Brooke Shields: Liam Neeson Proposed Then Dumped Her On Christmas Day
For years now, everyone has dissed on Taylor Swift, claiming she gets her songwriting material from guys who have treated her badly. Hold onto your hats because Swift’s billboard top-charting songs pale in comparison to Brook Shields’ new memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, as reported by 2 Paragraphs.
Although Brooke discusses her mother/manager Teri, who died in October 2012 from dementia, Shields also places focus on the men from her past, spilling dirt like it’s nobody’s business. It seems as though no man who had a connection with Brooke comes out unscathed in her new memoir, including Wham! singer George Michael, former lover Dean Cain, and, of course, Andre Agassi.
But one name has now popped up that may be a shocker. Brooke had a serious relationship with famous actor Liam Neeson, as reported by People. Shortly after Shields broke things off with then-boyfriend Dean Cain in 1992, she reveals how she was impressed by Neeson’s fame and star status.
According to People, she writes that Neeson “wooed me with his brogue, his poetry and his s—ty choice of cheap pinot grigio wine.”
Brooke and Liam’s relationship grew serious rather quickly, and within three months, Neeson proposed to Brooke “without a ring,” she added.
That very same year, according toKPopstarz, Brooke and her fiancé Liam Neeson flew (with Brooke’s mother, Teri, of course) to New York City where they drank away the Christmas holiday together.
People reveals in an excerpt from Brooke’s book, later that Christmas night, Liam booked himself on a flight back to Los Angeles. Liam told Brooke he needed to fly back to check on his house. Brooke asked him to please call her once he arrived back in Los Angeles, but his response to her was it would be “late, Darlin’.” Brooke never received that call.
Brooke revealed more in-depth details with People about Liam that didn’t make it into her book. Although she doesn’t elaborate on the time frame, she admits that after dumping her on Christmas day, Neeson did find his way back to her, and asked yet again for Brooke’s hand in marriage. However, this time, her answer was not quite the same, as reported by People.
“This was before he started to do a play [‘Anna Christie’]. And I said, ‘No, no, no, because knowing you, you’ll probably fall in love with your next leading lady and marry her, so I’m leaving myself out of this.’ And I was dead right.”
Liam Neeson most certainly fell in love with his leading lady, Natasha Richardson, and the two married on July 3, 1994, and remained happily married for 15 years, until her untimely death due to a head injury during a skiing accident on March 18, 2009. The couple had two sons, only 18 months apart, as reported by the New York Daily News.
As Brooke moved on with her life, Liam had with his, as well, only his fairytale romance had a tragic ending. It took Liam years to discuss the painful decision to take his lovely wife off life support.
“I went in to her and I told her I loved her, said ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this, you’ve banged your head.’ She and I had made a pact, if any of us got into a vegetative state that we’d pull the plug.”
Before Liam’s wife, Natasha, passed away, she made a point to visit Brooke backstage after one of her performances as Sally Bowles in ‘Cabaret.’ Natasha Richardson was the original Sally Bowles. That touched Brooke, as she recalls the incident to People. She saw Liam at a bar after that and asked him to pass along a message to his wife.
“Just tell her I was really honored she came backstage. She’s the original and she’s amazing.”
Shields tells People that, looking back on that time, “I was just trying to be very upfront about it and straightforward.”
Brookes new book will hit the shelves November 19.
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