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Paulina Porizkova pays tribute to late ex-husband Ric Ocasek on his birthday


Paulina Porizkova paid a heartfelt tribute to her late husband Ric Ocasek on what would have been his 78th birthday, saying he is ‘forever loved.’ 

The supermodel, 56, marked the occasion on Instagram Wednesday by sharing a photo of herself with The Cars frontman and their sons Jonathan and Oliver on their last family vacation together. 

‘You’ll be forever missed. Forever imprinted on our hearts. You’d be 78 today, but say you were 39 “again.” We will celebrate you today. You’re forever loved,’ she captioned the image. 

Paulina Porizkova, 56, paid tribute to her late husband Ric Ocasek on what would have been his 78th birthday on Wednesday, sharing a photo of their last family vacation 

The model wrote that The Cars frontman would be 'forever missed' and 'forever loved' while promising to celebrate him today

The model wrote that The Cars frontman would be ‘forever missed’ and ‘forever loved’ while promising to celebrate him today

Porizkova concluded her post with the hashtags #ricocasek, #lastvacation, #happybirthday, and #trueloveneverdies. 

The writer, who is currently working on a book of essays, has spoken candidly about her grief and anger after Ocasek unexpectedly died of cardiovascular disease while at home recovering from surgery on September 15, 2019. 

Porizkova was the third of his three wives, and they were estranged and going through a divorce when she found him dead in their Manhattan townhouse. They had been married for 30 years. 

She was only 19 when she met the rocker on the set of the music video for the band’s hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. They wed five years later, when she was 24 and he was 45. 

During her recent appearance on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet podcast, she said she never stopped loving Ocasek and ‘couldn’t conceive of a life without him,’ even when they quietly separated in 2017.   

Porizkova and Ocasek (pictured in 2018) were separated and going through a divorce when she found him dead in their Manhattan townhouse on September 15, 2019, at age 75

Porizkova and Ocasek (pictured in 2018) were separated and going through a divorce when she found him dead in their Manhattan townhouse on September 15, 2019, at age 75

Porizkova was only 19 when she met Ocasek on the set of the music video for The Cars' hit 'Drive' in 1984. They married five years later, when she was 24 and he was 45

Porizkova was only 19 when she met Ocasek on the set of the music video for The Cars’ hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. They married five years later, when she was 24 and he was 45

Porizkova (pictured in 1990) was the third of Ocasek's three wives. They were married for 30 years

Porizkova (pictured in 1990) was the third of Ocasek’s three wives. They were married for 30 years 

‘I kept saying, “Look, you know, I want to be close to you. I want to be able to help you out when you need help. Let’s get apartments next to each other so that the kids don’t have to choose. Let’s still do family vacations, family Christmas, family Easter. Let’s just keep sharing everything,”‘ she recalled.

Porizkova explained that she only separated from Ocasek because she couldn’t ‘deal with feeling so lonely and undesirable as a woman,’ saying it was making her ‘too sad.’   

‘I thought he was on board. I actually thought he was on board. That’s where I am a little naïve because I thought that he wanted the same thing.’

The day after died, she learned he had cut her out of his will just weeks before, claiming she had ‘abandoned’ him. He left her without any money to live off of, including her own earnings. 

Ocasek’s oldest sons from his first marriage to Constance Campbell, Chris and Adam Otcask (they use the original spelling of the family name), were also left out of his will. 

During her appearance on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet podcast, she said she never stopped loving Ocasek (pictured in 2003) and 'couldn't conceive of a life without him'

During her appearance on The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet podcast, she said she never stopped loving Ocasek (pictured in 2003) and ‘couldn’t conceive of a life without him’

Porizkova (pictured in 2003) explained that she only separated from Ocasek because she couldn't 'deal with feeling so lonely and undesirable as a woman,' saying it made her 'too sad'

Porizkova (pictured in 2003) explained that she only separated from Ocasek because she couldn’t ‘deal with feeling so lonely and undesirable as a woman,’ saying it made her ‘too sad’

The mom of two noted that Ocasek was a good father to their sons Jonathan, 28, and Oliver, 23, in a way that he wasn't with his other children from his previous two marriages

The mom of two noted that Ocasek was a good father to their sons Jonathan, 28, and Oliver, 23, in a way that he wasn’t with his other children from his previous two marriages 

‘I thought he was a really good man, complicated, but a good man. I thought more than anything that he loved me too,’ she told De Cadenet. ‘Despite the fact that he didn’t necessarily want to be a husband anymore, I still thought he loved me the way I loved him. And I think that’s where I might have been wrong.’ 

Porizkova pointed out that they were going through a divorce at the time, and while she didn’t expect him to leave her everything, she thought she would have at least gotten half of his estate.   

