Lisa Niemi and Patrick Swayze had one of the most romantic and enduring relationships in Hollywood.

The pair first met in 1975 in Texas at Patrick’s mum’s dance studio. They were married for 34 years, until Patrick’s untimely death in 2009.

Patrick Swazye and Lisa Niemi

Their fairytale romance was at times idyllic, but the couple had their ups and downs. In 2003 the pair separated for a year because Patrick developed a drinking problem. The couple managed to overcome this difficult time, and after Patrick was released from rehab, they were reunited.

Reflecting on her marriage to Patrick, Lisa stated, “No relationship is perfect, you hang in there and you don’t give up. And of course you are going to have bad times. I would be with Patrick a million times over if I could — warts and all.”


A few months after Patrick lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, Lisa gave a talk in California. Speaking about her grief with 14,000 women who had gathered to hear her speak, she opened up about her biggest regret from her marriage to the star.

“My regret is that I didn’t tell him that I loved him enough over that entire 34 years” Niemi confessed.


This heartbreaking confession is a testament to how much Lisa loved her husband, and is a small insight into how the soul mates had such a strong marriage.

“We told each other we loved each other over and over again,” Lisa said in an interview with The Times a few months later. “I never left the room without telling him. It still didn’t feel like enough.”