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Ali Landry is 'forever grateful' for 'Tiger Woods situation' with ex Mario Lopez: 'I am so much better because that happened'

Raechal ShewfeltRaechal Shewfelt·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment·3 min readIn this article:
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  • Ali LandryAli LandryAmerican model and actress
  • Mario LopezMario LopezAmerican television host and actor
  • Tiger WoodsTiger WoodsAmerican golfer

Eighteen years after it happened, Ali Landry still recalls her short-lived marriage to Mario Lopez — and all that came with it — as "horrible." The two had dated for six years, after meeting at the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant, but their union was annulled after just two weeks.

"Not even a week after, I found out that it was, like, a Tiger Woods situation," Landry told Lacey Leone McLaughlin on the Unfolding Leadershippodcast. "It was, you know, cheating across the board, with some women for one year, some women for two years."

Ali Landry said her short-lived marriage to Mario Lopez was a
Ali Landry said her short-lived marriage to Mario Lopez was a "Tiger Woods situation." (Photo: Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

The revelation made Landry question everything.

"I thought to myself, 'How did I, how did I miss this?' Then I looked at myself and thought, 'How did I even end up with a person like that? Like, what part of me… what did I do in this situation?' It couldn't be all him...," she said before adding that most of it was him. "And moving forward, like, it was devastating. It was truly, like, devastating. And I made a commitment that moving forward, I was gonna take the blinders off, number one. And I was gonna walk through, you know, my life in full awareness and really being aware of my choices, and those choices were gonna represent who I was as a person. And with everything. Not just with the person that I chose but also with my career. And that was the biggest shift in my life."

Mario Lopez and Ali Landry, pictured in 2002, dated for years before marrying — and then splitting — in 2004. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Mario Lopez and Ali Landry, pictured in 2002, dated for years before marrying — and then splitting — in 2004. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

After that, Landry said, she took more ownership in her career too. She no longer allowed agents and managers to tell her what she should do, which meant changing her people-pleasing ways.

"I look back on that situation, which was horrible, and I thank God every single day, because it changed me as a woman. It changed the way… I walk through this world, 100 percent," she said. "I am so much better because that happened. I am forever grateful for that."

For his part, the Saved by the Bell actor and Extrahost wrote in his 2014 memoir, Just Between Us, that he felt pressured by Landry and by society — his friends were all getting married — to walk down the aisle, even though he didn't feel it was right. Meanwhile, a friend plotted that infamous pre-wedding boys' trip, which the men told their significant others was just a fishing trip, during spring break.

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