‘The fact that he wanted me to get nothing, that was shocking [and] heartbreaking,’ she said, adding: ‘It just completely blew up my world and everything I knew. 

‘It’s a betrayal. It’s a betrayal of my trust and my love and everything I put into him for years and years and years. And I have no way of knowing what possessed him to do this.’

Ocasek changed his will three weeks before he died, and Porizkova believes his lawyers were the ones who influenced him to do so. She likes to think ‘he would have fixed it if he had lived.’ 

The writer, who is currently working on a book of essays, has spoken candidly about her grief and anger after Ocasek's death

The writer, who is currently working on a book of essays, has spoken candidly about her grief and anger after Ocasek’s death  

Ocasek had cut her out of his will and left her without any money, including her own earnings, claiming she had 'abandoned' him. She later settled with his estate for one-third of his assets

Ocasek had cut her out of his will and left her without any money, including her own earnings, claiming she had ‘abandoned’ him. She later settled with his estate for one-third of his assets

Porizkova's first public relationship following Ocasek's death was with screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin, whom she attended the Oscars with last spring

 Porizkova’s first public relationship following Ocasek’s death was with screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin, whom she attended the Oscars with last spring 

She later revealed she had reached a settlement with her late husband’s estate, saying she was to receive what was owed to her per New York state law, which was one-third of Ocasek’s assets. 

‘I hope it wasn’t really his choice,’ she said of the will. ‘I hope that he went and did it without actually intending to hurt me, but I don’t know.’ 

Porizkova’s first public relationship following Ocasek’s death was with screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin, whom she attended the Oscars with last spring. The outing was later revealed to be their second date. 

She announced their split on Instagram in July after roughly three months together, and she has since rejoined the dating app Hinge. 

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit star has been open about the difficulties of finding love as a woman her age. 

The day before Porizkova's tribute to her late husband, she shared a photo of herself with football player Ray Lewis on their new CBS survival series 'Beyond the Edge'

The day before Porizkova’s tribute to her late husband, she shared a photo of herself with football player Ray Lewis on their new CBS survival series ‘Beyond the Edge’

Porizkova explained in the caption that a man she was talking to on a dating app dismissed her and her castmates as 'narcissistic celebrities' after she shared how difficult filming was

Porizkova explained in the caption that a man she was talking to on a dating app dismissed her and her castmates as ‘narcissistic celebrities’ after she shared how difficult filming was 

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover star said the guy also accused her of secretly living in air-conditioned trailers when she wasn't filming

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover star said the guy also accused her of secretly living in air-conditioned trailers when she wasn’t filming

‘Dating in your fifties, even if you’re seen as attractive, is much different from dating when younger,’ she wrote in an Instagram post in August. ‘For one, the pool of available men is now a puddle. 

‘The ones who are my age and been single for a long time are single for some very good reasons,’ she noted. ‘And most guy[s] my age are looking for women ten to twenty years younger. 

‘Did you know the most searched-for-age on dating app[s] is 50 for a man — and 18 for a woman?!’ 

In a more-recent post shared on Tuesday, she revealed that a guy she had a ‘flirtation’ with dismissed her as a ‘narcissistic celebrity’ after she told him that filming her new survival show ‘Beyond the Edge’ was ‘physically the hardest thing’ she had ever done. 

Porizkova, who has been open about her struggle to find love in her fifties, noted that 'the guy never got a real life date'

Porizkova, who has been open about her struggle to find love in her fifties, noted that ‘the guy never got a real life date’

She and her co-stars spent two weeks filming in the jungle in Panama, where they were endured brutal conditions while competing in challenges to earn money for their designated charities. 

As part of her post, she shared a photo of herself talking to Ray Lewis and footage of herself shivering in the pouring rain on her first night out in the jungle.  

‘Bonding with Ray @raylewis. He looks so intimidating, but get him talking about his family and he’s a marshmallow,’ she wrote. ‘Here, I may be telling him about this guy I met on an app, and had a flirtation over the phone. 

‘All was going well until I mentioned I had been in the jungle — shooting a survivor like tv reality show — and that it was physically the hardest thing I had ever done,’ she explained. ‘The guy laughed. “Oh sure. Narcissistic celebrities out in the jungle, running to their air-conditioned trailers the moment the cameras are off.” 

‘I have heard this comment now in a few different versions,’ she added. ‘What they have in common is that we are all dismissed as a bunch of narcissists and have it easy off-camera.’

Porizkova, who is is playing for the ACLU Foundation, challenged her followers to tune in to Wednesday’s episode ‘and judge for yourself.’ 

She also encouraged them to watch the night footage she had posted of her and her castmates in the jungle during a thunderstorm. While reflecting on that night in her caption, she insisted it was easily the physically worst night of my life.’

‘Oh, yeah, and the guy never got a real life date,’ she added.  





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