This devil wears Prada.
‘You know, it’s pretty crazy,” the “Stand by Me” actor explained. “The craziest thing, the only time it gets awkward is my children are 14 and very, they see what we see now. You know, there’s no hiding, there’s no restricting them. There’s no more keeping things from them.”
O’Connell’s wife Rebecca Romijn, 51, was married to Stamos, 60, for nearly seven years from 1998 to 2005, and her depiction in the novel has become a point of discussion for the couple’s twin girls, 14-year-old twins, Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose.
“It’s funny,” the 41-year-old actor said. When that’s all happening a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I know about it. Maybe we whispered to each other about it. There’s like a little bit of an eye roll happening with each other. But it’s pretty crazy when your kids come out for breakfast and they go, ‘Hey, mom, your ex has a book out and called you the devil. What are your thoughts?’ You know. ‘Why did he call you that?” That’s where it gets interesting. We have no secrets.”
O’Connell, who sat down with Cohen to promote the 14th season of his show, CBS’ “The Talk,” revealed that he tuned in to an interview Stamos did promoting his memoir on “The Howard Stern Show” to get some clarity.
“I listened to it,” he said. “With the person who was the subject of John’s book. My wife doesn’t listen to Stern. I do. So I said, let’s listen to this. And I do have to say, after listening to that interview, any interest of reading the book went away. Those are the only parts we were interested in our house, and we got to them and they talked about. I don’t really need to hear about the casting process of famous sitcoms. You know, that’s not something that really interests us.”
Still O’Connell admitted that his curiosity eventually got the best of him.
‘I mean, all that said, I’ve secretly read it,” he told Cohen. “I have a copy that I secretly hide.”
Despite reading the book, O’Connell says he has no plans to publicly respond to Stamos’ claims.
“My wife’s ex-husband recently wrote a biography, and it referred to my wife in a negative manner,” O’Connell said on Tuesday’s episode. “And a lot of people have asked me about that in the press, and it would be easy for me to say, ‘Screw you, how dare you ask me that?’ But really, it will be bringing the attention to a situation that I don’t want to feed into.”
He added: “You don’t want to feed that fire.”