LOS ANGELES, California (AP)– It’s not easy being Al Reynolds these days.
The soon-to-be ex-husband of Star Jones says he’s “been called a gigolo, a freeloader, unemployed, a sham and many other things that don’t bear repeating” since Jones filed for divorce in March.
Reynolds posted a 485-word rant on MySpace and Facebook on Tuesday, using the social-networking Web sites to air his frustrations with media coverage.
“If you think you are having a tough day, may I propose you walk in my shoes for a few hours,” reads the opening line. “In my mind, it feels like ‘Dump on Al Month.”‘
His publicist issued Reynolds’ only official statement on his split from Jones after three years of marriage: “We are taking the high road.”
“As much as I want to defend myself, it seems like a silly and futile exercise,” Reynolds writes. “It’s clear that the media doesn’t want to let the truth get in the way of a good story. I hate to ruin their fun.”
Still, he spends the bulk of the time explaining himself and defending his marriage.
“I know in my heart that I entered my marriage with love and the best of intentions and leave it with great sadness that it didn’t work,” he writes, going on to explain that he “grew up in a working class home, a mobile home in fact.”
He discusses his current pursuits — “follow(ing) my entrepreneurial spirit in the world of business and investment while completing my doctorate in Organizational Leadership” — and notes that “a guy is entitled to a little fun, after all.”
“I am complex, contradictory and capable of great intelligence but also remarkable stupidity. In other words, I am a human being,” he writes.
“Please don’t try to define me; don’t try to categorize me; and most of all, don’t label me. Instead, JUST GET TO KNOW ME.”