Linda Kozlowski has opened out about her divorce from Paul Hogan, stating she was sick of always being in the actor’s shadow.
According to Kozlowski’s interview with New Idea, after 23 years of marriage, she is more than prepared for her own turn in the spotlight.
She explained, “I lived in Paul’s shadow for a very long time, and it’s good to feel my own light right now.” “I lived in Paul’s shadow for a very long time.”
Kozlowski and Hogan met while filming the 1986 movie Crocodile Dundee, in which they both appeared.
Hogan left his wife soon after meeting Kozlowski, and after finishing his divorce in 1990 the two married the following year and now have a 15-year-old son, Chance.
In October of 2013, Kozlowski, who is now 56 years old, filed for divorce from his wife, citing “irreconcilable differences,” and the divorce was finalized in July of this year.
In the deal, 74-year-old Hogan keeps all the rights to his Crocodile Dundee character and the film company, while Kozlowski walked away with a cool one-off payout of $6.25 million.
Neither will pay child or spousal support, and they will share custody of their son Chance.
In addition, Kozlowski is permitted to remain in the couple’s residence in Los Angeles for a period of four years or until she remarries, whichever occurs first.
The former actress believes the primary problem in their marriage was their lack of shared interests.
“Honestly, we simply naturally grew away,” said Kozlowski.
“One of our concerns was we really had nothing in common and, over time, that happens to a lot of individuals.”
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Hogan told the Sunday Telegraph last year that had somehow managed to make their marriage work despite their differences.
“We were opposites and we were attracted to each other for a long time. Contrasts can be found in everything, “Hogan stated.
“From the food we ate, the music we liked, the entertainment we liked, the colors, the outfits, the venues, everything, It worked regardless.”
The actor says the marriage just ended because it grew ‘worn out.
“It was 20 fantastic years, two or three that were sort of like worn out,” he remarked.
“I’m really flighty — a woman lasts for about a quarter of a century and then they become bored with me.”
However, Hogan stated that the fact that he and Kozlowski, who is 19 years his junior, was planning to divorce at the time did not in any way indicate that their marriage had been unsuccessful.
“How can you ‘fail’ after a quarter of a century,” Hogan remarked. “Failed marriages occur when two people stay together even when they have long ago lost interest.”
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Kozlowski has stated to New Idea that she maintains a close relationship with her former co-star from Crocodile Dundee.
“The divorce was handled in a really civilized manner. We talk on the phone all the time, I go over and have coffee. We have no ill will against one another. Everyone is in a good mood.”
Her final acting role was in the 2001 production of Crocodile Dundee, which took place in Los Angeles. She claimed at the time that she was tired of being cast in movies that were made specifically for television.
However, with a new business endeavor in the works, Kozlowski says she is thrilled to be able to extend her newly independent wings.
“Actors certainly don’t want to be in the dark; they want to be in the light. As a result, I feel pretty fantastic right now and incredibly hopeful about the future.”