Supermodel feels betrayed by singer’s will
Supermodel Paulina Porizkova said she feels betrayed after being cut out of her late rocker husband Ric Ocasek's will, according to an interview.
"It made the grieving process really, really tricky," Porizkova said in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning set to air this weekend. "I would love to be able to be sad and miss him and not also feel this incredible hurt and betrayal."
The New York Post's Page Six reported that Porizkova - who told CBS she was still living with The Cars' frontman at the time of his death - told the outlet finding his body in their Gramercy Park townhouse, was "the worst moment of my life."
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Ric and I have been separated for nearly three years now. But we still lived together and still filled the family car. Everyone who knew Ric knew that he could be aloof. And not particularly social. But when he decided to turn his focus on you, it was as if the sun came out. His smile and his gaze warmed you and made you feel like the most special person in the world. I had that gaze and smile on me for most of my life. For a long long time, no one could make me feels as loved as Ric. He was my sun. With this, I don’t mean my sunshine, no, Ric could be pretty gloomy. In fact, when we first met , he reveled in his nickname “the Master of Doom”. But in my universe, it was where he rose and where he set that was the point to which I oriented myself. Like a plant, I tilted my head to catch his rays. Our separation didn’t alter this one bit. He was rising and setting and I planned my life around it as one does a day: depending on the position of the sun in the sky: you’ll have breakfast or go to work or dinner with your friends. His death is the end of my world as I knew it. 💔 💔💔💔💔#ricocasek #grief #goodbye photo @stevenmeisel_
Porizkova described her estranged husband's death as "untimely and unexpected" in an Instagram post soon after.
"Ric was at home recuperating well after surgery," the statement continued. "Our two sons, Jonathan and Oliver, and I were making sure he was comfortable, ordering food and watching TV together."
Porizkova - a prolific model in the 1980s and 1990s - met the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in 1984 while filming the music video for The Cars' song "Drive."
The pair - who had two sons together - married in 1989 and began divorce proceedings in 2017. The divorce was not finalised by the time Ocasek died September 15 of heart disease.
"Even if I should die before our divorce is final … Paulina is not entitled to any elective share … because she has abandoned me," Ocasek wrote in his will signed Aug. 28.
The 75-year-old new wave rock star left behind $5 million ($7.67 million) in assets according to papers filed with his will in Manhattan Surrogate's court in November.
Porizkova has since filed court papers indicating that she plans to fight for her automatic elective share, which under New York law entitles her to 1/3 of Ocasek's estate unless it can be proved in court that she did in fact abandon him as he claimed.
"I, Paulina Porizkova, the surviving spouse of the Decedent, do hereby exercise the personal right of election," and "elect to take my elective share," the court papers from Dec. 17 said.
Ocasek, in his will, appeared to have also cut out two of his six sons - though not the children he had with Porizkova.
Those sons, Adam and Christopher, have also hired a lawyer who said after a December court date that he couldn't say yet if they would fight their disinheritance.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.