Irish heartthrob and Hollywood A-list actor Colin Farrell has opened his heart about his relationship with Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor in the years before her death.
He spoke to chat show host Ellen DeGeneres on Monday about how he fell for one of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
The Dubliner said the friendship felt like “the last kind of romantic relationship I had.”
The two never “consummated” their relationship, Farrell told Ellen DeGeneres on her show.
The chance encounter happened as Farrell was at the same hospital as Taylor, who was there for an operation during her final years of ill health. Farrell was there for the birth of his second child.
Colin’s son Henry was born, two years before Taylor died in 2011 at age 79. The cheekie Irishman asked Elizabeth's agent to pass on his best regards to the Hollywood star, thinking she would have no idea who he was.
Farrell called his publicist a few days later to see about sending her some flowers.
“And my publicist said, ‘That’s funny because I’m looking at an orchid from Elizabeth Taylor for you',” he told DeGeneres. “I said, ‘Wow that’s amazing. Well, send that bad boy over to the house.’”
About a week later, he asked whether he could go see Taylor.
“I got to have an audience with her,” he added. “‘That was the beginning of a year and a half or two years of what was a really cool … feels like in my head, not her, I’m projecting, but the last kind of romantic relationship I had.”
From there the relationship blossomed as Colin went to visit the star several times and as both had trouble sleeping at night, he would often ring up at 2am to see if she was awake and they would chat late into the night.
“She’s wasn’t much of a sleeper at night, like I’m not, so at two o’clock in the morning I’d call her,” he said. “I just adored her, she was a spectacular, spectacular woman.”