A Timeline Of Jennifer Lawrence And Cooke Maroney's Relationship

From the moment she hit the A-list, Jennifer Lawrence has been one of those relatable celebrities who's never been afraid to keep it real. Whether she's winning Academy Awards, promoting her Blockbuster films, or hitting the red carpet, the "Hunger Games" star has a way of making fans feel like she could easily be their best friend. However, by 2018, it appeared that the Hollywood life became too much for Lawrence, and after a few box office flops she decided to step away from the spotlight for a three-year hiatus.

While the move was definitely a risk professionally, it proved to pay off personally, since it was during this time when Lawrence not only fell in love but started a family with Cooke Maroney.

The "Hunger Games" star has had past high-profile romances with actor Nicholas Holt, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and director Darren Aronofsky. Maroney, however, is not part of the entertainment industry, but instead works as a high-end art dealer. Since hitting it off, Lawrence has tried to keep her relationship with Maroney more private, presumably since he isn't used to the spotlight. That said, she has definitely gushed about her love in interviews, even calling him "the greatest human being" on the "Naked With Catt Sadler" podcast. So how did this romance unfold? Let's break down their relationship timeline.

They were first linked in May 2018

Moving to New York City during her hiatus from acting appeared to be a good move for Jennifer Lawrence, for that's where she met art gallerist Cooke Maroney in early 2018. Falling in love though didn't seem to be part of her initial plan. She told ET in February 2018 that she was "going to take the next year off"  to work for an organization where she'd "get young people engaged politically on a local level." But, according to People, by late May of that year, Lawrence found time to date Maroney. Page Six reported that they had wanted to keep things under wraps though, with an unnamed source dishing, "They have been very private and careful not to be seen together."

Before Maroney, Lawrence was single for a bit, having ended things with "Mother!" director Darren Aronofsky the year before. While the two reportedly remained friends, an insider told People they split due to "the huge age difference." They added, "Jen has yet to figure out her life and how it will evolve." Her best friend Laura Simpson apparently thought Lawrence could evolve with Maroney since she eventually introduced the two that next spring.

While the couple kept things low key, it seems the Vermont native was definitely taken by the Oscar winner. A source told Us Weekly, "Cooke plays very coy when speaking about her to his friends and colleague," adding though that the art world denizen was already "clearly smitten about her."

Jennifer Lawrence took her romance public by June 2018

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney confirmed they were officially a couple in June 2018 after being spotted walking arm in arm in New York City. According to E!, Lawrence looked blissed out on the several occasions the two were photographed out and about together. That same June, the couple was even caught gazing adoringly at each other while dining al fresco. They were not only said to be "totally into each other," but they chatted for several hours and also shared a kiss. A source told People at the time that "they looked very comfortable" and that Lawrence is "smiling like I have never seen her do with any of her previous boyfriends," contributing that to their "great chemistry."

By that following August, Lawrence and Maroney took their romance overseas, seemingly for their first big vacation as a couple. They toured the City of Love itself, being photographed sightseeing in Paris. They later took their love affair to Rome where People reports they celebrated the Oscar winner's birthday.

Despite appearing to be comfortable, Lawrence later admitted to Vanity Fair that their early days of dating came with her having to make some pretty big changes for Maroney, like ditching her security guards. She dished, "When I started dating my now husband, I was so embarrassed," when it came to bringing her security along on dates. She added, "So I didn't, and it made me really nervous the first few times, and it turned out totally fine."

By late 2018, things were getting serious

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney were apparently ready to take their relationship to the next level by late 2018. Us Weekly reported in January 2019 that the two were even already living together, with an unnamed source close to the couple revealing at the time, "Things between them are very serious." It seemed they may have already talked about their future at this point, with the insider adding, "They definitely appear to be in it for the long haul." Another friend allegedly told Radar that moving in together wasn't an "impulsive decision" even though they seemed to be moving fast. That same source dished, "Cooke moved his stuff into her places in L.A. and New York... right when Jen agreed the relationship should be exclusive."

Lawrence was seemingly also comfortable enough with Maroney to integrate him into her Hollywood life and evidently even introduce him to her former significant others. According to People, that September they attended the premiere of her former boyfriend Nicholas Hoult's movie "The Favourite." Darren Aronofsky, another of Lawrence's exes, was also said to be in attendance. The presence of old flames didn't seem to bother Lawrence or Maroney, who were reportedly at each other's side.

