This year, Riley Keough and Ben Smith-Petersen will celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary. Their lasting marriage is the product of a whirlwind romance.
After meeting on the set of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Keough and the stuntman were reunited in 2013 during reshoots in Australia. They started living together after two months of dating, and six months later Smith-Petersen proposed to Keough, Keough said for British Vogue.
“I didn’t think much of it,” Keough told USA Today in 2016 about their wedding. “Sometimes you just have to move on and see what happens.”
Smith-Petersen has been with Keough through recent public heartbreaks. In 2020, Keough’s only brother, Benjamin, died by suicide at the age of 27. And on January 12 of this year, news broke that Keough’s mother, Lisa Marie Presley, had died at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack. .
Here’s what you need to know about their relationship.
They met in Namibia and then reconnected in Australia in 2013.
In an essay, as reported for British Vogue in May 2022, Keough said she was her first husband in Namibia while filming “Mad Max: Fury Road”.
Despite knowing his name, Keough was in a relationship at the time and “didn’t look at anyone that way.”
In 2013, a year after meeting Smith-Petersen in Namibia, Keough and his fellow cast members traveled to Sydney, Australia for reshoots. Keough, who is now single, said he took note of the stunt.
“I was on set and I saw him. It had been a year and he was feeling even bigger and there was something about him. I was like, ‘Oh wow. He felt much more mature,” she wrote.
Keough described Smith-Petersen as “cute” and said she found herself “wanting to text her”.
When one of her friends had a “some hot date” at her house, she decided to invite Smith-Petersen to the event.
That’s when Keough said he noticed a “connection.” Later that night, they shared their first kiss. “I felt like I didn’t want to be away from him,” she wrote.
Keough says he ‘always felt comfortable’ with Ben-Petersen
After contacting Ben-Petersen, Keough decided to extend his stay in Australia. “(She fell in love)” with Australia and Ben-Petersen.
In his article for British Vogue, Keough detailed their adventures together – including getting matching tattoos when they were worn out for the third time, “just for fun, never thinking that the relationship would get anywhere.”
Within a week, Keough wrote that she already felt connected to him. “I can’t leave him. I feel like this is something really special.”
“I’ve always felt comfortable around him,” she told USA Today in 2016. up or something strange? I always felt very comfortable around him, even from the very beginning I always wanted to be there for him.”
Although Keough was young, he considered Smith-Petersen the ‘father of his children’.
As his trip to Australia drew to a close, Keough said Smith-Petersen had asked him to visit his family in his hometown of Byron Bay. His article for British Vogue focused on a moment of clarity.
“I felt this emotion so strongly as I walked out of the gas station that I was like, ‘This is the father of your kids.’ It was crazy because we’d really only been hanging out for a week,” he said.
Keough was 24 at the time and Smith-Petersen was 22.
Keough and Smith Petersen Engaged in 2014
In August 2014, a year after they reconnected, Keough and Smith-Petersen got engaged.
Smith-Petersen reportedly announced the happy news with an already deleted Facebook post. But according to E! The news featured a photo of Keough showing off his engagement ring in the photo. Smith-Petersen reportedly wrote the headline, “This is how it happened.”
Keough revealed his timeline to British Vogue and said the engagement was six months after they started living together (and they lived together two months after dating).
“I want to have kids with Ben and I know we’ll always be close. That’s what you want whenever you get married,” Keough told Town & Country in 2015.
Keough and Smith-Petersen got married…twice
Keough and Smith-Petersen’s first wedding took place in Nepal. On Instagram, Keough shared the story behind the improvised ceremony.
At the time, Keough and Smith-Petersen were in the Himalayan country to build a school. After the hosts found out they were engaged, they wanted to do something special – so they arranged a Hindu custom wedding for them.
“The whole town came, we were so honored and surprised, it was so special,” he wrote. “I’m devoted to spending 7 lifetimes with you… I don’t know that… we’ll see how this goes.”
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Keough meanwhile Hello! “Every person I loved was in one place. I didn’t want it to end.”
Smith-Petersen added, “I can say it was the best day of my life. I don’t mean to sound cliché, but it was. I wouldn’t change anything.”
Keough’s husband gave a speech at the memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley.
On January 12, news broke that Keough’s mother, Lisa Marie Presley, the only daughter of rock n’ roll icon Elvis Presley, died at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack.
A few days after his death, a Graceland spokesperson told TODAY that Keough and his 14-year-old twin sisters, Harper and Finley, will inherit Graceland from their mother.
At the memorial service at Graceland, Smith-Peterson read a eulogy written by Keough. “Thank you for being my mother in this life. I am eternally grateful to have spent 33 years with you. “I’m sure I chose the best mother for myself in this world, and I’ve known that for as long as I can remember you.”
This article was originally published on TODAY.com.