Some well-renowned celebrities have pretty dull personal lives while there are others who are notoriously known to get themselves in a ridiculous amount of controversies. Bill O'Reilly belongs in the latter category who tends to makes headlines for the wrong reasons as much as he does for the right ones.
Bill was previously married for nearly two decades. After splitting from his longtime partner, is this popular journalist together with someone else?
Is Bill O'Reilly Dating Someone? Details Of His Controversial Love Life And Marital Relationship
Bill O'Reilly is believed to be in a relationship with Lynne Kulakowski since 2011. Not much is known about the couple's affair except Lynee was at the centre of the legal controversies in O'Reilly's ugly divorce from his former spouse and the subsequent aftermath.
Bill was previously married to his former wife Maureen E. McPhilmy, a public relations executive. The couple tied the knot on 2nd November 1992. The ceremony was held in St. Brigid Parish of Westbury, New York.
Earlier, the pair first met in 1992. They immediately noticed a growing spark as they dated for a few years before sharing their wedding vows. The duo shares two children together, a daughter named Madeline O'Reilly who was born in 1998 and a son named Spencer O'Reilly who they welcomed in 2003.
The couple separated on 2nd April 2010 before officially divorcing on 1st September 2011. They initially agreed to share custody of their children, but McPhilmy returned to court in February 2012 seeking full custody of her kids after O’Reilly violated conditions of the agreement.
McPhilmy decided to fight for full custody after discovering Bill had hired an independent child therapist Lynne Kulakowski (his rumoured current girlfriend) to perform virtually all of his parental duties.
According to court transcripts, O’Reilly’s daughter viewed him as an absentee parent who wasn’t interested in raising her. Moreover, Bill struggled to control his rage which she found "scary".
That was not the end of the drama in the O'Reilly family because, in May 2015, the trial which was earlier conducted to determine the custody of children and the subsequent court documents revealed signs of domestic violence in the household.
Madeline, their daughter, testified to a forensic examiner that she witnessed O'Reilly choking McPhilmy. She claimed her father was dragging her mom the stairs of their home by her neck. Apparently, Bill was unaware that his daughter was watching.
O'Reilly issued a statement through his attorney describing the allegation as "100% false". Moreover, he refused to comment further in order "to respect the court-mandated confidentiality put in place to protect [his] children".
After both the kids reportedly said they would prefer to live with their mother, O'Reilly lost a bid for custody of both his children in February 2016.
Earlier in 2010, after the couple's separation, McPhilmy began dating a Nassau County Police detective named Jeffrey Gross. The jealous Bill used his influence at the Nassau County Police Department to initiate an internal affairs investigation into Jeffrey.
After finalizing their divorce in September 2011, O’Reilly attempted to formally annul their marriage. Furthermore, he made sure McPhilmy was excluded from all participation in the sacraments and services of the Roman Catholic Church.
Bill O'Reilly Subject To Multiple Sexual Allegations
Back in 2004, O'Reilly settled a $9 million lawsuit with former Fox News producer Andrea Mackris. She accused him of talking about his sexual fantasies and masturbation.
Likewise in 2016, Fox News settled another sexual harassment claim against former host Juliet Huddy. She accused O’Reilly of trying to pursue a romantic relationship with her. Moreover, he allegedly made inappropriate advances, including masturbating while talking on the phone.
The same year, former Fox host Andrea Tantaros was the next lady to accuse O'Reilly. She claimed Bill made sexually suggestive comments towards her.
This was not all as recently in April 2017, a New York Times investigation uncovered three additional settlements by Fox regarding O’Reilly and sexual harassment, which totaled around $13 million.
This included junior producer Rachel Witlieb Bernstein in 2002, and Fox hosts Rebecca Diamond in 2011 and Laurie Dhue in 2016.
Bill O'Reilly: Quick Facts
- Born on 10th September 1949 in New York City.
- His birth sign is Virgo.
- His parents are William James O'Reilly Sr. and Winifred Angela Drake O'Reilly.
- He has a sister named Janet O'Reilly.
- He went to St. Brigid parochial school in Westbury and Chaminade High School in Mineola.
- He enrolled in Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
- He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he graduated with a master of public administration degree in 1996.
- He is best known as the former host of the popular conservative political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News as well as Inside Edition.
- He wrote a popular book titled Killing Lincoln in 2011.
- Before his current career, he played semi-professional baseball and was a teacher at high school.
- He is an author of several books, including Kids Are Americans Too.
- He criticized Rush Limbaugh for his misogynistic remarks in the past.
- His net worth is estimated to be $85 million.