The Clueless actress first met the British screenwriter when she was 17, however the pair didn’t begin courting till 2006. The couple tied the knot the next 12 months, which stunned a lot of Murphy’s household and associates, together with her King of the Hill costar Kathy Najimy.
The HBO Max documentary What Happened, Brittany Murphy? takes a better take a look at the troubled relationship between the pair, who died inside two months of each other. In the two-part movie, launched in October 2021, Najimy stated individuals within the Sin City actress’ life have been “scared and freaked out” by Monjack.
“Like, who was this guy and what was happening?” the Hocus Pocus actress stated within the doc. “She wanted to marry him, and I said, ‘Honey, it’s not been long enough.’”
Before saying “I do,” Murphy had been concerned in excessive profile romances along with her 8 Mile costar Eminem and Ashton Kutcher, who starred with her within the 2003 comedy Just Married. She was engaged twice, first to producer Jeff Kwatinetz for almost 5 months in 2004 and once more the next 12 months, to Joe Macaluso, a manufacturing assistant on her 2004 movie Little Black Book. The pair ended their romance in August 2006, shortly earlier than she took up with Monjack.
While many appeared confused by the pairing, Murphy instructed OK Magazine in April 2009, eight months earlier than she died, that “the easiest decision I ever made in my life was getting married.”
However, within the HBO Max doc, those close to the Girl, Interrupted actress describe Monjack as a sinister presence in her life. Alex Merkin, who directed Murphy’s 2009 movie Across the Hall remembers seeing purple flags within the Two Days, Nine Lives director. Merkin claimed he exhibited “Jekyll and Hyde behavior” and often seemed “out of it.”
The man on the helm of one in all Murphy’s final films remembered the Georgia native coming to set and “be[ing] in a really good place, and then I would see her go off with Simon.” When she would come again, Merkin stated he “felt a stark change in her mood.”
Following her dying, many together with Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, accused Monjack of getting a hand in her demise — one thing the Factory Girl producer vehemently denied months earlier than his personal May 2010 dying.
“Our marriage was dogged by these ridiculous rumors. Brittany’s life was dogged by ridiculous rumors, and the truth always wins out,” he instructed Us Weekly in February 2010. “I hope people have the sense to really understand that everything was beautiful and wonderful in our relationship and so pure.”
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