By Kathleen Joyce, ,
Published July 28, 2018
Robin Williams’ first wife Valerie Velardi has admitted she allowed the late comedian’s infidelity during their marriage.
Velardi, who was married to Williams from 1978 to 1988, opened up about the “Good Will Hunting” star in the new HBO documentary “Come Inside My Mind," the Daily Mail reported.
“He loved women,” she said. “Absolutely loved women. And I got it.”
“I understood and I wanted him to have that, but I also wanted him to come home,” she continued.
Velardi said she met Williams at a bar in San Francisco in 1976 when he was relatively unknown. She said he asked her 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 said.
Velardi said she was finishing up her degree as their relationship grew.
“He was always looking for a connection or another character or an accent,” she said of Williams. “He was shameless. He would just do it.”
The couple had one son together, Zachary “Zack” Pym but their marriage ended in 1988. She said they drifted apart after a while and she became less involved in his career that was growing.
“So we gave each other up,” Velardi said.
Williams suffered from dementia and killed himself in August 2014 at age 63. He received four Academy Award nominations and won for 1997's "Good Will Hunting."
A number of other celebrities are featured in the documentary including Billy Crystal and David Letterman.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.