What Candace Cameron Bure's Relationship Is Like With Her Full House Co-Stars

Candace Cameron Bure has been a controversial figure for a while. In 2015, she ruffled feathers by defending an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. "They didn't refuse to bake the cake because of their sexual orientation... They had a problem with the actual ceremony," she argued on "The View," clashing with her co-host Raven Symoné, who strongly disagreed with Bure over whether it was a case of discrimination.

And Bure's conservative Christian views on LGBTQ+ rights drew criticism again in 2022 when the actor left Hallmark to start her own channel, Great American Family, and stated that they would not follow Hallmark's path of including same-sex couples in their holiday movies. "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core," Bure told The Wall Street Journal. Teen pop star JoJo Siwa criticized this statement on social media and told People that Bure should open her mind by meeting with the president of GLAAD.

The actor responded with a statement to ET, announcing: "To everyone reading this, of any race, creed, sexuality, or political party, including those who have tried to bully me with name-calling, I love you." But "Full House" actor Jodie Sweetin publicly sided with Siwa, leaving fans of the sitcom wondering whether Bure had fallen out with her old on-screen family. Keep reading to find out what kind of relationship Bure has with all her "Full House" co-stars.

Andrea Barber

Andrea Barber and Candace Cameron Bure's friendship seems to be going strong: after decades of acting as sisters, they're still sharing birthday messages from each other on social media and working together on new projects. Bure was especially proud of Barber for her 2019 memoir, in which the actor opened up about her lifelong struggles with mental health. "It's so open and honest and healing for those who read it," Bure wrote on Instagram at the time, urging her followers to buy it. "Thank you, my beautiful friend," Barber responded in the comment section.

And in 2022, Barber was cast in a new Christmas film Bure was producing for Great American Family. "Having a 30-year bestie friendship both on and off camera has allowed me to find the perfect project to introduce the Christmas genre audience to her brilliant comedic skills, her heartwarming authenticity and vulnerability that is a rare gem today," Bure told Deadline, revealing that "Christmas on Candy Cane Lane" would also feature "Virgin River" star Dan Payne. "Just as I have, audiences will fall in love with Andrea's warmth and relatability, and chuckle along with her all the way down Candy Cane Lane."

After Bure's controversial interview with The Wall Street Journal, Barber commented on their friendship and working with GAC Family. She expressed her love for Bure throughout the peaks and valleys of life, writing on Instagram, "We don't agree on every issue, and that's okay! Our friendship is stronger than our differences." Barber expressed her hope that Great American Family will represent all kinds of families.

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

According to Candace Cameron Bure, she lost contact with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen sometime after they quit acting and left the world of "Full House" behind. After spending their childhood in the limelight, the twins told Allure in 2013 that they would rather focus on their fashion lines. "I was reading scripts, and ultimately I just said to the people who are representing me, 'I need to do things 100%. I don't feel like I can give you 100% of my time," Ashley stated. Mary Kate agreed, pointing out how actors don't get to make many decisions beyond their performance: "I am not great at not being able to control the end product."

So when the rest of the cast reunited for "Fuller House," the character Michelle was conspicuously absent. "You heard it from me first: They will never come back!" Bure told Us Weekly in 2019, confirming: "They don't want to be on the show. The answer's no!" After the Olsen twins didn't come back to appear in the Netflix reboot, Bure admitted to reporters that she hadn't stayed in touch with them (unlike Bob Saget, who was always close to his youngest on-screen kids). Their sister, Elizabeth Olsen, reportedly sees Bure "once in a while," however. "She's a sweetheart," the "Full House" actor added.

Juan Pablo Di Pace

Although Candace Cameron Bure has been criticized for her remarks about the LGBTQ+ community, her "Fuller House" co-star Juan Pablo Di Pace insisted that the whole set was supportive of his sexuality when he publicly came out. The actor, who plays Kimmy Gibbler's romantic interest Fernando, announced that he was gay in a TEDx talk in 2019 and declared that it was not an issue on the sitcom. "I'm very lucky to be part of a cast that really is like my second family," he told ET, adding that his co-stars had shown him a lot of love. "We are there for each other all the time and we support each other like any family. There are things that go wrong or things to celebrate and we really are there for each other."

