After ending her marriage of 26 years, Martha Stewart finally opened up about her dreadful divorce from her ex-husband Andrew Steward. Along the way, it was revealed detailed instances of Martha's shortcomings that contributed to the separation. However, over three decades since the breakup, Martha talked about the complexities of navigating the dating world at 80.
Martha and Andrew Stewart met on a blind date in 1961 while still in university. The lifestyle guru studied European history and architectural history at Barnard College, and Andrew was a law student at Yale.
That first date was all the Stewarts needed because they fell in love instantly, and things started getting serious quickly. Within a year of that blind date, Martha and Andrew married and managed to afford themselves a comfortable life very early in their relationship.
Martha and Andrew Stewart photographed outside their home in 1980. | Source: Getty Images
The couple had an apartment in Manhattan and another property they restored together in the Berkshires. Four years later, Martha and Andrew decided to start a family and welcomed their daughter Alexis Stewart.
The couple's family also did not see any red flags in the Stewarts' marriage at the beginning. Martha's family was very pleased with Andrew; the lifestyle mogul's brother George described them as "a gorgeous couple."
Her sister Kathy also told People's magazine: "Andy was wonderful — like a brother, and Martha was a real mentor." At this point, Martha and Steward were on the right track, and everything seemed to fall into place.
INSIDE MARTHA STEWART'S TUMULTUOUS MARRIAGE
Martha and Andrew Stewart baking in their kitchen. | Source: Getty Images
Jerry Oppenheimer, the author who dedicated his book "Just Desserts" to investigating Martha's life and interviewing several of her close friends and family, said he is surprised Martha is still searching for a partner after "a terrible history through the years with men."
In an exclusive interview with Mail Online, Oppenheimer's sources revealed shocking details about Martha's upbringing and how it shaped her relationship with men. The New York bestselling author also spoke about how the American businesswoman mistreated her husband, Andrew, throughout their quarter-century marriage.
Martha Stewart in California 1989. | Source: Getty Images
One of the close sources interviewed by Oppenheimer said Martha grew up in a family led by a "mean-spirited father." According to them, the impact of not having a male figure to look up to translated into Martha being "a man chaser and a man-hater."
Oppenheimer's biography, "Just Desserts," exposed Martha as the instigator of most problems in the marriage who treated Andrew "shabbily." One insider recalled Martha starting arguments out of the most insignificant matters.
The close source said Martha would say things such as; "You didn't load the car right! How can you take so long to get the car unloaded? Why are you so sloppy? How could you forget this or that," which caused Andrew a lot of anger and anxiety that had a long term effect on their marriage.
Martha Stewart in New York, 2017. | Source: Getty Images
Some of the staff that worked at the Stewarts Westport home in Turkey Hill started referring to the place as "Turley Hell" because Martha ill-treated her husband. The staff members questioned by Oppenheimer even said she handled Andrew like "a dog turd."
Martha jokingly told Handler that she hopes her friends will die so she can get a shot at their husbands.
The horrific ups and downs in Stewart's marriage led to both of them confessing to being unfaithful during the marriage. According to the "Just Desserts" biography, Martha excused her infidelity as "a one-time thing" and an experiment. Eventually, that also led to Andrew revealing his cheating during an argument as a "two-way thing."
Martha Stewart in Beverly Hills California 2019. |Source: Getty Images
And this turbulent marriage affected the Stewarts' only child, Alexis. The then46-year-old confessed in her book "Whateverland: Learning to Live Here," published in 2011, that her home life was not enjoyable.
The mother and daughter had a challenging relationship, but it got better after Martha spent five years in federal prison lying to investigators about a well-timed stock sale.
Martha Stewart and her daughter Alexis Stewart in New York 2010. | Source: Getty Images
Thirty years after her divorce, Martha gave an exclusive interview to People Magazine about her divorce. The 80-year-old television personality said getting divorced was one of her worst experiences. Martha said:
"Getting divorced was a terrible thing for me because we were the first to divorce in my family. And that we haven’t spoken since the divorce is even more painful."
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Martha Stewart in Austin Texas 2019. | Source: Getty Images
After ending her marriage of more than two decades, Martha had not said much about her dating life. However, the business mogul did hint that she is off the market on the Thursday night interview on "Watch What Happens Live" with Andy Cohen in 2021.
Martha did not give many details about her romantic life, but she gushed over her dinner with the late television host, Larry King.
In the "Watch what happens Live" interview, Martha said she had a dinner date with King that she thought would be a night of talking about journalism, but King reportedly got flirty. The 80-year-old told Cohen that King was the "nicest and kindest" interviewer she's ever encountered.
MARTHA STEWART WISHES ALL HER CRUSHES WOULD NOT BE MARRIED
Martha Stewart in New York 2020. | Source: Getty Images
Martha Stewart visited her friend Chelsea Handler on her latest podcast episode, "Dear Chelsea." Martha and her comedian friend Handler once went viral for their famous poolside selfies, but this time long-term friends let us in on a conversation about dating at an older age.
Martha told Handler she had two crushes who she later found out were married to her friends. Handler immediately warned her friend not to end up as the person that ruins a relationship; however, Martha said she has never, even though she has been tempted in the past.
Despite Handler's warning, the podcast host said dating at their age, the temptation of dating a married person is stronger because some relationships might seem temporary. Martha jokingly told Handler that she hopes her friends will die so she can get a shot at their husbands, but that has not worked out for her.
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