Have Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins been having a “secret affair”?

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This week’s Star Magazine has what I found to be a pretty disturbing article that claims that Meg Ryan and Tim Robbins were having an affair while Robbins was still with his longterm partner, Susan Sarandon. Sarandon, 63, has of course moved on to a much younger guy, Jonathan Bricklin, 31, while we haven’t heard much about Robbins’ activities post split. If Star Magazine is to be believed, and they usually aren’t, Robbins has been carrying on with former romcom sweetheart Meg Ryan for years. I’m hoping this story is based on a photo of Robbins and Ryan sitting next to each other while answering phones at the telethon for Haiti. The two starred together in the 1994 movie I.Q. and are likely to have been friends for a long time.

Did Tim Robbins’ secret affair with Meg Ryan help doom his two-decade partnership with Susan Sarandon?…

Star can reveal that behind Susan’s back, Tim, 51, had been quietly hooking up with… Meg [Ryan] off and on for years! “Tim is thrilled that he doesn’t have to sneak around anymore,” says a source. “He’s making it more serious with Meg. He’s even been staying at her L.A. home, on occasion, for months now.”

Still, he and Meg, 48… are in no rush to go public. “Meg worries she’ll be seen as a homewrecker,” says the source. “She’s wanted to keep the relationship under wraps for as long as possible!”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, February 15, 2010]

If more reputable outlets carry this story it might gain some weight. As it is, I’m thinking that Star is hedging their bets by claiming that Meg and Tim are trying to keep their alleged romance under wraps. Plus if that was the case, why did they sit next to each other at the telethon then? It just doesn’t add up. Meg has a history of hooking up with her co-stars though: Dennis Quaid in the early 90s, Russell Crowe in 2000. It’s possible she had something going with Robbins in 1994, which was about six years after Robbins got together with Sarandon and during Ryan’s marriage to Quaid. Maybe the two have had a torch for each other for years. Or maybe Tim and Meg are together now and the relationship grew naturally from friendship and didn’t begin until after Robbins and Sarandon broke up. With Star, you never know if a story is accurate, partially true or just wishful thinking.

The photos below are from 2001.

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  1. Vanessa says:


    I used to like her a long time ago but she needs to wear her hair and dress her age and get better taste in men. I think she is a mess.

  2. Dorothy says:

    OMG Why do I kinda like this???

  3. nAynAy says:

    Vanessa: I’m with you. She’s not a teenager anymore. It’s time to start acting her age. I don’t mean to start wearing a moo-moo dress, but come on. Plus, it seems to me that she has had some cosmetic surgery done.

  4. Tess says:

    Post surgical intervention, she always looks like she’s about a minute away from dissolving into a weepy mess.

    That said, a little affair between them might be fun.

  5. tiki says:

    by definition, no marriage, no affair. nothing illicit about their relationship. tacky maybe, but not illicit.

  6. Ursula says:

    These hollywood types….

    I believe this story since a false story like this would have had lawyers knocking at their door. Meg Ryan needs the money too. So unless they sue, I am believing this storu.

  7. Essie says:

    Ursula, it’s difficult in the U.S. to sue for liable. So, no, a little story in a ragmag would not have lawyers knocking at anybody’s door. Most stars just ignore these things.

    I can’t imagine Tim Robbins being interested in a woman like Meg Ryan and her horrible plastic surgeries after spending years with the totally natural Susan. But, who knows?

  8. Maritza says:

    I kinda like these two together.

  9. Whatever says:

    I would hardly call her a homewrecker. Susan moved on to a ridiculously young guy, so why not let Tim have some fun?

  10. MymaJane says:

    Ewwwww, her profile in the first picture is scary!!!

  11. Kittypants says:

    @MymaJane – I thought exactly the same thing! She was never a raving beauty but all that surgery has left her looking grotesque. Ugh.

  12. Ally says:

    I don’t know, these two kinda make sense together, now that Robbins and Sarandon are over. Plus it’s nice if Robbins is moving on with a peer, and not some twentysomething.

    But Ryan needs to lay off messing with her face. It’s odd to me that someone who so resented their America’s sweetheart image is now so concerned with hanging on to youthful cuteness features (and not even successfully at that). If she really wanted to play gritty, authentic roles, having a natural looking face is de rigueur.

    She still looked like herself in 2001. Now she looks older than she is, and like some desperate, puffed up “real housewife of NY” or something.

  13. lastwordlinda says:

    Does anyone remember Meg when she was on As The World Turns? I remember her hair was always messy and uncombed. Must be her signature look because she has never changed it.

  14. RobN says:

    I can see where Meg could be a breath of fresh air after having been with the Earth Mother type for decades. Maybe every conversation with Meg doesn’t have to be about global warming or how much she hates Republicans. It would be a nice change.

  15. Tess says:


    I do! She was very natural, kind of a breath of fresh air, but frequently seemed unprepared and would kinda blow her lines. It worked for the character, until she seemed to get completely bored with the gig and wanted out.

  16. meme says:

    @Tirza, LOTS of stories about celebs are denied and turn out to be true.

  17. Dolkite says:

    Robbins and Ryan also both were in “Top Gun”…Ryan played Anthony Edwards’ wife, Robbins played Merlin, mainly in the first scenes (though you can see him congratulating Maverick at the end).

  18. lio says:

    Can’t believe anybody could fall in love with Ryan with what she has done to her face…It’s painful just to look at her

  19. snapdragon says:

    meg needs to do something else with her hair – she’s too old for the bedhead/beach- blown look.

  20. emma says:

    i thought meg ryan was with julian mcmahon

  21. JoGirl says:

    Really, her lips are the worst part of her plastic surgery blunders. If she’d just let that filler stuff metabolize out of her body (or whatever happens to it over time), she might look halfway normal again.

    Why are so many plastic surgeons evidently convincing insecure women that they’ll look better/younger with duck lips? It’s just blatantly not true, and I guarantee it’s going to be one of the things that make us look back at this era and cringe in the future – like those huge shoulder pads and big hair in the late 80′s.

  22. lucy2 says:

    I could kind of see them together, but I don’t buy the affair story.
    Meg’s hair has always been a little wacky, I think she thinks that’s her signature look. I always thought she was not beautiful but pretty in a cute way. Now she just looks pained.

  23. lastwordlinda says:

    Tess, that is exactly the way I remember her as well. I have heard that she doesn’t like to think about her days on a soap as she felt it was beneath her, and I do remember she used to diss her fans.

  24. Tammy K. says:

    You know what’s strange? They both have a son named Jack Henry.

  25. Interesting. Could be fun if true. But leave Susan for her? Eh.

  26. kelly says:

    meg is gonna get hurt

    she is his rebound

  27. MYOB says:

    Who cares? She’s done and doesn’t have the staying power or elegance of Meryl Streep.

  28. Kim says:

    Whatever she is injecting into her face – she needs to stop, She looks awful =(

  29. Ruffian9 says:

    Dorothy: I KNOW. But I don’t know why…

  30. Phowie says: