Did you find Brittany and Simon to be an … unusual pairing? If so, you’re not the only one.
Simon may have been deeply in love with his wife, but former New York Post reporter Matt Donnelly found the two to be the ultimate odd couple.
“They were a strange pair,” said Donnelly, who is now the writer of the Los Angeles Times’ Ministry of Gossip column, on Dec 21. “Hollywood via London via Outer Space. But they were in love.”
Donnelly, who hung out with the couple during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, recalls that the pair declined to address or comment on the nasty rumors that had been swarming them since their 2007 wedding — specifically that Simon’s visa conveniently expired when they tied the knot and that he allegedly had multiple debts.
But Brittany’s husband opened up to Donnelly, revealing one particularly interesting tidbit about their marriage: Simon said he fell in love with Brittany when he shot the first editorial photo of her for Jane magazine. But because she was underage at the time, Brittany was off limits and “too young to touch,” Simon told Matt, adding, “To make a long story short, I was very patient.”
Regardless of public perception, Donnelly only saw Simon to be one thing: A doting husband who “traded barbs and stole kisses” with his wife, while making sure her work schedule was the priority.
We can’t imagine what Simon is going through right now, and our thoughts go out to him during this incredibly difficult time.
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