"I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart," said Jack Nicholson.
There's not a soul in Hollywood who doesn't know the mercurial and charismatic Jack Nicholson. From culminating fame and recognition for his unforgettable performances, the fine actor is known as the 'King of Hollywood.' When it came to the ladies, he had a trick or two up his sleeve. His devilish grin was enough to make any women fall head over heels for him, however, the same cannot be said now. Even though the legendary actor achieved every milestone any performer could dream of, he regrets one thing—not having someone to grow old with.
Nicholson was known for his notorious relationships which often ended in tears and heartbreak, however, one cannot deny his charming personality that every man wished to embody. Nicholson was "the guy men want to be", according to Mirror. The Shining actor did find love—he had a loving marriage of six years with actress Sandra Knight between 1962-1968. Speaking to an American magazine, Knight said, "We had a very beautiful, sweet marriage," reported Express. "I could see Jack was going to become a big star and have lots of temptations. I couldn't go along for the ride. He's different from the Jack Nicholson image. The real Jack is a loving, caring, giving person, a doting dad, and the sweetest father."
After his first marriage ended, he was lucky enough to find a special someone once again. Anjelica Huston was the woman he loved and people assumed both would end up growing old together but that was not the case. After sharing 16 years of his life with her the relationship ended on bad terms. The 80-year-old actor had reportedly cheated numerous times on Huston but she found it in herself to forgive him every time. However, the day she found out that he got actress Rebecca Broussard pregnant, she couldn't do it anymore.
The breakup phase was possibly the toughest time in his life. He also believes that his present loneliness was the price he had to pay for his previous doings. Accepting his mistake, Nicholson said, "I was annihilated emotionally. That was probably the toughest period of my life. I'm childish and I did make a mistake." Although the actor acknowledged his mistakes, he was never the one to go back and rectify, "I may have made a mistake but I don't want to go back and correct it. I'd rather deal with it." The regret was also felt by Anjelica Huston, who later described him as the "love of her life."
Despite sharing some great memories together, the relationship caused both a lot of pain. The night she decided to leave Nicholson she decided to beat him up. "I said, 'You're welcome, Jack, you deserved it.' And we laughed. It was tragic, really," recalled the 68-year-old. Admitting her tragic gullible nature she did describe him as "generous" and "someone I have adored in my life and continue to love for ever." Every time a problem arose, Nicholson could not help but let his over-calculative mind get in the way of it. "I have a mathematician’s brain," confessed the One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest actor, according to Daily Mail.
"It looks at everything mathematically, including relationships. It’s all statistics and laws of probability," Nicholson added. The actor's stance on dealing with his problems instead of trying to rectify it has gotten him to a rather lonely place in the latter part of his life. he now longs to spend the remaining portion of what's left in his life with someone. According to the Telegraph, he opened about these yearnings and said, "I would love that one last romance but I'm not very realistic about it happening. What I can't deny is my yearning."
After breaking a lot of hearts and experiencing some, the legendary actor has realized the complexity of relationships and how simply loving someone is just not enough. "I don't think relationships are fixed things," said Nicholson. "People are necessarily complex and confused beings. We don't always do the right thing, say the right thing and behave the way we always want to behave." Today, he has decades of success to reminisce, yet he feels something is lacking in life. "I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart."
"He's afraid of dying alone in that house," revealed a source. Right now, the only thing that gives him a purpose to go on with his life is the love he had for his children and grandchildren. Sharing how he can't overlook their beauty he said, "They write an essay or a poem and your heart is in your throat. They share such stunning love."