By that November, it appears the lovebirds were more than cool with PDA, as well. Most notably, they were spotted canoodling at a New York Rangers game, where Lawrence couldn't help but plant smooches on Maroney throughout the night. It's clear their romance was only heating up even while on the ice.

Cooke Maroney popped the question

By February 2019, Jennifer Lawrence was officially off the market and engaged to Cooke Maroney. The rumor mills were buzzing of a proposal after Page Six reported the "Silver Linings Playbook" star was spotted wearing a "massive ring" on her engagement finger while out having a romantic dinner at a New York restaurant. The couple had appeared to be "celebrating" something that night too, according to the onlooker.

Lawrence's rep later confirmed that the two were in fact betrothed, after less than a year of dating. While Lawrence was said to be excitedly sharing the news of her engagement with her friends, she didn't publicly address it until that June. She told ET at the premiere of her movie "X-Men: Dark Phoenix” that saying yes to Maroney's proposal "was a very, very easy decision." She even gushed, "He's just the best person I've ever met in my whole life."

Lawrence later told Catt Sadler on her "Naked" podcast that the two decided to get engaged because they "wanted to commit fully" to one another. She added, "He's my best friend, so I want to legally bind him to me forever. ... You find your favorite person on the planet and you're like, 'You can't leave.' So I wanted to take up on that offer." The "Red Sparrow" star revealed she was keeping her last name professionally but planned on legally changing it, gushing, "I feel very honored to become a Maroney."

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney prepped to wed

During the summer of 2019, Jennifer Lawrence couldn't help but gush about her fiancé, Cooke Maroney, while planning their wedding. She opened up about marrying Maroney for the first time on the  "Naked With Catt Sadler" podcast, dishing, "It's just, this is 'The One,' I know that sounds really stupid but he's the greatest person I've ever met."

However, Lawrence revealed she didn't necessarily plan to get hitched. She explained, "It was so organic. ... I definitely wasn't at a place where I was like, 'I'm ready to get married!' I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him." The Kentucky native wasn't even sure if she'd enjoy her time away from Hollywood, but clearly meeting Maroney made that worth her while. "I met somebody, I fell in love, and I started a new life in New York," she said. 

When it came to wedding planning, Lawrence was her true laidback self, sharing, "I haven't been neurotic about it. I'm too lazy to be neurotic." She continued, "I saw a dress I liked. I said, 'Oh, that's the dress.' I saw a venue, and I was like, 'Cool, we got the venue.'" An unnamed source also told Us Weekly that Lawrence wanted to keep the event "simple and sophisticated." Her and Maroney were even rumored to have eloped at New York City's Marriage Bureau after Page Six spotted the couple there with a photographer in September 2019 .

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney got hitched

In October 2019, Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney officially tied the knot during a lavish ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island, at the Belcourt Mansion. An observer told E!, "The wedding had all the touches of fall" and that Lawrence was wearing Dior, for whom she is a spokesperson for. Of course, amongst the 150 guests were some of Lawrence's celebrity friends like Adele, Emma Stone, and Kris Jenner. And not only did the couple reportedly throw a clambake the night before, but the wedding itself seemed to go all night. A witness dished, "They had a DJ and everyone danced for hours," adding, "It was an all night party. Jennifer and Cooke didn't leave Belcourt until 5:30 a.m."

It appears for Lawrence, she was waiting for this special day for a long time. She even admitted to Vogue back in 2015 before she met Maroney, "I can't wait to be married." She added that "if I find that one person who I want to spend the rest of my life with" then she wouldn't mess it up. 

Lawrence did confess that her one regret when planning her nuptials was not having a bachelorette party. She told Catt Sadler on her "Naked" podcast, "I thought I didn't want to have a bachelorette party, and then last minute I decided I did." She reiterated that on the "Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan" podcast even after the wedding, saying, "I will say I regret not planning a big [bachelorette party]."

In 2020, the couple spent a lot of time together

Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney spent the first months of marriage in quarantine. The "Joy" star didn't seem to mind the extra time at home she spent with her man in early 2020. She revealed on the "Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan" podcast, "I am actually a complete homebody and the laziest person who's ever lived." She added, "Like Cooke's biggest joke with me, he's like, 'Oh, you want to go directly back to the apartment babe?'"

