Since 2010, Harding has been married to a man who grew up far away from the world of ice skating, Joseph Jens Price.
Read on to learn more about Price and his marriage to Harding.
1. She Met Him at a Restaurant in 2010
Tonya Harding (L) and Joseph Jens Price attend Premiere Of Neon And 30 West’s I, Tonya” at the Egyptian Theatre on December 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
According to The New York Times, Harding met Price at Timbers, a local Washington restaurant. The Times reveals that Price was singing “Great Balls of Fire” on the karaoke stage when Tonya first saw him. Harding had just returned home from LA, where she was doing color commentary for the TV show World’s Dumbest.
“I’m going, damn, he’s got beautiful eyes,” Tonya said in her interview with the New York Times. “I mean the eyes are the center to your soul, O.K.? You might have a nice butt, but I want to see the eyes.” Within weeks she proposed to him. Within those same weeks she was carrying their baby. She had never met anyone so gentle or kind; she had never known a man to just love her, not for her skating abilities or for what she might potentially become, but for her. They married, and she changed her last name, like lots of people do. O.K., I told her. Tonya Price it is.”
2. She Proposed to Him
Within weeks of meeting Price, Harding proposed to him, according to The New York Times. Discussing their connection, the outlet writes, “She had never met anyone so gentle or kind; she had never known a man to just love her, not for her skating abilities or for what she might potentially become, but for her.”
Updike told the newspaper, “She kept saying she was sorry he was late… She was very nice, appreciative. They were a very nice couple.”
3. He and Harding Have One Son Together
OTD in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg at Detroit’s Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. This photo shows the first practice session together for the two skaters Feb. 17, 1994. pic.twitter.com/JbijqTyjxs
In 2011, Harding and Price welcomed their son, Gordon, who has brought immense joy to their lives. A recent article by Inside Edition reads, “Harding has a 6-year-old son, Gordon Price. Her eyes flooded with tears as she told Inside Edition about the happiness he has brought to her life.”
Harding reportedly called her son “the most wonderful thing in the world” and said she “couldn’t imagine my world without him.”
Price is Tonya’s third husband. She was first married to Jeff Gillooly, who was indirectly responsbile for Kerrigan’s attack. She was then married to IT worker Michael Smith but the two split in less than a year.
4. He Was a Heating and Air Conditioning Worker When He Met Tonya
When she met him, Price was working as a heating and air-conditioning worker.
These days, he worms occasionally as a woodworker. Oregon Live reports that Tonya sometimes accompanies Price on his woodworking jobs. She tells the outlet, “It’s hard times for everybody money-wise until this economy turns around, at least for normal people.”
5. They Live Together in Rural Oregon
Price and Harding live in rural Central Oregon.
In a recent interview with Inside Edition, both Harding and Price open up about one another and their relationship. Speaking about Harding, Price says, “She’s kind, she loving, she’s a little rough around the edges. She’s a redneck, but she’s my redneck.”