Today in 1985, Sylvester Stallone married Brigitte Nielsen. Although they would later get divorced in 1987, their relationship was about as “ROCKY” as any in Hollywood history.
Like all good relationships, Stallone and Nielsen met when they were both married to other people. Apparently, Nielsen (who was 21 at the time) sent an erotic photo to Stallone (who was 39) when he was alone in a hotel room on a business trip. That must have been hard to resist for Sly. It’s not like you could just send a sext in 1985. Nielsen had to actually get that photo developed and go to the post office. That shows real commitment.
The two quickly divorced their respective spouses and got married. Stallone was already at his peak, and Nielsen soon began getting bigger roles in movies like Rocky IV and Beverly Hills Cop II. Soon, allegations of infidelity came to light. Nielsen had slept with the director of Beverly Hills Cop II and was rumored to have slept with her female secretary, although Sly probably thought that was hot.
Meanwhile, Sly had commissioned a bronze statue of the couple. He even spent thousands of dollars on wigs for her! There were stories that Sly was also unfaithful, but they were not as publicized. As People put it back in 1987, that meant he was “innocent, discreet or [employed] a better public relations staff.” The two filed for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Now, both are doing pretty well for themselves. Nielsen got to date Flavor Flav and Stallone is getting paid to punch Robert DeNiro in the face in his new movie. That’s a win-win for both!