Country stars Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell endured a tumultuous, short-lived romance in the early ’80s — and if Campbell’s widow, Kim, has any say in the matter, she’d reportedly like to keep it in the past.
Campbell died Aug. 8 following a years-long battle with Alzheimer’s. Shortly after his death, Tucker released a song about the Rhinestone Cowboy called “Forever Loving You,” which she has been heavily promoting on television and in magazines.
But for Kim Campbell, who was married to the singer for almost 35 years, Tucker may have ulterior motives.
According to TMZ, Campbell believes Tucker’s relentless promotion of the song is “callous and disrespectful,” as her choice to draw attention to her and Campbell’s “distorted fairy tale” decades-old romance is exploiting his death.
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The gossip site reports that it was Tucker’s performance of the song on the “Today” show earlier this week that sent Campbell over the edge, as the widow was the one caring for the ailing singer in the years before his death.
As far as Tucker, 58, is concerned, though, a feud remains to be seen.
“I loved him, yeah. Everybody loved him, though, nobody didn’t love Glen Campbell,” Tucker told TMZ. “I never met (Kim), but I thank her for taking care of him. I have no bad blood. She may, but I don’t.”
The “Delta Dawn” singer previously announced that a portion of the proceeds from “Forever Loving You” — whose lyrics include lines like “If I could turn back the hands of time/I’d go back now and change my life and make it up to you” — will benefit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
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Tucker and Campbell dated on and off for several years before breaking off their engagement in 1981.
“I would lay down my life for Glen Campbell if I could just make him totally happy for even one day,” a 22-year-old Tucker told People in 1981, shortly after the demise of their relationship. “But he’s not the kind to change his mind.”
In a 2015 interview with the Chicago Tribune, the singer admitted that her ex-fiancé’s wife was not a fan of hers, even then.
“I think he was just on the rebound in my opinion,” Tucker said of the couple’s 1982 marriage. “She don’t like me, but I have nothing against her. I appreciate her taking care of him all these years, because I know he’s a handful.”
Campbell moved her husband into a special facility for people battling Alzheimer’s in 2014, though she told the Tennessean last March that she visited her husband every day.
In her Tribune interview, Tucker claimed that Campbell only allowed the singer’s children limited access to their father, and didn’t let them bring in phones or take photos while visiting him — though she revealed she had snuck in one last FaceTime with her ex-fiancé.
“I was talking to him going, ‘Remember me? I’m Tanya, we used to love each other,'” she said. “Trying to think of anything that would trigger his memory. When I was done, he kissed the phone. So I got that, at least… It may be all I ever get, but that was wonderful.”
Meanwhile, Campbell released a heart-wrenching statement on her own final goodbye to her husband one day after his death.
“I have been grieving and saying goodbye to Glen every day for the last six years, ever since his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, not knowing which day he might forget me or which day might be his last,” she wrote. “Although I knew it was inescapable and certain, nothing could have prepared me for the profound loss I felt as I said goodbye for the final time yesterday.”
Representatives for both Tucker and Kim Campbell did not return the Daily News’ request for comment.
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