Bruce Forsyth: BBC TV star accused of being ‘Don Juan’ by wife exposed | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Bruce Forsyth was a beloved entertainer in the UK who had a career that spanned more than seven decades. He appeared on hit BBC and ITV shows including ‘The Generation Game’, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and ‘Play Your Cards Right’. He was knighted for his services to showbiz and charity work by the Queen in 2011. During his lengthy stint in the spotlight, his love life garnered as much attention as his onstage performances. The TV star was married three times where he had six children and admitted to a number of affairs. Unearthed accounts from the first Mrs Forsyth revealed her explanation as to why there were so many ladies in his life.
Bruce Forsyth remained on British TV screens until 2014, when he was forced to pull-out of live shows due to ill health and died three years later.
The showbiz legend’s final wife Wilnelia Merced, who he married in 1983, recently sold the couple’s £5.5million estate in Surrey, shortly before coronavirus lockdown.
She told the Daily Mail that she couldn’t live in the mansion “without Bruce” and despite their many “happy memories”, she could no longer be there.
The third Mrs Forsyth met the star while judging Miss World in 1985, after she had won the prestigious title five years earlier.
Prior to their 34-year marriage, Bruce had admitted to several affairs and had been accused of womanising by his former lovers.
They included Penny Calvert, his first wife, who claimed that he “couldn’t stop himself falling in love” in the 2017 biography ‘Brucie: A Celebration of Sir Bruce Forsyth: 1928 – 2017’.
She said: “Bruce really was a Don Juan and this often broke my heart. He could not resist a pretty face.”
While Ms Calvert conceded that he was not “particularly promiscuous”, she claimed he “often broke my heart”.
Around the time that Bruce started seeing Ann Sidney, who won Miss World in 1964, when their marriage was failing she stated she was “jealous” but that soon faded.
After their divorce, Ms Calvert said: “He has a tremendous amount of sex appeal – I’m not surprised that young women fall for him.
“He has been falling in and out of love with girls for the last six years. In the past six years he has left me and come back seven times.”
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A similar pattern was recorded by his second wife Anthea Redfern who claimed he had been “juggling four women at the same time” before she made sure “he only had eyes for her”.
Ms Calvert added that Bruce couldn’t help but fall in love and when the pair divorced ways in 1973, she felt relieved.
She said: “I view his relationship with Anthea as a mother would: getting a troublesome son off her hands.
“It made me cross when people looked at me and whispered, ‘She still loves Bruce.’ I didn’t. He was soon dead to me.
“He died when he had the affair with Ann Sidney. And he died when I saw his affidavit to the registrar over the divorce settlement.”
Sections of this article originated in Jules Stenson’s 2017 biography: ‘Brucie: A Celebration of Sir Bruce Forsyth: 1928 – 2017’, published by John Blake Publishing Ltd, available here.