Sunny Mabrey and Ethan Embry first married in 2005. We don’t know exactly how long they’ve been together before that, but Ethan was divorced from his first wife Amelinda Smith in 2002. It’s safe to say that he and Sunny began dating some time after that.
Whenever the two appeared in public whilst they were married, they always seemed quite in love, holding each other close and packing on the PDA. But in 2012 Sunny filed for divorce. She did so herself without the help of a lawyer and merely cited the ever-present irreconcilable differences. That was in July. The divorce was finalized before the year was over.
Ethan paid Sunny alimony, but since they had no children together, he had to pay for nothing else. The two didn’t break ties completely, however. In fact, Sunny regularly came over to pick up Ethan’s son from his first marriage to spend time with him. She was his step-mother for seven years, so the two would have to have been reasonably close.
Perhaps, however, she had an ulterior motive as well. Ethan eventually called her to tell her that he didn’t like her keeping him at arm’s length. Or perhaps they were keeping each other at arm’s length. So, Sunny came over again, wearing one of his old shirts in a rather seductive way (at least according to Ethan) and the two began dating again.
Since neither of the two is a huge star, nobody noticed for quite some time. The divorced couple had fun going on dates and Ethan said it was worth it to see people’s faces when he introduced his girlfriend as his ex-wife. He also laughed about the fact that he would pay her alimony and she would then take him out for dinner.
In February 2015, then, the two confirmed publicly that they were once more engaged. Sunny was even wearing her original engagement ring from Ethan, saying that she had been unable to get rid of it after the divorce.
The two said of their reunion that they had matured as people and that they had grown up. The love had never really gone away, it seems, and since they couldn’t stay away from each other anyway, they decided to try it again.
This is certainly a more unusual way of having a relationship, but if it ends happily, then who are we to judge it? Incidentally, both of them starred at some point on ABC’s hit show Once Upon a Time. The show is all about everyone getting their happy ending and whilst life is no fairy tale, it’s nice to know that it is possible to successfully reconcile.
For now the two don’t seem to have walked down the aisle again. But there were also no news of another split, so we are hoping that things will indeed work out for them.