The brawny star battles accusations of affairs and domestic abuse by his ex-wife Linda. Both have thankfully recovered from the divorce with new relationships.
WWE superstar Hulk Hogan might have powered his way through his many wrestling battles and won them, but the same can’t be said for his marriage with Linda Hogan!
Terry Bollea or Hulk Hogan as he is more famously known married Linda Claridge in 1983. The couple had two children, daughter Brooke and son Nick, together. The family played out their personal lives in the TV reality show Hogan Knows Best and made their troubled lives fodder for the tabloids.
In 2007, reports of an affair between Hulk and Christiane Plante who was Brooke’s friend came out and the resultant scandal was followed by Linda filing for divorce. Christiane in her defense said that at the time of the affair, Hulk was already estranged from his wife. It took Hulk and Linda almost four years more to work out the financial details of the divorce and left Linda richer by almost 70 per cent of their assets.
There are many versions of the reasons behind the couple’s split. One of those reasons was a matter of simple financials; it was said that they split in order to split their wealth to protect themselves against any lawsuit filed by the family of John Graziano who was seriously injured in a car accident that involved Nick Hogan.
Other reasons given by Linda were that not only was Hulk unfaithful in their marriage, but he had abused her physically and mentally under the influence of drugs. The charge of violence has been denied by Hulk saying that it was impossible he had violent because throughout their twenty three year old marriage, she had never once complained of any violence nor mentioned it at the time of their divorce.
According to Hulk, he had regarded their marriage as going the long route, and was taken aback when Linda asked for divorce and just came out flatly to state that she wanted an out and didn’t love him anymore.
Both Hulk and Linda found love almost immediately after getting divorced from each other. Linda started dating 19 year old Charlie Hill who was her daughter, Brooke’s schoolmate and Hulk began dating Jennifer McDaniel who was almost twenty years younger than him.
In 2012, Linda split with her boyfriend who had become her fiancé; while Hulk went on to marry his girlfriend, Jennifer in 2010. His present marriage seems to be going strong despite the appearance of a sex tape involving Hulk and Heather Clem, which he claimed was because of a ‘bad choice’ and was filmed before his present marriage, but it can be deduced then that it must have been during his first marriage!
Hulk Hogan has revealed that he was almost about to kill himself after his divorce, but stopped himself in time, after he received an unexpected call from his co-host, Laila Ali of TV’s American Gladiators. He says that it was his faith that bolstered him and helped him come to the decision of doing whatever it takes to seek happiness.