Meg Ryan says ex Dennis Quaid cheated “for a very long time”

Meg Ryan’s adulterous relationship with co-star Russell Crowe was big news back in 2000. She broke up with her then-husband Dennis Quaid after nine years of marriage and it was widely believed at the time that her relationship with Crowe hastened the end of her marriage. Ryan has put rest those rumors, saying that it was her husband who was unfaithful first and that he cheated on her for years before she found solace in the buff arms of her Aussie co-star. She also admitted that she ended the relationship with Crowe, as was rumored at the time, because she couldn’t handle another serious relationship. Ryan doesn’t care that she was called a cheater, though, because she says she was finally “free” and she found it “liberating.”

In 2000, Ryan, now 46, famously had a fling with her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe; the affair ended her marriage to Quaid (with whom she has a son, Jack, 16).

But she tells the new issue of InStyle (excerpted by Entertainment Tonight), “Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful.

“I found out more about that after I was divorced,” she adds.

Of Crowe, she says: “I think he took a big hit. But Russell didn’t break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn’t his fault. I was a mess. I hurt him too at the end. I couldn’t be in another long relationship, it wasn’t the time for that. So I got out.”

She continues, “My time as a scarlet woman was really interesting. As painful as it was, it was also incredible liberating. Now I was utterly free. I didn’t have to care about what people thought.”

She also says being dubbed “America’s Sweetheart” was stifling at the time.

“It’s an old-fashioned idea, so anachronistic. I understood it was a compliment about being lovable, and it felt nice … but it also felt, after a time, like ideas were being projected onto me that had nothing to do with me,” she says.

“The girl next door to what?” she continues. “I never felt like a very conventional person.”

[From US Weekly]

The way Ryan words this is odd. She says Quaid cheated on her, but she kind of implies she didn’t really know about it until after the divorce. Maybe that’s why she kept quiet about it for so long. She deserves some credit for keeping her silence about it. She got branded a cheater, but her husband was doing the same thing to her and she didn’t tell the press until eight years later.

Ryan’s film The Women is number 7 at the US box office after two weeks and has taken in $20 million. It’s not a very strong showing for the film, and it’s also received very bad reviews, with an only 10% aggregate critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s as good a time to bring up a cheating ex husband as any.

Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe are shown below on 7/12/00, credit: WENN. She is shown with Dennis Quaid in 1998 via Meg Ryan is shown in the header on 9/11/08, credit: PRPhotos.

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  1. Susan says:

    I wanted her and Russell Crowe to stay together so bad! And, I always wondered why they broke up. The tabloids said it was him who dumped her — because of his womanizing ways. But, I always thought it was the other way around. I love Meg. I think she’s very underrated as an actress.

  2. daisy424 says:

    Meg was great in City of Angels and Courage Under Fire, but I think her some of her best acting is from romantic comedies.
    Infidelity is hard to deal with.
    I applaud her for keeping that to herself for so many years.

  3. Tess says:

    She is adorable and I first began to appreciate her years ago when she was on a soap—either Guiding Light or ATWT.

    But I thinks she’s got some relationship issues…for instance with her mother.

  4. Baholicious says:

    Landsakes Granny! Who the hell says ‘scarlet woman’ anymore? THAT’s anachronistic.

  5. sandy says:

    I thought it was common knowledge (in the 90’s) that Dennis was a womanizer and Meg went for Russell (sort of) as retaliation.
    Love Russell Crowe!!

  6. jeannified says:

    Uhhh…this info has been out for YEARS! I had heard that Dennis Quaid cheated on her big time for YEARS, and I heard that a while back, while she was with Russell Crowe. That’s why I could understand her stepping out on Dennis. I had heard he was ruthless to her with his cheating.

  7. Lola says:

    I hate her and Russell Crowe. I did buy those stories of her cheating and because I always thought her marriage to Quaid was solid, it was a shock when she blatantly cheated like that. There is always more to these stories than what meets the eye. But good for her for becoming free at last. But does she need to pump her lips like that?

    City of Angels is on my list of all time bad movies. God it sucked. Haven’t watched the women but critics are knocking it left right and centre.

