Tatum O’Neal expresses regret over John McEnroe divorce: ‘I’ve never met anyone who even comes close to my ex-husband’

Elena Sheppard – February 9, 2020·3 min read – for Yahoo News

My cmnt: Of course she does. She was a rich, white, spoiled daughter of a rich, white, world-famous actor, winning an Academy Award at the ridiculous age of Ten – what could possibly go wrong?? Children are stupid, ignorant and unstable and cannot be allowed into the adult world so soon. That is why we outlaw underage sex, tattoos and drinking but allow children to change their birth sex, vote and obtain abortions. Such is the schizophrenic world of democrats and the Left.

My cmnt: The democrats pushed and pushed for “no fault” divorce (just as they did for gay marriage – an oxymoron if there ever was one) until they were able to ruin the lives of countless millions. I’m old now and cannot tell you how many friends and acquaintances have told me over the years how they wish they would have stayed with their first wives. Like Tatum they got divorced for no reason at all.

My cmnt: So many women like Tatum turn that regret and loathing inward and give themselves rheumatoid arthritis or some other devastating autoimmune disease or turn to drinking or drugs or just bitterness. That’s why Hillary is so sick and could barely even campaign in 2015-16 let alone run the country.

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morningactress Tatum O’Neal opened up to correspondent Tracy Smith about a host of topics, including missing her ex-husband and the father of her three children, tennis legend John McEnroe.

“The happiest times of my life were the times that I was married,” O’Neal said in the interview. “Sometimes we think we’re making the right decision and maybe we aren’t. And I have to live with that, too.”

When Smith asked if O’Neal thought ending her marriage was the right decision she said, “Perhaps not. I was loved, I was cared for … That’s it, that’s what one wants, isn’t it, in a marriage? I’ve never met anyone who even comes close to my ex-husband.”

She added, “He’s happier, and I’m happy for him. And that makes me happy.” McEnroe has been married to the singer Patty Smyth since 1997.

John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal together in 1988. (Photo: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
John McEnroe and Tatum O’Neal together in 1988. (Photo: Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

O’Neal and McEnroe separated in 1992 after six years of marriage. Their 1994 divorce was famously dramatic, with accusations of drug abuse on both sides. After the divorce, O’Neal became a heroin addict and lost custody of her children. She eventually got clean, but these days the 56-year-old is facing a different health challenge: rheumatoid arthritis.

“My hands stopped working,” O’Neal told Smith after she asked what rheumatoid arthritis means for her daily life. “It means that I can’t tie my shoes. I have to re-learn to write. And I definitely need surgery on my left knee and my neck coming up in the next week.”

The actress also talked about her estranged father Ryan O’Neal, with whom she famously shared the screen in 1973’s Paper Moon, for which the 10-year-old O’Neal won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Tatum O'Neal and Ryan O'Neal on screen in Paper Moon. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)
Tatum O’Neal and Ryan O’Neal on screen in Paper Moon. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images)

“Would I love if my dad and I were closer? There are no words,” O’Neal said. “He was the first love of my life. But sometimes things don’t work out the way you want them to. And I can love unconditionally without [it being] reciprocal. And I think my dad does love me. So, that’s what I tend to believe, even though we don’t talk as often as I would like, or see each other as often as I would like.”

Still even with arthritis, a remorseful divorce and a strained relationship with her father, O’Neal expressed a great deal of optimism about her future. “I think the best years are still ahead of me,” she said.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s