Pamela Anderson,52, secretly married A Star Is Born producer Jon Peters,74, on Monday, January 20.
“They are very much in love and were married yesterday,” Anderson’s publicist told PEOPLE.
News of their wedding comes 30 years after the couple first dated and a few months after they rekindled their relationship, keeping their romance out of the spotlight.
“Pamela has never seen her full potential as an artist. She has yet to shine in a real way. There is much more to her than meets the eye, or I wouldn’t love her so much,” Peters told The Hollywood Reporter after they wed. “There are beautiful girls everywhere. I could have my pick, but — for 35 years — I’ve only wanted Pamela.”
He continued, “She makes me wild — in a good way. She inspires me. I protect her and treat her the way she deserves to be treated.”
Anderson wrote a poem for the outlet, in which she professed her love for her now-husband.
“Jon is the original ‘bad boy’ of Hollywood – no one compares –
I love him deeply like family.
His life used to scare me.
So much for a girl like me. Now I’ve seen more of life and realize ..
He’s been there all along. Never failed me –
I’m ready now and
he’s ready too – We
and respect each other – We love each other without conditions. –
I’m a lucky woman. – Proof
God has a plan”
The pair first met at the Playboy mansion when Peters was 41 and Anderson was 19 in the mid-’80s and began dating after that.
“I walked in and saw this little angel sitting at the bar. It was Pammy. She was like 19. I knew she would be a big star,” Peters told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017. “We ended up living together. Of course, [Hugh] Hefner loved her and saw her beauty. Pamela was a girl who with no makeup was gorgeous. She was very smart and very talented. I tried to talk her out of doing Playboy. I said, ‘Don’t do Playboy. Focus on a serious career.’ She said, ‘You’re nuts.’ She wanted to do Playboy, and she went on to do 13 covers.”
He also revealed to the publication he proposed to Anderson after he helped her get her career started, including paying for her acting classes and dance and voice lessons. Although Anderson turned him down, the movie producer recalled telling her that their age difference won’t matter “in 30 years.”