Kristen Bell says she felt 'no sparks whatsoever' when she met Dax Shepard. Here's a timeline of their 14-year relationship.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married for years. Jason Merritt/Getty

2007: Bell and Shepard met at a dinner party, but didn't have an immediate connection.

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The two didn't exactly hit it off. Jason Merritt/APImages

In 2019, Bell told "Today" that she actually felt "no sparks whatsoever" when she met now-husband Shepard in 2007.

The two first spoke at an intimate dinner party and they'd both recently gotten out of long-term relationships

"The one thing I remember is that he talked so much," she said, adding that she didn't even know who he was at the time.

She explained that two weeks later they both met at a Detroit Red Wings hockey game and started flirting.

"When I met her and her friends, I was suspicious of their unbridled happiness," Shepard told Good Housekeeping magazine in 2015. "I thought, 'Something stinks here; they're in a cult.' But slowly I began to see her positive way of looking at the world. She gives people the benefit of the doubt."

2007: The pair started dating but were fighting often, according to Bell.

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The two worked hard to make their relationship stronger. Kevin Winter/Getty

In an interview with Harry Connick Jr., Bell revealed that when they met, their relationship was somewhat "toxic."

"When we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more," she said. "We'd get in a fight because we'd fight a lot, and I'd yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I'd slam the front door, then I'd get in my car and then I'd skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out."

She went on to say that "Three months into our relationship he was like: 'You can't leave anymore during fights. I'm not going to do that.'"

Bell said this made her realize Shepard was right and she has since changed her fighting methods.

~2007: The couple broke up before getting engaged.

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Bell and Shepard took a break before getting engaged. Araya Diaz/Getty Images

In 2017, Bell told PopSugar that she and Shepard actually broke up after dating for about three months.

"He sat me down and said, 'I can't have this right now. I think you're wonderful, but I am still dating other people,'" she said. "And then I, like, liquefied and fell to the ground, but I felt incredibly respected that he had the balls to tell me we weren't in the same place."

She continued to say that Shepard quickly realized he made a mistake and came back a few days later.

2009: Shepard proposed to Bell.

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The couple got engaged in Italy. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In 2009, Shepard and Bell starred in the romantic comedy "When in Rome." After filming the movie on location in Italy, the couple got engaged.

Shepard told People magazine that it was his "Couples Retreat" costar Jason Bateman who pushed him towards proposing.

"Jason was first to go, 'Stop f---ing around and marry Kristen," said Shepard, adding that Bateman was "dead right."

2012: Shepard marked his 12th year of sobriety with a message to his family.

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Shepard has opened up about his sobriety on multiple occasions. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

In 2012, Shepard took to Twitter and addressed his 12th year of sobriety. The message said, "12 years ago today I came out of my last toxic, life-threatening stupor. I now have a wife & babies & some self-esteem #gratitude #promises."

The same year, Shepard told Playboy that his addiction was a source of conflict for him and Bell.

"All the things I'd done were terrifying to her, and she had a hard time believing I would ever be able to stay married and monogamous and a father and all those things. For the first year and a half we were together that was what we battled over almost weekly," he said.

March 2013: Shepard and Bell had their first child.

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Kristen Bell attended the Golden Globe Awards while pregnant. Alexandra Wyman/Getty

In March 2013, Bell and Shepard had their first daughter, Lincoln Bell Shepard.

June 2013: Bell re-proposed to Shepard.

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They married when California's Prop 8 passed. Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyImages

As advocates for equality, Shepard and Bell didn't want to officially get married until same-sex marriage was legalized in California.

When California's Prop 8 was overturned in June 2013, Bell posted a short, sweet message to Shepard on Twitter: "@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove."

October 2013: They tied the knot.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell married in 2013. Rich Fury / Getty

In the fall of 2013, Shepard confirmed his marriage to Bell on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Shepard explained that in lieu of lavish festivities they had held a small, private wedding ceremony that included just him and his new wife.

"We went to the Beverly Hills Courthouse," said Shepard. "And all in, with fuel to get there, $142 out the door."

2013: Shepard got a tattoo of Bell's name on his finger.

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He wears the tattoo in place of jewelry. Kevin Winter/Getty Images

On "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Shepard explained that he traded a wedding ring for a tattoo in Bell's name with a small, inked bell on his ring finger.

"I don't like wearing jewelry, but I felt obliged to warn all the men that I'm taken," Shepard joked to Degeneres.

December 2014: Bell and Shepard welcomed their second child.

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Their second child is named Delta Bell Shepard. Frazer Harrison/GettyImages

In December 2014, Bell and Shepard had their second child, Delta Bell Shepard.

In an interview with Babble, Bell gave advice on raising two children and handling temper tantrums as they come.

"She's going to act the way a child acts," said Bell. "I'm not going to let that reflect on me or bring me down. That shouldn't make me feel ashamed or embarrassed in any way. Only you can make you feel a certain way."

