Jack Nicholson’s “Afraid of dying alone” after years of heartbreak, actor reveals the pain of growing old without partner

Jack Nicholson has everything most people would ever dream of… except for true love.

Now, in his 80s, the Hollywood icon regrets not having someone by his side to share his remaining years with.

Sadly, his past relationships have been filled with disappointment and heartbreak, none of them strong enough to stand the test of time.

The actor was married to actress Sandra Knight for about six years between 1962 and 1968.

“We had a very beautiful, sweet marriage,” Sandra Knight told an American magazine, as per Express.

“I could see Jack was going to become a big star and have lots of temptations. I couldn’t go along for the ride. He’s different from the Jack Nicholson image. The real Jack is a loving, caring, giving person, a doting dad and the sweetest father.”

Jack Nicholson and Sandra Knight. Image: Pinterest

Later on, he had a 16-year relationship with Anjelica Huston, but when it fell apart, Nicholson went through some of the most difficult years of his life and he believes that the separation is still haunting him to this day.

“I was annihilated emotionally. That was probably the toughest period of my life. I’m childish and I did make a mistake,” he said. “I may have made a mistake but I don’t want to go back and correct it. I’d rather deal with it.”

Huston has also described him as the “love of her life”, and although their years together have given her wonderful memories, they also produced pain.

She called Nicholson “generous” and “someone I have adored in my life and continue to love forever.”

Often, Nicholson could not stop his over-calculative mind from causing complications.

“I have a mathematician’s brain,” he said, according to Daily Mail. “It looks at everything mathematically, including relationships. It’s all statistics and laws of probability.”

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston. Image: TheThings

Nicholson’s tendency to just accept problems rather than do something about them might be one of the reasons he is lonely today.

“I would love that one last romance but I’m not very realistic about it happening. What I can’t deny is my yearning,” he said, as per The Telegraph.

After all his disappointments, Nicholson came to understand how complicated relationships can be and that love sometimes just isn’t enough.

“I don’t think relationships are fixed things,” he said. “People are necessarily complex and confused beings. We don’t always do the right thing, say the right thing and behave the way we always want to behave.”

Image: Vanity Fair

Jack Nicholson’s life is a true story of success, and yet there’s a crucial element missing from it.

“I have had everything a man could ask for but no one could say I’m successful with affairs of the heart.”

A source revealed:

“He’s afraid of dying alone in that house”. The one thing that keeps him going is the love that he has for his children and grandchildren. Nicholson can’t help but see the beauty in them, saying, “They write an essay or a poem and your heart is in your throat. They share such stunning love.”

Jack Nicholson with his daughter, Jennifer, and his grandsons. Image: Closer Weekly

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