Julia Roberts Was Branded a ‘Husband Stealer’ by Danny Moder’s 1st Wife Who Refused to Give Him a Divorce

Julie Roberts has been with her husband, Danny Moder, for nearly two decades, but their relationship wasn’t always a bed of roses. At the beginning of their romance, Moder’s ex-wife claimed that the actress stole him and paid her off to have a divorce.

Julia Roberts is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, and any man would be lucky to be with her. For some, they were fortunate to have been part of her romantic life, including Kiefer Sutherland, with whom she was briefly engaged, and her ex-husband, Lyle Lovett.

She was also linked to Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Matthew Perry, and Jason Patric. However, none of these relationships worked, and in 2000, she found out why.

Julia Roberts during the Amazon Studios portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

In 2000, the actress met Danny Moder on the set of “The Mexican.” While she was working in front of the cameras, he was the man behind them. At that time, Roberts was in a relationship with Benjamin Bratt while Moder was wed to makeup artist Vera Steimberg. In a previous interview, Roberts shared:

“I think that first kind of real seismic shift was meeting Danny. That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way.”

Although they did not begin to date right away, the pair sorted out their lives and eventually separated with their respective partners. Moder filed for divorce from his wife six months after meeting the actress but found difficulty as Steinberg refused to let go.

Julia Roberts wins Best Actress during the 73rd Academy Awards, March 25, 2001 | Source: Getty Images

Eventually, the divorce happened, and Moder and Roberts began their romantic fairytale. The “Runaway Bride” star previously mentioned that they fixed their problems separately, and “that’s the only reason we were able to ultimately fall in love with each other and be together.”

She despised the new man her mother chose to love for his abusive and terrorizing nature.

Julia Roberts during the “August: Osage County” premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 12, 2013 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


However, Moder’s wife would tell the story differently. According to Steimberg, the “Notting Hill” star courted her husband while he was still married. According to The Sun, as told by the New York Post, Steimberg said:

“I’ll never be able to forgive Julia – she’s a husband stealer. It won’t last with her anyway. She will be looking for a new husband within a year. Danny has a roving eye, and he won’t change.”

An outlet reported that Roberts allegedly placed Steinberg under immense pressure to sign the divorce papers until she gave in. Steinberg reportedly called Roberts “desperate” to have Moder to herself even though the makeup artist did not want to give up on their marriage.

Julia Roberts at the 73rd Academy Awards, March 25, 2001. | Source: Getty Images

In addition, Roberts reportedly paid her $200,000 to let go of her spouse. Regardless of what happened, Roberts and Moder ended up together and tied the knot in 2002. They have since kept their lives private, although some details of their relationship are known.

When the time came, Moder proposed a modest emerald ring that cost a reported $4,000. Their wedding ceremony in Roberts’ Mexico ranch was also a surprise ceremony for those attending. Initially, 60 guests thought they were attending an Independence Day Party.

The bride and groom kept their outfits simple as well. Roberts dressed in a pastel pink halter dress with pearls, beads, and hand-painted flowers decorating it. Meanwhile, Moder looked dapper in a red ruffled shirt and brown pants.

Danny Moder and Julia Roberts at the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

In 2004, the couple welcomed twins, Phinnaeus and Hazel. Three years later, they had their third child, Henry. Since their family is very private, not much is known about the three children. However, Roberts would sometimes describe her kids from time to time.

In one interview, she called her only daughter “good and brave.” In May 2019, Moder shared a glimpse of their youngest son doing a backflip on a trampoline. Henry is also a pro in skateboarding and can do tricks in his ramp.

Meanwhile, Phinnaeus is into surfing and has shown his athletic side the most. Like Henry, he is also an avid skater. Despite the fame, it seems the couple raised their children to be well-rounded individuals.

Julia Roberts at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

According to the actress, she and her husband share the same philosophy on parenting and make a great team. She said:

“You just don’t know these things until you are right there doing it. And we are so fortunate that there is harmony to the way we do things.”

The same could be said about their 19 years of marriage. Roberts and Moder may have begun their relationship on rocky ground, but they were able to stay strong through the years.

Daniel Moder, Julia Roberts, Kelly Slater, Phinnaeus Moder, Henry Daniel Moder and Hazel Moder attend Kelly Slater, John Moore and Friends at the Launch of Outerknown at Private Residence on August 29, 2015 in Malibu, California. | Source: Getty Images

“He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human,” Roberts said. “We just really really like each other, and we just enjoy each other’s company.”

However, their life together did not go without rumors trying to take them apart. Over the years, there has been gossip about an apparent breakup between the couple. Robert and Moder shrug it off and laugh about it.

According to an insider, the pair gets by with the help of counseling. “They’re committed to staying together for the long haul, whatever it takes,” the source said.

Julia Roberts at the Amazon Studios portion of the Summer 2018 TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

Unfortunately, Roberts’ childhood was nothing like what her family now has. At a young age, her parents divorced and had her living with her mom and stepfather. She despised the new man her mother chose to love for his abusive and terrorizing nature.

Out of respect, she never shared further details about her father. Eventually, Roberts’ stepfather and mother separated and went on to live their lives privately. When asked about his abuses, Roberts’ stepdad continuously denies such allegations.

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