Jack Nicholson: ‘I can’t hit on women in public anymore, it just doesn’t feel right’


Last year, Anjelica Huston released her memoir, and there were lots of stories about Jack Nicholson. Anjelica and Jack were a major celebrity couple for seventeen years, mostly in the 1970s and 80s. They adored each other. They were temperamental. He fooled around. A lot. And she stayed with him, until she didn’t. To this day, that relationship is the longest romantic entanglement he ever maintained. He has kids with various women, he’s rich as can be, and he has an art collection worth, easily, hundreds of millions of dollars. So what has Jack been up to recently? Oh, just thinking about mortality and how he might die alone.

He has a reputation as something of a womaniser but Jack Nicholson has admitted he is now lonely and is facing dying alone. The actor said that he still has a “yearning” to be with somebody but believes his chances are “not very realistic”.

The 77-year-old lamented how he cannot chat up women in public anymore and that they no longer trust him because of his reputation as “Jack the Jumper”. Nicholson also opened up about his stormy, decades long affair with Anjelica Huston and described the time they split up as the “toughest period of my life”. In an interview with US magazine Closer, Nicholson spoke with rare candour about how his life of hell-raising had left him bereft. He said he was regretful that his philandering had left him without a steady partner to take care of him in his old age.

Nicholson said: “I would love that one last romance but I’m not very realistic about it happening. What I can’t deny is my yearning. I’m definitely still wild at heart, but I’ve struck biogravity. I can’t hit on women in public anymore. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age. I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I’m successful with affairs of the heart. I don’t think relationships are fixed things. People are necessarily complex and confused beings. We don’t always do the right thing, say the right thing and behave the way we always want to behave.”

Nicholson’s routine these days involves sleeping until 1pm and then having a glass of milk to soothe his stomach. He plays golf, takes a nap or pops next door to the house his friend Marlon Brando used to own in Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Nicholson bought the property to house his art collection – and so he wouldn’t have to deal with neighbours. Rather than partying all night as he used to, his nights are spent in watching films with friends.

Nicholson said: “No woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate – they don’t trust me. They think of my reputation – Jack the Jumper – so I’m damned by what women think.”

For anyone who managed to get a date with Nicholson, he added that he won’t even go out with them anymore.

He said: “I got tired of arguing with women about going to dinner. The food is better at my house.”

A source added: “He’s afraid of dying alone in that house’ referring to his mansion that his children want him to sell. They’ve been encouraging him to downsize and move into a more manageable place in Beverly Hills. But he loves his old place in the Hollywood Hills.”

[From The Telegraph]

Apparently, in this interview, Jack also reacted to some of the stories Anjelica told about him, like how he broke the news to her that Rebecca Broussard was going to have his baby. Jack said about his breakup with Anjelica: “I was annihilated emotionally – that was probably the toughest period of my life. I’m childish and I did make a mistake.” As for the rest of it… I think he’s probably telling the truth about wanting one more big romance, but he’s also telling the truth about being set in his ways. He doesn’t want to go out to eat. He wants to stay home and look at his art and watch movies. Maybe he should just join Match.com. Retired SWM seeking fiery Irish nutjob to watch movies, eat soup and discuss modern art.


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  1. PunkyMomma says:

    Sorry, Jack. Your epic fail at hitting on JLaw at the Academy Awards said it all.

    • littlebitty says:

      Yes, that was painful to watch. He was so drunk-stupid he didn’t even realize his own ridiculousness.

      Guys who need constant validation from women are addicts, sex or love or drugs. They need their fix.

      I think Clooney was/is like Jack – serious addiction issues. He just married someone who will constantly validate him through the compliments she gets.

      Jack should have worked on himself years ago, after losing AH. He might not be in this lonely state now.

      • Prim says:

        Yes, it’s his choice not to work on himself. Many do with far fewer resources and legitimately change their lives. Sex addiction doesn’t have to lead to that kind of teminal loneliness.

