I was a slightly heavy 13-year-old kid, but in the summer between my 7th and 8th grade years, I “fell in love” with a girl. I went out with her once. We saw Crocodile Dundee 2. Our first — and only — kiss was so awkward and horrible that my tooth chipped some enamel off of hers. Two weeks later, her friend called to break up with me on her behalf. I was so sad that I lost around 20-25 pounds that summer. I was literally too sad to eat. All I could do was sit in my room and listen to Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting,” over and over and over.
Yes, I was a pathetic 13 year old, but it doesn’t erase my nostalgic fondness for Richard Marx, a name I haven’t heard in years until I learned today that he helped subdue a passenger on a Korean airlines flight who was attacking the flight crew.
You will be hearing about our flight#480 on @KoreanAir_KE . Passenger next to us attacked passengers and crew. Crew completely ill trained.— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) December 20, 2016
Korean Air 480 pic.twitter.com/Ai9U6CV3qA— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) December 20, 2016
On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair @therichardmarx was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn't know how to use the taser & they didn't know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times). I'll be posting some of the video after our next flight.
This is not the part of the story that blew my mind.
What blew my mind as Stacey Ritzen (who used to run Pajiba Love in these parts) pointed out on Uproxx is that Richard Marx is married to Daisy Fuentes.
Wait, what? Daisy Fuentes? MTV’s first Latina VJ? GET OUT!
Apparently, the two have been married for a year.
The other thing I didn’t know is that, before Marx was married to Fuentes, he was married to Cynthia Rhodes, who you may recognize from Dirty Dancing.
They were married for 25 years.
Marx, by the way, is still making albums. He’s made 13 since last you heard of him.
Fuentes, meanwhile, has a dating podcast with Matthew Berry, better known as the ESPN fantasy football analyst who — to bring this full circle — wrote the screenplay for a Razzie nominated Crocodile Dundee sequel. Berry, by the way, says that the Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan, was a terrible human being.