Sophia Bush Talks About Chad Michael Murray . . . And He IS NOT PLEASED
I like Sophia Bush. I think she’s a strong career woman who’s unafraid to speak her mind, and my heart breaks for her and her costars, who have been bravely forthcoming about their experience in the Me Too movement. The actress sat down with Andy Cohen for his Sirius XM radio show, and the ‘Watch What Happens Live’ host predictably asked her about her short-lived marriage to her ‘One Tree Hill’ costar Chad Michael Murray. Bush is understandably sick of the question, but her answer was . . . odd. She seemed to imply she did not want to marry him in the first place, and that surrounding personal and professional pressure forced her to take the plunge. Murray called the claim ludicrous, saying the only reason he’d ever marry is for love, and any implication that he was unprofessional on set is untrue. It’s no secret there’s bad blood here. They were rumored to have split over Murray’s alleged affair with Paris Hilton on ‘House of Wax.’ If that affair is true, then Murray proposed to Bush AFTER having cheated. At the time, Bush said, “It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic, another joke marriage. I never expected to be married more than once . . . because I knew what I was getting into and will always believe in love.” Before their divorce was even finalized, Murray was already engaged to 18-year-old Kenzie Dalton, while she was a senior in high school. Dalton and Murray met on set, and their engagement lasted seven years. He is now married to his ‘Chosen’ costar Sarah Roemer, with whom he shares two children. Needless to say, he’s a serial monogamist (alleged infidelity aside).
Though I won’t post the interviews between Murray and Bush at the height of their romance, I’ll just say that the two of them seemed very much in love. Whether love and infidelity are mutually exclusive, that’s not for me to decide. Women everywhere can surely relate to having entered into a relationship with someone you later feel you completely misjudged. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that, instead of severely downplaying whether the love existed in the first place, or reasoning one’s way out of a perhaps regretful decision. Also, I find that marriage to be an extremely interesting part of her story, so I understand why she’d be asked about it. The fact that she was forced to work beside her ex-husband for YEARS while he brought his 18-year-old girlfriend on set seems like an insurmountable task, and if I were interviewing her, I’d want to know how she did it. But yeah . . . I’m sure she’d like to put it behind her.