Howard Stern recalls meeting wife Beth for the first time: 'How could this person love me?' (Exclusive)

Howard Stern finds his marriage hard to fathom.

The 65-year-old radio personality was two years separated from his first wife when he met model-actress Beth Ostrosky. In an exclusive AOL excerpt from his highly-anticipated new memoir, Howard Stern Comes Again, he recalls the moment he first laid eyes on his now-wife in 2000, and says that nearly two decades later, he's still floored by their romance.

"Sometimes I'll look at her and think, 'Is this really happening? How could this person love me?'" he said. "I guess that's the definition of a dream girl, and nineteen years in I still feel that way about her."

The two first met on a "rainy, cold night" at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends. Beth was on a blind date with someone else, "and we ended up talking," he said. "There was this light around her. She was just glowing."

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Howard Stern and girlfriend Beth Ostrosky during Showtime's "The Boys of Second Street Park" Hamptons Premiere at Sag Harbor Cinema in Sag Harbor, New York, United States. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic)
Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern during Absolut White Party 2003 at Sean "Diddy" Combs Residence in East Hampton, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage for Bad Boy Entertainment)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 08: Radio personality Howard Stern and girlfriend, actress Beth Ostrosky, watch the action as the New York Knicks play the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: (L-R) Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky and Bianca attend North Shore Animal League Hosts America's DogCatemy Awards at Capitale on November 29, 2006 in New York. (Photo by Matt Carasella/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky during Legally Blonde 2 Red, White & Blonde - Special Screening in Southampton, New York at United Artists Southampton Theatre in Southampton, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern during 2003 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Party - Arrivals at The Regent Wall Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Nevader/WireImage)
Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky during 2003 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Party - Inside at The Regent Wall Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Carson Daly, Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky during 2003 Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Party - Inside at The Regent Wall Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky during FHM celebrates its August issue and cover girl Beth Ostrosky at Whiskey Park Club in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky during Howard Stern Farewell Radio Broadcast on K-Rock Radio at 56th Street in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky and Bianca (Photo by Hal Horowitz/WireImage for North Shore Animal League America)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky arrive at a screening for Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Juno" at the Four Seasons on December 13, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Beth Ostrosky, Howard Stern and daughter attend the Utah Jazz vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky attend the Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 19: Beth Ostrosky and Howard Stern attend THE CINEMA SOCIETY & D&G host a screening of "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON" at Landmark Sunshine Theater on November 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JANUARY 20: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend THE CINEMA SOCIETY with DKNY JEANS & DELEON Tequila & amNewYork host a screening of "NO STRINGS ATTACHED" at Soho Grand Hotel on January 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Episode 827 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howard Stern, Beth Ostrosky Stern -- (Photo by: Lucien Sims/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky attends the Cinema Society & DKNY screening of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on November 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky as seen on November 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Radio Personality Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend the 20th Century Fox With The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers screening of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" at Museum of Modern Art on December 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: TV personalities Howard Stern (R) and Beth Stern enter the "Late Show With David Letterman" taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on November 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend the Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Howard Stern and Beth Ostrosky Stern attend the 2015 North Shore Animal League America Gala at The Pierre Hotel on November 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 24: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attends the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Bright Star' at the Cort Theatre on March 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the 2017 North Shore Animal League America Gala at Grand Hyatt New York on December 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 29: Beth Stern and Howard Stern attend The GOOD+ Foundation's Hamptons Summer Dinner co-hosted by NET-A-PORTER on July 29, 2017 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Net-A-Porter)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Howard Stern and Beth Stern attend the North Shore Animal League America's Annual Celebrity "Get Your Rescue On" Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on November 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Radio personality Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky attend a game between the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2018 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Hawks 126-107. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The couple dated for seven years before tying the knot in 2008. While they don't have children together, they've fostered more than 900 cats over the years. Beth, a longtime animal rights activist, has called finding homes for cats her "full-time job." (She says the kittens love Howard's curly hair.)

Stern has three daughters from his first marriage: Emily,  36, Deborah, 33, and Ashley, 26.

"Howard Stern Comes Again," out May 14, is already an Amazon No. 1 best seller. It's Stern's first book in more than 20 years, and it's sure to include shocking stories about his personal life as well as his many unorthodox celebrity encounters. You can grab a copy here.

Howard Stern's new memoir, "Howard Stern Comes Again"

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