He’s a self-proclaimed “serial” partner and de-fanged horndog operating to change into New York Metropolis’s subsequent mayor.
In a candid account of his lengthy and complex love life, Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa opened as much as The Publish about his 4 marriages and different rocky romances — together with how he acquired into fistfights with bigots whereas defending his first spouse, a black lady, within the mid-Nineteen Seventies.
The 67-year-old Guardian Angels founder additionally insists he — and your entire feminine species basically — is perhaps higher off that he was left impotent following surgical procedure a decade in the past to treatment prostate most cancers.
He blames the dying of his third marriage on his then-raging libido, which prompted him to cheat with a longtime lover, ex-Queens councilwoman and present District Legal professional Melinda Katz.
Regrets? He has a couple of, together with as soon as saying he wished to mattress then-Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito throughout his WABC-AM radio present, and boasting about sleeping with two different Council members in addition to Katz.
“The good thing about being impotent is your thoughts doesn’t even give attention to [sex]. You’re not taking a look at anybody else, not serious about anybody else,” mentioned Sliwa, who faces off towards closely favored Democrat Eric Adams within the Nov. 2 mayoral election.
Right here’s a take a look at a few of Sliwa’s paramours over the previous 5 a long time:
Koren Drayton, Spouse No. 1
Sliwa mentioned he was instantly smitten with the Virgin Islands native, gushing that Drayton was the “spitting picture” of iconic black activist Angela Davis.
“I liked Angela Davis on the time,” Sliwa recalled. “Like her, Koren had that magnificent ‘fro, the seems to be. … We shared a love for soul music. She was an excellent dancer. This was like nirvana for me.”
In 1975, Sliwa left his household residence in Canarsie, Brooklyn, to shack up with Drayton in Brownsville. The couple skilled speedy racism — from blacks in Brownsville and whites in Canarsie, together with a few of Sliwa’s household and buddies.
“In Canarsie, they’d besmirch her, saying I used to be an N-lover,” Sliwa mentioned. “In Brownsville, they objected as a result of ‘why is that this white man coming in and marrying considered one of our sisters?’ This was not a time when interracial relationships have been frequent.”
In June 1976, the couple married and relocated to Far Rockaway, Queens, earlier than transferring to the Bronx, the place Sliwa took a job as an evening supervisor at a neighborhood McDonald’s. Sliwa turned a step-father, serving to increase Drayton’s younger daughter from an earlier relationship.
He mentioned racial tensions actually strained the wedding, however finally the primary cause they divorced in 1977 was they merely married too younger — of their early 20s.
Sliwa insists the break up was amicable, however he hasn’t had contact with Drayton or his former stepdaughter because the divorce. He welcomes re-connecting.
Lisa Evers, Spouse No. 2
In 1981, Sliwa turned a tabloid darling after marrying Lisa Evers, a surprising mannequin and martial arts knowledgeable who was then the nationwide director of Sliwa’s crime-prevention group, the Guardian Angels.
He remembers them having a “nice” working and conjugal relationship throughout their early years as a pair, regardless of racking up large bank card debt whereas dwelling in a Manhattan house on Avenue A.
In 1990, they started co-costing a WABC-AM radio discuss present, “Angels within the Morning,” to assist pay the payments.
Sliwa mentioned the wedding began to bitter after he skirted dying in 1992 throughout a presumed mob hit that prosecutors believed was ordered in retaliation for Sliwa calling the late Gambino godfather John Gotti a drug vendor, criminal and “public enemy No. 1” on his radio present.
Sliwa mentioned he acquired dying threats throughout this era that strained the connection — as did on-air discussions in regards to the couple’s relations and private life that Evers didn’t welcome.
“It triggered a wedge, and the whole lot started to return unglued,” mentioned Sliwa.
The couple divorced in 1994.
Sliwa mentioned his relationship with Evers is now “civil,” including they sometimes run into one another whereas she’s out within the subject reporting for Fox 5 Information. She didn’t return messages.
Melinda Katz, lover and child mama
Sliwa mentioned he had an on-and-off relationship with Katz from 1996 to 2014. They’ve two kids conceived via in vitro fertilization and beforehand lived collectively.
Sliwa mentioned he as soon as requested Katz to marry him however quipped, “She properly mentioned no.”
He concedes placing loads of stress on the connection by routinely attacking ex-Gov. Cuomo and different prime Democrats that Katz needed to cope with as an elected official, however insisted they now have a “nice relationship.”
When requested if she helps Sliwa for mayor, Katz mentioned she isn’t endorsing candidates for elected workplace as district lawyer however added “Curtis is the daddy of my kids and clearly holds a really particular place of their lives.”
Mary Paterson, Spouse No. 3
In 2000, Sliwa married the previous Mary Galda, who was then the manager director of the Guardian Angels. The 2 share a son, Anthony. They divorced in 2012 after Galda accused Sliwa of getting an affair with Katz.
The connection acquired even messier in 2013, when Galda slapped Sliwa with a $1.4 million lawsuit alleging he was a “world class liar” who swindled her out of cash beneath the guise of overpaying baby assist for his youngsters with Katz. She claimed he was plotting to empty marital property and finally depart Galda for Katz. The lawsuit was finally tossed.
Sliwa admits dishonest on Galda with Katz however insists the child-support funds have been strictly to assist his youngsters with Katz — not create a nest egg for he and Katz to reside on.
The story has a surprisingly blissful ending.
In 2015, Galda attached with former Gov. David Paterson, who Sliwa as soon as co-hosted a radio present with. They acquired married in 2019, and Sliwa mentioned he couldn’t be happier.
“I applauded it,” he mentioned. “Mary deciding to marry Gov. Paterson was nice. He’s an impressive stepfather to Anthony.”
Each he and his ex-wife described their present relationship as “good,” though the brand new Ms. Paterson declined to say who she’s backing for mayor.
Nancy Regula, Spouse No. 4
Hoping fourth time’s the attraction, Sliwa married Regula, an lawyer and animal rights activist, in 2018.
The couple attached three years earlier when Regula helped Sliwa get better from a collection of illnesses by recommending dietary supplements of natural mushrooms and antioxidants. Regula additionally insisted Sliwa transfer in together with her and nursed him again to well being after studying he had been sleeping on the ground of his WABC workplace as a result of most of his earnings was going in the direction of baby assist.
“She was my Florence Nightingale,” Sliwa mentioned.
The couple now reside in a tiny, 325-square-foot house on the Higher West Facet the place they look after greater than a dozen rescue cats.
Sliwa mentioned he will get alongside nice together with his 38-year-old spouse, a fellow Republican who’s operating for Metropolis Council.
When requested whether or not his impotence has put a damper on the wedding’s intercourse life, Sliwa hesitated, then mentioned: “you possibly can create a state of affairs the place you interact — however it’s by no means pure.”