Liza Minnelli and David Gest (Photo: Getty Images) It has been confirmed that David Gest, Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband, passed away in Lo...
David Gest and Liza Minnelli: A Look Back at Their Crazy Romance and Wedding
It has been confirmed that David Gest, Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband, passed away in London on Tuesday at the age of 62. The TV and music producer turned reality star most recently appeared on the United Kingdom’s Celebrity Big Brother and was gearing up to tour the country with a new show. Although a power player in the music industry, Gest’s name was always linked to Minnelli, thanks to a whirlwind romance, insanely lavish wedding, and a high-profile divorce that made tabloids drool.
The two began dating in June 2001, after getting reintroduced through friends. “I could see that there was a little girl who needed to be loved,” he recalled to People years ago. “I fell for her right away.” Within 48 hours, the couple had said, “I love you.” A week later, they were living together, and in December Gest proposed with a 3.5-carat Tiffany diamond. That same month, Minnelli — who struggled with addiction to alcohol and painkillers — relapsed, but sought treatment to save herself and her relationship.
On March 16, 2002, they had the wedding to end all weddings.