Irish superstar Liam Neeson has revealed how his late wife surprised him on their wedding day in an emotional interview.
He didn’t realise that his bride, Natasha Richardson, was much of a singer, but she had given him a shock by belting out one of his favourite songs during the wedding reception.
The actor told the story when he appeared on John Benjamin’s radio show during the My Favourite Song segment.
He said: “Behind my back Natasha had been taking singing lessons to sing it to me. After the ceremony we were all going out to start the night’s festivities and she grabbed the microphone and she sang me this (Van Morrison’s Crazy Love).
“She had learned it and I was like ‘Wow’.
The couple married in 1994 and had a happy marriage for 15 years, which included having two sons together.
Neeson and his sons were left devastated when Natasha tragically died in a skiing accident in 2009, aged just 45.
He didn’t speak publically about his wife’s death for several years. Instead he threw himself into his work with several films such as Clash of the Titans, The A Team and The Chronicles of Narnia.
He opened up about Natasha’s death when speaking with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes.
He said: “I spoke to her and she said, ‘Oh darling. I’ve taken a tumble in the snow’. That’s how she described it.”
When Neeson heard the news he flew to Montreal to be with her in hospital. Tragically, the doctors told him that his wife was now brain dead and on life support.
Neeson had always had a pact with his wife that if either one of them ever went into a vegetative state, the other would turn off the life support machines.
He said: “I went in to her and told her I loved her. I said, ‘Sweetie, you’re not coming back from this. You’ve banged your head. It’s – I don’t know if you can hear me, but that’s – this is what’s gone down. And we’re bringing ya back to New York. All your family and friends will come’”