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Whoopi Goldberg's doubts about second marriage confirmed on wedding night

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Mar 28, 2014 | 2:26pm EDT

Actress Whoopi Goldberg knew her 1980s marriage to cinematographer David Claessen was doomed after he refused to help her clean up after their wedding. The Ghost star reveals she had already started having doubts about the relationship before she exchanged vows in 1986, but she refused to let all her friends and family down by leaving her then-fiance standing at the altar. She recalls, "My mother once said to me, because she could see it on my face, that it (the wedding) was wrong and we all knew it was wrong. It was like I'd done this big, crazy thing. My mother said, 'Look, there's a car out the back, just get in the car 'cause you don't want to do this, I can see it on your face.' I said, 'Ma, we have spent all this money.' I couldn't do it to the guests." But when her new husband turned his back on the mess in their home following their reception that she knew the union wouldn't last. Goldberg explains, "I wanted to take care of my house because the house had been so trashed. I wanted to clean up (on my wedding night)... "This is how I knew it wasn't gonna work. I said, 'Listen, do you see how much trash is here? We've gotta get at least some of this out and done so we can sleep in tomorrow...' He didn't want to do it... I would have (had sex) with him in the morning, all day (if he had cleaned up)...! Two year's later (we divorced)..." Claessen was Goldberg's second husband. She was also married to Alvin Martin from 1973 until 1979, and later to actor Lyle Trachtenberg, who she divorced in 1995 after just one year as husband and wife. She has since sworn off marriage, insisting, "Some people are not meant to be married and I am not meant to. I'm sure it is wonderful for lots of people."

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