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Brigitte Nielsen on Her Marriage to Sylvester Stallone: ‘He’s a Horrible Husband’

Oyin Balogun
Nov 15, 2019
09:30 A.M.
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Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone's relationship might have lasted for only two years, but it was one worthy of being remembered for all time, and it wasn't all pleasant.

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In the '80s, there were two Hollywood stars with the world at their feet, Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen. 

The former was riding on the success of his action films like "Rambo" while the latter was fresh off "Red Sonja," where she starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen at their wedding ceremony at the home of Rocky producer, Irwin Winkler | Photo: Getty Images

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NIELSON DOES NOT WANT A DO-OVER

Nielsen and Stallone met in the mid-'80s, but they were both married to different people at the time. The actor was married to Sasha Czack, while the actress was married to Kasper Winding. 

Although the "Expendables" star was 17 years older than the Danish actress, it didn't stop them from falling in love and divorcing their spouses to get married in '85.

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The move had them in the wrong headlines, and the tabloid coverage continued throughout their two-year marriage. For the duration of their union, Nielsen was mostly unhappy, which contributed to the brevity. 

After the marriage ended, the Copenhagen-born actress got blacklisted in Hollywood and had to move back to Europe to start anew. It was a trying time for Nielsen, and she blamed it on her failed marriage to Stallone.

In 2017, the "Cobra" star said if she could turn back time, she would not marry the actor, as things moved too quickly between them, and she knew their marriage wasn't right from the onset.

Brigitte Nielsen and Sylvester Stallone at Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City - August 6, 1985 | Photo: Getty Images

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STALLONE WAS A HORRIBLE HUSBAND

In February, she opened up about her time with the California resident during an interview with Larry King. While discussing the hit Oscar-winning movie, "Rocky" which the two exes starred on, the "Case of the Golden Rose" star said,

"You know what, you can say there are a lot of good things about Sylvester, [but] he's a horrible husband, at least he was when we were married."

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Nielsen, who was 22 when she married the actor, worked with him on the second installment of the movie, "Creed II," and she told King about working with her ex,

"We got along because we are two professionals; first of all, it was a long time ago, and everything kind of dismisses out. He's a pro, and I'm a pro."

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THEY STAYED IN THEIR CORNERS 

The actress added that she and Stallone treat each other with respect and dignity, and they've buried the hatchet, leaving the past where it belongs.

In an earlier interview with People, Nielsen pointed out that while they filmed "Creed II," 

"[Stallone] stayed in the American corner, and I stayed in the Russian corner. We were on opposite sides, but it was pleasant."

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen during "Cuba & The Teddy Bear" Performance - August 20, 1986 | Photo: Getty Images

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The actress acknowledged that it was an emotional experience, and it got compounded with the fact that she was seven months pregnant with her fifth child at the time and trying to hide it. 

The pregnancy later got discovered, but it didn't affect the former couple's relationship. 

Nielsen's fifth child is her first with her fifth husband, the Italian model, Mattia Dessi; her marriage to Stallone is the only one without a child. 

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She was 54 when she had her daughter, Frida, in June 2018, and the baby came after ten years of trying IVF. She told The Guardian about the experience,

"It was always like, I want to do it until there are no more embryos left. Someone has to win the lottery."

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THEY ARE DOING GREAT IN THEIR LIVES

The mom-of-five dotes on her little girl, and her Instagram account is filled with pictures of the two of them, including the one they took dressed as unicorns during Halloween.

She also has four sons, Julian, Killian, Douglas, and Raoul. With the reprisal of "Ludmilla Drago" on "Creed II," Nielsen is slowly getting reintegrated into Hollywood, and might star in the remake of "Red Sonja."

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Stallone, on the other hand, never left Hollywood and continues to enjoy success at the box office. In '97, he married Jennifer Flavin, with whom he shares three daughters, Sistine, Sophia, and Scarlet. 

The actor recently stepped out to the premiere of the HBO documentary of Ralph Lauren, with his wife and eldest daughter, and shared a photo of the three of them on Instagram.

Nielsen and Stallone are doing great in their lives, and are happy with the people they are married to, and the family they have.

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