While appearing on This Morning, Connick Jr recalled performing in front of Sinatra at an event and being so nervous on stage that he later approached him in person to apologise.
He then claimed that Sinatra ignored him and instead flirted with his then-girlfriend Jill Goodacre before kissing her on the lips.
“[The performance] was an unpleasant experience because as much as I wanted to sing for him and everyone else… I don’t get nervous but I was really nervous for that and I blanked out,” he remembered.
“I completely forget the words. I was with my wife, then my girlfriend, and then we saw Frank at the lift and I said, ‘We should go, I need to explain myself.’”
He continued, “I said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m much better than what you saw,’ and he took my wife and held her face and said, ‘You’re beautiful,’ and kissed her on the mouth and that’s that.”
“I’ve never been able to sing for him again. It was probably unacceptable then. It was a situation where it was an interesting thing. I think my affection for him in the context made it hilarious for her, but obviously it’s completely inappropriate.”
Goodacre, an actor and model best known for being locked in an ATM vestibule with Matthew Perry’s Chandler Bing in an episode of Friends, married Connick Jr in 1994. They have three children.
Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow was recently asked on live television to comment on long-standing rumours that Sinatra is his father, despite film director Woody Allen being named as his father on his birth certificate.
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