“I Love Lucy” was one of CBS’s most-popular sitcoms in history. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were magic on screen, but a mess off of it.
Ball and Arnaz had a truly difficult marriage, thanks in part to Arnaz’s continual womanizing. While it’s true that Desi Arnaz provided the television industry with some cutting-edge ideas, he could not stay faithful to Lucy.
Arnaz also had a terrible alcoholism problem. These issues ultimately led to their divorce, one covered in the newspapers and tabloids, according to an article in Cheatsheet.com.
Lucie Arnaz Recalls Hearing News From ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars
Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucy and Desi, once said in an interview that hearing from the “I Love Lucy” stars that they were divorcing was “terrifying.”
“Well, like any kids whose parents get divorced, you definitely don’t want that to happen,” she said in an interview with the Television Academy Foundation. “And it was terrifying. I hear Cher singing in my head somewhere right now because that’s exactly what happened: ‘You better sit down kids.’
“You know, and those words are pretty much, I think, what every kid goes through when their parents tell them it’s not working out anymore,” Arnaz said.
Lucie Arnaz Admits She Didn’t Want Father Further Away
“Part of me probably totally understood because we had heard the arguments and that wasn’t fun either,” she said. “But it was hard. It was very hard. And I didn’t want my daddy out of the house. He was out of the house enough. I didn’t want him to go any further away.”
In 2018, Lucie Arnaz went into a little more detail about the Lucy-Desi divorce.
“There was a lot of anger and screaming,” she said. “Their divorce was horrible. And then there was the alcoholism. I had preferred those things had never been there. We didn’t have any abuse, but we did go through some pretty hard stuff and that’s why my parents didn’t stay together.”
One year after Ball’s divorce from Arnaz in 1960, she married a comedian, Gary Morton. The news caught Lucie Arnaz by surprise.
“When my mother wanted to remarry, I mean, that was like a knife in the heart,” she told the Television Academy Foundation. “Just, ‘You’re kidding, right? It’s only been a year, not even.’ So it was a rough period. For all of us.”