Roseanne Barr Was in Love With John Goodman During First Season of ‘Roseanne’
Roseanne and Dan Conner were one of TV’s favorite sitcom couples back in the ’80s and ’90s on Roseanne, so many fans are wondering if Roseanne Barr and John Goodman are married in real life now that the hit show’s reboot just premiered on ABC. Turns out, they were just an on-screen couple.
John has been married to his wife, Anna Beth Goodman, since 1989. The couple has a 27-year-old daughter, Molly Evangeline Goodman, together, who was born in August 1990. The 65-year-old actor once told Elle that the secret to his nearly 30-year marriage is “not” romance but “working away from home a great deal of the time.” At least he’s honest!
Unlike John, Roseanne has been married and divorced three different times. She was hitched to Bill Pentland from 1974 until 1990 and the couple had three children together, Jessica, Jennifer, and Jake. After divorcing Bill, she wed comedian Tom Arnold, and the two stayed married for four years until 1994. The couple had no kids together. Then in 1995, she married Ben Thomas and the duo was married until 2002, just seven years after they welcomed their son, Buck. Roseanne also has an older daughter, Brandi, whom she previously placed for adoption. She has been with her boyfriend, Johnny Argent, since 2003, but the couple has never married.
However, as Roseanne previously revealed to New York Magazine, she was secretly in love with John during the first season of Roseanne! When venting about the show’s producer Matt Williams’ script ideas in the piece she wrote for the magazine, she casually mentioned her crush on her co-star. “The next battle came when Matt sent down a line for me that I found incredibly insulting — not just to myself but to John, who I was in love with, secretly,” she shared. When John was later asked how he felt about her big confession, the actor said he was totally “surprised.”
John and Roseanne on Roseanne.
Though the two are just friends, John once described his longtime relationship with Roseanne as being like a marriage. “We had our ups and downs. She was a pretty strong personality, and I’d hide — much like a modern marriage,” he said. “She had a very strong vision of what she wanted [on the show]. If I had something to add, it would be on the floor when we were rehearsing.” As far as learning anything from his fights with the actress, he shared, “Not from her. Honestly, it’s best avoided.” We still think they’d make the perfect real-life couple — and we can’t wait to see their on-screen chemistry again in the revival!