Meghan McCain changed her view about marriage after meeting her husband, who impressed her. A few years later, the pair are happily married with a daughter. Inside their love story.
Meghan McCain is popularly known as an American television personality, conservative columnist, and author. Despite her popularity, she is also famous for leading a primarily private life away from the cameras and the curious eyes of fans.
However, being private has not stopped the on-screen personality from being in the news a few times. McCain's four-year marriage to her husband and Television Commentator, Ben Domenech, has landed her in the headlines.
[Left] Picture of Meghan McCain on "The View" on October 23, 2019; [Right] Picture of Meghan McCain and her husband, Ben Domenech with their daughter, Liberty | Source : Getty Images || instagram.com/meghanmccain
It is joyful to see her marriage thriving, as she initially had no interest in getting married. During a 2013 interview with Glamour, the author described dating as a battle and war. McCain also recalled an experience that she tagged her "worst nightmare."
According to the celebrity, she once went on a group date with her brother and some producers from her show "Raising McCain." Then, the matchmaker set them up with another group of people, and McCain said she felt very uncomfortable.
Megan McCain attends BLOOMBERG Pre-Dinner Cocktail Party for the 2008 WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENTS DINNER at The Hilton Washington Hotel on April 26, 2008 in Washington, DC. | Source: Getty Image
There was improv dancing, and overall the on-screen personality said the entire experience was awkward and embarrassing.
DOMENECH IMPRESSED MCCAIN ON THE FIRST DATE
Coupled with McCain's notion about dating, the former "The View" co-host never dreamed of marriage. However, her stance changed after she met her husband, Domenech.
Not much is known about how the lovebirds met; however, McCain has been candid about her first date with Domenech. During an interview with Ben Shapiro in 2017, the on-screen personality confessed that the commentator impressed her on their first outing. In her words:
"When we went out the first time, I was like, this is a totally different vibe, and it's way better. I tell women: Conservative men have better family values, and they take dating, family, and marriage more seriously."
Picture of Ben Domenech on an episode of TV show, "Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen" | Source : Getty Images
"I think if you're serious, which I was when I met my husband, about getting married and having kids and wanting to go to the next phase, I just found … finally dating a conservative man was the one," she added.
There was nothing more impressive for McCain than a man who took marriage and family values seriously. The pair began to date, and the author fell more in love with her husband after showing how family-oriented he was.
Domenech was there for McCain, encouraging and supporting her throughout her father's illness. The on-screen personality's dad, John, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, and Domenech stayed by his wife's side until her father's death.
McCain explained that she saw Domenech's act as love. It was simply overwhelming, and the TV icon could not wait anymore to be married to him.
Domenech's reason for staying by his wife's side may have been out of love, however, the man also shared a good relationship with John.
When the pair first met at McCain's brother's wedding, the former talk show host revealed that surprisingly, Domenech was not intimidated by her father.
He had worked in politics for a long time, so they got along nicely, discussing various issues, including health. As time progressed, the duo continued to build and maintain their relationship until John's demise.
INSIDE MCCAIN'S ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING
Domenech and McCain dated for a while before the former finally popped the question. During a 2017 episode of "The View," the former talk show host announced the good news. The author declared:
"You may have read something about me on the internet last night. I'm engaged! We've been together for years. We've been engaged for a while, and it's a secret. I was hoping to get married, and people wouldn't find out, but people talk sometimes."
Although McCain did not say the exact date the engagement occurred, she explained how it happened. "We were at Mayo Clinic, and my father had his scan, and we got engaged because we decided to sort of celebrate life and celebrate being alive. It's not the most romantic story, but he is my partner," McCain revealed.
Shortly after announcing her engagement, McCain and Domenech tied the knot on November 21, 2017, at the family lodge in Sedona, Arizona. For the Western hunting lodge-themed ceremony, McCain paired her wedding gown with a white fur stole.
There were birch limbs, bleached elk horns, and deer and buffalo heads for the decoration. After the ceremony, the couple had dinner and danced with family and close friends.
MCCAIN'S DIFFICULT TIMES
Senator John McCain, Meghan McCain on 'The View', a visit for Meghan McCain's birthday, Monday, October 23, 2017 | Source : Getty Images
Almost a year after the wedding, McCain faced a trying time when her father passed away in August 2018. However, she had Domenech to help her through the difficulty.
McCain told her former co-hosts on "The View" that if she had not married the right man for love, she would not have survived her father's cancer battle.
Thankfully, before John died, he witnessed every father's dream— his daughter's wedding. McCain's mother, Cindy, knew that John's presence was the most important thing.
Apart from dealing with her father's death, McCain also dealt with a miscarriage. In July 2019, the author revealed that she was pregnant with a baby girl but lost the pregnancy. She said it was a "horrendous experience."
Meghan McCain, touches the casket during a memorial service for the late Sen. John McCain, at the Arizona Capitol on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona | Source : Getty Images
But through it all, McCain's husband was by her side. A few months before the revelation, the couple celebrated their first marriage anniversary, and McCain serenaded Domenech with kind words.
Alongside their wedding picture, the TV star thanked her husband for "always taking on the world beside her."
INSIDE THE COUPLE'S PARENTHOOD JOURNEY
In March 2020, eight months after her miscarriage, McCain took to her Instagram page to announce that she and Domenech were expecting a child. The post received many congratulatory messages from friends, fans, and celebrities.
On September 28, 2020, the couple celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Liberty Sage. Since birthing her daughter, McCain has spoken candidly about parenthood and how much she loves it. In her words:
"I was really back and forth about whether or not I was even going to do it, and I can't believe how obsessed with it I am."
"I feel like the universe is laughing at me because I was so scared of having kids and so reluctant and so on the fence about it. Even when I was pregnant I was like, 'I don't know, we'll see how this goes,'" she added.
Regarding her husband, McCain has gushed about how much of a great father Domenech is. Overall, she is proud of what a father the man has become.
It's been almost two years since Liberty was born, and the family of three is still living together happily. On November 21, 2021, McCain and Domenech celebrated their fourth anniversary, and the former celebrated her man with an Instagram post.
In the caption, McCain said she and Liberty were lucky and blessed. She also thanked her husband for making marriage an adventure. Hopefully, the couple will celebrate more anniversaries together in love.