Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell's Relationship Timeline

From welcoming their two children to their wedding in Cabo San Lucas, take a look back at Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell's relationship timeline

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Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell knew each other for years before their relationship blossomed into a marriage.

Lourd and Rydell have been friends for years, with Instagram posts of them together as far back as 2013. The two began dating in 2016 and broke up once before reconnecting and having a son in 2020. They later got married in 2022, and announced they were expecting their second child that same year. On Dec. 13, 2022, Lourd's father Bryan confirmed that Lourd and Rydell had welcomed their second baby.

Rydell has been a major support for the American Horror Story actress, whose mom, Carrie Fisher, died in 2016 at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. He even incorporated Fisher into their engagement, proposing with a diamond ring that was reset from a sparkler Lourd's talent agent dad, Bryan Lourd, originally used to propose to Fisher.

Their love has felt like a fairytale to the happy couple — "It is the greatest feeling," said Lourd in an interview with Vogue. "It's what people talk about in storybooks. It's incredible."

From just friends to a family of three, here are all the important milestones from Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell's relationship timeline.

2016: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell go on their first date

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After being friends for years, Lourd and Rydell dated in 2016. However, their romance was short-lived as Lourd began dating her Scream Queens costar, Taylor Lautner, later that year.

In July 2017, PEOPLE confirmed that Lourd and Lautner had split. "They aren't together anymore but they are still friendly," a source said at the time. "She's really focused on her work right now."

October 2017: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell reconnect

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A few months after her split from Lautner, Lourd reconnected with Rydell. In October 2017, they were spotted kissing outside a hotel in Palm Springs, fueling rumors that they had rekindled their romance.

December 27, 2017: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell visit Norway on the anniversary of Carrie Fisher's death

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One year after her mother's death, Lourd paid tribute to Fisher by taking a trip to Norway to see the northern lights. During the trip, she was accompanied by Rydell; she documented their experience in an emotional Instagram post.

"My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her," Lourd wrote next to two pictures showing green flashes lighting up the sky.

She added, "We journeyed to northern Norway to see if we might 'see the heavens lift up her dark skirts and flash her dazzling privates across [our] unworthy irises.' And she did. I love you times infinity."

April 8, 2018: Billie Lourd celebrates Austen Rydell's birthday in Japan

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In April 2018, Lourd and Rydell jetted off to Tokyo to celebrate his 26th birthday. Lourd celebrated the occasion by sharing a shot of a photobooth strip that depicted Rydell kissing the actress on the cheek. "hbdbb," she captioned the picture, abbreviating "happy birthday baby."

She also shared a cute snapshot of her with her arms around Rydell as he dipped her back beneath a tree of cherry blossoms.

July 16, 2018: Austen Rydell takes Billie Lourd on a surprise birthday trip

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A few months later, Rydell returned the favor by taking Lourd on a surprise trip to Las Vegas for her 26th birthday. "This king just surprised me with a 24 hour trip to Vegas and it's safe to say I'm obsessed [with] him," Lourd wrote on her Instagram story.

Rydell later shared a sweet tribute to Lourd on Instagram, writing, "Happy Birthday to the best partner and best friend I could ever imagine. I've had the best times of my life with you and feel like we've just started. Can't wait till your birthday next year! 💕you"

November 4, 2018: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell make their red carpet debut

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Lourd and Rydell made a low-key red carpet debut as a couple as they attended the LACMA Art + Film Gala together in November 2018. They previously made their first public appearance as a couple at a Christian Dior fashion show in May 2018.

June 26, 2020: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell announce their engagement

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In June 2020, Rydell announced the exciting news that he proposed to Lourd. "💍💍💍She said YES!! (Actually she said 'Duhhh') But I guess that's even better than yes?!? 💗🤪🎉🎰💥🍾," he captioned a series of photos of them together.

September 22, 2020: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell welcome their first child

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A few months after announcing their engagement, Lourd and Rydell quietly welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell. Lourd announced the news on Instagram in September 2020, showing a snapshot of his tiny feet.

