Supermodel Paulina Porizkova says she 'feels betrayed' after being left out of rockstar husband Ric Ocasek's will
Ocasek, who died aged 75 last September and left behind assets worth $5 million, had claimed that the model 'abandoned' him
Czech-born supermodel Paulina Porizkova said she felt "betrayed and hurt" when she found out her late estranged husband, Ric Ocasek, had left her out of his will. The rockstar died aged 75 last September due to hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease along with pulmonary emphysema.
"I would love to be able to be sad and miss him. And not also feel this incredibly hurt and betrayal. It made the grieving process really, really tricky,” Porizkova, 54, told CBS Sunday Morning co-host Anthony Mason, in her first interview after his passing.
The 'Cars' star and Porizkova announced their separation in May 2018 after 28 years of their marriage.
According to People, the couple still lived together at the time of his death and were not legally divorced. She had spoken about being left out of the will earlier in November and while the news was made public at that time, she revealed she knew about it for months.
"I’ve known about the will since the day after Ric passed,” she wrote at the time, noting that despite the news, she had still spoken lovingly of Ocasek on numerous occasions. "All you have heard from me since—is inspite [sic] of that,” she added, including the hashtag "love never dies."
Documents obtained by Page Six show that Ocasek wrote on August 28 and had instructed that Porizkova not receive any of his belongings or money as he claimed the model had “abandoned” him amid their divorce proceedings. The site said he had left behind $5 million in assets.
In her tribute on Instagram, Porizkova said her adoration for the late singer was unchanged despite the split. "His smile and his gaze warmed you and made you feel like the most special person in the world. I had that gaze and smile on me for most of my life,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a throwback photo of the pair. “For a long long time, no one could make me feels as loved as Ric. He was my sun."
"Our separation didn’t alter this one bit,” she added. “He was rising and setting and I planned my life around it as one does a day… His death is the end of my world as I knew it."
Porizkova's full interview with Mason will air on March 1. 'Sunday Morning' on CBS airs on Sundays beginning at 9 am ET.