Dax Shepard was filled with gratitude on Thursday, September 1, when he celebrated 12 years of sobriety by honoring his wife, Kristen Bell, and their two young children.
Shepard, 41, took to Twitter to pen a heartfelt message, writing, “12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises.”
— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) September 1, 2016
On Friday, Bell, 36, responded to her husband’s thoughtful tweet. “Can you [believe] this guy?” she gushed on Twitter. “He’s a PRINCE. I’m so lucky to have met him. Bravo, my love. Thank u for working so hard.”
Can you belive this guy? He’s a PRINCE. I’m so lucky to have met him. Bravo, my love. Thank u for working so hard. https://t.co/hea5KFKezW
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) September 2, 2016
The couple – who married in the Beverly Hills courthouse back in October 2013 – has been open about their relationship and the obstacles they’ve overcome.
“He’s a wonderful father,” Bell shared in a candid interview with CBS News in July. “He knows the value of things. He was an addict for many, many years and he pulled himself out of it, and he’s been sober for 11, 12 years now… And he knows how many times he’s messed up and how many times he’s been really close to losing everything.”
Shepard has helped his wife to see the world in a new way. In an interview with E! News, Bell shared that she helps people who are transitioning from life on the streets into homes through PATH – People Assisting the Homeless. The actress enlists the help of her friends to provide household items for individuals making the transition.
“I have a particular affinity towards helping people who feel outcast whether they’ve made mistakes, like having past felony convictions or recovering addicts,” Bell said. She added that seeing the world through her husband’s eyes “has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease, and nobody is choosing to drink more than others; they are doing it because of a variety of reasons, and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”
Bell – who shares two children, Lincoln and Delta, with Shepard – knew from the start that marriage wouldn’t always be smooth sailing.
“I need to remind people that you don’t just find one person and then it’s all peaches and cream for the rest of your life,” she shared in an interview with Bustle. “Marriage and a relationship is hard work, and it’s a lot of compromise. But if you compromise a lot, it’s worth it.”