A tragic early death is usually the time everyone comes out with accolades about what a wonderful person so-and-so was and how tragic it is that he/she is gone. Not quite so with Mindy McCready. She's had a somewhat more colorful romantic life than most -- and the ex-boyfriends have been keen to tell the press their feelings about her. Billy McKnight, father of her son Zander, has come out and said he wants to raise her two kids and that her death "wasn't a major shock." Baseball legend Roger Clemens, who reportedly had a decade-long affair with Mindy, called her death "sad news" but also declared, "The few times that I had met her and her manager/agent, they were extremely nice." Talk about a backhanded compliment. And now actor Dean Cain, who was once engaged to Mindy, has voiced his opinions on Mindy. And I'm glad she's not around to hear them.
Cain, who dated Mindy in 1998, just after he finished his run as Superman on TV, said he too "wasn't surprised" by her suicide. But he had a lot more to say about their year of living together. And apparently Dean never heard the adage, "If you don't have anything nice to say ... " The former hunk told People:
I can't paint too pretty a picture. She would start arguments, start drama. Things weren't allowed to be good.
He says that he didn't see Mindy's addiction issues while they were a couple but that "red flags were everywhere" and that he "told her to get out." He continues:
Everything she did was a manipulation of sorts. She would just get combative.
And then he sums it all up with:
When I did speak to her, truth didn't come out. She was kind of poisonous and not somebody I was going to have in my life anymore -- or anywhere around my son. All her troubles were self-inflicted. She had everything. She was a tremendous talent but everything about it was a waste.
Well, I guess we know why these two kids didn't work out! No doubt this is the way Dean felt, but is there a purpose to trashing your ex after she's dead? Maybe he just needed to get it off his chest -- but if so, why not share it with his close friends, or a therapist?
It doesn't seem to occur to Dean that it takes two to tango, and perhaps he was at least partly responsible for their combative relationship. Maybe she had good reason to be combative? Part of getting older is getting wiser (hopefully) and realizing how you contributed to a relationship's problems. Apparently that hasn't happened to Dean.
What do you think about what Dean had to say?
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