John F. Kennedy Jr. dated a bevy of actresses before his marriage to Carolyn Bessette and his untimely death in 1999. But out of them all, Daryl Hannah was likely the most tumultuous. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal the actress forced John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ son to ditch his dying mom on her death bed.
In America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr. by Steven M. Gillon, he exposed Kennedy Jr. and Hannah’s toxic relationship.
The Splash actress’ billionaire father set the two up just as Kennedy Jr. was gaining popularity as America’s heartthrob. The two were still in relationships with other people when they “quietly started dating.” They were seen together in August 1993 and he eventually moved into her Upper West Side Manhattan apartment.
“The relationship had been rocky from the start,” Gillon wrote. “One of John’s close friends recalled that Hannah possessed ‘these self-absorbed neurotic qualities that she couldn’t see beyond. She was a movie star, she was a bombshell, and she was all about her most of the time.’ John quickly started to notice the insular, narcissistic nature of her world.”
A friend claimed Kennedy Jr. admitted to him that Jackie O “doesn’t really like Daryl all that much.”
Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1993. Months after chemo therapy and radiation, she was admitted to the hospital after collapsing.
“John could not be with Jackie that weekend because Daryl insisted that he deliver the ashes of her dead dog and attend its funeral in Los Angeles,” Gillon wrote. “John longed to be with his mother, but he agreed to his girlfriend’s request anyway. When he arrived to the funeral, Hannah became distraught because John had placed the ashes in a simple box rather than something more elaborate.”
JFK Jr. was “angry at himself” for not being home with his mother the entire weekend. When he returned home, he learned the gravity of the situation. She died soon after with Kennedy Jr. and her oldest child with the late President, daughter Caroline, by her side.
After the death, Kennedy Jr. staged an appearance with Hannah despite the fact that the relationship “had already ended” in his mind and that the two were “barely talking.”
“He did not want rumors of their impending split to distract from his mother’s death,” Gillon explained.
Following the funeral, JFK Jr. and Hannah spent the weekend in Hyannis, where the Kennedy family compound is located.
“Daryl was upstairs freaking out because another one of her dogs was sick,” the book read. “She was going on and on about her dog… He could not understand how his ‘girlfriend’ seemed more concerned about her dog than she did about him.”
JFK Jr. finally got the “strength” end their “dysfunctional” relationship after Jackie O’s death. The breakup was “easy” for him, as he met future wife while still dating the actress.
JFK Jr. and Bessette married in 1996. They died in a plane crash, along with Bessette’s sister Lauren, in 1999.
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