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Joel Kinnaman Married to Cleo Wattenstrom and Living Happily as Husband and Wife

Updated On 30 Nov, 2023 Published On 16 Jun, 2017
Joel Kinnaman Married to Cleo Wattenstrom and Living Happily as Husband and Wife

Swedish-American actor Joel Kinnaman and the tattoo artist Cleo Wattenstrom ended their marriage after two years. So, today let's dig deep into their relationship and find out how the relationship began, their marriage story, and life after divorce.

Joel Kinnaman and Cleo Wattenstrom Had 'Same Day Marriage'

Joel started dating Cleo in early 2014 after his break-up with his two-year girlfriend Olivia Munn. In the beginning, Joel and the tattoo artist dated secretly however after various media outlets began reporting about their affair and live-in situation, the couple made their relationship public.

Joel taking a selfie with Cleo in Cuba, 2015, Source: Dailymail

After dating for two long years, Joel and Cleo took their relationship to the next level and got married in a private ceremony. Fans and media became aware of their marriage when he mentioned Wattenstrom as his wife on The Talk in April 2016 with Aisha Tyler.

On the very show, Aisha said,

"Your girlfriend is actually a tattoo artist" and as a reply, Kinnaman corrected saying, "My Wife."

He explained,

"I’m a romantic guy. I took her to this very romantic place on San Vicente Boulevard called Same Day Marriage. That was it. This little Russian lady sitting inside there, she was like, 'Do you want to get married? $435, quick'.

The actor further explains that he and Wattenstrom were taken to a sketchy-looking room and the Russian woman said to both of them, "Marriage, rest of your lives, you say yes." They both said yes, and that was the end of it.

'We both said yes, and the simple wedding ceremony went on and that was the end of it.'

Here is an interview with Joel Kinnaman explaining his Romantic Wedding Story. Just Enjoy!!

After marriage, the couple settled in Venice, California but often went all around the world for romantic getaways. Furthermore, the couple often posts pictures of their holidays on social media which surely gave couple goals to many. 

Joel Kinnaman and His Wife Separated After Two Years

In 2018, Joel Kinnaman and his wife of two years Cleo Watterstrom separated. The reason for the split is not known but it is believed that Watterstrom coming out as a bisexual might be a reason. Soon after the separation, the tattoo artist was rumored to be dating DJ Kittens, aka Lauren Abedini.

Joel Kinnaman's ex-wife Cleo Watterstrom with DJ Kittens. SOURCE: Pinterest

Nonetheless, there was no bad blood between the ex-couple. Even after separation, the pair were seen hanging together with mutual friends and attending UFC fights. 

Joel Kinnaman's Current Relationship Status? Is He Dating?

Joel is currently in a relationship with Gothenburg-based model Kelly Gale. It is reported that the pair started dating in early 2019.  The couple is very open about their relationship and shares photos of each other on their social media platforms. Also, they are seen together at various public events as well.

Joel Kinnaman with his current girlfriend. SOURCE: Joel Kinnaman's Instagram

On the other hand, Kinnaman's ex-wife has been in an on-and-off relationship with YouTuber, Amber's Closed aka Amber Whittington since 2019. It is not clear if she is currently dating or not.

Update 2023: Joel Kinnaman is Engaged!

Joel Kinnaman and his girlfriend Kelly Gale are engaged. The Suicide Squad actor and his Swedish-Australian model fiance got engaged in January 2021. 

Quick Facts about Joel Kinnaman

Source: IMDB
  • Born on 25 November 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden to the family of Bitte and Steve Kinnaman.
  • His mother is Swedish and his father is an American citizen hence Kinnaman has both Swedish and American citizenship.
  • Has five sisters including actress Melinda Kinnaman.
  • Initiated his career as a child actor in the year 1990 in the television show Storstad.
  • Restarted his career as an adult in 2002 in The Invisible.
  • His portrayal in Easy Money brought him to the limelight in Sweden and the rest of the world.
  • Aiming to expand his career, he hired an agent in the United States who is also the representative of Johnny Depp.
  • Some of his hit movies include Storm, The Darkest Hour, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Easy Money III: Life Deluxe, Robocop, Knight of Cups, Run All Night, Suicide Squad, and Edge of Winter.
  • Shared the screen with legends including Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevigne in the American superhero film Suicide Squad.
  • Has a net worth of about $6 million.

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