Di Pace also reported that Bure gave him advice when he appeared on "Dancing With the Stars," since she had previously been on the show and made it to the finals with her partner Mark Ballas. "Both Jodie and Candace did really well on the show, so I better not embarrass them," the actor joked, per ET. Bure revealed that she had encouraged him to manage his stress and let his personality shine through, reassuring Di Pace that America was going to be infatuated with him. "He's a good dancer," she added. "He's a good Latin dancer!"

Scott Weinger

Scott Weinger appeared in 50 episodes of the original "Full House" as Steve, a romantic interest for Candace Cameron Bure's character D.J. Tanner. A relationship between the two in real life almost blossomed as well in 1992, when Weinger invited her to the premiere of Disney's "Aladdin" as his date.

"It was like a casual thing, because we were working on 'Full House' that day and then we drove all the way to Hollywood for the premiere," the actor, who voiced Aladdin, later told TooFab. He added that he had no idea the premiere would be such a big deal: "I don't think I knew what we were getting into." Bure revealed that she was equally baffled. "I remember kind of thinking, 'Scott and I are just friends and he invited me to the premiere. But is this a date or is it not,'" she recalled. "I was kind of confused and didn't know, and at 16 I wasn't about to ask." The pair agreed that it was, in fact, a proper date — even if nothing romantic happened after that.

They're still close as of 2022, as their social media selfies demonstrate. "So much fun hanging with my favorite DJ," Weinger wrote alongside a picture of Bure. "Talked for hours, felt like minutes." Bure shared the same photo on her Instagram, gushing, "Scott and Candace. Steve and D.J. Either way, my heart is full."

Bob Saget

Candace Cameron Bure opened up about her relationship with Bob Saget after the patriarch of "Full House" died in 2022. "I don't know what to say. I have no words," Bure wrote on Twitter, with a broken heart emoji, after the sad news broke. "Bob was one of the best human beings I've ever known in my life. I loved him so much."

As she noted in another post, the pair had known each other since Bure was a 10-year-old child actor. "My childhood is wrapped up in you, my formative teenaged years and the rest of adulthood. ... You weren't just like a father, but one of my closest friends in life," Bure wrote. She also revealed that the pair had developed certain routines over the course of their friendship: Saget would text long rants to make her laugh, or tell her what not to watch. "You were always so protective of me, and cared about everything," she remembered.

Bure has often reminisced about the early days on set, when Saget told a lot of dirty jokes, assuming that they would go over her head. "I kind of played dumb," she previously told People. "It was fun to hear those things, but I didn't want the adults to know that I totally understood." After his death, she revealed that those memories of the show were comforting, but she couldn't rewatch any of it yet. "It's hard for me to hear his voice. It makes me sad," the star admitted to People.

John Stamos

John Stamos won a lot of female fans by playing the "bad boy" Uncle Jesse, but according to an interview with E! News, Candace Cameron Bure called Stamos "Uncle J" and considered him too much of a familial figure to ever have a crush on him. They reunited years later for Netflix's sequel series and Bure gushed about his son Billy on the set of "Fuller House," telling "Access" that her co-star's baby was now a necessary part of filming. "I think I'm gonna put that in my contract," Bure added. "There's going to be a rider that Billy Stamos must be here every week so I can have little hugs and kisses from him because he's the cutest ever." 

There was one bump in the road before they could start making the show, however: Stamos entered a rehab center after being charged with a DUI in 2014. As Bure told ET, she didn't see it coming. "I love him. We all love him," she stated. "And if this is what he needs, to spend that time to just get things together, we're all supportive and glad he's there and we know that things will be good when he gets back."

