Going into 2021, Jonathan Van Ness shocked fans with his surprise marriage to husband Mark Peacock. The Queer Eye star — who identifies as nonbinary and uses he/she/they pronouns — revealed on Dec. 31, 2020, that he had “married my best friend” during quarantine, but opted not to name or tag his love at the time. Now, more than two years later, the couple have taken their relationship onto social media and seem even more in love than ever, given their expanding family of animals.
Since getting married, the couple have made regular appearances on each other’s Instagram page — even when Van Ness and his co-star Antoni Porowski joked about being in a relationship. In March, the British ceramist who now lives in Austin with Van Ness, paid tribute to his husband on his 36th birthday by sharing photos of him with only adorable pets on Instagram, including their six cats. “Happy Birthday to my animal loving, sleepy @jvn,” he wrote, leading Van Ness to respond, “Awe babeee.” Later, the two introduced followers to their dogs Rosie, Elton, and George, proving they’re obsessed with their little family.
The two regularly support each other’s projects publicly. When Peacock posts about his ceramic work on Instagram, Van Ness is always in the comments section giving loving support. Likewise, Peacock is always by his beau’s side at major events, like when Van Ness’ 2019 Emmys look was featured in an exhibit at London’s Kensington Palace in April. “So immensely proud of my babe and boo @jvn @alibstyle and @csiriano on creating a look that is now on display in the former home of Princess Diana and Princess Margaret,” he wrote on Instagram.
Just days after revealing his secret wedding, Van Ness opened up about his new husband on Instagram, sharing more about his low-profile relationship with the London native. “We went on a date in London, which turned into more dates whilst I was on comedy tour,” he wrote, referring to his Road to Beijing tour, which brought him to the UK in October 2019. “At the end of that time I was taking my mom, aunt & friends on a mini break to Amsterdam. I wanted [Mark] to come with but, was it a bit intense to ask Mark to come after a couple weeks worth’s of dates to come meet my mom & and friends on a mini break? Maybe so, but something about Mark felt different and I’m quite sure he felt the same.”
Peacock ultimately did join Van Ness and his loved ones on that October 2019 trip, as both shared photos on their respective Instagram accounts from Amsterdam. They also made trips back and forth between London and New York, where Van Ness is based, and Peacock revealed in November 2019 that he had started gymnastics lessons, a sweet nod to his amateur gymnast partner. The pair also rang in 2020 together in London (alongside Van Ness' friend and Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan), and even adopted a dog in July, whom they named Pablo.
Though they kept their relationship out of the spotlight for quite some time, Van Ness' Instagram post reveals that Peacock has been by his side for many big moments since 2019. Not only does the slideshow include a photo from Elton John's 2020 Oscars party in February, there are a few more snapshots from the pair’s backyard wedding.
On his own Instagram account, Peacock shared the same wedding photo that Van Ness posted on Dec. 31, as well as some other candid pictures from the past year. “2020 brought on more changes than I’ve ever been a part of before,” he wrote on Jan. 1. “I left London and moved across the Atlantic, got dressed up for numerous seriously hilarious zoom quizzes, re-discovered a love for gardening, learn to drive on the left, got married to my soulmate and one true love and adopted a little Jack Russell called Pablo and entered a family with 4 amazing cats.”
Van Ness' Dec. 31 IG post also reflected on the past year, including, of course, his relationship with Peacock. “2020 was a year unlike any other,” JVN wrote. “I got married to my best friend & have a loving partner to continue building my life with.”
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