"I was deeply in love and I was 100 percent in," Beverly D’Angelo said.
American actress Beverly D'Angelo admitted she had never intended to have children but had changed her mind when Al Pacino asked her to. Years after giving birth to her children, D'Angelo can still recall how parenthood felt at the time. D'Angelo and the Scarface star remain close friends despite their "complicated" breakup. The actress talked about them breaking up before describing their present union in an Instagram post for her fans and followers. "It is a unique and profound friendship between two artists that endures to this day through thick and thin," the actor said.
Spending time together led to the star of The Godfather confessing his affections. D'Angelo disclosed he wanted her to be "the mother of [his] children," but the actress had never given motherhood any attention. She admitted that she had "avoided" having children, but that she would do anything for Pacino. She said, "Although I'd avoided that role my whole life, I was deeply in love and I was 100 percent in," per PEOPLE.
However, she still had a task to complete. The actress had to confess her love for Pacino to her spouse. She met Pacino while flying from Los Angeles to New York, according to D'Angelo. The actress was still married to her ex-husband, Lorenzo Salviati, at the time.
D'Angelo had no notion she would leave the plane with affection for Pacino while they were sitting in the same airplane as per PEOPLE. D'Angelo remembered, "He was seated in front of me," and that she had sat with him since he had invited her. During the flight, they liked each other's company and quickly developed a friendship.
D'Angelo recounted telling her ex-husband about Pacino in another interview. Salviati and D'Angelo had a special bond in which they were free to "have their own fun" while yet having one other's backs. They were on the phone when she admitted to falling in love with an actor. "I really love him, and we're talking about having kids," she told her ex-husband. Salviati was first upset to learn of her wife's new love interest, but he joyously divorced her when she revealed it was Pacino. "He's fantastic. I love him. We divorce!" Salviati explained, per PEOPLE.
D'Angelo revealed that she began IVF in 1997 but did not become a mother until 2001. At 49, she gave birth to twins, Anton and Olivia, with Pacino. However, after having children, the couple was unable to remain together for long. Though the actress split from Pacino, she credits him with enhancing her life by "making her a mother."
Because the couple adored their children, they were not prepared to lose custody following the divorce. D'Angelo and Pacino quickly dropped their custody battle and began "co-parenting" their children. The actress added that "the power of our love for our children was the basis for resolving our conflicts and creating a new history as co-parents."
In an interview, the Scent of a Woman actor admitted that he has always wanted a large family. His request was granted, and he is now content with having three children.
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