John Cleese didn't want his fourth wife, Jennifer Wade, to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, because he wanted to show the world how much they loved each other.
John Cleese didn't want his fourth wife to sign a pre-nuptial agreement.
The 72-year-old actor tied the knot with jewellery designer Jennifer Wade, 41, in a private villa on the Caribbean island of Mustique but he wasn't interested in making Jennifer agree to a contract securing his wealth because he wanted to prove to the world how much they loved each other.
He said: ''When we started to talk about marriage seriously, Jen said, 'I want a pre-nup so people know I'm not going to take you to the cleaners.' ''
Jennifer added: ''I said, 'I'll sign anything to prove I don't want anything from you - except the cats and the giraffe.' John said, 'I don't want it. It's not romantic. We're not having one.' ''
However, John - whose third wife, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, was awarded £12.2 million when the couple divorced in 2008 after 16 years of marriage - soon changed his mind when he realised Jenny wouldn't be looked after under Monaco law, where they live.
He told Britain's HELLO! magazine: ''Here's the irony; we decided after a time that in spite what people might think, we probably wouldn't need one at all. And then Jenny's lawyer said she was not properly looked after under Monaco law, where we now live. So I said, 'Fine, in that case, we'll have one.' ''
The actor has two daughters, Cynthia Cleese, 41, from his marriage to Connie, and Camilla Cleese, 28, from his relationship with Barbara.