Their time alone appeared to be a good thing for the newlyweds too. A source told Life and Style, "They're closer than ever," adding that they spent a lot of their time "enjoying cozy nights at home, binge-watching the 'Real Housewives.'" They seemed to enjoy their wine nights too, with Lawrence stating on "Amy Schumer Loves to Cook" (via Daily Mail), "We're drinking chardonnay because, as you know, I like an oaky chard."

The "X-Men" actor also rang in her 30th birthday later that year in August, which she presumably celebrated with her husband. Lawrence explained to Vanity Fair how Maroney had gifted her a diamond necklace that he put in "a hardbound edition of 'Hereditary's' screenplay," which is her favorite movie. He even made sure to place it on the image of "the character's decapitated head," a bizarre gesture that Lawrence found "so sweet." She reportedly wears that along with other gifts from him that include her wedding band and a pearl necklace.

They scooped up a pricey townhouse

It appears that Jennifer Lawrence and her husband Cooke Maroney wanted to kick off their marriage with new digs so in October 2020 the couple purchased another home. According to the New York Post, they dropped $21.9 million on a townhouse in New York City's West Village, but in November 2021, the "Don't Look Up" star told Vanity Fair they were staying in a rental while it remained under construction. It seems they've obtained plenty of real estate: Dirt reports that they not only rent out Lawrence's former Tribeca apartment, but that they keep her Beverly Hills home as well.

Despite the fact that the couple was nesting, Maroney was apparently used to his wife having over plenty of houseguests. Lawrence dished on "Absolutely Not with Heather McMahan" that she "love[s] a girly slumber party." She explained it's something she's been doing for years, saying, "My best friend in the entire world, we used to have sleepovers all the time...she's been married for seven years — we still to this day have sleepovers."

Maroney, for his part, is cool with it since they probably have more than enough spare rooms. Lawrence recalled, "My friend came over and it was not planned, but she ended up spending the night and we slept in my bed and my husband slept in our guest room." It seems that Lawrence and Maroney are comfortable enough and have the room to give each other space when needed. 

Jennifer Lawrence announced her pregnancy

In September 2021, a rep for Jennifer Lawrence confirmed to People that she and Cooke Maroney were expecting their first child. The Oscar winner had given the first glimpse of her baby bump while out dining in New York City but made it clear that she wanted to keep her pregnancy as private as she could. The mother-to-be explained to Vanity Fair, "If I was at a dinner party, and somebody was like, 'Oh, my God, you're expecting a baby,' I wouldn't be like, 'God, I can't talk about that...' But every instinct in my body wants to protect their privacy for the rest of their lives." She continued, "That just starts with not including them in this part of my work."

An unnamed source close to Lawrence told People that she was "looking forward" to becoming a mother and is "very happy." The insider added that her relationship with Maroney plays a major part, adding that she "found an ideal mate whom she loves, respects and enjoys being around. She loves married life, and they have a solid foundation for a baby."

The "Serena" star has seemingly wanted a baby for a long time. Not only did she reveal to Vanity Fair when she was only 20 that she wanted to be a mom, but she also told Vogue in 2015 that she couldn't wait to find "who I want to be the father of my children." It appears starting a family was always part of the plan.

They're balancing work and family life as of late 2021

In November 2020, Jennifer Lawrence returned to the spotlight to promote her movie "Don't Look Up." Yet, it seemed that Lawrence still preferred her ordinary married life with husband Cooke Maroney over all the glitz and glamour. She dished to Vanity Fair, "I really enjoy going to the grocery store with him. I don't know why but it fills me with a lot of joy." She continued, "It's almost a metaphor for marriage. 'Okay, we've got this list. These are the things we need. Let's work together and get this done.'"

The mom-to-be even revealed how her whole world changed during her time off with him, saying, "I didn't have a life. I thought I should go get one." It's safe to say Lawrence definitely found a personal life, partially thanks to her relationship with Maroney. She even joked on "The Late Show with Steven Colbert" that during her hiatus they "just had a ton of sex" pointing to her growing baby bump.

While Lawrence may be finally ready to return to Hollywood, a source close to her revealed to People that her plan is to "balance her career and her life as a wife and mom...because she loves family life." It's safe to say Lawrence and Maroney will only add more milestones to their relationship timeline over the years since this is only the beginning of their love story. But it's a good start to their happily ever after nonetheless.