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Brooke Shields: How Liam Neeson dumped me twice

By Joanne Sweeney

Brooke Shields was sensationally dumped not once - but twice - by our own leading man, actor Liam Neeson.

The actress and model made the revelations about how she was wooed, then left, by the top Hollywood actor from Ballymena while on the publicity circuit to promote her new memoir.

The 49-year-old claimed that movie action hero Neeson asked her to marry him on two occasions before he met and married his wife, Natasha Richardson, who tragically died after a skiing accident in 2009.

Asked whether he had behaved like a character from one of his action movies, Ms Shields agreed that it was "an interesting analogy".

She went on: "He was there one minute and gone the next. You know, I was shocked, I couldn't believe it. Yeah. He was taken."

She has written in her new memoir, There Was A Little Girl: The Real Story Of My Mother And Me, of how Neeson (62) seduced her with his Irish accent, verse and cheap wine when they enjoyed a brief three-month romance in 1992.

The former jeans model wrote: "Liam wooed me with his brogue, his poetry and his s**tty choice of Pinot Grigio (wine)... I was so impressed with going out with a real movie star... we got serious after only three months.

"He asked me to marry him without a ring."

She explained that while they had spent Christmas together in New York, Liam left suddenly to travel to Los Angeles and check on his house after it had suffered a basement flood. She did not hear from him again for some time in the new year.

The romance was briefly rekindled, but she revealed in her book of how a warning she gave him about the relationship later came true.

Ms Shields added: "He came back after the first time he left me and asked me to marry him again... this was before he started to do a play.

"And I said, 'No, no, no, because knowing you, you'll probably fall in love with your next leading lady and marry her, so I'm leaving myself out of this.' And I was dead right."

Neeson's leading lady in the New York play turned out to be Natasha, daughter of legendary English actress Vanessa Richardson. The couple went on to fall in love, married two years later and had two sons.

However, there was no great falling out between the trio as a result of what happened.

Shields also revealed how she saw Neeson at a bar some years later and asked him to thank Richardson for coming to see her backstage when she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret, a role that Richardson had earlier starred in.

"Just tell her I was really honoured she came backstage," said Shields.

"She's the original and she's amazing."

Looking back, she said: "I was just trying to be very upfront about it and straightforward."

Her relationship with Neeson is not the only interesting liaison Ms Brooke reveals in her new book - she also discloses how she thought she'd found true love when she dated singer George Michael in the Eighties.

Still famously a virgin, she was impressed that Michael was so patient when it came to sex. She writes: "Nobody had ever been willing to move more slowly, it must be love."

After their first date, which he left without even trying to kiss her, she concluded that Michael was "a real gentleman". In 1998, George revealed that he was gay.

Ms Shields went on to marry tennis star Andre Agassi in 1993, splitting up with him six years later. She has been married to screenwriter Chris Hency since 2001.

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