What about O.J.’s marriage to Marguerite at the time? It was seemingly on the rocks since he and Nicole had begun dating as early as 1977. He and Marguerite divorced only in 1979. That same year, they lost their daughter Aaren in a drowning accident.
The 23-month-old child spent a few days on life support but tragically did not make it. Not the best way to end a marriage and start a new relationship, but life was about to get even tenser.
Nicole and “The Juice” First Meet
Nicole Brown was born in West Germany but grew up in Los Angeles. She went to Dana Hills High School. She was not your average high school girl and was very mature for her age. She and O.J. first met at a Hollywood club. Nicole had just turned 18, and O.J., who was 29 then, was nearing the end of his football career.
He had been acting in films and shows for well over a decade. At this point, O.J. had been married to Marguerite Whitley for ten years, and they had three kids: Arnelle, Jason, and a newborn daughter Aaren.
Nicole and O.J. Begin Dating
Sparks flew, and things moved quickly after that first meeting. Nicole and O.J. began dating immediately. She had enrolled at Saddleback College but dropped out of school. Her reasons? O.J. "required that she be with him,” especially when he had to travel for work.
In hindsight, that should have been a big red flag. But a starry-eyed Nicole had fallen hard, willing to do anything for her famous beau. O.J. was equally smitten and already incredibly possessive of his girlfriend.
O.J. and Nicole Get Married
By all accounts, Nicole and O.J. were deeply in love. The couple had an intense relationship, which was also passionate and volatile. On February 2, 1985, Nicole and O.J. married in a backyard ceremony on O.J.’s Rockingham estate.
Later that year, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He thanked his then-pregnant wife for lifting him toward the end of his football career. What could have been the most difficult time for an athlete turned out to be the best years of his life.
Happily Never After
Over the years, friends of the couple remembered them as warm and fun-loving. But everyone they were close to was aware of how explosive the relationship was. The Simpsons often organized Fourth of July parties or Easter dinners. Kids, parents, grandparents – everyone had a blast. Yet, there was much more to it than meets the eye.
O.J.’s friends were Nicole’s friends, and he kept everyone close. Nicole never had an independent circle of friends with whom she could confide. This probably explains why she never opened up about what went on behind closed doors.