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Inside Pamela Anderson And Tommy Lee's Complicated Relationship

Updated April 8, 2019 31.8k views13 items

Liz and Dick, Sid and Nancy, Sonny and Cher, Sinatra and Gardner - there is no shortage of volatile Hollywood couples who have made more headlines because of their romance than their show business contributions. But perhaps the most extreme Tinseltown relationship of modern times was the union between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. It's hardly surprising that fireworks erupted when these two dynamic personalities got together. What was surprising, however, was just how brightly - and enduringly - those fireworks burned before sparking out. 

From their whirlwind courtship in the mid-1990s all the way to as recently as 2018, Pam and Tommy have been the stuff of tabloid scandal dreams: still sparring; still falling out and coming back together again (no, that's not a reference to the infamous Anderson/Lee sex tape); still holding fans and curious onlookers captive with their complex, messy, crazy antics.

Pop culture's most complicated relationships anthology wouldn't be complete without some of the wild stories about Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee.

  • They've Both Had A Series Of Messy, High-Profile Relationships With Other People

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    Both Anderson and Lee have had very public relationships with other people in between their sporadic bouts of reconciliation. Before his marriage to Anderson, Lee was married to Elaine Starchuk, then to actor Heather Locklear for seven years. In 2018, Lee announced his engagement to his girlfriend, social media personality Brittany Furlan.

    Anderson's post-Lee relationships also include two other marriages. The first to singer Kid Rock, the second to poker player Rick Salomon. Both unions were the source of much drama and tabloid coverage.

    In 2018, Anderson again made headlines for an alleged romance with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange - though, at the time, she was supposedly - and officially - dating French soccer player Adil Rami. As the Hollywood Reporter noted, "'We talk about everything," [Anderson] says of her friendship with Assange. 'We talk about the Bible, we talk about what's happening with my kids, what's happening with his family. It's not just about politics.'"

  • Their Son Punched His Father For Dissing His Mom

    In March 2018, headlines reported a physical altercation between Lee and his eldest son, Brandon. Allegedly, Brandon was defending his mom's honor when he punched his dad in the face. Though no charges were filed, the LA County Sheriffs' Department was called.

    Anderson later commented, "[Brandon] punched him in the nose for all of us who he has hurt."

  • Anderson Called Lee 'A Disaster' During An Interview

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    After the fight between Tommy and Brandon Lee, Anderson said her ex was "a disaster spinning out of control" during an intimate interview with Piers Morgan where she spoke about the end of their marriage, specifically the abuse that took place.

    Though the comment was just one small component of a wide-ranging interview and no new revelations were revealed, Lee was not happy.

  • Lee Responded To His Ex-Wife's Diss Immediately

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    Lee immediately jumped on Twitter to lash out at both Anderson and Morgan. He claimed Pam "has nothing else going on," which is why she gave the interview and discussed her volatile relationship with him. Lee also claimed Anderson was still in regular contact with him and "asks for me back." Morgan replied that he was not responsible for what Anderson said, and Lee should take the issue up with her.

    In the ensuing exchange, Lee blasted Morgan for the talk show host's sycophantic interview with Donald Trump.