  8. geronimo says:

    I loved Dennis and Meg together (fell totally in love with him on The Big Easy) and was choked when they broke up but, there WERE rumours around at the time that it was him, not her, that was cheating and also other ones about his drinking and other stuff which put me off him at the time.

    I like Meg a lot, hope she continues to get good work (but no more on her face, please.)

  9. Amy says:

    Yeah, I heard about this way back, too! He was supposedly some kind of cheating cokehead and she was always trying to sort him out. I hated it when people would call her an adulterer. She was a saint for putting up with Quaid that long.

  10. Codzilla says:

    Not sure how it’s possible to hate Russell Crowe, but, moving on, I’ve always had a soft spot for Meg. She’s never come across as a Lindsay-like media whore, and aside from some questionably plastic surgery, seems pretty grounded.

  11. KERRI says:

    Why bring this 8-year old mess up again? It’s MOOT!

  12. Syko says:

    I always liked her in the chick flicks. But “City of Angels” brings up memories of horror – being evacuated for a hurricane, stuck for three days in a hotel with NO place to get food except the hotel’s courtesy muffins and bagels for three meals a day, and nothing to do but lie on a bed watching either the news clips of the pier being washed away or “City of Angels” being played over and over on HBO almost as if it was looped, while you wondered how things were at home. I never hear the name of that movie without associating it with the most boring three days of my entire life.

  13. Kaiser says:

    Yeah, Dennis had lots of problems with alcohol, cocaine and women. Meg was kind of a saint to put up with that $hit as long as she did. I think Dennis is a tool in his private life, but a pretty talented actor. Go figure.

    And I always heard/suspected that Meg was the one to break up with Crowe. He was *allegedly* very clingy and passionate, then he just stopped caring when he saw the damage she was doing to his reputation/career.

  14. Ron says:

    When the Plastic Surgeon Strikes: The Meg Ryan Story. A Lifteime telepicture.

    She’s well on her way to the full Micheal.

  15. anony says:

    lol @ the City of Angels on a horror loop. Not funny but the idea… like it was inadvertently torture. Ah.

    I like Crowe and I she’s ok. Quaid cheating I could see, too- not b/c I know anything about the guy but he was a well known actor. It happens. The Women movie looks a fright and I think I’m going to pass. And I love the random chick flick to zone out. 10% only on Rotten Tomatoes? Oh my. Maybe I will watch it the way I made myself watch ‘Gigli’ and ‘Glitter’ b/c the extreme, negative reviews almost fascinated me. I had to see for myself what the damn fuss was all about.

  16. Brenda says:

    Celebitchy, she gave this interview two months ago, so the link low boxoffice – talking about ex is really not there, sorry for ya!

    Agreed: Dennis is a major womanizer and he was lucky she put up with him for as long as she did. And then he was lucky she kept so quiet for such a long time. Maybe it’s time he just admits to being a womanizer. His current wife knows alllllll about that too, now!

  17. anony says:

    Well Brenda there WAs this one story about them being swingers/ trying to get women to come home with them, lol (w/ the new wife) I’m not saying it’s true it was a gossip rag that had it but plenty of stuff like that happens in Hollyweird, ha ha.

  18. that's life says:

    One look at Dennis’ face gives you the proof of his hard living. Doesn’t mean I still don’t love him though.

    And I truly believe that Meg’s relationship with Russell C. was her escape from Dennis’ cheating ways.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  19. vdantev says:

    Little by little she’s turning into a female Joker. Her acting talent except for all of three movies consisted of scrunching up her nose in a cute but annoying way.

  20. Amy says:

    Maybe being cheated on constantly lowered her self esteem enough to Joker-ize her face. Will that wear off or is it permanent?!

  21. Kate says:

    Why bring this up now? These interviews with details like this always seem to coincide with a movie. It is somewhat disingenuous, I think.

  22. miss_kitteh says:

    I think the reason these revelations come out around movie release time is because THAT’S THE TIME PEOPLE WANT TO INTERVIEW THEM. 8)

    I’m pretty sure most celebs would love to see their mug on every cover and read their own prosaic thoughts week after week, but it only happens when they’ve got a project to promote. Many magazine and TV news outlets have ties to the movie industry, so they have an incentive to promote the movies for the good of the corporation.

