Actor Kiefer Sutherland has praised his ex-fiancee Julia Roberts for having the “courage” to call off their wedding just three days before it was due to take place in 1991.
The former couple began dating in 1990 after meeting on the set of horror film Flatliners and got engaged in August of the same year.
But the pair never made it down the aisle with Roberts calling off their nuptials in 1991 just three days before they were due to take place and then escaped the furore by jetting off to Ireland. Sutherland thinks Roberts made a brave call as it would have been easy to go through with the ceremony, reported Female First. During an appearance on ‘The Jess Cagle Interview’, he said, “I think she was being realistic for herself. I think that’s much better... This wedding that was supposed to be something between the two of us became something so big. Then, in the middle of that, I think she had the courage ... it wasn’t what she wanted to do, in the end I think it took a lot of courage, even amongst all of that other stuff, to be able to say, ‘I can’t do this.’ “Sutherland, 49, insists he and Roberts, 48, were “very much in love” but their increasing fame and success, especially hers following her role in Pretty Woman, got in the way of their relationship. “We were young and we were both very much in love, we had decided that we wanted to get married, but then this other thing kind of took over,” he said. He went on to marry Elizabeth Winn in 1996 but he filed for divorce in 2004.