Since they started dating back in 2016, Kate Hudson and Danny Fujikawa have managed to be both one of the most adorable and most low-key couples in Hollywood. Like Kate’s famous exes, the Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson and Muse singer Matt Bellamy, Danny is a musician (he’s the former singer and guitarist for the band Chief), and no, Kate is not afraid to admit that she has a *bit* of a type.
“I’m attracted to musical people, period. From the outside, yeah, I get it. ‘Oh, I like a rock star,’ or whatever. But that’s not really what it is,” she explained in a March 2021 interview with InStyle. “The reason I connect so deeply with musicians…is because we all connect to music in a way that you don’t have to explain. You just feel it, and it’s something you love. The lifestyle is not something to fall in love with.”
For a full timeline of the major moments from Kate and Danny’s musical love story, just keep scrolling.
Kate and Danny actually met years and years before they developed heart-eyes for each other. “The first time I met Danny, I was 23 and enormously pregnant with Ryder,” Kate revealed in an Instagram post in honor of the anniversary of their first date. “His stepsisters are my best friends @sarafoster @erinfoster and so it goes we have been in the same circle for over a decade!”
For some visual context, here’s a picture of Kate from around the time she met her future soul mate:
December 3, 2016
Thanks to Kate’s one-year first date anniversary IG, we can place the beginning of her and Danny’s ’ship on December 3, 2016.
“A year ago today Danny took me on a hike and what I thought was just a hike with a family friend turned very quickly into an unexpected first date,” she captioned a picture of her and Danny sharing an anniversary kiss. “No moves were made on this first date. In fact, it took months for him to make a first move! And as a kiss on this bridge would have been nice, the kiss a year later was so much sweeter. So on our 15th year of knowing each other, we were able to open our hearts to each other to feel so much pure love and it’s been truly incredible! ❤️ Happy first date anniversary, baby. #LoveThisMan 🙏 #WhatAYear”
Even though Kate and Danny’s first date was in December 2016, the first public buzz about their relationship came the next spring, in March, when they were spotted kissing in Los Angeles.
“Kate had her arms around him and they kissed,” a source told People at the time. “They definitely looked like more than friends.”
Later that month, they took their PDA on tour and were seen kissing in NYC too.
May 10, 2017
Just a few short weeks after their PDA first made headlines, Kate and Danny made their red carpet debut at the premiere of her mom Goldie Hawn’s comedy Snatched. And made out more, ofc:
Kate and Danny traveled to Cambodia together during their first summer as a couple, complete with Instagram documentation:
December 3, 2017
As we noted above, in December 2017, Kate shared new details about her and Danny’s love story in a very sweet anniversary tribute post on Insta (which we’ll drop here again just for good measure):
April 6, 2018
A few short months later, Kate revealed that she and Danny were expecting their first child together by sharing a post about their sex reveal celebration on Instagram.
“SURPRISE!!!” she wrote with a clip from the reveal. “🤱 If you’ve wondered why I’ve been so absent on my social channels, it’s because I have never been more sick! It was the most sick first trimester of all my children. Boomerangs have made me nauseous, Superzoom is an easy way to have my head in the toilet, food Instagrams make me queezy [sic], and thinking too much about Insta Stories made me even more exhausted than I already had been. If you’ve seen me out and about smiling and pretending like everything is amazing…I was lying! BUT! I have broken through on the other end of that and rediscovering the joys of Insta/Snap. We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a-poppin’ now! And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself, and the entire family are crazy-excited! A little girl on the way. 💕”
October 2, 2018
In October, Kate announced that she and Danny had officially welcomed their daughter, Rani Rose (on Instagram, of course).
October 6, 2018
A few days later, Kate shared the first picture of their “little rosebud” Rani—and please allow time to pause and say “awwwww” out loud when looking at it:
Kate took some time to publicly gush about Danny in her December 2019 Women’s Health interview, saying, “I’ve got the best man. It’s the first time I feel like I have a real teammate in this. We’re able to pick up where the other one has to leave off.”
September 13, 2021
In September 2021, just a few months before their five-year anniversary, Kate and Danny announced their engagement on Instagram in a post she captioned, “Let’s go! 👰♀️💒🤵🏻♂️”
“I’m really excited,” she said of the news during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live later that month (per People). “I haven’t really wrapped my head around the planning process of [the wedding]. But I think I’m just gonna invite the people that I love the most and I have a feeling it might end up being kind of big.”
By November 2021, Kate said she was in “pre-planning” mode for the wedding and made it clear that she didn’t want to go too wild with planning and have Bride Wars flashbacks.
“You know what I’m doing? I’m pre-planning the planning. Just kind of thinking of what we want to do and then I’m going back and forth between, like, what is this really going to look like?” she told Entertainment Tonight. “Obviously, we’re so excited. But the idea of planning a wedding is, like, a lot…it’s a lot. I made a whole movie about it.”
After those initial updates, Kate and Danny have both been pretty tight-lipped about their wedding plans, but she *did* share a tiny update in September 2022.
“We have no idea—we can’t wait, but no, not yet,” she said during an Access Hollywood interview when asked about the nuptials. “It’s coming but not yet.”
Kate opened up yet again about her wedding planning progress in 2023 on an episode of the Table for Two podcast, and, hint: it hasn't gone very far lol. “Right now, planning a wedding feels insane, but I’m excited to plan a wedding, and I go back and forth between a small wedding and a large wedding,” she admitted, which fair! “There’s a part of me that wants the big bash, you know? There’s, like, two sides to me: the big bash or the small, intimate [wedding]. I think somewhere in there I’m going to come up with both,” the actor continued.
During the interview, she also touched on possibly even having a traditional Japanese wedding to “honor” the heritage of her fiancé and their 4-year-old daughter, Rani Rose. “We do sometimes go back and forth with the traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, which would be really beautiful and quite emotional for Danny, seeing as his dad is gone.”
However, the one thing Kate *is* sure about is that her guests will likely have to get on a plane to attend. “It’ll totally be a destination wedding,” she gushed. “It’ll be such an adventure that people will really want to have to come to show up. To me, those are always the most fun weddings. Like, if you really want to be there, you’ll be there. If someone’s like, ‘I can’t really be there,’ then I don’t want you there. That’s all I got right now. That’s all I got for the wedding.” @ Kate, if ur reading this, I have tons of airline miles avail so count me in!
Kate penned a touching tribute to Danny on his 37th birthday and called him “the most loving, pure, honest, sensitive, brilliant, caring man.”
And just in case you're in the mood to cry, here's the rest of the sweet caption: “Happiest Birthday to my love, my partner, my man! I’m so grateful we shacked up together, had a baby and decided to be married … when we have time to plan it 😳🥰,” she wrote via Instagram. “People wonder what makes love last…I wonder too! I think there’s a lot of factors but this last slide has to definitely be one. Find someone to get weird with and no, this will not be the direction of my album, this is just what happens in our house when there’s day drinking involved….😆 I love you madly @fujikawadanny HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉.”
The family who collabs with Tiffany together, stays together!
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