Supermodel Paulina Porizkova recently reminisced about the first time she had dinner with her late ex-husband Ric Ocasek after they met on the set of the music video for “Drive.” She shared a photo of herself sitting at the Odeon restaurant and opened up about what an awkward but influential night it ended up being in her life. She admitted they were joined by actor Timothy Hutton and members of Ric’s band The Cars.
She recalled, “I hardly noticed anyone else but the tall, lanky and [awkwardly] elegant man with turquoise eyes next to me. At one point, in the middle of dinner, and on my dare, he stood up and walked over [to]… a small table by the wall where a couple was having a romantic dinner. Without a word, he pushed condiments and food aside and then got up on the table, folding his body so the entirety of him fit right on the tabletop, along with the plates and food.”
Paulina Porizkova recalls her first dinner with Ric Ocasek
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She continued, “I thought he was the most compelling man I had ever met. Confident and funny in [an] absurdist Monty Python-esque way.” Even so, she said that she isn’t sure those same moves would work on her today at 57 years old. Ric and Paulina began dating soon after, with Paulina in the dark that he was actually married and had children.
Ultimately, after three years of dating secretly, he left his wife for Paulina and they were married for almost 30 years. They had two sons together and Paulina even took care of him when his health was failing prior to his death in 2019.
When he died from hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, he left Paulina with nothing, which she admitted devastated her after all she did for him.