Actor Sean Connery died at home in his sleep in the Bahamas on Oct. 31, 2020, after suffering from a long illness. Connery is best known as the original 007 and starred in seven James Bond films ending with 1983’s Never Say Never Again. He is survived by his second wife, French painter Micheline Roquebrune, his son Jason Connery, and a grandson, Dashiell.
Connery was married to Roquebrune since 1975 and had previously been married to Diane Cilento from 1962 to 1973. The Goldfinger actor was known as a ladies man, and he was said to have had numerous affairs throughout his marriages, per the tabloid Daily Mail. One of Sean Connery’s most “famous” trysts was with pop singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul (above). According to The Evening Standard, their affair lasted for several months in 1989 while he was married to Roquebrune. Keep reading for more on why Lynsey de Paul would later regret her romance with Sean Connery.
Lynsey de Paul deeply regretted her affair with Sean Connery
Lynsey de Paul met Sean Connery at a cocktail party in 1989 while she was sitting next to Connery’s wife, Micheline Roquebrune, on a sofa. De Paul revealed to The Evening Standard in 2007 that Connery gave her his phone number and pursued her relentlessly. But the affair would end abruptly. The couple met up one weekend for a romantic interlude, and Connery told de Paul he’d give her a call the following weekend. That was the last time she would ever hear from him. Looking back on the relationship, de Paul stated, “I was a stupid girl to become involved with him. I don’t think I was in love with him — I was just flattered by the full-on attention.”
De Paul later went on to say that she deeply regretted the affair: “Connery said that it was all right to hit a woman with an open-handed slap. … So, if Connery thinks that’s all right then I’m disgusted with him.” She continued, “I wasn’t aware of Sean’s violent side when I was with him, but I was quite horrified to read that he said it was OK to hit a woman. At the time, 49 MPs (members of Parliament) condemned him in the House of Commons and I couldn’t believe that a man I once had feelings for could behave in such an irresponsible manner.” Lynsey de Paul passed away in 2014 at 66, following a suspected brain hemorrhage, The Daily Mail reported.
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