According to Bell, the second time she met her future husband, at a hockey game, he asked for gum — and this happened:
“He asked for gum, I said no, I didn’t have any,” she explained. “Then I pulled [the gum] out [of my mouth] and said only this, then he took it.”
Shepard didn’t deny that that’s how their first encounter went down.
“I didn’t say, ‘Hey, can I have the gum in your mouth,’ I said, ‘Hey, do you have any more gum,'” he said. “I was like, ‘I’ll take half out of your mouth.’ And then I did.”
After that, Shepard said he got Bell’s number from a mutual friend and sent this message: “Hi, my name is Dax. I violated your privacy and got your number from Shauna. How do you feel about that?”
She must have been fine with it. Shepard and Bell got married in 2013 after six years of dating. They have two daughters together, Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 4, and will be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary later this fall.
Bell has said before that she and Shepard met for the very first time at the birthday party of a mutual friend, but “there weren’t any sparks.” Two weeks later, when they bumped into each other at a hockey game and the gum exchange went down, she was interested, and by the time she received that forward text message, she was ready to go on a date.
“I thought…what the hell?? This kid is sassy,” she wrote in an Instagram Q&A, E! News reported.
Of course, once she got to know him, she started to like other aspects of his personality. Bell said there’s a three-way tie for her favorite thing about Shepard: “His patience to let me ramble; His ability to make me laugh; His critical thinking skills and intelligence,” she wrote.
Shepard has also opened up about a lot about what he loves about Bell, even though their relationship is not perfect. He told Today, “She is really, really, a kind, thoughtful, generous person. And she, like everyone else, has all kinds of character defects, but at her core, her intentions are generally pretty solid. And that’s a great thing to know about your partner, because in the heat of battle, you can go, ‘Wait a minute, I know this person. This person’s really kind and they are thoughtful and so something’s happening here other than that she has a flawed character.’ What’s allowed me to be vulnerable with her is the trust, that she is a good person, and I know that, and so I can trust this person with my feelings or fears or concerns.”
We can totally see why Bell and Shepard are one of the most respected couples in Hollywood — even after we’ve heard the gum story.