Boy’s Wife Meets World’s William Daniels Devastated by Open Relationship Early in Marriage of 72 Years

Bonnie Bartlett (left) and her husband, actor William Daniels, visit Hallmark & ​​# 39;  s

Bonnie Bartlett (L) and her husband, actor William Daniels, visit the Hallmark special “Home and Family” at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 25, 2017 in Universal City, California

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Bonnie Bartlett Daniels opens up about the “painful” beginning Her marriage for 72 years to William Daniels.

the St. Elsewhere The star, 93, revealed how she and Boy meets world The actor, 95, struggled as a couple after tying the knot in 1951.

“I think it was a little off An open marriage at firstBut that was very painful,” she told Fox News Digital while promoting her new memoir middle of the rainbow. “It didn’t work out very well. It was a time when people were doing it. It was at a time in New York when there was a lot of sex and a lot of people doing all sorts of things, you know — very free.”

She continued, “But I don’t know if there’s a little lack of commitment, which isn’t good.” “So there was a lot of pain associated with any transgression, with anything extramarital.”

William Daniels and actress Bonnie Bartlett attend an NBC Affiliates party on July 15, 1989 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California

William Daniels and actress Bonnie Bartlett attend an NBC Affiliates party on July 15, 1989 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California

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In her new memoir, Bartlett Daniels reveals that she “never felt guilty” about extramarital affairs “because I never felt the obligation of fidelity, and neither did Bill,” according to the outlet.

She admitted to having had “an affair that lasted a few months” with another actor in 1959, but that her husband’s affair with a New York-based producer in the early 1970s eventually left her “devastated” and changed her view of their relationship.

At the time, she said she “couldn’t stand any kind of open marriage anymore.”

The two eventually overcame the difficulties of their relationship — something Bartlett-Daniels credited with being able to “grow together” and embrace their evolving marriage over the past seven decades.

“Life is about problem-solving,” she said on Fox News Digital. “We had a very good relationship. [but] Bill was an angry young man, a very angry young man. And that was hard… Bill always said, “We’ve had three different marriages. We’ve been together for a long time, over 70 years — a long time. I’m 93, and I met Bill when I was 18, so we had to grow up.” together “.

She added, “Bill and I got along day by day, and in the end, the days multiplied. We were happy together and sad together, and somehow stayed together for seven decades.”

Bill Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett

Bill Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett

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Reflecting on those early difficulties in her marriage, Bartlett-Daniels told the outlet why she felt it was necessary to try it.

“It was something we had to go through because we never went through it,” she said. “When we met, I was 18, Bill was my first boyfriend… We just had to go through it all, and we still love each other so much and always have.”

“[We] She added: “You were always there for each other. That’s what matters – if you’re there for the person and the help [them] along the relationship, [have] Respect them and what they do and be there for them… [You have to] We’ll be together on the other side.”

Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels

Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels

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In March, Daniels opened up about her relationship, revealing that The secret of their long lasting marriage And their life is “very content” together in their Southern California home.

“in the beginning, There is a lot of struggle And there’s a lot of uncertainty about whether you’re in the right job at all when you can’t get a job and you can be hard – hard to live with because of all that uncertainty,” Daniels said. Forbes. “What you really need to do is learn to respect the other person and their feelings and try to be that easy (Laughs) To live with him as much as possible.

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Bartlett Daniels added at the time, “A lot happens as you live — good things, you hurt each other.” “We hurt each other but you heal and you grow and you change and you adjust. You have to be able to adapt to the other person. You have to think about them first. It didn’t happen overnight. It took us years to have a true companionship marriage.”

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