Gould recalls how Streisand's marriage to her success left them no space to grow together after a point.
Although when Elliot Gould and his first wife Barbra Streisand separated, he refused to write an autobiography or to exploit the details of their relationship, over the years he has dropped hints as to why he thought their magical relationship didn't work out. Gould, the Oscar-nominated Hollywood legend, holds a certain perception of falling out of a relationship. Elliot and Barbra were a sensational power couple during the 1960s but everyone was shocked when they divorced only five years into the birth of their son, per Independent UK.
The eight-year-long relationship started when the two met while co-starring in a Broadway play together in 1962. While recalling the first time he saw Streisand, Elliot describes immediately finding her brilliant and relating to her slight shyness, reports Yiddish Book Center. "She did three or four songs, and she was beyond brilliant — so amazing." After this compliment, Streisand invited him over to a nightclub where she was singing and they got to know each other better. The spark was incredible and the couple tied the knot the following year. Just three years into their marriage, they welcomed their son Jason. For Gould, the happiest memories he had with Streisand were those of the time before they tied the knot. That is because just about the time of their marriage, Streisand became the top-selling female vocalist in the US following her first album debut.
Even though he also had a sterling career, it couldn't keep pace with hers. However, there came a point when he could no longer stand to be referred to as "Mr. Streisand," per Amomama. The A Star is Born actress also told New York Times, “Once you have loved someone they become a part of what you were and therefore part of what you are. After all, how many people does one love in a lifetime?”
Explaining what led to their divorce in 1971, he further shared the change in dynamics of their relationship, he said, "It was difficult to be married to someone who was married to their success. I was very young, she was very young, and we went as far as we could together." Streisand went on to marry actor James Brolin in 1998 but that didn't change the cordial relationship between the former couple. In fact, Gould said that they “are still family and we love each other. We have a special relationship and kinship” in an interview with Closer Weekly.
While writing her autobiography which is to be released this year, the veteran actress had asked Gould, "Why did we grow apart?" to which he replied "And I said my question would be, ‘How could we have grown apart?’ And the answer to that is that we didn’t grow together and the reason for that was because she became more important than us." He concluded by saying, "Then I also said to her, 'We did great. We made it very fast and nobody has what we have. There’s you and me and our kid," he revealed in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning.
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