As Burt Reynolds approaches his 80th birthday, the Hollywood legend reflects on his life — from successes and failures to his love life and heartbreaks. In an exclusive interview in Closer Weekly, on newsstands now, Burt says even through all the thrilling highs and grueling lows, he has no regrets.
“Regrets are not healthy. It’s best to let go of those things that can’t be changed.” Burt says.
“There’s nothing I can do about things that weren’t happy or good,” he tells Closer. “I don’t think of my past as anything negative, and if it is negative, I’ve forgotten it!”
Burt at Wizard World Comic Con Chicago in August 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It’s taken many years for Burt, who rose to become the No. 1 box office star in the world only to see it all fall away, to attain this kind of perspective on his life.
Only by writing his new book, But Enough About Me, did he work through it all. “Absolutely nothing was off-limits,” co-author Jon Winokur tells the magazine. “Burt goes full speed ahead — whatever happens doesn’t faze him. He’s an eternal optimist.”
The agony and the ecstasy of being Burt was never more evident than during his tumultuous relationship with Sally Field.
Burt and Sally in 1978. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Most of us who were close to Burt were sure they were going to marry,” says biographer and pal Sylvia Resnick. “The reason they broke up was due to her success with Norma Rae,” the labor union drama that won Sally her first Oscar in 1980. “She suddenly became Miss Show Business, and his career wasn’t as good as hers.”
Burt began to act out, flirting with other women and turning down Sally’s marriage proposal.
“I was the dumbest a--hole ever to walk away from her,” Burt later said. It was too late for a romantic reunion, but Burt and Sally have remained friends. “I still love her very much,” Burt recently told Closer.
Burt hasn’t had much luck in love since Sally, as he approaches his 80th birthday he now lives alone in Jupiter, Fla., but says his life is fuller than ever. “I love the heat and the people and there’s no talk of show business,” he tells the magazine.
“My life is very peaceful,” Burt tells Closer. “Not at all like Hollywood.”
For the full interview, including more details on his life in Hollywood and past relationships, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now!