The late American model and actress who died of an overdose at just 39 years old never officially came out, but even though it’s been 16 years since her tragic death, the topic has come up in the new Netflix documentary about the life and death of the Playboy bunny and reality star, Anna Nicole Smith: You They don’t know me.” Quite a few of the star’s friends talked about her sexuality in the film, including the fashion designer and podcast host Paul Ethoe, who toldInterview for People magazine That Smith was “Floyd, we just didn’t have a name for it back then.”
As you know, Smith became famous after starring in “Playboy” magazine in the early 90s. Although she married billionaire businessman James Howard Marshall in 1994, another friend of hers claims in the film that Smith and she had a secret affair behind the back of her husband, who passed away in 1995.
“I wasn’t her first female lover,” Missy Byrum told the magazine, claiming that she first met the star in the late 1980s, while they were both working at a strip bar in Houston, Texas. According to Byrom, after several outings that included alcohol and drugs, they fell in love with each other. “We were aware of it, she said she loved me,” said Byrom. “We’ve both been through some bad relationships with men, so we decided we didn’t need them.”
According to Byrum, Smith even offered her in 1993 to raise her son, Daniel, who also died of an overdose a year before his mother in 2006. Her friend also claimed that the two did get married, although the ceremony was not performed legally and only Smith’s housekeeper witnessed the event. “She gave me a set of wedding rings and we got married in the backyard by the pool with champagne,” Byrom said, adding that Smith expressed a desire to have a child with her, but eventually Byrom ended the relationship between the two because of the star’s addiction problems.
“She was a princess. If she wanted something from you, you would give it to her. That’s how it worked,” she said. “She would adapt to anything and adapt herself according to the circumstances or the specific dynamics of the relationship, just to get what she wanted.”
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