Matthew Morrison and wife Renee’s love affair began with pick-up line ‘howzit sistah’

Matthew Morrison is no longer the judge of So you think you can dance.

The 43-year-old American actor and TV personality has reportedly been fired from the Fox TV show “after having an inappropriate relationship with a contestant”.

A source close to the show told People the star allegedly “contacted her through flirty direct messages on social media.” The contestant reported the same to the producers.

Ever since the story broke, many fans of the show have been curious to find out more about Matthew’s wife. Here’s what we know!

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Who is Renee Puente?

Renee has been Matthew Morrison’s wife of eight years. She was previously a model, singer and actress.

She starred in movies like the ones in 2014 Divergent, 2017 high school sweetheart and 2019 Tell me I love you. Renee has also modeled for brands like Bebe and Calvin Klein.

The mum-of-two is now an entrepreneur working in the self-help industry. She conducts master classes and also facilitates the Podcast Milk trails.

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How did Matthew Morrison meet his wife?

According to In Touch, Matthew and Renee first met at a Grammy Awards party in 2011.

Speaking to the New York Post in 2015, the Joy The star said he overheard her talking about pidgin, which is Hawaiian slang, when he was about to leave the party, and it made him stop.

The dancer spent his early years connected to Hawaiian culture.

“I sang for a guy named Don Ho in high school and spent summers in Hawaii,” he told the Post.

Renee grew up in Hawaii and was raised by a single mother. The two clearly got along thanks to their shared childhood roots in the Aloha Islands.

“So when I heard her speak, I was like, ‘howzit, sistah?'” the actor revealed. Renee was amused and the rest is history.

While ‘howzit sistah?’ isn’t much of a pickup line, it worked for Matthew, who swept Renee off her feet. He certainly deserves praise for his witty use of Hawaiian slang.

The couple dated for three years after meeting in 2011 and also got engaged for 15 months before getting married in 2014.

Elton John serenaded them with “Your Song” during the ceremony.

A look at Matthew and Renée’s children

Renee and Matthew share two children together.

They welcomed their eldest, a son named James Makai Morrison in 2017, and daughter Phoenix Monroe Morrison in 2021.

According to Us Weekly, Renee said Phoenix would be her “last” child.

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