Carmen Electra opened up about her tumultuous relationship and marriage with basketball star Dennis Rodman on “Oprah’s Where Are They Now?” show.
The beautiful singer and actress revealed she had lost her mother to cancer and went on a destructive phase in her life.
Electra, 42, said she was age 26 and on the set of her first movie when she received a call from a family member telling her that her mother had brain cancer.
She tearfully revealed, “And literally a couple of days after coming home, she died. I just went into self-destruction”.
The former “Baywatch” star met Rodman soon after her mother’s passing and that was the start of their volatile relationship.
She started drinking and partying to dull the pain and escape reality.
Carmen said, “He had a reputation for being a bad-boy. What I saw was a gentle giant in a lot of pain. We understood each other. Our relationship was very passionate. When it was good, it was amazing. And when it was bad, it was the worst”.
The couple married in 1998 in a chapel in Las Vegas and split a year later.
Carmen said she had an a-ha moment while watching Oprah’s show. The host said that “in order to heal, you have to feel”. She said everything “clicked” and she realized she had never gone through the pain of her mother’s death.
Electra said, “I had made my life chaos and blocked that out. It took quite a bit of time, getting myself back together”.
Carmen has appeared in the films “Scary Movie”, “Starsky & Hutch”, and “Meet The Spartans”.
Rodman starred for the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers over his lengthy NBA career and in 2011 was inducted into basketball’s Naismith Memorial Hall Of Fame.
She also revealed how she was given her name by singer Prince.