Dennis Quaid’s wife left him because Dennis is a drunk with a temper, sources say

Last week, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid filed for divorce from her husband, actor Dennis Quaid. It was his third marriage. Kimberly cited some long, convoluted reason for the split instead of simply checking the “irreconcilable differences” box, which made people sit up for a second and ask, “OK, is Dennis Quaid a drunk? Is he screwing around? What’s going on?” The answer is probably a little bit of everything. I know you probably don’t care beyond the initial news (that divorce thread ended up being rather hilarious), but I just thought you’d like to know that Us Weekly has sources in the Quaid camp, and they’re talking:

The Quaids have called it quits. Filing for divorce from Dennis Quaid, 57, on March 2 after nearly eight years of marriage, wife Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, 40, cited “conflict of personalities” – and according to one insider, that’s an understatement.

“They’ve has a volatile relationship from day one,” says the source. “When Dennis drinks, he gets a temper, and it’s hard for her to deal with.”

And she had her own insecurities already. “She was jealous and was always paranoid he’d stray. She didn’t trust him and it killed their relationship.”

Three years after their twins, Zoe and Thomas, were born, Kimberly and Dennis traded Hollywood for Austin, Texas. “Kimberly thought moving out of LA would make things better between them,” says the insider. “But it didn’t.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition]

I thought the rumors of Dennis’s past cocaine addiction were just that – rumors. But he’s talked about his addiction issues in previous interviews, and he speaks the language of recovery convincingly. Although… he claims he got clean in the 1980s, when I’ve heard rumors that he was still using during his marriage to Meg Ryan (the 1990s). My point? Why is a former coke addict drinking so heavily? I can understand how an addict hedges – “My issue was with coke, not liquor, so I’m fine” – but Dennis is no spring chicken. He’s 57 years old, and he’s been dealing with addiction for decades. If you’re in recovery, why drown yourself in booze?

As for Kimberly being “jealous” and “paranoid he’d stray” – is it really paranoia if that’s what happened?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Blah says:

    the last picture where he is in is horrendous. the swollen nose and the lobster skin tone is just… Yuck.

    • Kate says:

      Completely agreed… I wouldnt look twice at him on the street. Quiet sad! He used to be very hot! Even in the top picture he still had it. Caught up to him. Bet he’s a real hand full.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        Agreed. How does one go from that top pic to the bottom/lobster pic of him. Goodness gracious.

    • CK says:

      That picture was taken when he was filming “The Special Relationship” where he plays Bill Clinton. He put on around 20 lbs for the role, which he has now lost. Face looks sunburned, but he very well could have been drunk.

  2. brin says:

    I offically sign off on “Hollywood marriages”….nobody is immune to divorce.

  3. Kola says:

    Why is he so red?lol

  4. Lantana says:

    I don’t find any of this surprising. At all. I just know I loved him on Ellen doing his “Dennis Quaid wants a coffee” bit. And I doubt this divorce will keep him out of the limelight, so it’s almost a non-story. I remember him talking about making movie deals in the 80’s where there’d be BOWLS of cocaine on the conference tables because everybody used coke. So, drinking instead…at least it’s cheaper I guess.

    • mia girl says:

      “Dennis Quaid wants a coffee” is often quoted in my house by the whole family! That bit was hilariously awesome.

      I just have to say one snarky thing… her name is Kimberly Buffington?!!! Is that a real name…It sounds like a bad name in a romance novel or in a SNL spoof (ala Greenhilly)

      • Trashaddict says:

        Yeah, and funny thing is, when Meg Ryan’s character splits up with her husband in “When Harry Met Sally”, he has a baby with, and marries, the very next woman, whose name is? (drumroll): Kimberly! Coincidence?

  5. Those Quaid brothers have issues! I thought Dennis was the somewhat “normal” one. Addiction is a bitch. If not dealt with properly, an addict will replace one addiction with another. The way it was stated in the story above, “My issue is with coke, not liquor, so I’m fine.” is actually spot on in several cases.

    • Anonny says:

      Compared to Randy, Dennis *is* normal. That’s the problem with relative comparisons.

