Ryan O’Neal is opening up about his longtime companion Farrah Fawcett’s battle with cancer in a new interview airing on The TODAY Show this week.
In an interview with Meredith Vieira that is set to air on The TODAY Show on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14, Ryan says of the courageous actress: “She’s the rock. She taught us all how to cope. She’s extraordinary. I don’t know what I’ll do without her, to tell you the truth.”
“I don’t think I can now. I know this, that in the last two years I loved her more than I’ve ever loved her — ever. She’s so much more of a woman and powerful, courageous, fearless and all those adjectives. And I look at her with awe.”
Ryan tells Meredith that he and Redmond, his son with the 62-year-old former Charlie’s Angels star, realized that her battle with cancer was taking its toll during a walk on the beach: “The first time I ever noticed, I walked with her and Redmond on the beach one day. We used to take that walk all the time to the rocks and back. And halfway there she stopped and said: Can we go back? And Red and I looked at each other and we knew that… See she could fool you because she always looked good. She looked really good. And he used to say to me: She’ll be all right. Look how nice she looks.”
NBC will air a documentary on Farrah’s battle with aggressive anal cancer, Farrah’s Story, this Friday night.
(I don’t think I’ll be watching…I loved Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed, this documentary is just going to give me a serious case of the sad faces :( Keep Farrah in your prayers.)