On Valentine's Day 2021, she gave a sweet shoutout to her favorite boys as she posted a picture of her and Rydell kissing Kingston. "Love is a boring word for how I feel about these two humans. I EVERYTHING THEM TO THE END OF THE UNIVERSE AND BACK X INFINITY!!! And as the kids say #PARENTS #MOMANDDAD," she captioned the post.

June 25, 2021: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell honor Carrie Fisher at Disneyland's new Star Wars attraction

Lourd and Rydell headed to Disneyland with friends to experience the new Star Wars attraction, which she called the "best ride ever" in shared footage.

To further honor her late mother, Lourd wore Princess Leia Mickey Mouse ears on the ride.

It wasn't the first time Lourd brought aspects of Fisher's work into her present-day family. Previously, on May 4, she posted a photo of her son wearing a Princess Leia knit beanie and watching one of Fisher's Star Wars scenes on a laptop.

July 20, 2021: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell list $2.8 million mansion

After three years of living just off Melrose Boulevard in Los Angeles, Lourd and Rydell listed their home.

The home was designed in a Cape Cod style and had five bedrooms, six bathrooms and three fireplaces over 3,566 square feet. The backyard featured a built-in firepit and small swimming pool.

The property hit the market months after it was revealed that Lourd had begun renovating two adjoining properties previously owned by her late mother and grandmother to create an $18 million estate where she would continue to grow her family with Rydell.

September 22, 2021: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell celebrate son's first birthday

Sharing never-before-seen family photos, Lourd wished Rydell a happy "parental anniversary" on social media to commemorate their son's first birthday.

She added in a hashtag, "Petition to make parental anniversary a thing."

She also posted a photo of herself in the hospital before giving birth.

"He's not technically a quarantine baby, and I want to make that known because a lot of people are having trendy quarantine babies," she said. "Kingston was conceived before quarantine. He's technically just a Caribbean baby."

February 21, 2022: Billie Lourd celebrates her bachelorette party before her wedding to Austen Rydell

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Almost two years after their engagement, Lourd celebrated her bachelorette party in February 2022. The actress posted a series of photos on Instagram, including shots of her wearing a white leisure set with feather trim along with red heart-shaped sunglasses and white Minnie Mouse-themed bridal headwear.

March 12, 2022: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell get married

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One month after her bachelorette party, Lourd and Rydell tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on March 12, 2022. Lourd later shared photos from her nuptials, including shots of her Rodarte gown, which paid tribute to her late mom.

"We wrote our own vows and sobbed the entire time," Lourd told Vogue about her wedding. "Word to the wise — always wear waterproof everything!"

"And in true Carrie fashion, we threw glitter in the air at the end of the ceremony. It was magical. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect wedding."

In May 2022, Lourd opened up to PEOPLE about the ceremony, which was officiated by Fisher's "two best friends."

"It was the most genius officiating in the history of officiating," says Lourd. "It was so funny and touching and we sobbed and we laughed, and that was my favorite part of it."

"But also the dance party went into the wee hours of the night," said the Booksmart star. "We drank Mujen. We danced too much."

April 3, 2022: Billie Lourd praises Austen Rydell on his 30th birthday

Lourd gave Rydell a shout out on social media to commemorate his 30th birthday. "Happy triple decade to my HUSBAND (whoaaa still feels super cool to say that out loud ok fine type it out loud is typing out loud a thing?)," she wrote.

She posted a picture of their wedding and wrote, "you make me the giddiest gal in the universe."

April 5, 2022: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell share pictures from honeymoon

After tying the knot in Cabo San Lucas, the two embarked on their honeymoon. Lourd shared cozy sunset photos on Instagram of the couple hugging and kissing, with rolling hills and rippling water as the backdrop.

May 12, 2022: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell show off their wedding rings at Louis Vuitton Show

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On May 12, the newlyweds attended the launch of the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2023 collection at the San Diego Salk Institute for Biological Studies. For the event, they sported matching wedding bands as they watched the show together.

