David Letterman has gotten the boot from his wife Regina, according to the National Enquirer. It’s not necessarily permanent, however. Apparently Dave sort of bungled his attempts to make things better with her after he failed to acquiesce to her demands that he confess to everything he’s done. According to the Enquirer’s source, that’s when Regina got so frustrated she kicked him out, and he’s been living in his Manhattan pied-à-terre ever since.
David Letterman has moved out of his family home after failing to patch things up with his outraged wife Regina, sources tell The Enquirer. Mired in a sex scandal, the 62-year-old “Late Show” host is now living in his luxury loft in lower Manhattan, while his wife and son stay at his mansion in New York’s swank Weschester County.
“Dave admitted he’s sleeping in the city after Regina let him have it. He took a few days off from the show so they could try to work things out,” divulged an insider at his CBS show. “But if anything, he may have made the situation worse. Regina demanded that he tell the complete truth about what he did with the women, but Dave hemmed and hawed. Now he’s moved out of the house. He said Regina told him to ‘get out’ and that’s exactly what he did! He hopes Regina will cool down in a few weeks and he can try again to set things right.”
Even though he publicly apologized to her, Regina, 49, is still furious about Dave’s illicit roance with his 34-year-old personal assistant Stephanie Birkitt, insiders say.
Regina has told Dave that she plans to make a decision about the future of the marriage by the end of the year,” divulged the close source. “Meanwhile, she wants Dave to think about his commitment to their relationship, and whether staying together is what he really wants.
“She doesn’t want to leave the marriage, and there’s no indication that they’re breaking up for good. But Regina wants to make sure he doesn’t hurt her again. She feels the scandal has made her a public laughingstock.”
[From the National Enquirer, Nov. 23, 2009, print ed.]
From what I’ve read – and I’m no expert here – the only way for a couple to truly make their marriage work after an affair is if the partner that cheated truly is completely open and honest about absolutely every single thing. Not just about the past but also in the present – basically you get to keep nothing to yourself. I can understand how anything less would make the party that was cheated on constantly suspicious and worried and feel like they couldn’t trust them. And no matter what, it will take a long, long time for Regina to trust Dave again. With the lifestyle he lives, it’s perfectly normal for him to be gone for extended periods of time, to have lots of dinners out – he has endless money at his disposal, and lots of legitimate commitments. Which could also mask illegitimate behavior.
Honestly I can’t really see how someone could get past this no matter how sorry the other partner was. It does seem as though Dave is genuinely sorry, but it’s also been a long pattern with him. I guess it will depend on what Regina needs from him, and if Dave can fully give it to her.
Here’s Dave in St. Barths last December. Images thanks to Fame Pictures .