“The X Factor” U.S. co-host Mario Lopez and actress Courtney Mazza have revealed some details about their courtship and wedding.
Lopez, 39, and Mazza, 29, began dating in 2008, when they were both part of the Broadway cast of “A Chorus Line.” They have a 2-year-old daughter named Gia. The couple got engaged on December 31, 2011, during a vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico. According to Us Weekly, Mazza’s 5-carat diamond engagement ring cost about $80,000.
Although Lopez and Mazza have not publicly revealed their wedding date, various published reports say that the wedding invitations were sent out, and the wedding will take place in Punta Mita, Mexico, on December 1, 2012.
As previously reported, the wedding will televised by in a two-hour special on TLC on December 8, 2012, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. TLC made the announcement on October 16, 2012, the day after Fox officially announced that Lopez and Khloe Kardashian are co-hosting “The X Factor” U.S.
TLC has also televised the wedding of singer/TV personality Nick Lachey and TV host Vanessa Lachey, as well as the wedding of actress/comedienne Niecy Nash.
In an interview on “Extra” (a nationally syndicated celebrity news show that Lopez co-hosts), Lopez and Mazza talked about their first date. They both said that he was tardy for the date, so she left before he got there. Mazza said that she didn’t make it easy for him to reschedule the date: “He begged a little bit, probably for a week.” When they finally rescheduled the date, she brought a chaperone.
Mazza added that Lopez “was very persistent,” and he called her “at 6 in the morning the next day.” Lopez laughed and denied he called that early after their first date, but Mazza insisted that it was true.
They also dished on what they think each other’s most annoying habit is. Lopez said Mazza’s most annoying habit is snoring. Mazza described Lopez’s most annoying habit: “He’s constantly telling me the same thing over and over again. That’s probably my only pet peeve.”
In another November 2012 interview on “Extra,” Lopez was shown looking at wedding bands, while Mazza was shown trying on wedding dresses at Saks Fifth Avenue and looking at Neil Lane jewelry to wear. “I don’t want her looking like she’s in a hip-hop video,” Lopez remarked when looking at the wedding bands. Mazza said about her wedding dress, “Mario has been extremely vocal. He likes strapless. He doesn’t like a lot of bling. He’s not a fan of the princess styles. Mario doesn’t like a lot of beading.”
Lopez’s marriage to Mazza will be his second and her first. He was briefly married to actress Ali Landry, but they filed to annul the marriage just two weeks after their 2004 wedding, amid allegations that he cheated on her before and during the marriage. Prior to getting married, Landry and Lopez had dated each other for six years. Landry got married in 2006 to film director Alejandra Gomez Monteverde, and they have two kids together. Landry has given multiple interviews talking about Lopez’s infidelity in their relationship.
Lopez used to host MTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew,” but the show was cancelled in November 2012, after four years on the air. Lopez has also hosted the ALMA Awards and Miss America pageant. In 2010, he and Mazza starred in the VH1 reality series “Mario Lopez: Saved by the Baby,” which chronicled their journey to becoming parents. Lopez first rose to fame in the early ’90s as a co-star on the sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
(Click here to watch Mazza “crash” Lopez’s bachelor party.)
(Click here to watch Lopez and Mazza choose their wedding cake.)
(Click here to watch Mazza choose flowers for the wedding.)
(Click here to watch Lopez and Mazza practice their wedding dance moves.)