Dick Van Dijk, 96, fears fans will think his wife is a ‘gold digger’


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Dick Van Dijk, 96, and his wife Arlene Silver, 50, have opened up about their marriage in a new interview.

Dick Van Dijk, 96, fears fans will think his wife is a ‘gold digger’

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Dick Van Dyke, 96, speaks candidly about his marriage to his much younger wife Arlene Silver, 50, saying he worries fans will be careful Look at their 46-year age gap.

In a new interview with Closer Magazine, the “Mary Poppins” legend was blunt: “I thought there would be an outcry when a gold digger married an old man, but no one ever took that attitude.”

Van Dijk, who reportedly has a fortune of $50 million, first met Silver at the 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards. At the time, he was 81 and she was only 35.

Dick Van Dijk, 96, and his wife Arlene Silver, 50, have opened up about their marriage in a new interview.Dick Van Dijk, 96, and his wife Arlene Silver, 50, have opened up about their marriage in a new interview.Paul Morrighi

Silver – who worked as a makeup artist at the event – also spoke to Closer, recalling the moment she first saw her now-husband.

“He said, ‘Hi, I’m Dick.’ The first thing I asked him was, ‘Aren’t you on ‘Mary Poppins’? We immediately got on like friends, so it didn’t feel like he was much older than me,” she told the publication.

Van Dijk and Silver were friends for years before they started their romance. They married in 2012 and were pictured together in 2017.Van Dijk and Silver were friends for years before they started their romance. They married in 2012 and were pictured together in 2017. Rodin Eckenroth

Their friendship then turned romantic and they married in February 2012.

Van Dijk and Silver celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last month and it looks like they’re still as loved as the day they said “I do”.

“We have the same attitude,” Van Dijk whispered to his wife. “She can go with the flow. She loves to sing and dance, and we do that almost every day. She’s just delightful.”

Pampered: The happy couple appeared on the red carpet in 2016.Pampered: The happy couple appeared on the red carpet in 2016.Tibrina Hobson

Silver then chimed in: “He’s the most perfect person. I’ve never seen someone so happy, so genuine, so amazing. He’s like a happy pill.”

Last month, the couple showed off their fun-filled relationship in a video released in honor of Valentine’s Day.

The duo was seen dancing on the cover of the 1958 Doris Day song “Everybody Loves a Lover” by Silver’s band Arlene & the Vantastix.

The video went viral, with fans commenting that Van Dijk could still act in his 90s.

Back in 2019, Van Dijk shared his secrets to staying in shape, telling Closer: “I’ve always been an exerciser and still am. I go to the gym three days a week and I go to the pool to work out. At my age , they said to keep going. Put me on solid ground and I’ll start pounding.”

Van Dijk and Silver showed off their dance moves in a Valentine's Day video last month.Van Dyke and Silver showed off their dance moves in a Valentine’s Day video last month. YouTube

The star revealed he does water aerobics, lifts weights and walks on a treadmill.

He added that he also had “good genes” and luckily he didn’t “get hit by a bus”.

Meanwhile, Van Dijk told NPR in 2015 that he regretted smoking and drinking as a young man, saying he gave up those habits decades ago.

He also told other seniors to “move on.”

Van Dijk still hits the gym multiple times a week, doing weights and water cardio.Van Dijk still hits the gym several times a week, doing weights and water cardio.Paul Morrighi

“I have arthritis and all these issues, but I’ve been exercising,” he said. “I didn’t discover dancing and singing until I was in my 30s. It just happened out of nowhere. I regret that I didn’t do a little training or get some vocal coaching or whatever. But I just enjoy what I have and have fun with it. “

The ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ star added that his optimism has helped him stay young.

“I think it’s in my nature to be optimistic,” he declared. “I’m one of those people who gets up in the morning. I get up and have a cup of coffee and go to the gym because I’ll convince myself not to go to the gym because I’ll be like anyone.”

He also said that the much younger Silver kept him on his toes, declaring: “I sometimes forget that we had a great experiment here — a 46-year-old difference. We’re kind of committed to it. There has to be some understanding and finding out which old habits are no longer working. It takes some adjustment and adaptation, but that’s part of the fun.”

Van Dyke says Silver also helps keep him young and alert.Van Dyke says Silver also helps keep him young and alert. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin

Silver was Van Dijk’s second wife. In 1984, the four-time Emmy winner split from his first wife and mother of four, Maggie Willett, after 36 years of marriage.

Van Dijk also dated actress Michelle Triola for over 30 years until her death in 2009.

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