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Back in Jean-Claude Van Damme's heyday, he costarred with an up-and-coming Kylie Minogue in the video-game-to-movie adaptation of Street Fighter. The 1994 film was a critical flop, but Van Damme has happy memories of making it. Of course, the fact that he was carrying on a steamy affair with his costar doesn't hurt!
In a new interview with The Guardian, the Expendables 2 star opened up about his fling with the Australian singer-actress. Though Van Damme himself mentioned the affair to the press a few years ago, he was cagey when the Guardian reporter first asked him to confirm it.
"I tell you what, you should ask her. She'll have a better memory," the kickboxing actor demurred. "I'm 51 years old, do you know how much I was punched in the face on The Expendables? No, no. No. And let's just say it happened, so what? Who wants to know?"
But with some prodding, the Belgian star went into nostalgic detail about his relationship with Kylie.
"Yes. OK. Yes, yes, yes. It happened. I was in Thailand, we had an affair," he confessed. "Sweet kiss, beautiful lovemaking. It would be abnormal not to have had an affair, she's so beautiful and she was there in front of me every day with a beautiful smile, simpatico, so charming, she wasn't acting like a big star."
"I knew Thailand very well, so I showed her my Thailand. She's a great lady," he added.
The Guardian reporter described his recollections of Kylie as "rather touching," but there's at least one person who doesn't agree: his fourth wife Darcy LaPier, who was married to him at the time.
"I was shocked he would talk to the press about this all these years later to gain some notoriety. I didn't know about it, I have had my feelings hurt and I feel betrayed," LaPier, who was married to Van Damme from 1994 to 1997, told Fox New's Pop Tarts blog.
It gets worse. Not only was Van Damme married to LaPier at the time, but she was pregnant with their son Nicholas, who is now 16 years old. "I wouldn't want him finding out all of this and being hurt by it too," she told the website.
Though she swears she didn't know about the affair until now, LaPier says that Van Damme has always been "a cheater."
"Kylie always seemed intimidated by me, and now I know why," she reflected. "I speak to [Claude] about once a week, so I will say something. This is not cool."
LaPier also expressed hope that The Expendables 2 would make lots of money, because Van Damme "hasn't paid child support in seven years." Ouch.
The action star is now re-married to his third wife, Gladys Portugues, whom he'd left for LaPier in 1992.
"I came back to my original wife," Van Damme told the Sun-Times (via The Huffington Post). "I came back to her after I made a few boo-boos in my life."
Well, that's one way to put it!