Harrison Ford has no interest in discussing his 1970s affair with his Star Wars co-star Carrie Fisher in public.
The actress confirmed decades-old rumors about a possible fling between the pair in her memoir The Princess Diarist, which was released just weeks before her tragic December (16) death.
As she promoted the book, Carrie claimed she had given Harrison a heads up about her plans to reveal all about their three-month extramarital affair while shooting Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope in 1976, and even sent him a draft – but he didn’t respond.
Now Harrison, who is known for his reserved nature, has broken his silence about having his private life exposed so publicly, insisting he was far from happy with the media buzz Carrie’s confession attracted.
“It was strange. For me,” he told GQ magazine, admitting he did receive a little advance warning – “to a degree” – from Fisher, but didn’t end up reading what she had written about their romance.
Harrison, 75, declined to share whether he would have preferred for Carrie to have kept their affair out of the headlines, and made it clear he didn’t want to delve deeper into the topic – especially now the actress has passed.
“You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss,” he said.
Carrie was 19 years old at the time of their relationship, while Harrison was 33 and married to his first wife Mary Marquardt, who he ended up divorcing in 1979.
Fisher previously expressed feeling a little guilty about going public with their long-held secret, and predicted the story would probably have “bugged him” because he is so private.
“I do feel guilty,” she told U.K. chat show host Graham Norton in early December (16). “I never thought about it before, but I guess he will be asked about the affair for the rest of his life!”
Carrie, 60, died on 27 December (16), days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.