LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Kirstie Alley has died at 71 after a brief battle with cancer. On Tuesday, December 6, a note on her Instagram handle read, “To all our friends, far and wide around the world…We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.”

The ‘Cheers’ actress was married twice in her life and had also revealed falling in love with John Travolta and Patrick Swayze. The Emmy Award winner had also written a book called,’The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente).’

Kirstie Alley’s ex-husbands

The actress married her first husband — and her high school sweetheart — Bob Alley in 1970. They divorced in 1977. Later, she married Parker Stevenson in 1983 after dating him for almost two years. The duo also welcomed two children Lillie and William. However, they ended their marriage in 1991, reports thelist.com. According to Closer Weekly, she had once said, “There was no infidelity in my marriage, on either side … There was nothing other than maybe different goals in life,” about her marriage to Parker.

Meanwhile, Parker also stated in an interview with People, “Kirstie and I are exact opposites. That’s what made it so interesting.” But being opposites, he added, “makes for not a good marriage.” Further he added that the divorce process was “ugly.” He said, “Kirstie and I are not friends now,” he says, “but we talk regularly about the kids. Will we be friends someday? I don’t know.” One of their mutual friends, Lewis Smith had also spoken about their relationship in the same interview. “It was beautiful at the beginning,” says his friend Smith, “because they teased and challenged each other. They once both jumped into the pool together with all their clothes on. I said, ‘Are you crazy?’ And they said, ‘Yes, we are!”

According to Closer Weekly, Kirstie once said about her dating life, “I’m possibly doing this backward. I either need to find a husband or a really handsome roommate so that I am not afraid out on the farm, But then again, that could be a grave error, and I could end up on Dateline or 20/20. Life has gotten so complicated.”

Kirstie’s Love Affairs

Though the actress was only married twice, she had relationships — rumoured and real — with multiple celebrities. From Patrick Swayze to John Travolta, here is a quick look at the men she dated after her divorce.

Patrick Swayze


Kirstie has claimed she had a powerful and secret relationship with Patrick Swayze. She said to Entertainment online, “Both of us were married. We did not have an affair. But again, I think what I did was worse. Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married, you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage. It’s doubly bad.” In the interview, she also stated she’s friends with Patrick’s wife, Lisa Niemi. Kirstie also added that she was uncertain if Lisa was aware of their relationship.

James Wilder

James Wilder was one of the longest relationships in her life. She started dating James Wilder in 1997. The duo rushed their relationship and got engaged quickly after they got together. However, she later said, “I just did some real soul searching. And I didn’t like myself. I didn’t like what I’d become. I’d sort of become something I wasn’t. “I didn’t like the way I was in relationships. I didn’t like who I was choosing. I was making a lot of mistakes. So what I decided was to really prioritize my life into what was important to me and what I wanted to be known for by myself,” reported NBC.

John Travolta

There were rumors that Kirstie dated her longtime friend, John Travolta. During her appearance in Celebrity Big Brother UK, she said, “I almost ran off and married John. I did love him, I still love him. If I hadn’t been married I would’ve gone and married him and I would’ve been in an airplane because he has his own plane.” However, she had a great relationship with his late wife Kelly Preston as well, reports amomama.com. After her death, the actor wrote on his Instagram handle, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”


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