Robin Williams’ first wife reveals the late comedian cheated during their marriage

Kristine Tarbert
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Late comedian Robin Williams’ first wife has revealed her then husband cheated during their marriage.

Opening up in the new HBO documentary about the actor Come Inside My Mind, Valerie Velardi admitted she knew about, and allowed the infidelity to continue while they were married, the New York Post reports.

“He loved women,” Valerie Velardi said in the film.

Robin Williams and wife Valerie Velardi circa 1979 in New York. Photo: Getty

“Absolutely loved women. And I got it.

“I understood and I wanted him to have that, but I also wanted him to come home.”

Valerie was married to Robin from 1978 to 1988, after the pair met at a bar in San Francisco in 1976, when he was relatively unknown.

The couple had one son together, Zachary ‘Zack’ Pym, who also did an interview for the documentary.

Four years after his tragic death, the completed documentary was understandably a tough feat for the film’s makers to convince the late actor’s family and close friends to open up.

“There are people who didn’t want to be interviewed,” Marina Zenovich, the director of Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind, revealed to BUILD.

So I would consider those my toughest interviews.”

Robin Williams tragically took his own life in 2014. Photo: Getty

Marina also interviewed some famous friends of Williams, who were happy to open up about their experiences with and opinions of the movie star.

“Everybody just kind of came so open,” she explained.

“I didn’t know what to expect from Steve Martin or David Letterman. Those are two interviews that I thought would be tough but they weren’t.

Last month, Marina and executive producer David Steinberg presented the documentary at its premiere in Los Angeles, remembering Robin who tragically took his own life in 2014.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

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