How Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey Became Couple Goals

As Penny on The Big Bang Theory, Kaley Cuoco played half of one of the most famous “will they or won’t they” couples in sitcom history, but her real-life dating history isn’t without its own rom-com-worthy relationships. Case-in-point: She met her current boyfriend (and father of her child), Tom Pelphrey, through that most Hollywood of connections—her manager—and their first interaction was apparently cinematic. “It was love at first sight,” Cuoco told Entertainment Tonight in September 2022.

Read on for a closer look at Cuoco’s relationship with Tom Pelphrey and her other boyfriends and husbands through the years.

Who is Kaley Cuoco's boyfriend now?

Kaley Cuoco has been dating fellow actor Tom Pelphrey since 2022. The duo went public with their romance in May of that year when they both shared photos of each other via their Instagram accounts. “Life lately,” Cuoco captioned several selfies with Pelphrey. “The sun breaks through the clouds, rays of gold slipping into my eyes and heart, rays of yellow to break the grey.”

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How did Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey meet?

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Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey met in 2022 at a party for the Netflix drama Ozark, in which he played Ben Davis. (Her manager brought her to the party, thus facilitating the fated intro.) Cuoco knew right away that she wanted to get serious with Pelphrey, which for her meant becoming a mother. “This was not a goal of mine,” Cuoco told Emmy Magazine in May 2023. “As a young girl I dreamed of it, but I became involved in my career. Then when we met, it was instantaneous—‘Oh, my God, I want to have a kid with you.’”

Are Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey engaged?

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As of June 2023, Kaley Cuoco and Tom Pelphrey are not engaged. Shortly before going public with their romance, Cuoco hinted that she’s not interested in walking down the aisle again after being married twice. “I will never get married again. I would love to have a long-lasting relationship or a partnership,” Cuoco told Glamour in a cover story published in April 2022. “But I will never get married again. Absolutely not. You can literally put that on the cover. But I believe in love because I’ve had incredible relationships. I know that they’re out there. I like being someone’s partner and having that companionship.”

How many times has Kaley Cuoco been married?

Kaley Cuoco has been married twice. She wed Ryan Sweeting on Dec. 31, 2013, after just six months together. Cuoco and Sweeting split in September 2015 after less than two years of marriage and finalized their divorce in May 2016.

After her split from Sweeting, Cuoco began dating Karl Cook in 2016. The former couple got engaged in November 2017 and wed the following year on June 30, 2018. Cuoco and Cook announced their separation in September 2021 and finalized their divorce in June 2022.

Who are Kaley Cuoco’s ex-husbands?

Ryan Sweeting

Cuoco got engaged to tennis player Ryan Sweeting in September 2013 after just three months of dating. They tied the knot three months later, exchanging vows on December 31, 2013. Cuoco later poked fun at the couple’s whirlwind romance, telling Variety in February 2021 that she and Sweeting “got married in, like, six seconds.”

Cuoco and Sweeting were married for less than two years when they announced their separation on Sept. 25, 2015. At the time, a rep for the couple said that Cuoco and Sweeting had “mutually decided” to end their relationship.

Karl Cook

Cuoco, a vocal lover of animals, started dating equestrian Karl Cook after they met at a horse show in March 2016. Six months later, the couple made their red carpet debut. Cook proposed to Cuoco on Nov. 30, 2017—her 32nd birthday—and the pair tied the knot on June 30, 2018. After three years of marriage, they announced their decision to separate in September 2021 before finalizing their divorce in June 2022.

Why did Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting get divorced?

Cuoco cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for her split from Sweeting when she filed for divorce in September 2015. She later said that her ex had “completely changed” over the course of their romance. “The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met,” Cuoco told Cosmopolitan in April 2018. “And that wasn’t my fault—that was his.”

Why did Kaley Cuoco and Karl Cook get divorced?

When they announced their breakup in September 2021, Cuoco and Cook hinted that they’d grown apart over the course of their marriage. “Despite a deep love and respect for one another, we have realized that our current paths have taken us in opposite directions,” they said in a joint statement at the time. “We have both shared so much of our journey publicly so while we would prefer to keep this aspect of our personal life private, we wanted to be forthcoming in our truth together. There is no anger or animosity, quite the contrary.”

Cuoco later said she was the “loneliest” she’s ever felt after their split. “I’ve been very open about it, because I think for the first time, I wanted people to know that things just aren’t always what they seem,” she told Variety in August 2022. “And things aren’t always so perfect.”

Who has Kaley Cuoco dated?

Johnny Galecki

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Early in the CBS comedy’s run, Cuoco secretly dated Johnny Galecki, who played Penny’s friend-turned-lover (and later husband), Leonard, from 2007 to 2009. “When we did the pilot, I was crushing so hard on Galecki, but he had a girlfriend,” Cuoco recalled during a November 2020 interview on Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast. “We got together and just fell mad for each other for two years, but then we broke up. Luckily, Johnny and I came out of it so brilliantly and we’re closer today than we ever were.”

After their breakup, Cuoco explained that she and Galecki were “so protective” of their romance because they didn’t want it to interfere with their work and vice versa. “It was a wonderful relationship but we never spoke a word about it and never went anywhere together,” she told CBS Watch! in 2010. “We knew how to keep it deep inside and never bring it on that set, ever.”

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Penny and Leonard finally got together on screen after Cuoco and Galecki split off-camera, but they remained friends—and their platonic relationship is also adorable. “Johnny and I are very close,” Cuoco told E! News in May 2021. “We talk multiple times a week. In fact, he literally—as this phone call started—he had just sent me a picture of his baby. He loves sending me baby pictures. I know it’s really cute, we’re really close.”

Josh Resnik

After her split from Galecki, Cuoco moved on with addiction specialist Josh Resnik. The pair announced their engagement in October 2011, with Cuoco’s rep telling People at the time: “The surprise proposal took place during a quiet date night at home. The couple are very happy and excited to begin planning their wedding.” In March 2012, however, Cuoco revealed that she and Resnik had called off their engagement.

Does Kaley Cuoco have kids with Tom Pelphrey?

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Kaley Cuoco has one child, a daughter named Matilda, whom she shares with Tom Pelphrey. Matilda arrived on March 30, 2023. “Introducing, Matilda Carmine Richie Pelphrey, the new light of our lives! We are overjoyed and grateful for this little miracle,” Cuoco wrote via Instagram in April 2023, announcing the little one’s birth. “Thank you to the doctors, nurses, family and friends who have helped us immensely over the last few days. We are blessed beyond belief 💗@tommypelphrey didn’t think I could fall even more in love with you, but I did.”

In a recent appearance on the Smartless podcast, Cuoco shared that she and Pelphrey want more children. "We're not 20 anymore," said. "We were like, 'We doing this or not?'" Sounds like they are!

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