Y&R's Chris McKenna admits he secretly married during pandemic

Darcy Rafter May 12, 2022
Y&R's Chris McKenna admits he secretly married during pandemic
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Although we haven’t seen Detective Mark Harding since 2015, his portrayer Chris McKenna has had a lot going on in his love life. Whilst we spent our lockdown days making banana bread and scrolling through TikTok, The Young And The Restless‘ Detective Harding’s former portrayer was secretly getting married.

During McKenna’s time on the soap, we all thought the Genoa City detective was playing good cop with Paul. However, it turns out he was working with Marco and killed Courtney at her wedding. Thankfully, McKenna’s real-life wedding went a lot smoother than this as the soap alum reveals all about his intimate ceremony.

Practically no one knew about the wedding and McKenna has been doing a pretty good job at keeping it on the down-low. The highly anticipated news has been a long time coming as McKenna proposed to his girlfriend on Christmas morning of 2020, later sharing the proposal with fans in an Instagram swipe.

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Chris McKenna admits he secretly married during pandemic

The actor recently admitted that he and his girlfriend, Lovisa Jansson, had got married during the pandemic.

“Can’t keep it a secret any longer,” McKenna wrote in a tweet. “We eloped during the pandemic. I’m so happy, so proud, and so very deeply in love with this woman. Min älskling. Alltid. Introducing the incredible, the brilliant, the amazing, Mrs Lovisa McKenna!”

Don’t worry about google translating the last part, we have you covered; “Min älskling. Alltid,” is Swedish for, “My darling. Always.”In fact, “älskling,” appears to be McKenna’s heart-warming nickname for his wife.

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Y&R’s actor’s respond to McKenna’s wedding news

Fellow Y&R actors Christian Jules LeBlanc (Michael) and Jessica Collins (ex-Avery) both sent their former co-star well-wishes following the news with a simple “Congrats” on Twitter.

McKenna took to Instagram with the same post, featuring a short video of him sweeping Lovisa off her feet and taking her in his arms for a smooch. The video was taped at the Passionflix fan gathering Passioncon, and the couple can be seen dressed up with Mr McKenna in a suit and Mrs McKenna in a dress.

Ryan Phillippe, who was McKenna’s co-star back when he played Joey Buchanan in One Life to Live replied to his Instagram saying “Congrats!!” and Y&R’s Greg Rikaart penned “DUDE!!! ❤️❤️❤️.”

Lovisa also shared the news and video with her 3,000 followers; “We can finally share the happy news that we eloped during the crazy pandemic!” she revealed. “My person, my everything, alltid.”

As if one wedding wasn’t enough, it appears the couple has plans to “have a proper ceremony in future.” A website titled Lovisa Jansson and Christopher McKenna’s Wedding indicates that the celebration will be on 4 June 2022 in Long Island, New York. Although there are limited details on the website, the couple has created a wish list full of potential wedding gift ideas. Some of which include a cooker, blender, towels, gift vouchers and a hoover.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.