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Whoopi Goldberg Felt Pressure To Wed

Whoopi Goldberg has spoken of her three marriages, why she believes they ended, and how she felt pressured to wed.

The television personality was married to Alvin Martin between 1973 and 1979, David Claessen between 1986 and 1988 and Lyle Trachtenberg between 1994 and 1995 but believes things never worked out because she couldn't open up and share her feelings. Speaking recently to the New York Times, she also admitted how she believed marriage was expected of her.

The 63-year-old said: "Look, people expect you to have a boyfriend. They expect you to get married. So I kept trying to do that, but I didn't want to share information with somebody else. I didn't want anybody asking me why I was doing what I was doing, or to have to make the other person feel better.

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"But if you're in a relationship, you have to do those things, and it took me a while to figure out that I didn't want to. I'd be thinking, why don't I feel the thing that I'm supposed to? Then one day I thought: I don't have to do this. I don't have to conform. I tried marriage, and it wasn't for me. You can't be in a marriage because everybody's expecting you to."

Whoopi also confessed that she feels responsible for her three failed marriages as she hadn't been "really in love" with her spouses.

She said: "It took me some time but I realised that trying to turn myself in to something I wasn't ready for a man wasn't his fault. It was mine. My marriages failed and I was the common denominator. My commitment was never that strong. I can say now that I was never really in love. The realisation freed me up. I love men and men love me. I'm lucky that way. I just feel bad that it took me so long to realise that I wasn't meant to be in a relationship."


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"Whoopi Goldberg has spoken of her three marriages, why she believes they ended, and how she felt pressured to wed."