Hollywood lost a legend when Elizabeth Taylor died in 2011. But for notorious bad boy Colin Farrell, he lost more than an icon: He lost one of his greatest loves.
The 37-year-old star confessed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he and Taylor maintained a close, personal friendship—one that he regards as his last romantic relationship—until her death at age 79.
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Farrell and Taylor's first encounter happened when he was in the hospital for the birth of his son Henry, now 4, and she was getting a stint in her heart. Farrell asked her team, "Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am." He continued, "And they go, 'No, she knows who you are,' and I went 'Wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best,' and they said, 'Will do.'"
It gets even sweeter. "I got home a few days later with Henry and I was thinking about Elizabeth and how she was doing, and I called my publicist and I said, 'I bumped into some people of Elizabeth Taylor's, some friends of hers, could I send her some flowers?' And my publicist said, 'That's funny, because I'm looking at an orchid from Elizabeth Taylor for you!'"
The flowers led to a friendship, when a week later Farrell got their teams to arrange an in-person meeting. "That was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of something really cool," he gushed. "I just adored her. She was a spectacular, spectacular woman."
As for the seven-time married superstar, Farrell admitted he'd fallen hard enough to tie the knot himself. "I wanted to be number eight but we ran out of road."
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But don't get your heads in the gutter just yet: Farrell was quick to clarify that the relationship was mostly him projecting—and that it was never consummated!
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