“Dennis was not faithful to me for a very long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that after I was divorced.”
Sure, she cheated with Russell and Russell was there at the end, but according to Meg, Russell was not the reason the marriage broke up.
“I think he took a big hit. But Russell didn’t break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn’t his fault. I was a mess. I hurt him too at the end. I couldn’t be in another long relationship, it wasn’t the time for that. So I got out.”
I think personally that it may have been a marriage in name only, but Dennis had done nothing while it was just him screwing around. It was only after Meg decided to join the cheating parade as well that it ended. So, perhaps Russell was a good thing even though it ended it. Prior to Russell it does seem like Meg was just letting Dennis do what he want and just kept trying to live up to her America's Sweetheart image.
It is nice to see and hear what everyone was always speculating about back then. Honestly, it seems the only person that suffered professionally was Meg. She just never has got that sweetheart reputation back. She doesn't seem to care, but it does kind of suck that the guys in all of this come out unscathed, while the woman who finally does what her husband had allegedly been doing for years hardly works again for the next eight years.