      • SnarkySnarkers says:

        *taps on mic* Is this thing on? Leo, are you listening?

      • nan says:

        “I think Clooney was/is like Jack – serious addiction issues. He just married someone who will constantly validate him through the compliments she gets.”

        Bingo, that is it.

      • Mark says:

        Are you getting this from personal experience or just pulling it out of thin air?

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      I love Jack. That was cringeworthy move at the awards with JLAW, but I still find him a lovable rogue.


      • wolfpup says:

        He has”hit” on women (reminding me of violence against women), and also wants one to take care of him… Choke! I believe he cannot find another woman because he is so disrespectful to them – excuses be damned – he’s never stopped being himself. Poor widdle Jack – doesn’t he have a housekeeper to keep him company on the day of passing?

    • Misprounced Name Dropper says:

      He was joking.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    What an unhealthy lifestyle. Sleeping until 1:00? How depressing. I know lots of people in their seventies who are much more vital and young. It’s like he’s just waiting to die. Sad.

    • Frida_K says:

      That, and a glass of milk? Milk encourages phlegm production. His digestion would be much better served by anything other than milk, especially at his age.

      If he wants a better life, he could try therapy, find a great acupuncturist (one who knows a lot about dietary regimens), and an outstanding personal trainer to get him up and moving. He has money and resources. If he sits around and molders it is his own choice. He could do a lot better if he chose.

      It is depressing. He is wasting his life!

      • Lady D says:

        My dr. said milk encouraging phlegm production is a myth. Not arguing with you Frida, I used to think the same way. Just telling you what my dr. said.

      • Frida_K says:

        @Lady D:

        Not a problem. Different interpretations for different schools of thought are fine, I think.

        I am studying (and am a practicing intern) in Chinese medicine and when I say “phlegm” I don’t always mean the tangible phlegm one honks out of one’s nose. Congested body fluid is part of the umbrella term.

        Also, most medical doctors get a lot less study of dietary therapy than would a Chinese physician. AND “milk it does a body good” is a marketing ploy that ignores the realities of factory farming, antibiotics in the cow, plastic containers, etc.

        When I see a patient with certain concerns who drinks milk or eats a lot of cheese, I suggest cutting it out and seeing what happens. People who want to try this do and people who don’t don’t. Based on my professional knowledge, dairy is a good thing to cut out of the diet. However, some people only want to listen to the MD and that is his or her right. Myself, I really am skeptical in response to traditional Western medical doctors.

        There’s room for all of us, and if our work helps the patient, that’s all that matters!


      • Tessy says:

        @Frida_K, I know what you mean about people with certain concerns who drink a lot of milk and eat cheese. My stepmother does both and every time she eats she clears her throat loudly and frequently for at least an hour after. I tried getting her to try stopping the dairy but she refuses.

        I heard that medical doctors get something like 4 hours of nutrition in their 7 years of study. Most of their curriculum now is based on using pharmaceutical prescriptions. I have a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, who practices in the Japanese tradition. She’s amazing.

      • CH2 says:

        I find most doctors annoying. I used to be on so many pills and was able to get off all of t hem by avoiding certain foods and exercising. I like science and I have a graduate degree in a hard science but I wouldn’t take their advice on health. Too many of them overreach instead of saying “I don’t know or I am not sure or it’s possible”…

    • Tiffany says:

      That is what I got from it as well. I mean, he is Jack Nicholson. I will say this, I would love to see that art collection that he has. Word is that it is AMAZBALLS!!!!!

    • Loopy says:

      Very sad to be in such a place, what keeps my parents going after retirement is spending time with their grand kids, he should try that if he doesn’t.

      • tifzlan says:

        Hearing you say that reminded me of my grandparents. They were fiercely devoted to us, especially my grandpa, and i remember as a kid, he would take me out to the mall to play arcade games or bowling or go swimming and then for a yummy fast-food lunch afterwards. Did that every day whenever i was off from school. He passed away last August surrounded by all of us and i think being with his grandkids gave him more life than anything he ever did before he retired.

