Kaley Cuoco thought she ‘wouldn’t get married again. My ex ruined that word for me’

Cosmopolitan May 2018 Cover

I “get” why Kaley Cuoco is a thing. She has that thing that I always find mystifying: she really is that girl-next-door woman. She’s pretty and cute without being drop-dead, intimidatingly gorgeous. She’s blonde and bubbly but not to a crazy-sugary level. She’s smart about business and dumb about love. It really does feel like you know who she is and that you’ve met a lot of girls and women like her throughout your life. So why, given all of that, would Cosmopolitan select THIS image for their cover? Are they trolling her? Are they mad at her? Good God. She’s much cuter than this in most photos. Anyway, Kaley chats with Cosmo about her engagement to Karl Cook, how her first marriage was a dumpster fire, and how she’s a producer now:

On walking down the aisle for the second time (to fiancée Karl Cook): “I honestly thought I wouldn’t get married again. My ex ruined that word for me. I married someone the first time who completely changed. The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met. And that wasn’t my fault—that was his. I knew how much I had to give and how much I wanted to receive. I knew I just had to be patient…I had to go through a lot of things, but it brought me to Karl.”

On The Big Bang Theory­—and being the second-highest-paid TV actress (behind Sophia Vergara): “I spent my entire 20s on this show. I didn’t have to fight for pay…Knowing what it feels like [to be paid as an equal], I will always take that stand for myself.”

On being a girl boss and running her own production company, Yes, Norman Productions: “I want to be a full-on girl boss. I’ve been in the business so long, and I’ve worked with the best. I don’t let people mess with me. I want to show girls out there that you can be cool, wear yoga clothes, and run your own f—king company. You don’t have to be a guy in a suit. I want this to be a big company. I want to be sitting down a few years from now and have so many projects going. That’s what I’m excited about.”

[From Cosmopolitan]

Fun fact: less than four years ago, Kaley Cuoco was on the cover of magazines talking about how she’s never been a feminist and she doesn’t give a sh-t about equality. How times have changed! Now her talking points are about demanding fair pay and being a “girl boss.”

As for what she says about her first marriage to Ryan Sweeting… “The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met. And that wasn’t my fault—that was his.” I mean… I agree to the sentiment, to a certain degree. Apparently, Sweeting was on painkillers and he was disappearing for days at a time and all of that. But she’s acting like they had this solid base for their marriage in the first place and that’s not the case – they got engaged just a few months after meeting. They moved in together after the first date. She was on the rebound. It was always going to be a disaster! And I don’t believe that she ever thought she would never remarry. That’s not her branding at all! She HAD to remarry, and it had to be the first guy she dated seriously after her first marriage imploded.


Photos courtesy of Jason Kim for Cosmopolitan.

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  1. Savasana Lotus says:

    Wait. This girl confuses me. I don’t watch her show or follow closely but wasn’t she already married like four times for five minutes each? Which ex ruined it? public blaming of her “ex” is real here. Yeeks. Maybe it’s that she was engaged a bunch or had a long string of short lived “serious” relationships. All I know is I’ve seen her constantly over the years in headlines always related to YET ANOTHER new man in her life. Maybe she’s super defensive and projecting because her relationships never work? In which case you can’t really blame the other party for the entirety of its failure can you.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I had to look it up, but according to Wikipedia, she’s been married only once – to Ryan Sweeting (m. 2013; div. 2016). She’s been around for a long time, so it’s easy to think otherwise.

    • CadiC says:

      She’s been engaged several times IIRC, but only the one marriage.

  2. TheOtherOne says:

    Jennifer Aniston 2.0

  3. Shannon says:

    She has a brand? I’m not saying that to be insulting to her – I like to watch her show sometimes, and I think she’s cute and seems nice, I just never thought about her as having a ‘brand’ like, say, Jennifer Garner or Kim Kardashian.

  4. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    Re: never thought I’d get married again.. girrrrl please. Her schtick is the same as Jennifer Love Hewitt. Always has a man, always looking to get him down the aisle. There’s nothing wrong with that, but don’t deny being that girl. She is cute and I like her sentiment on being a girl boss. She’s a little grating though. She got super lucky landing that role on BBT, and she plays Penny well. But she wouldn’t be where she is today without that show.

  5. Pandy says:

    Ouch. The denim skirt pic is worse! Easy to be a girl boss when you probably made $100 million on a show past its prime.

  6. Penelope says:

    I’ve always liked her–she’s relatable, makes dumb relationship mistakes like God knows I have (lol), and seems real. Plus, she does a ton of work for animal charities.

    That cover & the jeans picture (to a lesser extent) do absolutely nothing for her.

  7. Jay says:

    Yeah I share these thoughts. Can’t say it wasn’t your fault – and I’m not saying the pills were!! – when you moved in together after the first date and fast tracked that puppy. Nah.

  8. Flatsy says:

    Her ex didn’t “change”. He was always the same person – a guy who squandered his tennis career because he loved to party, a guy who thought it was fun to propose by pretending to break up with her and making her cry, a guy who was happy to abandon what was left of his career to move into her mansion after the first date, a guy proposed with a ring she clearly paid for herself.

    For her own sake, she should acknowledge her own part in what happened. She ignored all of the warning signs and rushed at warp speed into a marriage with a guy who was clearly a loser and a jerk.

    I think the only reason why she didn’t rush into marriage with her current fiance is because he made her wait.

  9. smee says:

    ITA – those photos are hideous. Makes her nose look wide and her face looks older than she is. She’s doesn’t seem that into style irl, but the clothing in this shoot looks cheap and unflattering.

  10. CadiC says:

    Her character has become the weak link on BBT the last 2-3 seasons. In real life, she does seem to be taking it easier/less marriage happy after the first marriage debacle. They’ve been together a couple years, engaged fairly recently, and at least via IG seem compatible. And his mother is a strong businesswoman independent of his father, so maybe she found some inspiration there.

  11. QueenB says:

    ” My ex ruined that word for me. I married someone the first time who completely changed. The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met. ”

    Girl, then dont marry a man you know for five minutes. I highly doubt he or you changed, you just never knew each other at all.

  12. mkyarwood says:

    RUINNNNED, nm, I do.

  13. Amelie says:

    I can’t feel that sorry for her about her first marriage. She married the guy after like 2 months of dating. In the rare case, sometimes it DOES work out when people rush into things like that but for the most part people are stupid and rush into things when it’s still the whirlwind of being in a new relationship. She was an idiot to do that. It was very obviously a mistake and I don’t even know her. I just remember thinking “This will not end well.”