Couple that inspired 'The Vow' getting divorced after 25 years of marriage as wife opens up about husband's infidelity
Without going into any specific details on the matter, Krickitt said she learned her husband had been having an extramarital affair
Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, the real-life couple and inspiration behind the 2012 romantic drama 'The Vow', have reportedly announced that they are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage. In a conversation with Inside Edition, Krickitt confirmed the heartbreaking news this week.
Without going into any specific details of the matter, Krickitt said she learned her husband had been having an extramarital affair. "Kim was having an affair," the mother-of-two said in the sit-down interview. "I never thought that [this] is the road I would ever go down, because I made a vow for life."
The former lovebirds tied the knot in a dreamy 1993 candlelit ceremony, and only 10 weeks after their wedding, Kim and Krickitt were involved in a life-threatening car crash on Thanksgiving. The new bride was unconscious when help arrived, and she had to be cut out of the car before she was airlifted to the hospital.
"I knew nothing until I awoke from a coma almost four months later, with no idea where I was or what had happened," Krickitt previously told the Daily Mail. The couple had reportedly been driving from their home in New Mexico to Krickitt's parents home in Arizona when Krickitt attempted to swerve around a slow-moving lorry.
A truck, which had been traveling closely behind their car slammed into them from behind and sent their vehicle flying. "Not only did she not remember that we were married, but she didn’t even recognize me," Kim also said. "I was devastated, of course, but I tried not to dwell on it because I was just so glad she was alive."
Kim had broken ribs, a broken nose, abrasions and lacerations over his body as a result of the holiday accident, while Krickitt had to go to rehab, where Kim had to act as a father to his new bride, rather than a husband. "I felt as if my role had changed from being a husband to being a father... I did push her in rehab."
"She was a former gymnast who used to be able to do back flips on a 4-inch beam, and [she] could barely stand up. She hated the therapy, and she hated me for making her do it. She kept telling me: 'I don’t know you, go back to where you came from.' We really didn’t get along."
The couple later underwent counseling, so as to regrow their love and reform their connection, where they were forced to begin their relationship with dinner and movie dates as well as long walks together. "Slowly and steadily, we created those memories together, and everything else slowly started to fall into place," said Krickitt.
"Slowly, over time, my love did grow for Kim deeply, but it was never a fluffy, gooey falling-in-love feeling again. I know that is what everyone wants to hear, but that is not what happened the second time around. My heart didn’t skip beats; I didn’t feel swept off my feet. I would love to have felt that, but it isn’t the truth - I made a choice to love him."
In 1996, the couple renewed their vows, and by 2000, Krickett gave birth to their first child, Danny, followed by Leann in 2003. Their love story inspired the beloved 2012 blockbuster 'The Vow' - starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
Krickitt however, was left shocked after she discovered her husband's infidelity. "I kind of... just figured it out. It was shocking and surprising to me because we were so committed to each other and to the vow," she told Inside Edition.
"I am thankful for the 25 years that I had. I have two amazing children and we had so many great times together," she added. When asked if she still believes in love, Krickitt replied with a smile: "I do."