Martha and Andrew Stewart break up in 1987, igniting a drawn-out divorce course of that concluded in 1991. Shortly after, Andrew went public along with his relationship with Robyn Fairclough, who had labored as Martha’s assistant and as a flower marketing consultant for her enterprise up to now. That in itself hit Martha laborious, the 1995 Folks report famous. And it did not assist that Fairclough was 21 years youthful than him, and far nearer in age to their daughter, Alexis. Andrew’s romance with Fairclough was no fling, both.
In Could 1993, the 2 tied the knot in New York. Maybe Martha sensed Andrew and Fairclough had quite a bit in widespread. “What Robyn discovered type of bizarre was that Martha would all the time say, ‘You and Andy can be excellent collectively,'” a household pal informed Jerry Oppenheimer for his 1997 biography, “Simply Desserts” (through the Each day Mail). Nevertheless it was removed from a praise. “Martha used to push them collectively, laughing about it in her means, which was extra of a put-down of the 2 of them. It was sadistic,” the supply defined.
By the point her ex-husband acquired along with Fairclough, he and Martha weren’t on talking phrases. In accordance with Folks, he obtained a courtroom order to maintain Martha from speaking to him — a choice she revered for 3 many years. “Getting divorced was a horrible factor for me … And that we have not spoken for the reason that divorce is much more painful,” she informed Folks in 2020.