    • Kiddo says:

      He was kind of cute, or at least very charming in his younger days, but he isn’t anymore. I don’t think he’s so much yearning for love, as much as wanting a house nurse who adores him. Weren’t there rumors that he has dementia too? Meh, it’s sad, but you get what you pay for, in a sense.

      • perplexed says:

        No wonder nobody wants to date him. A lot of these men talk about someone taking care of them, but not what they can offer to the woman. I’m sure somebody out there would probably look past his womanizer reputation as so many women have done in the past, but the whole nurse thing might be the deal-breaker.

        Although I figure a gold-digger might take up the offer.

        Whatever happened to Lara Flynn Boyle?

      • GingerCrunch says:

        Hey, Jack! At least you’ve got all those hot memories of your debauched lifestyle to keep you warm in your big, lonely bed. I do like that he’s being honest now and providing a public service to current a**wipes…as if they’d take heed, though.

    • Sea Dragon says:

      Keaton was on Conan the other day and said when they were filming Batman, Jack was never on set before ten o’clock because he was out partying until three or four a.m. Anyone ask when he turns in? Man’s a night owl. He could easily fall asleep at the same time and have tacked on another two or three hours. Imo, that’s not so bad for a 77 year old.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        To each his own. I think sleeping until one in the afternoon is depressing. Half the day is wasted just so you can stay out drinking until 3:00 a.m.? I sort of moved past that in my twenties, but whatever.

      • Kiddo says:

        Older people sleep at weird times even if they don’t party.

  3. Talie says:

    After reading Anjelica’s memoir and seeing her on a couple talkshows, I do kind of hold out hope that maybe these two can get back together…she’s younger though, so I’m sure she wants more than to be a companion to a, now, old man.

    • Someonestolemyname says:

      I always hoped he and Angelica would get back together too.

    • homegrrrl says:

      Angelica Houston wouldn’t have wanted him if he was a “nice” or “good” man. It takes two to make crappily ever after, and I don’t feel sorry for her atall.

  4. Loopy says:

    Here is a warning to Leonardo Dicaprio.

    • mkyarwood says:

      He IS Leonardo DiCaprio. Anjelica looks amazing in that shot.

    • Nikki says:

      The ghost of Christmas future, Leo!

    • Mel M says:

      MTE, Leo should take note.

    • Skeptic in the room says:

      Haha. Samesies. We were thinking alike.

      Now that I think about it though, I think Jack is alone by choice. No way a wealthy old decrepit fool with one foot in the grave cant find a cocktail girl to come in and play pretend until he kicks it. Sure it wont be genuine affection between them but he is used to that going by the last 50 years.

      • perplexed says:

        That’s a good point. If Hugh Hefner can have a harem of women, I’m a little surprised Jack Nicholson can’t pull one. Unless he’s actually expecting sincerity…

      • Ganger says:

        I thought the same thing. But it sounds like he’s saying that most of the women who are interested in him want to go OUT, and he’d rather just stay at home. It would be hard for a pretty young thing to accept that old-man lifestyle for more than a couple of years, no matter HOW good an actress she was. 🙂

    • neelyo says:

      Was watching THE GREAT GATSBY and was struck how much DiCaprio reminds me of Nicholson…minus the manliness, sex appeal and humor. And DiCaprio’s not nearly as talented.

    • Talie says:

      True — looks-wise.

      But the longest Leo ever made it with someone was Gisele and they were hardly an iconic pair — and she most certainly upgraded! He could stand to learn something from Jack when it comes to having some sparkle in his personal life.

    • Misprounced Name Dropper says:

      Don’t listen to them, Leo. If it’s not broken don’t fix it.

      • homegrrrl says:

        Sometimes these decrepit aged bad boys have someone to care for them tenderly and sincerely in old age. He’s not alone because he was a “player”; this is just bad random luck.

  5. Skeptic in the room says:

    Leo you future beckons.

