"He loved women": Robin Williams' first wife Valerie Velardi says she tolerated his many infidelities during their marriage
Valerie Velardi revealed she allowed the late comedian’s infidelity during their decade of marriage as long as he came back home
Four years after Robin Williams death, his first wife opened up about his infidelity and hinted that she "understood" his desire to find love with other women. Valerie Velardi was married to the late Hollywood star between 1978 and 1988. In a new HBO documentary, 'Come Inside My Mind,' she says she knew her former husband "loved" women and shares insight on her marriage to the star.
Valerie, who has a 35-year-old son, Zachary, with the actor explains how they met and how she instantly fell for his charms. “He loved women. Absolutely loved women. And I got it,” Valerie says in the documentary. “I understood and I wanted him to have that. But I also wanted him to come home,” she adds.
Velardi met Williams at a bar in San Francisco in 1976 before he was a famous actor and comedian. Opening about their love story Valerie says' “He was bartending. He had a French accent, offered me a drink, chatted me up and was absolutely delightful."
“He asked me for a ride home. He was speaking French and I was teasing him and we had a kiss. And I just knew I was going to see him again,” she adds. Velardi was finishing up her degree as their relationship grew. “He was always looking for a connection or another character or an accent,” she says of Williams. “He was shameless. He would just do it.”
After the birth of Zachary in April 1983, Robin left Valerie for their son’s nanny, Marsha Garces. Valerie and Robin divorced in 1988 and he married Marsha in 1989 while she was pregnant with their first child, daughter Zelda, now 28. Robin and Marsha had a son, Cody, together in November 1991 – but went on to divorce in 2010 after Marsha filed for a split in 2008 citing irreconcilable differences.
Following their divorce, Robin tied-the-knot with his third wife, Susan Schneider, in October 2011 and they remained married until Robin’s tragic death in 2014. The Oscar-winning actor died at the age of 63 by committing suicide by hanging. He is best known as the voice of the Genie in Disney’s animated classic 'Aladdin,' the title role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' and TV comedy 'Mork & Mindy' (among many others). He received four Academy Award nominations and won for 1997's 'Good Will Hunting.'