, and I don’t see an end in sight,” said Pompeo, adding that “it’s really important for men to be on board” when it comes to success.”
She also said that when she’s busy, she can be a little bossy with Ivery, but that her husband is “good about letting me know when I’m talking to him like an employee.”
“Sometimes people tell me, ‘I don’t work for you, so don’t talk to me like that,'” she said. “Tell me if I’m not getting it right.”
They have three children together.
Chris Ivy, her son Eli Christopher, her daughters Stella Luna and Sienna May, and Ellen Pompeo, from left to right.
Ivery and Pompeo have three kids: Stella Luna, born in 2009, Sienna May, born in 2014, and Eli Christopher, born in 2016.
When their third child was born in 2016, Pompeo said on Instagram, “Chris Ivery just took a step back… I have a new boyfriend.”
In 2016, the actress talked to PEOPLE about raising her two daughters. She said that it’s important for her girls to have role models to look up to and that she makes it a priority to tell them about the great things Black women have done.
She said, “My daughters are black, so it’s very important to me that they see a lot of pictures of beautiful, strong, and powerful black women.”
“Every time a Black woman, like Kerry Washington, is on the cover of a magazine, I make sure to have that magazine in my house and on my table. That’s very important to me.”
In July 2022, Pompeo, Ivery, and their children showed up at the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Women’s Show in Italy. This was one of the few times they were seen in public. Pompeo put a few pictures of her family wearing Dolce & Gabbana clothes on Instagram. One of the pictures was a cute one of Ivery and Eli posing on a Vespa.
He’s an executive at a famous athleisure brand
Ivery works in the music business, but he is also a manager for Sergio Tacchini, an athletics brand started by the Italian tennis champion in 1966.
Pompeo told Us Weekly in 2019 that she couldn’t be more proud of her husband for switching careers at age 50 from music to fashion. She said, “He’s been in the music business for 25 years, and when he turned 50, he changed careers.” “And he put it down. I mean, you really nailed it. It’s amazing!”
Ivery often posts about the brand on Instagram. Justin Bieber is one of the famous people who like the brand.
He and Pompeo know how to make their relationship a top priority.
Ivery and Pompeo have shown that they know how to keep their love alive. One thing is that they spend a lot of time together on date nights, even if they just stay home and watch TV.
“We sometimes go out to dinner, but most of our date nights are spent at home. We both go to bed pretty early, so we also meet up a lot for lunch “In 2016, Pompeo told PEOPLE.
Ivery keeps the spark alive by making sure his wife knows how much he cares about her. “He always tells me that I look like I’m 20 years old. He is number one, “what she said was.
“”I don’t really like a lot of makeup, and neither does my husband,” she said, adding that Ivery “is so helpful.” He is great.”
Ivery has also learned that it helps to keep his sense of humour when the media is after him. “I’m the real McDreamy!” he once joked to PEOPLE.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.