When you’ve been married eight times (including to one woman twice), I guess you learn to roll with the punches. That’s precisely what Larry King appears to be doing — despite rumors that his wife, Shawn King, has been having an affair, the 82-year-old TV host and his spouse of 19 years were spotted strolling hand in hand on Monday afternoon.
At least one thing in Larry’s life hasn’t changed lately, though, and that’s his wardrobe: He was sporting his signature suspenders and glasses during the couple’s stroll of solidarity.
This all comes in the wake of reports that surfaced last week, claiming Shawn has been getting hot and heavy with British public speaker Richard Greene for at least a year. Tackling the idle talk head-on, Larry and Shawn appeared on an episode of Hallmark’s Home & Family on Friday.
During the segment, Larry addressed the gossip, saying, “[It’s] an interesting word, ‘rumor.’ You know, I’ve been in the business — next May’ll be 60 years — and I’ve dealt with rumors a long time, interviewed people involved with rumors. Rumors are what they are; they’re rumors. And I tell you the truth: I don’t pay any attention to them.”
A source reportedly close to the couple told People that Larry’s kids were less than thrilled about their dad’s appearance on Home & Family. “It was a sham interview,” the source said. “His kids are disgusted and outraged.”
Another source alleged that Shawn and her father, Karl Engemann, pushed Larry into making the public denial about the affair, telling People, “They are controlling his mind. This is another example of Shawn’s manipulation.”
For her part, Shawn addressed the rumors during the Home & Family segment as well, albeit indirectly.
“Last week there was a rumor going around about Larry and a speech he made in Kiev, and there was all this [speculation] about that. This week I’m the latest pinup girl. You have to just develop a shell around yourself and not get hard on the inside and stick together,” she said. “We’ve been at it for a while.”
And that they have. The 56-year-old former singer and TV host married Larry in 1997, and the two have two sons: Chance, 17, and Cannon, 16.
This isn’t their first time dealing with infidelity rumors either. The couple filed for divorce in 2010 amid rumors that Larry had been sleeping with Shawn’s sister (yikes!). However, they reconciled shortly thereafter and, only three months into the filing, petitioned to stop the proceedings.
Later that year, Shawn was hospitalized after being found unconscious in the couple’s home. Although the claims have never been substantiated, it was suggested that Shawn had possibly attempted suicide, since a police report revealed she was found with a bottle of prescription pills.
At this point, it’s important to remember that the rumors about Shawn have yet to be confirmed in any way, shape or form, despite one source’s insistence that, “It’s true, and Larry is completely embarrassed and anguished by this.”
Until Shawn and/or Richard step forward and make their relationship Facebook official or something, the rumors remain hearsay and probably pretty hard on all involved parties. Best of luck to Larry, Shawn and their families as they try to sort out this unfortunate mess.