Brigitte Nielsen's declaration of pregnancy at 54 is just the latest surprise in the roller coaster of the star.
The Danish-Italian actress is expecting her fifth child with 39-year-old Italian husband Mattia Dessi. The two have been married since July 2006, when they joined in Malta, Italy, after the first unofficial ceremony in February 2005.
Nielsen was married five times and is the mother of four sons: Raoul Meyer Jr., 23, Douglas Meyer, 25, Killian Gastineau, 28, and Julian Winding, 34.
The former model, over 1.80 meters is great, appeared with the loincloth epic Red Sonja for the first time in American pop culture. Her career began after a short-lived, scandalous marriage with Sylvester Stallone. Nielsen, 21
She was married to the Danish musician Kasper Winding at the time she had her son Julian. Meanwhile, Stallone was married to Sasha Czack, the mother of his first two children. After the divorce of their respective spouses, the duo married in December 1985. The marriage, which was clouded by rumors of infidelity on Nielsen's side, lasted only 19 months.
Following the high-profile breakup, Nielsen starred in Beverly Cops II alongside Eddie Murphy before her career began to take a turn. She moved to Rome two years later and gained attention in the Italian press, but in the next ten years she appeared in nearly a dozen B-films, such as 976-Evil 2 and Snowboard Academy. During this time she also released three Euro Dance albums.
In the late '80s, Nielsen began a relationship with NFL star Mark Gastineau of the New York Jets, who left his wife to be the actress. The duo, who had been briefly betrothed and had a son Killian, sparked controversy when Gastineau announced his sudden retirement from football, claiming that Nielsen was ill (she told the New York Times that she had "cancer of the uterus"). His ex-wife Lisa gasged to reveal her story and told reporters, "She's not seriously ill." "He uses her as an excuse – it's typical of Mark to exaggerate things," she claimed. The career of the once beloved football player never recovered.
After the separation of Gastineau she was from 1990 to 1992 with the director and photographer Sebastian Copeland, a cousin of Orlando Bloon, married. She had two sons with her fourth husband Raoul Meyer, Douglas Arron (born 1993) and Raoul Jr. (born 1995)
In 2004, Nielsen appeared in VH1 The Surreal Life where she was rapper Flavor Flav hit. Her romance was documented in the spin-off reality show, Strange Love .
The actress has also admitted having had several alleged affairs with famous men, including directors Tony Scott, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sean Penn. Brigitte Nielsen and Flavour Flav in 2004. “/>
Brigitte Nielsen and Flavour Flav in 2004.