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Kevin Costner Opens Up

Savoring The Single Life

It’s been a wild ride for Kevin Costner. After going through a rough divorce right when his career was taking off, the Dances with Wolves actor spent years trying to find that one special someone. Costner spent most of the ’90s enjoying the single life, dating girl after girl with little time in between, ultimately earning himself a reputation as an A-list womanizer. Now, however, it seems that the Hollywood actor has changed his ways. Has he finally settled down?

A One-Woman Man

Kevin Costner’s wild and unpredictable lifestyle has led him to become the subject of numerous tabloid headlines and Hollywood rumors. While he has never been shy when it comes to admitting his wrongdoings, Costner has kept quiet regarding certain aspects of his personal life. Believe it or not, before all the fame and fortune, Costner was once a one-woman man, happily married to his college sweetheart. However, with success came the temptations of being a celebrity, some of which he simply couldn’t resist…

His First Love

Kevin Costner first met Cindy Silva while the two were college students attending California State University at Fullerton. “She was beautiful, she was sweet, she was smarter than me,” said Costner in a 1989 interview. “She represented everything about women that I like.” Costner and Cindy tied the knot in 1978. For several years, the newlyweds were happy together and even had three kids together – Annie, Lily, and Joe. Unfortunately, their relationship wouldn’t stay this way for very long.

Calling It Quits

Not long after Silva worked together with Costner on his critically-acclaimed film Dances With Wolves, rumors began to emerge regarding infidelity on Costner’s side. The two did what they could to keep their marriage afloat, but eventually decided to call it quits. In 1994, Cindy and Kevin announced their divorce in a statement which read, “After 16 years together, we are ending our marriage. We have amicably resolved all issues regarding our children and financial affairs and a full marital settlement has been reached.”

A Lone Wolf

Many fans were shocked to learn that Costner’s marriage was coming to an end, but to friends and coworkers, the divorce was no surprise. “I have a big thirst. A big taste for things…. I hate the fact that I’ve lived by somebody else’s rules and I’ve somehow missed out on something,” said Costner in an interview in 1987. Looking back now, it’s easy to see that the Dances With Wolves actor was hinting that his marriage with Cindy had gone sour.

Turning Over A New Leaf

“I want it to be me who tells them about the secrets, the beauty, the treachery and everything that is in life. I don’t want them to learn from someone else,” said Costner in an interview conducted in 2011. Baumgartner was thrilled to see that her new husband was so committed to his new family. It seemed as if he had truly turned over a new leaf compared to the father he once was with his previous children.