There might finally be an answer for Ric Flair’s recent odd behavior when it came to picking against the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff. It turns out that the Nature Boy was going through a split with Wendy Barlow, who wasn’t actually his wife even after going through a wedding ceremony with Naitch in 2018.
“It was just a ceremony,” Flair, 72, told PEOPLE magazine this week. “We were never married.”
Barlow told the outlet that she and Flair have been living separate lives for six months and ultimately decided “to go our separate ways.”
Flair, who has been through four real divorces and now one separation from a woman who walked that aisle for the Nature Boy, issued a statement Monday thanking Barlow for all that she did for him.
“After taking some time apart, Wendy and I have decided to go our separate ways. Please respect our privacy & our families during this time! I will love & cherish all of our memories together forever, and I will forever be thankful for all she has done to make my life better!” Ric said in his statement.
Barlow was with Flair in 2017 when he was dealing with the early stages of kidney failure and congestive heart failure. It was Barlow who took Ric to the hospital with “multiple organ problems.”
It was also Barlow who met Flair when both worked for WCW where Barlow served as “Fifi” the French Maid as Flair battled it out with Rick Rude.
Flair sobbed as he repeated his vows to Barlow at their 2018 ceremony where people were led to believe they were actually getting married.
“[Wendy] has finally figured out, by an act of God, to get me where I need to be,” Flair told wedding guests while battling through tears.
And now it is all over.
When you’re Ric Flair, you’re only married to the road and the game, as he noted in his farewell message to Wendy.
“This is an opportunity for Wendy who spent four years taking care of me every day during my period of illness,” he added. “She deserves every minute of the rest of her life to be who she is – lovely, kind hearted, intelligent; and not have to take care of me! FYI – traveling around the country with me is not an easy job! Thank you Wendy for all you have done! The door is never closed! Please respect who she is and who I am”
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) June 30, 2017