NFL star and wife Sharon Darling is still going strong, but her relationship with her husband of 25 years is in tatters.
Darling, who starred on “The Bachelor” for three seasons before leaving to star in “The Love Boat,” said she has decided to end her marriage.
Darling said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that she was “trying to figure out what to do next,” but said she had a “very strong sense” of what to choose.
“I’m going to do the best I can for my family and my career and my life, but I’m not going to be in a place where I’m going, ‘Hey, I’m in love with someone else,’ ” Darling said.
“And so I just said, ‘I’m done.
On “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Darling was in the midst of an emotional reunion with her former boyfriend, Joe Giudice, when the couple split.
The two went on to marry and had three children together.
Darling went on “Good Morning America” to discuss her relationship, which began in 2002.
“Joe was my best friend, and I think that’s something that I still cherish,” she said.
“[Joe] and I were inseparable, and we had a lot of fun together.
I mean, we had lots of time together, but we didn’t have a lot.
We did it, but it was very spontaneous.”
Darling said she still loves her husband, but said it’s clear that their marriage was on the rocks.
“When I left, I had a very strong sense that I was going to have to end my marriage.
I don’t think I would have even thought about ending it, if it wasn’t for Joe and his support,” Darling said on “GMA.”
“And when I came back and Joe had this big wedding, and everything was going great, and then I started to see how things were going to turn around, and what he was going through, I just felt like it was the right thing to do, and Joe came with me.”
She said she and Giudices’ relationship is “very different” now.
“We’re very different.
We’re very, very different people,” Darling added.
“He’s a great father, and he’s a terrific husband.
He has this wonderful family.
But it’s hard for me to be here, because I love him.”
The couple separated in 2004, and Darling’s career took a major hit when she announced that she would be starting a family.
Darling has said she plans to divorce Joe soon, and is open to any sort of divorce settlement, including an out-of-court settlement.