After Bob Saget's death, the pair appeared onstage together during a Beach Boys concert to pay tribute to their sitcom's late father figure. "Look who joined me," Stamos wrote on Instagram, adding, "She made me so happy! Was a special night."

Dave Coulier

Candace Cameron Bure met her husband thanks to her "Full House" co-star Dave Coulier, who invited her to a charity hockey game, per HuffPost.

"Hey, there are these two really good Russian hockey players," Coulier reportedly told her, referring to Valeri Bure and his brother Pavel. It was love at first sight for the young actor, who went to the game with Lori Loughlin. "I was like, 'I want to meet that one, the blonde one,' which was Val," Candace recalled. "And that was it." The pair began a whirlwind romance and were planning their wedding less than a year later, all due to her on-screen pal Joey. The couple thanked him with a meaningful gift. "Dave Coulier still has a hockey stick that my husband signed for him that says, 'Thanks for Candace,'" Bure told HuffPost.

She also grew closer to Coulier after Bob Saget's death. "This has been one of the hardest weeks of my life and yet, incredibly beautiful because of family and close friends," Bure wrote after the news broke, posting a picture herself wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with Saget's name while she was walking with Coulier. "Yesterday was a better day. We walked, we laughed, we reminisced," the actor told her followers, emphasizing her love for the "Full House" cast members. "I think that's all you'll hear from me again. I love you," Bure told Coulier, joking: "Don't be annoyed."

Lori Loughlin

Candace Cameron Bure may be a controversial member of the "Full House" alumni, but Lori Loughlin probably made more headlines than any other cast member with her prison stay in 2020. She had been arrested over a notorious college admissions scandal which involved wealthy and famous parents paying bribes to secure college offers for their children. Loughlin and her husband pretended that their daughters were rowing team recruits and gave $500,000 to the ringleader of the college admissions scheme, which meant that they were both sentenced to jail time.

Bure was more than happy to welcome "Aunt Becky" back to the world after her release from prison, however. "Yes, I've talked to Lori many times," she said on "Daily Blast Live" in 2021. "And she's doing well." Although Loughlin stayed out of the public eye at first, she sent Bure flowers and a congratulatory note after the "Fuller House" finale. "Yes, it was a note from her," the actor told ET after eagle-eyed fans spotted the note on her Instagram. "She sent me flowers and I believe a few other people some flowers. It was so nice to feel and have her presence there at the show."

And in 2022, Loughlin was cast in a TV film on the same controversial network as Bure, Great American Family. The rom-com, "Fall Into Winter," will be one of her first big projects after her prison sentence. "She's America's sweetheart, regardless of whatever happened," the network CEO told Variety.

Jodie Sweetin

After Candace Cameron Bure upset JoJo Siwa with her comments about "traditional marriage" and her plan to exclude same-sex couples from her Christmas movies, the dancer and singer received support from an unexpected source. Jodie Sweetin, who played middle child Stephanie Tanner on "Full House," commented on Siwa's Instagram post about the issue and wrote: "You know I love you." Siwa told People about the comment, "That meant a lot because [Sweetin] is a really kind, good human who is doing good for the world."

Given that Siwa's post accused Bure of being "rude and hurtful to a whole community," this supportive comment demonstrated that Sweetin wasn't going to defend her co-star. And Bure seemed to notice this development since she unfollowed her former on-screen sister, as Page Six reported. Although Bure did attend Sweetin's wedding earlier in the year, it's possible that this feud has been brewing for years. A source told ET, "They have different views and opinions..." noting that Sweetin "is progressive in her beliefs and Candace is very religious in hers."

Sweetin, who previously voiced her political beliefs at pro-abortion demonstrations, didn't back down amid the disagreement with her former co-star. As Us Weekly reported, she reposted a reflection from Holly Robinson Peete (which someone else had shared with the actor) defending the LGBTQ+ community instead. "...when we hear the words 'traditional' marriage to describe one type of marriage it belittles the love and commitment that many legally married people have for each other," the message read, in part.