Irish movie star Pierce Brosnan has spoken about the positive impact his wife has had on him in a deeply moving interview.
The James Bond legend has had to deal with more than his fair share of tragedy over the years.
He lost his first wife Cassandra Harris and his stepdaughter Charlotte to ovarian cancer. His stepson, Christopher has also had a long running battle with drug addiction.
Brosnan said he sometimes has to fight of depression but his second wife Keely, who he married in 2001 has provided him with ‘a strength I wouldn’t be able to live without’.
He told Esquire: “I don’t look at the cup as half full, believe me. The dark, melancholy Irish dog sits beside me from time to time.
“To watch someone you love have his or her life eaten away bit by bit by this insidious disease, that kind of sorrow becomes an indelible part of your psyche.”
Following the death of Cassandra in 1991, Brosnan didn’t think he would ever find love again.
He met Keely in 1994 and she helped him to move on and the couple married and have two children, Dylan and Paris.
Brosnan said: “I know what it is like to be a widower and what it is like to find love again. So I know there’s hope and that you have to learn to get on with it.
“But the memory of Cassie and her fight against cancer is never forgotten.”
The couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2016 and Brosnan said he still ‘fancies the pants’ off his wife.
He spoke about how understanding Keely was and that she made him feel ok about holding onto special memories of Cassandra.
He said: “I love her vitality, her passion. When Keely looks at me I go weak at the knees.
“Keely has always been kind and compassionate and encouraged me to mourn Cassie. I think of her all the time. I suppose Keely is my North Star, always looking out for me.”
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Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling