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Jean-Claude Van Damme almost divorced his wife twice but decided to win her back because "we still love each other"

Jean-Claude Van Damme almost divorced his wife twice but decided to win her back because "we still love each other"

They've had their share of ups and downs but the "JCVD family are still strong."

Married twice and almost divorced twice, it was only a matter of time before Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues found their way back to each other.

Jean-Claude was married twice before he fell in love with Gladys, a former bodybuilder and Ms. Olympia contestant, after meeting her on a photo shoot. The couple tied the knot in 1987 and went on to raise a family with two children. according to the official Jean-Claude Van Damme website. "In 1992 JC and Gladys sadly parted and were soon divorced," the website read.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys at the Second Annual Entertainment Industry Tennis Classic benefit dinner in Beverly Hills, CA on April 13, 2002. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Vince Bucci)

The Muscles from Brussels actor then had his fourth marriage with Darcy LaPier in 1994 but about a year later, the two of them separated. While Darcy was pregnant with his child, Jean-Claude cheated on her with Kylie Minogue when they were co-staring in the movie, Street Fighter, according to HELLO!

"It happened," Jean-Claude confessed to The Guardian, according to HELLO! "I was in Thailand, we had an affair. It would be abnormal not to have had an affair, she's so beautiful and she was there in front of me every day with a beautiful smile, simpatico, so charming, she wasn't acting like a big star. She's a great lady."

It was only after their divorce that his affair with Minogue came to light. When Darcy spoke to Fox News about it, she said, "I was shocked he would talk to the press about this all these years later to gain some notoriety. I didn't know about it, I have had my feelings hurt and I feel betrayed."

Following his divorce with Darcy, Jean-Claude started spending time with Gladys again and eventually, they realized that they were meant to be with each other. "After spending a lot of time back with Gladys they soon re-married in 1999 in Belgium and remain happily married to this day," the actor's website says.

Jean Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues at the 'Robin Hood' Premiere at the Palais des Festivals during the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 12, 2010. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Sean Gallup)

However, the second shot at their marriage also had some ups and downs, and it almost pulled them apart. In 2015, reports started coming out that the two of them wanted to get another divorce after spending 15 years married to each other the second time around.

It almost looked like they were going through with it because Gladys had already filed the paperwork, citing the reason for their split as irreconcilable differences. However, they soon realized that their love for each other was bigger than whatever problems they may have had.

When the action hero was asked about the change of heart the couple had about the divorce, he revealed to TMZ that separation was off the table for them.

Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues attend 'The Expendables 2' UK film premiere at Empire Leicester Square in London, England on August 13, 2012. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Chris Jackson)

"The JCVD family are still strong, the wife is strong, the kids are strong," he told TMZ, as quoted by The Washington Post.

Knowing how painful the trauma of divorce can be, Jean-Claude's words revealed how he was ready to fight to make things work with his third and fifth wife.

"I've divorced before and it's not funny for the children or the parents or even the country," the star of Bloodsport said. "People have to stick together like in the old times, it will make America look very strong and the value will come back."



 

He was asked if they were avoiding divorce for the sake of their children and Jean-Claude said that though divorce papers are printed in black and white, but that cannot reflect the feelings between two people. He firmly said that he and Gladys still love each other.

"Divorce is a word and love is a feeling, it's very hard to mix both. A feeling, and words. Words is for legal, it's for the law, good or bad, the law is good, [but] it can be bad sometimes," the actor went on to say. "The feeling is love and it can be very hard for the lawyers to understand. They do their job as lawyers you know... We still love each other, of course, and all the people I met in my life, I love all of them."

The actor, who is now 59, said during the interview that it wans't just the relationship with his wife but all the relationships in his life that he deeply values. "Every time you spend time with a person, whether it's 10 minutes or 20 minutes, you build memories. If you listen for fake, then you're stupid so every time you spend time with people in life, you should always enjoy and everybody should be in peace."

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