Science Guy Bill Nye surprised fans with the news that he quietly married journalist and author Liza Mundy in May, with some surprised to learn that this is the second marriage for the beloved TV personality.
Before the 66-year-old engineer said ‘yes’ to his 61-year-old new bride during a private ceremony in Washington DC, the former Dancing With The Stars contestant had married musician Blair Tindall.
The couple wed in 2007, however, the union was short-lived as Nye went on file to annul the marriage after just seven weeks.
In fact, the split took a messy turn after Nye accused Tindall of vandalizing her garden after the split.
In 2007, Nye allegedly filed a restraining order against Tindall after allegations she broke into his home and stole various personal items.
Speaking about their failed union years later, Nye told Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman: ‘In my case, I emphasize that we never divorced because we were never married.’
As the country’s favorite Science Guy hopes to enjoy a lasting partnership with his new wife, DailyMail.com looks back on the turbulent marriage that kept him from the altar for more than 15 years.
How a quick engagement led to a short-lived marriage
Surprise: Bill Nye announced the news of this engagement to writer and musician Blair Tindal during an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson – pictured in 2005
First attempt: Nye married the musician and motivational speaker in 2006
In 2006, Bill Nye surprised fans with the news that he was engaged to Blair Tindall, a musician who played the oboe with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
He happily shared the announcement during an appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
After a brief engagement, Nye surprised Tindall with a spontaneous wedding in February of that year and their wedding march was performed by cellist Yo Yo Ma and MIT Media Lab professor Michael Hawley on piano, according to CBS News.
The ceremony was officiated by pastor and author Rick Warren, but it appears the Saddleback Church founder’s involvement wasn’t enough to stop the relationship from souring.
Nye asked for an annulment of the marriage, which was granted after it was determined that the union was invalid.
According to CBS, Nye told Hattie Kauffman, “We never got married. We received a letter from the State of California, with the great seal affixed, informing us that we never married. Then, shortly after, we both agreed it wasn’t a good idea.
How allegations of rose garden vandalism led to a restraining order
Quick end: Nye ended up filing for annulment after just seven weeks of marriage
Angry: Nye accused Tindall – pictured in 2014 – of breaking into her home and damaging her rose garden after the split
In 2007, Nye filed for a restraining order claiming Tindall’s behavior was a cause for concern after their marriage ended.
According to The Big Bang Theory guest star, his ex broke into the house they both owned and stole various personal items.
He also claimed that the writer caused damage to his garden and allegedly tried to harm it by throwing the toxic liquid in his face, according to CBS.
The liquid in question was a herbicide commonly used in agriculture and gardening, which could have caused Nye health problems if he had ingested it.
Tindall denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had only caused damage to the rose garden using herbicide, but Nye received the restraining order all the same.
Why bitter exes continued to battle in court
Stay behind: Nye obtained a six-year injunction that required Tindall to stay within 100 meters of him
Expensive move: In 2012, Nye sued Tindall for $57,000 in unpaid legal fees
Tindall later filed for a stay of the restraining order on the grounds that “stress and fatigue” clouded his judgment.
“I got really angry and all I could think about was destroying the rose garden so he couldn’t give another woman the roses I had taken care of,” she said. “I only meant to hurt his flowers, not him.
Despite the fact that Nye obtained a six-year injunction that required Tindall to stay within 100 meters of him, he claimed in 2009 that she had violated the order.
According to TMZ, he returned to court in 2012 to enforce the injunction and the court asked Blair to cover damages from his $57,000 legal account in the lawsuit. Although the court ordered Blair to cover the damages – she didn’t make the payment.
During the tense legal battle, she wrote her book, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, which received critical acclaim from classical music experts.
In 2014, still in the midst of her legal conflict with Bill Nye, the book was adapted for television and streamed on Amazon.
As Bill Nye is starting a new chapter… 16 years later
Second time with luck? Nye married journalist and author Liza Mundy in May.
Happily ever after: The couple made several public appearances together ahead of their big day – pictured in March
In May 2022, Nye married Liza Mundy in a ceremony held in the Castle Building’s Haupt Garden at the Smithsonian Institute in D.C.
Robert Picardo, who played the Doctor on Star Trek, was the celebrity official and the couple wrote their own vows, according to People.
Her first dance was Sam Cooke’s version of Wonderful World, and her brother Darby was also present, along with their daughter Anna.
Their wedding photographer was longtime White House photographer Pete Souza.
Mundy was a Washington Post reporter who went on to write a book as Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.
Their relationship began after she mentioned Nye’s cryptanalyst mother, Jacqueline Jenkins-Nye, in her book Code Girls, he emailed Mundy. They developed an instant relationship and started dating.
Nye was seen wearing her gold wedding band at the June 17 premiere of The End Is Nye in New York.