"I Did Not Really Know Who I Was": Desi Arnaz Jr. Says He Felt Trapped By The Fame Of His Parents

Date June 19, 2018 11:19

To the world, Lucille Ball was the hilarious star of I Love Lucy. But to her only son, Desi Arnaz Jr., she was a very protective mom.


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Scandalous affair with Patty Duke

Fans of the actress discovered this firsthand when she went to war with fellow actress Patty Duke because of the latter's affair with Desi Jr., who was still a teenager at the time.

For years, the tabloids fed off this alleged bad blood until Patty Duke's newly published post-humous memoir "In the Presence of Greatness" put the rumors to rest. She said Desi's mom had forgiven her before she died in 1989.

Feeling trapped by fame

While the media attention and fame that were constants in their lives was fun for fans to observe, it was quite hell for the young Desi.


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He says the scrutiny made it difficult to know who he was. Everyone thought of him as the son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. For him, this world of fame felt like a trap he could not escape.

However, as bad as he makes it sound, it was not all terrible being the son of Lucille Ball.

Lucille Ball was a great mom

Sure, it meant not dating his 23-year-old divorcee co-star Patty Duke without risking his mom's wrath, but in reality, Desi Jr. says she was a great mom.

She was very supportive of him when he was dealing with drug addiction, and she did her best to make sure her children understood that happiness and great relationships where the things that mattered most in life.

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