Paulina Porizkova has revealed that she has reached a settlement with her late husband Rick Okacek’s estate after she cut it out of her will, leaving him without any money after his death in 2019.
The 56-year-old supermodel reveals the deal angel magazine podcast BasicWhich he recorded at his home last month. He did not specify how much money he was getting, but said it was the amount owed to him.
‘I know exactly how much I owe under New York law, how much I owe. And I am getting The property is settling down with me,’ she told podcast host Andrew Goldman.
OVER: Paulina Porizkova, 56, reveals she has finally reached a settlement with her late husband Rick Okacek’s estate after he secretly cut her out of his will weeks before his death.
Loss: Porizkova and Okacek had separated and were going through a divorce when he found her dead in their Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at the age of 75.
Porizkova and The Cars frontman had separated and were going through a divorce when he found her dead in their $10 million Manhattan townhouse in September 2019 at the age of 75.
The next day, she learns that he had cut it out of her will a few weeks before, claiming that he had ‘abandoned’ her, leaving her to live without any money, including her own earnings. Was.
‘It completely put me on edge, I had no idea,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know how to make a head or a tail out of anything. The shock of finding him and the grief of his death and then “Oh, guess what? You don’t get money. He wants you to know money.” And he gave it to his two eldest sons.”
Okacek leaves behind six sons, two from each of his three marriages. Her oldest sons from her first marriage to Constance Campbell, Chris and Adam Otacask were also left out of her will.
“So, I was really messed up, and I’ll never have an answer because we can’t ask that out,” Porizkova said, sharing with the families of both Chris and Adam.
The secret: Porizkova didn’t share how much money she was receiving, but said it was the amount she owed under New York law, which is one-third of Okacek’s assets.
Memories: Porizkova was only 19 when she met Okacek on the set of the music video for The Cars’ hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. They married five years later.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuits alum reported that until three weeks before her husband’s surgery, she had inherited everything that she admitted “doesn’t quite fit” as they were going through a divorce.
She said, ‘I’m totally fine with inheriting half of what I thought was mine. ‘It turns out it’s not a half under New York law, it’s only a third, but still, you know, I’m fine.’
Porizkova is entitled to one-third of the musician’s assets, which were listed as $5 million in ‘copyrights’, $100,000 in ‘tangible personal assets’ and $15,000 in cash.
However, she insisted that at the time of Okacek’s death she was only worth $5 million ‘bulls**t’. When Goldman asked if the lower number was ‘for tax purposes’, he claimed ‘it was.’
“In the early days, all they had to do was enter a number,” she said. ‘So he just put down a small amount so it doesn’t look like he’s probably taking a lot of money from me? I do not know. I’m not sure.’
When Porizkova pointed out that she was receiving dues under New York law, Goldman frankly asked, ‘How much?’ However, Porizkova declined to give exact numbers.
‘That I can’t tell you, [but] I’m gonna be fine I’m gonna be fine … I settled in last week. you go there … I settled with the property last week. They were very fair,’ she said. ‘He gave me what is mine under the law of the state of New York, and we’re done.’
Model insists the $5 million number was ‘just one’ The sum is that someone put it for some reason.’
Porizkova believes it was Okacek’s lawyer who prompted her to make last-minute changes to her will.
‘My husband had some lawyers, and he had to have surgery. …they just did a very quick, kind of stupid thing together,’ she said.
‘I don’t think my husband had the brainpower at the time to figure out what he was really doing. … he was a bit hypochondriac anyway. … I think he signed a piece of paper without wasting much time.’
Porizkova was recovering from surgery at their shared Gramercy Park home when she passed away unexpectedly.
He said, ‘No one expected him to die – no one, absolutely no one.
The mother of two reported that she and her estranged husband were still living under the same roof at the time of her death, adding: ‘It was a nice big house.’
Porizkova, who sold the Gramercy Park townhouse in September 2020 for $10 million, said the property was ‘so low priced’ because it had to be sold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘We had separate bedrooms for five years at the time of his death. We were not married. We were still living together, but, no, we weren’t a couple. We were family,’ she said.
“I felt really bad about leaving her in this big, old, empty house,” she said. ‘I thought I was doing well. I wanted to take care of her because I knew she needed help.
‘He was so used to working for himself, was such a big star and married me. … I loved him. I didn’t want him to have a hard time.’
Porizkova was only 19 when she met Okacek on the set of the music video for The Cars’ hit ‘Drive’ in 1984. They were married five years after their meeting, when she was 24 and he was 45. sons, Jonathan and Oliver.
In 2017, they quietly parted ways after almost 30 years of marriage.
Porizkova said, “I fell in love after we split and publicly announced our separation.” ‘But he’s still not abandoned. I was absolutely present and knew Rick.’
She refused to comment about the man she was seeing, but explained that Okacek knew her and that their children had met her when their father was still alive.
‘Rick was a part of this new world we were living in,’ she said.
Porizkova briefly dated Men in Black author Ed Solomon during her split from Okacek in May 2019. They were together for several months before breaking up quietly. It is not clear if that was the man she was referring to.
The cover star thought it was possible that Okacek claimed that he had left her because she was in love with someone else after their separation, but pointed out that this is not the legal definition of abandonment.
“It doesn’t make sense in a way because when you make an abandonment claim in law, it means this person hasn’t been present in the past year and you’re unable to catch them,” she explained. ‘So that was a lie.
‘And I think he must have felt abandoned, but I’m sorry you can’t give money to your wife because you think she’s left you.’
Porizkova’s first public relationship since Okacek’s death was with screenwriter-director Aaron Sorkin (60), with whom she attended the Oscars last spring. It was later revealed that this outing was their second date. She announced their split on Instagram in July after being together for almost three months.
In the caption, he opened up about this, calling the Oscar-winning screenwriter ‘funny’ and ‘sexy’. She never explicitly stated why their relationship ended, but she hinted at them being very different.
During the podcast, she shrugged off speculation that Sorkin was the subject of a recent tearful Instagram post in which she opened up about a man struggling for trust ‘after betrayal’.
‘Oh, poor Aaron. No. Gosh, poor Aaron,’ he told Goldman. ‘It’s so unfair because he just became my public boyfriend, and he’s got himself in this hole – and it’s not really fair because he really is one of the greatest and coolest people I’ve ever met Am.
‘There was a different man, and I couldn’t talk about it. … don’t ask me details because I can’t reveal them. Was I in love before I met Aaron? Yes.’
Porizkova has become She is known for sharing crying selfies and emotionally raw posts while battling depression, anxiety and anger after the death of her husband.
“Two years later, everyone wants me to get away with it, but I’m not,” she said on the podcast. She said she just wanted to ‘find a good guy,’ saying: ‘I’m not angry anymore. I just got hurt.’