Highlighting the Bostonian family's hamburger joint in Hingham, Massachusetts, Wahlburgers—where Paul serves as head chef—and shedding light on the siblings' relationships and personalities, the show quickly garnered acclaim from both fans and critics, earning praise for being unlike anything any of the Wahlberg boys had done previously.Wahlberg married Kim Fey in 1999; after nine years together, the couple divorced in 2008. In 2013, Wahlberg began dating TV personality Jenny Mc Carthy.Wahlberg's mother, Alma Wahlberg, worked as a nurse's assistant at nearby St.Margaret Hospital, and his father, Donald Wahlberg, was a truck driver and active member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union.They kept up rapping, Wahlberg says, "not because we thought we'd be rap or dance stars someday, but just because it was really fun and we loved the girls screaming for us at parties."In 1984, at the age of 15, Donnie Wahlberg's friends persuaded him to audition for well-known music producer Maurice Starr.Starr was holding open auditions to create a new boy band of white teenagers to mirror the success of his other band, the all African-American R&B group New Edition.Wahlberg's parents divorced when he was 12 years old, and he and Mark went to live with their mother while the rest of their siblings either moved in with their father or were already out on their own as young adults.
I learned it was best not to do that stuff when I saw what happened to my family members.The tour also featured fellow boy bands 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.It might now seem almost inevitable that the multi-talented Wahlberg, who began rapping from the time he was in elementary school, would eventually become a star.We thought everyone had all these kids, everyone lived like this." Though the family was extraordinarily close, attending church together every Sunday, arguments among siblings were frequent. "We'd fight over clothes, or who had the prettier girlfriend, which of us was the best athlete, stuff like that," he later recalled.In the 1970s, when Donnie Wahlberg began elementary school, Boston was embroiled in fierce controversy over the mandatory busing of schoolchildren to enforce the desegregation of public schools.