Paulina Porizkova was so poor after Ric Ocasek died that she reached out to friends to assist her purchase groceries.
The supermodel is showing on Wednesday’s episode of “Pink Desk Discuss,” which is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter, Willow, and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. In an unique clip shared with Fox Information Digital on Tuesday, the 57-year-old opened up about struggling financially following her ex-husband’s passing.
The Automobiles frontman handed away out of the blue in 2019 at age 75 from pure causes of their New York Metropolis house. In 2018, Porizkova and Ocasek introduced that they had cut up after 28 years of marriage. On the time of Ocasek’s loss of life, the pair had been separated for a number of years. Nonetheless, they weren’t legally divorced and had been nonetheless dwelling collectively. The previous couple shares two sons Jonathan and Oliver.
“So, you write in your e book about being broke after Ric died,” Pinkett Smith, 51, advised Porizkova about her memoir printed on Tuesday titled “No Filter.
“OK, so I used to be very particularly broke,” Porizkova stated. “I simply wish to set that proper so that folks don’t accuse me of mendacity.”
“I used to be a lady with property,” she stated. “I had two mortgaged homes. And I had a pension plan that I can entry in 10 years and 0 money, and no option to pay for something. So, I used to be in a extremely, actually peculiar place of being a lady with property and no cash.”
Porizkova’s monetary scenario worsened when the coronavirus pandemic struck the globe in 2020.
“Property values in New York had simply fallen off the cliff,” she stated. “And I needed to promote my home instantly as a result of I couldn’t pay. … I used to be asking my buddies to purchase our groceries for a short time.”
“So, you didn’t have any cash for groceries?” requested Pinkett Smith.
“No money,” Porizkova stated.
In 2021, the Sports activities Illustrated Swimsuit star advised Paula Polito, vice chairwoman of UBS World Wealth administration, that she was pressured to depend on buddies for groceries. Porizkova stated she by no means signed a prenup with the rocker, a choice she regretted.
When Ocasek died, Porizkova was surprised to study that the singer lower her out of his will, claiming that she “deserted” him.
“I obtained two mortgaged homes and the pension however no option to pay for something,” she defined on the time. “So, clearly issues needed to be bought, however till they obtained bought, I had nothing to dwell on. I actually went by way of a yr of asking my buddies to purchase us groceries. It was not a very good place to be in.”
Porizkova first met Ocasek in 1984 on the set of the music video for “Drive.” She was 19 on the time. They stated “I do” in 1989 when she was 24 and he was 45. Porizkova claimed that Ocasek advised her it might be a “dangerous omen” in the event that they signed a prenup.
“I had this form of concept that he knew every little thing concerning the world and his phrase was the phrase of God and I ought to simply form of hearken to what he stated as a result of, clearly, he had the knowledge of dwelling that I hadn’t had,” she stated. “And he jogged my memory of that each [so] typically, that he is aware of higher as a result of he’s older.”
Whereas Porizkova was incomes about $6 million per yr on the peak of her profession, the quilt lady stated she was by no means thought of the breadwinner of the family.
“From the very starting, it at all times appeared prefer it didn’t matter how a lot cash I made,” she defined. “It was ‘pastime’ cash and his cash was the true cash.”
In September 2020, Porizkova bought the Gramercy Park townhouse that she and Ocasek known as house for greater than 30 years for $10 million.
“What occurred to me, it appeared prefer it was so simply preventable,” she stated. “And it was based mostly on not misfortune, it was based mostly alone stupidity. It wasn’t that I had an evil husband. It wasn’t that issues conspired towards me; that is actually, I’ve no one accountable for this apart from myself.”
In a brand new interview with Web page Six, Porizkova admitted she wished to die following Ocasek’s passing.
“It’s not even a lot that I considered easy methods to kill myself or when to kill myself; it was simply that feeling of ‘I simply don’t know easy methods to go on. I can’t do that anymore. … I simply wish to go away,'” she advised the outlet. “‘I can’t bear waking up tomorrow morning being the identical particular person with the identical emotions. I can’t carry it anymore.'”
In October 2021, Porizkova introduced that she had settled with Ocasek’s property. Whereas she declined to disclose how a lot cash she was getting, the mannequin advised Los Angeles Journal’s podcast “The Originals” that she’s “going to be superb.”
A brand new episode of “Pink Desk Discuss” will stream Nov16 at 9am PT/12pm ET on Fb Watch.