Paulina Porizkova on Ric Ocasek split: 'It seemed like only one of us wanted to be married, and that was me'


In 2018, the pair — who met when a then-19-year-old Porizkova starred in the 1984 music video for “Drive” opposite the 40-year-old Ocasek — announced that they’d separated the year before. The longtime couple had married in 1989 and have two sons in their 20s.



When asked if their 21-year age difference played a role in their split, Porizkova speculated that her ex may have lost interest in the marriage because he “was tired.”

“Suddenly in our marriage it seemed like only one of us wanted to be married, and that was me!” she admitted. “I just know that it’s really hard to be married to somebody if you’re the only one putting in all the work. And maybe it was age; maybe he just was tired. Maybe I was too — maybe I took too much energy to love. I don’t know. It’s possible.” 

She added that she “couldn’t imagine not” remaining friends with Ocasek. “I didn’t know how life would work that way.”

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