Former child star and current actor Kirk Cameron first came to public attention via his role as Mike Seaver on the sitcom “Growing Pains,” which aired on ABC from 1985 until it was canceled in 1992.
When Cameron became a teen hero, he was just 16 years old, and his team at the time got roughly 2000 letters a day from his devoted followers, some of which were critical of him.
However, just one message from a young lady in Singapore stood out from the others since it labeled him as a playboy. This letter was the only one that came from the country. It said, “I believe that you are a playboy who bounces from one female to another. You must have attempted it with a large number of blonde women. Because almost all American celebrities have this trait, it is not unusual in their country. I don’t like the smell of you.
The editor of Tiger Beat magazine at the time told People in December 1986 that the publication had gotten a large amount of “mail” regarding the burgeoning celebrity and said that Cameron’s reputation had suddenly acquired momentum:
“In terms of popularity, he kind of sneaked up on us.”
Young Cameron met the woman who would become his wife when he was working as an actor on the show “Growing Pains.” Chelsea Noble portrayed his on-screen love interest, Kate MacDonald, but Cameron would soon fall in love with her in real life. In August of 2018, he reflected about the beginning of their relationship and recalled the following:
“I’ll never forget the first time I asked Chelsea out on a date. It was a moment I’ll never forget.” I had a lot of anxiety about doing this.”
The two-time contender for the Golden Globe claimed that he and the actress shared a “dirt pie” at a restaurant on their first date together and had a great time spending quality time together.
How Cameron Was Aware That Noble Was the One Cameron recalled the moment he realized that he would one day marry Noble and how he came to that realization. He raved over her beauty and remarked that it was both outer and within; as a result, he determined to act on it as quickly as possible:
“When you meet someone like this, someone who is so beautiful, and even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside, you need to be quick on the draw and ask her to be your wife,” I told myself. “When you meet someone like this, someone who is so beautiful, and even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside.”
During an early visit to the set of “Full House,” where his younger sister Candace Cameron-Bure had a recurring role as DJ Tanner, Cameron was introduced to Noble for the first time. During his time on site, Noble paid a visit to a colleague and buddy who also worked there.
When he returned home, his mother questioned him over his recollection of the little girl he had interacted with while working on the set. He remarked, “How could I forget — she was lovely, nice, and fantastic,” to which his mother retorted: “How could you forget?”
“Well, as gorgeous as she is on the exterior, she has an inner beauty that surpasses even that. She has been staying with us for a while, and I wanted to let you know that if you ever find a lady and end up getting married, I really hope that she is someone who is similar to her.
It would seem the talk steered Cameron in the correct way as he and Noble went down the aisle “four years later,” and they have been married ever since that point in time.
The couple has been together for well over a quarter of a century, having tied the knot back in 1991. They together gave birth to six children, three girls named Anna, Isabella, and Olivia, and three boys named James, Luke, and Jack. Four of their children were adopted. Once, Cameron talked warmly of his family as follows:
“There’s a lot of variety in our family. You have this crazy actor, myself, and my lovely wife who loves being a parent more than anything else in the world.” We have a dancer, a couple of soccer players and a basketball player, as well as a video technician.
In November 2022, Cameron also expressed his pride in Noble, the mother of his children, noting that despite the fact that “Growing Pains” was instrumental in “launching” his acting career, the highlight of that time period was meeting Noble:
“[…] To meet the lady who would become my wife in Hollywood, California? She is a woman of integrity and religion, and she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outer. That is a really unusual occurrence.”
The Marriage and Family Existence of the Couple
When Cameron was asked what he had learnt after being married for such a long period of time, he laughed and said, “Your wife is always correct.” He then went on to say that the institution of marriage teaches one “how to become more like Jesus,” particularly if they believe in God.
He went on to say that both parties in a marriage needed to realize they were there “to serve” their respective spouses and not for their own egotistical purposes. “Marriage is where the gospel is everything, and you learn to live and love like Jesus or you’re done,” the Evangelist stated. “You either learn to live and love like Jesus or you’re done.”
Cameron said that one of his other life lessons was to always put his “strong” Italian Catholic wife first. “I’ve come to realize that my wife is an amazing and irreplaceable gift, and that she deserves something much greater than I am. Because of this, I want to improve myself so that I can be the kind of man who can live up to what she deserves.”
The challenges that the couple had as they parented their children, who were all born a year apart, increased as time went on. Their children followed distinct routines, and Cameron was gone for the most of the week, all of which contributed to their growing distance from one another.
It was only after realizing where they had arrived that he and his wife started eating breakfast together on Tuesday mornings, and this has done wonders for their relationship. The mother of six remembered in June 2016 how they would spend around one hour staring at each other across the table:
“Every morning, we ate breakfast together, and it was wonderful. […] Kirk and I like conversing with one another very much.
The Hollywood couple even went as far as sneaking out to their garden to have some alone time and talk in their guesthouse while their children read and watched television. The attentive father previously said that it was difficult for him and his wife to have regular date nights on Fridays since it was difficult back then to locate a babysitter who could care for all six of their children.
Noble continued by saying that once they had the opportunity to spend together, their children quickly became the focus of conversation between them, which was OK with them. Cameron went on to add that couples need to have at least a few minutes of their time in a day to reset since waiting until a family trip will turn out to be a recipe for disaster if they do not take the time to do so beforehand. Thus:
“I put down the remote control and the newspaper, and I just ask, ‘How are you?’” Just what is going on here? What are you ruminating about right now?’”
One of the most important lessons that Cameron has learned through his marriage is the importance of being responsive to Noble’s wants and worries. He makes it a regular habit to inquire about his cherished partner’s plans for the day and the ways in which he might be of assistance to her.
He writes it down, and it quickly rises to the top of his priority list, leading to his successful completion of the tasks. They will be able to enjoy more time together as a result of this arrangement.
Having said that, the actor from “Lifemark” advises women to “go to school” and study their husbands in the same way as they should urge their husbands to do the same for them.
In addition to being a dedicated spouse who is purposeful about things, the father of six is also an attentive dad who has his children’s best interests at heart. He has a strong sense of responsibility toward his family. Despite the fact that Cameron spent his childhood in the spotlight of Hollywood, he does not want the same for his children.
The fact that the native Angeleno does not subscribe to the notion that “growing up in the entertainment business is the healthiest place for kids” is something that has been abundantly clear throughout the course of his career, as he said in September 2008:
That is not to suggest that Cameron is against his children seeking jobs in the entertainment industry; in fact, one of his daughters, Anna, had already exhibited interest in the performing arts when she was only 10 years old. Anna is one of the four children, along with Isabella, Luke, and Jack, whom Cameron and Noble adopted as foster children. Once upon a time, their father confessed:
“I have no idea who was adopted and who wasn’t,” she said.
The actor who played the father in “Like Father, Like Son” has great regard for his children and has said in the past that he is more concerned with what his children think of him than what the media publishes about him.