Way harsh, Jen. Jennifer Esposito didn’t hold back when it came to her past relationships in her new book, Jennifer’s Way.
The Blue Bloods actress, 41, released her healthy eating and personal narrative memoir last month, and didn’t hesitate to include scathing tidbits about an ex—seemingly her ex-husband, Bradley Cooper.
Cooper, 39, and Esposito divorced in 2007 after just four months of marriage.
“Finding someone to love, who loved me, in this lonely city of Los Angeles was seeming more and more impossible every day,” the Crash actress writes in her book. “Then I met someone and accepted a date.”
“I should have noticed the red flags from the beginning—actually, they were more like an entire marching band squad of red flags—but I ignored them because, honestly, I didn’t think the relationship was really going to go anywhere,” Esposito put it bluntly. “He was funny, smart, cocky, arrogant, and a master manipulator. I didn’t necessarily find him that attractive, but I figured that I could enjoy his sense of humor and nonsense for a while.”
The actors’ stint of “nonsense” quickly progressed as they tied the knot in December 2006.
“One date became two, two dates became four,” Esposito continued in Jennifer’s Way. “We had fun, but he also had a mean, cold side. His personality could flip on a dime, but that kind of behavior was familiar to me. I’d spent plenty of time walking on eggshells in my childhood home as well as on certain sets, so I quickly learned my role in the relationship and went forward accordingly. But the relationship was about him and what he needed, and nothing else… It wasn’t all bad all the time, so I figured this was just my lot, and I took the good with the bad, even though the bad was extremely bad.”
“Within days, my relationship hit an all-time low, and within a week, it was over,” she wrote about the end of the short-lived relationship. “Abruptly, rudely, and with the exact callousness that I’d come to expect from him, but this time, I did nothing but agree to end it.”
While Cooper has yet to comment on his ex-wife’s harsh words, the American Hustle actor did speak out in March 2011 about their brief marriage. “It was just something that happened,” he told Howard Stern at the time. “The good thing is, we both realized it… Sometimes you just realize it.”
In the years since the split, Esposito dated tennis player Mark Philippoussis, and is now engaged to model Louis Dowler. For his part, Cooper has held many high-profile relationships including flings with Suki Waterhouse, Dowler’s ex-girlfriend Renée Zellweger, and Zoe Saldana.