When Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee first met on New Year’s Eve 1994 at Hollywood’s Sanctuary membership, there have been greater than sparks — there was an insatiable lust for each other. “He got here up, grabbed me and licked my face,” she advised Movieline in 1995. “I assumed he was a cool, pleasant, good man. I gave him my quantity.”
While she was initially turned off by his diehard pursuit, she ultimately gave in and they chatted on the phone simply as Anderson was about to move to Cancun for a photograph shoot. He adopted her down there and their official second meet-up was in Mexico, six weeks after their first encounter. They indulged within the revelry of the occasion scene and 96 hours later, the Playboy Playmate and Mötley Crüe drummer have been married — with tattoos of one another’s names on their ring fingers.
It was a stunning dedication for the mannequin turned Baywatch and Home Improvement actress, often known as one of many final pinup women, and the rocker who was well-known for “bingeing on groupies, drugging heroically and swallowing small gentle bulbs for kicks,” because the New York Post described him.
That dramatic depth that kicked off their romance has adopted them by means of excessive highs and lows through the years. Anderson is now on her fifth marriage, having tied the knot with bodyguard Dan Hayhurst on Christmas 2020, whereas Lee is on his fourth to social media celeb Brittany Furlan, marrying her on Valentine’s Day 2019, however the public intrigued over their relationship has by no means waned.
They first married in a barefoot seaside ceremony in Cancun
Though Lee technically crashed Anderson’s work journey in Cancun, they have been seen consuming Cristal champagne and attending a Friday night time string bikini contest. Then one night time Lee “simply proposed! He simply stated, ‘I wish to marry you!’” Marcos Corminas, the then-manager of Tequila Rock membership the place the brand new couple frolicked, advised People in 1995.
They wasted no time and celebrated their nuptials the very subsequent day. The impromptu seaside ceremony on February 19, 1995, included simply eight company, all of who have been barefoot, whereas the bride wore a white bikini and the groom wore khaki cutoffs. “The marriage ceremony was very casual, very spontaneous,” Corminas added.
Right after they have been formally Mr. and Mrs., Lee threw Anderson into the Caribbean waters. But that easy splash was only a preview of what was to come back.
An electrician stole the well-known intercourse tape
The newlyweds quickly settled in Malibu in what Rolling Stone referred to as a “fantasy life,” which often included martinis and joints earlier than midday. Electrician Rand Gauthier was working on-site, witnessing all of it — but in addition falling prey to the couple’s calls for till they abruptly fired him and refused to make $20,000 in funds, the journal reported.
Gauthier went again to get his instruments and was shocked to be confronted with Lee holding a shotgun and yelling to get off his property. Angered by the violent risk, Gauthier plotted a 3 a.m. housebreaking to steal a protected from the couple’s storage that contained Lee’s weapons, Anderson’s jewellery — and, what he didn’t understand on the time, a do-it-yourself tape that the music journal calls “probably the most notorious stolen celeb artifact on the planet, with a wink normally accompanying the phrase ‘stolen.’”
With every of their sexualized reputations, the general public was completely intrigued over the existence of the 54-minute video of the couple’s most intimate moments. While it was billed as a “intercourse tape,” Anderson clarified in 2020 on Watch What Happens Life with Andy Cohen, “That was not a intercourse tape. That was a compilation of holidays that we have been bare on.” Personal polaroids additionally have been revealed in European editions of Penthouse in 1995.
In some ways, the photographs confirmed a married couple in love, unaware that the world would ever see the footage.
Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson on the MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 1999, in New York City
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Their relationship was filled with ups and downs
Of course, their relationship wasn’t precisely typical. “Tommy could have his associates over and I’ll get them to put on my rubber attire,” Anderson stated, in keeping with the New York Post. “They have been kickboxing in my bikinis as soon as. When I carry a gift dwelling for Tommy, he’ll open the field and see that it accommodates excessive heels, measurement 10½, males’s [which he’ll put on]… if Tommy is in a nasty temper, I’m going upstairs and come down carrying this 3-foot-high Mad Hatter hat. He appears to be like at me and cracks up — as a result of that’s all I’ve received on.”
But in addition they handled relatable heartbreak, like a 1995 miscarriage. Rumors additionally floated round in regards to the celeb couple, particularly about Lee conserving a good grip on Anderson particularly limiting her to her when she labored on 1995’s Barb Wire.
The time was additionally full of pleasure, as they welcomed sons Brandon Thomas Lee in 1995 and Dylan Jagger Lee in 1997 — both born at home.
The time was marred by the widespread distribution of their video in a authorized dispute that began in 1997 when Internet Entertainment Group began distributing downloadable copies of the video despite an injunction. (They ultimately received the case in 2002.)
Lee went to jail for home abuse
It was all an excessive amount of for Lee, who couldn’t deal with the dearth of consideration he was getting from Anderson due to their very own youngsters. “When Dylan was born, I dropped all the way down to No. 3,” he stated, in keeping with the Post. “Now I used to be full-on nonexistent. And I couldn’t take care of that.”
In February 1998, Lee allegedly attacked Anderson whereas she was holding 7-week-old Dylan, kicking her bottom, leaving her with a damaged nail and crimson marks. She referred to as the cops and filed for divorce days later, placing the three-year marriage to an finish. And in May of that yr, Lee was handcuffed and despatched to jail for six months for felony spousal abuse.
Anderson noticed it as a step ahead. “I’m very pleased with Tommy,” she said exterior the Malibu Municipal Courthouse on the time. “I’m comfortable he took accountability for this. And I believe it’s step one in direction of therapeutic.”
In 2018, Anderson referred to as Lee the ‘definition of narcissist/sociopath’
A decade later in 2008, the 2 discovered their means again to 1 one other. “We’ve solely given it a attempt 800 instances — 801, right here we go,” Lee advised Rolling Stone on the time. “Pamela and the children have moved in with me. It’s superior. It’s undoubtedly working.” But what began trying like a cheerful household unit shortly dissipated, because the reunion was short-lived.
One of their most public household disputes got here one other 10 years later in 2018 when son Brandon — who was 21 on the time — allegedly knocked his dad unconscious. Fingers have been pointed again and forth as to who was at fault, with Anderson even taking the weird step to publicly write a weblog put up referred to as “Alcoholism is the Devil.”
“Nobody understands the lifetime of disappointment this man has introduced our household,” she wrote. “Consistently the middle of unhappiness, drama and confusion. Jealous of his sons’ expertise and magnificence from the day they have been born. He is sick. The definition of narcissist/sociopath.”
She added: “It’s horrible and sadly he has made this non-public matter very public. I’ve all the time tried solely to set document straight. Trying to color him as not a nasty man. Just one who’s human and made errors. He nonetheless can not deal with the guilt about his abusive habits and has by no means taken accountability for what he has completed. Let’s hope this will probably be his saving grace.”
Despite a rocky previous, Anderson defends their union as ‘real love’
While each at the moment are married to others, regardless of all of the drama through the years, in 2015, Anderson nonetheless spoke extremely of Lee. “There was Tommy and then there was no person else,” she advised People. “He was the love of my life. We had wild and loopy beginnings that was an excessive amount of for each of us.”
And it doesn’t matter what occurs, she is all the time most grateful for the youngsters they’ve collectively. “I had lovely kids with him,” she continued. “My youngsters are grateful to be born out of real love. Everything else, I used to be making an attempt to piece collectively.”