  6. Sea Dragon says:

    Smart way to advertise, Jack. Queue every golddigger in a 100 mile radius.

    • FallingLeaves says:

      That’s what I thought too …. he’s just advertising, again. He said the same thing a few years ago. He wanted just one more romance. Then soon after he was quoted as saying he’d shagged 5 women in the past month. One in her 20’s. I’m guessing he paid that one 😉

      • Sea Dragon says:

        Yeah. Plus he said “in public”. It sounds like he hasn’t changed his act behind closed doors.

  7. jen says:

    I see what you did there, Jack. Oh woe is me I’m so alone and all I want is that special someone….

  8. Santolina says:

    Sad, but it’s like he never really grew up. How about trying to make the world a better place, Jack? How about helping young artists? Your art collection can’t love you. GIVE BACK, JACK.

    • anon says:

      Exactly. It is like he has no purpose in life.

    • littlebitty says:

      “it’s like he never grow up. ” Addicts don’t. They get stuck at the age they start using. He must still be a 20-something emotionally. Depression is common as well. Not surprised by this story.

    • Kiddo says:

      I’m guessing he might not get many visits from his kids?

      • manta says:

        I regularly see pictures of him and his daughter (Lorraine?) at the Lakers games.

        They look like they have a good time, but, hey, smiley pictures don’t tell what goes on behind closed doors.

      • Kiddo says:

        Well that’s good.

  9. doofus says:

    hey, I’m a fiery Irish nutjob who watches movies and likes soup!

  10. minx says:

    Yeah, right. The women he wants to be with–younger attractive women–just don’t want to be with him anymore, unless they are after money. He has aged horribly. It’s his life and he has lived it the way he wanted, but that’s the risk; he sounds very lonely.

  11. Jayna says:

    He just can’t hit on women in public like he used to is what he’s saying. The man is still a roamer and could have a woman living there being his main woman. He doesn’t want it because he still wants young things, not some 50-year-old even. Remember how he hit on Jennifer Lawrence (probably while drunk). He is what he is. Jack is old but still a charmer, so still has plenty of women wanting to be with him, even in their 40s. He wants a hot young thing, is his problem. But, hey, Al Pacino is doing it. He is 74 with a sexy 35-year-old. Look at Clint Eastwood. He’s 84 and is dating someone that looks to be at the very least 44 years younger than him, if not more.

    • manta says:

      Let’s not forget about 84 year old Robert Duvall and his current wife, 42 or 43.
      They’ve been together for more than 10 years, so he began dating her in her early 30’s.
      They were pictured together at the GG and what a sight !

      Or think Charles Bronson, who, at 77,after a few years of widowood, managed to find and marry some aging Barbie type to spend his last yers with.
      I can see Nicholson going that path.

  12. Delta Juliet says:

    His reputation is of his own doing, so it’s kind of hard to really feel bad for him. Hey Jack? No one lives forever, and everyone gets old! Never thought it would happen to you, eh?

    I agree with the commenter above who said it’s all about that the woman can do for him. SWOON! Sign me up! No wonder they don’t want him.

  13. scout says:

    Leo DiCaprio eerily looks like younger version of Jack, hope Leo doesn’t end up like this one without anybody’s companionship in the end. Sad.
    Downsizing and a simple active life sounds good, hope his kids will be helpful and kind to him until the end. Wonder if he is wise enough now to have a bucket list to apologize to all those he offended and disrespected when he was younger, starting with Huston? Peace of mind and guilt free life are great feelings to have at the last segment of your life.

  14. Ann says:

    I think he probably got shot down WAY too many times by the many undoubtedly much younger women he was hitting on and then decided “it just didn’t feel right”. Even rich old men can’t get any woman they want since a lot of young women prefer young men as sexual/romantic partners.

  15. Maria says:

    what did he expect? that he would break many hearts and never pay for it? if you also screw around with people in relationships, i have no pity if you end up lonely.

