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NCIS star Jennifer Esposito's ex-husband is a major Hollywood A-lister

The actress played Special Agent Alexandra Quinn in season 14

Jennifer Esposito, Wilmer Valderrama in NCIS© CBS Photo Archive,Getty
Megan Bull
TV Writer
April 12, 2023
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Jennifer Esposito joined the cast of NCIS in season 14, portraying Special Agent Alexandra Quinn. Her character may have had a short stint on the show, appearing in just 24 episodes, but she certainly made an impact. Famed for her roles in Don't Say a Word, Crash, Blue Bloods and The Boys, Jennifer's no stranger to the Hollywood scene, and in 2006 she became engaged to a fellow actor – Bradley Cooper

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While little is known about their first meeting, the former couple was photographed together throughout 2006. They were initially spotted kissing at the Golden Globes after-party, although Jennifer declined to comment on their relationship. When People asked if they were dating, she replied: "I'm not answering that."

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In the months that followed, Jennifer and Bradley were spotted holding hands as they strolled through New York, and they also attended the Babel premiere in Los Angeles. Their engagement was officially confirmed by the actors' reps in October 2006 and they reportedly wed that December, in the South of France. 

Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper at the In Style Golden Globes after party in 2016© Getty
Jennifer Esposito married Bradley Cooper in 2006

Four months after their nuptials, People reported that the celebrity couple had decided to divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. The news was later confirmed by Jennifer's rep, who told the publication: "Jennifer Esposito has filed for divorce, She asks that you respect her privacy at this time." 

Bradley's rep also released a statement, clarifying that "The divorce was mutual and they've been separated for quite a while." 

Jennifer Esposito wearing a red dress, cuddled up to Bradley Cooper in an all-black suit in 2007. © Getty
The couple's reps revealed that they had decided to divorce in October 2007

During a 2011 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Bradley was asked about their divorce. "It was just something that happened," he said. "The good thing is, we both realized it...Sometimes you just realize it."

Asked for further details, the actor simply replied: "It just wasn't right. It's interesting...things happen!"

Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper at the Babel premiere. © Getty
The divorce was a "mutual" decision

Following their split, Jennifer married British model Louis Dowler in 2014, although the couple later divorced in 2016. As of 2020, the NCIS star is married to Jesper Vesterstrøm. Meanwhile, Bradley was involved in a long-term relationship with Irina Shayk from April 2015 to June 2019. They welcomed a daughter, Lea de Seine, in March 2017. 

In November 2022, it was reported that Bradley and Irina had reunited. 

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