Dark Secrets You Never Knew About Lucille Ball And Desi Arnaz’s Marriage

Although I Love Lucy never left TV audiences short on laughs, it was pretty public knowledge the show’s two stars didn’t lead such a fun-filled life off-camera. While there’s no denying Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz loved each other, there were always whispers their marriage was far more tumultuous than their hit sitcom ever depicted. In a 1991 issue, People Magazine interviewed some of Ball and Arnaz’s close acquaintances about their off-camera issues. Here are 15 secrets you never knew about their relationship. (Check out page 12 to see who Arnaz’s second wife was.)

1. They were already ‘separated’ when the show started

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at a charity dinner circa 1945 | Archive Photos/Getty Images

When the idea for I Love Lucy came to fruition, the married duo was already living two very separate lives — Ball was a rising star while Arnaz was constantly travelling with his band. “That’s the kind of marriage that has failure written all over it,” I Love Lucy director William Asher told People. “You’re separated a while, and before you know it. those giblets begin to jump.”

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