July 17, 2022: Austen Rydell celebrates Billie Lourd's 30th birthday

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In honor of Lourd's 30th birthday, her husband posted a sweet tribute to her on Instagram. "This badass hot mom wife is 30!!" he captioned the gallery of images. "She's accomplished more, traveled further, and experienced more than anyone you've ever met at 30 and she is MY wife! Good luck finding a life partner like mine! I love you forever @praisethelourd !! 💗💗💗"

Sept. 7, 2022: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell reveal they're expecting their second child together

Billie Lourd and Austin Rydell attend the World Premiere of "Ticket to Paradise" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on September 07, 2022 in London, England.
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The couple revealed they are expecting as Lourd showed off her baby bump at the world premiere of Ticket To Paradise in London, England.

October 17, 2022: Billie Lourd says second pregnancy is a "different vibe"

Lourd spoke to PEOPLE about the differences between her first and second pregnancies at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie Ticket to Paradise. "I went nowhere," she said of her first pregnancy, which took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I knitted a blanket, and I watched The Sopranos, and I watched The Wire and I didn't leave my couch. It was a very different vibe."

This time, Lourd is both managing a toddler and working. She jokingly called herself "a psycho person" while reflecting on her busy schedule. "I did American Horror Story, and then I just wrapped this other movie that I shot in London," she said.

The Booksmart actress shared that she's excited for her second child to get to look back on these projects and see their mom acting while pregnant. While Lourd didn't see her own mother act while pregnant, she revealed it "would've been incredible" to get to see Fisher star in a movie while Lourd was in her belly. "That's why I also wanted to do it. Because it will be cool for this kid to be able to Google it and see themself," she explained.

December 2022: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell welcome their second baby

Lourd's father Bryan Lourd announced that his daughter and Rydell welcomed their second child while speaking at Variety's Dealmakers Breakfast on Dec. 13, 2022.

"My daughter had a baby last night," he said. "I left the hospital at 1:30 and got there this morning at 6. I'm a little tired, but happy."

"Everything's great," he added.

February 6, 2023: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell enjoy a "parents night out"

Lourd and Rydell had a pseudo date night, considering their newest bundle of joy was asleep in a stroller next to the dinner table. Regardless, the American Horror Story star was ecstatic to feel "semi-human for a sec."

"TFW you finally leave the house for the first time in 942 years and your baby miraculously sleeps through dinner and you get to feel like a semi human for a sec?! And you get to have a fancy drink that comes out of a fancy smoky chamber?!?" she captioned a carousel of images on Instagram. "But shout out to me for putting on #heels and wearing #mascara oh and in other news the #parentsnightout #hashtag is back."

March 12, 2023: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell attend the Oscars afterparty

Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell attend the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Marking their first public appearance since welcoming their second child, Lourd and Rydell got all dolled up for Vanity Fair's Oscars afterparty, where they walked the red carpet together.

April 3, 2023: Billie Lourd celebrates Austen Rydell's 31st birthday

Lourd celebrated her "favorite holiday" of the year — Rydell's birthday — with a sweet post on Instagram.

"I LOVE HIM MORE THAN ANY OL INSTAGRAM POST COULD EVER EXPRESS!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY," she captioned a carousel of photos and videos.

May 4, 2023: Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell attend Carrie Fisher's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony

Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell attend the ceremony for Carrie Fisher being honored posthumously with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 04, 2023
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Lourd's late mother, Carrie Fisher, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the official unveiling of the star, the American Horror Story actress, who wore a Star Wars-themed dress, gave a touching speech.

"Mama, you've made it," Lourd said from the podium. "Leia is more than just a character. She's a feeling. She is strength, she is grace, she is wit. She is femininity at its finest. She knows what she wants and she gets it. ... No one could have played her like my mother."

Lourd was joined by Rydell and her father at the momentous event.

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