Mario Lopez has worked hard for new squeaky clean image, now he’s putting his sordid past back in the public eye. In his new memoir Just Between Us, Lopez covers his work life and his love life in deep detail. Lopez, who is the current host of Extra, had a playboy image before he met and married his Courtney Mazza.
Longtime fans of Mario Lopez likely have one question burning in their brains: what happened between Lopez and his first wife, Ali Landry, a decade ago. After years of dating and a romantic destination wedding in Mexico, Landry and Lopez divorced only two weeks into the marriage. Sources close to Landry said that Lopez had been cheating on the actress for several of the seven years they were together, but Landry only found out about the infidelity when pictures from the bachelor party surfaced just days after the wedding.
In Just Between Us, Lopez took responsibility for the failure of his first marriage.
“I got inebriated and a little too friendly with a young lady. When it was time to return home, lightning hit me with the truth: I wasn’t in love. But I walked down the aisle [anyway]. Ali was hurt and angry, rightfully so.”
According to People Magazine, Lopez also admitted to a “preteen” romance with Kids Incorporated! co-star Stacy Ferguson (better known now as Fergie) and Saved By the Bell co-star Tiffani Thiessen. More shocking is a one night stand with a pop star who Lopez declined to identify, though he did say the encounter happened in around 2007, shortly before he met his current wife. But the most shocking revelation of all is that Lopez was almost a teenage father, but the pregnancy was ended in termination.
Lopez’s honesty isn’t limited to his sex life and romantic encounters. In the new book, Lopez, who is Mexican-American, comes clean about the fact that his father smuggled people across the border with Mexico to provide financially for the family.
“I was born in Chula Vista, [California], which is the border town to Tijuana, and I’m a child of immigrants. My dad did what he had to do to take care of us. Oftentimes when we’d take little trips across the border – and this was obviously pre-9/11 – we’d come back right away. He’d pull over and he’d open the trunk and sometimes people would come out.”
So why would Lopez publish a tell-all now and risk the family man image he’s cultivated in the past few years? Lopez told comedienne and talk show host Ellen Degeneres, “When a man turns 40, it’s an important time to pause and reflect on how he got there and to help make a mature plan for the future and what better way than to write it down?”