James Brolin says his relationship with Barbra Streisand ‘is better than ever’ since the pandemic: ‘We’ve literally fallen in love over this period of time’
James Brolin dished on his relationship with wife Barbra Streisand during an appearance on Friday’s episode of The Talk.
The 80-year-old actor said that he’s closer than ever to his 79-year-old actress wife since the pandemic began and that they’ve ‘fallen in love’ again over the last year.
The happy couple initially met in the 1990s and went on to tie the knot after just a few years of dating.
Getting deep: James Brolin opened up about how he strengthened his relationship with Barbra Streisand over their period of quarantine on Friday’s episode of The Talk
‘We… were put out by COVID and a lot of people, their marriages haven’t gone well during these 15 months. We’ve literally fallen in love over this period of time, just being stuck together every day and making it work,’ Brolin explained.
Continuing, he added, ‘Neither one of us have ever gone out the door and we are good at talking things out. And 23 years is better than ever. I must say.’
Recalling when he first met the songstress, Brolin said many of his friends discouraged him from pursuing his now-wife.
‘I heard it over, that she’s a tough one.’ he said.
Brolin went on to express that he and his wife worked well together despite their differences.
‘I like women who say their piece and I’m a calming factor and she gets me up and doing things I wouldn’t normally accomplish and it’s like a perfect situation, the two of us,’ he said.
Better than ever: The performer spoke about how quarantining with his wife has meant they’ve ‘fallen in love over this period of time, just being stuck together every day’
Happy husband: During the interview, the Westworld actor expressed that his wife ‘gets me up and doing things I wouldn’t normally accomplish’; they are pictured in 2015
Serious interest: Brolin went on to speak about how his marriage to Streisand was ‘like a perfect situation’
The Marcus Welby, M.D. actor remarked that his wife had changed his outlook on how he acts towards other people, for which he was grateful.
‘We do it for each other but I must say, she was the instigator, I never thought of treating women that good, and she’s got me in line now and I love every minute of it,’ he said.
The Emmy-winning performer also spoke about how he tries to treat his spouse to surprises, as he stated: ‘every once in a while when it’s not expected I’ll do a good piece of jewelry…and then it’s little things like trying to eat good food.’
Brolin concluded by revealing his joy at his son, Josh, who recently welcomed a fourth child into his life.
‘I don’t think I ever got a chance to be a father or a grandfather before this and so it’s really great now,’ he said.
Making changes: Brolin concluded by speaking about how Streisand has changed his personality for the better, as he noted that ‘she’s got me in line now and I love every minute of it’; they are seen in 2016
The Hotel actor initially met Streisand in the mid-1990s and eventually tied the knot in 1998.
Prior to becoming involved with the Yentl star, Brolin was married to Jane Cameron Agee, with whom he solidified their union just weeks after they initially met.
The former couple welcomed a son named Josh, who followed his father into acting, and a daughter named Jess in 1968 and 1972, respectively, before they dissolved their marriage in 1984.
The performer later married his second wife, Jan Smithers, two years later, and they went on to have a daughter named Molly Elizabeth in 1987, although their time together eventually ended in 1995.
Moving fast: Brolin and Streisand met in the mid-1990s and went on to tie the knot in 1998; they are pictured in the year of their marriage