Candace Cameron did not set out to be a "woman of faith," but her beliefs have stirred up some fascinating controversies in Hollywood and seen her face criticism from her fans over the years.
Candace Cameron and her husband Valeri Bure met in 1994 during the third annual Rock 'n' the Punk Hockey Game, where Bure, a former professional hockey player, was playing.
Cameron had attended the event alongside her "Full House" costar Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, and Dave Coulier. As Cameron would later discover, Coulier had been the one to acquire the invites for the group.
Actress Candace Cameron Bure [Center] with her husband Valerie Bure [Far Left], her sons Lev and Maksim and daughter Natasha. | Source: Getty Images
After the game, Coulier introduced Valerie to Cameron. Valerie offered the actress his jersey as a random chivalry act, and Saget would later say that he "knew it was a done deal." The lovebirds married two years later, in 1996, and welcomed three children: daughter Natasha and sons Lev and Maksim.
CANDACE CAMERON BURE'S VIEWS ON RELIGION
While she holds her marriage in high regard, Cameron is also a staunch follower of the faith, a stance that she won't back down from, even after criticism from Hollywood.
Actress Candace Cameron Bure at Universal Studioa Hollywood on October 21 2019 in Universal City, California | Source: Getty Images
One of the few religious celebrities in Hollywood, Cameron has always been open about her faith, whether Hollywood accepts her or not. She would open up to The Washington Post, saying:
"And if for some reason, Hollywood doesn't accept me, I'm okay with that because my faith is more important than my career or what Hollywood has had to say about it."
The "Dancing with the Stars" alum shared that she chose not to be shy about her beliefs and was pleasantly surprised when she realized that, despite not setting out to be a woman of faith in the industry, many in the business had embraced her.
She was able to navigate holding on to her faith, landing different roles, and still incorporating her beliefs into some roles she's played. She shared her faith:
"I've always been very open about my faith, and it is a part of who I am."
CANDACE CAMERON BURE CHOSE TO BE SUBMISSIVE TO HER HUSBAND
Cameron and Bure have been married for over two decades, and their marriage has stood the test of time. But what is the secret to staying married that long?
The "Puppy Love" actress wrote in her book "Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose" that from the onset, she decided, following her faith, that she would be submissive to her husband.
"My husband is a natural-born leader. I quickly learned that I had to find a way of honoring his take-charge personality and not get frustrated about his desire to have the final decision on just about everything." She wrote in her book, as Us Weekly reports.
She, however, made it clear that while she prefers her husband to lead and makes the major decisions for the family, it does not mean that her voice remains unheard.
Over the years, Cameron has raised eyebrows with her beliefs, but she has always come out to defend her view on marriage. And even though she uses the word "submissive," the "Truth Be Told" actress feels people take it too strongly, so she offered to elaborate on what she meant, telling HuffPost:
"The definition I'm using with the word 'submissive' is the biblical definition of that. So, it is meekness. It is not a weakness. It is strength under control. It is bridled strength."
She believes that by being submissive and letting her husband lead, she is helping make her union and family work. And who knows, maybe that could be why the couple has been together for so long. She wrote, as HuffPost reports:
"I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work."
CANDACE'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED AND SPARKED CONTROVERSY
While her beliefs work for her and could be the secret to her decades-long marriage, the same did not sit well with her fans, and she has often gotten called out for it.
In an era where gender equality debates take the day, many thought her take on marriage was against the current general belief that women should be treated equally to men.
Outraged fans took to the comment section to air their frustrations at the "Finding Normal" star's conservative views on marriage, especially in this modern age. And while some thought she was treading on sensitive ground, Cameron countered their comments with a bible verse, saying, as SheKnows.com reports:
"I can go back to the Bible, and the Bible says, 'Wives, respect your husbands, and husbands love your wives.' There's a difference between men and women."
Cameron is, however, no stranger to controversy, as her beliefs have seen her on the receiving end of criticism time and time again. The actress also faced criticism after posting a photo in a Christmas sweater that featured both Jesus and Santa.
"This sweater is everything... So while you may see this graphic as polar opposites or even blasphemy, I see this sweater as a bridge between commercialism and the real meaning of Christmas that invites conversation." She captioned the photo, as SheKnows.com reports.
However, despite the disclaimer, she faced plenty of hate from people saying she was being blasphemous. And yet, that would not be the last time she met fire for her opinions.
While she hosted "The View," she stirred up controversy with co-host Whoopi Goldberg after the San Bernadino shootings when she said that prayers were the most potent weapons and should be the starting point before one could take any more action.
After tweeting her take on prayers, she sparked responses saying that prayer had never stopped any wrongs from happening, including 9/11.
On a different occurrence, the actress got attacked again by uber-conservative fans for being too "casual with Christ." She had posted a photo wearing a shirt engraved with the words "Jesus saves bro," with Instagram comments saying that the words "Jesus" and "bro" should never go hand in hand.
In July 2021, Cameron again got some pushback from fans when she shared a video of herself with the Bible as she lip-synched to Lana Del Rey's "Jealous Girl."
Fans thought she was too seductive for a woman of faith like herself. However, Cameron always had something to tell her critics for every controversy she stirred.