“Larry David was my first husband, because when I started doing Curb Your Enthusiasm, I was single and had never been married before,” Cheryl Hines tells Closer of the HBO comedy that began its run in 2000. “Then I married Paul Young, and then I married Robert F. Kennedy Jr.” And she’s on good terms with all of them. “When I got a star on Hollywood Boulevard [in 2014], all three of them were in the front row,” she shares. Cheryl gets along so well with her ex-husband that Paul is producing her new dramedy series, This Close, debuting on Valentine’s Day (aptly enough) on the Sundance Now streaming service.
“We have a very interesting relationship,” Cheryl tells Closer of her ongoing bond with Paul, the father of her 13-year-old daughter, Catherine Rose Young. “My agent’s always like, ‘That’s a sitcom, Cheryl!’” Asked how differently people react when they meet Cheryl and her husband, Robert, on the street, “Someone will come up to Bobby basically in tears and say, ‘What you and your family have done for our country and human rights and democracy has been so important to me and my family,’” the sitcom star tells Closer.
Cheryl and her husband Bobby.
“Then two minutes later, someone will come up to me and say, ‘I remember that time on Curb Your Enthusiasm when you had diarrhea in the car wash, and it really made us laugh.’” Despite their different backgrounds, Cheryl and Bobby have found plenty in common to build a happy life. “It’s nice because we both understand — I hate to use the word fame, but just being a recognizable person,” says Cheryl of Bobby, who heads the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance and is writing a memoir. “If one person is recognizable and the other isn’t, it can be a tough balance, but it’s nice that we’re recognized for different things.”
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