Oh but to be Kelly Slater, handsome, rich, ageless and wildly talented. The adoration of fans, bonded to many wonderful friends, beloved by supermodels, starlets, “television’s sexiest woman ever” as voted on by America Online users.
Yes, Pamela Anderson and the 11x world champion formed a steamy union for two-ish years in the late 1990s after meeting on the hit show Baywatch wherein Slater played the role of Jimmy Slade across from Anderson’s Casey Jean Parker. The two cut an incredibly fine figure, both on and off screen, a sort of fairytale ideal and it was impossible not to be moved by the sweet amour.
Their demise caused much heartache for surf fans though Slater attempted to buoy spirits by declaring, “I learned a lot (from the relationship). I don’t have any ill feelings toward her. I wish her well. Hey, we had an amazing time together.”
Not having “any ill feelings” toward an ex truly grand.
Well, in a bombshell new memoir titled Love, Pamela, out January 31, the Barb Wire heroine was not so generous and admitted to never loving the multiple time Pipe Master.
In an exclusive excerpt borrowed from People magazine, Anderson writes, “My relationship with Tommy (Lee) may have been the only time I was ever truly in love. We had fun and our rule was no rules.”
Anderson and the Mötley Crüe drummer met pre-Slater and married pre-him too, engaging in a tumultuous affair that included sexual videotapes and jail for domestic abuse. Surf fans might have hoped that the ultra highs and devastating lows would have cast the surf great, his health and wellness, stability etc., in a tender light but I guess not.