    And Brenda, I’m sure Meg knows how long it takes for a magazine interview to hit the stands. She may not have been thinking that she would be propping a BAD film, but she certainly was looking for publicity for her movie. She gets paid for that. 😆

  23. JoGirl says:

    Damn, why did she do that to her own face? I just don’t get it.

  24. Dirty Martini says:

    Rumors coming out of moviesets and locations around DQ was that he was one frisky fella ….. no question about the cheating. She acted like a class act with it, cant blame her for coming clean now. ALthough I do agree-the plastic surgery is BAD. She however is totally cool in my book.

  25. stellapurdy says:

    meh, I like them both. I can see him as a cheating dog though. I have to say he was in my town of Syracuse, NY for a movie premier two weeks ago and he was as gracious as anyone could be. He stood in the rain for a few hours signing autographs for the fans that had lined up to watch the celebs walk into the theater.

    By the way, look for the movie coming out on 10/9: The Express, The Ernie Davis Story. And check out the actor who plays Ernie, Rob Brown, yum! 🙂

  26. kate says:

    poor meg – her face is now a sad thing.

  27. Mark says:

    Why do these people get themselves permanently altered like this? Poor thing was beautiful and now forever will look like a freak.

  28. Dingles says:

    I think the real question here is, who -wouldn’t- cheat on their spouses with Russell Crowe? I mean, damn. I could be throwing the bridal bouquet over my head, and if I saw that man, BAM…panties and garters all up on that floor.

  29. Granger says:

    Ugh, I have never liked Meg Ryan and I never will. Her only good role was in When Harry Met Sally, and she’s played the same character ever since.

  30. Kate says:

    miss kitteh – yes, around the time of a movie’s opening is when interviews happen, but lets talk about the movie, okay? Oh, yeah, I forgot, no one would read an interview if it was just about the boring details of a movie. Of course, interviews happen when there is a movie to talk about, but its shameful to spice up an interview with this trash just for the headlines.

  31. Jeanne says:

    Hey wait a minute! Is Meg trying to steal some of the pity limelight from Jennifer Aniston?

  32. shadow side says:

    Meg Ryan took a box-office hit when she lost the “America’s Sweetheart” allure when the affair with Crowe became publicized. But that’s not why her career’s in the tank. She was all set to make a comeback (and break the “America’s Sweetheart” mold once and for all), when she made “In the Cut”.

    The problem was her FACE! She was about 40 at the time when she first having alot of work done. So young to go drastic with it.

    I thought she was a beautiful woman at 40 (before the face transformation) and to this day I think she’s exceptionally talented.

    But now I just can’t look at her. I saw her in a movie trailer (not for her latest film but the one just before it) and I cringed every time she came on the screen. I’m sure her performance was great, but her alien from outer space face was too distracting and I never would have made it through the film.

    Very sad. She once had the kind of natural beauty that didn’t require her to engage in such a radical change to her face. Now because her face is no longer human. It’s very hard to stopping thinking about it when you see her on the screen and trying to concentrate her performance.

    She had the kind of beauty that would have aged very gracefully, and the kind of true talent as an actor that would have kept her career alive for a very long time playing character roles, or roles like Sally Field and Kyra Sedgwick. But that’s hard to do when you don’t look human anymore.

  33. RAN says:

    Shadow side said it best… She was one of those people who were adorable, cuddly and lovable – just to look at her you felt she was “America’s sweetheart”. Once she started messing with her face and Russell Crowe, that perception went downhill.

    I don’t applaud her for trying to bring Dennis Quaid down or for keeping these infidelity rumors quiet. Why bring it up now – at all? If she wasn’t happy in her marriage, she should have left – simple. Publicly cheating on her husband didn’t do her any favors in the long run. It doesn’t matter how she rationalized it.

  34. Ames says:

    How Dennis could have ever cheated on such a beautiful, intelligent, talented woman blows me away. I know many men who would give their right eye to be with someone as gorgeous as Meg!

  35. dawn says:

    Interesting how Quaid, the person who did the cheating is now the injured party babbling self-righteouly about how he’s moved on with his beautiful self.