Family attorneys in Pasadena know that when it comes to high-profile divorces, it takes some time before one of the spouses is fully ready to talk about it. Linda Hogan, ex-wife of wrestling icon Hulk Hogan, for example, has remained mum since their 2009 divorce. Until now, that is. Linda is about to release a new memoir and, according to reports, she pulls no punches when talking about life with the Hulk.
Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes is Hogan's chance to tell her side of the highly-publicized divorce, which broke up one of reality television's favorite families. Hogan tells PopEater.com that she worked overtime to create the illusion that she had a happy family even though her superstar husband was having an affair.
"I was doing all the gluing and mending and keeping the family together," she said. "Making everyone look good, handling the show and the kids' careers, handling the animals, the house, the TV show. I was like the camel, they just loaded me up. It just got to the point where I had a feeling my husband was having an affair, I knew it in my heart of hearts, I just didn't have proof. When a husband is cheating he doesn't act the same, I certainly knew that, I knew there was a problem."
Hogan says she was villainized by the press for having a relationship with Charley Hill, a then 19-year-old who was reportedly a friend of her son's.
"My husband made everyone think he was my son's high school friend. It wasn't like that at all," she added. "He attended the same school in a different year. My kids did not know him and I didn't meet Charley until almost ten months after I'd filed for divorce. My husband was already living with another woman way before that."
Hulk Hogan and Linda Claridge were married in 1983 and they have two children, singer and reality star Brooke Hogan, age 23, and Nick Hogan, 21.