  16. QQ says:

    Oh Boo HOOO!! The Tiniest Baby Ant is Playing a Super Sad Violin tune Called Dicaprio’s Future Lament about how sad is to be an Old Bloated Boozy Former Playboy that never developed an actual Like for his prey and Now looks like an Ugly Saucy Grandpa!! SO SO SO OOOOOO Sad, won’t ya’ll donate to the Grandpa Wants a GF 20 Years His Junior Fund??? *Sarah McLaughlan Angel Plays*

    • jinni says:

      LOL! Dying at the Sarah McLachlan reference.

      I completely agree with you. I have no problem with a man that doesn’t want to settle down and have all of the fun that he wants. But it wasn’t like he was decent to these women and they all think of him fondly. He was an ass to a lot of them and treated them like complete and utter disposable crap. After decades of that kind of behavior he wants sympathy because he can no longer get young women genuinely interested in him anymore. He only regrets the life he’s lead now that the outside resembles the inside and they can see just how gross he is behind his “charming” personality and want no part of him.
      He can go cry me a river because he is reaping what he spent years sowing.

      As for the people referencing Leo, as long as Lukas never settles down and finds someone Leo’ll never be alone like Jack. Sometimes I wonder if Lukas has sacrificed his career and love life for Leo. Has Lukas ever had a long term relationship with anyone? Because it looks like he just spends his days following and catering to Leo.

      • QQ says:

        Good Question… outside of Leftover Poon what’s in it for lukas haas as a Hanger on?

        Lukas Haas: The Final Jeopardy Question, Inside an Enigma Inside of the Last Matriushka Doll

    • CH2 says:

      haha except it’s more like 40 years his junior.

  17. FingerBinger says:

    Jack should go hand out with Hef at the Playboy mansion. I’m sure one of the playmates can be a nurse too.

  18. Cindy says:

    Blech. Sorry, no pity here. He said himself, he would still be doing the same things, except for the fact that his old age prevents him. What an empty, selfish life.

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  20. Diana B says:

    That’s just plain sad. This is what everyone living la vida loca in their younger years should think about. Do you feel comfortable dying alone? Is anybody going to be there for you when you’re old and don’t feel like partying anymore?

  21. Anastasia says:

    It’s appropriate that he owns Marlon Brando’s old house!

  22. taxi says:

    There are enough young CEOs, media & tech millionaires around that it’s not as easy as it used to be for old dudes to land a young, gorgeous & loyal gold digger. Jack likes ’em young.

    His house was party central for the barely legal cuties who liked free booze & other refreshments in the company of Jack’s guy pals. For the regular players at Jack’s It was like a weekly reunion for girls from Beverly Hills High School & some of the private schools.

  23. Misprounced Name Dropper says:

    We come in alone and go out alone, regardless of whether you play the field or settle down.

    • Patty says:

      Yes dying is a singular experience but there is a difference between having a loved one with you and not having anyone. Nobody wants to be alone at the end of their life and while family and friends are great; there is a special bond that exist when people are coupled up.

      • Misprounced Name Dropper says:

        Unless you both die at the same time one of you is going to die alone. I don’t think fear of dying alone is a good reason to resign yourself to a long term relationship. Personally I’m never happier than when I’m happy in my own company.

  24. nan says:

    What, he can’t find a 20-year-old who’ll gladly date him for his money?

  25. Misprounced Name Dropper says:

    We live in a youth obsessed culture that constantly indoctrunates the public about the virtues of conventionally attractive young women, and about how women should aspire to emulate them and how men (or gay women) should pursue them, yet when older men and women take drastic steps to look younger or pursue younger people they’re ridiculed for it. Am I the only one who thinks that’s a little strange?

  26. Lisa says:

    Oh, too bad.

  27. Bob Noxious says:

    Just because you’re rich doesn’t overcome the fact that you’re old, fat, smell like Preparation H and have “death breath.” Just pay up and you’ll die with any number of “working girls” or young “actresses” in your death bed. You have used up all the “goods” in your life.

  28. Anotherdirtymartini says:

    Wah wah wah, Jack.