How Far Would You Go For Love?
If you thought Philip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Jack Goes Boating’ was going out of his way for love, check out these real life stories of going the distance.
In the new Rom-Com Jack Goes Boating, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a limo driver who learns to cook, swim, and even takes up a new career to woo new love Amy Ryan and fulfill her romantic fantasies.
While the movie adds a healthy helping of Hollywood sheen, plenty of real life ladies go above and beyond for their lovers, and make decisions that sometimes make no sense at all—from learning a new skill, putting their own goals aside, or trekking across the world. Whether their choices were right or wrong or ended up as a happily ever after or not, BettyConfidential caught up with a few of them.
Loving Enough to Leave
She was married to another man, when Patty Tedesco fell in love with a United Airlines co-worker, who had a wife and family of his own. While her feelings were strong enough for her to divorce her wealthy husband, Patty says, she anticipated nothing in return.
“I never had expectations EVER of him leaving his wife; she was a stay at home mom of three little boys, and I knew it could never work and I was okay with that,” says Patty, now 59. “I lost everything in the divorce. I went from being very wealthy to broke within a few days; I was so in love with this man, I didn’t care.”
Their affair continued for five years, but things changed when Patty discovered she was pregnant.
“I knew that he could never leave his wife and three small children, and I had no desire to ruin his life, so I moved out of state and told him I would raise her on my own and refused any support,” she says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t need the financial support, but I really loved him and I didn’t want to cause any additional stress on his or his family.”
So Patty left New York, started her own executive training and development business, and raised a daughter who’s now applying to Ivy League grad schools. But the story doesn’t end there.
“His wife passed over a year ago, and he came down to meet his daughter,” she says. “He and I are back together again after 22 years, we are still in love and planning our life together.”