James Brolin made a shocking admission during his appearance on his wife Barbra Streisand’s recent interview when he admitted that he didn’t have sex for three years before they wed.
The 83-year-old actor flummoxed CBS Sunday Morning interviewer Gayle King with the admission, which meant that he and Streisand, 81, didn’t have sex during the entirety of their courtship.
The revelation came just days before Barbra claimed on Tuesday in another interview that the release of her new memoir My Name Is Barbra marked the end of her career as a performing artist.
James brought up his years of celibacy unprompted after his wife was quizzed on why she made him propose to her three times before agreeing to marrying him.
‘I have to try him out for at least three years,’ she joked.
Self-control: James Brolin, 83, revealed on CBS Sunday Morning that he was ‘celibate’ for three years before marrying Barbra Streisand, 81 — including the period when they dated
His turn to tell: The revelation was a rare one from Brolin and came as part of the publicity tour for his wife’s new memoir, My Name Is Barbra
‘And I had been literally — this is a wild word — I had been celibate for three years, saying, ‘Who needs this?’ he said.
‘You’re not supposed to tell that!’ said a shocked Barbra, who slapped his knee playfully.
‘I had not had any interest in getting involved in a lousy situation,’ James added.
Then Barbra jumped in to explain that he ‘was married twice before,’ while she had had one previous marriage, and James worried that he might be jumping into another doomed relationship.
Streisand’s previous marriage was to the Long Goodbye star Elliott Gould from 1963 to 1971, while Brolin was married to Jane Cameron Agee from 1966 to 1984 and Jan Smithers from 1986 to 1995.
Barbra welcomed a son named Jason Gould during her marriage, while James has two sons — including the No Country For Old Men actor Josh Brolin — from his first marriage and a daughter from his second marriage.
Gayle King couldn’t help but make a joke about James and Barbra’s wedding night after years of sexless courtship.
‘After three years, that must have been a hell of a night then,’ she said.
Keeping to himself: ‘And I had been literally — this is a wild word — I had been celibate for three years, saying, ‘Who needs this?’ he said, which shocked Barbra
Pessimistic: ‘I had not had any interest in getting involved in a lousy situation,’ James added, and his wife explained that he worried things wouldn’t work out since he had already been married twice and she had been married once
Lovebirds: The couple began dating in 1996 and wed in 1998. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary together, and King read a sweet letter that Brolin wrote for Streisand; seen in 2019 in Beverly Hills
‘Wild!’ James growled in response while gritting his teeth playfully as Barbra burst out laughing and turned back to look in his eyes.
The couple just celebrated their 25th anniversary, and King took the opportunity to celebrate the two by reading a letter that Brolin wrote to Streisand to mark their anniversary.
‘Home is not a place, home is a person,’ King read from his letter. ‘You know someone is right for you if you love to be with them all the time, and when I go, when I finally go, I will love you then.’
Barbra replied lovingly: ‘You wrote that, honey! And I was in shock.’
Read the full article here