Sylvester Stallone revealed he made a “tragic mistake” that nearly caused his 25-year marriage to end.
“Sometimes I put the work ahead of [my family]and that is a tragic mistake which won’t happen again,” the “Rocky” star told The Hollywood Reporter in a new interview published Monday.
Stallone’s wife, Jennifer Flavin, filed for divorce from the actor in August after more than two decades of marriage. At first, the split seemed acrimonious, as Stallone, 76, covered his tattoos dedicated to the former model.
It was initially believed that a fiery fight over a dog caused the marriage to end, but Stallone denied that a “trivial argument” was the root of the split.
“I have the highest respect for Jennifer. I will always love her,” he said at the time.
“She’s an amazing woman. She’s the nicest human being I’ve ever met.”
Just as quickly as Flavin, 54, wanted to get divorced, she and Stallone reconciled and officially had the Florida case dismissed.
“Hopefully you’re involved with people who understand the foibles of life and the fragility of it and how rare a real good relationship is,” the actor shared with THR.
Since the reconciliation, the on-again duo have been spotted at various events either by themselves or with their three daughters, Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet.
Stallone also shares two sons — Sage and Seargeoh — with first wife Sasha Czack, to whom he was married from 1974 to 1985.
The “Cliffhanger” star previously described his and Flavin’s brief split as an extremely “tumultuous time” that triggered a change in his behavior.
“There was a reawakening of what was more valuable than anything, which is my love for my family,” he said. “It takes precedence over my work, and that was a hard lesson to learn.”