2017: Bell starred as Shepard's wife in his film "CHIPS."

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Bell starred in "CHIPS." Warner Bros.

When Shepard started directing "CHIPS," a film based on the 1970s cop drama, he turned down Bell for the role of his awful ex-wife.

He explained to USA Today that she was too "damn likable" to play a character who tortured others.

"I'm glad he likes me," said Bell. "But I threw down a not-so-thinly-veiled threat: 'I can be very unlikable. Welcome to the next week of your life.'"

Bell quickly proved that she had what it took to handle the role and Shepard cast her.

"It was one of my riskier moves, but she crushed it," said Shepard. "She is just so unlikable here, which is crazy because she really is so likable."

January 2018: Shepard guest-starred on Bell's show "The Good Place."

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Bell and Shepard appeared on television together. NBC

On the NBC comedy "The Good Place," Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman trying to be a better person after waking up in the afterlife.

On season two of the show, Shepard made a cameo appearance as a demon that hit on Bell's character Eleanor.

"Damn, you got that good stank," Shepard flirted.

"Right back at you, bud," said Bell.

February 2018: Shepard interviewed Bell on his podcast "Armchair Expert."

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The couple opened up about their relationship during the podcast. kristenanniebell/Instagram

In the inaugural episode of his podcast "Armchair Expert," Shepard invited Bell on as his first guest. Over the course of an hour, they talked about their upbringings, their moral philosophies, and their relationship.

When discussing how different they are as people, Bell explained that she grew up as a strict rule follower and saw the world in black and white before she met Shepard.

"You're taught that there is good and evil and I just don't believe that anymore," said Bell. "When there is happiness, I don't run from it."

September 2018: Bell said that she smokes weed around Shepard, who has been open about his sobriety.

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Bell told Marc Maron that she smokes weed. Christopher Polk/Getty Images

In an episode of Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast, the "Frozen" star revealed she likes to smoke weed every so often.

"I like my vape pen quite a bit. I smoke around my husband and it doesn't seem to bother him," Bell said. "Weed rules. Weed is my drug of choice, for sure."

During the interview, Bell stressed that although her husband is sober he doesn't seem to mind that Bell drinks or smokes weed around him.

"He likes drugs and alcohol," Bell explained. "He's just aware that he lost his privilege with them because he can't handle it. His brain does not have the chemistry to handle it."

Despite Bell stating her husband doesn't mind, people were quick to have opinions on her choice.

September 2018: Kristen posted a heartfelt message to Instagram celebrating Shepard's sobriety.

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Bell congratulated Shepard on Instagram. kristenanniebell/Instagram

In September 2018, Bell posted an Instagram congratulating Shepard on 14 years of sobriety.

"To the man [who] mocked me when in our wedding photos because [sic] I cried too many tears of joy, who wore a baby Bjorn for 2 straight years to show his girls how to be as adventurous as possible, who held our dear little shakey man pup for 8 hrs straight on the day we had to put him down, I know how much you loved using. I know how much it got in your way. And I know, because I saw, how hard you worked to live without it," Bell wrote.

February 2019: The couple launched a line of plant-based baby products together.

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The two have gone into business together. Michael Buckner/Getty

In February 2019, Shepard and Bell launched Hello Bello, a collection of plant-based baby products like diapers and sunscreen.

October 2020: Bell spoke about her decision to "stand by" Shepard after his recent relapse.

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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell have been married since 2013. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images

After 16 years of sobriety, Shepard said that he became addicted to Vicodin after doctors prescribed the painkiller to him following surgery for a motorcycle accident in August.

On an episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" a few months later in October, Bell said he's "doing really great."

She said she was grateful that Shepard opened up about his relapse.

"Like we have a plan, if he has to take medication for any reason I have to administer it. But he was like, 'So we need a stronger plan, I was faltering and I have to do some sort of emotional work to figure out why I wanted to use again,'" she said.

"He was like, 'I don't want to risk this family and I did. So let's put new things in place to make sure it doesn't happen again,'" she recalled. "We're going back to therapy and I just love that he's addicted to growth. I will continue to stand by him because he's very, very worth it."

May 2021: Bell spoke about how her husband's relapse impacted their marriage.

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Kristen Bell said she appreciates how hard her husband is trying. Steve Granitz/WireImage

In a May interview with Self, Bell said her husband immediately came to her when he realized he had relapsed.

"We realized, 'OK, our math wasn't working.' I mean, he admitted it so quickly. It was like, 'I did something that I don't want to do. I'm going down a bad road. I want help. I want your help.' And I looked at him and I said, 'OK, you come up with the new math,'" she explained.

She said he gave her "full privilege" to call him out on things or give him drug tests. She said he bought tests to have in the house, though she hasn't used them yet.

The actress said she appreciates how hard he's been trying.

"He's just good at trying, and that's all you can ask of anyone. No one's perfect," she added. "He's proven to me that he is committed to evolving and he loves personal growth."

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