Hollywood legend Steve McQueen's marriage was destroyed by "free love," said ex-wife Neile Adams in a candid interview with Closer Weekly.
The two met in 1956 and after a whirlwind romance were married months later. The start of their relationship was marked with love and passion however things soured between them as McQueen's Hollywood career skyrocketed in the 1960s. Adams blames the free-spirited sexual revolution of the time for their tumultuous marriage.
"When the flower children came along everything changed," she said, according to The Sun. "Everything changed. He was almost 40 and there was suddenly free sex, and free love, and free this and free everything."
She noted that everybody was having free love and free sex and "If he could get free love out there, why would he work hard for it at home?" according to Fox News.
McQueen's infidelity is no secret to the public. The Sun previously reported that at one point during his marriage to Adams, he had multiple affairs with up to two women a day. Adams recalled the first affair her then-husband had was with actress Lita Milan in 1957 during the filming of "Never Love a Stranger," Fox News noted.
"Steve told me after the picture that he had had a fling with her," Adams said. "She would be the first in a long line of 'flings' that would plague us — me — throughout our married life."
It was McQueen's affair with "The Getaway" co-star Ali MacGraw that finally forced his divorce to Adams in 1972. The following year he married MacGraw. According to Fox News, their union lasted until 1978 and two years later McQueen met and married his third wife, Barbara Minty, with whom he remained until his death in 1980.
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