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11 Things You Didn't Know About Yolanda and David Foster's Relationship
The #RHOBH husband and wife are really as madly in love as they seem on TV.
Watching Yolanda Foster and David Foster on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is proof that true love still exists. The way that these two lovebirds passionately talk about each other on and off the show gives us serious relationship goals.
So it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that Yolanda and David are still going strong after four years of marriage. Though Yolanda and David have had their fair share of ups and downs since the two wed on November 11, 2011, from busy careers to Yolanda's battle with Lyme disease to sharing the intimate details of their personal lives with the entire world, they have somehow found the secret to making it all work. Perhaps the following fascinating facts about their relationship will provide us mere mortals with some insight into how to make true love last.
1. Yolanda's Ex-Husband Mohamed Hadid Introduced Them
As far as meet-cutes go, it doesn't get any sweeter (or any more awkward) than when Yolanda first met David. As David explained at the dinner party he and Yolanda threw during Season 3 of RHOBH, he was single and was going to move in with his friend Mohamed, who happened to be Yolanda's ex-husband and the father of her three children, Gigi, Bella, and Anwar. David noticed a gorgeous woman in many photos displayed around Mohamed's house. He asked Mohamed if he would introduce him to the lady in the pics, which, as you probably guessed, was Yolanda. He did, and it was literally love at first sight, as David described it. We already knew Yolanda had been on good terms with her ex all of these years, but that just takes their camaraderie to a whole new level.
2. They Took Things Slow
Yolanda and David started dating several weeks after they first met, but they didn't rush into a serious relationship. Yolanda "playfully" made David agree to commitment contracts of increasing lengths (30 days, 60 days, three months, six months, one year) until they lost track and realized they couldn't picture life without one another, Yolanda wrote on her official website, now archived here. All in all, the couple dated for four years before getting engaged, which is just the kind of old-fashioned courtship you'd expect from these two romantics.
3. David Initially Wasn't Interested in Getting Remarried or Raising More Kids
With three previous marriages that ended in divorce and having already raised five daughters and stepchildren, David was neither interested in getting married again nor having more kids, Yolanda wrote on her official website. That might have posed somewhat of a problem for Yolanda, who was still in the midst of raising her three children when she met him. However, when you have someone like Yolanda in your life, you make an exception.
4. Lisa Vanderpump Witnessed Their Engagement
David finally popped the question to Yolanda on Christmas Eve 2010, during a dinner party at the home of — who else? — Mohamed. Since Lisa is also friends with Mohamed, it's actually no surprise that she was present when the big moment happened, as she explained during David and Yolanda's dinner party on RHOBH. Perhaps that's what inspired Lisa to one day officiate a wedding.
5. Their Wedding Was a Star-Studded Affair
Yolanda and David did not have a wedding; it was a celeb-filled extravaganza where two people just happened to tie the knot. Dr. Phil McGraw gave some advice to the soon-to-be-married couple during the wedding ceremony. Andrea Bocelli sang "The Prayer," one of David's best-known songs that he wrote for the 1998 film Quest for Camelot. Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Donna Summer, Peter Cetera, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Kenny G, the Canadian Tenors, and Neil Sedaka all performed during the reception. Eric Benet also sang, and his performance of "The Last Time" featured in the above video of the couple's wedding will make you feel all the feels. You may have heard of Yolanda and David's other wedding guests, which included Barbra Streisand, Oprah Winfrey, and Muhammad Ali, among others. To top it all off, the whole thing was catered by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Eat your heart out, world. Yolanda and David had the wedding to end all weddings.
6. 11 is Their Lucky Number
Yolanda and David both consider 11 to be their lucky number, which is why they decided to wed on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11). In keeping with that numeric theme, 11-year-old Jackie Evancho serenaded them with a performance of "Pie Jesu" during the ceremony and the couple cut their wedding cake at exactly 11:11 p.m. It's safe to say that their 11th anniversary is going to be a big one.
7. Yolanda Gave David a Musical Wedding Gift
What do you give the guy who has everything? A sexy music video starring his wife, of course. Dressed as a flight attendant, Yolanda performed the appropriately titled song "I Love You" in an original music video for her hubby. David did tell Haute Living in July 2014 that if he didn't have a career in music, he'd be an airline pilot. Since Yolanda combined two of David's biggest passions in one music video, saying this was the best gift ever would be an understatement.
8. Yolanda Isn't in Love with All of David's Songs
Like most people, Yolanda is in awe of David's musical talent. However, there is one song of his that doesn't inspire such positive emotions out of her. "Un-Break My Heart," which was made famous by Toni Braxton, "has not so fun memories for me," Yolanda said in a September 2013 interview with All Things Real Housewives. Still, Yolanda sang her praises for two of David's other hits. "'The Prayer' that he wrote for Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion is probably my favorite," Yolanda said. "'Hard to Say I’m sorry' by Peter Cetera just reminds me of happy times.” Well, two out of three ain't bad.
9. David Still Writes Yolanda Love Letters
Whoever said romance is dead has never heard of Yolanda and David. After four years of marriage, David still writes Yolanda love letters, especially when she needs it most now during her battle with Lyme disease. “My wife loves a love note more than she loves a piece of jewelry,” David told PEOPLE in February. “It is actually harder to do a love note than a piece of jewelry because I got to, like, sit down and really think about what I’m writing.” We have a feeling anything David writes would touch Yolanda's heart.
10. Yolanda Calls David Her "King"
Yolanda loves being a housewife and not just on TV, either. "I love it when my husband says, 'I'm proud this is my home and my woman,'" Yolanda said during an interview with HELLO! in January 2014 in which she also refers to David as "my king." "Some people might say I'm submissive or weak but, no, it's my strength. David's out all day, working hard; I love for him to come home and have a homemade dinner." Who wouldn't take any excuse to crack open that amazing fridge of theirs, anyway?
11. They're Fans of PBS
Funnily enough, Yolanda doesn't watch that much TV, but when she does, she and David like to watch PBS. That may be because the public network airs a lot of artsy programming, including a couple of specials from David himself, but we'd like to think this couple is just really into Downton Abbey.
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