Brooke Shields says Andre Agassi refused to change details about their relationship in his memoir because he remembered things differently

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Brooke Shields says Andre Agassi refused to change details about their relationship in his memoir because he remembered things differently
Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi during The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States.SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images
  • Brooke Shields said she spent hours with Andre Agassi's ghostwriter correcting details in his book.
  • "Everything was just off," she told comedian Marc Maron of Agassi's memoir.
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On a recent episode of the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast, Brooke Shields told Maron that she's no longer in touch with her ex-husband, retired tennis player Andre Agassi, but that he and his team did contact her years ago to verify some stories about her included in his 2010 autobiography, "Open."

According to Shields, she was later informed that Agassi wouldn't be taking any of her notes into consideration because they conflicted with his memory of what had happened between them.

At about the one hour and 10-minute mark of the April 3 podcast episode, Maron asked Shields to reflect on her relationship with Agassi, whom she married in 1997 and divorced in 1999.

She said she married Agassi to be able to more easily "separate" from her mother, Terri Shields, who raised the actress as a single mother and also acted as her manager, according to Shields' recent Hulu documentary, "Pretty Baby." Shields told Maron she could "disappear" into her relationship with Agassi, who "took care of everything." She also said she felt "safe" with the athlete, and that they laughed a lot.

However, Shields has been open recently about the more tumultuous times in their relationship. She claimed in a March interview with The New Yorker that Agassi once "smashed" all of his tennis trophies in anger after watching her tape her episode of "Friends," where she guest-starred as an obsessive fan of Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) who licked his hands while on a date.

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Shields suggested that watching her act in the scene had embarrassed Agassi, leading him to act out angrily.

Brooke Shields says Andre Agassi refused to change details about their relationship in his memoir because he remembered things differently
Shields was on an episode of "Friends" that aired after the Super Bowl in 1996.Kevin Mazur/WireImage via Getty Images, Warner Bros. via HBO Max

On the podcast, Shields told Maron that she thought she and Agassi would stay in touch after their 1999 divorce, which was "not ugly."

"But that's not the kind of person he is. When you're out, you're out," the "Suddenly Susan" star said.

She then recalled that, years after their split, he did ask her to read all of the stories he told about her in "Open," which he wrote with a ghostwriter.

Shields called the offer "generous" and said she spent five hours with the ghostwriter, going over diaries she kept because Agassi knew she recorded dates and details he might not remember.

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She said there were "many" mistakes and "everything was just off." But after the session, she said she received a typed letter from Agassi thanking her for her time but saying he couldn't make any of her suggested changes because "that's not how I remember it and it is my book."

The model, who has written several books on her own, said she called her editor to see if Agassi's letter was appropriate. She was told Agassi and his team used "the oldest trick in the book" so that they could say they reached out to her about the stories and she approved of them, which wasn't the case.

"I got duped in a big way," she laughed.

A representative for Agassi didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

Brooke Shields' documentary "Pretty Baby" is streaming now on Hulu.

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