Even though Mary-Louise Parker isn’t explicitly naming names, she’s naming names.
In the lead-up to the release of her memoir “Dear Mr. You,” many wondered if the “Weeds” star, 51, would address former boyfriend Billy Crudup leaving her for Claire Danes when she was seven months pregnant with their child in 2003.
While she does not specifically name the actor, it’s clear who she’s referring to in the chapter entitled “Dear Mr. Cabdriver.” (Each chapter name follows the “Dear _____” format.)
In the section, part of which was excerpted on Jezebel, the actress recounts an incident in which she was pregnant and driving around Manhattan with a cabby who was helplessly lost. Stressed out, and aware of what was happening, she swore at the cab driver, who stopped and asked her to get out, telling her, “I don’t want you anymore.”
According to Parker, she told him, “No one does,” before assuring him that, “My life is worse than yours in this moment”:
I am alone. Look, see? I am pregnant and alone. It hurts to even breathe.
Your hand slowly went to your mouth
I’m trying to get through it but I’m by myself every night and every morning and no one, nothing helps. I’m sorry I yelled. I can’t get my shoes on anymore. Please, I know I am awful, it’s been made clear but look at me please
Look at me
Parker goes on to recount how the cab driver did do just that, and made a gesture of kindness, one that she remembers to this day. She writes that it was unfair to compare their lives, but that she knows that the incident was one she had to go through.
“I realize now that whatever I was walking through was part of my life, one piece of a bigger story that is mostly beautiful,” she wrote.
Parker and Crudup started dating in 1997, and were together for six years. In 2004, she gave birth to their son, William Atticus Parker.
While neither actor has addressed the end of their relationship, Danes recently opened up about what it was like to be the other woman.
“I was just in love with him and needed to explore that and I was 24 … I didn’t quite know what those consequences would be … but it’s OK … I went through it,” she told Howard Stern last month.