The Truth About Sara Haines' Marriage

Sara Haines is known by many fans as the peppy on-air personality from "The View," "Good Morning America," and other talk shows. And it was the television personality's work on a daytime show that led to meeting her husband!

The successful host had dedicated herself to a lucrative career, but decided she wanted to focus some energy on finding a partner. "If I can go to the gym an hour a day, I can spend an hour a day whether I'm looking online or on a date for one drink," she wrote in a 2017 essay for Glamour. While Haines worked on "TODAY," a producer approached her about creating a dating profile on OkCupid for a segment on the show. She agreed, and kept the profile open after the segment was filmed.

Afterward, Haines matched with Max Shifrin on the dating site, and the two had an instant connection when they met in person. "I went to shake hands, the gentleman that I am, and she went to aggressively hug me," Shifrin recalled to Yahoo! Life in 2018. The couple became serious, and Shifrin proposed in bed nearly two years after they started dating. "I literally got up, crawled out of bed in my pajamas and got on one knee on the floor next to the bed," he told Yahoo of the proposal. 

In November 2014, Haines and Shifrin tied the knot, per ABC. Keep reading to find out more about the couple's marriage.

Sara Haines' husband is also a hard worker

Sara Haines was eager to get married and start a family well before she met Max Shifrin, but she did not want to rush. "For me, it was never an option to settle, because my biggest mission in life is to evolve as far as I can to be the best I can be," she wrote in Glamour in 2017.

Shirin may not be as high-profile as his TV host wife, but he has enjoyed a successful law career. The lawyer is a senior member of BakerHostetler and has worked tirelessly on resolving a myriad of lawsuits involved in the Bernie Madoff case. According to his profile on the firm's website: "Max's efforts have helped the Trustee distribute over $14 billion of recovered assets to Madoff's victims."

Besides their tireless (and beneficial!) respective work, Haines and Shifrin keep busy at home. The couple has three children: Alec, Sandra, and Caleb. "We wanted more [children], and I was older, so we didn't have the luxury of time to catch our breath," she said during a fan Q&A on Instagram in 2020 (via People). Haines and Shifrin own a beautiful home in the heart of Brooklyn, New York, and "The View" host often brings her little ones to nearby parks, as she told Closer Weekly in 2020. The whole family sticks to healthy eating. "All of us follow a paleo diet as much as possible," Haines told the publication. They seem like sweethearts!

They built a makeshift studio at home

Sara Haines and Max Shifrin enjoy following a routine to help balance their hectic work schedules and family lives. Sundays are especially important to the couple as it offers them rare time off. In April 2019, The New York Times interviewed the television host about her weekend habits. Haines mentioned how she hoped to sleep in past 6:00 a.m. on Sundays, but it all depended on when her kids woke up. "I'm normally up at 5 during the week so I'll take any extra sleep I can get," she told the outlet. Later in the day, the couple would push the kids in a stroller at nearby Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, and that would count towards their daily exercise. 

As with everyone else, Haines and Shifrin's routines were thrown into chaos during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although her gig with "Strahan, Sara and Keke" was put on hiatus, Haines returned to "The View," but was forced to record from home, per ABC News. While Haines appeared on the broadcast, her husband often worked behind-the-scenes to keep their three children under wraps to not disturb the production. "With remote help, she has built her own studio in the living room — a smartphone, three lights, a mic, and a makeshift earpiece," ABC News wrote. "I've become an I.T. expert," she said.

Here's how the couple has kept their fairytale romance grounded.

Why she doesn't believe her husband is the one

There were never any grand illusions for Sara Haines when she searched for a long-time partner. The popular television host often laughs with her husband about the idea of only being perfect for one person.

Haines waited until her late '30s to get married and start a family, and remembers how friends would ask her if Max Shifrin was "the one" while they were dating. "When I married Max, I still [didn't] know if he was The One," she wrote in her essay for Glamour in 2017. "There are thousands of The Ones. It's The One you decide to commit to," she added. "It wasn't as romantic or fairy-tale-ish as 'I've been looking for you my whole life.' It wasn't any of that. We laugh at that. The pressure people put on you to have this big aha moment and 'I just knew' moment."

In fact, the couple take a pragmatic approach to attraction. Although they have a strong marriage, Haines and Shifrin are open about finding other people attractive. "We were just at a party with models last night and [I'm] like, 'Max, four o'clock, this girl is totally your type!'" Haines wrote in her Glamour essay. "And we laugh."