Monday, April 06, 2009

An Inspiring Couple: Patrick Swayze & Lisa Niemi

Patrick Swayze has been in the news a lot recently due to his health issues, but I'd like to take a moment to point out what the media should also be talking about-- his inspiring, long-time marriage to Lisa Niemi. The two have been married since 1975 and he credits her support and friendship to a lot of his happiness and success over the years and also states that her strength and commitment has helped him get through the "challenges" too.

He even told the media that he had a "special relationship" with Lisa even before their marriage. The "Dirty Dancing" star said that he had lived her for a year before they had sex, although it was a tough task to accomplish, as they were sharing the same bed.

"We were friends for a long time before we became lovers. We even lived and slept together for a year before we had sex. That wasn't easy," Swayze said.

"I never took part in all that locker-room banter about sexual conquests. All those guys who say they go out every weekend looking for women usually wind up getting drunk and never ending up with anyone," the actor added, "I had somebody real to go home to. That was more important to me than sex, even though I missed it."

But luckily the wait was worth it and the two have now been together for 34 years--so far-- and I wish them many, many more!
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