Hollywood's famous actor Mickey Rourke and actress Carré Otis were madly in love with each other, but their relationship was anything but rainbows and butterflies.
Born on September 28, 1968, in San Francisco, Carré Otis came into the limelight with her sensual performance in the 1989 movie "Wild Orchid."
Otis had captured fans' hearts with her beauty, but they weren't the only ones who had their eyes set on her.
The beautiful actress was working as a model when she first met Mickey Rourke, a rising Hollywood star with a bad boy reputation.
At 20-years-old, Otis was already a supermodel. It was then when she auditioned for the movie "Wild Orchid" and met Rourke, who was her co-star. There, on the sets of the film, a heated romance between the two was born.
In her memoir "Beauty, Disrupted," Otis documented the story of how she first met Rourke. The chemistry between them was strong right from the moment they first saw each other.
Things moved rapidly forward with them, and in a matter of a short time, Otis could not stay away from him. Even when they were separated for a few hours, she would think about being with him again.
According to the actress, she and Rourke had a passionate affair during the making of "Wild Orchid." But as their relationship progressed and they moved in together, Otis realized that the man she was with wasn't really good for her.
Rourke was a jealous lover. In her memoir, Otis detailed an incident when the actor got angry over her nude photoshoot for a magazine.
Mickey Rourke at the Cannes film festival in 2007. | Source: Wikimedia Commons
An excerpt from the memoir published in the New York Post accounted that Rourke later sent goons to hunt down the famously gay photographer Steven Meisel because he was furious at him for taking Otis' picture.
Their relationship took a darker turn when an incident nearly took Otis' life while she was with Rourke.
Once when Otis and Rourke were out on a dinner date, Otis noticed a gun near her feet when they were seated in a car.
She confronted him about the gun, a 357 Magnum, and Rourke put it inside her purse without letting her know.
After the rather uneventful dinner as Otis put it, they headed home. Upon entering the house, Otis slung her bag off her shoulder and tossed it in a corner.
A loud gunshot reverberated in the room, and it wasn't until everyone stared at her with open mouths that Otis noticed that she had a bullet wound on her chest.
The gun inside her handbag had discharged and the bullet hit her right into the chest. Luckily, it missed her heart by two inches and she survived the accident.
After the gun incident, Otis parted ways with Rourke, who pursued a career in boxing because his career as an actor was declining. But it didn't take a long time for Rourke to call Otis back. Then, the unimaginable happened again.
When Otis met Rourke on June 25, 1992, she wasn't prepared for what was coming. She hadn't seen him in months back then.
Rourke pleaded for Otis to take him back until he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Otis didn't know how to respond, but what she was sure of was the fact the love they had wasn't making her happy.
Then Rourke did something that scared Otis to the point that she had no choice but to say yes to him. He pulled out a hari-hari knife from his car trunk and threatened Otis by saying he would kill himself if she didn't answer him.
The duo tied the knot the other day. Six years later in December, they parted ways.
Today, Otis is a married to Matthew Sutton. She a full-time mom to her two kids, Kaya and Jade.