  6. Lem says:

    That last picture gave me a horrid flash of him getting ready. Walking around the house, pot belly hanging out, patting his pockets for keys while whistling. ‘Lemme just grab a windbreaker’
    Waa-Waa he just became an old man to me.

  7. k says:

    Can you say “gin blossom”? She’s wise to cut her ties with the Quaids.

  8. Zelda says:

    Friend of mine was working an event where his band was performing.
    He is beyond drunk, tempermental, and a serious, serious womanizer, by her accounts.

    • Cirque28 says:

      Interesting! I believe it all. He has a major drunk with a temper vibe. I could also see him being a real handful as a husband because somehow he looks cranky and demanding.

    • Camille (The original) says:

      I believe it too.

  9. Marjalane says:

    Even though these younger 2nd, 3rd, 4th Hollywood are very pretty- what on earth makes them think a creep is going to clean it up for them?! Older never seems to mean wiser for this group.

    I’ve got to think they go into these marriages knowing there’s going to be some cheating.

  10. Hautie says:

    Everyone was so quick to blame Meg Ryan for their divorce. But she spent his coke fueled/man whoring years married to him. He is a man-whore. And when she finally said so… he got greatly offended.

    But in Texas when you file for divorce. They want details to why you want to divorce.

    It isn’t like California were there are only two options.

    Fraud and irreconcilable differences. We want the exact reason. With proof.

    Let’s hope she hired a great PI and has the proof to get a healthy settlement.

    • Beck says:

      Yeah, I felt pretty bad for Meg Ryan. She stayed with him for years dealing with all of his issues. Then, she got completely slammed for her affair with Russell Crowe (and the breakdown of their marriage), and Dennis got a pass for all of his affairs and substance abuse issues. She had to have put up with a lot with this man.

      • Holly Hobby says:

        I’m more annoyed that she cheated on Dennis with Russell Crowe – fat Russell Crowe because that was when he was heavier. RC was also a jerk during that time.

        I’m also annoyed that she completely changed her face and is unrecognizable. She seems to favor douches because now she’s with beat up John Cougar.

  11. Coucou says:

    OK, Real Housewives of Austin, i can see it starting with her.

  12. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Who will they date next I wonder, will KB stay out of the spotlight or will she go the real housewives route and who will want to date DQ?

  13. danielle says:

    Their body language is weird in all those pictures – they don’t stand close together, and she looks super stiff.

  14. Ravensdaughter says:

    He has had addiction issues for what-30 years at least? A sad story that just demonstrates that addiction is not something that can be “fixed” -it’s a life long battle, and Dennis is losing the battle. Alcohol is a nasty piece of work as far as short and long term effects, but it’s readily accessible.

  15. original sandy says:

    i agree with who ever said these women go into these relationships knowing what they are getting themselves into. ignoring it for what ever reason, do the women think they will change for them?

  16. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Yes, unfortunately. And even sadder is that the late Natasha Richardson was the other big star in the Parent Trap. Great movie, terrible turnout of the stars themselves.

  17. Luise says:

    He is really disgusting with his fat alcoholic nose. Very dissipated. It’s a shame because he used to be so darling.

  18. Patricia says:


    Men who drink and have tempers do not make good husbands OR fathers.

    She’s an idiot and I feel sorry only for those poor kids.

  19. Original Lucy says:

    okay, so its okay for a recovering drug addict to drink all the alcohol they want…so that must mean a recovering alcoholic can do drugs… sweet!!! (rolls eyes)

  20. skuddles says:

    A drunk with a temper… that is precisely how I had this guy pinned.

  21. Daisy says:

    This guy has always needed a nose job. I never got his appeal and now I see why.

  22. Jane says:

    It’s indeed funny how he claimed a few years back that alcohol wasnt his problem. It WAS next to the cocaine. In the late nineties he boasted how he rarely ever drank a drop of alcohol. It’s not untill he started drinking lots of booze that suddenly he started claiming it was never his problem. WHATEVER Dennis. You’re an addict. To Booze, to cheating on your wives and who knows what else….

    I’m sure both Kimberly and Meg Ryan are glad they got rid of you.