And it wasn’t just Harry who felt the spark, with Jill also immediately knowing there was something special.
He told GQ, “what's really funny is that [Jill] called her mom that night and said, ‘I met the guy I'm going to marry.’ Of course, she didn't let me know.”
Four years after their chance encounter, the pair, who both hail from Texas, tied the knot in New Orleans.
“I married my best friend and I married a woman who I look up to infinitely,” Harry told Us Weekly in 2019. “We have the same values so it's easy for us to try and impart those on our children.”
A growing family
The pair welcomed their first daughter, Georgia two years later in 1996. The 26-year is currently a model and photographer.
Harry and Jill went on to have two more daughters; Sarah who was born a year later and Charlotte who was born in 2002.
“They’re brilliant, driven, really, really smart, creative women. And our lives have become exponentially greater as a result of the perspective,” he told WHO.
In 2023 he shared with fans that he, his wife and children had fallen in love with Australia - where he was filming Australian Idol at the time so much his daughters had chosen to move permanently.
"Australia's got lots of things," he told us when asked about his love of the country. "Our daughters live in Australia, so we come here quite a bit...I’m always looking forward to coming back here."
Through sickness and through health
In 2017, the couple went public with Jill’s breast cancer battle, revealing that the model was diagnosed in 2012 after undergoing a routine mammogram and sonogram.
After reaching the milestone 5-year mark cancer-free, the couple shared their experience. “It wasn’t like we were superstitious, like if we said something about being in the clear we’d somehow jinx it,” Jill told People at the time.
“But we wanted to be well on the other side of things before we told everybody. The doctors all say that after the five-year mark, things look optimistic, so we’re starting to feel pretty good.”