The Cars’ Ric Ocasek ‘Peacefully Separated’ From Wife Last Year
The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek “peacefully separated” from his wife Paulina Porizkova last year, she revealed in a new social media message.
The Czech-born Swedish model, 53, married Ocasek, 74, in 1989, after they’d met five years earlier when she appeared in the video for the Cars song "Drive."
“Our family has always been – and still is – a well-built car,” Porizkova said in an Instagram post, which references their two sons, Jonathan and Oliver. “When the four of us are together, we can go wherever the road takes us. But as a bicycle, my husband and I no longer pedal in unison. So, we’re ditching the bicycle. Ric and I have been peacefully separated for the past year. The photos of our happy family are, in fact, happy family photos; we are just no longer a couple.”
She added that their love for each other remained “so wide and deep, it’s practically tangible, and that sort of love can never disappear,” but stated that no further comments would come from herself or Ocasek “at this time.”
MSN reported that Porizkova had suggested the marriage was in trouble three years ago, during an interview. “It's always challenging with two people with separate careers," she said. "I know models and rock stars have a rep. It's hard when you spend a lot of time apart. Sometimes you risk growing apart."
The Cars were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. The ceremony will be broadcast on May 5 at 8PM ET on HBO.
Watch the Cars' Video for 'Drive'