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Wife of ‘Boy Meets World’ star William Daniels defends mutual infidelity

Bonnie Bartlett Daniels is defending her and husband William Daniels’ extramarital affairs initially of their 72-year marriage.

The actress, 93, had beforehand stated the couple “by no means felt tied to constancy” initially of their relationship, now including that it was frequent observe within the Nineteen Fifties.

“You have to comprehend that we dwell in a really puritanical nation nonetheless,” Bonnie advised People on Tuesday.

“[When we got married], folks have been simply unfastened about issues. The solely factor is that it harms you, does some injury to your shallowness. It hurts actually badly.”

“You should have lived throughout that point as an grownup to see what that was like. The tradition is solely totally different.”

Bonnie Bartlett and Willian Daniels older photo.
Bonnie Bartlett and Willian Daniels have been married for 72 years.

Bonnie Bartlett and Willian Daniels
Bonnie Bartlett and Willian Daniels have been married for 72 years.


She went on to elucidate that the pair’s choice to relocate from New York to California “was actually the saving grace” for his or her marriage.

“Once we received to Hollywood and we have been right here and dwelling like a standard household and having weekends at residence with our children and doing issues, it was completely totally different story,” she famous. “Nobody wished something greater than that.”

The couple shares three sons: William Jr, who died 24 hours after being born, Michael, 59, and Robert, 57.

Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels
The actress defined the pair’s choice to maneuver to Hollywood saved their marriage after years of infidelity.
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In her new memoir, “Middle of the Rainbow,” the Emmy-winning actress revealed she and William, who performed Mr. George Feeny on “Boy Meets World,” had an open marriage after they tied the knot in 1951.

While she admitted to having “an affair that lasted a number of months” with an actor in 1959, she stated her husband’s romance with one other girl within the ’70s left her “devastated” and altered the dynamic of their marriage.

Rider Strong, Ben Savage, William Daniels, Bonnie Bartlett on "Boy Meets World."
William is most recognized for his function as Mr. George Feeny on “Boy Meets World.”
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Despite the ache, the couple was in a position to recommit to at least one one other and have by no means appeared again since.

“The marriage may have damaged aside at any time these first 10 years, if considered one of us had, say, fallen in love with any person, however we by no means did,” she additional advised People.

“That was by no means a part of it. Both of us actually wished to be collectively. The love has by no means stopped.”

William Daniels
Despite their affairs, Bonnie stated the twosome by no means stopped loving each other.
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In reality, Bartlett Daniels insisted that right this moment the pair are “very blissful” and benefit from the small moments they share collectively of their Hollywood residence.

“We sit on this home and we do issues. He reads his ‘New York Times,’ and he does cameos largely. And we do conventions and issues like that. We identical to to be with one another. And we might do something for one another.”

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